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1) BETHUEL -2- MILLER
1812 New Hampshire - 1897 Nebraska
Bethuel -2- Miller
3rd Great Grandfather of Sarah Elizabeth Rose
1) Bethuel was born on 08 Jun 1812 in Dalton, New Hampshire.
He married Amantha Martha Jordan (her parents are unknown), about 1829 in
an unknown location. He died on 12 May 1897, (just three weeks shy of his
85th birthday), at Ft. Calhoun, Washington, Nebraska. The names of his
other wives were; Sally Hardy and Harriet Maria Perry (Mrs. Williams).
2) Bethuel's middle name may be Jesse, since on son William's Death certificate
his father is listed as "Jesse B. Miller". 3) Recorded in Journal History
of the Church "Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints" Volume IV, L-P, page 419; "Bethuel (spelled here
as BATHUEL) MILLER joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
at Lincoln, Addison, VT, and was baptised on 01 July 1838, being baptized
by P. Brown. " 4) Bethuel is listed on the 1840 Census Addison, Monkton,
VT, P 29. 5) On NOV 7, 1840 Bethuel is Recorded as being ; "Set aside
for the ministry", ordained a Minister in the Mormon church and also became
an ELDER at that time. " Pottowattomie County, Iowa, 5th Ward of Council
Bluffs. Source: Page 49 "Journal History of Church of The Latter Day Saints,
Membership Records 1830-1848, compiled by Susan Easton Black, Religious Studies
Center, BYU 6) Around 1841 He moved with his entire family and brother Willard
and Willard's family, first to Nauvoo, IL, then to Macomb, IL. 7) According
to the JHC Records; On 15 Apr 1844, Recorded in the LDS General Conference
Vol 6 ch 16 p 335, New Hampshire; Bethuel was appointed to labor as a Missionary
in NH. "W. Snow 1st, Harley Morley, Howard Egan, and Israel Barlow, Alvin
Cooley, David Clough, Sen., John S. Twiss, Calvin Reed, Charles A. Adams,
Chilion Mack, BETHUEL MILLER, Isaac Burton, A.D. Boynton." 8) After living
in Nauvoo, Il, he is recorded on the 1850 McDonough, IL Census, Bethuel
is recorded as being a Farmer. His wife is listed as Martha, (Her middle
name). 9) Recorded in 1850 McDonough, Il Census Index # M432-166 Page
319 Line 5 Milller A (Asenith) age 56 b: NH Page 319 Line 3 Miller B (Bethuel)
age 37 b: NH 10) Around 1852, they left IL along with the Gilbert and Runyan
families, all members of the Mormon Church, in covered wagons heading for
Council Bluffs, Iowa, 11) Bethuel is recorded on the 1860 IA Census Index.
He was among the early settllers at Kanesville (now called Council Bluffs),
IA. It is thought he opened the first brick yard. on the site of old Ft.
Atkinson after that fort had been abandoned. 12) During the early 1860's,
Bethuel, Amantha, and their children, moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. 13)
After Amantha's death in SLC, UT in 1866, Bethuel moved the family to Fort
Calhoun, NE. 14) 1870: Bethuel left the LDS and affiliated with the "Reorganized"
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by attending the DeSoto, Nebraska
Branch. Recorded as member of the RLDS (Reorganized LDS Church); 23 Oct
1870 Bethuel Baptised Samuel L. Branton, Omaha Douglas, NE, DeSoto Branch.
"Samuel L. Branton was baptized and confirmed a member of the Reorganized
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 23 Oct 1870 at Omaha, Douglas,
NE, BY BETHUEL MILLER." Source: RLDS Deceased Files Early Reorganization
Minutes, 1782-1905, Book B DeSoto, NE, RLDS Branch Records. Source: Early
Reorganized Minutes 1852-1871 Book A P 619 Source: Early Reorganized Minutes
1872-19905 Book B & C 15) See attached Marriage License to Sally Hardy,
dated 04 August, 1879. Bethuel is listed as age 73, and Sally as 69. 16)
See attached article from the "Blair Pilot", FT. Calhoun NE; "Elder Bethuel
Miller, 84, fell down the cellar steps at Henry Rix's store and was seriousely
injured. He was taken to his brothers, W.F. Miller's home on 13th Street."
dated December 11, 1890. 17) The Blair Pilot, article dated Jan 10, 1895:
41 years ago a colony of people left Macomb, Il, for Kanesville, IA (Council
Bluffs). Most of them finally got across MO River and settled on WC, and
FTC (Ft. Calhoun?). Bethuel and William F. Miller in 1866 after Jesse Murphy
and family from VA to PA to FTC, by mule team and wagon. Bethuel Miller
bought the mules, drove them to Salt Lake City. The mules may still be
there but BM now over 89, owns and lives on a small part of the farm Jesse
Murphy first lived on in FTC. 18) The Blair Pilot, article dated Dec 12
1895: "Bethuel Miller, FTC, Pioneer of Kanesville, FTC, and Salt Lake City,
still sawing wood and will be 91 on Jun 8, 1896." 19) The Blair Pilot,
04 Apr 1895: "Aged Bethuel Miller very sick and at the home of son David
on old Fort Grounds." 20) At the time of his death, Bethuel was employed
as a Blacksmith in Fort Calhoum and also ran a rooming house. 21) Although
no record was found in the IA Death Index for Pottawattamie, Co, IA 1880-1919,
I was able to locate an obit for him; See attached obit; The Blair Pilot,
(Blair, NE), dated 17 May 1897 "Pioneer, Bethuel Miller, who was buried
in the Ft. Calhoun Cemetery today, was over eighty five years old. He
was born in Vermont and emigrated in an early day to Nauvau, Il, and afterwards
to Macomb. He left Macomb for Iowa in 1853 and was among the early settlers
at Kanesville (Council Bluffs), and Ft. Calhoun after spending two years
in Salt Lake City. He opened the first Ft. Calhoun brick-yard on the site
of old Ft. Atkinson that was opened after the abandonment of the fort. He
was married several times and leaves several children that are now widely
scattered, but has for several years lived here with his youngest son, David,
on old Fort Grounds. The services were conducted by Rev. Parker. Three
of his sons came for the funeral; Cornelius, of Cresent City, Iowa, and
Joseph and William, of council Bluffs, IA." 22) Although I don't have many
details (such as whose baby this is, I found the following at the Washington
County Gen. Soc. and will record it here as I read it; Hopefuly another researcher
will be able to connect this child to it's rightful parents. "Bethuel Miller,
of Irvington=6 months baby + on 6th month day, = buried Ft. Calhoun, beside
it's grandfather." NOTE: The Mormon records state Bethuel was born in Lincoln,
VT and mar: VT
AMANTHA MARTHA JORDAN
1811 Vermont - 1866 Salt Lake City,
We don't yet have a photo of our Pioner Ancestor, Amantha.
