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BELL, Alexander 1889 or 1891 Jim McDowell
BELL, Hugh Henderson 1887 Jim McDowell

BLACK, John R.


Feb 1899

Oak Hill

Charlotte Black

SMITH, Anna May 11, 1868 PENKAP
SMITH, A. John June 13, 1888 PENKAP


NAME Date of Birth Date of Death


BLACK, Sarah A.(Weaver) abt 1828 aft Nov 1922 Oak Hill Charlotte Black
BLACK, William Azro 1860 Nov 20, 1922 Oak Hill Charlotte Black
RIDOUT, Hattie Rosett Mar 2, 1865 Feb 16, 1922 Gail Solberg



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Date of Death



BLACK, Emma B. (Ramsey) 1868 Jan 11, 1935 Oak Hill Charlotte Black



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Date of Death



BLACK, Harry Milo Aug 24, 1892 Feb 28, 1955 Oak Hill Charlotte Black



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Walnut Grove, Corning

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REED, Irene



West Fairview, Lenox

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Evergreen, Prescott

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Osage Beach, MO

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KNAPP, Alonzo




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AVAUX, Dessie




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NORTHUP, Vincent




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KING, Harold




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NARIGON, Francis




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CURRY, Donald



Oakland, Corning

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Villisca Cemetery

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William BURTON

(1829 - 1905)

Father, or Brother BURTON as he was familiarly called by so many, is with us no more, for "God took him." He lived with his daughter, Mrs. Rachel NICOLL, in Mt. Etna all winter. But Friday, Nov. 17th, he walked from there to W. D. Shaw's in Lincoln township, stayed there all night. Saturday morning he went to the Chas. Wolford farm where his grandchildren, Fred and Mable BURTON, live, visited with them, and on sunday went to church at Lincoln Center, where he met many old friends. Stayed with Fred again that night also Monday and Tuesday nights, visiting old friends each day, and apparently feeling as well as usual, and thoroughly enjoying himself. Wednesday morning he left Fred's with the intention of going to Quincy White's (about 1/4 of a mile), then to W.D. Shaw's, from there to his old home where his son Sidney now lives.

While at Mr. White's he took a severe pain in his chest. (For two weeks previous he had had the same at different times). After some time he felt better but when he left there instead of going north he turned towards Fred's and about an hour afterwards was found lying in the road lifeless [24 Nov, 1905]. "Truly in the midst of life we are in death."  But thanks be to God we know he was ready for the summons though it came so suddenly, for his trust and confidence was implicitly in Him who hath promised we will come off more than conquerors. A short time ago in speaking of the home beyond he said with tears in his eyes and a quiver in his voice, "I'm getting home sick to see the dear ones who have gone.  Sometimes it seems as if I can hardly wait for the time to come, when I can go but I don't think it will be long now, for I believe my time here is short."

William BURTON was born in Sommersetshire, England, March 1829, and came to America in 1855 with his wife and two children. They settled in Jackson county near Sabula, in this state. In 1870 his wife died leaving a young babe. In May 1872 he with five children moved to this county, Lincoln township, where he bought 160 acres of unimproved land. That farm today stands as a monument to his perseverance and industry, for it is one of the best stock farms in the county, and his children to whom he was both father and mother are an honor to his memory. Each Sunday found him and them regularly in the place of worship, the old sixteen school house, and he taught them the way of righteousness both by precept and example. Such lives as his are a blessing and a benefit to any community. He leaves nine children to mourn his departure: Mrs. Julia COX, of Utah; Sidney BURTON and Mrs. Rachel NICOLL of this county; Mrs. Rebecca MILLS, Dakota; Mrs. Martha NICHOLAS, Washington; Mrs. Laura CRAWFORD, Missouri; Mrs. Philena FREDERICK, Colorado; Mrs. Katie DYNES, Sabula; William J. BURTON, Illinois. The funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 24th, at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Center church, Rev. J. G. Duling preaching from the appropriate text. "Behold I come quickly." A large crowd of neighbors and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.

Stephen Smith ( ) is the 2nd Great-grandson of William Burton


(17 Feb. 1793 - August 11, 1858)

James Crawford Campbell was born 17 Feb. 1793, most likely in southwestern Pennsylvania. His parents were Quakers and charter members of the Redstone Monthly Meeting in southwestern Pennsylvania.

