Daniel Spracklin’s Children: Lydia Spracklin Ross and Family of Iowa…

Lydia Marie Spracklin was born 12 July, 1864 in Benton Co., Iowa to Daniel and Sarah Spracklin. She died 27 May 1931 in Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa.

Lydia Spracklin Ross

Lydia Spracklin Ross

Lydia married Thomas Jefferson Ross on 9th September, 1881 in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa. Daniel had to give his permission.

Source: Marriage Record “D,” Iowa County, Iowa, Page 542 “D,” Iowa County Marriage Record.

Lydia and Thomas Ross' Marriage.

Lydia and Thomas Ross’ Marriage.

Marriage Affidavit for Thomas J. Ross and Lydia M. Spracklin: 

I, Daniel Spracklin of Deep River do solemnly swear that I am acquainted with L. Thomas J. Ross and Lydia M. Spracklin in who are the parties for the Marriage of whom a License is applied for; that said Thomas J.Ross is of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, of sound contracting mind, and unmarried; that said Lydia M. Spracklin is of 17 years and upwards, of sound contracting mind, and unmarried; and that there is no legal impediment to said parties entering the marriage state, to the best of my knowledge, information and belief and I hereby give my consent to the marriage of my daughter Lydia M. to the above named Thomas J. Ross. Signed by D.D. Spracklin

Subscribed in my presence by D. Spracklin and by him sworn to before me this 9th day of September 1881, D.E. Evans Clerk Circuit Court.

This is follows by the marriage record:

Certificate of Marriage, Iowa County, Eleventh day of September, 1881, at Bride’s home. Signed by Thomas and Lydia and E. Rouze, Pastor. 

Thomas Jefferson Ross was born 17 January, 1849 in Ohio and died 27 May, 1931 the same day as Lydia.  They were both killed when a train ran into them. See article below for details about their deaths.

Thomas was the son of Joseph Ross born 1814 in Pennsylvania.  Joseph died 19 March, 1900. Thomas’ mother was Mary Jane Barr born 1836 in Ohio. She died 3 September 1898.  I do not know how Mary Jane Barr fits into the Barr family or is related to Amarilla Keller Barr’s family?

Joseph’s father was Robert Ross born 28 July, 1781 in Pennsylvania and died 22 February, 1843 in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. The mother was Martha who was born 13 December, 1785 in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio  and died 2 March 1843. I am not sure of the Tuscarawas County for her birth, the county was not established till 1808.

Thomas Jefferson Ross had many siblings:

Robert born 1847 in Ohio.

Melinda born 1852 in Iowa. She married a Mr. Constant and had about two children

William born 1859 in Iowa.

George born 1859 in Iowa.  Maybe William and George were twins?

Amanda Elvira Jane born 1862 in Sigourney, Keokuk, Iowa.  Amanda married a Joseph Blackwell on 24 July, 1880 in Sigourney, Keokuk Co., Iowa.  They had the following children: Bertha Bell 1879 to 1952 m. George Walter Worth and had three children, Lillie May Josephine b. 1881, George D. born 1886 and Charlotte Melinda 1888-1978.

Charles A. Ross b. 1871 in Iowa.

A Story about Lydia and Thomas Ross, unknown author

Thomas was born January 17, 1849 in either Illinois or Ohio. He hired on with Daniel Dare Spracklin in 1873. According to Lydia’s granddaughter, Doris Moeller, Thomas married Lydia Marie Spracklin at her father’s residence on September 11, 1881, by Pastor E. Rouze. Sometime after their marriage the couple moved to Ft. Dodge, acquired some land along the Des Moines River. Then they moved back east for a time, possibly to either Ohio or Illinois. However, not wanting to lose the Iowa property, they returned to Iowa. They sold this original property on November 25, 1887, they purchased part of the property they lived on until their untimely deaths in 1930. For their first home, Thomas built what was probably a sod home, unfortunately their first winter proved to be a severe one. It is told that Thomas apparently hadn’t sealed or insulated the walls enough near the top on the north side of the house, so it didn’t keep the cold out. To keep their infant from freezing to death, Lydia had to keep the child bundled on her bed. She had also tried placing pieces of packing boxes in the cracks to help keep out the cold. However, come next Spring, Lydia insisted that the walls be what she called “Back Plastered” so that she and her family never had to be that cold again. Over the years, the couple added to their property and during their married life together they had nine children, two daughters died in infancy and were buried in the Cedar Cemetery, Calhoun Co., Iowa.

1885 Iowa State Census Lydia and Thomas are living in Calhoun Co., Iowa.

Source:  T.J. Ross Family, 1885 Iowa State Census, Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Thos J. Ross, age 36, farmer, born in Ohio, Lydia M. Ross, age 20, keeping house, born in Iowa, Bertha L. Ross, born in Keokuk Co., Iowa, All living in Twp 88, Range 31, Section 36.

1895 Iowa State Census Lydia and Thomas are still living in Calhoun County and Lydia’s brother Reed is living with them.

Source:  T.J. Ross Family, 1895 Iowa State Census, Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., IA Roll #14, Dwelling #113, House 108, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Thomas J. Ross, age 41, born in Ohio, farmer, Carmolite Religion, Lydia M., age 30 born in Benton Co., IA, Keeping House, Lillie, age 12 born in Keokuk Co., IA, Ray, age 7 born in Calhoun Co., IA, May, age 4, born in Calhoun Co., IA, Ivan, age 3, born in Iowa Co., IA, Reed A. Spracklin age 26, born in Benton Co., IA

1900 Lydia and Thomas Ross where continue living in Calhoun County, Iowa in Greenfield Twp.  This township is on the east side in the slightly darker area of the atlas, one row down.  This first atlas page of the county of Calhoun has towns and cities which may help to identify where people were living.

Calhoun Co., Iowa

Calhoun Co., Iowa

Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa.

Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa.

NOTE: Thomas’s land was in the lower right, southeast corner of Greenfield Twp.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Calhoun Co, Greenfield Twp., SD#10, ED #25, Sht #4. 

Line 1, 43, 44, Ross, Thomas J., Head, W, M, June 1849, 31, M, 19 yrs, born Ohio, father born PA, mother born Ohio, farmer, O, yes, yes, no, O, M, F, 15. 

Ross, Lydia M, Wife, W, F, July 1864, 35, M, 19 yrs,  7 born, 5 living. born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Indiana, yes, yes, yes. 

Ross, Bertie L., daughter, W, F, Oct. 1882, 17, all Children are single, born Iowa,

Ross, Ray, B., son, W, M, April 1887, 13, born Iowa

Ross, May E., daughter, W, F, June 1890, 9, born Iowa

Ross, Irvin T., Son, W, M, June 1892, 7, born Iowa

Ross, Grace I., daughter, W, F, August 1896, 3, born Iowa

1910 the family was still in Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa.

Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Calhoun Co., Greenfield Twp., Iowa, SD#10, ED#30, Sht 8, enumerated 4th May 1910, by ______. 

Line 13, 128, 129, Ross, Thomas, Head, M, W, 61, M1, 29, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio, farmer, general farm. 

Ross, Lydia M, Wife, F, W, 45, M1, 29, nine born, 7 living, born Iowa, father Ohio, mother Indiana

Line 15, 129, 130, Ross, Ray B., Head, M, W, 23, S, born Iowa, farm, general farm

Line 16, 129, 129, Ross, Iven T, son, M, W, 18, S, born Iowa

Ross, Grace I, daughter, F, W, 13, S, born Iowa

Ross, Elsie P, daughter, F, W, 7, S, born Iowa

Ross, Earl, E. D., son, M, W, 4, S, born Iowa

Things were changing and by 1920 and the family was getting smaller as the children grew up.

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Calhoun Co., Greenfield Twp., Iowa, SD#10, ED#36, Sheet 6B, enumerated Feb. 7 and 9th, 1920, by Carl E. Djoif. 

Line 43, Fm, 133, 120, Ross, Thomas J., Head, O, M, M, W, 70, M, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio. 