AMANTHA MARTHA JORDAN PIONEER ANCESTOR (lived 55 years) Generation
#7 1) Amantha is listed in the Mormon Church Records; (Film # 026533) She
was born on 29 Sep 1811 in Waterbury, Cheshire, VT. She married Bethuel
Miller abt 1829 at an unknown location. She died on 04 Nov 1866 at Cottonwood,
Salt Lake City, UT. 2) Amantha had a very difficult life; Travelling with
her husband, she left Vermont in abt 1838, heading for IL with her two young
children, Cornelius abt eight, and Amanda Loduska, just an infant, they
first went to Nauvoo, IL, and according to the next record I have for them
they went on to MaComb, McDonough, IL, where Amantha gave birth to Eber
Samuel in 1840 and to daughter Elizabeth in 1847. The birth year for Bethuel
Moroni (or Moroni Bethuel), is unknown, but he was with Amantha when she
was next uprooted from her home. This time she accompanied her husband by
wagon train, walking across the hot, dry plains to Iowa Territory. While
at Council Bluffs, Iowa Amantha gave birth to three more children in quick
succession; Martha Amantha, (Amantha's namesake) in 1852, (Prior to this
time Amantha was called by her middle name of Martha, and after the birth
of her namesake she is called Amantha), William F. Bill in 1853, and her
baby, Joseph Andrew, in 1856. Sometime after Joseph's birth, Amantha was
obligated to uproot herself and her children from her home once more, and
to accompany her husband to another new and foreign location. This time
it appears she had to care for at least six of her children, (based on their
ages), as they walked alongside a mule team and wagon, to UT The family arrived
in Salt Lake City, UT in the early 1860's and this is where Amantha remained
until her death from Lung Fever, in 1866. 3) Proof of birth and death;
see attached documentation; "Death Records for 1848-1870 Salt Lake City,
Utah" # 2853, p 72 Town; Cottonwood / Miller Amantha / Wife of Bethuel Miller
/ born 29 Sep 1811 Waterbury, Cheshire, VT died; 04 Nov 1866 of Lung Fever.
4) Proof of birth and death; Official Letter to Sarah Rose (27 Jul 1999),
from Salt Lake City Corporation (Cemetery) which states;"Here is the information
that you requested concerning the burial of Amantha Miller. Our records
indicate that Amantha was born September 29, 1811 in Cheshire, VT, and died
04 Nov 1866 in Salt Lake City, UT. Her location is Plat A - Block 3 -
Lot 10 - So 1/2. It has been highlighted on the enclosed map to show you.
signed; Huey P. Byron, Sexton. 5) In my research I (Sarah Elizabeth Rose)
have discovered a Josiah Jordan born 1810 in cheshire, VT. This data bears
further research as I believe this Josiah may be the brother to our Amantha.
Perhaps following up on this lead could produce the names of Amantha's parents.
6) Also recorded on SLC Death Records 1848-1870, Record # 2853, p 72.
3) THOMAS J.
1838 Kentucky - 1911 Kansas
1) 1840 IN Census, Jackson Co., Brownstown Twp; Thomas prob with his
father; 1 wm 5-10 yrs 2) Recorded in 1850 IN census, p 206, Jackson Co.,
IN, Brownstown Twp. John wm 39, b. NC farner Mahala wf, 36, b. KY children;
THOMAS, 16, KY, (THIS ONE SAYS BORN IN KY) James 14, IN, Henis, 12, IN,
Amanda, 10, IN, Lucinda, 08, IN, Maria,04, IN, Samuel, 02 mos, IN 3) On
the 1860 KS Census, Jefferson Co, page 381, Thomas lists his place of birth
as IN, but on the 1850 census, Jackson Co., IN, Brownstown Twp. his place
of birth is listed as KY. Thomas Banks wm 25 IN personal estate $300. (THIS
ONE SAYS BORN IN INDIANA) Sarah A. (his wife) wf 24, b. IN Mahala Banks,
wf 02, b. IN Sylvester Kinkade, wm 31, farmer, b. IN (Looks like this may
be Thomas's wife, Mariah's brother - no wife listed for Sylvester, she may
have died. Appears that Sarah is caring for her 5 year old nephew, James.)
James A. Kinkade, wm 05, b. IN NOTE: Can Kinkade be Sarah's family name?
4) 1870 Census; Washington Co., NE p 450 Desoto Pct. Thomas Banks wm 35
day laborer, real estate $100, personal estate $300 b KY (THIS ONE SAYS
BORN IN KY) wife: Orpha (THIS ONE SAYS WIFE: ORPHA--2nd wife?) son: Charles
NOTE: Thomas's brother, James is listed on this same page. 5) 1880 Douglas
Co., NE; Only Orpha and children are listed here. Based on first son's birthdate
I would estimate Tom and Orpha married about 1867/68. Charles Orsen b: 30
Apr 1869, De Soto, Washington, NE Emily b: abt 1871 NE John b: abt 1871
NE Thomas Jefferson (Jr.) b: 02 Jan 1875 Omaha, Douglas, NE Perley May b:
abt 1878 NE
William REV. WILLIAM
1823 Ohio - 1891 Iowa
Rev. William Snethen
Notes for Rev. William
SNETHEN: The source for much of the following is the Troy Library, Library
District # 1 email@example.com Sarah Elizabeth Rose did the research and
gava the compiled list of resources to look up, to Ruth Stude, who went
to the library in KS and made hard copies for Ruth and Sarah. 1) William
like his father, was also a preacher. He was ordained in 1852 at the Spoon
River. Conferenence, Marshall Co. Illinois. He and family lived in Fulton
Co. [Illinois?] about 1852; they later moved to Iowa. 2) Occupation: preacher
Fulton Co, IL Residence: ABT 1842 Fulton Co, IL or IN Residence: 1859 Iowa
3) Father: Abraham SNETHEN b: 15 JAN 1794 in Bourbon County, KY Mother:
Lydie RICHARDS (RICHARDSON?) b: ABT 1794 in Essex County, NY 4) Marriage
1 Susannah JAMES b: Abt 1822 Married: 1 DEC 1842 in White Co, IN 5) Marriage
2 Sarah HALL b: ABT 1822 Married: 9 OCT 1849 in White Co, IN 6) 1850
Census Carroll Co., IN Rock Creek (Lockport) (this William is too old,
and may be Abraham's brother, William, and not our William). 7) (rec'd
copy from Ruth Stude 14 Jan 2003) 1870 Census IA, Monroe Co, , Cedar Twp,
p 319 Snethen, William 51 /farmer / 800 / 400 / born Ohio Susanna 46 keeps
house, born IN Rollan 22 William 15 James 12 Henry 06 Eli 04 Jerusha 1012
Wicks Lydia 24 Henry 05 8) (Have copy) Final Receiver's Receipt # 5988
Application # 4197 Homestead Receiver's Office Concordia, KS, Aug 30, 1877.