James and his first wife, Hannah Pumroy (born abt. 1797 - died bef. 1830), were married July 5, 1818, in Stark county, Ohio. James and Hannah had the following children: (1) Francis Graham Campbell 1819 - 1877, (2) William Campbell 1821 - 1876/77, (3) Rachel Campbell 1823 - 1906, (4) James Pumroy Campbell 1825 - 1903/04, and (5) James Campbell Aft. 1828 - .

James and his second wife, Mary Robertson (b: 25 Mar. 1812) were married 9 Dec. 1830 in Wayne County, Ohio. James and Mary had 13 children.  They are: (1) Benjamin Crawford, born 1831, (2) Margaret, born 1835, (3) Horace Boyles, born 1837, (4/5) Rufus and Albert Wilson (twins), born 1839, (6) Elizabeth, born 1841, (7) Martha, born 1843, (8) Henry Robertson, born 1846, (9) Delia Ann, born 1847, (10) John Abel, born 1849, (11) George Fox, born 1852, (12) Mary B., born 1855, and (13) Harriet, born 1858.

In 1818, James resided in Stark county, Ohio. He lived there till about 1839; he then moved from Stark county, Ohio to Fort Wayne, Allen county Indiana. Later, he moved on to Jasper county, Indiana, and then to Adams county, Iowa, at about 1855.

James died on Wednesday, August 11, 1858. He was buried at Brooks Cemetery, Brooks, Iowa. At the time of his death, he was 65 yrs, 5 mos. and 24 days old.

Submitted by: Wes Campbell, Austin, Tx. email:


09/28/1860 - 01/31/1926

“The funeral of Mrs. Andrew ANDERSON was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Strand, Rev. JONES of Nodaway officiating. Mrs. ANDERSON, who has lived fifty years in Strand, died Sunday morning at 2 a.m. She was 65 yeas 4 months and 3 days old at the time of her death. interment was made in Strand cemetery.

Caroline LARSON was born to John and Hulda LARSON in LaSalle County, Illinois, September 28, 1860 and died January 31, 1926. She was married to Andrew ANDERSON in 1875. Eleven children were born, four dying in infancy. The living children are Oley, and Selia who live at home; Hulda, Andy and Marshall, at Strand; Arthur and Sarah at Nodaway. There are also thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She also leaves two brothers, Tom LARSON, of Strand and Henry L. LARSON of Omaha and one sister Mrs. Jennie ELKLAND, of Gibbon, Minnesota. Her husband Andrew ANDERSON died twenty-seven years ago on Christmas Day.

Mrs. ANDERSON early united with the Methodist church but later united with the Lutheran church at Strand. She was faithful and devoted in her family relations and true to her religious convictions and responsibilities. A great number of friends grieve with the family in the loss of this good woman who has figured in the history of Adams county as one of the earliest pioneers.”

Adams County Free Press, Submitted by Mary Ann (HENDRICKSON) DUNKIN, Fort Collins Colorado (great-granddaughter) <>


02/12/1905 - 10/21/1997

Funeral services for Marion C. HENDRICKSON of Villisca, Iowa, were held October 25, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Nodaway, Iowa, with the Rev. Clark FINEHOUT officiating. Burial was in the Nodaway Cemetery.

Ushers were Stan DUNN and Bob DUNN, organist Brenda DUNN, soloist Dan RAPP. Honorary casket bearers were Joe NORTHUP, Wayne SCOTT, Paul BARKER, Franklin WALTER, Jim HALEY, Larry PERRIN, and Mike SHIPLEY. Active casket bearers were Neal PETERSON, Rod FOCHT, Scott MARTIN, Ronald HENDRICKSON, Bill ROCK and Bart CROSS.

Flower bearers were Donna SCOTT and Ruth GOLDSMITH. At the guest registry were Chris and Juli COOPER.

The son of Goodman H. and Sarah (ANDERSON) HENDRICKSON, he was born February 12, 1905 and died October 21, 1997 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Care Center.

On October 3, 1928, he married Grace E. GROFF at the home of her parents near Nodaway.