Ross, Liddie M, wife, F, W, 55, M, born Iowa, father Ohio, mother Indiana

Ross, Iven T, son, M, W, 26, S, born Iowa

Ross, Earl E., son, M, W, 13, S, born Iowa

1925 Iowa State Census included the nativity of the person.

Source:  T.J. Ross Family, 1925 Iowa State Census, Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa Roll 53AA, lines 6-9, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

T.J. Ross, Head, 76 years old, value of home $2,850.00, mortgage $1200, insured on home $2500. Lydia Ross, wife, 60 yrs. Ivan Ross, son, 31 yrs., single. Earl Ross, son, 19 yrs., single. All were born in Iowa. T. J.’s father was Joseph Ross born in PA, his mother was Millie Barr, born in Ohio. Lydia’s father was Dan Sprecklin born in Ohio, mother was Sarah Blacketer born in Indiana. Religion: None for all of them.

In 1930 Iven is nearby his parents who are aging.

Source: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Calhoun Co., Iowa, Greenfield Twp., ED#13-16, SD#5, Sht #1A, enumerated on April 2, 1930, by Myra P. Black. 

Line 1, 1, 1, Ross, Iven, Head, R, R, Yes, M, W, 37, M, 36, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Iowa, farmer, general farm

Ross, Alice, Wife-h, X, F, W, 37, M, 36, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Indiana. 

Line 3, 2, 2, Ross, Thomas J, Head, O, yes, M, W, 81, M, 33, No, Yes, Ohio, father born PA, mother Ohio.

Ross, Lydia M, Wife-H, X, F, W, 65, M, 17, No. Yes, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Indiana.

Thomas and Lydia had nine children of which two died young.  I have received the information about the family from various sources and each cousin has their own version of the members of Lydia and Thomas’ family.  All of the information and research below, needs to be verified with more census, marriage, death and other records.

Iowa County Map

Iowa County Map

1.  Bertha Lillie Ross was born 1 October, 1882 in Keokuk Co., Iowa and she died 21 November, 1964 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. She married on 10 November, 1904 to William A. Davis (Divis). She died September of 1964.  William was born 28 January, 1880 in Fort Dodge and died there on 21 July, 1945.

They appear in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census in Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa under the name William A. Davis. Webster County is northwest of Des Moines.

Source: William A. Davis Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Iowa, Webster Co., Fort Dodge City, Precinct 1, SD#10, ED#238, Sht. #10, enumerated on the 24th of January 1920 by Mrs. Lora V. Buckles. 

Line 39, Avenue G, 239,  204, 219, Davis, William A., Head, O, M, M, W, 38, M, yes, yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born PA. Laborer, Oatmeal Mill, w. Davis, Lillie, wife, F, W, 37, M, yes, yes, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Iowa. Davis, Herlin, son, M, W, 13, S, yes, yes, yes, born Iowa. Davis, Paulia, daughter, F, W, 12, S, yes, yes, yes. Davis, Kyle, son, M,W, 8, S, yes, born Iowa. Davis, Icel, son, M,W, 9/12 S, born Iowa. 

They are living in Wahkonsa Twp., Webster Co., Iowa in January 1925.

Source: Wm. Davis Family, 1925 Iowa State Census, Line 30, 239, Davis, Wm. A. Head, M, W, 45, M, O, M, 2700, 1200, 1600, 45, 45. Davis, Lilian, Wife, F, W, 42, M. Davis, Herlin A, Son, M, W, 19, S. Davis, Paulia L., Daughter, F, W, 17, S. Davis, Kyle A, Son, MW, 13, S. Davis, Icel, R, Son, M, W, 5, S. 

They are in Elkhorn Twp. in Webster Co., Iowa in 1930.

Source:  William Davis Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Elkhorn Twp., Webster Co., Iowa, ED#94-12, SD#2, Sht #3A, enumerated April 14, 1930, by Mrs. Amelia G. Churchill. 

Line 15, 45, 45, Davis, William A. Head, R, yes, M, W, 48, M, 23, No, Yes, born Iowa, parents born Ohio, yes, Laborer, brickyard, W, yes, No. Davis, Lillian, Wife-H, O, F, W, 46, M, 22, No, yes, born Iowa, Father born Ohio, Mother born Iowa, yes, Manager, gen farm, _yes, VVVV, 45. Davis, Paulia, Daughter, F, W, 22, S, No, yes, born Iowa. Davis, Icel, Son, M, W, 10, S, Yes, Yes, born Iowa.

They had the following children based on cousin research and the census, although the spelling of each name is not clear.

1. Harlan/Herlan A. Davis was born 28 February, 1906 at Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa.

2. Paula L. Davis was born 12 October, 1907 in Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa.

3. Kyle L. Davis was born 15 September, 1911.

4. Gale R. Davis was born 15 April, 1915. Note: I am not sure about this child.

5.  Icel Ross Davis born 15 April, 1919, died 31 August, 2000.

2.  Sarah Ross was born 27 July 1885 and died the same day in Calhoun Co., Iowa. Birth and cemetery records verify her life.  She is buried in the Cedar Township Cemetery in Calhoun Co., Iowa.

3.  Ray Virda Ross born 23 April 1888, in Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa and died 23 December 1957.  He married Barbara and they had Ralph Ross and Hazel Ross.

I found Ray and Barbara in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census living in Richland, Dickinson Co., Iowa.

Source:  Ray Ross Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Richland Twp., Dickinson, Iowa,  ED#30-16, SD#1, Sht#2A, enumerated 5 April, 1930 by Elmina J. Liddle. 

Line 31, 30, 31 Ross, Ray, Head, O, R, Yes, M,W, 41, M, 28, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother Iowa, farmer, gen. farming, VVVV, yes, no, 28. Ross, Barbara, wife, F, W, 31, M, 17, No, yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Iowa. Ross, Hazel G. Daughter, F, W, 11, S, yes, yes, born Iowa. Ross, Ralph, Son, M,W, 10, S, Yes, yes, born Iowa. Johnson, Russel, nephew, M,W, 24, S, No, yes, born North Dakota, parents born Iowa. Laborer, farm, V1VV, W, Yes, No. 

4.  Mae Ermmavilla Ross was born 6 June, 1890 in Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa. She died 3 September, 1971 in Gilmore City, Humboldt Co., Iowa.

Mae married Robert Judson McVay on 10 December, 1913 in Fort Dodge, Webster Co., Iowa.

Source:  Certification By Marriage Record, McVay-Ross (Abstract) December 10, 1913, Record No. 14, pg. 433, Fort Dodge, Webster Co., IA 

Robert Judson McVay
age 24 at next birthday
Residing in Farnhamville, IA
Born in Farnhamville, IA

Mae E. Ross, 24 at next birthday
Residing in Somers, IA, born in Somers, IA

Date of Marriage: Dec 10, 1913, at Fort Dodge, IA
Marriage record in the office of the Webster County Clerk in Fort Dodge, IA
Marriage record No. 14 on pg. 433, Date Verified Sept. 5, 1973
Signed by Margaret Saiferlick?, Clerk

Robert McVay was born 23 February, 1890 in Farnhamville, Calhoun Co., Iowa and died 12 November, 1937 in Los Angeles, California. He is supposedly buried in the Reading Township Cemetery in Calhoun Co., Iowa. Robert is the son of George Washington McVay and Mary Louise Smith.

Robert and Mae appear in the 1920 U.S. Census in Union, Calhoun Co. Iowa.

Source: Robert McVey family, Lohrville Town, Union Twp., Calhoun, Iowa, SD#10, ED#46, Sht, 5B, enumerated on 28 January, 1920 by C. V. Hulse. 

Line 88, Elm Street, 129, 130, McVay, Robert J. Head, R, M, W, 29, M, yes, yes, all born in Iowa, parents born Iowa, Garage, town SM. McVay, May E. wife, F, W., 29, M, yes, yes, father born Illinois, mother Iowa. McVay, Max Ray, son, M, W. 1 7/12, S, born Iowa. Hall, Robert, roomer, M, W., 26, S, born Iowa, helper, elevator, W. 

On May 19, 1922 they divorced.