Received of William Sneathen the sum of four dollars, 0 cents, being the
balance of payment required by law for the entry of A. E. 1/4 of Section
32 in Twp 6 S of Range 4 East containing 160 acres, under section 2291
of the Revised statutes of the United States. $4.00 signature (can't decipher
it), Receiver. Filed Sept 13th Oct 1877 at 11:o'clock a.m. A true copy attest
(can decipher signature), Register of Deeds." 9) 1880 FHL Film# 1254376
(NA Film # T9-0376) Page # 117D Census, Goshen Twp., Clay Co., KS Wm. M.
Snethen b: 1824 / OH / 56 yrs / Occ: Farmer / Marital : Div / Race: W / Father
born: VA Mother born: MA Henry U. Snethen / son / age 16 / born IA / Works
on fam farm / f b: OH / m b: IN Jonathen E. Snethen / son / 14 / born Ia
/ At home / father b: OH / mother b: IN Also on this page is R.A. (Rollo)
Snethen as head of household: marriage: Single / w / age 32 / born MO / Farmer
/ father b: OH / mother b: IN Also listed in Council Bluffs, Pott, IA, FHL
# 1254361 page 327, is: T.S. Snethen male age 30, born IN, Farmer Father
born PA, Mother born PA Anna wife w, 26, b: IN, keeps house, father born
KY, mother born IN Alta E. Dau age 9, born IA father: IN Mother IN Ausgood
son age 08 born IA Clyde son age 06 born KS John son age 04 born IA Oran
son age 01 born IA 10) (Have Copy of both) a) 1887 Real Estate Transfer
Vol 24, p 130 Records of Deeds b) from: "The Weekly Kansas Chief, 1886-1887,
p 104" Real Estate Transfers For Oct 1887 Nov 24, 1887: "From Marquis D.
L. Senor to: Wm. Snethen." 11) (Have Copy) 1888 Tax Book of Centre Twp,
Troy, Doniphan Co, KS: William Snethen Lot: 3, Total value: $157 / Consolidated
Fund $425 / Dist. School $157/ City Tax $79 / Total $330 & 425 / Penalty
for Dec $33 / Penality for Mar $ 33 / Remarks: Paid, Mr. Snethen. 12) (Have
Copy) a) Newspaper Notice; The Weekly KS Chief, Aug 09, 1888: "William Snethen
of Troy, cast his 1st vote in 1840, for Harrison, at Monticello, Indiana."
b) Also this; "VETERAN--Wm. Snethen of Troy, cast his first vote in 1840,
for Harrison. He voted at Monticello, White County, Indiana." 13) (Have
Copy) 1889 Tax Book of Centre Twp., Troy, Doniphan Co., KS Wm Snethen Lot
3. Total $ 110 / Consolidated Fund $ 407 / Dist School $ 132/ City Tax $
55 / Total $ 297 and 378 / Pen for Dec $ 29 / Remarks: Paid, Mr. Snethen.
14) (Have Copy) Mortgage Indenture 12 Sep 1889---Deed Book Vol 22, p 603
(3 pages) 15) (Have Copy) 1890 Census, KS, Clay Co., Goshen Twp. P 1170
(12) William Snethen 36, Farmer, born OH, Father born VA, mother born MA
Henry U. 16, works on farm born IA, father born OH, mother born IN Jonathan
E. 14, at home, born IA, father born OH, mother born IN 16) (Have Copy)
1890 Tax Records: "Doniphan County Residents in 1890" (compiled from tax
records), by John Ostertag.: William Snethen # School District 60 / age
67 F S Snethen age 40 G.A.Snethen (female) age 35 Nancy Snethen age 59 All
living in Troy, KS 17) On page 79 of The Weekly Kansas Chief, 1890-1891:
"Elder Snithen (notice spelling), and wife have gone to Council Bluffs to
visit their children in Council Bluffs." 18) (Have Copy) Aug 13, 1891 The
Weekly KS, Chief (Tax List) "W. Snethen Lot 3, Block 24, Tax 604 19) (Have
Copy) Obit: William Snethen" Died of Malaria "Weekly Kansas Chief, 1890-1891"
Obit on page 91: "Elder Snethen died Jan 6, (1890) at Council Bluffs. He
was buried in the "Soldiers Cemetery". Brother Snethen was born in Montogomery
Co., OH, near Dayton on Nov 6, 1823. He was the father of 13 children, 7
now living, 6 sons and 1 daughter. His father was a preacher before him,
in KY, and was called "The Barefoot Preacher". Brother Snethen has preached
46 years, 25 of that time in KS." 20) On pag 84, Weekly Kansas Chief, Vol
7, 1890-1891: "Elder Snithen died at Council Bluffs, Tuesday. He was about
72. Born in Montgomery County, OH. He served in the Rebellion. " Note:
Sarah E. Rose gave Ruth Stude multiple references, and Ruth went to KS,
where she retrieved the hard copies: Obituary information for Wm. Snethen
in The Weekly Kansas Chief newspaper on Jan. 8, 1891, page 3: "According
to the newspaper obituary, William Snethen was born Nov-06-1823 in Montgomery
County, OH, near Dayton and was the father of 13 children. His father was
a preacher before him, in Kentucky, and was called "the Barefoot Preacher".