Mr. HENDRICKSON lived and farmed near Nodaway until moving to Villisca in 1992.

Survivors include his three daughters: Mrs. Benjamin (Mary Ann) DUNKIN, of Fort Collins, Colorado; Mrs. Marvin (Deloris Jean) PETERSON of Nodaway; and Mrs. Lowell (Janis Loy) DAVIS of Fort Collins, Colorado. also nine grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; and a brother Henry G. HENDRICKSON of Lincoln, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Grace in January 1971; granddaughter Peggy Peterson RAPP; and great grandson Jacob Daniel CRAMER; brother Glenn HENDRICKSON; and sisters Agnes WINDOM and Velma CAIN.

Memorials may be directed to the Nodaway United Methodist Church.

Adams County Free Press, Submitted by Mary Ann (HENDRICKSON) DUNKIN (daughter) Fort Collins, Colorado <>


06/25/1886 - 07/17/1963

“Sarah E. HENDRICKSON, youngest daughter of Andrew and Caroline ANDERSON, was born near Strand, Iowa June 25, 1886, and departed this life, July 17, 1963 at the age of 77 years and 22 days. She suffered a severe stroke, and has been a bed patient at the Krauth Nursing Home in Corning for the past sixteen months, where she endeared herself to all who helped care for her.

Sarah grew to womanhood in the Strand vicinity, and became a member of the Strand Lutheran church at an early age.

On April 1, 1903 she was united in marriage to Goodman H. HENDRICKSON, and to this union five children were born, Mrs. Glen WINDOM (Agnes), Clay Center, Nebraska, Marion C. HENDRICKSON, Nodaway, Glenn S., Big Springs, Nebraska, Mrs. Benton CAIN, (Velma), Ollie, Iowa and Henry G. HENDRICKSON, Lincoln, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her husband on December 10, 1948, her parents, two brothers, Andy and Marshal ANDERSON and one sister Celia ANDERSON. She leaves to mourn her passing her five children, two sons-in-laws, three daughter-inlaws, fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, also a sister, Mrs. Hulda HENDRICKSON of Grant, two brother, Ole ANDERSON of Strand and Arthur ANDERSON of Gravity as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Most of their married life was spent on their farm near Nodaway with a few years in Burns, Wyoming, Clay Center, Nebraska and Big Springs, Nebraska and in Red Oak where they retired from the farm.

Sarah was a quiet reserved personality with a smile for everyone. Her main interest in life centered around her home and neighbors. She was happiest when her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren could be with her.

Funeral services were Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Strand Lutheran church with the Rev. A. Edward PETERSON officiating. Music was by Mrs. Francis GRAY with Shirley NEEDHAM pianist. Flowerbearers were Mar. Fred SHEPARD and Miss Ellen CAIN. Pallbearers were Harold O'RILEY, Marvin PETERSON, BennyDUNKIN, Dean WINDOM, Marion HENDRICKSON and Henry HENDRICKSON, burial was in the Strand cemetery.”

Adams County Free Press, Submitted by Mary Ann (Hendrickson) DUNKIN - granddaughter Fort Collins, Colorado <>


Joseph Loran Ellis was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, November 23, 1826, and March 24, at the time of his release was 92 years, four months and one day old. He was the eldest of twelve children who grew to maturity, and survived them all but three. The Ellis family, since 1630 had their home in Sandwich county, Massachusetts, the grandparents of Joseph Loran removing to Nova Scotia in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

In early manhood he worked a number of years as a farm laborer in Massachusetts, saving his earnings to start a home in the far West. In 1856 he went with a colony of New Englanders to Adams county, in southwestern Iowa, 200 miles west of the farthest reach of the railway, and there he and his bride, Margaret Theresa Trask made their thrifty, well-ordered home for 33 years. Mr. Ellis' great love for horticulture made this farm place with its hedges, groves, and orchards the most attractive for miles around. Here were born and reared under old-fashioned discipline and Christian ideals, three sons and two daughters who are still living, and three babes were laid in the near-by Wild Rose cemetary. These living children are Walter M., of Endeavor, George Relan of Eugene, Oregon, Mrs. J. M. Williamson, of Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs. T. W. Winginton of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Robert W. of University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. Mrs. Ellis was laid to rest a little over six years ago. Thirteen grandchildren are now living.

