FAYETTE COUNTY IOWA
Collateral surnames: Barnes, Brooks, Crawford,
Note: This page is material supplied to me in 2002 for researchers to utilize by Dale Robbins (grandson of Charles L. and Clara Brooks Robbins). Dale will actively correspond regarding surnames of interest: email@example.com
Dale also has a significant amount of Richards surname material to share and would like to locate some living Richards cousins. The pioneer in Fayette Co, Iowa, was James Richards b. 30 July 1828 in NY state; d. 03 June 1893 in Brush Creek/Arlington. He married Cordelia Andrews b. 4 July 1833 in NY state, d. 2 June 1917 in Thayer, Kansas. Their daughter Frances Lorena Richards was the mother of Dale Robbins' grandmother Clara Brooks of the "Brooks Colony" in the northern portion of Fairfield Twp, a few miles to the north of Brush Creek or Arlington village. Clara Brooks married Charles L. Robbins.
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HISTORY OF THE
By Charles L. Robbins
July 1, 1915
Charles and Clara Brooks Robbins
History of the Robbins Family, by Charles L. Robbins [Note this section contains the Robbins’ history down to Orsemus Robbins. Orsemus, Lewis E., and Chas.’ own autobiography appear in separate files. This was written before A. Lorimer Robbins (Chas.’ son) surmised that Jehiel Robbins probably had a father who also was named Jehiel. Lorimer has made many changes and additions to our knowledge of Robbins history – but the following words are just as C.L.R. wrote them, except for minor editorial changes. Note: Charles Robbins was born and raised in (the Taylorville, Brush Creek, Arlington area of Fairfield Twp) Fayette County, Iowa. He and his wife Clara Brooks moved to Sunnyside, WA in 1919. They lived in Oklahoma between Iowa and Washington State.]
To the Robbins’ family, descendents of Orsemus Ransom Robbins: The following facts concerning our family I have been collecting for the past 15 years and am recording them here that they may be read and presuming and hoping they may be of interest to those who may come after me and are curious to know how those of past generations lived. Indeed I know now how very glad I would be if my people in bygone days had started such a history that would record of them dates and facts of their lives. The facts herein recorded I have been collecting from various sources and due allowances must be made for errors and discrepancies in dates. This history has for the most part been given to me by my father, L. E. Robbins, who is at this time in good health of mind and body. Many times when I was a little boy have I sat for hours and listened to stories of our ancestors told by Aunt Dorcas Church and Aunt Fanny Greer (my father’s aunts), and my own Aunt Abbey and Aunt Lucena. How sorry I am now that I did not record these facts while exact dates could have been supplied. Trusting this explanation may be sufficient to establish my motive for writing the following pages I subscribe myself. Sincerely, Charles L. Robbins
The father of Jehiel Robbins, whose Christian name we do not yet know, probably had four sons and at least one daughter. L. E. Robbins remembers having heard his father, O. R. Robbins, speak at different times of Uncle Ned, Uncle John, and Uncle Otis. After I was old enough to remember, a cousin of Grandfather Robbins, whose name was Gideon Robbins Granger visited him in Iowa. His middle name being Robbins proves he descended from a family of that name and being a cousin with a different family name he must have been a descendent of Jehial’s sister and O. R. Robbins’ aunt. Ned is supposed to be a nick name for Edgar, a name prominent in the Robbins family.
I have been unable up to this time (1917) to determine positively whether it was Jehiel Robbins or his father who was with Benedict Arnold in his campaign against Quebec in the Revolutionary War. But the following line or reasoning makes me think it must have been Jehiel’s father: while O. R. Robbins was living in Wayne Co., Mich. his father, Jehiel Robbins, died in Rochester, N. Y. Grandfather Robbins went back there to the funeral and was gone several months. This was when my father L. E. Robbins was three years old or in 1848. Now this was 75 years after the Canadian campaign and Jehiel Robbins would have been 95 years old allowing that he was 20 when he went with Arnold. Therefore I think it more than likely it was his father. Tradition in the Robbins family from several of the older members such as Aunt Dorcas Church, Aunt Fanny Greer, and my own Grandfather O. R. Robbins says one of our ancestors was in this campaign with Arnold in 1775-76.
I (Charles Robbins) have inserted here copies of pages from the life of Benedict Arnold which all encyclopedias refer to which shows where Arnold’s men were drawn from. This is done so that any who may make researches later may know what states may have been our ancestor’s home at that time.
Extracts from the Life of Benedict Arnold, by Jared Starkes: “There were in Connecticut two companies of militia called the Governor’s Guards and organized in conformity to an act of the legislature. One of these companies belonged to New Haven and in March 1775 Arnold was chosen to be its commander. This company consisted of 58 men. When the news of the Battle of Lexington reached New Haven, the bells were rung and great excitement prevailed among the people. Moved by common impulse, they assembled on the green in the center of the town, where the captain of the Guards took occasion to harangue the multitude and, after addressing himself to their patriotic feelings and rousing their martial spirits by suitable appeals and representations, he proposed to head any number of volunteers that would join him and march with them immediately to the scene of action. “When the hour arrived 60 volunteers appeared on the ground belonging mostly to the Guards, with a few students from the college.”
Later in the same book: “Arnold was now unemployed but a project was soon set on foot suited to his genius and capacity. General Washington had taken command of the army at Cambridge. The Continental Congress had resolved that an incursion into Canada should be made by the troops under General Schuyler. To facilitate this object a plan was devised about the middle of August by the commander-in-chief and several members of Congress, then on a visit to the army during an adjournment of that body, to send an expedition to Quebec through the eastern wilderness, by the way of the Kenebec River, which should eventually co-operate with the other party, or cause a diversion of the enemy, that would be favorable to its movements. Arnold was selected to be the conductor of this expedition and he received from Washington a commission as colonel in the Continental service. The enterprise was bold in its execution and perilous, encompassed with untried difficulties and hazards although uncertain as to its results. “ About eleven hundred effective men were detached and put under his command, being the companies of riflemen from Virginia and Pennsylvania and ten companies of musket men from New England.”
The preceding notes show us that any Robbins with Arnold in his Canadian campaign, as tradition says, then he must have been among these mentioned.
These facts constitute our knowledge of Jehiel Robbins up to date, April 22, 1917:
Chart No. 1 1. Jehiel Robbins
2. Edgar Robbins
(Revolutionary Ancestor?) 3. John Robbins
(+ wife) 4. Otis Robbins
5. William Robbins
6. Mother of Gideon Grainger
Chart No. 2 1. Vincent Robbins
Jehiel Robbins = Bateman 2. George Robbins
3. Samuel Robbins
4. Orsemus Ransom Robbins
Jehiel Robbins = Blackman 5. Melancy Robbins
6. Milo Robbins
Nothing whatever is known of the lives and descendents of any of the brothers or sisters of Jehiel Robbins and there many have been more of them but those mentioned are the only ones Grandfather Robbins ever mentioned.
Vincent Robbins, first son of Jehiel Robbins, married a lady named Luce. They lived for some time in Michigan near Grandfather Robbins but later moved to Urbana, Ohio where he died. He had a large family but the only ones my father can remember are Charlie & Janet. Charlie died when a little boy. His death was caused by falling backwards into a kettle of hot soap while the family still lived in Michigan. Uncle Vincent visited his brother O. R. Robbins at Detroit, Mich. after he had moved to Ohio and while visiting there he had a tombstone made for Charlie’s grave. My father says the tombstone was kept in the house for several years until they were about to move to Iowa and as they were driving past the cemetery they stopped until he could put it in place.
Janet lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Uncle Mort Robbins wrote to her for many years. He called her “Cousin Janet” and later he named his youngest daughter after her.
Some 15 or 20 years ago my Aunt Abbey
Crawford got a letter from a girl calling herself Helen Tuttle who
claimed relationship and said there was a fortune left by an Aunt Mary
that could be had if relationship could be proven. I guess it could not be for
I never heard of anyone getting any of the money and I am unable to even guess
who this said Aunt Mary could have been. But I do think Helen Tuttle was a
daughter of Cousin Janet.
George and Samuel Robbins
George Robbins, the second son of Jehiel Robbins and Samuel, the fourth son died in their childhood. Uncle Mort Robbins named one of his boys “George Vincent” after his two uncles that I have mentioned.
Melancy, the only daughter of Jehiel Robbins, married a millwright and they lived in Rochester, N.Y. His name was Benjamin F. Leonard and the only fact my father can remember about him was that he had two thumbs on each hand.
Milo Robbins, the youngest son of Jehiel, was married to a woman whose first name was Olive. They had a daughter named Edwina. Little is known of him except that he was very fond of hunting and fishing and did lots of both. Once while shooting the gun exploded injuring both his eyes making him totally blind. Later he was treated by an oculist who partially restored his sight and afterwards he himself studied eyeglass fitting and made considerable money out of it. He later bought 5 acres of land near Inkster, Mich. where he made a living raising truck and small fruit. Nothing is known as to what became of the family.
For the genealogy of Jehiel Robbins and his ancestors contact me at <firstname.lastname@example.org.> (Dale Robbins, grandson of Chas. L. Robbins and nephew of A. Lorimer Robbins.)
Biography of Orsemus Ransom Robbins,
by Charles L. Robbins (July 1, 1915)
Arlington, Iowa pioneer
About this time with no other recommendations than these mentioned he fell in love with Alzina Wetmore, daughter of the proud and distinguished Dr. Philip Wetmore, then prominent in medical circles in Rochester and New York City.
Dr. Wetmore was very rich and very proud. He had married Polly Hancock who was claimed by the family to be a connection of the Hancocks of Revolutionary War fame and a relative of the John Hancock who signed the Declaration of Independence. Naturally Dr. Wetmore was opposed to marriage of his daughter to a poor illiterate laborer. However in spite of all opposition they were married Oct. 28, 1830 when O. R. lacked two months of being 20 years old. His wife was his same age. After their marriage she immediately began teaching him to read and write.
At this time there was considerable immigration from New York state to Michigan and Grandfather caught the fever to go there. Dr. Wetmore tried to dissuade him and even offered him an 80 acre farm at Painted Post, N.Y., a town about 150 miles south of Rochester, but O. R. had pride too and would not take help from his father-in-law. Besides he wanted to pioneer, as he too, like his brother Milo, was fond of game and fish.
In 1834 they set out on their trip west by the Erie Canal, across Lake Erie, to Detroit. Small pox raged on the ferry boat while they were making the trip and their two little children Harriette and Ralph took it and died on the way.
Soon after they had settled in Michigan they got word that Dr. Wetmore had deserted his family and Grandfather sent for all of them to come out there and live with them. This generosity in caring for dependent or homeless people was a dominant feature in his whole life and there hardly ever was a time when there was not some relative or stranger living with them.
Those who came to live with O. R. Robbins in Mich. were Mrs. Polly (Hancock) Wetmore, Grandmother’s mother; Phoebe Hancock, her twin sister and Grandmother Robbins’s aunt; her sisters Fanny Maria Wetmore; Serepta Wetmore; Dorcas Wetmore; Saphrona Wetmore and one brother, William. See the following chart:
Fanny Mariah Wetmore married Jno. S. Greer
Serepta Wetmore (died)
Dorcas Wetmore married Mr. Church. (Note: she also married a Hartwell.)
Saphrona Wetmore married Nathan Joslin
William Wetmore (died)
Phoebe Hancock (sister)
Jno. Hancock (brother)
Grandfather worked at his trade as brick mason and took care of all these his wife’s relatives until they married or died which shows that Grandma Robbins showed more judgement in choosing her life’s companion than her mother had and it would have gone hard indeed with my great grandmother, Polly Hancock Wetmore if her daughter Alzina had not braved Dr. Wetmore’s wrath and married the man she cared for than to have married a quitter like Dr. Wetmore.
Dr. Wetmore later married a stylish lady and they moved to New York City where she saw to it that grandmother and her side of the family never got any of this wealth that was rightfully theirs, which, by the way, they never asked for.
Grandfather Robbins lived in Michigan 21 years or until 1855. My father was ten years old. In that time my great grandmother (Polly Hancock Wetmore) had died; also her sister Hancock Phoebe; Fanny Mariah Wetmore had married John Greer, a soldier stationed at Fort Dearborn near Detroit. Serepta had died; Dorcas Wetmore had married a man named Church who had died and later married a man named Hartwell. They had three children; Chas., Frank and Albert. William had died and Saphrona Wetmore had married a man named Nate Joslin. They were both killed by a train when the team he was driving ran away down the railroad track.
In Michigan O. R. Robbins lived the typical farmer life. Farming on a small scale, hunting, fishing, making maple sugar and hunting bee trees, all of which he could do very well. Then he filled in his spare time at his trade of brick laying. He was a very generous and kind hearted man, always ready as has been stated to take in any relative or acquaintance who came along, good or bad, and there never was a time that some one was not taking advantage of this fact. This always kept them poor and the house crowded.
When he finally decided to seek a new home in Iowa most of his mother’s folks had grown to depend on him so much that they came along with them.
During their lives (married life in Mich. and Iowa) eight children were born to them.
Orsemus Ransom Robbins and Alzina Wetmore
Wm. Henry (died)
Infant (Mariah) (died)
Mortimer F. married Nancy Fox
Abigail Serepta married Jasper Crawford
Lewis Edgar married Julia Barnes
Lucenia Saphrona married Jas. R. Crawford
Lewis Edgar and Julia Barnes Robbins
As there were very few railroads in those days the trip to Iowa was made overland with teams and covered wagons. It took many days as there were practically no roads and the black prairie mud was often hub deep. But the journey came to an end at last and they reached Taylorsville in 1855. This was a small inland town, as no railroads were yet through that part of Iowa, though of course there was the usual talk that one was coming soon.
For five years Grandfather ran a small store, laid brick and farmed some. In 1860, he and Grandmother having previously been converted and joined the U. B. Church, he was granted license to preach. Later he was ordained as an Elder and to the end of his life he followed the ministry with varying success.
As a member of the Upper Iowa Conference he was widely known and well liked. He was instrumental in the building of the brick church at Arlington, Iowa, doing much of the labor himself. When the U. B. Church divided over amending the Discipline to admit members of secret societies [i.e., Masons,
etc.] to the church he opposed the change and stayed with the Radical side after the split.
Grandmother Robbins died a few years before Grandfather and in the time he made his home with Aunt Abbie Crawford. He had had a severe sunstroke while walking out to preach at Garden Prairie Church and this with other worries caused his mind to weaken. He became interested in what he called his lead mine, a hole in the bluffs of Brush Creek, and spent [his spare time] there. When I was a boy about 10 years old I used to go with a cousin of mine, Willie Crawford, to this mine with him and help him dig.
Some thoughtless men salted this hole with lead ore and when he had this smelted out he was sure he had a paying mine. He used to tell us what we would all do when this mine was developed. He used to walk out from town a distance of three miles and work there all day without dinner. He was taken to the Sanitarium at Independence, Iowa but his age was against him and he never regained his mind. He died there in 1889 at the age of 79.He was buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Iowa
Note: Chas. L. Robbins’ son, Aaron Lorimer, did a genealogy of the Robbins family which expanded upon the work of Chas., particularly Orsemus’ father Jehiel and earlier generations. Lorimer found out that Jehiel may himself have had a father named Jehiel. For the latest Robbins genealogy, as researched by Lorimer, contact me at email@example.com. Also I have a tintype of Alzina from which I have made a photograph and a photo of Orsemus also, as well as his ordination certificate for the U. B. Church of Arlington, Iowa plus an early photo of the church. (Dale D. Robbins, grandson of Chas. L. Robbins and nephew of A. Lorimer Robbins.