William Snethen died Jan. 6, 1891 of Malarial fever, at his youngest son's
home in Council Bluffs, IA. William was living in Troy, Doniphan Co., KS.
He was visiting his son in Council Bluffs, IA and looking to move back there.
He died in his son's home and his funeral was also in his son's home. The
obituary states he was buried in the "Soldiers Cemetery", but did not say
it was Council Bluffs, IA, but I believe it is. The obituary states the
local lady that sang at Wm. funeral also sang at his "first wife's funeral".
This should be Susan James Snethen, so I believe she is also buried in Council
Bluffs, IA, but that is not confirmed. Wm. Snethen preached 46 yrs., 25
years of that time in Kansas. He was associated with others in securing
a charter in the state of Kansas under the name of "The Christian Church"
and his denomination is the only one so chartered (at the time). 21) (Hve
copy) The Weekly KS Chief, Jan 8, 1891 "Elder Snethen Dead--A letter received
in Troy from Mrs. Snethen, brings news that Elder William Snethen died at
Council Bluffs, Iowa, about 11:0'clock, Tuesday. His death must have been
sudden, as a letter we published from him last week, reported them as enjoying
themselves. They had gone to Council Bluffs, several weeks ago to visit
their children. Mr. Snethen was somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 years
of age. he was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, and served in the Rebellion.
He was a preacher in that branch of the Christian Church commonly known
as Newlights, and was a good man and citizen. We regret to learn of his
death. 22) (Have Copy) MEMORIAL The Weekly Kansas Chief, Thursday, Jan
22, 1891: "Elder Snethen died Jan 6, 1891, of malarial fever, at his youngest
son's home, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ever since leaving the army, he had
been afflicted with sciatic rheumatism, and had also for a long time, a heart
trouble. He and Mrs. Snethen left home Dec 15th to pay his son a visit of
a few weeks. On Christmas day there was a family reunion. Forty-two persons
were present, all but three of them relatives. It was his purpose to remove
to Council Bluffs, and with that in view, went out the morning after Christmas
to look for a suitable location. In the evening of the same day he was taken
sick, and lingered twelve days, during which he suffered much. For three
days and nights he had not slept. But from the first he was in a happy state
of mind. He quoted a great deal of scripture, prayed much, and sang more
than he had ever been known to do. He was conscious to the end. His last
words to his wife were; "My work is done. The last work I had to do, was
to make a minister of you." The services were at the house, and were under
the direction of the G.A.R. Post. The sermon was by Elder C. Munroe, of
The Disciples Church, from Paul's words; "I have fought a good fight. I
have finished my course. I have kept the faith." Also, from the words of
John; "I go to prepare a place for you." He was laid to rest in the beautiful
Soldiers Cemetery. At Mrs. Snethen's request, one of the gospel hymns, "Shall
we gather at the river?" was sung at the grave; and it was a remarkable coincidence,
unknown to Mrs. Snethen till afterwards, that a colored woman who joined
in the singing was one to take part in singing that same hymn at the grave
of Mr. Snethen's first wife, twenty years before. Brother Snethen was born
in Montgomery Co., OH, near Dayton, Nov 6, 1823. He had been the father
of thirteen children. Seven are now living; six sons and one daughter.
He was a member of the Christian demonination, sometimes known as New Lights,
which is not to be confounded with the Campbelites. His father was a preacher
before him, in Kentucky, and was called "The Barefooted Preacher." He once
allowed Alexander Campbell to preach in his house, when the latter was getting
together his followers , about the year 1827. The Christian Church (New Light)
entedated? the Campbelite Church several years and had it's origin in this
way; 1st; The O'Kelly secession from the M.E.Church took place in 1793. His
followers were first called Republican methodists, but afterwards Christians.
2nd; A Baptist Church was formed in 1800, by Dr. Abner Jones, of Hartland,
VT. He had many followers from the Baptists, Free Will Baptists, and others.
3rd; A body of Presbyterians of KY and TN seceeded from the parent church,
in 1801, and took the name of "Christian" in 1803. One of these bodies it
is said, accidentally discovered one of the others, and upon finding that
their views were very similar, exclaimed, "We have found a New Light." These
three Societies united, and formed the Christian Church, often called New
Lights. the denomination has a college in Lincoln Center, KS, and several
other educational institutions in different States. the writer remembers
having heard Brother Snethen say that the first religious paper published
in this country was published by their church. It was called The Herald
of Gospel Liberty, and is still published at Dayton, OH, under the same name.
Brother Snethen preached 46 years--twenty-five years of that time in KS.
He was associated with others in securing a charter in the state of KS under
the name of "The Christian Church, " and his denomination is the only one
so chartered. Their principles are as follows; 1. The Holy Bible our
rule of faith and 2. Christ the only head of the church.'3. Christian character
the only test of fellowship. 4. Individual interpretation of scripture
the right and duty of all. 5. The union of all followers of Christ, without
controversay. From the above, it appears that there is very little difference
between them and the evangelical demoninations. They are extremely liberal
in their treatment of those who differ with them as to the mode of baptism,
receiving members from other churches without rebaptism, if the applicant
is satisfied in his own conscience. Many of the Quakers who do not believe
in any kind of water baptism, but only in the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
are members of this church. Brother Snethen's life was very exemplary.
Many a pleasant chat have we had together at his house, on topics social
and religious. He made a pleasant call, a few days before his departure
for Iowa. He will be missed from this community by many friends. "Let
me died the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." H.N.Pond.
23) William Snethen Probate Records can be found at the Doniphan County
Courthouse. The date it was filed is 21 Jan 1891. The File number is #
707 24) (Have copy) Administratrix's Notice: Jan 29, 1891 "Estate of William
Snethen, Deceased, On the 21st day of Jan 1891, the undersigned ws appointed
by the Probate Court of Doniphan CO, KS, Administratrix of the estate of
William Snethen, deceased, late of said CO. All persons indebted to said
estate will make immediate payment to the undersigned; and those havng claims
against the estate will present the same for payment as required by law.
