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Ellen Barclay lived another 10 years after her husband John Barclay.  She died in 1907.

In this post I want to share what I know about Ellen, because I think it fits with John Barclay’s end of life.  They had been together 29-30 years and had 4 children.  The children were Charles, William, Mary E., Anna Elizabeth.  I will go into more detail on the lives of John Barclay’s children from both marriages, when I get to the death of Alexander Barclay who was a half-brother to Ellen’s children and full brother to the first seven, Margaret’s children.  Alexander left a very involved probate file when he died in 1906.  He was George Angus Barclay’s full brother and my great grandfather and subject of this blog.

Her name has been a frustration because documents have her as Helen or Ellen.  The writing was so bad you could not read it.  The tombstone has her name as Ellen so I will use that name.  In John Barclay’s obituary notice it was said that her maiden name was Iverson but in her own obituary it is listed as Stevenson.  It is possible she was married before John, but so far I do not see any evidence for a first marriage for Ellen.  It is also possible that the use of Iverson was a mistake.  I am choosing to go with Ellen Stevenson Barclay till I am sure.

There is so much more research to do on Ellen Stevenson Barclay. I wish I had the time.  Ellen is the second wife of John Barclay and I do not descend from her.  I descend from Margaret  and frankly I am more interested in finding the origins of John Barclay and his first wife Margaret.  So I present what I have learned about Ellen for those who would be interested.

In order to understand Ellen’s life you need to review some of the posts I have written about John Barclay.  She will be featured in census and other documents like deeds, etc.  You can find other posts by using the search box on the right of this blog.  You can also seek out the Categories on the right of this blog and under SURNAMES you will find “Barclay Surnames.”   From there scroll down and you will find John Barclay and Ellen/Helen Stevenson.  Unfortunately the names are alpha order rather than by the lineage.

So what happened to Ellen after John’s death?

In 1898, after John’s death, Ellen Barclay (widow) rents her land to her son Charles Barclay on 29 August 1898

$100 yearly for years during the life of the party of the first part to be paid on April first and Jany first of each year.  The NW atr of the NE qtr of Sec 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, according to the government survey thereof.  Also said party reserves the use of two rooms in the building on the above property, use of the present garden, also parture, barn, corn and feed for one cow, poultry 

Source:  Deed of Indenture Ellen Barclay to Charles Barclay, Aug 29, 1898, Vol. 47, pg. 287 #11684, FHL# 1255725, Scott County, Minnesota

On 13 February 1899 another son William Barclay sells his share of the land to his brother Charles.

For a sum of $1800.00, Wm. and wife Clara E. Barclay are residing in Mammoth, Madison Co., Montana sold to Charles Barclay residing in Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Montana to-wit, the south 1/2 of the NE qtr of Sec. 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, 80 acres according to gov. survey.  Except a certain mortgage payable to Henry Hinds of Shakopee. Witnessed by W.R. Macfadden and F. H. Wilbour and signed by William Barclay and Clara E. Barclay in the State of Montana, County of Madison etc.

Source:  Deed of Wm. Barclay and wife Clara E. to Charles Barclay, February 13, 1899, Vol. 47, pg. 33 #12062, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL #1255727.

After John’s death in 1897, we find that the next census is the 1900 U.S. Federal Census.  In this census we learn that Ellen was living with her son Charles.  This census shows us that the only child that is still around is Charles. The remaining three children of John and Ellen have married and migrated elsewhere.  William and Mary E. went to Montana.  Anna married and went to Wisconsin to live.  Charles is a mystery.  After his mother’s death it is difficult to determine where he went.  There are possibilities for a Charles Barclay living in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

28/28 Barcley, Charlie, Head, Jan. 1860, 40 years old, single, born in Minnesota, Father born in Scotland, mother born in Norway, farmer, educated, land info.  Barcley, Ellen, mother born Apr 1833, 67 years widow, one child born, one child living, born in Norway and both parents where born in Norway. Naturalized 1858, 45 years in country (means she immigrated in 1855), educated.  Carter, John, Nephew born Feb. 1890 10 years, single.  Born in Wisconsin, Father born in Canada Fr., mother Minnesota, at school, 8 grade, educated.

Source:  Charlie Barclay & Mother, 1900 U.S. Federal Census,  Eagle Creek, Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, FHL#1240788, Microfilm T623, Roll 788, page 142, SD ?, ED 172, Sheet #2.  I do not understand the number of children fro Ellen in this census.  All her children lived long lives?

Something happened in 1904 because a notice in the gossip column of the Scott County Argus was featured on May 20, 1904.  I have no idea what this means?

“Eagle Creek: Charles Barclay has moved his household furniture into Shakopee, and will make that his future home.  Charlie was always kind and obliging to everyone and we will all miss his happy smile very much.”

In 1906 he is still living in Shakopee per his half-brother Alexander Barclay’s probate case. This probate will be featured indepth at a later time on this blog.

Charles Barclay, aged 45 years, residing at Shakopee, Minn., who is a half-brother.

Ellen passes on 30 November 1907 in Shakopee.  She is buried with John in the Valley Cemetery in Shakopee. You see that they use the name Helen in the obituary notice but Ellen is on the tombstone.

Helen Barclay Death Notice Shakopee Tribune Dec. 13, 1907 pg. 4 col 3 Maiden: Stevenson also in the Argus on Dec 6, 1907 pg. 1 and col 4.

Helen's 2nd Obituary Notice

Helen’s 2nd Obituary Notice

Died – Barclay – At her home in this city, Saturday, November the 30th, Mrs. Helen Barclay of heart disease. Aged 73 years. Helen Stevenson was born in Norway in 1834, and came to this country in 1849(39?) settling in Wisconsin, then Iowa, finally coming to Minnesota in 1848. She moved to Shakopee in 1850 with her husband, John Barclay, and was one of the early pioneer settlers of Shakopee. Mrs. Barclay leaves four children to mourn her loss. They are: Mrs. Mary Clark of Montana, Mrs. Anna E. Carter of Marynette, Wis.; and Charles at home, and William Barklay of Montana. The funeral was held from the residence, Tuesday, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. Mr. Ganschow officiating. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved children.