Mr. Ellis made his home in endeavor since 1902, and since the passing of his wife has lived with his son Walter. Until about three years ago his unusual vigor of body and mind seemed to defy time and its usual debilitating power. His quick, elastic, strong step, his erect pose, his keen interest in present day affairs, his pleasure in artistic touches with the hoe, or in penning letters bright and enlivening to children of old time friends, all spoke of a continuing youth.

Mr. Ellis' intellectual vigor was one of his most characteristic qualities. With the most elemental opportunities for schooling in his youth, by reading, observation and clear thinking, he came to the possession of as wide a fund of information and as open-minded and progressive an attitude as most men of college opportunities. He was a man of positive and clear convictions in many realms of thought and life, and could give his reasons therefor. He was a man of positive principal, as honest and inflexible as a granite ledge. Through all his years equal strangers to his lips were the narcotics which confuse and the profane or unchaste word. He was habitually reverent and prayerful, but one could not fail to notice in his advancing years a growing unconventionality and a wider liberality in his religious attitude.

Particularly during the last few weeks of his increasing feebleness he was anxious for his release. with his work for this life done, with his testimony to the great values plainly given, he was in every sense ready for the second gr eat adventure, and his children are not ashames of their inheritance. W.M.E.

[Walter M. Ellis?]

>From the Marquette county epitome, Endeavor, Wisconsin: (March, 1918)


Ruth Hannah Rider Good, 91, died today, Oct. 5, 1995, at Arolyn Heights Home (In Chanute, KS).

Born June 23, 1904, at Nodaway, Iowa, she was the daughter of Leon and Louise Kernon Rider. She grew up at Nodaway, graduated from Nodaway schools and taught one year in a rural school.

A homemaker, she married Richard W. Good, M.D., in November 1923 at Corning, Iowa. After his death in March 1969, she moved to Corning, then to Chanute in 1982 to be near her son, Dr. Richard Good.

She is survived by the son, Richard W. Good, D.D.S.; a daughter, Marjorie Smith, Long Grove, ILL.; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

A graveside service will be conducted at Nodaway Cemetery, Nodaway, Iowa, Tuesday at 2 p.m. Dr. Richard W. Good will officiate. Gibson-Koch-Fiskel Chapel has charge of arrangements. The casket will be closed. Memorials may be made to Neosho Valley Chapter of American Red Cross.

(The Chanute Tribune, Chanute, KS, Oct 5, 1995, pg 10)

submitted by Diane L. Good, Topeka, KS (granddauaghter)


The funeral of P.M. Lee whose death was mentioned last week was held Friday afternoon of last week at the Lincoln Center Methodist Church conducted by F.F. Hinkle, pastor of the United Brethen Church at Carbon, and assisted by Rev O.C. Lakey, pastor of the Brethern Church at Lenox. Interment was made at the Lincoln Center Cemetary beside his wife who passed away September 15, 1913. Philip M LEE was born November 9, 1835 in the state of Indiana and was age 78 years, 2 month and 18 days. When a small child he removed with his parents to Iowa settling in Louisa County where he lived until 1861 when he was married to Miss Rebecca Ann HUSTED and came to Adams Co, and made his home in Lincoln township where they lived fifty two years and until the death of his wife. Since then the old gentleman has made his home with his daughter, Mrs James G.FOLLIS residing near Lenox. He leaves five children and are as follows: Whilliam H LEE of Pleasant Lake, N.D., who was the only child not present at the funeral: Minnie C. KNEE, Mrs Emma M FOLLIS and David H LEE residing in the Lenox vicinity, and Charles W LEE of Mt Etna. He also reared Clarence E. LEE, a grandson when his mother died when he was one year old.

(Adams Co Free Press Feb 1914 Obituary of Philip M LEE)

Submitted by: Clarence J. Lee,


Funeral services for Mrs. Ada Jane MCKENZIE were held Monday afternoon, June 9, 1952 at 2 o'clock at the Methodist Church in Tonganoxie, Kansas. The Reverend Amos BARTON and the Rev. Wesley TILLINGHAST officiated. Interment was at Hubbel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. MCKENZIE was born at Mt. Etna, Iowa, October 23, 1866 and passed away June 7, 1952, at the age of 85 years old. Her husband, The Rev. Maxwell Gaddis MCKENZIE passed away November 24, 1940. Her husband was the minister at the Methodist church in Tonganoxie from 1924 to 1926. Then they moved to Lawrence, Kansas, thence to Reserve, Kansas, where they spent 10 years, and then back to Tonganoxie in 1937.