Mae McVay vs. R.J. McVay, Jacob Mccaulley Attorney

R.J. McVay, White 32 yrs old, American
Mae McVay, white, age 31, American
Date of Marriage Dec. 10, 1913
Cause of Divorce: Cruel and inhuman treatment
Date of Divorce – May 19, 1922, Iowa.
Divorce granted to Mae McVay

Filed May 19, 1922
A.J. Hunter, Clerk

They had the following children:

  1. Robert McVay born about 1913.
  2. Max Rae McVay was born 14 June, 1918 in Lohrville, Calhoun Co., Iowa, and baptized 12 August, 1932 in Gilmore City, Humbolt Co., Iowa. He died 11 January, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. He married June Anglia Hacket on 7 August, 1943 in Fairborn, Green Co., Ohio.  She was born 1 June, 1922 in Cedarville and died 12 September, 1971 in San Bernadino, California.  They had several children.
    • Max was a member of Mayflower till his death in 1996. A copy of his application is in the possession of the writer. Some of the information for the McVay family came from the application. Max also corresponded with Bertha Roufley in the 1980’s about the family history, that is how I recognized who he was. Mayflower General Number #050245, State No. 4559. Max went into Mayflower on the Goss lineage. I obtained a copy of his application when I visited the Mayflower Society in Plymouth, MA back in 2003.
  3. Iona Pearl McVay born 20 March, 1920 in Lohrville. She married a Ernest J. Lindquist on 1 September, 1950 in Gilmore City, Iowa.

Mae remarried to a Ralph McLean Roberts on 25 January, 1924 in Gilmore City, Humboldt Co., Iowa. Ralph was born 13 November, 1894 in Gilmore City.  Ralph was married before and had two children:  Melvin Ralph Roberts (1916-1934) and Clarence Thornton Roberts (1918-1943 buried at sea).  Ralph McLean Roberts is the son of William Harris Roberts and Eva Jane Spalding.

Source:  Authenticated Record of Marriage, Roberts-McVay, January 25, 1924, Gilmore City, Humboldt Co., Iowa I Betty L. Vonderaar Smith am not the clerk of the District Court in Iowa she signs the form at the bottom. Full Groom Ralph W. Roberts, Gilmore City, Iowa, Farmer, 30 years, born Gilmore City, Father W. H. Roberts mother Eva J. Spalding, second marriage. Bride: May E. McVay, main name May E. Ross, resides Gilmore City, Iowa, 34 years, born Somers, father T.J. Ross, mother Lydia Spracklin, second marriage. Married Jan. 25, 1924 in Gilmore City, Iowa, Witness Mrs. A.J. Esperson, Lyman Beers, Certified by A. J. Esperson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, 11, day of October, 1982. 

Ralph and Mae appear in the 1940 U.S. Census:

Source:  1940 U.S. Census, Weaver Twp., Humboldt, Iowa, SD#8, ED#46-27, Sht #21, enumerated on April 9, 1940 by Mae J. McLaughlin. 

Line 19, 23, R, Roberts, Ralph M, Head, O, M, W, 46, M, No, H1, 9, Iowa 65, Same house, yes, yes, 1, 70, Farm Operator, farming, OA, 3, 52, No, 20. Roberts, Mae E, wife, 1, F, W, 49, M, No, H1, 9, Iowa, 65, no, no, no, no, H, 5, O, O, No. McVay, Iona, daughter, 2, F, W, 20, S, No, 1, 40, Iowa 65, yes, 1, 40, Stenographer, Life Ins. Co, PW, 24, 250, No. Hatting, John, laborer, X, M, W, 21, S, No, H2 10, Iowa, 65, R, Palo, Alto, Iowa, yes, 1, 70, laborer, farm, Pw, 52, 20, no. 

5. Iven Thomas Ross was born 21 January, 1892 in Calhoun Co., Iowa and he died 20 February, 1981 in Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa. Iven married Alice Mae Allbec on 7 September, 1929 in Iowa Falls, Hardin Co., Iowa. They had two daughters Doris and Carol. Alice was born 24 January, 1892 in Muscatine, Iowa and died 15 November, 1962 in Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa.

Iven and Alice are in Calhoun Co., in the 1930 Census:

Source: Iven Ross Family, 1930 U.S. Census, Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa, ED#13-16, SD#5, Sht#1A, enumerated on April 2, 1930 by Myra P. Black. 

Line 1, 1, 1, Ross, Iven, Head, R, R, yes, M, W, 37, M, 36, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother in Iowa. Farmer, general farm, VVVV, yes, No. 1. Ross, Alice, Wife-H, X, F, W, 37, M, 36, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother Indiana. 

Alice and Iven are still in Calhoun Co., Iowa in 1940.  It appears that he may have taken over his parent’s farm.

Source:  Iven Ross Family, Greenfield, Calhoun Co., Iowa, SD#8, ED#13-16, Sht# 6B, enumerated April 1940, by Vigor Larson.

Line 77, 123, O, 1200, yes, Ross, Iven, T, head, M, W, 48, M, No. H1, born Iowa, Same h, Calhoun, Iowa, yes, 60, operator, Farm, OA, 52, 0, T, 113. Ross, Alice M, wife, F, W, 48, M, No, C3, born Iowa, no, no, no, no, H, O, O, No. Ross, Doris M, daughter, F, W, 7, S, yes, 2, born Iowa. Ross, Carrol J., daughter, F, W, 6, S, yes, 1, 1, Iowa

6. Deanie Ellen Ross was born 27 July, 1895 and died 7 March, 1897 in Calhoun Co., Iowa. She is buried in the Cedar Township Cemetery in Calhoun County per birth and burial records.

7. Grace Irene Ross was born 24 August 1896 in Cedar Twp.. She married a Walter R. Parker on 19 December, 1914 in Estherville, Emmett, Iowa (Iowa Select Marriages Index). Walter’s parents  were William Parker and Frances F. Smith.  She may have married a second time.

A Walter and Grace Parker are living in Lake City, Lake, Calhoun Co., Iowa in the 1920 Census,

Source:  Walter Parker Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Lake, Calhoun Co., Iowa, SD#10, ED#37, Ward 3, Sht#8B, enumerated 7 January 1920 by Mattie Sibley.

Line 85, 221, 226, Parker, Walter, Head, R, M, W, 36, M, yes, yes, born Illinois, father born Indiana, mother born Illinois, propt, restaurant, OA. Parker, Grace, wife, F, W, 23, M, yes, yes, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Iowa. 

8. Elsie Pearl Ross was born 10 July, 1902 in Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa. She married a man named Booth and had several children. She is said to have married another time to an Earl Powell who died about 1982.

Elsie Pearl Ross, daughter of Lydia and Thomas Ross.

Elsie Pearl Ross, daughter of Lydia and Thomas Ross.

There is an Elcie Booth age 17 born in Iowa living with the family of William Booth in Lake, Calhoun Co., Iowa. She is listed as a daughter-in-law and above her is an Ezra Booth age 23, both are married.  The mother of Ezra is Sarah.  I think this might be Elsie but more research needs to be done to verify it.

Elsie is living in Twin Lakes, Calhoun Co., Iowa and is a housekeeper for a private family.  She is divorced.

Source:  Elsie Booth, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Twin Lakes, Calhoun Co., Iowa, ED#13-28, SD#5, Sht #6A, enumerated April 14, 1930 by Mary Laird. 

Line 30, 1, 1, Powell, Earl, head, R, R, yes, M, W, 29, S, No, yes, born Iowa, father born Canada, mother born US. yes, Farmer, general farm, VVVV, O, yes, No, 81. Booth, Elsie, housekeeper, F, W, 27, Div., No, No, born Iowa, housekeeper, private family, 6V96, W, yes. Booth, Pearl, M, daughter, F, W, 9, S, Yes, Iowa. Booth, Darlene, daughter, F, W, 7, yes, Iowa. 

9. Earl Edward D. M. Ross was born 27 January 1906 in Cedar Twp., and died 11 January 1996 in Lake City, Calhoun Co., Iowa. He married to Pearl Mary Swettenham in 1932. She was born 4 July, 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri and she died 18 May, 1974 in Santa Anna, Orange Co., California.  She was the daughter of William T. Swettenham and Francie Clayson. He may have married a second time to a Louella M. Mills who died 26 April, 1981 in Santa Anna, California.

