The partition deed of John and Mary Keller’s land featured in the post dated October 8, 2011 “Partition Deed: Morrow County, Ohio 1884,” connects Amarilla to the Keller family.
To understand Amarilla you have to understand that she was part of a very large family, actually two, as well as extended families of Keller and Spracklin. Her father Daniel D. Spracklin married twice as I have indicated in past posts. So Amarilla had full and half siblings.
Daniel’s married first to Elizabeth Keller and they married in Morrow County, Ohio on the 28 December 1852 (another source as their marriage 1 Jan 1853).
By 1856 they had migrated to Benton County, Iowa and settled there. Sadly Elizabeth Keller died the 10th of March 1859 just months after she gave birth to Amarilla. Amarilla never knew her mother having been born the 18th of November 1858. She was just a baby! This marks the first tragedy that my great-grandmother Amarilla experiences in her life.
Let me describe Daniel and Elizabeth’s family of which they had four (4) children. Only 2 survived to adulthood, Henry and Amarilla:
1. Henry Franklin Spracklin b. 13 September 1853 probably in Toledo, Ohio as his parents began their journey to Iowa. He married Elizabeth Downey 16 November 1875 in Keokuk County, Iowa. He died 22 June 1893 in Davenport, Iowa in a lumber mill accident leaving 9/11 children. He was listed as a grantor in the partition deed along with his sister Amarilla Barkley. It placed Henry in Muscatine County, Iowa in 1884.
2. Oliver Solomon Spracklin b. 18 October 1854 based on the U.S. census. He was probably born in Iowa. He died 10 September 1855. He is buried in Titler Cemetery northwest of Marengo, Iowa with his sister Mary and mother.
3. Mary Ellen Spracklin born 17 August 1856 in Iowa and died 27 September 1861 in Iowa. Mary is also buried in Titler Cemetery with her brother Oliver and mother Elizabeth.
4. Amarilla Grace Spracklin was born 17 November 1858 in Benton Co., Iowa and died in Pine River, Cass County, Minnesota 10 August 1942 under the married name of Urton. She is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd, Minnesota near her first husband George Angus Barclay.
My Aunt Miriam had in her possession a letter written by Elizabeth on one side and on the other a letter written by Daniel dated January of 1858. I will share that with you in the next post for it further connects Amarilla to the Keller family.
Ancestor Outline by Armindo Spracklin featured in the posted dated August 5, 2011 “Ancestor Outline by Armindo Spracklin,” on my other blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio. This outline was given to me by my Aunt Miriam. Armindo was the wife of Charles Edward Spracklin, one of Amarilla’s 1/2 brothers.
Family History Notes of Miriam McDonald, grand-daughter of Amarilla Spracklin Barclay, approximately 8 pages. There is personal information contained in these notes so I am carefully sharing them through this blog and other blogs.
Death Certificate of Amarilla Urton, #02159, Aug. 10, 1942, Pine River, Cass County, Minnesota. , Minnesota State Department of Health, Records, Minnesota Historical Society, index online at the MHS.
Cemetery Records of the Titler Cemetery originally by Mrs. Kaye Sanches of Des Moines, Iowa, retyped by Marion A. Gunderson, 2001, at the Iowa Genealogy Society Library. As you can see by the tombstone pictures above, the stones are up against a tree and not over the grave. There where depressions near the stones in the soil that I almost stumbled into.
Visit to the Titler Cemetery by the compiler in April of 2003 when photographs of the cemetery were taken. Marengo, Iowa. See BJM’s Cemetery Discoveries blog posts starting with the date of July 17, 2010 were I feature the Titler photographs.
Census for the State of Iowa 1856, Vol. 48, Film#1021301, pg. 78-80 State Historical Society, Des Moines, Iowa. Be careful the index of this 1856 census does not show Daniel for some reason? Ancestry.com has the Iowa State Census. Also featured in the July 1, 2011 post (see below). Before Daniel and after him are Blacketers and Merrifields that are enumerated.
1860 U.S. Federal Census was discussed in the post dated July 1, 2011 “Stepping Back In Time: Amarilla’s Life In Iowa Before George!” on this blog.
Marriage Records, 1848-1951, Index 1848-1948 FHL#388779 Morrow Co., Ohio. Vol. 1A, pg. 119 for Daniel and Elizabeth’s marriage FHL#388779.
Sources for Henry Spracklin and Amarilla will be detailed in future posts.