Mrs. MCKENZIE was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W.S. BOWERSOX, Tonganoxie, Kansas, Mrs. Maurine ALLAN, of the home, Mrs. Frank L. MEYER, Ellensburg, Washington; three sons, Ernest MCKENZIE, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Hugh MCKENZIE, Joplin, Missouri, John M. MCKENZIE, Santa Fe, New Mexico; three sisters, Mrs. Jennie BELL, Yakima, Washington, Mrs. Mabel BRIDGES, Everett, Washington, Mrs. Laura Blanche STOFFEL, Yakima, Washington; two brothers, John A., Bremerton, Washington, Jesse W. HARADER, Hillsboro, Oregon; 16 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

(12 June 1952-Tonganoxie News)

submitted by Marsha VEDDER


Christian HARRADER died at his home near the Dunkard Mills, last evening. Inflamation of the bowels was the primary cause of death, though it was his extreme old age had something to do with it. About a week ago Mr HARRADER was busy working at his home and it is believed, overheated himself. The funeral was held this afternoon from the family residence, the services being conducted by Rev. OAKER. Burial was in Parker cemetery.

Christian HARRADER, would have been eighty years of age on the 26th day of this month. He was an early settler here, having come to this country from Missouri about 23 years ago. He located northeast of the city eight miles, and established the Dunkard Mills. He operated these mills for about ten years and then sold out. Since that time he devoted his time to farming and with unusual success. He owned at the time of his death, four of the finest farms to be found in the Walnut Valley. Besides these he has helped his children to acquire good property. He has eight children, four of whom reside in the vicinity of their father's home. Mr. HARRADER was a member of the Dunkard church and was a consistent christian in every sense of the word. Two years ago he set aside $10,000 of his property to be turned into the missionary fund of that church. He was a good neighbor and there is no one of the neighborhood where he spent his last years of life, who have one word to say against him. The community lost a good man and the loss will be greatly felt by all of his old neighbors and friends.

(Arkansas City Daily Traveler Saturday August 19, 1905)

submitted by Marsha VEDDER

(Christian was involved with the running of the Dunkard Mills in Adams Co., Iowa)


Hiram Gentle came to Illinois at the age of 21, remaining there until 1867 when he came to Iowa, settling at Rome. ... The family moved to Corning in 1869 and Mr. Gentle secured employment on the "Q" road as bridge foreman in which capacity he served for 21 years. He was bridge foreman on the Creston Division when the division comprised only that portion of the system from Afton to Villisca. At that date Creston was the western terminal of the C.B. & Q. and Mr. Gentle assisted in extending the system west. He was an all around, practical railroad man and enjoyed the enviable record and acquaintance among his workmen. He resigned his work on the railroad in 1890. He was a charter member of the Congregational Church and has served continuously in the capacity of deacon since its organization. Mr. Gentle was one of the best types of honorable citizens in the country and was universally admired for his many noble qualities and admirable traits of character. He leaves many friends in this part of the state who will sincerely regret his demise.

(8 Feb 1913 "Adams County Free Press", Corning, Iowa)



1915 ... Mrs. Hiram Gentle, passed away Friday evening, June 25th at her residence in southeast Corning, following a long illness covering a period of two years. ... came to Corning in 1869, being among the early settlers in this community. For years Mrs. Gentle has had the distinction of being the only living charter member of the local Congregational church. The church was organized January 8, 1870, with seven charter members, Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Gentle being among the number. Mrs. Gentle loved to call herself the mother of the church; and in view of how she assisted in bringing the church into being and nurtured it during all its years of growth, it can be truly said that she richly deserved the title. She leaves three children: Albert & Miss Minnie of this city and Robert of Douglas, Wyo., all of whom were with their mother at the last and attended her funeral. Mrs. Gentle will be greatly missed in this community where she has lived so long, from the fact that perhaps no home in the county was there such hospitable welcome. It was often remarked that the "latchstring was always out" at the Gentle home, and frequently resembled a hotel in regard to numbers of guests, and nothing pleased Mrs. Gentle more than to prepare and serve one of her famous dinners to her numerous guests. She was a grand, good woman and will be greatly missed in her large circle of friends.