Biography of Lewis Edgar Robbins by his son Chas. L. Robbins, ca. 1921.
The subject of this sketch was born in 1845 at Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan. He lived there until he was 10 years old in 1855. He remembers his grandmother [Alzina] Wetmore and also his Aunt Phoebe Hancock and Uncle John Hancock. Pa remembers when they drove through Chicago on their way to Iowa. He says Chicago was not a very large city at that time.
After they reached Iowa his life was about the same as other boys. Grandfather [Orsemus R. Robbins] lived in Taylorsville, Iowa and father helped in the store there. He also helped in a store run by Lafe Kenney and was compelled to measure out whiskey to customers because at that time liquor was kept in kegs and sold by the same [bulk method] as vinegar or molasses. Most folks bought it by the jug and no license was required to keep, buy or sell it. Quite a change in laws since then as now (1920) even newest cider over 24 hours old is deemed an intoxicant and criminal to have in one’s possession.
In 1860 when the Civil War broke out he wanted to go but as he was only 15 years old and small for his age he could not get in. Uncle Mort Robbins and Uncle Jim Crawford went to war. During the War Pa was telegraph messenger boy and also carried the mail to the Post Office. He remembers delivering lots of messages that told neighbors of the death of a husband or brother in battle.
In 1871, when 26 years old, he was married to Julia L. Barnes [dau. of Solon W. Barnes]. From that time till about 1881 they lived on small rented farms or in with relatives. He did such work as could be had to do, such as burning lime, making maple sugar, cutting wood, laying stone walls for basements and plastering. Once or twice during this time they bought smaller pieces of timber land but the clearing up of this heavily wooded land was so slow that they were unable to pay out or got discouraged and sold or traded.
About 1881 they bought 20 acres of land which was the start of what we children always think of as the “Old Home.” Correctly speaking this should be called the “Old Iowa Home” as the folks have since then lived 20 years on a place in Oklahoma which we now think of as home or the home place.
This 20 acres in Iowa is in Sec. 16* laying on the east side of the road and at that time did not have a sign of a building or fence but was heavily wooded with 2nd growth timber and brush.
I remember there was in this timber Basswood, Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Hickory, Bitternut, Butternut, Walnut, White Ash, Black Ash, Black Cherry, Red Elm, Water Elm, Ironwood, Hazel Brush and dozens of other kinds of brush & shrubbery.
To this kind of a piece of land my parents came and with the genuine pioneer spirit undertook to make a home. At that time Hattie was about 7 years old, Nellie 5 and I was three. Uncle Jim Crawford owned 20 acres cornering with them on the N. W. and was going thru the same hardships only the babies came faster at their home than ours. We had one sister, Bertha, who had died when about 2 years old of membranous croup. At that time had Nina, Ross, and Jimmie.
The folks built a log house, straw roofed barn or sheds, got hold of two or three cows and horses and began clearing the land. This was pretty slow as the green stumps had to be sprouted for years before they were fully conquered. This land cleared up at the rate of about one acre per year. I remember the folks gave $150 for the first 20 A. and later they bought 20 A. just west, paying Zina Allen $150 for 10 and Mel. Lackey $300 for the other 10. At this time (1921) this 40 A. has been sold for $225 per acre. My father told me that since that time (1881) till the present time (Nov. 1921) a period of 40 years they have never been with out a team and cows and are now living from the proceeds of butter. I believe they still have descendents of the first cows they owned as they shipped their stock with them in a [R.R.] car when they moved to Oklahoma.
We children all attended school at the school known as the Timber school, a school house in the north end of the Brush Creek School District. This north end school later became known as the Maple Grove school; this name was taken after a Sunday School by the name of Maple Grove S. S. had been organized by Mrs. Orange Rawson there.
In the summer of 1901 my folks became interested in Oklahoma. Land in Iowa was beginning to be what was then thought to be high and the folks thought just as all our ancestors that by going farther west it might be possible to find land cheap enough so we children might settle on [a] home near them. Some Iowa folks, among whom was Cyrus Thorp, had moved to Oklahoma from Iowa and we began to read letters from him in the West Union Argo. We read such glowing accounts of the bountiful crops raised there that father decided to look into the matter and if possible sell out and move there. At this time Will Crawford and Wayne [C.L.R.’s bro.] went there to work in harvesting and when they came back they verified the Thorp letters. They also brought back a little book called “The Truth About Oklahoma” printed by a real estate firm at Pawnee. This book told such elaborate stories that father sold out to Orange Rawson for $1800, loaded the household goods into a freight car with cows and horses and shipped to Pawnee, Okla. in Sept. 1901.
This move of father’s seemed to start a regular exodus from the Maple Grove neighborhood and even farther away and this continued till the following Iowa families all acquaintances moved to and settled between Pawnee and Ralston:
Nelson Brooks and family; A. C. Brooks and family; George Robbins & family; Mrs. Nancy Robbins, Ned & Jennie; J. O.[?] Crawford & wife; F. L. Robbins & family; Frank Crawford & family; Bert Smith & family; [&] Bert Robbins and family. There were many of the members of these families grown up and soon began to marry and make homes. At one time it was quite common to have picnics at which there would be 75 or 80 Iowa people present. We called this the Iowa Colony.
This colony only clung together four or five years and then began to scatter. At first to the towns and farms near there but later farther away until now in 1921, just 20 years later only a few families still live there and members of the original colony are now living in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, [&] Washington.
L. E. Robbins settled down to regular diversified farming in Okla. raising the usual crops of that part of the country, corn, kafir, wheat, oats and some cotton. When they first settled on the place there was quite a good orchard of apples and peaches but these were killed out year after year by drought and heavy winds until the orchard was soon gone. The 160 A. was about ˝ pasture and father soon began to acquire milk cows and followed this form of farming as long as he was able to take care of them.
Sometime after Wayne was married thru some sort of deal father deeded ˝ of the farm to him. We others never knew just how this deal was finally disposed of or the payments made and I don’t know as it’s any of our business as long as the parties concerned are satisfied.
For a year or two after the deal Wayne lived on the home place with the folks but later when he moved away father rented out his own place and Wayne’s with it, using the rough feed for this own stock and the few times that there ever was any grain to sell sending Wayne the proceeds.
Sometime about 1910 oil fields began to be opened up in parts of Okla. and about that time leasing began around in the locality where the home place was. The usual custom of the company [was] to pay the land owners $1.25 per acre per year rental with agreements of 1/8 royalty in case of oil being found. Later as bidding between different companies became more pronounced bonuses were paid sometimes as high as six or eight dollars per acre. These leases were usually made for terms of three years. I have told about this to bring out the fact that father got lease money continually from about 1910 and thus they were able to live comfortably without the usual grind of farming.
Here I will give short sketches of the four children omitting myself as my personal biography will tell about myself.
Hattie married Bert Smith who was a neighbor in Iowa. He was a splendid carpenter and they always were able to do well and educate their children on his income.
They had six children: Stanley, Zilpha, Willard, Glen, Phillip and Winnifred.
Nellie married Leslie D. Kern at home in Okla. He was during much of his life, rural [mail] carrier; under sheriff of Pawnee Co., ran a bakery, grocery, garage and confectionery at different times all at Pawnee, Okla. They have four children: Kenneth, Lillian, Dorothy and Vincent.
Wayne married Grace E. Brooks. They have lived in Washington most of the time excepting about four years during which time he homesteaded on 320 acres of land in northeastern Montana. He has farmed all the time, practically, except 5 years that he was employed as ditch-rider in the Reclamation Service at Prosser [Wash.] and Sunnyside, Wash. They have two children: Lewis E. and Olive. At this writing (1921) they are living at Rathdrum, Idaho.
L. Bess Robbins married Eugene Schornick. He was [a] school teacher at the time. Married at [the] home place near old Post Office of Filson, Okla. He at a later time took up ranching on an Indian lease Southwest of Ralston and bought 80 acres near there. Later [he] bought [a] home and blacksmith shop in Pawnee where they now (1921) reside. Children: Edna M., Dorothy and LaValle.
After a lapse of two years I shall endeavor to finish this part of the history of L. E. Robbins and then proceed with the write up of our own.
L. E. Robbins lived on his home place 11 miles north of Pawnee, Okla. until 9 weeks before he died. He always said he wanted to die in the harness and he did this almost literally. He did his regular farm chores, milking cows, tending chickens & garden until his final sickness, He was taken to Pawnee and died at the home of sister Hattie, July 23, 1922.
After father’s death mother took what they had saved and built herself a home in Pawnee near Hattie’s. She rents the home farm & leases for oil. From these sources she is able to make her own living in Pawnee. Wayne lives at Rathdrum, Idaho and Chas., myself, lives at Sunnyside, Wash. Note: Fayette Co. records say Sec. 15, Township 92, range 7. Source: General Index – Deeds and Lands; Vol. J., Aug. 1879-Feb. 1883 (Dale Robbins). Note: For a complete genealogy of this family and/or photographs contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Dale D. Robbins, grandson of Chas. L. Robbins.
Charles L. & Clara Brooks Robbins
History of CHARLES L. ROBBINS and CLARA P. BROOKS – circa 1925, son and daughter respectively of Arlington, Iowa pioneers Lewis Edgar Robbins who married Julia Lorena Barnes and of Alfred Clark Brooks who married Frances Lenora Richards. Written by Chas. Robbins. [editorial changes in brackets]
In writing this sketch of ourselves I will leave comment on dispositions and character to others who may care to add to this history. [I] Will write of each of us separately until our marriage and thereafter the writing will refer to both of us under the editorial “we.”
I was born Mar. 17, 1878 in a little board shanty about 14 x 16 feet, unplastered, that sat about 5 rods from the road midway between Brush Creek and Wadena on what was long know[n] as the Fish place. This shanty was on a little piece of land (10 a) that my father had traded for and soon after traded it off again. The little building had been built to shave hoops in. It was the first school building in that neighborhood.
The first home I remember was the east 20 A. of the old Iowa home place. The house was of logs about 20 x 20 and later had a board lean-to kitchen 8 x 20 built on the north side. There was a low upstairs or chamber next [to] the roof where we 5 children always slept. This room upstairs was separated with a curtain into two rooms. The gable ends had a window in the East and West ends. The windows were six pane 6 x 10 windows of two sashes each. This chamber was not plastered and our beds came to the roof on the wall side and I remember we had to be pretty careful when we got up or our heads got a good bump.
During the first 10 years at this place we had no barns or out buildings except those made of poles and straw covered. The cellar was simply a hole dug under the house and bins were made in it and covered with straw to keep the canned fruit and vegetables from freezing. We had no well but carried water from a spring on the 20 just south of ours but 40 rods away.
There were trees all around the house and barn and heavy timber and brush for miles around, in fact everywhere except where fields were cleared or roads cut through. At first these roads went the shortest routes between places and the settlers had hard times of it to get them put on section lines instead of lengthwise of their farms. I remember such a road went from the Northwest corner to the Southeast corner of father’s farm and it almost took a law suit to get it put south by the house. Father had his fences cut many times by prairie men who owned timber tracts down that way.
I first went to school when I was 5 years old. The school was in the little board shanty that I was born in. My first teacher was Sarah Gladwin. About this time a school house was built 40 rods west of the Antwine corners and was known as the Timber school. Later this name was changed to the Maple Grove School. This school house was a frame building 16 by 24 feet with four windows on each side and no hall. This school was a part of then Brush Creek school and was mostly run by directors who lived in town.
I attended the Timber school every term till the fall. I was 16 years old and at that age had never studied grammar because there had never been a grammar class after I was old enough to take it. Among my teachers at this school might be mentioned; Sarah Gladwin, Kate Huddy, Steve Brooks, Lester Walrath, Etna Keith, Nora Newton, Elsie Newton, Elsie Allen, Nell Newton, Myrtle Little, [and] Neva Richards.
Just a few words here as to how we boys at that time made our spending money; and by that I mean all the money we had because all we ever spent it for was clothes and school books and money spent on ourselves for treats or entertainment was never known. When I was about 8 years old I began to go into the woods to dig an herb called ginseng [sic]. All the boys and girls of that part of the county did this. The root of this herb sold at from 25 to 45Ë per pound green or about $2.50 per lb. When washed and dried, it taking about 5 lbs. of green to make one of dry.
A good hustling boy 8 to 12 years old could gather about ˝ lb. in a day but a man could gather two or three lbs. We sold these roots to a dealer, Wm. Seargant, who made his living dealing in ginseng, pilings [? – diff. to read] & hook-poles [or hoop-poles?]. He lived at Wadena. Some of the time up till I was 16 I got work on the farms hoeing corn or other crops or picking up potatoes or driving horse on the hay forks. I usually got 25Ë per day.
I had lots of time for play and put in lots of time fishing, hunting, skating, swimming and playing base ball. In other words up to the time I was 16 I was an average kid living in the woods and didn’t worry much about clothes. As in summer we went bare-foot and overalls, shirt and straw had was all we needed.
In winter of course my folks helped me get together as good an outfit as they could afford.
At the age of 16 I began going to school at Arlington and [in] 1896 passed the common school exam and started in High School. During this time I walked from home a distance of 3 miles except in extreme weather when I staid [sic] with my sister Hattie Smith. In the spring of 1898 I graduated from the High School and began work on a farm for J. S. Moore. My H. S. teachers were Mr. Pressnall, Mr. Wellman and M. J. Goodrich.
In August 1898 I attended Normal Institute at West Union, was granted a 2nd Grade certificate to teach and secured the winter term of school at the Kiple [sp.?} school 3 miles north of Wadena. I taught a 3 ˝ month term for $90, paid $1.50 per week for board and washing at Mr. Moore’s where I had worked during the summer.
The next spring I did not apply for a school but attempted to canvass for a home doctor book called the “Cottage Physician.” I worked at this about two weeks around Stanley, Iowa but got homesick and gave it up. The first spring that I worked for J. S. Moore I got $16 per month and of course board. That was the year 1898. After the book agency failure I again hired out to Mr. Moore at $23 per month. That year I joined the U. B. Church at Arlington and later transferred to the Wadena Class as Mr. Moore was pastor there.
In the fall of 1899 I was given the old home school, Maple Grove[,] on a years contract at $30 per month. This year was up in June 1900 and during the summer I worked out by the day during the vacation. Wages were then 1.00 per day.
In the winter of 1900-01 I taught the Wilcox school 4 miles east of Arlington, 3 months at $22.50 per month, and again worked by the day during the summer and fall. That fall I went with two cousins, Jim [&] Will Crawford to southern Minnesota to work in harvesting. While there we work[ed] with a steel gang at Mankato at $1.75 per day. This was the best wages I had ever received. We boarded at a hotel at $4.50 per week.
In the winter of 1901-02 I again taught the Wilcox school at $25 per month, four months. The school was out Feb. 25, 1902 and the day following I started to Okla. Where my folks had moved the preceding fall. At the same time Jesse Brooks, Clara Brooks and Grace Brooks started there[,] our schools being out the same day. All our folks had moved there.
Clara Brooks was born on what is known as the John Culver place, about 5 miles N. W. of Arlington, Ia. On the Fayette road. Her father A. C. Brooks did not own this place but rented it of Jack McFarlane[,] his brother-in-law. When she was 3 years old he bought a farm of this own about a mile N.E. of there. The place like all other farms was mostly timber which had to be cleared up.
