Daniel Spracklin’s Children: Daniel Goss Spracklin 1870 to 1927

Daniel Goss Spracklin was a son of Daniel D. and Sarah Spracklin.  He was born 21 September, 1870 in Benton Co., Iowa. He died 8 August, 1927 in Calhoun Co., Iowa and is buried in the Cedar Township Cemetery in Calhoun County.

Daniel’s mother Sarah was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church circuit that covered the churches of Deep River, Bethel, Mt. Zion, Spring Dale, and Keswick in Iowa and Poweshiek County. Sarah was listed as a member and Daniel G. Spracklin’s baptism was listed on page 186. Source: FHL#1003429 Item 3. 

Daniel married on 29 January, 1907 to Susan Matilda Marrow.  She was born 23 August, 1869 in What Cheer, Keokuk Co., Iowa and died on 19 December, 1909 in Enid, Garfield, Oklahoma. Susan’s parents were John Marrow and Rebecca Kinder.

Daniel Goss Spracklin and Susan M. Lash

Daniel Goss Spracklin and Susan M. Lash, courtesy of a cousin

Source: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, Family Search, Daniel Goss Spracklin born 1871 in Benton, Iowa, age 36, to Susan Morrow Lash born 1870 in Mahaska County age 37. Marriage took place on 29 January 1907 in Sigourney, Keokuk, Iowa. Daniel’s father was Daniel Dare Spracklin and his mother was Sarah Blacketer.  The bride’s father was John Morrow and her mother was Jane Kinder.  Daniel was single and the bride was widowed.  Source:  Marriage Records for Mahaska Co., Iowa, FHL#1005844, pg. 77

Susan had been married before to a Robert Louis Lash on 16 November, 1890 in Mahaska Co., Iowa ( Source: Marriage Records 1844 to 1939 Mahaska Co., Iowa FHL#985383). Robert was born 10 July, 1869 in What Cheer and he died 23 August, 1899. Find A Grave has a tombstone photo and memorial to Robert with links to several children.  He is buried in the Indianapolis Cemetery in Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa.

Susan and Robert Nash had the following children:

1.  Jessie Orvil Lash born 31 March, 1892 in What Cheer, Keokuk Co., Iowa and he died 16 April 1969 near Deep River, in Poweshiek Co., Iowa.  Jessie is buried in the Goldenrod Cemetery in Deep River, Poweshiek co., Iowa.  Find A Grave has a tombstone photo and memorial to him.

2. Bessie Jane Lash was born 28 March 1894 in What Cheer and died 27 June 1912.

3. Fred Nesburt Lash was born 22 April 1898 in What Cheer and he died 17 January 1930 in California.  He is buried in the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery in Oakdale, Stanislaus Co., California. Find A Grave has a picture of his tombstone and a memorial with links at the website.

4. John Charles Lash was born 24 March 1900 in What Cheer and died the 17th of December 1940 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. He may have married several times and had several children.

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Susan appears with her children living in Pleasant Grove, Mahaska, Iowa as a widow. She has Jesse, Bessie, Fred and John with her.  She is still there in 1895 per the Iowa State Census.

Going back to 1880 we find Daniel Goss Spracklin in the U.S. Federal Census living with his parents Daniel and Sarah and his siblings. He 10 years old.

In 1885 Daniel is listed under the name Dalia and he is 14 years old. In the 1895 Iowa State census Daniel is 24 years old and he is single.  In both 1885 and 1895 he is living with his parents in Dayton Twp., Iowa County, Iowa.

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census Daniel G. Spracklin has a birth date of September of 1870 in Iowa. He is 27 years old and single. Daniel is with his parents and brother Charles.

Daniel and Susan Morrow Lash one child together.

5.  Opal Matilda Spracklin born 29 August, 1908 in Poweshiek Co., Iowa. She died February 1987 in Calhoun Co., Iowa. Opal married a Clarence Harrison Vote on 18 August, 1925 in Gilmore City, Humboldt Co., Iowa.