2nd Obit – Scott Co. Argus – Friday, Dec. 6, 1907 – Died – Mrs. Helen Barclay, whose maiden name was Stevenson, died at her home in this city, Saturday, November 30th, 1907, of heart failure. Deceased had been in poor health for several months past, but not until two days prior to death did her condition give cause for alarm. Mrs. Barclay was a native of Norway, where she was born April 25, 1834. She came to America in 1849 and has resided in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Her husband, John Barclay, and she were pioneer settlers in Scott county where the family is well-known. For several years past Mrs. Barclay has made her home in Shakopee with her son Charles, who survives her together with another son, William of Montana, and two married daughters. The funeral took place, Tuesday afternoon, at two o’clock, from the family residence, Rev. Carl Ganschow officiating, and interment was in the Valley Cemetery.

Helen's obituary notice Dec 1907.

Helen’s obituary notice Dec 1907.

The above information gives us some good information on Ellen/Helen Iverson/Stevenson.  Ellen left a probate file and will.  I will present that in the next post.

Note:  I was having a great deal of trouble researching the early years of the state of Minnesota and when it was a territory and was unable to find an actual marriage for John and Ellen in the records.  Minnesota went through a lot of changes before it became a state and was associated with records of a territorial nature of Michigan and Wisconsin.  The counties also changed their boundaries.   Here is a Wikipedia article that might help to get you started on researching in Minnesota http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Minnesota

The other problem is that not a lot of documents have been filmed by the Family History Library for some of the counties of Minnesota.  So access to the documents is onsite.  I have traveled to Minnesota three times and would love to go back for more research, we will see.

Me at the Minnesota Historical Society 2007, my third time there.

Me at the Minnesota Historical Society 2007, my third time there.

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George, Amarilla and their daughter Grace are featured in the 1895 census for Minnesota.  The 1880 U.S. Federal Census was rather vague and the 1885 spelled names wrong so this 1895 census was the only one that showed them together as a family.  I have posted about George the census in past posts.

A portion of that 1895 Minnesota State Census for Pine River

A portion of that 1895 Minnesota State Census for Pine River

Here is the 1895 Minnesota census:

Line 13, Barclay Geo. A, age 51, born in Conn., occupation [Lumberman], 12, sold, no, no, no. Barclay, Ammarilla, 37 years born in Iowa. Barclay, Grace A., 13 years born in Minn. 

 Source:  Geo. Barclay Family, 1895 Minnesota State Census, Twp. 137 Range 29W, Cass Co., Minnesota, Schedule 13 pg. 1,  FHL #0565765.  

When I went to source this census, I had a bit of a fright because the actual page looks like Twp. 127 rather than Twp. 137.  I therefore went to Family Search and double checked the film number to make sure I was not wrong.  I am happy to report that I am now correct with both FHL and Ancestry.   When I first started doing genealogy I was not very good at sourcing so a lot of the older research needs updating.  I do remember looking at the film for this particular census and probably doing that research at the Minnesota Historical Society at that time using film.

George’s brother Alexander Barclay was living in Dakota County.  Let’s see what was happening with Alex

6th line down: Barklay, Alexander A. 52 years, Male, White, born Conn. 40 years in area, 4 years?, farmer, 12, sold, yes, yes, yes.

Below him is Giles, Fannie B. 73 years old, female, white, born Mass, housekeepr, 12, no, no, no.

Source:  1895 Minnesota State Census, page 3, Lakeville Twp., Dakota Co., Minnesota, P.O. Farmington.

His father John Barclay was still living in Scott County with his wife Ellen/Helen and son Charlie

Family #54:  Barclay, John, age 94, male, white, born in Scotland, Resident of state 45 years, 45 years in enumeration district, occupation none, mother and father both of foreign birth.  Barclay, Ellen, age 65, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth.  Barclay Charlie, age 35, male, white, born in Minnesota.  In state and enumeration district 35 years, a farmer, employed 12 mos of the year.  Both parents of foreign birth.

Source: 1895 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 2, schedule #5, enumerated on 10 June 1895, FHL#565810.

This will be the last census that George (died 1898), Alexander (died 1905)  and John Barclay (died 1897) all appear in.  Even though Alexander lives till 1905 I have not been able to find him in the 1900 census nor the Minnesota state census of 1905.

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Alfred Spracklin’s Stone, Community Cemetery, Millersburg, Iowa

The death of Henry Spracklin was a blow which was followed by the death of the youngest son of Daniel and Sarah.  He was the youngest of all the children of both marriages.

Alfred Marion Spracklin died 12 December 1893 and is buried next to his parent’s tombstone in the Community Center Cemetery east of Millersburg, Iowa.

According to a cousin he may have died of a snake bit?  I do not know for sure, because I have not yet found an obituary about this death or an article in the newspaper about an accidental death.  He might have just died of some illness.

He was said to have been born 16 July 1876 based on family information from other researchers.  If you look at the tombstone his age is given and 1876 works and if you trace the last letter I think you will agree it is a “3.”

While trying to find out more about Alfred, I discovered his death is stated as 1898, according to the book:  Iowa County Cemetery Stones & History 1844 to 1975 pg. 13, by the Iowa County Historical Society in 1976, a copy was found at the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines.  You will note the spelling of “Spracklen.