The first school she ever attended was the Brooks school located about 2 miles towards Arlington. On account of deep snow she was unable to attend school winters until she was at least 10 years old. This was the only country school she ever attended. Among the teachers she remembers there were Lavella Brooks, Julia Brooks, Lenora Huddy, Kate Huddy, Alfred Heath, Jennie Little, Bess Newton, Lulu Hartson, Alfred Comstock, Myrt Comstock, Orlando Brooks & Lissie Horton.
In the spring of 1895 she went to West Union and took teacher’s examination and succeeded in obtaining a second grade certificate. Geo Eckhart was hired to take her to West Union and her aunt Neva Richards went along. She secured the Taylorsville School about 2 miles from Arlington. She received $18 per month and paid Uncle Ev. Richards one dollar per week board. This was a 3 month term. She taught the same school again the same fall and received $20 per month 2 months.
That fall A. C. Brooks sold out where they lived in the Brooks neighborhood and bought out Pete Smith in the Maple Grove district. [Note: as was common in those days she had been teaching school without having attended even high school.]
The winter of 1895-96 she attended high school at Arlington with M. J. Goodrich as principal and teacher. The spring of 1896 she taught Taylorsville school 3 months at $20 per month.
In the fall of 1896 she secured the Maple Grove school for a year of 9 school months at $25 per month. She taught Maple Grove again the year 1897-98 at the same wages.
In the fall and winter of 1898-99 she taught the Corn Hill school on the Fayette road two terms at $20 & $27.50.
In Spring of 1899 she taught at Mill Grove 3 months at $20.
She missed teaching a fall term that year and in the winter of 1899-1900 taught the Gundlach school out near Aurora about 14 miles from home.
In the spring , fall and winter of 1900-1901 she taught the Brooks school at 27.50 per month. In year 1901-1902 she taught the Brooks another year at 27.50 per month.
This brings her history up to Feb. 27, 1902 when she took the train for Oklahoma with her brother Jesse, and cousins Grace Brooks and myself.
We had planned to be married as soon after we got to Oklahoma as we could find a farm we could rent. My folks had been trying all winter to find a place for us but up to our arrival had been unable to do so. After we got there I tried to find a place but most of them wanted to sell or rent for cash rent. We could do neither. At last my brother Wayne who was to work father’s place let me in on the deal and we agreed to work it together each taking one third of the crop raised. There were two houses on the place; the original homestead stone shack and a new two room the folks had built that almost joined the old one. They agreed to let us have the small stone house to keep house in. It was not plastered inside and was only 14 feet square but we had to do this or wait another year so we decided to do it.
I had to have some sort of a farming team and as I only had $145 saved from all my work and teaching school it was quite a problem how to make it reach for all I had to have. The folks had all necessary farm tools that they had brought with them and in their deal with Wayne he was to use their team. I found a team of 800 lb. mules that I bought of Irvin Polson for $135 including a chain tug harness. I paid him $100 down and gave a note for the balance for one year. I bought an old low wheeled wagon for $10 on time. Father’s place was covered with cockle burs every where it had been in cultivation and the old ridges where the last years Kaffir corn had been listed in were still in the fields. Our first work was to drag down these weeds and burs and plow this ground as we were planning on putting the whole place into corn.
Clara’s folks lived about six miles from mine on the Pawnee road. We were married on April 16, 1902. Had a wedding at her home and had the Iowa Colony there as guests. We drove home after the wedding behind our mule team in my $10 wagon. We had no time to honeymoon as it was late to put in the crops and we wanted to do some repairing on the house so we could begin house keeping by ourselves.
We did not raise very big crops that year because the place was run down and we did not understand dry farming. It rained all the time till June 1st, then it quit and didn’t rain again until fall.
Nothing of importance happened that summer. Aunt Phoebe Rawson visited our folks and we all had fine times fishing on the Arkansas River which was only four miles away. The men of the neighborhood formed a company and had a 210 foot seine made and as it rained most of the time so we could not work we put in our time fishing. We caught fish weighing up to 65 lbs. Three kinds of cat fish, carp, shad, perch, sturgeon, drumheads, buffalo and other kinds I have forgotten. We raised a nice garden and all together spent a pleasant summer. My third of the crops made me lots of rough feed so we decided to buy some stock. We had bought a cow of Mr. Bruny [sp. ?] for our milk and had let her run in the home pasture.
In the fall of 1902 Clara’s father offered to sell us 80 A. of a second place he had bought and as he had between four and five hundred dollars of her money that she had saved from teaching and offered to take that as first payment we decided to take it. Clara also had sufficient money to buy most of our first housekeeping furniture. We gave $1800 for the 80 acres on a contract to be deeded when full payments were made. The place had a good orchard, well, barn and a nice stone house and cave or outside cellar, but only about six acres of broke[n] land the balance being in fine pasture.
We moved to this place late in the fall and having bought two cows and two yearlings of Will Penny I had to put in most of the winter hauling fodder from our other place six miles away. I had traded Wayne a bicycle for a sow and when she got pigs it gave us a good start in live stock.
We spent a very happy year at this place but because of the small amount of work land on the farm we were unable to pay more than the interest and so late that fall we sold the place back to Clara’s father for $2000 thereby making enough to leave us our stock and about $700 cash.
May 29 of that year our first baby came. We named him Aaron Lorimer. This was 1903.
That same fall we bought of Fred Beaver 80 acres 1 ˝ miles farther N.E. making it about 7 miles from Pawnee. This place cost us $1135, $700 of which we paid leaving a mortgage of $435 – at 7%.
We moved there during the winter of 1903-04. The place had 35 acres of plowed up land but poor sandy soil. Sand rock cropped out everywhere and the balance of the land was pasture poorly fenced. The house was a two roomed box affair built by putting the boards up and down vertically with no frame. It was divided into 2 12x12 rooms. There was a big spring close by covered over with a stone building and a good drilled well near the house. The barns were poorly built box sheds. In the fall I had traded the mules to Jesse Brooks for a team of horses, Mike and Gray and with this team I prepared and put the whole 35 A. into corn because an Iowa man don’t know anything but corn.
In May 1904 a R.F.D. examination was given in Pawnee and two new routes were to be established and as I had got all the farming I could stand I took this examination as also did my brother-in-law L. D. Kern. When the appointments came he and I had been successful in getting the two routes at $60 per month [--] we to furnish our teams & mail hack.
This work started July 1-1904 and we had just got our corn land by for the season. We had only 3 days to get ready our outfits, sell off our stock, rent a house in town and move in. In our haste we almost gave our stock away and gave big prices for driving horses. I gave $120 for a span of ponies and ordered a regular Studebaker mail hack which cost $75.
We lived in Pawnee 5 years. While there Frances was born. During that time I drove the Rural Route. My salary built up from $60 to $75 per month. On this we had to furnish our own outfit. While living in Pawnee we bot vacant lots 1 & 2, block 52 and built our own home. We finally sold this to Harley Davis for $800.
In May 1909 I took Civil Service examination for City Letter carrier at Stillwater, Okla., [and] was successful in securing a position. So we moved there to begin work July 1, 1909. My salary was $50 per month with nothing to furnish. This seemed a small salary but at that time was considered good pay.
In the fall after we moved to Stillwater we bought a home at 1205 Lowry St. for $800. Here Ormonde [note: his name usually seen w/o the “e”] was born.
In July 4, 1910 I was transferred from the City Carrier force to the General Delivery Window and worked in the Post Office 10 years excepting what time I was Letter Carrier.
After living at 1205 Lowry about 4 years we bought 5 acres of Fred Stallard one mile east of Stillwater and built a house and put other improvements thereon. We lived there only one year, in the meanwhile renting the house on Lowry Street at $8.00 per month.
In 1914 we traded our place east of town to Walter Starry for a property at 405 Duncan St. We moved to this home and lived here until we moved to Washington in 1919.
In the meanwhile we had sold the Pawnee property and the one at 1205 Lowry St. at $800 each. Wayne [named for his uncle] was born at 405 Duncan St.
Jan. 1, 1919 we rented our house for $20 per month and sold our household goods ready to move West. We had brother Wayne rent us a farm in Yakima Co. near Sunnyside where he lived.
When we went to Wash., we went by Thayer, Kansas and stopped there to visit Clara’s parents. While there Ormonde had a relapse of flu which ran into pneumonia. He was very sick and we almost lost him. He got better and we came on arriving at Sunnyside Mar. 5, 1919.
Before the first year was up we sold our home in Okla. For $2000.
We lived one year on the Widow Brown place S.W. of Sunnyside. There was only 11 acres tillable soil on this ranch. We farmed that and all of us worked for the Cascade Fruit Co. We sold over $500 worth of prunes. In the fall of that year Jesse Brooks and family came from Montana to live in Wash. He got work in the Cascade orchards. They lived with us that fall and winter and in the spring of 1920 we moved to a 10 acre place N.E. of Sunnyside that we had bot for $3250. We paid $1500 cash and gave security for the balance. We lived there during 1920. I [was]working in the Cascade orchards. The boys and Clara did the farming on the 10 acres.
In the spring of 1921 I was employed by the Reclamation Service as patrolman and stationed at Prosser, Wash. The work consisted in patrolling the laterals and canals of a certain section of territory and keeping records as to the amount of water delivered to ranchers. We lived in a government house for which a rental of $10 per month was charged. My salary was $125 per month, I being required to furnish my own transportation. I used a horse & buggy. While living here we sold our Sunnyside home for $3500 which after commissions were paid left us our original investment. Land was dropping in value very fast. We were glad to get our money out of it.
While living at Prosser [Aaron] Lorimer started to college at Washington State College at Pullman, Wn.
In the spring of 1922 we were transferred to what is known as 40 mile beat, 4 ˝ miles east of Sunnyside. This was an auto beat and paid $140 per month. The work just the same as at Prosser only there was a nice little tract of 7 acres [note: + house] which went with the job.
In 1923 Clara and I both made visits in Okla. Frances had graduated from Sunnyside High School.
In 1924-25 Lorimer worked in architects offices in Seattle, Tacoma & Yakima. Francis did a years service in the U. S. Coast Guard on Puget Sound.
Up to July 1-1925 all [the] same as usual, Jesse Brooks moved to Yakima. Lorimer [is] working at Eugene, Oregon, planning on attending college there. Francis [is] home. Aug. 1, 1925 we bought new Ford car. Price $503 equipped with balloon tires. Salary now $150 gross. Wayne [bro. Of C.L.R.] living at Rathdrum, Idaho.
C. L. Robbins’s History stops here. C.L.R. retired with a government pension April 1, 1941 and that same year bought and moved to a home in Sunnyside (1013 S. 13th St.) where he lived almost until his death January 27, 1978. Clara died July 8, 1974. Both are buried at Sunnyside, Washington.
For genealogies of any Robbins, Brooks, Barnes, or Richards family member of the pioneering days in northeastern Iowa or elsewhere contact Dale Robbins at email@example.com. I have many old photos, clipping, obituaries, biographies and documents pertaining to many of these people. I will be happy to send copies for no charge except expenses. Let me know what you might be looking for.
Charles L. Robbins Family in Oklahoma
Pawnee, Okla., Oct. 20—1906.
Desiring to leave a written account of the most important happenings of ourselves and relatives we have decided to write as far as our memory will serve us correctly those things befallen us since our arrival in Oklahoma.
In the spring of 1901 Clara was teaching school in the Brooks district and myself in the Mill Grove district of Fayette Co., Iowa, all of our nearest relatives residing in same county and near the same school, Maple Grove.
About May Wayne and Willie Crawford decided to come to Okla. to work in harvesting, having read in letters from Cyrus Thorp in a West Union paper of the large crop to be harvested in Pawnee Co. They came to Pawnee Co., visited with Cyrus Thorp, Fred Bever [sp.?], Allen Thorp and others who had come from Fayette Co. and were well pleased with Oklahoma. They arrived home July 4th.
About this time Leslie Kern and a friend Andrew Sprinkle left their home at Fertile, Iowa to drive overland to Kiowa and Commanche Cos., Okla. to be present at the land drawing for farms in those counties. Both were unsuccessful in the drawing. The drawing took place in Aug. 1901.
Both of our parents, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Robbins having sold their farm in Iowa had decided to come to Oklahoma to buy farms. Mr. A. C. Brooks and Nelson Brooks and L. E. Robbins came down and bought farms, the other folks and goods coming later.
Mr. A. C. Brooks bought a farm five miles north of Pawnee for ________ and later a quarter cornering the first one at _______.
Nelson Brooks bought a quarter 9 miles N. W. of Pawnee for _________.
L. E. Robbins bought a quarter 10 miles north of Pawnee cornering with Cyrus Thorp’s farm for $1600. Mr. Thorp had given ________ for his farm.
Later the same fall and winter 1901-02 Nancy Robbins and sons Ned and George came buying the quarter across the road north of L. E. Robbins for $2400.
Bert and Hattie Smith came at same time as others but thinking work scarce they returned to Arlington, Iowa. Here their little daughter Zilpha died of diphtheria on ________ age _________. They then came to Okla. again and built a house of their own in Ralston. Later they sold this place and moved to Pawnee.
Bert and Let Robbins both came and settled in or near Ralston.
Frank Crawford came and hired out to Bruington and Nemby [sp.?] at Ralston. Later he farmed with his brother Ora who with his wife had come from Corpus Christi, Tex., where Jasper Crawford lived. Frank later sold out his farming interest and again went to work at [the] tinners trade for same firm in Ralston, purchasing property there.
On the 23 day of Feb. 1902 we left Arlington where we had been teaching school. Our party consisted of Jesse, Clara and Grace Brooks and myself, all our schools closing on the Friday before. Aunt Nan Robbins, Mrs. F. L. Robbins, Jen Robbins and George’s two children, Harley and Ernest came also. We had to go by way of Guthrie as there was at that time no railroad through to Sewkirk [sp.?] as now. We got to Pawnee on the 27th of Feb. and found all our people there, waiting for us.
I made arrangements to work Father’s farm with Wayne, each of us to receive 1/3 of crop. I had $145 in money and a new outfit of clothes. Bought a span of small mules of a Mr. Rolson for $135 and chain tug harness for $10 paying $100 down and giving note for balance.
On 16th day of April Clara and I were married at the home of her parents 4 ˝ miles north of Pawnee and went to live in the stone part of my folk’s house, a room 14 foot square.
Early in August 1902 we bought of Mr. A. C. Brooks 80 A. of land with large stone house paying $300 down, balance mortgage. We moved there in October.
We sold this place back to Mr. Brooks in summer of 1903 and bought 80 A. of Fred Bever 2 miles N. E.
On 29 day of May 1903 our little boy was born. We named him Aaron Lorimer.
In winter of 1903 we moved to our new farm.
Leslie Kern had bought 80 just west of us and moved there.
In June 1904 Leslie Kern and myself went to Pawnee and took Rural Letter Carrier’s examination. Both were successful in obtaining appointments and moved to Pawnee, both in same house in M. E. church square about 27 of June.
Began our duties July 1—1904 .
On the ________ day of _______ a boy was born to Bert Smiths. They name him Willard. [sp.?]
On the _______ day of _______ Bessie was married to Eugene Shornick and went to live on a lease S. W. of Ralston. Gene taught school winters.
On the night of 14th day of October a baby boy was born to both Leslie Kern and Chas. Robbins, we still living together. L. K. soon moved to Bolton house near by.
We named them Francis Robbins and Kenneth Kern.
On the _______ day of _______ Wayne was married to Grace Brooks [and] living on farm owned by Father. On the _______ day of ______ Effe Brooks and A. J. Spencer were married.