Earl appears with a Pearl in the 1940 Census in California.

Source:  Earl Ross Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Twp. 3, Kern Co., California, SD#10, ED#15-47, Sht#14B, enumerated April 16, 1940, by Andrew Boue. 

Line 77, 2715, 314, 0, 2500, No, Ross, Earl, Head, M, W, 39, M, No, O, born Iowa, Riverside, Calif., yes, Salesman, Retail Appliances, Pw, 298, 68, 1, 52, 1500, No. Ross, Pearl, wife, F, W, 51, M, No, 5, 5, born Mo., No, No, No., H, 0, 0, No. 

Unfortunately, Lydia and Thomas Ross were killed by a train on the 27th of May, 1930:


Somers Couple Killed by Train

T. J. Ross and Wife Victims of Accident – Great Western Passenger Train Hits Car on Somers Crossing – Special to the Messenger:

Somers – May 28 – Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ross, pioneer residents living on a farm near Somers, were killed late Tuesday afternoon when a Chicago Great Western passenger train struck their automobile at the intersection of Main street and the Great Western Tracks here. Mrs. Ross, 65, was killed instantly. Mr. Ross, 51, died half an hour later in a doctor’s office where he was rushed for first aid. They were returning to their farm home northeast of Somers following an afternoon of shopping here. The couple was struck by the Omaha bound passenger train, No. 13 a short distance east of the depot at 4:45 p.m. Ross drove his light sedan onto the tracks from the north.

Car carried 30 feet – The train’s momentum carried the car thirty feet before the locomotive could be brought to a halt. Mr. and Mrs. Ross were catapulted from the car and into the ditch on the side of the tracks. Both received skull fractures and numerous cuts and bruises. The two were rushed to Dr. W. C. Kennedy’s office here. Kennedy said that Mrs. Ross had probably been killed instantly. Mr. Ross died a little later and the bodies were taken to an undertaking parlor at Calendar and from there to the farm home this morning. Witnesses of the crash report that Ross seemed confused by the proximity of the approaching train and halted the car at the center of the tracks. The engineer whistled repeatedly as soon as he sighted the car but was unable to stop the locomotive in time to avoid the collision. A coal shed on the northeast corner of the intersection may have obstructed Ross’s view of the stretch, it is believed.

7 Children Survive – Mr. and Mrs. Ross had lived in this community for forty-eight years. They are survived by seven of nine children, Ivan, living on the farm home; Roy, Estherville; Earl, Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. W. A. Davis, Fort Dodge; Mrs. Ralph Roberts, Gilmore City; Mrs. Walter Parker of Peoria, Ill, and Mrs. Elsie Booth of Rockwell City. Funeral services will be held at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the home and at 2:00 o’clock at the Methodist church of Somers, with the Rev. Wallace officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Cemetery.”

 Source:  Wednesday Evening, May 28, 1930, Ft. Dodge, Messinger & Chronicle, film dated May 1, 1930 to June 30, 1930, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Source:  Death Certificate for Lydia Ross, Calhoun Co., Greenfield Twp., Iowa, Mrs. Lydia M. Ross, Female, White, married, Husband Thomas Jefferson Ross, age 65 yrs, 10 mos. 15 days, housewife.  Father Daniel Spracklin, mother Sarah Blacketer, Ivan Ross is the informant. Burial in Cedar Twp. Cemetery. Died May 27, 1931, comma, hit by train no. 15 on the Great northern, accidental, head injury. 

There are memorials at Find A Grave for Thomas and Lydia Ross but no tombstone photos.

Update 10/16/2015:  Here is a photograph of the Ross tombstone, done my a cousin and kindly shared with me.  I was digging around in my records and realized I had this so I add it to this post.  See photo below for a son of Reed and Julia.

Lydia and Thomas Ross

Lydia and Thomas Ross, photos courtesy of P. Stoudt. 

The Calhoun Co., Iowa Cemeteries, book has a listing on pg. 3 not just for Lydia and Thomas but also for several of her brothers Virda and Reed’s children: Cedar Twp. Cemetery, published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines, Iowa. This cemetery is located a 1/2 mile east of the town of Rinard.

Row 3, pg. 3 – Ross, Sarah dau of Thomas J. & Lyda M. B&D July 27, 1855
Deanie E. dau of T.J. & L.M., Died Mar 7, 1897 l yr, 11 mo, 19 da.

Row 13, Spracklin, Joelle E. Died Mar. 7, 1890 2 yr 9 mo 11 days a daughter of Virda Spracklin. 

Spracklin, Daniel G. 1870-1927.  This is Daniel Goss Spracklin, Lydia, Reed and Virda’s brother. 

Row 71 cont. page 19
Ross, Ivan T. 1892-1981
Alice M. 1892 – 1962
Ross, Lydia M. 1864 to 1930
Thomas J. 1849 – 1930

Spracklin, Son of R.A. & J.A. Died April 10, 1899 6 mo. 16 day
Willie son of R. & J. 1901-1902.

Son of Reed and Julia Spracklin

Son of Reed and Julia Spracklin

Again there is much more research to do on this family of Lydia and Thomas Ross.  I would not mind studying their land purchases and probate file.  Obituaries, cemetery research, deeds, probates, vital records and much more need to be collected to get a clearer picture of this large family. I did a great deal of the research on this family back in 2003 when I visited Iowa going to the State Archives and Iowa Genealogical Society.  So it has been awhile since I have visited the research on this family. I did not visit the western part of Iowa confining my trip to Iowa City, Marengo, and Des Moines.  I was in search of Daniel D. Spracklin’s life at that time and trying to connect him to his ancestors.

The Heirs of Alexander Barclay: Mary Jane Barclay Ford

Bristol Historical Society

Bristol Historical Society

Mary Jane Barclay Ford, lived a good life in Bristol, Connecticut. She married Jerome B. Ford and settle there.  She was an heir to Alexander’s estate and fortunately she stayed in Connecticut. By staying in Connecticut Mary has made it easier to find her.

Jerome B. Ford, born 28 October 1845 in Unionville, Hartford Co., Connecticut was the son of Omri/Onri Ford and Catherine Kent. He married Mary Jane Barclay on 17 June 1866 in Unionville, Hartford, Connecticut.  I tried to get a copy from the City of Farmington but they do not have this marriage.  I do find a source at the Family History Library and I will have to follow-up.

Mary and Jerome had three daughters:

1. Rosalie Ford was born about 1867 and died in 28 February 1886 in Bristol.

Marriage of Frank Yale to Melissa (Lizzie) Ford

Marriage of Frank Yale to Melissa (Lizzie) Ford

2. Melissa M. Ford, was born 17 January, 1871.  She married on 21 November 1894 to a Frank Elmore Yale who was born about 1862 in Connecticut. He died 1915 in Connecticut. Frank was the son of Elmer Yale and Lucy A. Hart. Here is their marriage record:

Bristol, Nov. 15, 1894, Attest by Roger S. Newell, Deputy Registrar
Name of Groom: Frank E. Yale
Residence: Bristol
Age 32, white
Occupation Farmer
Born in Bristol,
First marriage
Father: Elmer Yale, American
Mother Lucy A. Hart, American

Name of the Bride: Lissie M. Ford
Residence: Bristol
Age 24, white
Place of birth Collinville, Conn.
First marriage
Name of father: Jerome B. Ford, American
Mother Mary Barkley, American
Bristol, Nov. 15, 1894 Frank E. Yale attests that the statements are true and signs on 15 day of Nov. 1894
Mr. Frank E. Yale and Miss Lissie M. Ford were legally joined in Marriage at Bristol, 21st day of Nov. 1894, Attest Geo. B. Dusinberre

Recorded 6th day of December 1894, Roger S. Newell, Deputy Registrar

Source:  Marriage License, State of Connecticut, Bristol, Nov. 15, 1894 #186, Frank E. Yale to Lissie M. Ford. 