Here is the transcription in the published book:

Spracklen, Albert M. son of DD & S died December 12, 1898 age 17 yr. 4 mo. 26 days

DD b. Feb. 16, 1830 d. Mar. 9, 1915

Sara his wife b. Aug. 28, 1836 d. Apr. 22, 1907

father and mother

Here is the research I did awhile back.  While not an exhaustive search it is a beginning:

Death Records 1880-1918, Poweshiek Co., Iowa – Register of Deaths no. 1 1880-1893 #1028406 Item 5: No Alfred found.

Register of deaths v. 2 1893-1901 FHL#1028407 Item 1: No Alfred Spracklin found.

Record of deaths v. 3 1897-1908 FHL#1028407 Item 2: No Alfred Spracklin listed. I was trying to determine the correct year of his death by studying all these records.

Death Records 1880-1935 Iowa Co., Iowa Register of Deaths v. 1 1880-1904 FHL#988209 Item 1. No listing for Alfred Spracklin for either 1893 or 1899.

Let us review the 1895 Iowa State Census for Daniel Spracklin and we find that Alfred is listed as deceased.  Alfred appears in parentheses and a “D” is written by his name.  I am going with the 1893 year for his death.

Iowa State Census for 1895 – Daniel Spracklin

At this point I have yet to find an obituary or article about Alfred’s death.  If I am having trouble finding him in Poweshiek and Iowa Counties is it possible that he died elsewhere?  He did have brothers living in Calhoun County which is northwest of Iowa County.

Again, how this death affected Amarilla is unknown.  I have no funeral announcement to see if she came to the services.  She had left her home in Iowa by 1875.  If I could find her in the 1875 Minnesota State Census that would be helpful but she is not showing up.  Iowa did not have and 1875 State Census.   By 1878 she had married George A. Barclay and was living in Pine River, Minnesota.

It is possible she didn’t know her half baby brother that well?

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Henry died on 22 June 1893.  I wrote about it in the post dated August 10, 2012: “A Terrible Accident: Henry Spracklin is Killed, 1893!” Here is a hint:  Go to the Archive area on the right sidebar of this blog and find the month of August 2012, just above Categories.

The State Capital Building in Des Moines, Iowa

The next step was to search for an estate file.   I did find a probate for Henry that was dismissed because there wasn’t any “real” property and no money in his estate.  Henry did not have a will.

The probate did not appear in the records till 1894, more than a year later? I believe it is because, Elizabeth his surviving wife, received $300 for his death from Weyerhauser-Denkmann.  It would be worth researching court records for this civil suit regarding Henry’s death in the Scott County records.  I have not yet taken the time to do so.  I wonder if it would list the children?

Henry is buried in St. Marguerite’s cemetery on Highway 6th and Kimberly Road next to the Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. It is actually the Mt. Calvary Cemetery OLD (1 – 65) because St. Marguerite’s closed in 1944.  Henry does not have a tombstone according to my cousin.  I did not have time on my trip to Iowa in 2003 to visit Davenport to verify this so I go with my cousin’s story.

Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery but Henry does not appear: 

Here is a breakdown of Henry F. Spracklin’s Probate/Estate File:  District Court, Scott Co., Iowa, Probate Packet #3751, 2nd Series No. 3726-3797, 1894-1901 FHL#1543779, Probate Index 1834-1958, FHL#1479397, Item 1.

Journal Entries: 1. Probate Index 1834-1958 Nebstedt-Zwickey FHL#1479397 Item 1, Probate Packet for Henry Spracklin #3751, died June 22, 1893, Vol. 6, pg. 301.

2. Public Notice of Probate, dated 10, Oct. 1894 – Appointment of Administrator T. A. Murphy.

3. Petition for Letters of Administration Oct. 9, 1894 by Elizabeth Spracklin FHL#1477259 pg. 564.

4. Order Appointing Administrator, Oct. 10, 1894 – T. A. Murphy is appointed.

5. Letters Issued, Oct. 10, 1894 pg. 565.

6. First Report and Application for Order to Compromise a Claim for Personal Injuries and Order, Oct. 11, 1894, pg. 567 to 569.

Probate Packet 2nd Series #3751 FHL#1543779:

1. Page 1 Probate Case #3751, Spracklin, Henry, Estate, Intestate.

2. Cover page – #3751 Probate Estate Henry Spracklin Dec’d – T.A. Murphy.

3. Petition – Date of death June 22, 1892, no real property except for a possible personal injury claim against Weyehaueser-Denkman for injuries that caused the deceased death. Signed by Elizabeth Spracklin widow of the deceased and the administrator T. A. Murphy, Oct. 9, 1894.

4. Administrator’s Notice – Exhibit A. – Signed receipt by Elizabeth Spracklin that she had received the $300.00.  (In today’s world $300 would be $7320 to $320,000.)

5. Petition for Letters of Administration Estate of Henry Spracklin cover page.

6. Administrator’s Notice – Public Notice on 10 Oct. 1894 by T.A. Murphy, Administrator.

7. Cover page of the Final Report Jan. 10, 1896.

8. Proof of Posting Notice – that a L.G. Susemihl had posted notice of the Estate at various locations.

9, 10, 11 – Final Report and Application for Order to Compromise a Claim for Personal Injuries, Oct. 11, 1894 – 3 pages – T. A. Murphy was appointed Administrator, filed a bond of $600. Decedent left no real or personal property and that all debts were paid and the decedent left a widow and 10 minor children; that the death was caused by the effects of the accident while in the employ of Weyehauser-Denkmann. They claim no liability but offer $300 to the survivors and that the Administrator believes that accepting the $300 will be in the best interests of the estate. Administrator is excused from filing an inventory and is ordered to pay over the sum of $300 to Elizabeth Spracklin for the support of her minor children.

12. Final Report of Administrator Oct. 12, 1894 – Discharging the Administrator and releasing of Bond and closing the probate.

Unfortunately no place in this probate was there a list of the surviving children.  Usually there is a “heirs-at-law” page for a probate that has no will.  Not in this case, because there was no money.