In may 1905 we bought Lot 1 in Block 52 where we built a three room house, small barn, drilled well, etc.
In spring of 1905 Bert came to Pawnee to live, selling his place in Ralston.
In October 1906 Wayne moved to Wauenda [sp.?], Wash. to work for Fred Thorp hauling mail over star route.
In spring of 1906 L. K. took R. M. Service examination and was sent out subbing. [He] later quit that and took claim in N. Mex. and soon after 1907 went to work as assistant Postmaster at Pawnee.
In March 1906 John Brooks went to Alberta, Canada and took claim.
On the _______ of ________ a girl was born to L. K. They named her Lillian.
In April 1907 we bought Lot 2 joining us on [the] west for $150.
In spring of 1907 A. C. rented his farm and moved to Pawnee to live.
In spring of 1907 Frank Crawford sold out house and property and moved to Elida, N. Mex. Let Robbins went with him.
In 1906 L. K. was elected clerk of Pawnee Court [?] M. W. of A. and resigned in July 1906. I was elected to fill his place and in 1907 was re-elected at a salary of $32 per year.
John Brooks (1913) married Maude Ingham, moved to Montana teaching Indian school and taking homestead.
L. A. Brooks living on rented land near parents at Thayer, Kansas.
Haxel Brooks teaching at Thayer, Kansas.
Bert Smith moved to Wash. near Wayne [but] did not like country. Came back to Pawnee. Bought carpenter shop in Pawnee.
L. D. Kern resigned as R. P. D. carrier, [and was] chosen as under sheriff of Pawnee Co.
C. L. Robbins [was] appointed as City Letter carrier in Stillwater, Okla. June 15, 1909. Promoted to clerk in office July 4, 1910. Bought property at 1205 Lowry St. in fall of 1909. Ormond O. [was] born Mar. 14, 1910.
Bought 5 A. in Parkersville [sp.?] Feb. 1911. Built house and other improvements there in spring of 1913, and moved there.
Wayne Robbins, living at Prosser, Wash. Ditch rider on Sunnyside Canal $90 per month with house furnished. Son, (L. E.) born there in March 1913.
Gene Shornick and Bessie living on lease south west of Ralston, three children.
JAMES R. CRAWFORD
James R. Crawford
JAMES R. CRAWFORD
One of the brave boys in blue who, when the tocsin of war sounded on the distant fields of the Southland, left the parental roof-tree while yet a mere lad and offered his life, if need be, for the perpetuation of the Union, was James R. Crawford, one of the best known and highly honored residents of Fairfield township, Fayette county, and there are many reasons why we should honor him and give him proper recognition in the history of this locality as we shall see by a perusal of the following paragraphs.
Mr. Crawford was born July 3, 1844, in Medina county, Ohio, and is the son of James and Phoebe (Hartman) Crawford, also natives of the Buckeye state, where they grew to maturity and were married about 1825. Some twenty years later they moved to Jefferson county, Wisconsin, where they remained three years, then, in a covered wagon, they made the overland trip to Fayette county, Iowa, having been drawn there by an ox team. They brought with them a cow and heifer and a swine, and when Mr. Crawford paid for a farm of one hundred and forty acres, located three-fourths mile north of Arlington, he had twenty-five cents left in his pocket. He remained on this farm for thirty years and became well established, then moved into Arlington where he lived six years, after which he moved to the [now] state of Washington, where his death occurred at the age of eighty-two years, ten months and thirteen days, his birth having occurred on July 9, 1805; his wife was born August 18, 1806, and she died on January 3, 1892. Mr. Crawford was well known and highly respected by a large circle of friends. For many years he was justice of the peace, during which time he married many couples. He was a Democrat politically. He and his wife were the parents of ten children, of whom seven are living, namely: Leonard; Susan is the wife of D. Sweet; Matilda A. is the wife of George Hotelling; Jasper N.; Annie is the wife of H. Hull; Jacob B. and James R. Those deceased are Elizabeth, who married a Mr. White; Wilson and Sophronia.
James R. Crawford, of this review, spent his boyhood at home and when only fifteen years of age he enlisted in the regular army, having but a very limited education, and he was assigned to the Sixteenth United States Infantry. He saw some hard service, having taken part in thirty-two engagements, some of the more important being Shiloh, Fort Donelson, Corinth, Murfreesboro, [and] Chickamauga. In the last named battle his regiment began with sixteen hundred and fifty men and came out with thirty-seven, and General Thomas cried when he reviewed the remnant of this brave body of men. Other engagements in which Mr. Crawford took part were Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Jonesboro, [and ] with Sherman on his march to the sea. He made a very gallant soldier, according to his comrades, and he received an honorable discharge on December 15, 1864, having served three years. Although he was in many hotly contested fights he received only two slight scratches from bullets, one on the leg and one on the hand.
After his army career, Mr. Crawford returned home and in a short time went to Missouri, where he remained three years, then returned to Fayette county, Iowa, and was married in 1871, to Lucena S. Robbins, daughter of Rev. O. R. and Alzina (Wetmore) Robbins of this county. Her father was born in New York, December 10, 1810, and her mother was born in Vermont, October 28, 1810. They were married in Michigan when Mr. Robbins was twenty-one years of age, and they came to Iowa in 1855 and located on a farm adjoining Arlington, his home having been near the first house built in town, then known as Mowtown (Charles Mow having built the first house there; the name was later changed to Brush Creek). Rev. Mr. Robbins devoted his time almost exclusively to the ministry of the United Brethren Church, and he married many of the people of those early days in this county. His death occurred in 1889 and that of his wife in 1885. They did a great deal of good among the pioneers and were well known and greatly admired. They are both buried in the cemetery at Taylorsville. Eight children were born to them, two of whom are living, Lewis E., of Oklahoma, and Lucena, the wife of Mr. Crawford; those deceased are, Ralph, Harriet, Willie, Maria L., Mortimer and Abbie S. Mrs. Crawford’s grandfather was a physician in Brooklyn, New York, and lived to the remarkable age of one hundred and four years.
After their marriage Mr. And Mrs. Crawford began life on a rented farm, then moved on his father’s farm where they lived three years. They purchased twenty acres in section 16, which they later added to until they now have a splendid farm of two hundred and twenty-five acres in this section, which has been well improved and under a high state of cultivation, this having been Mr. Crawford’s home for the past thirty years, and he has been a citizen of this township for sixty-two years, therefore he is well known and has taken a leading part in the development of this locality. It is interesting to hear his reminiscences of the county’s growth from its wild state in which it was during his boyhood to the present, when it ranks with the most prosperous of the great Hawkeye state. He likes to talk of his forefathers, all men of sterling worth, and pioneers who did a good work, like himself, wherever they located. The name James has been a favorite of this family, himself and his son bearing that name, and his father and grandfather, also were also named James. The grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812. The great-grandfather, also named James, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Thus, for several generations members of this worthy family have been ready to offer their services in defense of their country whenever occasion demanded. Politically, Mr. Crawford is a Democrat, while his fraternal relations are with the Grand Army of the Republic.
Mr. Crawford has three sons who remain with him on the farm; they are energetic and enterprising young men and are much interested in the farm, in which they are very successful. The ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford are named as follows: Irene, born in November, 1897, lived about ten months; Nina P., born April 20, 1872; R. Ross, born December 19, 1874; James J., born January 18, 1877; Willie V., born June 27, 1880; Francis M., born May 8, 1883; Harry H. born November 26, 1885; Jessie J., born January 26, 1889; Lucile M., born August 21, 1894; Victor B., born August 10, 1889. Francis M. was married on March 3, 1908, to Hyda Wieshedel, daughter of Henry Wieshedel, of Fayette county, and they are the parents of a daughter, Enid A., born December 28, 1909. Harry H. was married, also on March 3, 1908, to Edith Brooks, daughter of Earl Brooks, of this county, and they have a son, Earl H., born May 20, 1910.
Typed for the Fayette County IA USGenWeb Project by Tom and Sharon Dorland. Down-loaded and retyped by Dale Robbins, March, 1999, from http://www.rootsweb.com/~iafayett/fcrawjam.htm
Charles L. Robbins
(October 18, 1916)
It is very difficult to write much about this one of our ancestors as we do not even know the given name of this Barnes. He was the father of William, Leonidas, Henrietta, Minerva and Solon Washington Barnes by his wife who was Betsy Ross. His last known residence was West Rutland, Vt.
We know of his characteristics, though, by the memory of him as told by his son Solon Washington Barnes and told to me by my mother Julia (Barnes) Robbins.
He was [a] pure blood Irishman* and had in his makeup all the Irish* stubbornness of his fighting ancestors. He was not, however, a Catholic as would be supposed; but was of stern Puritanical religious belief. He insisted, and in a way, too, that the Sabbath be kept so that no question could come up regarding it being kept. He would not permit any of the children to whistle or sing anything but hymns on Sunday nor play any games or read any books but the Bible. We do not know what effect this training had on any of the children; but we do know that his son, Solon W., kept all the traits of sternness of his father with some to spare. Solon W. Barnes said that he was never spoken to or corrected but once in his life, and that was when he failed to cut up some boiled cabbage small enough to be handy; and he says he never forgot the tone of voice his father used. *[Later crossed out and changed to ‘Scotch.’
[The following insertions were written in much later by Chas. Robbins.]:
The error in the nationality of Solon Barnes was made because his father came from Ireland. It was later learned by me that James Barnes [William] moved to Ireland because of religious persecutions in Scotland. He was pure Scotch blood.
Note: Regarding the Leonidas Barnes mentioned [above], a brother of Wm. F. Barnes, [he]probably died as a tiny baby as no record of him was ever found later. My grandfather simply said he had a brother Leonidas but he knew no more about him. I can only account for him by supposing that he died in infancy. As my grandfather [Solon W. Barnes] never heard from any of this family again he never knew what became of Leonidas, therefore by mother would not have known.
[Note, however, other records say Leonidas was born in 1808 and died in 1879. And note further that C.L. Robbins later in this history has Leonidas working with his brother William at the marble quarry in West Rutland – Dale Robbins, 2001.
As my mother got older her
memory of long ago things grew brighter and she told me she was positive that
her grandfather Barnes’ name was James and the oldest son of Solon Washington
Barnes was named after him. [Note: his name now known to be
(Oct. 17, 1916)
Very little is now known of Betsy Ross.* She was known to have been of pure Scotch descent but whether she was born in Scotland is not now known. She was the wife of James(?)Barnes who lived at West Rutland, Vt., and was the mother of the following children: Solon Washington Barnes, William Barnes, Leonidas Barnes, Miverva Barnes, and Henrietta Barnes.
*[Penciled in later]: No reason to get excited about the name “Betsy Ross.” Owing to the fact that a Betsy Ross designed the first U.S. flag probably every Ross family that had a daughter named her “Betsy.”
[Further addition]: Feb. 2, 1969 – After many years of study I have come to the conclusion that my mother, Julia Barnes, was not too sure that Betsy Ross was the wife of our ancestor James Barnes who was with Washington at Valley Forge. My mother based her opinion on the fact that Uncle Albert’s first name was Albert and Ross was his middle name. She thought he was named Ross after his grandmother. Her name, that is the wife of James Barnes, may have been Ross, but there is no proof that she was named Betsy.
Some of our Michigan relatives sent us an obituary of Uncle Albert when he died and it gives his middle name as Rosswell. The brothers & sisters cut it short to Ross – Albert Ross.
The Betsy Ross part to my mind was just conjecture or you might say wistful thinking.
An encyclopedia here before me says, “Ross, Betsey (Mrs. Elizabeth Griscom Ross), the flag designer was born 1752 – and died 1836. So her name by her father was Griscom. She married a man named Ross. This is just my opinion. Hope some of you who follow me may find out.
Solon Washington Barnes
SOLON WASHINGTON BARNES
Solon Washington Barnes, the subject of this sketch, was the youngest brother of William, Leonidas, Henrietta and Miverva Barnes, who lived at our earliest record of them at West Rutland, Vt. Their father’s given name is unknown but their mother was Betsy Ross*, a pure blood Scot. As the father was pure blood Irish* this makes these children Scotch-Irish. *[These errors are corrected elsewhere in this history.]
Very little is known of the family and what few facts we do have have been given to me by my mother, Julia (Barnes) Robbins, a daughter of Solon W. Barnes. The two brothers, William and Leonidas, owned and operated at West Rutland, Vt., a marble quarry sometime near 1800 A.D. They desired their brother, Solon, to work with them there, but he was of an independent disposition and could not get along with them, but instead came west to Dayton, Ohio. At this place he married Rebecca McDaniels, and three children were born. As we know so very little about them, it will[not] be given here, excepting James, who will have a complete story elsewhere.
William the second child, was stolen from his father's home after his mother's death by his uncle, James McDaniels, and taken to Kansas, and nothing more was ever heard of him. Mary died while yet a little girl. The only incident we have of her is a story that she went to the spring for water and when she got to the house, she told her father that there was a man down at the spring hurt and calling for help. Grandfather hurried down to the spring and was chased clear back to the house by a large panther. The only wonder is that it did not get Mary.
After the death of his wife, Rebecca (McDaniels) Barnes, Solon W. Barnes moved to Iowa, as Ohio was too much settled for him despite the fact that a panther had nearly eaten one of his children. About this time he married Rebecca Trout; but it is not known whether this was in Ohio or on the way to Iowa, as it is supposed that he came by Keokuk, Iowa where his sister, Minerva lived. Minerva Barnes (Sigourney, Keokuk Co.) married a man named Hiland Mead and lived at Sigourney, Keokuk Co., Iowa. Later while Solon W. Barnes was living in Fayette Co., Iowa, they visited him there taking with them their two sons, Alfred and Dayton Mead. My mother remembers that this Uncle Hiland Mead had rheumatism or at least was crippled in some way. One of Solon's sons was named after him. Nothing further was ever heard of this family.
After Solon W. Barnes had been in Iowa for a short time he got a letter from his brothers, William and Leonidas, asking him to tell them how he was getting along, and just what he had in the way of stock and property. This letter was written in a manner which made Grandfather think they insinuated that he might be hard up and in need of their help and, being of a very proud nature, he was angry, and answered them very saucily and possibly disrespectfully. Among other things he gave them the names of all the children he then had and also the names of the cows and stock including the cats and dogs. This must have made the brothers very put out, because to the day of his death, he never heard from them again.
My grandfather, Solon W. Barnes was a stern uncompromising man. He was of a very quick temper and never hesitated or in the least considered the outcome of his hasty actions. He was Scotch-Irish and brought with him from one side the never yielding nature of the Scotch and from the other side the quick tempered impulsiveness of the Irish, a combination of blood very dangerous to himself and his posterity, and has resulted in trouble to all those who have Scotch-Irish Barnes blood in their veins.
He believed that the father of a family was the sole ruling power in the family, and had complete jurisdiction over wife and children alike. Prompt obedience was demanded by him by wife and children alike and in the few times that this was denied him, he did not hesitate to enforce it with any means at hand. Like his Irish father before him, he would not for a moment tolerate back talk and many incidents my mother have related to me lead me to believe him harsh and cruel and that he would not have hesitated to have taken human life to enforce obedience after he had taken a stand and made orders. He always acted without the least thought or advice and was never known to admit that he was wrong. The following incidents more clearly show what manner of man he was than any other descriptions I might give:
When Grandfather Barnes was still a young man he was taken down with fever and ague which were very common in new countries or where there were lots of new breaking being done. Everyone had it more or less, but most of them only had it on alternate days. One day they would be able to work as usual and the next day they would be down with chills. Now grandfather Barnes did not like that day in bed, and would not go to bed unless he was compelled by weakness. He despised weakness in any one and could hardly bear to be confined in bed when there was so much he wanted to be doing. At one time he was very sick and knew he must be very quiet or he would not live through it. In those days the warmth of a room was from the large fireplace at one end of the room, and in order to keep the farther end warm it was necessary to keep plenty of fuel in the grate. These fireplaces were built very large and the wood was cut in large logs, four or five feet long and it was a good lift for a man to put one in place. My grandmother was trying to get one of these large logs in the fireplace, and could hardly lift one end at once when grandfather noticing her futile effort became impatient and unable to stand it any longer he jumped out of bed and picking the log up bodily, he threw it to the back side of the fire. He then collapsed on the floor. After many weeks at death's door, he finally recovered, but his hair had turned white and remained so to his death.