submitted by Anne Laurie Smith


Henry G. HENDRICKSON, one of the pioneer settlers of Strand, passed away at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nels HEDSTROM, near Villisca last Thursday, August 4th, 1921, reaching the age of 75 years, 1 month and 20 days. He was born Nessa, Ardal, Norway, the 14th of June 1846.

Having spent his childhood days in the land of his birth, he immigrated to America in 1870 and came to Morris, Illinois where other relatives were located. Here he spent five years in Grundy and LaSalle counties working on the farm. In 1875, with others he came West and located in Adams County which then was practically a new country. This same year he was united in marriage to Mr. Martha ANDERSON, who proceeded him in death by five and a half years. To their union was born eight children of which four died in infancy.

Those surviving the loss of a dear father are: Goodman H.HENDRICKSON, and Mrs. Nels HEDSTROM of Nodaway, Hiram M. HENDRICKSON of Strand and Mrs. John HOLDREN also of Nodaway. There are eighteen grandchildren. He also leaves a brother Ole HENDRICKSON, of Story City, Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Christine ANDERSON, of Des Moines. Besides there is a host of relatives and friends who will mourn his departure. A Testimony given by his father shortly he died three years ago (at age 97) was: He could not remember that he had ever seen Henry angry, he had love and compassion for his fellowmen always reaching a helping hand to those in need. He will especially be missed in the church of which he was a charter member and to which he belongs to his last day, he never missed a service as long as strength would permit, he loved his church and the missions of God which is proven to his very last. His life was a living testimony to those with whom he mingled, the admonitions especially to the Sunday School class he long had, was the seriousness of life and the hope of salvation.

Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock and at the Strand church at 2:30. Red. E.T. LUNDY being in charge of the services. Interment was made at the Strand cemetery. Those from a distance attending: his brother Ole HENDRICKSON from Story City and sister Mrs.; ANDERSON of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. Severt OLSON of Shelby County, C.L. HENDRICKSON of Wayne, Nebraska, and Mrs. Marcus AKALAND, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel HANSON and LARSON, all of Shelby County.

From Adams County Free Press

Submitted by great-granddaughter - Mary Ann (HENDRICKSON) DUNKIN Fort Collins, Co


January 18, 1841-December 29, 1937

George BARKER was born in Perry County, Ohio, January 18, 1841. He was the eldest child and son of Richard and Elizabeth BARKER. He had 4 brothers and 3 sisters, all preceding him in death.

George BARKER was born and reared on a farm, receiving his education in the common schools of his country. He had the distinction of spelling down, as it was commonly called in those days, every school in Adams Co., Iowa.

He left his native state of Ohio, April 17, 1860, with his parents, as they immigrated to their new home in Adams Co., Iowa. They came by team, their wagons being loaded with common farm and household helps. They crossed the Mississippi River on May 12, and on the 21st , of the same month, arrived at Quincy, Iowa, the County Seat of Adams County. As they passed by the village school yard in Quincy, Iowa, his future bride-to-be was one of the cherry pupils playing at school, recess-time. She oftimes in life remarked her noticing the mover-wagons going by the school grounds and one of the teamsters was her husband, the subject of this sketch.

During the Civil War he enlisted from Adams County, August 9, 1862, in the Twenty-Third Iowa Infantry, serving his country faithfully for a period of 3 years 1 day. He was a member of Capt. GEORGE’s Co. and was in many important engagements, some of which were decisive battles. He served his company at the rank of Corporal and was one of a quorum of witnesses at a certain Court Martial during the war. He was always kind to his opponents during the war. In a few instances giving the opposing suffer a drink from his canteen.

During his engagement as a U.S. soldier he never forgot to pray to his God each night for his protection and the eventual preservation of the Union. He was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Texas, July 27, 1865, returning to Iowa and was paid off at Davenport. He was a member of LLewellyn Post G.A.R. Corning, Iowa.