Troy, KS, Jan 24, 1891 Nancy E. Snethen, Administratrix. Jan 29, 1891"
25) (Have Copy) Weekly Kansas Chief Jan 1892/1893, page 40: "John Lambe
and Mrs. Nancy E. Snethen joined hands and hearts here today, August 1st.
Mr. Lambe is a resident of Warren County, Iowa, and Mrs. Snethen formerly
lived in Doniphan County, Kansas. Mr. Lambe is 72 and she is 6 years younger.
Mr. Lambe is a Minister." NOTE: This means Nancy was born circa 1826.
26) From Ruth Stude (Dec 2002) : William died Jan-06-1891 in Council Bluffs,
Pottawattamie Co., IA. His last residence was Troy, Doniphan Co., KS William
Snethen's name did not show up on the Doniphan County, KS tombstone readings.
Wm. Snethen's probate records, file number is # 707, are in Doniphan County,
KS at Troy. I copied his deeds, probate records, and tax records. They
show that he lived and owned the house and lot in the ORIGINAL TOWN DIVISION
OF TROY, Lot 3, Block 24. This is now Liberty Street and the lot is 3rd.
house south of the courthouse on the east side. The house Snethens lived
in is no longer there. Nancy E. Snethen was the Administratrix of the estate
for Wm. Snethen. Wm. was on the tax roll for Doniphan Co., city of Troy
in 1888, 1889, 1890 and his estate in 1891. Nancy E. Snethen, his wife,
is listed on some of the probate records as are his children Lydia J. (Snethen
Scheer) Allen, William J. Snethen, R.A. Snethen, F.S.(Fleming Scott) Snethen,
J.F. (James Franklin) Snethen, Henry U. Snethen, and John E. (Jonathan E.)
Snethen. 1875 Kansas State census record shows that a William Snethen, age
54 yrs., Clergyman born in OH was in the township of Ottumwa, Coffey County,
Kansas, page 9. Listed is his wife, (M.E. or N.E.) Snethen, 49 yrs. old
born in OH, but no children are listed with them. But in the 1800 census,
Wm. is shown as single. See the census below to confuse us more! The approx.
ages would be that Nancy was, 49 years, and William, 52 yrs. In 1875 KS
census in Goshen, Clay Co., there is an another William Snethen, 45 yrs.
old, born in OH with wife Ellen N., 45 yrs. born OH, and children Ulysses
12 yrs. born IA, and Jonathan 10 yrs. born IA. Wm. had sons Henry Ulysses
and Jonathan but who is Ellen N., maybe Nancy Ellen?? The parent's ages
aren't right for our couple, but the boys ages are! --- Their neighbor
is R.A. Snethen, 25 yrs., born OH which should be Rolla A. the son of OUR
Wm. Snethen. This is confusing!! There is often mistakes in census and census
takers were allowed to gather information from sources outside the family.
I'm now leaning towards the Goshen, Clay Co., KS census being our Wm. and
Nancy E. Snethen, especially since he was there in 1880 and his son is a
neighbor. Plus because of the children listed that should have been with
him. --- No marriages for William Snethen & Nancy E. or for Nancy E.
Snethen & John Lamb were listed in Doniphan County. William was listed
single on the 1880 census Goshen, Clay Co., KS and if the above 1875 census
was him and Nancy, perhaps he divorced and remarried her???? We need to
check Coffey County and Clay County, KS for a marriage record. Probably married
in Kansas, anyway. I know Wm. Snethen married Nancy E. after Susannah ...
then Nancy E. Snethen married the John Lamb from Warren County, IA as stated
in the newspaper index as published on Aug. 1, 1892. The paper was The Weekly
Kansas Chief, published in Doniphan Co., KS, so it looks as if they were
married there, but I couldn't find a marriage license for them. They could
get it in another county and still marry in Doniphan Co., KS. In my computer
notes I have entered the aka "Nancy E. Powell Snethen Lamb" but I didn't
note the source….ugh! So Powell could be her maiden name. Copied: Clay
Co., KS Patent Record, Homestead Certificate No. 5988, Application 4197;
claim of William Snethen for the South East quarter of Section thirty two,
in Township Six South, of Range four East. Dated May 29th, 1880, recorded
in Vol. 12, pg. 361. Also the Final Receiver's Receipt No. 5988, for Application
No. 4197 for Wm. Sneathen (for the same above), containing 160 acres. 27)
(Have Copies of all ) Probate Court Records: a) Application for Letters
of Administration 20 Jan 1891 In the matter of the Estate of William Snethen,
late of said County, deceased. Pm tjos 20th day of Jan 1891, Nancy appeared,
being duly sworn, says William died without a will. Heirs are listed as:
Nancy, his widow, R. Snethen, (can't read, A. Scott, J. Snethen, Henry, John.
personal estate consists chiefly of 1 team horses and buggy, 1 cow,, Bess,
Shed, House, and Lot in Troy. Estimated value at five hundred dollars. Nancy
petitions to be made Administrator. Signature and seal of Judge, (can't make
out signature), and signed by Mrs. N. Snethen b) Letters of Administration.
Recorded in Book 3, p 180, 21 Jan 1891. Signed by Judge. c) Allowance of
Demand by the Probate Court. 23 Mar 1891 d) Newspaper Announcement of the
"Administraters Notice" and legal court paper which goes with it. Dated
25 Jan 1891. e) 21 Jan 1891 Adjudgement f) Administrator's Bond 21 Jan
1981 g) 14 Mar 1891 Order of Sale of Real Estate h) 28 Mar 1891 Appointment
of Appraisers i) 21 Jan 1891 Administrator's Oath (with monies listed)
28) (Have Copy) 17 Feb 1891 Petition to Sell Real Estate for the payment
of debt ( 2 pages) 05 Mar 1891 Petition by Administrator to Sell Real Estate.
