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.

The Death of Sarah, Amarilla’s Step-mother – 1907!

Amarilla’s father Daniel Spracklin had remarried after the death of his first wife Elizabeth Keller. Elizabeth was Amarilla’s mother. He married Sarah Blacketeer Allgood a widow in 1863.

Sara Spracklin

Sarah Spracklin

Amarilla and Sarah didn’t get along according to family stories, the particulars of their relationship are not clear.  By 1875 or 1876 Amarilla left home and headed to Minnesota. Amarilla would meet and marry George A. Barclay in 1878 and reside in Pine River till her death.  I have shared about their lives together in past posts on this blog.

It is unclear as to how the death of her step-mother affected Amarilla. Sarah died 22 August, 1907 in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa. Her tombstone is on Find A Grave and she shares it with Daniel.

“Sarah Spracklin, died April 22, 1907, wife, mother and step mother to parties named in said record.”

“Obituary for Sarah Spracklin
Mrs. Sarah Spracklin was born Sept. 28, 1836, in Park County, Indiana and died at her home near Deep River, IA, April 22, 1907. She had been a citizen of the neighborhood for over thirty years. She had been in poor health since last October and was a patient sufferer. In her early life she united with the M.E. Church and had ever been a faithful member. Funeral services were held at the Deep River M.E. church Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Keopple of Millersburg. A large concourse of friends were present to pay a last tribute of respect. The children of the Bunker Hill school were present in a body at the home Thursday morning to pay respects to their dear old friend. By her kindly acts and comforting words she had endeared herself to every child and young person in the neighborhood. She was a loving wife and devoted mother. Those left to mourn their loss are an aged widower and seven children together with grand children and other relatives and friends. The children are Verd, of Dakota; Mrs. Gilchrist and Dan and Ed, of What Cheer; George and Reed, of this vicinity. The procession of teams that went from the home to the church from the neighborhood was represented. Internment was in the U.B. Cemetery (Community Cemetery 5-7 miles west of Millersburg).”

The Deep River Journal – 5/3/1907 pg. 2 – Sarah Spracklin. 

Finding this obituary of Sarah Spracklin was a challenge. As you can see Daniel and Sarah lived very close to Deep River which is in Poweshiek County, Iowa and not Iowa County, Iowa, where they actually resided on their land in Dayton Twp. The obituaries of both Daniel and Sara Spracklin were found in the Deep River newspaper. Daniel’s will be shared in a future post.