George BARKER and Mary Millisa BEAN were united in marriage June 23, 1866, at Quincy, Iowa. His wife also was born in Carroll Co., Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. BARKER had the distinction of celebrating their Golden Wedding at their recent farm home near Golden Valley, North Dakota on June 24, 1916. His wife proceeded him in death passing away February 19, 1931. Had she lived until June 24, 1931, this couple would have lived together 65 years.

George BARKER, with his energetic wife went to work, after marriage, and after he had served his country in the war, on wild land two miles north of Brooks, Iowa to make a comfortable home. They lived there 9 years. Then moving 5 miles northwest of Brooks, improved another farm, which was their home until moving to their present home in March, 1909. Mr. & Mrs. BARKER were happy parents of nine children. Four of whom have preceded him in death. Namely: 1) Mary Elizabeth HEDGER, 2) John Albert, 3) George Fredrich, and 4) James Richard. Those living are: 5) Mrs. Ella VAN DEVENTER, 6) Frank Augustus, 7) Charles Alonzo, 8) Benjamin Mullford, and 9) Joseph William.

Mr. and Mrs. BARKER at all times commanded the respect due to parents by their children, walking and working side by side with the parents, trying to attain something of worth while in this life.

George BARKER was converted to the Christian religion at a very early age. At one time before leaving Ohio, he led, (what was called by the M.E. Church), the Church of his father, a boy’s prayer meeting. This was inspiring to the surrounding neighborhood and many gathered to hear the young boys go forth with the gospel meeting. After moving to Iowa, he joined the United Brethern Church, also receiving a blessing of the Holy Spirit in 1888. After due examinations by the board of clergymen he was granted a license as a local minister. He went in quite a few local communities in Adams County, Iowa, as an Evangelist, doing much good as he held up the higher standard of Christianity.

After moving to North Dakota in 1909, he and his good wife and faithful neighbors established a preaching point and Sunday school 10 miles north of Golden Valley, North Dakota.

From this movement sprang several missionary organizations, one of which he became a member, this particular organization is called The Church of God. The date of his joining being June 19, 1919. While he didn’t at his advanced age take a license with his new church, yet his stern Christian character, his good advice to its Evangelist, Deacons, and Pastors have gained for him by its adherents the name of a modern Seer. Grandpa BARKER, as he is commonly and lovingly know, had reached the advanced age of 96 years, 11 months, and 11 days. By his old age is shown the true mercies of God, as he was given up to die at the young age of 26 years. He leaves to mourn his departure, 5 children, 40 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, a large number of nieces and nephews, many other relatives, and a warm host of friends and neighbors.

Grandpa BARKER spade from his death bed that all was clear from earth to glory. His witness was there, he was fully prepared to go.

Submitted by Barbara TESLUK great-great-granddaughter <>

Mary Mallisa BEAN BARKER

January 15, 1851 - February 19, 1931

Mary Mallisa BEAN was born in Carrol County, Ohio, and at the age of four years her people emigrated to Van Buren County, Iowa, and later to Adams County, Iowa, where the deceased grew to woman hood, and was united in marriage to George BARKER on June 24, 1866. At the age of 41 years she became converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and united with the United Brethern Church and in later years with the Church of God. She consecrated her life wholly to God and later received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:4. She was an earnest worker for her master, never failing to do what she thought to be her duty. She had great faith in God. Many souls have been won to the Lord by her prayers and beseeching; always interested in the Salvation of souls in the communities where she was living and also spent much time in ministering to the sick. She was a good wife and loving mother and made a host of friends and lived closely to those whom she loved, until the day of her death. To this union were born nine children, three having preceded her in death. Namely they are: Mary Elizabeth HEDGER, John Albert and James Richard BARKER. The latter departing from this life at the age of 20 years, 2 days. She is survived by her husband and six children. They are Frank A., George Frederick, Charles Alonzo, Benjamin M. and Joseph W. BARKER and Ella VAN DEVENTER; also 36 Grandchildren and 23 Great Grandchildren, which will miss her kind words and sweet affection of a noble mother.

"Golden Valley American" newspaper, Friday, February 27, 1931, p2.

submitted by Barbara TESLUK great-great-granddaughter <>

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