(3 pages) 29) (Have Copy) 15 Jul 1891 Ded Book, Vol 27, p 230 Administrator's
Deed (2 pages) 30) (Have Copy) 18 Jul 1891 Report of Sale of Real Estate
(2 pages) 31) From Ruth Stude on 29 Feb 2004: Marriage Licenses, Clay County,
Kansas William M. Snethen, age 53 yrs., and Nancy E. Powell (this
confirms her surname) age, 53 yrs., married on Nov. 22, 1883 by L. H. Holt,
Baptist Minister, in Clay Center, Clay County, KS (note ages differ, Wm.
was born Nov. 6, 1823 age on Nov. 22, 1883 should be 60 yrs. and I thought
Nancy should be about 57 yrs.?? according to census info.) .... but Nancy
is his third wife!! I got a surprise when I found the next one. William
M. Snethen, age 56 yrs., and Sarah E. Hamer, age 49 yrs., married on October
6, 1880 by Probate Judge John F. Ryerson in Clay Center, Clay Co., KS. Sarah
Hamer Snethen died in 1882 and is buried in the Fancy Creek Cemetery, Clay
Co., KS. Her grave does not have a stone. Wm. Snethen born Nov. 6,
1823 (56 yrs. old in Oct. 1880) and his son Rollings A. Snethen in Goshen
twp., Clay Co., KS, and Clay Center town lots owned by Rollings A. Snethen.
But I did not find land records or other records for Wm. M.’s son, William
Jasper Snethen born 1855 (25 yrs. old in 1880). So I do not think that
Wm. Jasper is the Wm. Snethen that married Sarah Hamer, considering the age
is a match for Wm. M., also. I had noted that from “Charlotte Kelly – thru
Gwen Bjorkman” that William Jasper Snethen was thought to have a wife by
the name of Helen Miller. Henry U. Snethen age 21 yrs. and Mary E. Mitchell
age 15 yrs. on Dec. 4, 1884 in Clay Center, Clay Co., KS by Rev. J. F. Dennis
John E. Snethen age 20 yrs. and Carrie E. Loveland age 18 yrs. on August
1, 1885 in Clay Center, Clay Co., KS by Newton Allen, Probate Judge. Deeds:
Wm. M. Snethen in Goshen twp., Clay Co., KS (copied) Rollings A. Snethen
in Goshen twp., Clay Co., KS (copied) and a quite a few Clay Center town
lots (didn’t copy) Sarah, Carolyn, and Jer, Good grief!! I had the 1875
census KS, Clay Co., Goshen twp, pg 14. for Wm. & Ellen N. Snethen.
I thought that was Nancy E. Powell Snethen and that her name was Ellen Nancy
or Nancy Ellen. Now that I got all the marriage licenses, I see this
was before his marriages to Sarah E. Humer in 1880 or to Nancy E. Powell
in 1883. So perhaps he had ANOTHER wife between Susannah and Sarah!!??
1824 Indiana- 1870 Iowa
Suzanna JAMES: 1) Exact relationship to "The James Brothers"
is not proven yet, however there is historical mention made of how the James
Boys would go to visit "Grandma Lamb". "Lamb" is also the surname of one
of the wives of Abraham Snethen. 2) Susannah is supposedly the Aunt of
the notorious Jesse James. This will require additional research to prove
or disprove. 3) 03 Dec 2002: Hi Sarah: O.K. I went through another big
envelope of James correspondence and I found her. Hope she is still there.
The correspondence was between 1974 and 1976. She did not answer my letter
in 1977. Mrs Charlotte Kelly 1506 - 4th St. SW Altoona, IA 50009 phone: 967-4493
She mentions that in 1974 she was librarian for the Iowa Genealogical Society,
so that might be a good place to check to see if they have any record of her.
What I sent you were the notes that Charlotte sent to me. Just read all of
these letters and there is no proof. Charlotte says it is just conjecture
from the fact that Susannah James and William Snethen married in White Co.
and that the names of their children were names used in the James family.
So you are right. You are stuck and the DAR will never accept that kind of
proof. Gwen Boyer Bjorkman firstname.lastname@example.org Nov 2003: From Ruth Stude; Sarah, Jer Rathmann has found
Wm and Susannah on the 1860 IA census. Below is our correspondence, today.
---------------- 4) From Ruth Stude on 04 Mar 2004 Susannah Snethen (Mrs
William) is BURIED at Eldorado Cemetery: located in IA, Monroe Co., Cedar
twp. in Section 2. This is about 3 miles southwest of Marysville, IA. ELDERADO
CEMETERY Cedar Twp, Monroe, Marysville, Iowa http://www.iamonroe.org/cemetery/elderado.html
Census taken 17 Jul 1997: http://www.iamonroe.org/cemetery/data/elderado.txt
Birthdates calculated from age on stone if given. * - Data from WPA
records - no stone found LOC SURNAME FIRSTNAME MIDDLENAME
BIRTHDATE DEATHDATE Vet NOTES 33 Snethen Susanna
1870/7/21 (Mrs. Wm.) age 45yrs 7mos
November 10, 2003 Ruth, I found a census record for 1860--Monroe County-Cedar
Township-Iowa that confuses me. It reads as follows: #478/428 William
Snethen 39 Farming OH Lydia J Snethen 35 Domestic Work
IN Susannah Snethen 16 Domestic Work IN
Bolin J Snethen 13 MO Fleming Snethen 11 IL
Elijah Snethen 8 IL William Snethen 5 IL
James F Snethen 1 Iowa The ages for William and James F match
up with the 1870 census. Who is Lydia J and where is Susannah James? Susannah
16 was probably Susannah and Williams first child. But that still does not
explain Lydia. Jerry ------------- November 10, 2003 Jer, Good
work! I have been trying to find them in the 1860 census and couldn't see
them on indexes. It appears that whoever gave the information mixed up
Susannah (wife) and Lydia Jane (daughter) of William Snethen on this census.
Lydia Jane is my great-great grandmother who married Fritz Scheer. Bolin
should be "Rollin". Wm.'s daughter, Susan died as a baby in about Mar. 25,
1854, but don't know her birth date. This family group is also on 1870
census (Wm. & Susannah) IA, Monroe Co., Cedar twp., pg. 319 (11)
Although I can find the census with the info you gave me, can you also give
me the page number to make it easier? -- Ruth --------- November 10,
2003 -- From Jer I just received the following and thought I would share
with everyone. Maybe it will help you in needing to search the census records.
