Daniel D. Spracklin’s Estate: The Partition Deeds

There were two very important events that took place regarding Daniel’s estate. The most important document in the probate/estate packet was the Heirs-at-law form that showed the heirs of Daniel.  I have shared that with you in a previous post.

The second was a series of deeds selling the land of Daniel D. Spracklin. These deeds were found in the court clerk books and included most of Daniel’s heirs, including Amarilla. You will note that C.E. Spracklin’s deed includes his wife Arminda and also Amarilla Dawes because they were from Minnesota.

Partial of the deed for C.E., Arminda and Amarilla

Partial of the deed for C.E., Arminda and Amarilla

Here is a list of Grantors: Quit Claim Deeds for Sec 19, Twp. 78, Rng 12 – NE 1/4 Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa:

1. Spracklin, V.H. & wife (Mae) Co. of Sanborn, So. Dakota – 1/23/1917 – $149.50
2. Spracklin, E.S. & wife (Mrs. E.G. Spracklin) Co. of Shelby, IA – 9/23/1916 – $150.50
3. Spracklin, P.S. – Single…his wife, Co. of Iowa, IA. – 1/13/1917 – $150.50
4. Spracklin, C.E. etal (wife is Arminda V. Spracklin & Ammarilla Dawes, single) – 12/22/1916 $152.50
5. Spracklin O.R., single Co. of Sanborn, So. Dakota – 1/18/1917 – $153.50

Grantee: Thomas Stapleton
Date of filing: Jan. 25, 1917 for all of the above quit claim deeds
Time: 4:40 and 4:45 pm.
Date of Instrument: Next to name above

On the following page, after the above deeds, was a Referee Deed that I would not have known about if I had not looked through the court clerk books in person in the Courthouse.  Apparently Reed and Lydia went to court.  I have yet to do further research on this deed which might mean searching court records for more information.

Pg. 89 H.W. Hatter, Referee to Thomas Stapleton – Referee Deed, Jan. 29, 1917. $155.70. Regarding the sale of the land that D.D. Owned and the Plaintiffs are R.A. Spracklin and Lydia M. Ross. Apparently it was sold at $14,444.00 and approved Mar. 1916 by the court to be sold to Thomas Stapleton.

When I post about each of these heirs of Daniel’s in future posts, I will share these deeds in more detail.

Daniel D. Spracklin’s Estate – Final Report and Petition for Discharge

In March of 1916, Reed A. Spracklin, son and Administrator of Daniel’s estate, made his final report and petitioned for the discharge of the estate.  This shows the partnership that Reed had with his father regarding the farm, the distribution to the siblings and heirs.  There are three pages below:  click on the photo,  choose open in another window an easier way to return to this blog.

Page 1:

Final Report of D.D. Spracklin Estate

Final Report of D.D. Spracklin Estate

Page 2:


page 2 Final Report D.D. Spracklin Estate

page 2 Final Report D.D. Spracklin Estate

Page 3:

page 3 Final Report Estate of D.D. Spracklin

page 3 Final Report Estate of D.D. Spracklin


Daniel Spracklin’s Estate: Inventory, Petition to Sell Personal Property

When visiting in Iowa in 2003, I stayed at the Loy’s Bed and Breakfast near Marengo.  It was really a farm-house with a basement that they rented out to travelers.  They were very nice people and the proprietor was involved with the farming cooperative in the area and he consented to study Daniel’s estate and give me his opinion of what he found.  I am a city girl and have no knowledge of farming.

Mr. Loy stated that Daniel was what was called a “general farmer” from the description of the items he had in his possession.  It pretty much means that Daniel did just about everything on his farm from raising crops to keeping bees and cattle.