Opal Spracklin as a little baby

Opal Spracklin as a little baby

Clarence was born 8 August, 1888 in Somers, Webster Co., Iowa and died about 15 February, 1976. He was the son of John Martin Vote and Eleanor Amanda Hocket. Clarence had been married before to Lillian Cressinger. She was born 28 March, 1886 and died 10 April, 1920.  They had one daughter named Alberta Lillian.

Clarence and Opal appear in the 1930 U.S. Census.

Source: 1930 U.S. Federal Census in Somers Town, Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa.  Clarence is a truck driver for a dray line.  ED 13-6, SD#5, Sht#2A. Enumerated April 3-4, by Lela J. Wright.

Line 32, 38, 40, Vote, Clarence H, Head, 0, $2000, yes, M, W, 41, M, 20, No, Yes, born Iowa, father born PA, mother born Wisconsin, truck driver, dray line, no, 5.

Vote, Opal M., Wife of H, F, W, 21, M, 17, No, yes, born Iowa, parents born Iowa, and all children born Iowa.

Vote, Alberta L, daughter, F, W, 19, S, yes, yes, Iowa

Vote, Bernice A, daughter, F, W, 4 3/2, S, No, Iowa

Vote, Clarence, F, son, M, W, 3 2/12 S, No, Iowa

Vote, John D., son, M,W, 1 3/12 S, No, Iowa

Clarence and Opal are listed in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census living in Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa,

Source:  1940 U.S. Federal Census living in Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa, SD#7 ED#13-16, Sht#3A, enumerated 9 April, 1940 by Vesla M. Tripp. 

Line 35, 580, 200 yes, Vote, Dick. O. Head, M, W. 51, M, no 6.6. all born in Iowa, all same house, yes, yes, farmer, farming, 52, 0, yes

Vote. Opal, wife, F, W. 31, M, yes, H1, 9

Vote, Alberta, daughter, F, W, 29, S, no. H4, 30

Vote. Bernice, daughter, F. W. 14, S, yes, 8, 8, Egg [Cauller], Creamery

Vote, Clarence, Son, M, W, 13, S, yes, 5, 5

Vote, John, Son, M, W, 11, S, yes, 5, 5, 

We find Daniel in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census living in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.  He is widowed.

Source:  1910 U.S. Federal Census, Enid Township, Garfield Co., Oklahoma, SD#1, ED#16, Sht #7 A, enumerated on 27 April 1910 by __________.

Line 32, 92, 92, Spracklin, Daniel G., Head, M, W, 39, Wd, all born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana, English, farmer, farm

Spracklin, Opal M., daughter, F, W, 2, S, yes, yes. 

Lash, Jessie O., step-son, M, W, 18, S

Lash, Bessie J., step-d, F, W, 16, S

Lash, Fred N., step son, M, W, 12, S

Lash, John C., step son, M, W, 10, S

Daniel has migrated back to Iowa by 1915 and is living in Deep River not to far from where his parents farm was located.  Daniel was not listed with the Estate Partition deeds for his father’s land but he did get his portion of the estate money at the final report in April of 1916.

Source: 1915 Iowa State Daniel G. Spracklin and his daughter Opal appear on the individual cards for that census. 

#54? D.G. Spracklin, age 44, Iowa Co., PO Deep River, Dayton Twp., occupation farmer, total earnings in 1914 $200. Common education 10 yrs. Born in Iowa, father born in Ohio and mother born in Indiana.

#55 Opal Spracklin 6 yrs. old, Iowa Co., PO Deep River, Dayton Twp., born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, six years in Iowa.

In 1920 Daniel is in Iowa with a couple by the name of Gray.  The relationship of the Gray family, if any, to Daniel is unknown to me. Opal, his daughter, is living with Virda Huston Spracklin in Franklin, Jerauld Co., South Dakota. Virda is Daniel’s older brother.