Melissa and Frank had at least one child:

Alfred Jerome Yale who was born 25 October, 1895 in Connecticut and died 26 Dec. 1965 in San Diego, California. He is buried at Fort Rosecrans, Pt. Loma, San Diego, California. I have that he married Hannah Bertha Kessler born 20 June 1883 in Rochester, Lorain, Ohio but according to the obituary at his gravesite on Find A Grave he was married to an Eleanor and had a daughter.

UPDATE 10/1/2015:  I have had the opportunity to visit Alfred’s grave in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego on September 18, 2015.  Alfred is buried in the W section of the cemetery on the western side.  Here is a photo of his tombstone.  More information about my visit to him is in the posted dated 9/27/2015 Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California on the Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp. in Ohio blog – see right side of this blog for link.

Alfred J. Yale - Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery San Diego, California

Alfred J. Yale – Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery San Diego, California

3. Annie Barclay Ford was born about 1876 in Connecticut and she married Henry A. Yale born 1859 in Connecticut. They had 6 children: Elmer, Frank, Rozelia, Annie, Ida, and infant. All these children were born the end of the 1800’s.

Henry was also a son of Elmer and Lucy (Hart) Yale. Here is Henry and Anna’s marriage record.

Henry A. Yale 32, Salesman, 1st marriage, Bristol, parents Elmer and Lucy (Hart) and Anna B. Ford, Bristol, 16 years old, at home, 1st marriage, born Collinsville, Ct., parents Jerome B. & Mary J (Bartlett).  The license was obtained in Chicopee, Hampden Co., Massachusetts and registered by the town clerk John D. White.  

Source:  Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, Intentions of Marriage and Marriages Solemnized, 22 November 1891, Bristol, Connecticut, Henry A. Yale and Anna B. Ford, page 183 Nov. 22, 1891. 

Brother James Barclay and was living with his sister Mary Ford in 1870.  Let’s revisit this census information:

Line 27, 493 – Living with Ely, Adolph, 583 Ford, Jerome B., 24, M, W, Laborer all born Connecticut, 11, Janitor, Ford Mary 27 F, W, Keeping House, Ford Rosaliee, 3, F, W. Barclay, James, 21, M, W, Laborer.

Source; Jerome Ford Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, pg. 65, enumerated 29 June 1870, Deenis P. Farch.

By 1880 Mary and Jerome moved to Bristol, Connecticut and remained there for the rest of their lives.

196/124 Ford, Jerome B. White, male, age 33, Machinist, born Conn., Father born Conn, Mother born in Mass. Mary J. Ford, age 36, Rozelie Ford age 12, Melissa Ford age 9 and Anna B. Ford 4 yrs. All 3 children at school. All born in Connecticut, parents and the children.

Source: Jerome Ford Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Bristol, Connecticut, pg. 11, SD #2, ED 25, 5 June, 1880.

They are still in the same location in 1900 and we find Jerome and Mary with daughter Lizzie nearby.

11/12 Frank E. Yale, age 38, born Dec. 1861, white, married, 5 years, birthplace Connecticut, head, spouse is Lizzie M., white. Lizzie M. Yale wife, age 29 born Jan 1871, married 5 years, one child born one living. Alfred J. Yale age 8. Oct. 1896. All born in Connecticut. Occupation of Frank, farmer.

12/13 Ford, Jerome B., Head, male born Oct. 1846, married 34 years, born in Conn. both parents born in Conn. machinist. Mary J. wife, female, born Dec. 1844 age 66, married 34 years, 3 children born 2 living. born in Connecticut, Father in Scotland, Mother in Scotland, proprietor machine shop.

Source:  Frank Yale and Jerome B. Ford, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut, SD#26, ED #120?, enumerated on 12-13th June, 1900 by E. Manchester. 

Annie, their daughter, moved to New York with her husband Henry A. Yale.

26/27 Yale, Henry A., Head, white, male, Jan. 1859, 41 years old, married 9 yrs., born Conn, both parents born in Conn. Peddler (vegetables) can read and write. Annie, wife, white, female, born July 1874, 25 years old, married 9 years, 6 children born, 6 living, born in Connecticut, both parents born in Conn. can read and write.

Yale, Elmer, age 8 Feb 1892,

Frank Yale age 6 July 1893,

Rozelia Yale age 5 July 1894,

Annie Yale age 4 May 1896,

Ida Yale age 2 Aug 1897

and infant no name Yale age 2/12 March 1900.

All children born in New York. Elmer and Frank at school.

Source:  Henry A. Yale Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, Sht#2, SD 2, ED 750, June 1 and 2, 1900.

Jerome and Mary continued to reside in Bristol, Connecticut.  They where there in 1910 and Frank and Melissa were still close.

Line 40/48 – Ford, Jerome B. age 65, born about 1845 in Connecticut, Father was born in Connecticut, Mother born in Massachusetts. Spouse is Mary J. Married 45 years (1865), White, male. Mary J. Ford, age 66. Married, female, white. 3 Children born, 2 living. Born in Connecticut. Father born in New York, mother born in Scotland. He is a machinist in a machine shop.

Line 38/46 Yale (Gale), Frank. E., head, age 48, born in Connecticut, father and mother both born in Connecticut. Spouses name is Melissa M., Married, male. Melissa M. Yale age 39, Alfred J. Yale age 14. Married 15 years (1895). Melissa has one child born one living. Melissa was born in Connecticut and both parents were also born in Connecticut. Occupation (can’t read).

Source:  Jerome Ford and Frank Yale Families, 1910 U.S. Federal census, Bristol, Connecticut, sht# 3B. SD No. 27, ED 132, April 3, 1910.

Meanwhile Anna, the sister, continued to live in New York and appears in the 1910 census there.

Line 76, 64, 145, 145 Yale, Henry A. Head, M1, W, 51, M, 19, Connecticut, parents Connecticut, English, dealer, Fruit & Groceries, OH. Yale, Anna, wife, F, W, 34, M1, 19, 10 born, 7 living, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut, All children born in New York, Yale, Charles, son, 18, S, English, occupation unreadable, Gen. Work. Yale, Sarah, daughter, 15, S.Yale, Ida, daughter 12, S.Yale, Susan, daughter 10, S
Yale, Henry, son, 8, S.Yale, Frances, son, 5, S.Yale, William, son, 3/12, S.

Source:  Henry Yale Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Patchoque, Brookhaven, New York. SD#132, ED#1355 (many edits to districts), Sht#26, enumerated on 17 May, 1910, [S.C. Callius].

So what happened to Melissa, well after Frank’s death in 1915, She remarried to an Alvah L. Tilton.  They were together in the 1920 census.

Line 16, 248, 349, Tilton, Alvah L., Head, 0, M, M, W, 35, M, yes yes, born Vermont, father Vermont, mother New Hampshire, [forger], Ball bearing shop, W, 138. Tilton, Melisa M, wife, F, W, 48, M, yes, yes, born Connecticut, both parents born in Connecticut.

Source:  Alvah Tilton Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Forestville Village Bristol City , Hartford Co., Connecticut, SD# 1 Concession, ED# 12, Ward 2, Sht# 19, enumerated on 17 and 19th of January, 1920, by Erwin R. Rowe. 

Melisa was in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census for Bristol, Connecticut. She was widowed and living alone.  She had $10,000.

Melisa’s son Alfred was in California in the 1930 census;

[Dehiss Road] Line 11, 348, 357, Yale, Alfred J., Head,), $45,000, yes, M, W, 37, M, 22, no, yes, Connecticut, parents born in Connecticut, yes, Lumber piler, Lumber Company. Yale, Bertha H., wife of H, F, w, 35, M, 20, no, yes, born Ohio, father born Indiana, mother Ohio, yes, Farmer, general farm. Hofflund, Mary E, stepdaughter, F, W, 15, S, yes, yes, California. Hoffland, Phyllis B., step-daughter, F 2, 15 S, yes, yes, California. Hoffland, Charles A., step-son, M, W, 12, S, yes, yes, California. The father was born in Illinois and mother in Ohio. 

Source:  Alfred Yale Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, El Cajon Twp., San Diego County, California, ED#37-2, SD#21, Enumerated April 17, 1930 by Everett J. Mills. 

We find that Melisa headed to California and was living with Alfred and his wife in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census in San Diego, California. She died in 1947.