Another incident which shows to what extreme his temper would carry him is shown by this story: My grandfather was a great lover of dogs and living in the woods and frontier made them almost necessary to the family. He always had several and took great delight in training them. He insisted on the strictest obedience from them and never hesitated to kill one that disobeyed him. My mother told me that he had two very fine dogs and the children thought the world of them. They were very fine hunters and watch dogs. One time the boys took them with them after the cows that run in the woods during the daytime and were brought up to a small rail yard during the night. The boys set the dogs on the cows to get them out of the brush and weeds; but the dogs were not satisfied with that, but chased them clear home and continued to bark at them after they were in the yard. Grandfather went to the door and called them to come off and when they did not do so at once, he returned to the house and got his rifle and shot them both there before the children who stood crying near them. At another time he shot one of his own dogs that he had found eating a dead sheep and he did not know how the sheep had been killed.
All his children stood in awe of him and if they ever disobeyed in the least, he would punish them severely and would not let their mother take their part. When he finally broke up housekeeping [after the death of his second wife] and put the children out among the neighbors he was very harsh with them, and threatened all kinds of things he would do to them because they were homesick and did not want to stay where he had gotten them homes.
Once my grandfather had a cow with a new calf and had kept them both at the barn for a few days, and then decided to take them to the pasture. When he started with them the calf had become used to the barn and lot and refused to go with its mother. He brought her back a time or two and then when it still refused to follow he laid it down on a block and cut off its head with an ax with his children standing frightened by.
My Grandmother Barnes was married to Solon W. Barnes probably in Ohio though this is not known for sure to be the case. I have been unable up to this time to find any trace of her people. Her maiden name was Rebecca Trout. She was of Pennsylvania Dutch origin and this showed up in her house-keeping and in the way she tried to keep the yard. She was a very good housekeeper and her efforts to keep the rough mud plastered log house in order taxed her to the utmost. My mother tells me that she could make all kinds of paper ornaments and did her best with what newspapers she could get hold of to cover the walls. My mother still has in her possession a sheet of paper on which are arranged little dolls and wreathes made from locks of hair taken from the children's heads. Grandmother was very meek and patient with Grandfather and tried the best way she could to tone down his quick temper and make the home life bearable. How well she succeeded is shown from the fact that the children never ceased being homesick and one of the boys was away in Dakota when she died. When he came home and his mother was dead, he could not bear to stay; but returned at once to his regiment. She was the mother of twelve children -- ten of whom grew up under her Christian teaching. She died at the birth of the last one in June 1862. Her death occurred at the old homestead on the County line between Clayton and Fayette Counties in Iowa. On the day of her funeral Grandfather Barnes got a letter for her telling her that her Uncle, Noah Trout, her father's brother had died and had left her $300.00. In those days this was a fortune, and if it could only have come while she was living, it would have been a Godsend to her. Grandfather Barnes was compelled to go to court to get possession of this money as after her death it belonged to her children. Jacob H. Moore was made their guardian. Joseph Hobson of West Union, Iowa, was his attorney. An account book in the possession of my mother has in it a receipt written by Solon W. Barnes receipting for the money, $270.00. It is supposed the balance was the lawyer's fee. This document is dated Jan. 22, 1866 and this leads me to believe that if I can search the Court proceedings for the term of the Probate Court between June and January 1866, I may be able to find out where my Grandmother's people lived and possibly get trace of them. This I shall endeavor to do when next I go back to West Union, Iowa.
Rebecca (Trout) Barnes was born in 1821, was married when she was 16 years old and died in June 1862. She is buried in a grave yard that is, or was, on the old Nagles place east of Steamboat Mound between the Paddelford place and Volga City.(1)
Solon W. Barnes was married to Rebecca Trout in Ohio in 1847 [prob. 1837-1840], and came to Fayette Co., Iowa soon afterwards. They settled on and proved-up a claim of 160 acres in Fayette County just opposite the Lyman Lamphier place in Clayton Co. and between Wadena and Volga City. Sixty acres of this farm was later given to Jim Barnes, his oldest son by his first wife who later sold it to Tim Leahy and now comprises a part of the old Leahy farm still there. The other 100 acres was sold to the Kennedy's and is still a part of the Kennedy farm.
The place Grandfather Barnes selected for a home was just such a place as I would have supposed a man of is make-up would have chosen.(2) The land here was rough with high bluffs, large springs and heavy timber. Not at all suited to farming, but a splendid place to make an easy living with a garden patch, cows and plenty of good hunting and fishing close at hand. There was lots of much better land that could have been settled on that, at the time, is worth ten times as much for farming purposes; but Grandfather was not looking out for future generations but for himself and this secluded place away back from everyone, just suited his taste. Deep Creek was only a few rods away and the Volga River was about a mile north and at this time these streams were full of the best kind of fish, and Grandfather knew just how to catch them. My mother tells me that once they had fresh fish when they had thrashers. He was an expert rifle shot and usually only needed one shot with the old-fashioned muzzle loading rifle to bring down the game. Shot guns were unknown at that time. The house was built of rough unhewn logs and plastered between them with mud. At first it was of one room with a large fireplace at one end, but as the family increased in size, it had to be enlarged and this was done by building another room just like the other one with the fireplace at the other end; this made the fireplaces both in the middle of the house. These fireplaces were built of stones lain in mud and like the houses all they cost was for labor. The floors were called puncheon and were made of logs split once in two and laid flat side up. The more common floor of that day was common dirt packed hard. My Grandmother with her inherited Dutch tendency for cleanliness spent her entire life in a place like that. No wonder she died at age of 41.
It was in this rough home life that my grandmother lived and reared her twelve children. Two babies died in infancy [buried in a little burying spot near the Old Mill Grove mill on Brush Creek, 2 miles north of Arlington, Iowa] and another George Clayton Barnes died when he was seven or eight years old.
Grandmother Barnes died as a result of blood poisoning at the time of the birth of her last child, Elizabeth Jane, and when the baby was only three days old. For two years after her death, Grandfather kept house by hiring girls for the housework, but at the end of that time he decided to break up house-keeping and go to live with Jim Barnes, his oldest son who lived in Taylorsville, Iowa, a small inland town about six miles south of his home. Grandfather gave a sale in order to dispose of his stock, and while the auctioneer was busy selling the stock and household goods he busied himself getting the neighbors who had come to the sale to take the children who still were left on his hands. He was quite successful in this and my mother was the last to be disposed of. One by one as the farmers loaded their purchased stock or goods, she saw her own brothers and sisters that she loved and cared for from their baby days taken into the wagons and hauled away as any other chattels. Different ones of them were known at later times when homesickness overcame them, to steal away from the place they lived and come back across the field to the old home. The people who gave them homes were often very unkind to them, and until they were old enough to marry and have homes of their own, they were traded about the country from place to place. The girls all married young and who can blame them? Grandfather Barnes lived with his son at Taylorsville until his death _________, 18.(3) He was _____ at this time. He is buried in the Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Iowa in a lot occupied by his sons Brammwell and Noah and two of Noah's children.
(1) This burying ground consists of about 1/2 acre adjoining the stone school grounds west of Volga City about 2 miles. The owner of the farm gave notice that he intended to plow up the cemetery but owing to the fact that it had been deeded to Fayette Co. he was unable to do so.
(2) Visited by me in 1941 -- exact location clearly established.
(3) In 1948 I wrote to Uncle Geo Rawson at Afton, N.Y. asking him to send me if possible the date of birth and death of Solon W. Barnes. He never answered me. He is probably the only living person who could supply this information. C.L.R.
In order to complete what I have been able to find out about my mother's family, Solon Washington Barnes and children, I will add the following facts:
It has been 25 years since I wrote the first pages of the Barnes history. At that time I was living in Stillwater, Okla. and was employed in the Post Office where I could use a typewriter but now I live in Sunnyside, Washington, am retired and am 64 years old hence the use of long hand in this work.
In August of 1941 my wife and I visited our old home in Fayette County, Iowa and while there we looked up the location of the old Barnes homestead near Volga City on the Fayette Co.-Clayton Co. line. Although as a boy I had grown up to the age of 24 and had never seen this land, I found it in every way just as my mother had described it to me. We visited the place two different days and had a picnic dinner on the site of the old home where all the Barnes children of Solon W. & Rebecca Barnes were born.
We used water from the same big spring for our coffee and sat in the shade of two large cedar trees that our grandmother had brought from the bluff and set out on either side of the gate that led down to the crossing of the little stream near by.
We found a few gnarled fruit trees, some tame raspberry bushes and the huge sprawling elm tree where the little girls had their swing 90 years ago. We even found the rock circled little grave of the son George Clayton who died as a little boy and was buried on the sunny slope overlooking the yard and grounds. At that time there were no cemeteries and babies and small children were usually buried near the home.
The farm of 160 acres of bluffs is still over half timber. This has been cut off in places but grows right back again.
While in Iowa I saw just two of my cousins on my mother's side and only one who still bears the name of Barnes: this was Jesse Barnes a son of Noah Barnes and Mrs. Linnie Barnes Simpson who lives in West Union, Iowa. It was she who helped me to locate the old home. She got me some valuable information from the County records. As she had been employed there many years she knew just how to get what I wanted. I hereby wish to thank her for her kindness.
This data which she secured for me brought out the curious fact that the records showed only one transfer besides the patent since it was proven up on by my grandfather in 1854-55 and sold in 1866. Therefore the abstract would read:
U.S. to Solon W. Barnes, patent
Solon W. Barnes to Philip Leahy -- deed for 61.02 acres
Solon W. Barnes to James Kennedy deed 100 acres
On a plat of Sec. 1 -- Fairfield Township was the old Barnes homestead. Part which Solon W. Barnes gave to his oldest son Jim Barnes. The land was divided in a way to give Jim Barnes a building place on a road which ran from Wadena to Volga City. The line on the 40 acres south follows a ridge or hog back and was heavily timbered. This is the only land I ever saw in my life divided from corner to corner.
There is very little more that I can add to this brief history. My motive in starting it was a search for a Revolutionary ancestor. This I have been unable to do -- maybe some other of the Barnes posterity may be able to do so.
I am adding as an afterthought the final disposition of these sons and daughters of Solon W. & Rebecca Barnes as far as my memory will carry. Perhaps I may err as to all and as to the spelling of names for which I ask your pardon -- remember I said as far as my memory carries.
(A) James Barnes, Jr., first son of Solon W. Barnes, married a wife whose first name was Elizabeth. We always spoke of her as Aunt Lib. They moved to Michigan and remained there all their lives.
Three children were born to them that I can remember of, Solon, Oran & Gertrude. I never heard what became of them.
(B) William Barnes & Mary Barnes (C) have been mentioned other places in this history. William was stolen or at least taken away by a brother of Rebecca McDaniels, Grandfather Barnes' first wife. He took him to Kansas and no further word was ever had regarding him.
(C) Mary Barnes died in childhood.
(D) Hiland Mead Barnes, the oldest son of my Grandmother, Rebecca Trout Barnes, must have been born somewhere about 1840. When my mother was 7 years old he enlisted in Co. E, 9th Iowa Infantry July 1861 -- at Taylorsville, Iowa. He died at Young's Point, La., March 7, 1862. This regiment was never in action up to that time. My father said he died of homesickness.
(E) Brammwell Curvassa Barnes, 2nd son of S. W. & Rebecca Barnes, enlisted in the 6th Iowa Calvary Co. Nov. 1, 1862. At that time there was trouble with the Sioux Indians in Dakota and this regiment was sent there to subdue them and police them. This job was under General Custer. As our uncle Brammwell was raised in the woods and was dead shot with a rifle he was assigned to scout duty and as a sharpshooter.
He was there about 5 years and had married a half-breed Sioux Indian girl. They had one daughter. Uncle Brammwell was taken with a disease known then as quick consumption. There was lots of it among the Indians at that time. Brammwell's wife was also half French. When he did not get better he came home to Iowa and died there. He is buried in Taylorsville Cemetery by his father and brother Noah.
None of the relatives ever knew what became of the wife & daughter.
(F) George Clayton Barnes only lived to be a small boy probably 8 years old. He was buried near the old home on a sunny slope facing the East. When I was there in Oct. 1941 this little mound was easily found. As the land is only used for pasture there is no danger of his resting place being ploughed over as so many of our dear ones graves have been. Probably little George Barnes was as well off in this tiny rock encircled spot than his sisters and brothers who are all back to Mother Earth at last. Little George Barnes never knew what it was to toil and worry or be called to his country's aid as his two older brothers were. May he rest in peace as he seemed to be when I was there. No sound to be heard except the song of birds and the tinkle of the little stream only a rod or so away.
(G) Noah Trout Barnes was the fourth son of Solon W. & Rebecca (Trout) Barnes. He was born Nov. 8, 1850 and died Dec. 30, 1880. Thus he was only 30 years old when he was called away. I was 2 years old when he died so I do not remember him.
My father told me once that he died of the same disease Uncle Brammwell died of, quick consumption as it was called. My father told me of his last visit to my mother, Julia Barnes Robbins. He walked out north of Brush Creek, now Arlington and it took him until after noon to walk the 2 1/2 miles he was so poor and weak. He was confined to his bed soon after.
He was married to Franie Perkins. I don't think her name was spelled that way but that's how we always pronounced it. There were four children who grew up that remember: Ora, Lura, Linnie & Jesse. I was a school mate of Linnie and I remember her as a sweet and loving girl. She married Geo M. Simpson another school mate. They both held Co. offices and at this time live at West Union, Iowa.
Ora never married and lived near Arlington all his life. He owned a farm only 1/2 mile from the Taylorsville Cemetery where his father, grandfather and one little brother, Orsenius Ransom are buried.
There may have been other children whom I do not recall.
Lura married a man name Moore. They lived near Salt Lake City, Utah the last I knew. My brother Wayne visited the family there about 6 years ago.
Jesse Barnes always lived around Arlington. I think he owns their old home in Arlington near the school house. I saw him in 1941.
[Charles Robbins wrote this as an insert in 1949]:
In 1946 I visited my old home at Arlington, Iowa and saw my cousin Jesse Barnes and visited him in Uncle Noah’s old house there which is still owned by Jesse Barnes and has never been sold out of the family since Uncle Noah owned it. At this time Jesse Barnes told me he had married a woman at Davenport, Iowa but they had separated leaving one son, Robert Earl Barnes, with his mother. After the mother’s death this son came to Iowa (Arlington) and located his father and at this date they are very dear to each other. This son of Jesse Barnes is married and has children.
C.L. Robbins -- 1949
I will leave this space* for any additions to this family's history for which accept my thanks -- Chas. Robbins.