Here is the inventory of Daniel D. Spracklin’s personal property:

11 head cows $47.50 each

4 heifers coming 2 yrs old$35.00 each

6 calves $7.00 each

1 Bull $80.00 each

11 hogs $11.50 each

44 Spring pigs $1.00

400 Bush Corn 60 cents each

300 hens 50 cents each

Total $449.48

On the left side is the notation of 1/3 of…

Other property of D.D. Spracklin:

Personal Property of D.D. Spracklin

Personal Property of D.D. Spracklin


Here is the petition to sell the personal property:

Petition to Sell

Petition to Sell

Daniel Spracklin’s Estate: Heirs-at-Law

In Daniel D. Spracklin’s probate/estate file there was an Heirs-at-law form filled in with the names, and addresses of the heirs.  I was thrilled to get this document, not all probate/estate files have them.  I would just love to have one from John A. Spracklin’s estate packet, Daniel’s father, that would be great but so far I have not been so lucky.

The most important part is that it shows that Amarilla is Daniel’s daughter, and that the others are her siblings, nieces and nephews. I have yet to find a bible or church record showing the births of the children of Daniel and Elizabeth, as well as Daniel and Sarah.

Heirs-at-law Daniel Spracklin

Heirs-at-law Daniel Spracklin

It reads as follows – all of full age

Mrs. Lydia M. Ross, daughter, Somers, IA,

Description N.E.1/4, Section and Lot 19 78, Range 12.

V.H. Spracklin, son, Woonsocket, S.D.

R.A. Spracklin, son, Deep River IA

D.G. Spracklin, son, Deep River, IA

P.G. Spracklin, son, Estherville, IA

C. E. Spracklin, son, Pine River, MN

Mrs. Amarilla Dawes, daughter, Pine River MN

Children and heirs-at-law of Henry Spracklin deceased, son of said deceased:

Maggie Parks (Parke) – (Margaret Evalina), Davenport, IA

E. F. Spracklin (Elroy Franklin), Davenport, IA

H.L. Spracklin (Harry Leroy), Davenport, IA

E.G. Spracklin (Elmer George), Portsmouth, IA

J.D. Spracklin (John Daniel) _________, CA

O.R. Spracklin (This is probably Raymond Otha?), Woonsocket, SD

Bessie Burford (Elizabeth Ann), La Gloria, Cuba

Wilbur Spracklin, unknown location

Ed. Spracklin (Edward Oliver), unknown location

State of Iowa, signed by R.A. Spracklin Adm. of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin

2nd of April, 1915 R.W. McKnight Clerk D.C., by R.E. McBride Deputy Cleark

Source: Estate packet #5964, 6-525, Iowa County Courthouse, Marengo, Iowa of Daniel D. Spracklin, Iowa County, Iowa March 9, 1915 – Heirs At Law affidavit. 

Based on the above form you can see why it was so difficult to find information out about Daniel’s children, they had all scattered to different locations of Iowa and even other states.

In past posts on this blog, I have written about Henry Spracklin’s death and end of life and have given a brief amount of information about his children. See the post dated August 24, 2012, Henry and Elizabeth Spracklin’s Family.

Daniel D. Spracklin’s Estate, an Overview…

On my trip to Iowa in 2003 I went to the Marengo County Courthouse, in Iowa County, to obtain a deed record of when Daniel D. Spracklin, my second great grandfather purchased the land in Iowa County and also his estate file.

Daniel did not have a will, so his estate had to go through probate. Reed A. Spracklin, a son, was his Administrator so he had the responsibility to record all transactions and steps in the probate process.

Usually I study the court clerk books to get the timeline for the probate. They would be the big books where the clerk records the probate process. The documents recorded would be: appointment of administrator, bond, announcements in the newspaper, selling of real estate, appointment of appraisers, inventory of personal property, any affidavits that are needed, selling of real estate, and settlements either partial or final.  This part of Daniel’s estate I have not researched and it might be interesting to see what information turns up.

In 2003, I just walked into the courthouse and asked for the probate packet which is the actual file that contains documents of the probate process like those mentioned above and also any debt receipts from creditors.

Here is a list of the estate packet and papers for Daniel D. Spracklin’s estate.

1). March 9, 1915 – Heirs At Law affidavit – A list of D.D.’s heirs (sons & daughters) and their relationship to him as well as his grandchildren by his son Henry Spracklin who preceded him in death. To be presented in the next post.