Line 34, 82, 0, 3000, n10 Yale, Alfred, head, M, W, 44, M, No. C-2, Connecticut, Same house, yes, 40, Lumber Piler, Retail lumber, PW 988, 73, 1, 48, 0 yes, 68 farm schedule.
Yale, [Dixie], wife, F, W, 38, m, No, C-5, Ohio, Same house, Newspaper correspondence, newspaper, PW,
Tilton, Melissa, Mother, F, W, 69, Wd, No, H03, Connecticut, R, Hartford, Connecticut, No, No, No, No, No, U.
______daughter, counted elsewhere

Source:  Alfred Yale Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, El Cajon, San Diego Co., California, SD#20, ED 37-15, Sht#4A, Enumerated on 4/8/1940 by Edward A. Bodie.

At this time I do not know what happened to Annie nor do I have the death dates and burial location for Henry and Annie Ford Yale.  She was a widow in 1917 during her mother’s probate. I cannot find her in the census and am having trouble even find her children.

I did find a military file for Charles E. Yale whom I believe is Henry and Annie’s oldest child and son. His middle name might be Elmer. He appears in the WWI Draft Cards:

Charles E. Yale, age 25, Address: Bay Av. Patchoque, NY, date of birth Feb. 25, 1893, natural born, born Bellport, NY, driver, C.St. Vroonamn?, Patchoque, NY,no dependents, Single, Caucasian, short, medium, eyes gray, dark brown hair. signed by R.A. Newton, Precint 19, Suffolk Co., NY.

Source:  Charles E. Yale, #64, WWI Draft Cards – Registration Card, #2547, Suffolk County, New York #31-5-9-A two pages.

In the next post I will share about the deaths of Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome Ford her husband.

NOTE:  If you do research in Connecticut join a genealogical society or you will have trouble in some courthouses and not allowed to see the records without this membership.  I had no problems till I went to the courthouse in Bristol.  So just be aware that their laws are strict regarding vital records.  It may not be the record that is the problem it is the index for some are beyond the privacy rules.

Heirs of Alexander Barclay: Helen (Sarah Ellen) Barclay Sears

Sarah Ellen, a daughter of Minerva Parks and John Barclay, became an heir of uncle Alexander Barclay after the affidavits about the status of her father, John Barclay, were submitted to the Probate Court of Dakota County.

Again the following is a mix of my research and my cousin’s.

Sarah Ellen Barclay was born the 29 March, 1869 in Sibley Co., Minnesota. She died on 16 August 1957 in Seattle, King Co., Washington as Helen Westerholme. She started using the name “Helen” by 1910.  At the time of Alexander Barclay’s probate process in 1906, she was known as Sarah Ellen Sears.

We find Helen Sears with Lewis Sears in the 1910 Census.

Line 93, 1756, 190, 196, Sears, Lewis, Head, M, W, 47, M2, 5, born California, father New York, mother born Ohio, English, manufacturer, wrapping paper, yes, yes, 0, __, H

Sears, Helen, wife, F, W, 40, M2, 5, 1 Child born, 1 living, born Minnesota, Father born Minnesota, mother born Minnesota, English, none, yes, yes.

 Source: Sears, Lewis Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, SD#1, ED#216, Sheet # 7, Ward of city #14, enumerated 19 April, 1910, by Alonzo Wardell. 

Unfortunately, tragedy struck and Lewis died 2 July 1913 in Seattle and is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill next to her brother John A. Barclay’s grave.  I have not found an obituary notice at this time for Lewis Sears but I did find a picture of a man who could be him but I cannot post here so below is the location of the article.

Source:  Newspapers.com, The Seattle Republican, Seattle, WA, Friday December 25,  1903 First Edition. He was very handsome. What follows is the caption under the picture. 

Lewis Sears – Paper of this edition was supplied through Lewis Sears, who is the coats agent for the McClellan Paper Company, Minneapolis, Minn. manufacturers of all grades of fine book, cover, writing, ledger, bond and other class of papers. Office 214 and 216 James Street, Seattle.

Years pasted and Helen, as she was calling herself now, remarried to Alex W. Westerholm on the 13th day of February, 1918, in Seattle, King Co., Washington. He may have been Axel rather than Alex.

Source: #57932/62544, State of Washington, County of King, John B. Wright by authority of license bearing the 13th of February, 1918, Lawful Wedlock Alex. W. Westerholm and Helen Sears witnesses were S.W. Biggs and a Leola May Blinn. 

They are together in the 1920 U.S. Census.

Line 82, Arrowsmith Ave., 9767, 175, 189, Westerholm, Axel W. Head, O, M, M, W, 42, M, 1899, Na, yes, yes, born Sweden, Swedish, parents Swedish, yes, Sea Captain, Alaska Steamship Co. W. 

Westerholm Helen Sears, wife, F, W, 48, M, yes, yes, born Minnesota, farther born Scotland, mother Massachusetts, yes, Manager President, Lewis Sears Paper Co., EM

Source: A. Westerholm Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, SD#1, ED#317, Sht. 7, enumerated 13 January 1920, by Martha F. Steele. 

An interesting development, John Barclay is living with his sister in Seattle in 1930.

Line 5, 14 Ave S., 1710, 258, 258, Westerholm, Capt. W, Head, O, $6000.00, M, W, 50, M, 38, no, yes, born Sweden, his parents born Sweden, 1893 Na, yes, Captain, Alaska Boat, 

Westerholm, Helen S. H., wife, H., M. W, 52, S., no, yes, born Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother born Illinois, yes, no occupation, 

Barclay, J.V., brother-in-law, M,W, 52, S, no, yes, born Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother born Illinois, yes, laborer, Lumber Mill. 

Source: Capt. Westerholm Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, block 5133, ED #17-173, SD #2, Sheet #30A, enumerated 14, April, 1930 by Rebecca E. M. Crauley. 

Much to my delight John is still living with them in 1940.

Line 22, 14 Ave So., 1710, 264, 0, 9000, Westerholm, Capt. Axel, Head, M, W, 62, M, No. 6, born Sweden, NA, Same house, No, yes, Captain Ship, Alaska Steam Co., pw, 130 etc. 

Westerholm, Helen, wife, F, W, 65, M, No, 6, born Minnesota, Same house, no, no, no, no, no, H, no occupation. 

Barclay John A., brother-in-law, M, W, 67, S, No, 6, born Minnesota, Same house, no, no, no, no, no, U, no occupation. 

Source:  Capt. Westerholm Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, block 61-62-63, SD#1, ED#40-278, Sht #13, enumerated on April 13, 1940 by Elizabeth Glemley. 

Neither Helen (Sarah Ellen) nor John seemed to escape tragedy in their lives. Helen’s husband Axel was a Captain and his ship blew up.  An article about this accident at sea appeared in the Seattle Times Monday 24 April 1944 on page 7, column 2, 3 and more. The article also had pictures of the Capt and Mrs. Westerholm but I cannot share them here. What follows is only a portion of the article.

Families of Missing Straub People Still Hope for Return

Families of the seafaring men lost in the sinking of the Liberty ship John Straub last Wednesday today clung desperately to the hope that their men had reached shore safely or boarded ships nearby in Alaskan waters. Notified yesterday of the disaster, the wives and mothers telephoned each other and sought information additional to the meager accounts of survivors and Coast Guard officials.

Mrs. Axel W. Westerholm, 1718 14th Ave. S., wife of the 66 year old captain who has been going to sea with the Alaska Steamship Company since 1918, could not believe the veteran skipper could meet with a serious accident. “He was determined to keep going as long as vital cargoes were needed in distant parts,” she said.” He could have retired some years ago.”

First Trip on Straub:

Captain Westerholm, one of the Seattle’s oldest mariners in point of service, was in the vicinity of Dutch Harbor when the Japanese made their first raid at the outpost early in the summer of 1942. Although it was believed it was his first trip on the John Straub, he had been master of other Liberty ships and had served on passenger ships, freighters and cargo ships of all types…

The articles goes on to describe other men involved in the accident. There are other articles on the same page discussing the Liberty Ships and why they were in the waters in that location.