Maybe on a longshot, the court papers that cover the civil suit might show a list; however, was there a civil suit? 

In the last post, I presented a list of Henry and Elizabeth’s children of which my cousin and I had 11 listed.  So with the death of Sophie at an early age we arrive 10 living children.  

How this death affected my great grandmother Amarilla is unknown to me.  Henry was her full brother.  They both left home about 1875 and went off in different directions with Amarilla heading north to Minnesota and Henry going south in Iowa and then east to Scott County. 

In any event it was a tragic end to my great uncle’s life.  It scattered his children and broke down the family bonds well into the present day.

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My cousin wanted to know what happened to the children of Henry and Elizabeth’s after his death.  They were very poor.  Elizabeth did received $300 from Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann as compensation for the death of her husband.  The other mystery was what happened to Elizabeth?  She disappeared from the records after 1898?

We turn to the 1895 Iowa State Census to see what life was like for Elizabeth after Henry’s death:

1895 Iowa State Census

Source:  Elizabeth Spracklin Family, 1895 Iowa State Census, Davenport Twp., Scott Co., Iowa Microfilm #99, 4th Ward in Davenport, Line 23, Dwelling 6, Hse 6, State Historical Society, Des Moines, IA.

Spracklin, Elisabeth, age 41, Widow, Born in Pennsylvania, Keep House, Catholic, Harry, age 17, Single, born in Scott Co., Cigar Maker, Catholic, Maggie, age 16, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic, Flora, age 12, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic, Bessie, age 8, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic, Elmer, age 6, Single, born in Scott Co., Catholic, Raymond, age 4, born in Scott Co., Catholic, Elroy, age 2, born in Scott Co., Catholic.

In this 1895 State Census for Iowa, we see that 7 of the children are living with Elizabeth.  The missing children are Edward Oliver, Sophia, Wilbur, John Daniel.

I turn to Daniel, their grandfather and Henry’s father and take a look at the his 1895 entry.

Source:  1895 Iowa State census, D. D. Spracklin Family, Film #1929364, Iowa, Iowa Co., Dayton Twp., Iowa Co. Gen. Society.

Hse # 66, family #67, Daniel Spracklin, age 65, married, born in Ohio, father foreign birth, mother native, farmer, under religion “none.” Sarah Spracklin, age 57, married, born in Indiana, both parents natives, keeping house, Protestant. Daniel Spracklin age 24, single, born in Iowa, farmer, no religious affiliation. Edward O. 15 yrs. old. (Alfred M. Spracklin D) age 17. Both Edward and Alfred were born in Iowa. Religious affiliations not indicated.

We see that Daniel is caring for Edward O. and that identifies one of the children missing from Elizabeth’s household.   

Elizabeth disappears by 1898 and doesn’t reappear in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. 

What happened to Elizabeth the wife of Henry?

Let’s take a look at Daniel and see what we find in the 1900 U.S. Census: 

Line 97, Dwelling #103, Family #103, Spracklin, Daniel, Head, White, Male, born Feb 1830, age 70, married, 37 years, born in Ohio, father born in England and mother born in Ohio, occupation farmer, reads and writes, owns land, been there 34 years, there is a farm house. Spracklin, Sarah, wife, white, female, born Aug. 1836, she is 63 years old, married 37 years, 7 children living, 6 out of 7 still living, she was born in Indiana, father was born in Virginia and mother was born in Ohio. She can read and write. Spracklin, Daniel G., son, white, male, born Sept. 1870, age 27 years, single, born in Iowa, farm laborer, he can read and write and did attend school. Spracklin, Charles Ed, son, white, male, Sept. 1874, age 25 years, born in Iowa, farm laborer, can read and write, attended school.

There is no mention of Elizabeth nor any of her children in Daniel’s household in 1900. At this point I turned to the city directories for Davenport, Iowa starting in 1894.  I did this research at the Iowa State Historical Society branch in Iowa City, Iowa. 

1894 Spracklin, Elizabeth Mrs. (widow Henry F) r 317 LeClaire

Spracklin, Harry L, labr 317 LeClaire

Spracklin, Henry F. (died June 22d 93)

No further info under street listing

Source: 1894-1895, 1896-1897 F629.D21 Roll #1

Spracklin, Elizabeth mrs. (wid Henry F) r 943 LePage

Spracklin, Harry L, cigarmkr bds 321 LeClaire

Spracklin, Margaret E. Miss, domestic r 943 LePage

No info on Harry as a cigarmkr in the business section

Under the street listing for LeClaire we find the following name: Mrs. Matilda J. Parke

1898-1899

1898-99 Davenport City Directory

Newton, John S. blacksmith r 943 LePage (Note same address as Elizabeth but the initial is S no D?)

(Mr. Newton is not listed under the businesses)

Under street name LePage

943 is John S. Newton

Source:  1898 Roll #2 F629.D21

Spracklin Edward, r943 LePage

Spracklin, Harry L, r 943 LePage

Spracklin, John, 4 943 LePage

Under the street of LePage we find: Mrs. Annie McElroy and Miss Elizabeth Spracklin

Source:  1900 F629.D21 – nothing under street listings

Spracklin John D. wks Stearns Paint Co., r 943 LePage

Spracklin, Wilbur V. r943 LePage

I gave all this city directory research to my cousin and he did a little poking around but didn’t get very far when we visited the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines.  This John Newton person was suspicious.  He was living at the same address?  Elizabeth disappears. 

Well I sort of spilled the beans when I wrote in the post describing Henry and Elizabeth children:  Do you remember the obituary for Ortha?