Source: 1920 U.S. Federal Census,  Somers Town, Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa, Precinct No. 1, SD#10, ED#32, Sht# 7B, enumerated the 19th & 20th of January, 1920, by William A. Thompson.

Line 95, 162, 165, Spracklin Daniel, Head, 0, M, M, W, 49, wd, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother Indiana, laborer, steam railroad, W, 85.

Gray, Chauncey, Head, M, W, 58, M, born Illinois, father born New York, parents born New York, carpenter, house, W, house, W. Gray, Blanche A, wife, F, W, 54, M, born Wisconsin, father born Ohio, parents born Ohio. 

Much to my delight, Daniel and Opal appear in the 1925 Iowa State census together.

Source:  1925 Iowa State Census, Somers, Calhoun Co., Iowa, residence date 1 January 1925. Two pages. 

Line 137 Spracklin, Daniel G., Head, m, w, 55, W, 0, F, $500, $300, Born Iowa, Father Spracklin, Daniel D., born Ohio, Mother Sarah Blacketer born Indiana, married in Iowa

Line 138 Spracklin, Opal M., daughter, F, W, 16 S, Father Daniel Spracklin, born Iowa, Mother, Susie M. Morrow, born Iowa, married in Iowa. 

Daniel died the 8th of August, 1927 and he is buried in the Cedar Cemetery in Calhoun County, Iowa.

Daniel Goss Spracklin

Daniel Goss Spracklin, photo courtesy of P. Stoudt

Source: Cedar Township Cemetery, Calhoun County, Iowa,  Published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines, Iowa, page 13. 

Please double check the above information and if anyone knows where Susan or Opal are buried, I would like to know.

Daniel Spracklin’s Children: Virda Huston Spracklin – 1866 to 1927

Virda Huston Spracklin

Virda Huston Spracklin

Virda Huston Spracklin was born 11 June, 1866 in Benton Co., Iowa to Daniel and Sarah Spracklin.

Virda has been featured in the census, on this blog, and with his parents Daniel and Sarah starting with the 1870 U.S. Federal where he is referred to as Birdie H. 4 yrs old, male, born in Iowa. The family is in Leroy Twp., Benton Co., Iowa at this time. In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census he is appears as: Spracklin, Virdia, white, male, age 13, son, at school, born in Iowa. Daniel has migrated to Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa by this time.

Virda is not in the 1885 Iowa Census with his parents nor is he with them in 1895. So this means he left home between 1880 and 1885.  I cannot find him in the 1885 Iowa Census so he may have been on the move at this time.

Verd Spracklin appears in the Index for the 1895 Iowa State Census as 28 years old and born in Benton Co., Iowa, page 182, residence is Cedar, Calhoun Co. Lillie is listed in the index for this census as 27 yrs old born in Dubuque, Iowa. Dair Spracklin is also listed age 4, and Sola Spracklin age 2. I am assuming that Sola is really Lola.

Note:  FamilySearch has the actual card records of the South Dakota state census online.  You have to sign in to see them which means you need a free online account with the Family History Library. They also have films to study. Easy to do. Ancestry has only an index for the South Dakota census.

South Dakota County Map

South Dakota County Map

Virda H. Spracklin appears in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census in, Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa.  His brother Reed is above him on the page.

Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa, SD#10, ED#30, Sht#2, enumerated 6 June, 1900 by Ira E. Babcock. 

Line 56, 30, 31 Spracklin, Reed A. Head, Aug. 1868, 31, M, 2, born Iowa, father born Indiana, mother born Ohio, farmer, yes, yes, yes, R, F, 27. Spracklin, Julia A. Wife, F, Sept 1858, 21, m, 2, 2 born, 1 living, born Nebraska, father born Indiana, mother born Kansas, yes, yes, yes. Spracklin Amos, E., son, W, M, Aug, 1899 9/12 S. born Iowa.