Helen Westerholm buried her brother John Avery Barclay at Mount Pleasant near her first husband Lewis Sears on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington in 1951.  She herself passed on 16 August 1957.

Her death is recorded in the Washington State Digital Archives:

Image #1135, Doc#15366, Helen S. Westerholm, 16 Aug 1957, 86 Female, father John Bartlay, mother Minerva Parks, in Seattle, King Co., Washington. 

A funeral and obituary notice appeared in the Seattle Times on Sunday, August 18, 1957 for Helen:

Funeral: Westerholm – Helen S. 641 East 72nd, Mother of Raymond Steadman, Seattle. Private services Monday 11 a.m. Green Lake Funeral Home, Interment Evergreen. page 48, column 4. 

Obituary: Mrs. Alex W. Westerholm. Private funeral services for Mrs. Helen Sears Westerholm, 86, will be held tomorrow in the Green Lake Funeral Home. Burial will be in Evergreen. Mrs. Westerholm died Friday in a nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Westerholm was born in Minnesota. She came to Seattle from California in 1912. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Westerholm was the widow of Capt. Alex W. Westerholm master of the Liberty ship John Straub. He was killed when the ship exploded in Alaskan waters April 19, 1944. 

Mrs. Westerholm is survived by a son, Raymond A. Steadman, Seattle. 

UPDATE 2/21/2015:  Based on the information about Helen’s interment, I visited the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery and found her gravesite: 

Helen Westerholm Tombstone in Evergreen, Seattle, WA

Helen Westerholm Tombstone in Evergreen, Seattle, WA

Here we finally see that Raymond Steadman was Helen’s son.  He has appeared in the census with Minerva mother of Helen as a boarder and grandson.  Who the father is unclear at this time and does this mean that Helen (Sarah Ellen) was married a 3rd time?

Raymond Steadman was born about 1889 in California and died on 24 January 1967 in Seattle, King Co., Washington in the Seattle Times Newspaper. Unfortunately it does not tell us about his parentage.

Obituary:  Raymond A. Steadman – Funeral services for Raymond A. Steadman 78, of 7018 Fifth Av. N.E. will be at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow in the Acacia Chapel, with burial in Acacia. He died yesterday in a hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Steadman came here from his native San Francisco 20 years ago. He owned and operated the Lake City Motel nine years, and also was an apartment house owner. His wife Lucille A. Steadman survives.

Update 2/21/2015:  Acacia Cemetery is very near so I visited it and found the gravesite for Raymond and Lucille.  

Lucille Steadman's stone is to the right of Raymond's.

Lucille Steadman’s stone is to the right of Raymond’s.

Raymond Steadmans Tombstone, Acacia, Seattle, WA.

Raymond Steadmans Tombstone, Acacia, Seattle, WA.

In the next post I will write about Minerva Parks Barclay Buchwald and what happened to her, the mother of John Avery and Helen (Sarah Ellen) Barclay.

1898 – Amarilla Handles a few land Transactions!

Meanwhile, back in Pine River in 1898, Amarilla was involved in some land transactions.

May 3, 1898 she is involved with a deed where she is buying land from an Erik Thunell.  George witnessed this deed for her.

Instrument No. 3928, Erick Thunell of the county of ___ (cut off), State of Minnesota to Ammarilla Barclay of the County of Cass State of Minnesota consideration of one hundred and sixty ($160.00) to him paid…the East 1/2 one half of the southwest quarter (E SW) (32) township one hundred thirty-eight (138) Range ______(cut off). Signed by Erick Thun___ (cut off). Witnessed by G.A. Barclay and Wm. Fuller. 

Written on the side: Affidavit See K of Misc. pg. 519. 

Source:  Erik Thunell to Ammarilla Barclay, Deed Book P, pg. 164, 3 May, 1898, Instrument #3928, Cass Co., Register of Deeds, Minnesota.  This deed was a form and some of the writing was cut off on the side of the page.

A couple of months later on August 23, 1898 at 4 pm Amarilla buys land from a E.W. Davis.  This time George is not a witness.  The amount of the transaction is $950.00, was this money George gave Amarilla or was it her own?  These are lots in Brainerd.

Deed between E. W. Davis and Amarilla

Portion of a Deed between E. W. Davis and Amarilla

E. W. Davis to Ammarilla Barclay. This Indenture made this 16th Day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight between E. W. Davis, and Nellie G. Davis his wife of the County of Pipestone and State of Minnesota, parties of the first part and Ammarilla Barclay of the County of Cass and State of Minnesota, party of the second part. Witnessth that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of nine hundred and fifty and no/100 dollars _____in hand part by the said party of the second part. The receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do by these presents grants bargains sell [revise], release and convey unto the said party of the second part and her heirs in and assigns forever all the following described lot, piece or parcel of land situate in the County of Crow Wing and the State of Minnesota, and known as follows to wit: lots numbered nineteen (19 and Twenty (20) of block numbered one hundred (100) of the original Town (now city) of Brainerd of the recorded plat there of an filed in the office of the register of deeds for the County of Crow Wing in the State of Minnesota – To Have and to Hold the same together with all the hereditments and appurtenances thereunto belonging ______________unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever, and the said E. W. Davis and Nellie G. Davis, parties of the first part for and of themselves their heirs executors and administrators do covenent with the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns that they _____ not made, done ____________ or suffered any act of thing whatsoever, whereby the above described premises or any part thereof ____or at any time hereafter shall or may be ______________charges or encumbered in any manner whatsoever. and the _______ granted premises against all ______lawfully claiming the same _____through or under the said E. W. Davis the said party of the first part will forever warrant and defend. In testimoney whereof the said party of the first part have hereunto their hands and seals this day and year first above written. Signed, Sealed and delivered in the presence of Marion Hanna and S.E. Wharton. Signed by E. W. Davis and Nellie G. Davis.

State of Minnesota County of Pipestone
On this 16th day of August AD 1898 before me a Notary Public within the foresaid County personally appeared E. W. Davis and Nellie G. Davis husband and wife. ____known to be the Persons described in and who executed the foregoing and ____instrument, and acknowledged that they executed the same as their free act and deed. S.E. Wharton, Notary Public in and for Pipestone Co., Minnesota.

Source:  E. W. Davis to Ammarilla Barclay, Special Warranty Deed, Filed August 23, 1898 4 pm #10691, Vol. 9, pg. 129-130, Crown Wing Co., Minnesota.  This deed was a challenge to read and you can see I did not get quite a lot of the words. Sometimes I have to read a deed several times before I get all the words.  I think we can figure out what is happening.

So Amarilla is buying lots in Brainerd.  I wonder why?  Were George and Amarilla planning on retiring in Brainerd?  He was 54 years old and she was just about 40.  They had been working the land and businesses in Pine River for 25 years.  Oh there could be so many reasons, I guess I will never know.

On the City of Brainerd website there are maps and they have a 1892 Sanborn Map that features the blocks and lots for Brainerd. The one that Amarilla is focusing on is page #3.  Block 100 is between E. Ivy and E. Juniper and N. Broadway and N. 9th St.  Click on the image and scroll to the bottom.  Unfortunately I cannot find this block on a current map online.  Cities are known for changing street names over the years.  If anyone knows where this is located please let me know.

Sanborn 1892 Brainerd

Sanborn 1892 Brainerd

UPDATE:  Thanks too two very nice persons who commented on this post (see comments), the other map titled Turner 1871 also shows the 100 block in Brainerd (Lots 19 and 20).  According to this map the land is not to far from the Courthouse in with the Barclay’s did a lot of business and the Episcopal Church, well if it is St. Paul’s then they have their marriage record.  I did seek out St. Paul’s church when I visited but can’t seem to find my picture.  I was so close.

 http://www.ci.brainerd.mn.us/docs/maps/historic/Turner1871.pdf  Be patient it does open but slowly.

July 1897: Walker vs Pine River – A County Seat Decision

George is involved in another round of politics in 1897 regarding the organization of Cass County. Of course George A. Barclay wanted Pine River to be the county seat.  He was too late in organizing the convention to vote on that subject. This notice for a convention to choose a county seat for Cass appeared in the  Cass County Pioneer newspaper in July of 1897 somewhat hidden in back pages.