Parke – Ortha Raymond Parke, passed away at his home in the Walsh Apartments at 6:40 o’clock this morning, after 18 weeks of illness. He was born in Davenport Feb. 16, 1900, and was educated in the Davenport schools, ad has been employed as an usher at the Fort Armstrong theater. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Parke, one brother, Earl David Parke of Duluth, Minn. and one sister, Miss Viola R. at home. The maternal grandmother, Mrs. J.S. Newton of Fairfield, Fla. also survives. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Runge’s chapel, and interment will be made in Oakdale cemetery. The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sept. 5, 1924.

I don’t know when my cousin obtained this information, maybe he gave it to me when we sat in his kitchen at his lovely home and I didn’t really catch it till much later.

Several months later, after my trip to Iowa, I decided to just fool around on Ancestry.com and study the census.  I could find no evidence of Elizabeth’s whereabouts in 1900, 1910 and 1920 until I found the Buford Family in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1930.  Guess who was listed with her daughter?  

Elizabeth Downey Spracklin Newton was living

with her daughter Elizabeth Ann Spracklin Buford in Florida. 

1930 US Federal Census, Florida:  West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., Precinct #14, ED#50-18, SD#7, Sheet #13 A, pg. 849, Ancestry.com.

Line 27, Iris St. 718/277/360 Burford, Charles R., Head, R, 60, No, male, white, age 55, married, 24, No, Yes, born Missouri, father born Missouri, mother born Iowa, yes, Farmer, track farm, Yes, not a veteran. Line 28 Burford, Bessie, wife-H, female, white, age 42, married, 17, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Pennsylvania, yes, no occupation. Line 29 Burford, Lillian E., daughter, female, white, 14, single, Yes, yes, born Iowa, yes, no occupation. Line 30 Betty A., daughter, female, white 13, single, Yes, Yes, born Cuba (Amer City), yes, no occupation. Line 31, Burford, Richard D., son, male, white, 9, single, yes, born Iowa, no occupation. Line 32 Newton, John S., Father-in-law, male, white 79 yrs, married, 27 yrs. No, yes, born in England, parents both born in England, 1855 Na, yes, no occupation, not a veteran. Line 33 Newton, Elizabeth, mother-in-law, female, white 73, married 18, No, yes, Pennsylvania, both parents born in Pennsylvania, yes, no occupation

I immediately sent an email to my cousin with a copy of the 1930 census.  Maybe a few hours later or a day or two later I received another email from my cousin with the title

 I FOUND HER! 

The following information was retrieved from The Flagler Tribune newspaper, vol. 33, No., 37 for Thursday, Oct. 11, 1945.  We have a copy on microfilm and have attempted to send you an actual copy of the obit itself, but the quality was so poor we were afraid you wouldn’t be able to read it.  Here is what the newspaper said:

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Elizabeth D. Newton, 92 and a resident of Bunnell for the past 30 years, on Monday at St. Christopher’s Church at Korona.  Burial was at Espanola Cemetery, where her husband is also buried. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Parks of Bunnell, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Buford of Sola, Cuba; three sons, John Daniel Spracklin of Blockwell, Okla., George Spracklin of Portsmouth, VA, Elroy Franklin Spracklin of Detroit, Mich., and a brother, Charles Downey of  Portsmouth, Iowa.

Sometimes you just take your time and study the clues and they will lead you to your goal. It might take a little while but don’t give up.  I was so happy to find the 1930 U.S. Census information and share it with my cousin.  Elizabeth is his great-grandmother. 

Elizabeth is no longer missing! 

We could use a tombstone picture but I am not planning to visit Florida soon, so we turn to Find A Grave and someone has posted the tombstone and information about Elizabeth.

Find A Grave has a picture of Elizabeth’s tombstone and one of her 2nd husband John S. Newton is at Find A Grave along with an obituary notice given by the contributor.

These documents have helped to identify the children who did survive for Henry and Elizabeth.  I am a happy genealogist!

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Henry and Elizabeth had a big family and it is a bit complicated.  This is not my family line.  Any additional research that I have done on this family was to learn more about Daniel, the father, and to help my cousin Jerry in any way that I could.  He is the authority on the Henry F. Spracklin and Elizabeth (Downey) Spracklin family, so bare with me.

The children of Henry and Elizabeth (Downey) Spracklin, here I have 11 children:

1.  Harry Spracklin was born 1 June 1876, Sigourney, Keokuk Co., Iowa and died 8 August 1927 Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa, buried Fairmount Cemetery in Davenport, no stone.  He married Frieda H. Ackerman born about 1877 in Davenport.  She died about 1937 in probably Davenport.  Her death is a guess on my part and needs to be further researched.  Harry and Frieda had 10 children: Dorothy Elizabeth, Leroy, Herbert, George Wilbert, Richard, Bertha Sophia, Florence Margaret, Hanna, Harold Lester, and Alice Margaret. 

Harry was also killed when a tree fell on him.  As a result of his death, a guardianship was created using his Spanish-American War pension to cover expenses for most of his children.  This guardianship spanned 20 years and 3 guardians.  It is this guardianship that details the lives of his troubled kids.  I will go into more detail in a future post, here is the source information. 

Source:  Harry Spracklin Probate Packet #1543779, 1928 – 2nd Series, #12989-13048, 1928-1938, District Court, Scott Co., Iowa, FHL#1493218, Probate Index 1834-1958 FHL#1479397 Item 1. 

An obituary notice for Harry was located in the Davenport Democrat & Leader, July 1, 1927-8/31/1927, Monday Evening, August 22, 1927, State Historical Society, Iowa City, Iowa.