*[Later Chas. continued, filling in the "space" himself]:
(H) Julia L. Barnes married Lewis E. Robbins. They lived in Iowa near where they had been since childhood until 1901 when they moved to Pawnee, Okla. where they spent the remainder of their lives. Six children were born to them all in Iowa:
1. Bertha A. who died in infancy
2. Harriette Elizabeth (Hattie) who married Bert Smith
3. Mary Eleanor (Nellie) who married Leslie D. Kern
4. Charles L. who married Clara Brooks
5. Windom Wayne who married Grace Brooks
6. L.Bess who married Eugene Schornick
(I) Rebecca Filena (Aunt Lena) married Fred Warner. They moved to Michigan about 1882. I recall some of their children: Genie, Mary, and Charlie.
(J) Lydia Minerva married James Vargason. They moved to Brown County, Nebraska. Their address was Mariasville. They were parents of 8 children but none of us in Iowa ever saw any of them. I think there were 6 girls and 2 boys.
(K) Phoebe Anne married George L. Rawson. They lived in Iowa until about 1903 and then moved to Intervale, Wis. Four children came to them: Wallace (Perry, Iowa), Lucia, Ben & Lelia.
(L) Albert Ross married Mary Warner, a sister of Fred Warner. They lived in Michigan in Antrim Co.
(M) Elizabeth Jane married Ed Robinson [Rawson]. They lived and died in Iowa. Three children came to them: Lula, Flossie & Maude. Lula married Ross Hayes and lives in Oelwein, Iowa. Flossie married George Hart and Maude married Marshall Allen. They live in Montevideo, Minn.
Of all the children of Solon W. & Rebecca Trout Barnes, none are now living in 1942. Only two of the in-laws are living: Geo L. Robinson & Mary Barnes, wife of Uncle Albert.
I know scores of the 4th generation but it would be burdensome to enumerate them here.
Chas. L. Robbins, May 17, 1942, Sunnyside, Washington
The above words are substantially as C.L. Robbins wrote then in 1916, plus his later changes and additions. Later research may have changed some of the information. Regarding the "stealing of William" discussed above, he actually went to work for his uncles and was never really lost. Minor corrections have been made in spelling and punctuation. A few of C.L. Robbins’ footnotes have been relocated
The following is from a letter from the Recorder of Fayette County, Iowa 4/12/77 to John Kraemer (recorded by Erma Ruth (Barnes) Reynolds):
1 -- Twp. 92 (Fairfield Twp. -- Iowa) Range 7
Solon W. Barnes
Bought A (40 acres) $0.75 per acre Nov. 21, 1854
Bought B (41.02 acres) 0.75 per acre June 6, 1855
Bought C & D (80 acres) 1.25 per acre Nov. 23, 1855
Sold A-B-C (121.02 acres) $800 Oct. 25, 1856 James W. Barnes
Bought back A-B-C 900 Dec. 21, 1865
Sold B & N.W. diagonal of C 500 Dec. 21, 1865 to Phillip &
Sold A & D, & S.E. diag. C 950 Nov. 10, 1866 to James Kennedy
Solon W. Barnes -- acquired from the government
A Certificate #27371-- N.W. 1/4 of S.E. 1/4 Sec. 1, Twp. 92, Range
7, 40 acres
B Certificate #32014 -- of the N.W. frl 1/4 of N.E. 1/4 of Sec. 1,
Twp. 92, Range 7, 41.02 acres
C&D Certificate #35888 -- the S 1/2 of N.E. frl 1/4 -- 80 acres
William F. Barnes, brother of Solon W. Barnes by Erma Ruth (Barnes) Reynolds, 1948:
William F. Barnes lived at West Rutland, Vt. where he was the Town Clerk in 1817. He owned the Columbia Marble Co. This quarry is situated at Humphrey’s Cove – one mile this side of Sutherland Falls. It was worked in 1844 with Wm. Y. Ripley and Wm. F. Barnes and dissolved in 1850 when Ripley (note – of the “Believe It or Not” family) continued sawing marble and that of Barnes of quarrying marble. He worked the quarry for 7 years. Clement and Sons quarry was near the Ripley marble, and was originally Barnes-Clement and Gilmore. These quarries produced what was reputedly the finest marble in New England.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the Barnes' genealogy, worked on by many others in addition to C.L. Robbins. I also have what is perhaps the only image in existence of Solon -- a small painting of which I have made photographs. This photo as well as those of other members of the Barnes and Robbins families can be found at
Dale Robbins, February 2001, (grandson of C.L. Robbins)
SAGA OF TAYLORSVILLE, IOWA
Hand written words of Charles L. Robbins in "Adam’s School Register" used by Fairfield School from 1864 to 1871 – Geo. Doan School Director. [With minor editorial changes.]
Sometime between the years of 1840 and 1865 there existed in the state of Iowa, in Fayette Co., Fairfield Township a little inland town known as Taylorsville. There is some question as to the origin of the name -- some old settlers telling me the town was named in honor of Uncle Billy Taylor who lived near there while others said it was so named by early settlers who came from Taylorsville, Ills. However I prefer to think of the former as in my boyhood days I was acquainted with Uncle Billy Taylor who had been a snare drummer in the Civil War and therefore a hero to me.
This little town of Taylorsville at its founding gave promise of being one of Iowa’s leading towns as it was situated in the center of one of the richest sections of Iowa or may I even say of the whole of the United States. I visited the locality in 1946 – one hundred years since the land was settled and it is still producing abundance of crops with no suggestion of being worn out while the fourth generation of owners till its fertile acres.
So that is may be understood just what happened to make Taylorsville the ghost town it is today you must know the exact geography of its immediate vicinity. About 1 ˝ miles west of the town is a small stream known then as now as Brush Creek. This is little stream rises about two miles South West of the old site of Taylorsville in the prairie sloughs and runs practically north seven miles where it empties into the Volga River about a mile east of the town of Wadena. Where the Brush Creek stream rises the land is swampy but quite level but about a mile north it enters timber land and runs through deep limestone gorges impassable even to horses and wagons at that time and even now.
Sometime just after the close of the Civil War there was talk of a railroad going through Fayette Co.
between Calmar and Cedar Rapids. This is known as the Calmar branch of the C. Mt St Paul. Of course the people of Taylorsville wanted and expected this road to go through their town as it was the only town in that part of the county but owing to the gorges due West from Taylorsville it was impossible to do this without curving north to the town and then back south to get back to the level prairie where railroad building was possible and practical. This the company did not feel justified in doing so the road missed Taylorsville about 2 miles.
When it first became evident that the R.R. would miss the town of Taylorsville it was thought to serve the town by stage and dray service but some enterprising citizens platted 40 acres of land belonging to a Mr. Moe into a townsite at the head of Brush Creek and called it Moetown but the citizens in ridicule spoke of it as Brush Creek. But is spite of this the town began to sell lots. My grandfather, O. R. Robbins bought the first lot about 1856 or 7. Soon after the close of the war the business places of Taylorsville began one by one to move to Brush Creek. Some built new buildings and some moved their homes and stores there. Soon it became evident that Taylorsville could not compete with a town only 2 miles away on a railroad and so Taylorsville started down its road to ghosthood. The town of Brush Creek later changed its name to Arlington.
I was born about 1 ˝ miles from Taylorsville on the road that now leads to Wadena. I remember when I was about 10 years old of going thru Taylorsville many times and went to Sunday School there. At that time there were still several old store buildings, blacksmith shop, town pump in the main street corner and about 20 houses clustered about. There was of course the school which still runs under that name. But unless someone told you, you would never know that a beautiful little village had once existed there. Just north of the townsite there was and still is the Taylorsville Cemetery where probably 75% of the scholars listed in this old school register rest and wait in peace near the little town they loved so long ago.
The foregoing story is but a build up leading to why this old school register these 80 years is now so sacred to me and I hope to those whom I will leave it in care of.
You will notice that the boys and girls were recorded on different pages and by consulting the first two pages you will see there were 77 scholars in the school that started Dec. 19-1864 . The 27th girl or No 27 – is my wife’s mother now still alive in Jan. 1947 – and in good health the past 93 years of age. In the fall of 1946 it was my good fortune to visit this lady after I had come into possession of this old book and to her I am indebted for many memories of the children listed on these pages.
On the boys page No 22 was my father Lewis E. Robbins. This was his last term of school and undoubtedly if the war had not ended he would have gone just as many of the other young men of the community had done.
On the girls page of that same winter term No 29 was my mother, Julia L. Barnes. Her name is listed as Julia L. Smith. This is due to the fact that she was a foster daughter of Murray E. Smith. You will notice she was only 11 years old. Her mother had died and she with her other sisters and younger brothers were adopted (not legally) by families of the community. I find no further record of her and remember that she told me she had eye trouble and never was able to attend school after that.
Taylorville School, Fairfield Twp, Fayette Co, Iowa
TAYLORVILLE SCHOOL REGISTER
Note: in all of the following rosters, "Last day" refers only to the
current term – students often came
back the next term or later. This roster is part 2 of a set of 3 consisting of (1) "Saga of Taylorsville" by Charles. L. Robbins, 1947, (2) this roster, and (3) an alphabetical index to all student names in the roster. All three parts can be downloaded from separate files. Names are printed as spelled by the teacher.
Dec. 19th, 1864 through March 10, 1865
Teacher: Wm. H. Smith
A Attendance [Term had 60 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
1. Walter Rawson 17 53 54
2. Wm. Rawson 18 57 60
3. Eugene Covell 16 51 53
4. George Campbell 15 23 24 (sporadic attendance)
5. Sanford M. Smith 14 59 ˝ 60
6. Edward Rawson 12 57 57
7. Walter Deming 15 58 ˝ 60
8. Buell Rawson 14 59 ˝ 60
9. George Rawson 7 50 50
10. Edwin Sevenworth 13 2 2 (only Dec. 19 and 20, 1864)
11. Charles E. Hawley 8 57 59
12. Elias Whaley 8 57 57
13. Frank Smith 8 44 ˝ 45
14. Marshal Smith 6 57 58
15. Herbert Richards 9 53 53
16. John Culver 7 58 ˝ 59
17. James A. Culver 9 56 56
18. William Culver 14 58 ˝ 59
19. George H. Ward 6 46 46
20. Edmund Woodard 12 60 60
21. Charles W. Wright 11 59 ˝ 60
22. Lewis E. Robbins 19 24 ˝ 26? *
23. Adelbert Eaton 14 7 ˝ 10? *(Dec. 19 through Feb. - sporadic)
24. Thomas Ainsworth 8 54 54
25. Jacob Kistner 16 48 49 (ent. Dec. 26)
26. Wm. McDougal 14 17 18 ( Dec. 26, 1864 - March 15, 1865)
27. Leander Powers 17 8 8 (Dec. 27, 1864 - January 6, 1865)
28. Asa R. Sherman 12 9 9 (Dec. 27, 1854 - January 6, 1865)
29. Hiram German 10 20-25? 20-25? *(ent. Jan. 10)
30. John Kistner 10 10-25? 10-25? * (ent. Feb.?)
31. Playford Wade 5 6 ˝ *? (Feb. 20 – March 10, 1865)
1. Mary J. Marquissee 14 44 44
2. Helen Miller 12 58 58
3. Mary Bissell 13 55 56
4. Lucy Covell 11 60 60
5. Kaziah Bissell 11 60 60
6. Rhoda A. Smith 11 51 ˝ 52
7. Libbie Covell 7 60 60
8. Mary Goodspeed 5 58 58
9. Laverna R. Eaton 8 35 ˝ 43
10. Nancy Bissell 8 59 60
11. Mary Powers 10 43 43
12. Emma Rice 9 60 60
13. Lettie Childs 8 54 54
14. Jennie Childs 6 55 55
15. Eva S. Marquissee 11 22 22
16. Martha E. Guin 13 53 ˝ 54
17. Alice Covell 14 59 59
18. Mary S. White 13 53 55
19. Emma Darr 9 47 47
20. Nancy A. Rice 7 53 ˝ 54
21. Sela? F. Powers 7 48 ˝ 49
22. Cynthia A. Kuney 9 54 55
23. Sarah M. Eaton 12 28 ˝ 33
24. Rosa Bell Whaley 11 55 ˝ 56
25. Henia? V. Ward 6 39 43
26. Melissa Sherman 8 60 60
27. Frances Richards 11 52 52
28. Lucena Robbins 12 42?* 45
29. Julia L. Smith [Barnes] 11 55 ˝ 56 (Julia Barnes foster dau. of Murray Smith)
30. Orrena Smith 13 49 ˝ 50
31. Huldah Ward 12 55 56
32. Alice C. Smith 13 52 52
33. Susie Kuney 12 57 ˝ 58
34. Fannie Sperry 12 58 58
35. Clarinda Powers 13 54 54
36. Mary Rice 16 53 53
37. *? 18 60 *
38. Dell Guin 17 59 ˝ 60
39. Mary Ann Guin 18 58 ˝ 59
40. Abby Morley 13 53 ˝ 54 (ent. Dec. 26, 1864)
41. Drusilla Hobbs 10 53 ˝ 54 (ent. Dec. 26, 1864)
42. Annie German 13 23 26 (ent. Jan. 2, 1865, last day Feb. 15, 1865)
43. Clarra [Clara] M. Richards 6 26 26 (ent. Jan. 2, 1865), last day Feb. 17, 1865)
44. Fanny McDougal 10 6 6 (ent. Feb. 22, 1865, last day Mar. 1, 1865)
45. Emma Covell 16 7 ˝ 8 (ent. Feb. 23, 1865)
46. Ella M. Whaley 5 36 36 (ent. Jan. 10, 1865)
1865 through Aug. 1st , 1865
Teacher: Mary Genung May 8th ,
B Attendance [Term had 56 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
1. Emma Miller 16 24 ˝ 25
2. Kaziah Bissell 11 55 56
3. Hellen Miller 12 -- 54
4. Nancy Bissell 9 58 58
5. Annie Turner 5 43 ˝ 44
6. Clara Richards 7 47 47
7. Cynthia Kuney 10 52 54
8. Frances Richards 11 52 ˝ 55
9. Melissa Sherman 8 58 58
10. Emma Rice 10 56 ˝ 57
11. Mary Taylor 7 39 40
12. Jennie Sperry 5 54 54
13. Lucena Ward 6 55 56
14. Drucilla Hobbs 11 42 ˝ 43
15. Lettie Childs 8 57 58
16. Hattie Rice 7 54 57
17. Mary Goodspeed 6 45 ˝ 49
18. Libbie Covelle 7 56 ˝ 57
19. Flora Taylor 9 37 37
20. Lucy Covelle 11 56 ˝ 57
21. Dica? Munzer? 17 38 ˝ 42
22. Mary Rice 16 27 28
23. Huldah Ward 13 51 55
24. Alice Covelle 14 44 ˝ 46
25. Fannie Sperry 13 46 49
26. Susan Kuney 13 53 ˝ 55
27. Mary Bissell 13 49 ˝ 53
28. Jennie Childs 6 58 58
29. Eva Marquissee 12 55? 57?*
30. Lucena Robbins 12 44? 47
31. Mary White 13 30? 34 (last day June 30, 1865)
32. Emma Covelle 16 18 ˝ 26 (last day June 30, 1865)
33. Laverna Eaton 9 52 53 (ent. May 17, 1865)
34. Flora Fish 13 45 45 (ent. May 22, 1865)
35. Rhoda Smith 11 36 36 (ent. May 29, 1865)
36. Julia Smith [Barnes] 14 44 44 (ent. May 29, 1865)
37. Abbie Morley 14/15? 38 40?* (ent. May 29, 1865)
1. Charles Wright 11 55 57
2. Willie Wright 6 55 56
3. Willie Miller 6 39 43
4. George Rawson 7 52 ˝ 54
5. Herbert Richards 9 48 ˝ 50
6. George Ward 7 45 ˝ 48
7. Willie Ward 5 50 ˝ 51
8. Charlie Hawley 8 51 ˝ 53
9. Thomas Ainsworth 8 47 ˝ 49
10. Horace Fish 7 42 42 (ent. May 22, 1865)
11. Marshal Smith 7 36 36 (ent. June 9, 1865)
Oct. 2, 1865 through Jan. 26, 1866
Teacher: Anstis G. Gates
C Attendance [Period had 79 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[Mr. Gates did not total up attendance for this roster but combined the totals with those of the following.]