Line 63, 32, 33, Spracklin, Virda H., Head, W, M, June 1866 age 33, M, 10, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother Indiana, Farmer, yes, yes, yes, O, M, F, 31. Spracklin, Lilly A., wife, W, F, Mar. 1867, 33, M, 10, 4 born, 4 living, born Iowa, father born Indiana, mother Ohio. Spracklin Dair D., son, W, M, Sept 1890, 9, S, born Iowa, at school, yes, yes, yes. Spracklin, Lola I, daughter, W, F, Dec 1893, 6, S, born Iowa, yes, yes, no, O, M, F, 30. Spracklin, Mabel S, daughter, W, F, Sep 1896 3, S, born Iowa. Spracklin, Solomon, son, W, M, Jan 1898 1, S, born Iowa. 

Virda and family are in the 1905 Iowa State Census in South Dakota.  This is only an index and not the original pages of the census. So sometime around 1903 Virda migrated to South Dakota taking the family there.

VH Spracklin, Male, White, Married, age 39, born 1866, Iowa, years in State 2, 1903, South Dakota, parents born in Ohio. Lilly May, born 1867 in Iowa, parents born in Ohio. Daniel D, Lola, Mable G, Solomon, Bearl and Alford are in South Dakota too. 

Virda and Lille appear in the 1910 U.S. Census in South Dakota:

Source: Virda H. Spracklin Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Franklin, Jerauld, South Dakota, Roll #T624_1482, Page 19A, ED 249, Image 632.

Virda H. Spracklin, age 44, born about 1866 in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother in Indiana, married, white. Lilly M. Spracklin, age 43, Daniel D. Spracklin age 19, Lilly J. Spracklin age 17, Mabel S. Spracklin age 14, Solomon Spracklin age 12, Beryl J. Spracklin age 9, Alford Spracklin age 7, Beulah Spracklin age 4, Gerald H. Spracklin 1 4/12.

In 1915 they are still in South Dakota per the census. This is an index not the actual pages:

VH Spracklin, age 49, born 1866 male, white, born Iowa, married, marriage year 1890, in state 1904, Free Methodist, father born Ohio, mother born Indiana. Sht #47. Lillie M. age 49, born 1866, in Iowa, married etc.

In 1920 they are still in Franklin, Jerauld, South Dakota, they have Opal with them, brother Daniel’s daughter. This is the last census for Lilly,

Source:  V.H. Spracklin [Spradlin], 1920 U.S. Federal, Franklin, Jerauld, South Dakota, Roll T625-1721, Page 7A, ED 115, Image 681.

V.H. Spracklin, age 53 years, born about 1867 in Iowa, Spouses Name May, Father born US, Mother US married, white male, own home, able to read and write Image 681. May Spracklin age 52, Alfred Spracklin age 19, Baulah Spracklin age 13, Gerald Spracklin age 11, Opal Spracklin age 11.

Virda or Verda Spracklin appears in the 1925 Iowa State Census.  Again this is an index only listing.

Verda Spracklin, age 59, male, white, born 1866, in Iowa, Scotch, widowed, not naturalized, Free Methodist, father born Ohio, mother born Indiana.

Virda married Lillie Mae Amsden on 12 November, 1889 in Rockwell City, Calhoun Co., Iowa. Lillie was the daughter of Joel Amsden and Isabella Kirkpatrick.  She was born 3 March, 1867, Dubuque Co., Iowa.  The marriage record was obtained and shared by P. Stoudt.

Source: Marriage Record No. 2: Virda H. Spracklin to Lillie May Amsden, 12 November 1889, Rockwell City, Calhoun Co., Iowa pg. 344, No. 352

On 12 November 1889 testimony of F.M. Leachiss, License for the marriage of Virda H. Spracklin and Lillie May Amsden, Rockwell City, 12 November 1889, F.C. Gregg, Clerk, joined in marriage.  Groom: Virda H. Spracklin, resided Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa, Farmer, age 24, color white, born Benton Co., Iowa, Father Daniel Spracklin, mother Sarah Blacketer, first marriage. Bride Lillie May Amsden, residing Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa, age 23, white, born Dubuque, Iowa farther Joel Amsden, mother Isabel Kirkpatrick, first marriage, married at Rockwell City on 12 November 1889. Signed by them.