Spracklin: Harry LeRoy Spracklin, 51, passed away at his home, 731 1/2 West Second street, at 5:30 a.m. today following an illness of three weeks duration. The deceased was born Jan. 4, 1876, at Sigourney, Iowa. He moved to Davenport with his parents when a small boy and has since resided here. Mr. Spracklin was a Spanish-American war veteran, and served in Cuba. He is survived by his wife, Frieda Spracklin; three sons, Le Roy, George and Harold, four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Sievert, Bertha, Florence and Alice, all of Davenport; two sisters and five brothers. The body was taken to the Stapleton funeral parlors, from where services will be held Wednesday morning at 8:15 o’clock, with services at 3:30 at St. Anthony’s church. Interment will be made in Fairmont cemetery.

2. Edward Oliver Spracklin born 22 April 1877 in Iowa and died before 1940 in Napa, Napa Co., California.   Edward was drafted and appears in the WWI Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, National Archives M1509, Roll #1544334

Registration Card: #693, A98, Edward Oliver Spracklin, Montaque, Siskiyou, California, age 41, Born April 22, 1877, Employer: Warehouse, Standard Oil Co., Monteque, Siskiyou, California. Contact Mrs. Elizabeth Spracklin, Davenport, Scott, Iowa. Registrar’s Report 4-3-20.C. Height medium, build medium, eyes brown, hair black. Signed Sept 12, 1918 by Chas. E. Wright. Local Board in Yreka, Siskiyou, California.

Edward also obtained a land patent BLM Serical #CAS0007137, #747943 Record Accession/Serial, Mt. Diablo, CA. Siskiyou for 160 acres.

He is listed in the Veterans Home of California in the 1930 Census for Napa Twp.,  Napa Co., California, ED28-22 SD5, Sheet 5A, 241, Ancestry.com.

3.  Margaret Evalena Spracklin born 21 January 1881 in Davenport, died November 1965 in Florida. She married 26 August 1896 in Davenport to a David E. Parke and had 3 children: Ortha Raymond 16 Feb 1900 to 5 April, 1924 (Oakdale Memorial Park in Davenport) , Earl David b. Duluth, MN and Viola R. Parke. 

Source: Located in the “P” section, #15458 Parke, Earl E infant, Parke David father, Maggie Spracklin mother, Book 5, pg. 20.  Birth Registrations Iowa (Index), Scott Co., Iowa – Vols 1-5 1880-1897 FHL#1004408 and FHL#2070905.

Here is an obituary notice for Ortha:

Parke – Ortha Raymond Parke, passed away at his home in the Walsh Apartments at 6:40 o’clock this morning, after 18 weeks of illness. He was born in Davenport Feb. 16, 1900, and was educated in the Davenport schools, and has been employed as an usher at the Fort Armstrong theater. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Parke, one brother, Earl David Parke of Duluth, Minn. and one sister, Miss Viola R. at home. The maternal grandmother, Mrs. J.S. Newton of Fairfield, Fla. also survives. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Runge’s chapel, and interment will be made in Oakdale Cemetery. Source: The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sept. 5, 1924.  Davenport newspaper pg. 23, April 5, 1924.

4. Sophia Spracklin born 23 January 1881 and died probably 1881 in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa.

Return of Birth: Child named Sophia, female in Davenport on Jan. 23, 1881 to Henry Spracklin born in Knox Co., Ohio. Elizabeth Downey born at Cambria Co., Pennsylvania, Mother’s residence 9 Street, father is a laborer, attendant Jane Gray, Dated Davenport 1881, Residence 951 East 14th St.  Another researcher either found at the Iowa Genealogical Society or State Historical in Des Moines.

Another source:  FHL#2070905 Births Scott Co., pg. 241 Skips 1906 to 1914 no Spracklins listed again #1682, 987 Sophia Spracklin Feb. 18, 1881.

5. Wilbur Spracklin born about 1885 in Muscatine Co., Iowa. 

6. Flora Spracklin born about 1883 in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa.

7. John Daniel Spracklin, born 7 August 1884. 

8. Elizabeth Ann Spracklin born 24 July 1886 in Davenport, died July 1986 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She married a Charles Richard Madison Burford 10 September 1903 in Sola, Camaguey, Cuba. Charles the father was born 3 January 1878 in Lewis Co., Missouri and died August 1967 in Coral Gables, Miami-Dade, Florida. 

They had three children: 

1.  Lillian E. Burford born about 1916 in Iowa.

2.  Betty A. Burford, born about 1915

3. Richard Demmit Burford II, born 22 June 1920 Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa and died around 1983 at Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas.  Richard married Catherine Blanche Lemberg and had 3 children:  1) Richard Demmitt Burford III, 2) Charles Frederick Burford, and 3) Catherine Blanche Burford.

9. Elmer George Spracklin born 15 September, 1888, in Davenport, died 6 July 1963 in Persia, Harrison Co., Iowa.  He is buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Portsmouth, Shelby Co., Iowa.  Elmer married Ellen (Nellie) Bendon on the 28th of March, 1914 in Davenport.  Ellen was born about 1889 in Portsmouth, Shelby Co., Iowa and died around 1966 in Persia, Harrison Co., Iowa.  She is also buried in St. Mary’s.  Her parents were Simon Bendon (1843-1928) and Anastasia Agnes Wagner (1845-1928). 

A Tribute published in the pages of The Council Bluffs newspaper, Council Bluffs, Iowa – July 6, 1963.

Elmer Spracklin – Funeral services were held on Monday at 10am for Elmer Spracklin, 74, at his home in Persia with Father Wilwerding officiating. He died suddenly of a heart attack at his home Saturday morning. He had been a farmer and a trucker in the Harrison and Shelby County areas most of his life. Mr. Spracklin was born in Davenport. He is survived by his widow, Nellie, four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Ditzler of Council Bluffs; Mrs. Irene Pitt of Persia; Mrs. Margaret Peterson of Mondamin and Mrs. Francis Elias of Ute. Three sons, John and Max of Council Bluffs, Don of Valley, Nebr., A brother Elroy Spracklin of Michigan, a sister Mrs. Bessie Burford in Florida; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Walter Kuster, John Greiner, Woodrow Wilson, William Wilson, Murie Fitzgerald, Russell Ickes. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Portsmouth.