1. Alice Lovell 14
2. Lucy Lovell 12
3. Elizabeth Covell 7
4. Keziah Bissell 11
5. Mary Bissell 13
6. Lucenia Robbins 12
7. Anna Germond 13 (last day Nov. 24, 1866)
8. Fannie McDougal 10 (last day Dec. 15, 1865)
9. Helen Miller 12
10. Huldah Ward 13
11. Addie Rice 8 (ent. Oct. 9, 1865)
12. Mary Goodspeed 6
13. Charles Wright 11
14. William Wright 6
15. William Miller 6
16. Susan Ward 5
17. Thomas Ainsworth 9
18. Cynthia Kuney 10
19. Jennie Childs 6
20. Charles Hawley 8
21. Lettie Childs 9
22. George Rawson 8
23. George Ward 7
24. Nancy Bissell 9
25. Emma Rice 10
26. Jennie Sperry 6
27. Clara Richards 7
28. Anna J. Turner 6 (Oct. 4 - Oct. 10, 1865)
29. Jenia? Ward 6 (last day Nov. 4, 1865)
30. Herbert Richards 9 (sporadic attendance)
31. Susan Kuney 13 (ent. Oct. 9, 1865)
32. Abbie Morley 14 (ent. Oct. 9, 1865)
33. Fanny Sperry 13 (ent. Oct. 9, 1865)
34. Flora Taylor 9 (Oct. 9, 1865 - Dec. 20, 1865)
35. Mary Taylor 7 (Oct. 9, 1865 - Dec. 6, 1865)
36. Caroline Sickess 14 (Oct. 9, 1865 - Nov. 10, 1865)
37. Everett Richards 5 (last day Nov. 24, 1865, sporadic attend.)
38. William Ward 5 (Oct. 16, 1865 - Nov. 6, 1865)
39. Melissa Sherman 9 (ent. Oct. 17, 1865)
40. Francis Richards 11 (ent. Oct. 16, 1865, sporadic attend.)
41. Eva S. Marquissee 12 ( Oct. 23, 1865 - Jan. 4, 1866)
42. Frank Haxton 5 (ent. Oct. 23, 1865)
43. James How -- (ent. Oct. 24, 1865)
44. Edward Rawson 12 (ent. Oct. 30, 1865)
45. Buel Rawson 15 (ent. Nov. 1, 1865)
46. Albert Rawson 5 (ent. Nov. 7, 1865)
47. Nettie Hutchison 5 (Nov. 15, 1865 - Jan. 9, 1866
48. Emma How 6 (ent. Nov. 20, 1865)
49. Frank Smith 9 (Nov. 20, 1865 - Jan. 17, 1866)
50. Howard Taylor 15 (ent. Nov. 21, 1865)
51. Emmett Taylor 12 (ent. Nov. 21, 1865)
52. Rhoda Smith 12 (Nov. 27, 1865 - Jan. 19, 1866)
53. Charles Wheeland 18 (ent. Nov. 27. 1865)
54. Eugene Covell 17 (ent. Dec. 4, 1865)
55. Walter Deming 16 (Dec. 4 - Dec. 22, 1865)
56. Jacob Kistner 16 (ent. Dec. 4, 1865)
57. Marion Smith 15 (Dec. 4 - Dec. 15, 1865)
58. Emma Miller 17 (Dec. 4 - Dec. 12, 1865)
59. Walter Rawson 18 (ent. Dec. 5, 1865)
60. Wilham Rawson 19 (ent. Dec. 7, 1865)
61. Theda Robinson 13 (Jan. 3 - Jan. 11, 1866)
Jan. 29, 1866 through March 23, 1866
Teacher: Anstis G. Gates
D Attendance [Period had 40 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[Totals carried from previous roster. Adding the two periods makes a total term of 119 days.]
1. Alice Covell 14 79 ˝ 80
2. Lucy Covell 12 107 ˝ 108
3. Elizabeth Covell 7 115 117
4. Keziah Bissell 11 112 114
5. Mary Bissell 13 90 ˝ 93
6. Lucenia Robins 12 77 ˝ 79
7. Anna Germond 13 16 ˝ 17 (did not attend Jan. – March period)
8. Fannie McDougal 10 48 48 (did not attend Jan. – March period)
9. Helen Miller 12 107 107
10. Huldah Ward 13 88 88 (last day March 19)
11. Addie Rice 8 99 99
12. Mary Goodspeed 6 96 ˝ 98
13. Charles Wright 11 83 ˝ 85
14. William Wright 6 104 ˝ 105
15. William Miller 6 97 97
16. Susan Ward 5 104 ˝ 105
17. Thomas Ainsworth 9 103 104
18. Cynthia Kuney 10 101 ˝ 114
19. Jennie Childs 6 114 ˝ 115
20. Charles Hawley 8 81 ˝ 83
21. Lettie Childs 9 110 ˝ 111
22. George Rawson 8 111 111
23. George Ward 7 114 116
24. Nancy Bissell 9 110 ˝ 111
25. Emma Rice 10 112 ˝ 113
26. Jennie Sperry 6 94 99
27. Clara Richards 7 41 ˝ 42 (only attended Feb. 1, 5, 8, March 23, 1866)
28. Anna Turner 6 4 4 (did not attend this session)
29. Jenia? Ward 6 19 ˝ 20 (did not attend this session)
30. Herbert Richards 9 48 48 (sporadic attendance)
31. Susan Kuney 13 86 ˝ 87
32. Abbie Morley 14 84 84
33. Fannie Sperry 13 100 ˝ 107
34. Flora Taylor 9 27 27 (did not attend this session)
35. Mary Taylor 7 27 27 (did not attend this session)
36. Caroline Sickess 14 8 8 (did not attend this session)
37. Everett Richards 5 19 19 (did not attend this session)
38. Wilham Ward 5 6 ˝ 7 (did not attend this session)
39. Melissa Sherman 9 98 ˝ 99
40. Frances Richards 11 64 64
41. Eva S. Marquissee 12 24 ˝ 25 (did not attend this session)
42. Frank Haxton 5 85 85
43. James Howe -- 92 ˝ 93
44. Edward Rawson 12 78 ˝ 79
45. Buel Rawson 15 80 80
46. Albert Rawson 5 70 70
47. Nettie Hutchison 5 13 ˝ 14 (did not attend this session)
48. Emma Howe 6 74 74
49. Frank Smith 9 56 ˝ 57
50. Howard Taylor 15 64 ˝ 65
51. Emmet Taylor 12 71 71
52. Rhoda Smith 12 59 ˝ 60
53. Charles Wheeland 18 65 ˝ 66
54. Eugene Covell 17 34 ˝ 35 (sporadic atten., last day Feb. 6, 1866)
55. Walter Deming 16 37 37
56. Jacob Kistner 16 55 55
57. Marion Smith 15 7 7 (did not attend this session)
58. Emma Miller 17 21 ˝ 22
59. Walter Rawson 18 54 54
60. William Rawson 19 43 ˝ 44
61. Theda Robinson 13 4 ˝ 5 (did not attend this session)
62. Emma Darrh 10 24 24 (ent. Feb. 1, 1866)
63. Martha Guinn 14 24 25 (ent. Feb. 5, 1866)
64. William Germond 12 14 ˝ 15 (ent. Feb. 13, 1865)
June 12, 1866 through August 31, 1866
Teacher: Miss Adelle Miller
E Attendance [Term had 58 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
1. Charles Hawley 9 57 ˝ 57 ˝
2. Augustus Goodspeed 5 52 ˝ 54
3. George Rawson 8 38 40
4. Frank Smith 10 44 ˝ 48
5. Ira Tompkins 8 52 53
6. Willie Miller 7 46 47
7. Solon Barnes 6 45 47
8. Elias Whaley 10 56 58
9. George Ward 8 57 ˝ 59
10. Lucy Covell 17 33 ˝ 34
11. Hattie Tompkins 16 57 57
12. Hellen Miller 13 38 38
13. Lucena Robbins 13 39 39
14. Cynthia Kuney 11 36 ˝ 37
15. Fannie McDougall 11 58 ˝ 59
16. Lettie Childs 9 39 ˝ 40
17. Rhoda Smith 12 46 46
18. Lodema/Lodena Tompkins 12 48 48
19. Rosabell Whaley 11 51 51
20. May Smith 5 58 ˝ 60
21. Addie Rice 8 58 ˝ 60
22. Jennie Childs 7 58 58
23. Mary Goodspeed 7 58 ˝ 60
24. Susie Ward 5 56 56
25. Libby Covell 8 44 ˝ 45
26. Ella Whaley 6 51 51
27. Wm. Parker 8 46 ˝ 47
28. Orlin Parker 13 54 54
29. Emma Rice 11 52 52
30. Hiram Tompkins 5 56 ˝ 57
31. Emma Darr 10 52 ˝? 54
32. Clara Squards? 6 54 54
33. Frank Haxton 6 30 ˝ 31
34. Herbert Richards 10 46 46 (last day Aug. 8, 1866)
35. Everett Richards 5 30 ˝ 31
36. Thomas Ainsworth 10 35 ˝ 36 (last day July 30, 1866)
37. Playford Wade 6 * *
38. Frances Richards 12 49 ˝ 50
39. Clara Richards 8 49 ˝ 50
40. Nettie Hutchinson 5 56 ˝ 57
41. Jennie Hutchinson 4 56 ˝ 57
42. Mary Taylor 8 46 ˝? 47 (last day Aug. 21, 1866)
43. Florence Taylor 10 37 ˝ 39 (last day Aug. 20, 1866)
44. Abram Platt 14 14 14 (last day July 17, 1866)
45. Rena Smith 15 17 17 (last day July 11, 1866)
46. Ida Fish 9 40 ˝ 45
47. Clara Fish 5 51 51
48. Horace Fish 7 50 ˝ 51
49. Sophronia Darling 8 13 13 (last day July 11, 1866)
50. Edmund Ward 4 21 21 (last day Aug. 10, 1866)
51. Huldah Ward 14 39 ˝ 40
52. Mary Gunn 10 20 ˝ 21 (last day Aug. 14, 1866)
53. Jane Culver 8 33 ˝ 34
54. Charlie Culver 4 -- -- (last day June 29, 1866)
55. Lizzie Hawley 4 20 20 (ent. June 27, 1866)
56. LaFayette Gunn 7 10 ˝ 11 (last day Aug. 10, 1866, sporadic attend.)
57. Flora Fish 12 44 ˝ 45
58. Hiram German 13 31 31
59. Terressa Smith 4 46 46
60. Eva Marquissee 13 31 31
61. Edward Rawson 14 14 ˝ 15
62. Robert E. Robinson 8 40 ˝ 41
63. John Culver 8 -- -- (June 26 - July 2, 1866)
64. Albert Rawson 6 6 6 (July 13 - July 23, 1866)
65. Mattie Guin 14 11 11 (July 10 - July 26, 1866)
Dec. 26, 1866 through March 29, 1867
Teacher: Jennie Gale [Cole?]
F Attendance [Term had 57 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
1. Jennie Sperry 7 56 ˝ 57
2. Nancy Rice 9 49 ˝ 51
3. Emma Rice 11 50 ˝ 52
4. Letta Childs 10 56 ˝ 57
5. Elizabeth Allen 7 46 48
6. Mary Gunn 11 38 ˝ 39
7. Frances Richards 13 48 48
8. Emma Darr 11 56 ˝ 58
9. Jane Culver 7 48 49
10. Fheba Barnes 7 46 46 (last day March 14, 1867)
11. Mary Goodspeed 7 58 59
12. Jennie Childs 8 55 ˝ 56
13. Libbie Covell 9 56 ˝ 57
14. Clara Richards 8 45 ˝ 46
15. James Allen 16 43 45
16. Emmet Taylor 13 45 ˝ 48
17. Edmund Woodard 15 58 ˝ 59
18. William Culver 16 50 ˝ 52
19. Frank Haxton 6 36 ˝ 37 (last day March 5, 1867)
20. George Rawson 9 53 54
21. Lafayette Gunn 8 46 47
22. Abram Platt 15 47 51
23. William Allen 8 52 ˝ 53
24. Frank Allen 5 41 ˝ 43
25. Augustus Goodspeed 6 56 57
26. James Culver 12 58 58
27. Willie Miller 7 52 ˝ 53
28. John Culver 9 55 55
29. [There was no student in this number position.]
30. Solon Barnes 6 51 ˝ 52
31. Everett Richards 6 45 ˝ 46
32. William Wheeland 15 5 5 (last day Dec. 31, 1866)
33. Polly Mitchell 13 47 47
34. Myra Mitchell 14 32 ˝ 33
35. Rhuann Mitchell 10 56 57
36. Frank Smith 10 41 ˝ 43
37. Eddie Rawson 14 42 ˝ 43
38. Walter Deming 17 50 ˝ 51?
39. Lena Robins 14 40 41
40. Phebe McNary 6 23 24 (sporadic attend., last day March 13, 1867)
41. Nettie Hutchinson 6 27 ˝ 28 (last day March 12, 1867)
42. Buell Rawson 16 33 34 (last day February 21, 1867)
43. Albert Rawson 7 38 ˝ 40 (last day March 12, 1867)
44. John Slaughter 16 13 -- (last day Feb. 1, 1867)
45. Thomas Ainsworth 10 51 ˝ 53
46. Abbie Morley 15 53 56
47. Charles Hawley 10 34 ˝ 37
48. Mary Slaughter 14 14 ˝ 15 (sporadic attend., last day Feb. 5, 1867)
49. David Taylor 15 43 45
50. Josephine Slaughter 12 12 12 (last day Feb. 1, 1867)
51. Helen Miller 14 53 54
52. Cynthia Kuney 11 44 ˝ 47
53. Carrie Kuney 9 50 52
54. Herbert Richards 11 41 ˝ 42
55. Lodema? Tompkins 13 30 ˝ 31
56. Melissa Sherman 10 51 ˝ 52
57. Martha Guin 15 34 ˝ 36 (Jan. 3 - March 14, 1867)
58. [There was no student in this number position.]