In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census a Joel Amsden age 52 is living in Cedar Twp., Calhoun Co., Iowa with an Isbabel.  There is a May Amsden age 13 listed living with them.  It lists Joel 52, Isabel 45, Eva 26, Charles L. 23, Laura 20, Fannie 16, May 13, Frank 10, Wlater 6 and Howard 4.

There is no writing on this photo to indicate who the children are, I would guess that the little girl on the left standing is Lola, the boy standing in the back is Daniel, the little girl on the right in the white dress is Mabel and the child in the chair is Saul.  These children are so precious.

Virda and Lillie's Children

Virda and Lillie’s Children

Find A Grave has a picture of Virda and Lilly’s tombstone in the Eventide Cemetery in Woonsocket, South Dakota.

Lilly May died 29 July 1924 in Davison Co., South Dakota. Virda died 15 November, 1927 in Woonsocket, Sanborn Co., South Dakota. The photo below is from a cousin.

Virda H. Spracklin and Lily Mae's Tombstone in Eventide Cemetery

Virda H. Spracklin and Lily May’s Tombstone in Eventide Cemetery, courtesy of P. Stoudt.

Virda was listed on the heirs-at-law form in the Estate for his father Daniel D. Spracklin in 1915. There are several posts about Daniel’s Estate that you can review on this blog. Virda and Lillie signed a deed selling his father’s land.

Source:  Deed Record, Lands, Iowa County Grantors, Book 73, pg. 87, V.H. & Mae, E.G. & wife, P.G. & wife, C.E. et al, O.R. Spracklin to Thomas Stapleton.

KNOW BY ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: That we, V.H. Spracklin and Mae Spracklin, his wife of the County of Sanborn, State of South Dakota, for and in consideration of the sum of One Dollar, do hereby sell, convey and forever Quit Claim unto Thomas Stapleton of Iowa County, State of Iowa, to-wit; – the north-east quarter of Section Nineteen (19) in Township Seventy-eight (78) North of Range Twelve West of the Fifth Principal Meridian. And I Mae Spracklin, wife of the said V.H. Spracklin, for the above consideration do hereby relinquish all right of dower in and to the above described premises. Signed this 23 day of January A.D. 1917 – Signed V.H. Spracklin and Mae Spracklin

State of South Dakota, County of Sanborn, ss. Be it remembered that on this 23 day of January A.D. 1917, before the undersigned Notary Public within and for said County personally came V.H. Spracklin and Mae Spracklin, to me personally known to be the identical persons named in and who subscribed the above instrument as grantors and acknowledged the execution thereof to be their voluntary act and deed.

Witness my hand and Notarial Seal the day and year last above written. (seal). My commission expires Dec. 17th 1917, N. Noble Notary Public in and for Sanborn County, South Dakota.

I have done a search of the Bureau of Land Management to see if Virda came up, but he did not. A Clem Spracklin appears in their listings for 10/4/1935 in the Black Hills to be used for stock grazing.  I think he is the son of John W. Spracklin out of Wyoming and the grandson of Peter Spracklin brother to Daniel D. Spracklin father of Virda.  I think it would be interesting to do a deed search on Virda to see when he bought his land and then an estate search to see what happened to it.

It is looking like a search of Jerauld and Sanborn counties would be in order for deeds and other documentation. I am finding it difficult to do research on South Dakota online or at the Family History Library which emphasizes the Native American.  There is so much more on Virda that I would like to do.

In the next post, I will share what I know about the children of Lillie and Virda. I am a bit puzzled as to the spelling of her name, I have seen Lillie or Lily and Mae or May.  It is sort of like trying to figure out how Amarilla spelled her name.