Elmer and Nellie’s family

Elmer and Ellen had 8 children:

1.  Ruth Spracklin born 13 April 1913 in Portsmouth, Shelby Co., Iowa and died Jul. 1981.  She married a Louis Ditzler born 3 January 1906 in Portsmouth and died Aug 1968 in Council Bluffs, Potawattamie Co., Iowa.  They had 3 children:  Marjorie, Ruth and Rita.

2.  Irene Spracklin born 19 March 1917 in Portsmouth and died February 1881.  She married an Owen Pitt born 20 April 1912 in Persia, Harrison Co., Iowa.

3.  John Edward Spracklin born 11 April 1919 in Portsmouth and died 25 Oct. 1991 in Omaha, Douglas Co. Nebraska.  He was buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  John married Gilda L. George born 11 April 1923 in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa and died 11 December 1989 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.  She is buried in Council Bluffs.  John and Gilda had 10 children of which there are living descendants.

4.  Pauline Spracklin was born 25 October 1922 in Portsmouth and died June 1979 in Portsmouth and is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Portsmouth, Shelby Co., Iowa.

5.  Margaret Spracklin was born 8 May 1924 in Portsmouth.  She married a Donald Fisher and also a Donald Peterson and had two children by Peterson.

6.  Maxmillio Spracklin was born 26 April 1926 in Iowa and died 22 March 1998 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Max had two children but I do not know his wife’s name.

7.  Donald Spracklin born 28 Jan 1928 in Portsmouth, married Delores Chapman born 7 May 1932.  They had one child. 

8.  Francis Spracklin was born 5 September 1930 in Portsmouth and died 26 April 2002 in Council Bluffs.  She married Ronald Elias. 

10. Raymond Otha Spracklin born 17 Sep. 1890 in Davenport, died 17 Jan 1935 in Harrison Co., Iowa.  He is buried in the Lytle Cemetery in Harrison Co., Iowa.  He married Minne Hansen 5 July 1932 and they had one daughter: Donna Rae.

Ray was a Veteran of World War I.

Obituary of Ray Spracklin – Residents of this vicinity were greatly shocked Thursday afternoon Jan. 17, to learn that Raymond Spracklin had been fatally injured by a tree falling on him. He and his two step-sons Charlie and Donald Newland, had gone to the timber of Jim Foley, two miles sought of Persia, and were cutting a tree. They had planned to fall the tree north and had placed the wedge in the south cut of the tree. Mr. Spracklin hit the wedge, but instead of the tree tipping over it jumped off the stump to the north, causing the tree to fall south. Ray tried to get out-of-the-way but the limb hit him, fractured his skull and broke both legs, bruised his body. The boys went for help at once. Mr. Foley, who was the first come sawed the limb so it could be removed from his body. Mrs. Foley also helped till W. E. Becker came with his ambulance and took him to the Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs where he passed away at 7:30. Raymond Otha Spracklin was born Sept. 17, 1890 and died Jan. 17, 1935, at the Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs at the age of 45 years and 4 months. He was married July 5, 1932 to Minne Hansen. To this union one daughter was born, Donna Rae. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife and daughter and seven step-children; Blanche of Council Bluffs, Anabelle, Dorothy, Charles, Mable, Donald and Kathryn all at home. He also leaves his mother, two sisters and several brothers. He was a loving father. His children’s comfort was his first thought. Funeral sevices will be held Saturday afternoon at the Latter Day Saints Church in Persia at 1:30 conducted by Elder Wm. Chambers of that church. Ray was well-known in this community, having spent part of his life here and his many friends will be grieved to learn of his passing.

This obituary was found in The Republican Newspaper of Harlan, Iowa on Thurs Jan 31, 1935.

11.  Elroy Franklin Spracklin born 23 January 1891 in Scott Co., Iowa and died 27 Oct. 1971 Thonotosassa, Hillsborough, Florida. He married Mary Dohoney 21 June 1913 in Davenport.  She was born about 1895 in Chicago and died 4 February 1920.  She is buried in St. Margueriite’s Cemetery in Davenport. They had four children. 

I hope I have presented this family as correctly as possible.  There is a lot more information to share.  There was a lot of research done in vital records, census, city directories, newspapers and more. If you would like to know more about these families please contact me.  Most of the information found was through the efforts of my cousin Jerry.  He gave me his permission to present this information to you.

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Amarilla’s older brother was killed in a terrible accident on June 22, 1893.  I do not know how she took the news or whether she went to the funeral.  Henry had stayed behind in Iowa, while Amarilla had headed north to Minnesota.  He had left Iowa County by 1875 and was married by then (see below for information about the marriage).  Amarilla was in Minnesota and married by 1878.  So they were not close in location. 

Henry Franklin Spracklin was a full brother to Amarilla.  He was the oldest son and child of the first family of his father Daniel D. Spracklin and Elizabeth Keller.  Oliver and Mary had died young.  Amarilla and Henry were all that was left of this first family. 

In my post dated November 3, 2011 – Spracklin & Keller Connection, Amarilla’s Parents.  I outlined the four children that Daniel had with Elizabeth Keller before her death in 1859.

Daniel D. and Sarah Spracklin, the 2nd wife, were still living at the time of Henry’s death in Iowa County, Iowa. Let’s review the census both Federal and state to get a feel for what was happening in this family leading up to the death of Henry.

State census for Iowa at Ancestry are:  1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925.   Any census taken before 1856 was specific to certain counties so you would need to study the list that Ancestry provides to get back further than 1856.  Their database covers 1836 to 1925. The Spracklin name is not easy to find in these census so you will need to use a variety of spellings and names in your search. 