2). May 22, 1915 Affidavit of Publication – Notice of the Appointment of Administrator published in the Marengo Democrat. By law they were required to publish the notice for 3 weeks consecutively.

April 1, 1915, Marengo Demo title page.

April 1, 1915, Marengo Demo title page.

Administer is appointed and it is published in the local paper

Administer is appointed and it is published in the local paper

Note:  Copies of the three notices were found on the 1st, 8th and 15th of April 1915 in the Marengo Democrat and were not part of this packet and were from the Marengo Public Library Reel #965-K dated Dec. 10, 1914 – 1/29/1917.

R. A. Spracklin, a son, was appointed the Administrator of the estate in the County of Iowa.

3). April 2, 1915 – Inventory of personal effects of D.D. Spracklin by R.A. Spracklin – Iowa County, Iowa. This is a handwritten list of personal items, farm animals, farm supplies, tools and furniture.

4). Date Unknown – List of Property Belonging to D.D. Spracklin Estate, another version.

5). April 23, 1915 In Probate – Notice of Appointment of Appraisers and Return of Valuation in the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin. State of Iowa Poweshiek County.

6). June 21, 1915 – Claim Against Estate #5964 T. H. Connelly for $171.35 – District Court of Poweshiek County for funeral expenses covering casket, embalming, hearse, flowers.

7). November 11, 1915 Petition for Authority to Sell Personal Property, In the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin, deceased. R.A. is requesting that he be given authorization to sell the 1/3 of the possessions of D.D. Spracklin.

8). 1915 to 1917 Various Checks written by R.A. Spracklin, Administrator for paying creditors, administrator and heirs in final settlement. The bank used was out of Deep River, Iowa.

A claim against the Estate of D.D. Spracklin

A claim against the Estate of D.D. Spracklin

9). April 7, 1916 Final Report and Petition for Discharge in the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin, deceased.

A Distribution Check to Amarilla - Estate of D.D. Spracklin

A Distribution Check to Amarilla – Estate of D.D. Spracklin

10). Date Unknown – R.A. Spracklin Partnership, and D.D. Spracklin Estate. Spreadsheet of figures and lists of items involved. It is the same information contained in the final settlement.

R.A and D.D.'s Agreement

R.A and D.D.’s Agreement

11). May 15, 1916 Motion – In the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin To correct name of the newspaper in which appointment of Adminstrator was published to Marengo Democrat.

12). May 17, 1916 Affidavit of Publication of Discharge Notice in Marengo Sentinel newspaper.

Dkscharge notice of the Estate

Discharge notice of the Estate

13). Partition Deeds to D.D.’s Heirs-at-law – They are selling the land of D.D. Spracklin to a Mr. Thomas Stapleton, in September and December of 1916 and January of 1917.  See a future post about the partition deeds of the land of Daniel D. Spracklin.

  • O.R. Spracklin
  • P.G. Spracklin
  • C.E. Spracklin et. al.
  • V.H. Spracklin and wife
  • E.G. Spracklin and Wife
Historical Atlast 1875 of Iowa County, Iowa

Historical Atlas 1875 of Iowa County, Iowa – The white square is Daniel’s land

14). Referee Deed dated 31 March, 1915 H.W. Hatter, Referee to Thomas Stapleton. It might be interesting to look at court records for more information about this deed, like the Court of Common Pleas.  This contains a description of the land owned by Daniel D. Spracklin.

Partial of Referee Deed

Partial of Referee Deed

About 1905 R.A. Spracklin or rather Reed and family moved in with his parents and lived with them on the farm in Dayton Twp.  Reed was with Daniel and Sarah in the 1905 Iowa State Census. He made an agreement with his father to help care for the farm and his parents in their old age.  See the post: Amarilla’s Father Daniel and half-brother Reed Form a Partnership, November 11, 2014 for more information.

Regarding Daniel’s estate:  Daniel’s farm was in Dayton Twp. Iowa County, Iowa. This is very close to the border of Poweshiek County and it would be interesting to check the probate records of that county and the deeds to see what might turn up.