It does work and does not cost anything - free till Dec. 15th and you don't
have to sign up and then cancel like some of the other sites require. Happy
hunting! http://riversideregionallibrary.org/ Once there, scroll down
to the link "HeritageQuest Online" Clicking on that will bring up a "log
in" box Type "welcome" in the password slot (in lower case without quote
marks) and strike your "enter" key or click on the login button on screen
Now you have to click on the (in red) HeritageQuest Online link again
Now click on "Search Census" You are now (finally) ready to access copies
of actual census pages. NOTE WELL that on the "page" the census image starts
loading onto there are two links, viz., A and B. If the name you clicked
on is not on the first image loaded, click on the B link to bring up a second
image. ======= It is Image 61 and 62 in ancestry.com. They print better.
Jerry ------------------------ Ruth, Susannah James had another sister
named Lydia. Another reason for believing we have the right Susannah. Phebe
who married Flemmon Scott and Lydia who married Burrell Smith were sisters.
They were all sisters to my great grandfather Thomas Harless James. I
gave you the info from my data base listing Thomas James siblings didn't
I. If not, let me know, and I will. Thomas named one of his children Lydia
as well. The family used each others names a lot. Which adds to the confusion.
Thomas and Lydia stayed in MO so they were close. Jer --------------
November 10, 2003 Jer, I don’t remember the Thomas James data base.
I have that you sent : Modified Register for Joseph JAMES -- which
included Thomas James so this maybe what you meant James -- BurrellSmith_LydiaJamesMarriageRecord
James -- ElizaJames35 James – HIRAMLEWISJAMESWPISTOLS James -- MiltonSIMMONS-ElizabethJAMESMarriage
Indiana Magazine of History , 36 (1940):29-33 Clark Cemetery of the Old
Scott Settlement -- Ruth -------------------------------------------- From
Ruth Stude 04 Mar 2004: I found Susannah James Snethen’s grave!! Finally!
Susannah and William Snethen are listed on the 1870 census as in
IA, Monroe Co., Cedar twp. which is near Marysville, IA. That is where I
found her grave, in Cedar twp.! So I feel good about saying that is where
she died, in Cedar twp., near Marysville, IA. and is buried in Eldorado cemetery
in Cedar twp. See this listing and other graves on line. You can go
to the last site I've listed for that page, or see all the other Monroe Co.
cemeteries listed going on to Eldorado cemt. in these steps. http://www.iamonroe.org/cemetery/cemetery.html
click on Elderado (on USGA map it is Eldorado) for the next page.
(see other cemt. here also) http://www.iamonroe.org/cemetery/elderado.html
at the bottom of the page, click on “Census taken July 17th, 1977
by Steven Stewart” for this page … http://www.iamonroe.org/cemetery/data/elderado.txt
(or just use this site for that page) Eldorado Cemetery: located in
IA, Monroe Co., Cedar twp. in Section 2. This is about 3 miles southwest
of Marysville, IA. death date listed
as yr/mo/day #33 Snethen Susanna 1870/ 7 / 21 (Mrs.
Wm.) age 45yrs 7mos -- Ruth From Ruth Stude 04 Mar 2004
It sure helps to know where you want to search. Here is a record of
Susannah's (Susanna) year of birth with the grave information. NOW if
I can just get her obituary, we may have proof of her parents!! Wouldn't
that be great?! from http://www.obitcentral.com/cemsearch/ia-cem.htm
(a good site to search for obituaries & graves) I searched and
found (This shows her birthdate also). It is possible that the other
two graves are William Jasper Snethen and his wife Helen Snethen. (Wm.
J. Snethen is the son of Wm. & Susannah, I had his birth as 1855 and
death as 1928 which is show on Helen's info. .. Hmmm. The date for his
death listed here is odd, a typo?) also see http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ia/monroe/cemeteries/wpa/swpa.txt
Surname First Middle Birth Death Cemetary Twp Veteran
Notes Name: Name: Date: Date:
Snethen Helen . 1855 1928 Woodlawn Lovilia . wife
of W. J. Snethen Susanna . 1825 1870/7/21 Eldorado Cedar .
(Mrs. Wm.) Snethen W. J. 1859 13686 Woodlawn Lovilia
. . -- Ruth
6) JACOB HOMER SEARLES
1842 Ohio - 1903 Iowa
Jacob Homer Searles
JACOB HOMER SEARLES: 1) Jacob was born 1841 in Meigs, Co., OH. He
fought in the Civil War as follows taken from The Soldiers Discharg Book
1&2 Vol 1 page 296; 1a) Enlisted Nov. 20 -1861 age 25 Ohio In company
C - 3rd Cavalry Regiment Ohio Transferred on 01 April from company C
to compact K He was a Blacksmith . 1b) 1st Corporal, unit Company K,
13th Regiment, West Virginia Volunteers, Infantry. enrolled Oct 03, 1863.
Discharged June 22, 1865 at Wheeling West Virginia. Age 22 yrs, 5'8", fair
comp, eyes brown, hair dark, occupation; Blacksmith. Discharge: Suffers
from shell wound and chronic disease. 2) Proof of Marriage: "Mason Co.
West Virginia Marriages, June 29, 1850-April 01, 1861, Marriage Book 2, Page
014" Searls (no "E") Jacob H. and Jividen, Josephine 24 Aug 1860 3) Jacob
and Josephine lived in Onawa, Iowa, then moved to Sioux City, Iowa. 4)
1870 Meigs County, Ohio, Columbia Twp Census Searls, Jacob H age 29 Blacksmith
250 200 Ohio Josephine 32 keeping house VA
Jasper 07 VA James
06 VA Flora 04
OH Edgar 02
OH 5) 1880 Pike Co. OH, Pebble Twp. Searles,
J H 39 blacksmith OH OH OH Josephine 40 VA VA NY Jasper N. 18 Farm Hand
VA VA VA James 16 VA VA VA Flora J. 14 OH VA VA Edgar J. 12 OH VA VA John
A. 10 OH VA VA Homer C. 08 OH VA VA Charles 06 OH VA VA Josephine 04 OH
VA VA 6) Feb 24, 1874: Harvey and Eliza M. Wells to Jacob H. Searles:
lot 534, 533, 547 Town of Wellston, Jackson Co., OH, witness Josephine M.
Ogle 7) The 1876 book -- Centennial Sketches, Map & Directory of Union
Co., Iowa 1876 lists a Searl in New Hope Township. Due to other errors that
I know of in the book, this could quite possibly be a misspelling of Searles.