A convention for choosing a county seat in Cass Co., MN

A convention for choosing a county seat in Cass Co., MN

Notice:  Pursuant to notice duly given calling a non-partisan convention for the county of Cass for the purpose of selecting a location for a county seat to be voted on at a coming special election.  Said convention was called to order by Wm. H. Hallett, who was elected chairman.  A. J. Collins was elected clerk.  After seating the delegates the chairman was authorized to retain an able attorney to look after an direct the petitioners who wish to change the county seat.  One hundred dollars was raised for current expenses, Geo. Barclay of Pine River giving his check for $50.  Owing to the inclemency of the weather, but twenty of the sixty delegates attended. Those present, wishing to give every part of  the county a chance to vote on this important question.  The convention was adjourned until the 21st of June 1897 to meet at the Ellis post office school house on section 7 town 135, range 31, at 2 o’clock p.m.  On said date the delegates present will proceed to select a site for a new county seat.  All precincts are requested to have their delegates attend said adjourned convention.  Dated at County convention this the day of June, 1897 A Collins, Sec.  Wm. H. Hallet, Chm.

Source:  Notice, Cass County Pioneer Newspaper, Walker, MN, Film June 17, 1897, #1/2/1897 to 6/2/1898, Thursday, July 15, 1897 edition, Minnesota Historical Society newspaper collection.

I return to the Logsleds to Snowmobiles book about the history of Pine River on page 110 lower part of the first column:

“The governor appointments as Cass County Commissioners those who “will organize the county and decide the county seat” consisted of men all friendly to the timber interests.

It soon became obvious to George Barclay and others that “timber forces” were in control of the politics of the county, at least temporarily, for on May 14, 1897, the boom town of Walker which had been in existence for only a little over a year was “named” by the new commissioners the county seat of Cass County. 

Barclay, together with W.H. Hallett immediately called a “non-partisan convention” at the Collins House precinct south of Barclay’s Ranch for the purpose of “selecting a location for the county’s seat.”  Barclay had high hopes that the “convention” would select his settlement in place of Walker, and, therefore, he readily contributed $50 to defray part of the $100 convention expense.  Apparently, he hoped that in an election resulting from the conflict over two alternative county seats that the more populated southern portions of the county would outvote the northern region.  Barclay was to be disappointed for the hastily called convention could not agree on any single policy and broke up without taking positive stand on an alternative county seat.”  From the Brainerd Dispatch June 18, 1897, pg. 4, Logsleds bibliography notes pg, 516. 

According to the Cass County Historical Society the reason Walker was named the county seat was because it was incorporated in 1896 having 100 male voters.  Pine River had not yet incorporated and that would not happen till 1901.

UPDATE July 11, 2013:  Apparently I have written this post 2 times.  I apologize for that confusion.  I wrote about the County Seat of Cass on March 21, 2013.  So I am adding the last part of that post to this one and then deleting the March post.

Once Walker was chosen as the county seat of Cass County, Minnesota the next step was to incorporate Pine River.  It took a few years for that to happen.

The Logsleds Book Continues on page 111:

“It is not known when George Barclay first conceived of the idea of incorporating his settlement into a village, but is certain that by the time of the official organization of Cass County in 1897, he had definite plans on his mind.”

Sarah and Daniel’s Family, the Second Family!

Daniel and Sarah Spracklin by permission

Daniel D. Spracklin married Sarah Blacketer Allgood on 21 November 1863 in Marengo, Iowa Co., Iowa.

Marriage of Daniel to Sarah 1863

Source:  Marriage Record of Daniel and Sara Spracklin Vol. C 1863-1874, Microfilm at the Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines, Iowa. Marriage Record, November 21, 1863. D.D. Spracklin and Sarah Allgood received marriage license November 21, 1863, State of Iowa, Iowa County. I herby certify that on the 22nd day of November 1863. D.D. Spracklin and Sarah Allgood were by me joined together in marriage. Given under my hand the 22nd date of November 1863, D.W. Chance J.P.

Daniel & Sarah’s Children

Photo:  L to R: Reed A. Spracklin,  Daniel Goss Spracklin, Charles Edward Spracklin, Virda Huston Spracklin, Peter George Spracklin, Lydia Marie Spracklin, Daniel Goss Spracklin Reed Andrews Spracklin.  There seems to be a little disagreement in the family as to which one is Daniel and which one is Reed. Based on other photos I think that the update is correct (11/2014).  I think they look cold.  I would say this was taken about 1908 or maybe 1915???

Daniel and Sarah’s Children:

1.  Lydia Marie Spracklin was born 12 July 1864, Benton County, Iowa and died the 27th of May 1930 in Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa.  She married Thomas Jefferson Ross on 9 Sept. 1881 in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa.  They are both buried in the Cedar Cemetery, Rinard, Calhoun County, Iowa.

2.  Virda Huston Spracklin was born 11 June 1866 in Benton County, Iowa and died 15 November 1927 in Woonsocket, Sanborn County, South Dakota.  He married Lillie Mae Amsden on 12 November 1889 in Rockwell City, Calhoun Co., Iowa.  They ar both buried in the Eventide Cemetery in Woonsocket.  I was very excited to see that FindAGrave has a picture of Virda’s tombstone.  I have tried to figure out how I could visit.

3.  Reed Andrews Spracklin born 24 August 1868, Benton Co., Iowa and died 18 July 1938 in Jordan, Garfield Co., Montana.  He married Julia Ann Siler on the 29th of December 1897 in Greenfield Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa.  They are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, Montana.  Reed was the administrator of his father’s estate.  I have visited his granddaughter Bertha Spracklin Roufley on several occasions and learned a great deal about Reed.

4.  Daniel Goss Spracklin was born 21 Sept. 1870 in Benton Co., Iowa and died the 8th of August 1927 in Calhoun Co., Iowa.  He married a Susan Matilda Marrow on the 29th of January 1907 in Iowa Co., Iowa.  I do not yet know where Daniel is buried.

5.  Peter George Spracklin was born the 31st of August 1872 probably Iowa Co.  His father Daniel had moved the family from Benton Co. to Iowa County and 20 miles south and it was about this time that he made that move.  Peter died on the 26th of January 1956 in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  He married Etta Mae Hall on 1 January 1896 in Calhoun Co., Iowa but that marriage didn’t last.  Peter has descendants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and I have had the great fortune to meet them while traveling in Ohio in 2011.

6.  Charles Edward Spracklin was born the 19th of September 1874 probably in Iowa County.  He died on the 10th of September  1946, Deerfield Township, Cass County, Minnesota and is buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery, McKinley Township, Cass County, Minnesota.  He married Arminda Victoria Ward sometime in 1915 in Pine River, Cass County, Minnesota.  I have been to the graveside of both Charles and Arminda.

7.  Alfred Marion Spracklin was born 16 July 1876 in Iowa County, Iowa and died Dec. 12 1893 in Iowa County.  He is buried with his parents in the Community Cemeter east of Millersburg.  There is some confusion in the published cemetery records of his exact birth date.  Some say it was 1899 but I believe it was 1893.  More on Alfred in a future post.

Each one of the children of Daniel and Sarah and has a great story to tell.  One of my biggest problems in tracking the descendants of Daniel and Sarah was that most left and lived in other parts of Iowa or headed for the Dakotas, Minnesota, Oregon, California even some went back to Pennsylvania.  By the time of Daniel’s death  in 1915 they had scattered.  Spracklins are a restless bunch and they don’t like to leave records unless you are willing to dig for them.

I pause to give a great deal of credit to my whole and half cousins who have helped me to learn more about each one of these families, the first and the second of Daniel’s.  I am grateful for their passion and willingness to share.   Of course my interest tends to lean toward the first family so forgive me if I error or fail to present all information.

Note:  The two photographs were given to me by my cousin Gloria Spracklin Spinler  Gloria Stocker Spinler a great granddaughter of Reed Spracklin. She gave me permission to share.  Her Aunt Bertha helped to clarify and confirm correctly, who the persons in the photograph were.  Reed was her grandfather.