The Death of Amarilla’s father, Daniel D. Spracklin – March 1915

Amarilla was not going to have a great 1915. There was a lot of changes.

With Grace’s death in 1911, there was nothing compelling R.S. McDonald, husband of daughter Grace, to stay in International Falls.  He sold the house and left taking the children with him to Canada in 1915. Ronald’s story is better featured on the blog: The Man Who Lived Airplanes, see right of this blog for the link.

In addition at the end of 1915, the Barclay Hotel and the store burned down and Amarilla took a big financial hit.

Backing up a little, at the beginning of 1915, Amarilla lost her father.

Daniel D. Spracklin or D.D.

Daniel D. Spracklin or D.D.

On 9 March, 1915 Amarilla’s father Daniel D. Spracklin died.

I do not know how this affected her, she had left Iowa after 1875.  I have never found any articles suggesting that she visited them in Iowa.

Daniel was a quiet and simple man and it has been difficult to learn about him. He usually referred to himself as D.D. I have yet to find anywhere where he wrote out his full name including his middle name. There is a bit of controversy in the family about his middle name and its spelling. There are those that spell it “Dair” but I have reason to believe it is “Dare” which is the family name of his great-grandmother Mary Dare who was the mother of Elizabeth Andrews Spracklin, Daniel’s grandmother.

Unfortunately, the Deep River newspaper has made it even more confusing as to what was Daniel’s middle name. They have titled his obituary “Daniel Dave Spracklin.”

Obituary for Daniel Dave Spracklin
“Daniel Dave Spracklin was born February 16, 1830 and died March 9, 1915, at his home, southeast of town. He was married to Elizabeth Keller in February 1853, and removed to Iowa County, near Marengo, in 1856, where his wife died March 9, 1859. He was married again to Mrs. Sarah Algood in 1863 and moved to Benton county, near Blairstown, living there until 1884, when he came to Dayton Township, Iowa county, where he has since resided. From his first marriage were four children, of whom but one, Mrs. Ammarilla Dawes, survives. Of the second marriage there were seven children, of whom six survive. Mrs. Lydia Ross, Vida, Reed, Daniel, George and Edmund. All the children were present except Mrs. Daws, who was prevented by ill health. He had been a great sufferer, but had been kind and patient through all. He was a good father, loving and kind, self sacrificing and always thinking of others.”

 Source: The Deep River Journal 3-19-1915 pg. 3, Iowa State Archives, Des Moines.

Daniel’s Death certificate still doesn’t give his middle name clearly and is also a problem in that the names of his parents are unclear.  The informant was Reed Spracklin, a son, and I think he was confused when he filled the death certificate out putting his own parentage in the spaces rather than his father’s. We know his father to be John Andrews Spracklin, who was born in England, and Lydia Goss, who was born in Ohio, from documents shared on the blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio – see right side panel.

Certificate of Vital Records – State of Iowa, Dayton Twp., for Daniel Dair Spracklin, male, white, born Feb. 16, 1830, age 85 yrs. 21 days, widowed, birthplace Ohio, father’s name is Daniel Spracklin, born in England, mother is Gauge, birthplace Penn, occupation farmer. Signed by R.A. Spracklin, of Deep River. Date of death Mar 9, 1916, died at 9 am of lobar pneumonia, senility. R. E. Guner of Deep River, UB Cemetery, March 13, 1915, by Connell of Deep River – funeral director.

Daniel’s tombstone which he shares with his second wife Sarah is in the Community Cemetery near Millersburg, Iowa and is featured on Find A Grave.  See BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog for more information.

DD Spracklin tombstone

Daniel did not leave a will but he did have land so there was a probate of his estate. Reed Andrews Spracklin was the Administrator of the estate.

From the sources above we see that Amarilla was unable to attend the funeral of her father because of ill health.  It is unclear or unknown as to how close she was to the family and if she kept in touch. Charles Edward who is probably the Edmund mentioned above is her brother from the second family. He had migrated to Cass County by 1912 and maybe have been a contact for Amarilla.