I spent several days in the building below research the Spracklins and mostly Henry.  There are two offices for the State Historical Society one in Des Moines (main) and the other in Iowa City, Iowa. 

State Historical Society of Iowa – Iowa City

U.S. Federal Census 1880 – D.D. Spracklin Household, Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa, page 7, ED #211 #267 line 41.

Location: #69/63, Spracklin, Daniel (David), white, male, married, 50 years old, farmer, born in Ohio, father was born in England. and mother was born in Ohio. Spracklin, Sarah, white, female, 40 yrs, wife, keeping house, born in Indiana, father born in Virginia, mother born in Ohio. Spracklin, Lydia, white, female, 15 yrs., daughter, at school, born in Iowa. Spracklin Virdia, white, male, age 13, son, at school, born in Iowa. Spracklin Reed A., white, male, age 11, son, at school, born in Iowa. Spracklin, Daniel, white, male, age 10, son, at school, born in Iowa. Spracklin, George, white, male, age 7, son, born in Iowa. Spracklin, Charles, white, male, age 6, son, born in Iowa. Spracklin, Alfred, white, male, age 3, born in Iowa.

Note:  This census is probably the only on that features all of the 2nd family of Daniel D. Spracklin. 

Henry is not listed here and neither is Amarilla.  We do not find Henry till the 1885 Iowa Census.  He is not listed in the 1880 as far as I can determine and believe me I have tried.

Source:  Iowa State Census 1885,  The Henry Spracklin Family, Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, Line 2, Roll IA 1885_239.

85, 72, Spracklin Henry, walnut at between 4 & 5th st., age 32, male, married, laborer, Ohio. Spracklin, Elisabeth, age 31, female, married, keeping house, PA. Spracklin Harry, age 7, male, Keokuk. Spracklin Maggie, age 6 female, Scott. Spracklin Eddie, age 5, male, Scott. Spracklin, Flora, age 3, female, Scott, Spracklin, John, age 2, male, Scott. Spracklin, Wilbur, 0, male, Scott.

Daniel is living in Iowa County with the family in 1885 – D.D. Spracklin Family, Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa Film #1021479, Iowa Co. Genealogical Society. 

 House #127, Family 127, Daniel D. Spracklin, Twp 78, Range 12, Section 19, Residing in Dayton Twp., 41 yrs. old, male, married, farmer, born in Ohio. Sarah Spracklin, residing in Dayton Twp., 40 yrs. old, female, married, housewife, born in Indiana. Read A. Spracklin, 16 yrs. old, male, born in Iowa. Dalia Spracklin, 14 yrs. old, male, born in Iowa. Peter G. Spracklin, 12 yrs. old, male, born in Iowa. Charles E. Spracklin  10 yrs. old, male, born in Iowa. Alfred M. Spracklin, 8 yrs.? old, male, born in Iowa. All residing in Dayton Twp. same range and section.

Note:  Some interesting spellings to note in this census:  Reed is spelled “Read,”  Dalia is probably Daniel.  Reed has been difficult to find in the census so use different spellings when searching for him and maybe one of his children. 

Unfortunately the 1890 US Federal census was mostly destroyed by fire in 1922 and nothing survived for Iowa.  So we cannot take a good look at Henry’s family and Daniel’s to compare for the year of 1890. 

By 1893 Henry had moved and was working at the Weyerhaueser-Denkmann mill in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa when a log slammed back on him.  The following article describes the accident and events. 

Source: The Davenport Democrat & Leader, Friday Evening June 23, 1893 front page column 1, Davenport, IA, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

“A Workman Meets His Death In a Mill”

About the middle of the afternoon as H.F. Spracklin, a workman in the Weyerhauser-Denkmann mill, was shoving a plank into an edging machine, the plank became involved in the machinery in some manner so that it was hurled back, striking Spracklin in the breast and shattering his left arm. The man fell like a log, and although his fellow workmen ran to his assistance it was evident that nothing could be done to alleviate his sufferings. Physicians were telephoned for and it was deemed advisable to remove the injured man to Mercy hospital. This was attempted, in the city ambulance, but the injured man died en route, when the wagon was in the neighborhood of Fourteenth and Gaines streets. Mr. Spracklin lived a short distance north of the Orphans’ home. He leaves a wife and nine children, the eldest about 16 years of age, whom he supported by his labors. While it is not known that the family is threatened with destitution now that their paternal support is removed, it is plain that the death of the husband will bear heavily upon them.”

Henry had married Elizabeth Downey on 16 November 1875 in Keokuk Co., Iowa.  Elizabeth was born about 1854 in Cambria Co., PA.  Her parents were John Downey (1822 to 1912) and Margaret McGavery (1826 to 1872).  Elizabeth’s grandparents were Dennis Downey (b. 1798, Ireland) and Elizabeth Crilley (b. 1790 died 19 Aug 1880 in Loretta, Cambria Co., PA.  She is buried in the St. Michael’s Cemetery. 

Finding out what happened to Elizabeth after Henry’s death is a very interesting story which I will share in a future post. 

Source:  Keokuk County, Iowa, Marriages 187-1880, #1313, Nov. 16, 1875, pg. 49, State Historical Society, Iowa City, IA.

There was some confusion on the number of children Elizabeth and Henry had together.  One researcher had combined Henry’s kids with the his first son Harry who had 10 children.  The account above listed 9 children.  With a great deal of work on my part and on my cousin’s who is a great-grandson of Henry, we have been able to identify and get a better understanding of just how many children Elizabeth and Henry had.  I will discuss Henry’s and Elizabeth’s children in the next post.

I would like to thank my cousin Jerry Spracklin, who supplied some if not all of the research on this family.  I met Jerry and his family back in 2003 when I went to Iowa to do research.  If you wish to know more about this family of Henry and Elizabeth please contact me and I would be happy to connect you with Jerry.

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