He is shown on the NW 1/4 of Section 13, New Hope Township. In the directory
listing the following entry is made: Searl, J. M. (name); Illinois (nativity);
Thayer (post office); farmer (occupation); 1873 (came to county); 13 (section);
160 (acres owned). This may or may not be relevant for your search. It
is also the only information that I could find anywhere in the book. 8)
Dec 5, 1874: Harvey and Eliza Wells to Jacob H. Searles, Jackson Co. Ohio,
townof Wellston lots 536 and 428. witness Julia B. Foraker. 9) April 14,
1877: Henry and Eliza Wells to H.H.Searls, Jackson Co., OH, Wellston lot
427. Witness Waldo Murray. 10) Deed Book 11 pg 33, Apr 14, 1877: J.H.
Searles to Harvey Wells, Jackson Co., OH, Wellston lot 428. Witness W.W.Girton.
11) Apr 17, 1877: Deed book 11 pg 26 Jackson Co., OH: J.H.and Josephine
Searles to Wm. B. Lewis, St lot 427 & 428. Witness W. W. Guton. 12)
Mar 11, 1881: Deed book 13, pg 555: Jacob and Josephine Searls to Wm.
B. Lewis, Jackson Co., OH, lot 534 Wellston. Witness James E. Searls. 13)
1900 Census Monona Co., IA, Onowa Twp p 191 Searles, Jacob H. Nov 1840 59,
38 yrs married, OH, OH, WV Josephine, Mar 1838, 62 yrs, 10 children, 09 living
WV, NC, NY 14) Obit: Sioux City Journal on June 1, 1903 DEATH'S SUMMONS
IS SUDDEN Jacob H. Searles Drops Dead at His Home, Aged 63 Years Jacob H.
Searles, age 63 of 106 Sixth Street, a real estate man who had an office
in the Masonic Temple, last evening carried a bucket of water upstairs at
his residence, and upon reaching the top, gasped from the exertion and died
within five minutes. Mrs Searles was near his side when he began to choke
and cry for breath, and she assisted him to his bed. To lie down caused him
pain and he had to be propped up. A Doctor was sent for, but before the Physician
could arrive, Mr Searles was dead. "Mr Searles contracted eczema in the army
during the Civil War, Mrs Searles said, and this bothered him all the time.
He frequently complained of his heart being weak. Today, however, he had
not complained and he seemed in his usual health. He always liked to cook
the Sunday dinner and he did the cooking for the dinner today, having his
own way in the kitchen and greatly enjoying himself. This evening he went
out to the yard and brought a bucket of water upstairs. The exertion of climbing
up the stairs must have brought on the attack, for I know nothing else which
could. He clutched at his throat as he gasped for breath, but the only relief
we could give him was to hold him up. It seemed to me that he choked to death."
Mr Searles family came to Sioux City eleven years ago from Onawa, where
they had resides for many years. He was a member of the Hanson Post G.A.R.,
of Onawa. Although Mr. Searles was a native of Ohio, having been born in
Meggs County, Ohio, he served through the war with a West Virginia regiment.
The wife and nine children survive Mr Searles. The children are as follows:
Homer, a clerk for L.O. Harrow; (probably in Sioux City) Mrs R.E. Pack of
Cole's Addition (probably Sioux City); Jasper, Onawa; John and Mrs Flora
Ashby, Eaton, Colorado; James a patient at the state hospital in Cherokee
(Cherokee State Hospital in Cherokee Iowa); Edgar J., a patient at the state
hospital in Yankton (Yankton State Hospital in Yankton Iowa); Charles, Chicago;
Mrs Blanch Sloan, Kennebec Iowa. No arrangements for the funeral have been
made last night. 15) Another Obit: Tribune on June 1. 1903 HE EXPIRED QUICKLY
Jacob H. Searles, Aged 63, Dies of Heart Failure. While carrying a bucket
of water upstairs, at his home, 106 6th Street, Jacob H. Searles, a real
estate man was taken suddenly ill last evening about 7:00 clock. Ten minutes
later he died. He expired before a physician could reach him. His ailment
was fatty degeneration of the heart. Mrs Searles was at his side when he
began to choke and gasp for breath. He reached the top of the stairs, but
had to be carried to his bed. The man frequently complained of trouble with
his heart, but yesterday he seemed unusually well. The exertion of carrying
the the bucket of water upstairs is credited with having brought on the fatal
attack.The family lives in the upstairs rooms at the sixth street address.
Mr Searles office was in the Masonic Temple, Fifth and Douglas Streets.
(Sioux City) (I can't read all the info of next paragraph but this is part
of what it says) The family came from Onawa (Iowa) in 18?? and lived in
Sioux City all but two of the years of which they had returned to Onawa.
Deceased was a member of the Hanson Post G.A.R. of Onawa. He served through
the war in a West Virginia Regiment. He was from Meggs County. Ohio. and
died at the age of 63 years. 16) 1920 Census, Woodbury Co. IA, Sioux City,
page 3b-4a Fitzgerald, Horace 34, IN, unk, unk Blanch 37, wife, IA, OH,
IA Carlisle S. 19, son IA, IN, IA Ruth O. 15, dau, IA, IN, IA Samuel 09,
IA, IN, IA SEARLES, JOSEPHINE 82, MOTHER IN LAW, WIDOW, WV, UNK, WV
7) JOSEPHINE JIVIDEN
1838 West Virginia - 1921 Iowa
1) Proof of Marriage: "Mason Co. West Virginia Marriages, June 29, 1850-April
01, 1861, Marriage Book 2, Page 014" Searls (no "E") Jacob H. and Jividen,
Josephine 24 Aug 1860 2) 1920 Census, Woodbury Co. IA, Sioux City, page
3b-4a Fitzgerald, Horace 34, IN, unk, unk Blanch 37, wife, IA, OH, IA Carlisle
S. 19, son IA, IN, IA Ruth O. 15, dau, IA, IN, IA Samuel 09, IA, IN, IA
SEARLES, JOSEPHINE 82, MOTHER IN LAW, WIDOW, WV, UNK, WV 3) Died 31 May
1903 Woodbury Co., IA, Sioux City.
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