59. Ira Tompkins 8 29 ˝ 31 (Jan. 3 - Feb. 22, 1867)
60. Hiram Tompkins 5 8 8 (Jan. 4 - Feb. 5, sporadic attendance)
61. Orsemus? Smith 15 5 ˝ 6 (Jan. 7 - Jan. 14, 1867)
62. Alice Covell 16 35 35 (ent. Jan. 7, 1867)
63. Susie Kuney 14 36 ˝ 38 (ent. Jan. 7, 1867)
64. Lucy Covell 13 48 ˝ 49 (ent. Jan. 7, 1867)
65. Mary? Deming [faint] 20 44 45
66. Rhoda Smith 13 39 ˝ 40 (ent. Jan. 7, 1867)
67. May Smith [faint] 6 12 12 (Jan. 7 - March 12, 1867)
68. Eugene Covell 18 23 24 (Jan. 7 - March 4, 1867)
69. Playford Wade 7 19 20 (Jan. 7 - March 12, 1867)
70. Hiram Germond? [faint] 13 27 ˝ 30 (ent. Jan. 7, 1867)
71. Elias Whaley 11 29 ˝ 30 (ent. Jan. 7, 1867)
72. Fannie Sperry [faint)] 14? 23 ˝ 24 (Jan. 10 - Feb. 21, 1867)
73. Rosabell Whaley 12? 6 6 (Jan. 10 - Jan. 29, 1867)
74. Thomas? Taylor 11 15 15 (Jan. 29 - Feb. 26, 1867)
75. ------------------?* * 22 ˝ 23 (ent. Feb. 1, 1867)
76. ------------------?* * * *
77. Fannie McDougal 12 12 ˝ 13 (ent. Feb. 4, 1867)
78. John Russel 17 21 ˝ 22 (ent. Feb. 6, 1867)
79. Eliza Brown? [faint] 18 1 ˝ 2 (only attended Feb. 18 & 19, 1867)
80. Jennie Hutchinson [faint] 4 3 ˝ 4 (only attended Feb. 18 - Feb. 21, 1867)
81. Emma Miller 18 -- -- (did not attend this term, but name in roster)
May 13, 1867 through August 30, 1867
Teacher: Mary C. Deming
G Attendance [Term had 79 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
1. Florence Taylor 11 71 73
2. Lina? Genung 11 45 47 (last day July 26, 1867)
3. Ellen Wilcox 16 4 ˝ 5 (only attended May 13 - May 16, 1867)
4. Clara Richards 9 64 65
5. Lucy Bingham 7 73 75
6. Mary Goodspeed 8 74 ˝ 78
7. Addie Rice 9 73 ˝ 75
8. Mary Taylor 9 74 75
9. Lucena Robbins 14 12 ˝ 14 (last day June 25, 1867)
10. Frances Richards 13 70 71
11. Jane Culver 6 76 ˝ 77
12. Susie Rice 5 73 75
13. Jennie Childs 8 79 79
14. Lettie Childs 10 74 ˝ 75
15. Rhuann Mitchell 10 57 ˝ 59
16. Libbie Covell 9 76 76
17. Jennie Hutchinson 4 66 69
18. Nettie Hutchinson 6 68 68
19. Thurza Carothers 6 66 69
20. Carrie Kuney 10 66 69
21. Theda Robbinson 14 35 35 (last day July 30, 1867)
22. Lucy Covell 13 64 ˝ 65
23. Emma Rice 12 69 69
24. Cynthia Kuney 12 57 61
25. Hellen Miller 14 52 ˝ 61 (last day Aug. 6, 1867)
26. Emma Darr 11 70 ˝ 71
27. Willie Robinson 4 29 ˝ 36 (sporadic attendance)
28. Carrie Huston 4 69 ˝ 70
29. Myra Mitchell 14 11 14 (last day July 31, sporadic attendance)
30. Sophronia White 9 34 ˝ 35 (sporadic attendance)
31. Ida Fish 10 65 65
32. Clara Fish 6 66 66
33. Lizzie Hawley 5? 55 ˝ 58
34. Mary Gunn 11 16 16 (May 27 - June 25, 1867)
35. Fannie McDougal 12 24 27 (May 27 - June 25, 1867)
36. Bell Whaley 13 10 10 (June 6 - June 27, 1867)
37. Emma Williams 11 28 30 (ent. June 10, 1867)
1. Lucy Miller 8 69 75 (originally in boy’s list – lack of room)
2. Charles Hawley 10 69 ˝ 74
3. Thomas Ainsworth 10 70 ˝ 73
4. John Huston 9 76 ˝ 77
5. Robert Robbinson 9 71 74
6. Judson Robinson 4 69 ˝ 73
7. Solon Barnes 7 34 ˝ 35
8. Milton Childs 4 6 12 (last day June 4, 1865)
9. Augustus Goodspeed 6 72 ˝ 73
10. George Rawson 10 45 49
11. Franklin Bingham 13 37 42 (May 21- Aug. 15, 1867, sporadic)
12. Melvin Fuller 9 56 58 (May 22 - Aug. 2, 1867)
13. Horace Fish 8 68 68
14. Lafayette Gunn 8 53 ˝ 54 (ent. May 27, 1867)
15. Ernest Williams 8 28 29 (ent. May 27, 1867, sporadic attendance)
16. Elias Whaley 11 16 ˝ 17 (May 28 - June 28, 1867)
17. Everett Richards 6 51 51
18. Herbert Richards 11 8 ˝ 9 (June 3 - Aug. 12, 1867, sporadic)
19. Willie Gunn 6 3 ˝ 4 (June 4 - June 24, 1867, sporadic)
20. James Culver 12 3 ˝ 6 (June 5 - August 7, 1867, sporadic)
21. John Culver 10 13 ˝ 18 (June 5 - August 8, 1867, sporadic)
22. Charles Culver 5 59 ˝ 60 (ent. June 5, 1867)
23. Flora Fish 12 43 43 (ent. June 10, 1867)
24. Polly Mitchell 12 15 ˝ 16 (June 11 - July 25, 1867)
25. Hiram German 14 2 ˝ 3 (June 17 - July 8, sporadic)
26. Playford Wade 8 8 8 ((June 17 - July 8, 1867, sporadic)
27. Jessie Wade 5 3 3 (June 18 - June 24, 1867)
28. Melissa Sherman 10 38 43 (ent. June 25, 1867)
29. Milton Moore 12 39 ˝ 40 (ent. June 25, 1867)
30. Ella Sherman 6 38 ˝ 41 (ent. June 25, 1867)
31. Leander Moore 6 43 ˝ 44 (ent. June 26, 1867)
32. Florie Andrews 8 22 22 (ent. July 2, 1867, sporadic attendance)
33. Minnie Andrews 5 22 22 (ent. July 2, 1867, sporadic attendance)
34. Rhoda Smith 13 14 ˝ 15 (ent. August 12, 1867)
35. Emily Kanfordson? (faint) 15 9 ˝ 10 (ent. Aug. 19, 1867)
36. Willy? Kanfordson? (faint) 8 9 ˝ 10 (ent. August 19, 1867)
37. -----? Shaffert? (faint) 9 9 9 (ent. August 20, 1867)
Dec. 2, 1867 through Feb. 21, 1868 [estimated]
Teacher: Andrew Ainsworth
H Attendance [Term had 58 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[Note: Mr. Ainsworth did not write the dates over the columns of the register so all dates are estimated except the beginning of the term, Dec. 2, 1867, which was on a Monday. Holidays, if any, are not known except Christmas and New Years Day and are not figured in and could throw the dates off. ]
1. Cynthia Kuney 12 31 ˝ 33
2. Lena Robbins 15 37 39
3. Helen Miller 15 56 ˝ 57
4. Emma Rice 12 50 50
5. Clara Kuney 10 37 38
6. Addie Rice 10 52 52
7. Lettie Childs 11 58 59 (prob. an error – should be 57/58)
8. Carry Huston 6 39 ˝ 40 ["Carrie"]
9. Melissa Sherman 11 56 ˝ 57
10. Emma Darr 13 54 ˝ 55
11. Frances Richards 14 54 54
12. Lucy Covill 14 54 54
13. Fanny McDougal 13 32 32 (sporadic attendance)
14. Jane Culver 8 18 ˝ 19 (last day Jan. 14, 1868)
15. Nettie Hutchison 7 17 ˝ 18 (last day Dec. 26, 1867)
16. Phoebe McNary 7 52 52
17. Evangeline Childs 9 57 ˝ 58
18. Clara Richards 9 53 ˝ 54
19. Libby Covill 10 58 58
20. Mary Goodspeed 8 58 58
21. Mary Smith 7 39 39
22. Susan Rice 5 50 50
23. Lilly Robinson 4 56 ˝ 57
24. Lucy Bingham 10 53 53
25. Kuil Ann Mitchell 10 47 48
26. Ettie Sherman 7 36 37
27. Jennie Hutchison 5 4 4 (Dec. 4, 1867 - Dec. 9, 1867)
28. Samanthy Lash 13 49 ˝ 50 (ent. Dec. 9, 1867)
29. Rhoda Smith 14 49 ˝ 50 (ent. Dec. 9, 1867)
30. Theda Robinson 15 38 39 (ent. Dec. 9, 1867)
31. Drusilla Hobbs 14 7 7 (Dec. 9 - Dec. 23, 1867)
32. Florence Taylor 12 37 ˝ 38 (ent. Dec. 9, 1867)
33. Abby Morley 16 25 26 (ent. Dec. 10, 1867)
34. Mary Gunn 12 31 31 (ent. Dec. 10, 1867)
35. Adella Guin 20 46 46 (ent. Dec. 16, 1687)
36. Florence White 10 32 32 (ent. Dec. 18, 1687)
37. Polly Mitchell 13 22 22
1. John Huston 9 57 57
2. Thomas Ainsworth 11 50 ˝ 53
3. George Rawson 10 57 ˝ 58
4. Edward Woodward 14 58 58
5. Walter Deming 17 54 56
6. Charles Hawley 11 53 ˝ 54
7. James Culver 13 32 32 (last day Jan. 21, 1868)
8. Hiram German 14 44 45
9. Franklin Bingham 13 57 57
10. Abram Platt 14 32 ˝ 37
11. Augustus Goodspeed 7 57 ˝ 58
12. Everett Richards 7 45 45
13. Willie Miller 8 54 54
14. Robert Robinson 9 57 57
15. Lafayette Gunn 9 47 ˝ 48
16. John Robinson 5 47 47
17. Charlie Culver 5 28 ˝ 29 (last day Jan. 21, 1868)
18. William Culver 16 28 29 (last day Jan. 21, 1868)
19. Milton More 13 45 46 (last day Feb. 7, 1868)
20. Milton Childs 5 48 49
21. Elias Whaley 12 36 ˝ 39 (last day Feb. 10, 1868)
22. Herbert Richards 12 39 ˝ 40
23. John Culver 10 32 32 (last day Jan. Jan. 24, 1868)
24. Winfield Lash 15 52 ˝ 53
25. William Taylor 13 46 48
26. Frank Smith 11 42 ˝ 44
27. Howard Taylor 16 47 48
28. Charles Bingham 15 49 ˝ 50
29. Fredd White 12 30 30 (ent. Dec. 16, 1867, sporadic)
30. Clarence Darr 9 31 31 (Dec. 13, 1867 - Feb. 5, 1868)
31. Playford Wade 8 25 ˝ 26 (Dec. 13, 1867 – Jan. 17, 1868)
32. [erased name] 20 32 -- (Dec. 31, 1867 – Jan. 13, 1868)
33. Solon Barnes 7 32 33 (ent. Jan. 2, 1868)
34. Leander More 8 25 ˝ 27 (ent. Jan. 8, 1868)
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
This is a roster, on its own page, with only four names. No teacher is named and no dates are written in above the columns.
1. Orrena? Jones (faint) 10 32 32
2. Sally? Jones (faint) 5 10 10
3. Virginia Jones 7 33 33
4. Mary Mitchell 15 29 29
May 11, 1868 through Sept. 4, 1868
Teacher: Anstis G. Gates
J Attendance [Term had 80 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[Note: Mr. Gates did not write the dates over the columns of the register so all dates are estimated except the beginning of the term (May 11) and the end of the term (Sept. 4). There were not enough columns for all of the calendar dates in this term . Evidently there were some days off during this term – probably an August break seen in other summer rosters. One would need to know the school calendar to more accurately date each column. ]
1. Samantha Lash 14 54 54
2. Salina? Lash 5 60 60
3. Libbie Covell 10 71 71
4. Lizzie Hawley 5 52 53
5. Clara Richards 10 64 64
6. Melissa Sherman 11 27 27 (last day June 30, 1868)
7. Ettie Sherman 7 57 58
8. Cynthia Kuney 13 32 33 (sporadic attendance)
9. Addie Rice 11 65 65
10. Rhoda McNary 8 48 49 (last day July 31, 1868)
11. Fannie McDougal -- 29 29 (sporadic attendance)
12. Mary Goodspeed 9 77 77 (last day Aug. 4, 1868)
13. Nettie Hutchinson 7 54 55 (last day Aug. 4. 1868)
14. Jennie Hutchinson 5 49 50 (last day Aug. 4, 1868)
15. Carrie Huston -- 57 58
16. Ellen Whaley 8 21 22 (last day June 16, 1868)
17. Ida Fish 12 29 30
18. Clara Fish 7 53 53
19. Rhunann Mitchell 11 41 42 (last day July 31, 1868)
20. Mary Taylor 10 51 52
21. Lucy Bingham 10 51 52 (last day Aug. 5, 1868)
22. Thurza Crothers 7 73 73
23. Lilly Robbinson 5 77 77
24. Susan Rice 5 70 70
25. Emma Rice 12 20 20 (last day June 9, 1868)
26. Flora Taylor 12 55 56
27. Helen Miller 15 14 14 (last day July 3, 1868)
28. Jessie Waide 6 62 62
29. Lucy Covell 14 -- -- (attend. May 12, 13 & July 7, 1868)
30. Frances Richards 14 -- -- (attend. May 14,15,19, July 2, ’68)
31. May Smith 7 58 59?
32. Lucenia Robbins 15 -- -- (attended May 18, 19, & 20, 1868)
33. Nancy Rice 4 14 14 (sporadic attendance)
34. Emma L. Doane 9 66 66
35. Velma E. Doane 7 65 66
36. Emma Darr 12 49 49 (last day July 31, 1868)
37. Teresa Smith 6 55 56
38. Thomas Ainsworth 11 71 72
39. Elias Whaley -- -- -- (did not attend after May 19, 1868)
40. John Robbinson 5 78 79
41. William Miller 9 64 65
42. Lafayette Gunn 9 57 57
43. Robert E. Robbinson 10 69 70
44. Leander Moore 7 68 68
45. Augustus Goodspeed 7 78 78
46. Lorin Barnes 5 71 72
47. Albert Mitchell 5 52 52
48. Charlew Hawley 11 52 52
49. Playford Waide 8 68 68
50. John Huston 10 48 48
51. Everett Richards 8 58 58
52. Fransisco Fish 5 53 54 (ent. May 14, 1868)
53. Frank L. Robbins 6 11 11 (May 18 - June 9, 1868)
54. James W. Crawford 5 -- -- (May 18 - May 21, 1868)
55. Solon W. Barnes 8 64 65 (ent. May 19, 1868)
56. George L. Rawson 11 49 50 (ent. May 20, 1868)
57. Abram Platt 16 19 20 (May 25 - July 31, 1868)
58. William Gunn 6 39? 39? (ent. June 4, 1868)
59. Horace Fish 9 35 35 (ent. June 8, 1868)
60. Polly J. Mitchell 13 -- -- (May 25, 27, 28, 1868)
61. Delilah Gunn 5 -- -- (May 27 - July 7, 1868)
62. Myra Mitchell 15 14 14 (July 6 - August 5, 1868)
63. Mary Broadhead 10 31 32 (ent. July 9, 1868)
64. Elmer Broadhead 5 28 28 (ent. July 9, 1868)
65. George Becker 10 10 11 (July 22 - Aug. 12, 1868)
66. Julia Becker 7 -- -- (July 22 - Aug. 4, 1868)
67. Sophronia White 10 -- -- (Aug. 4 - Aug. 14, 1868)
Dec. 7, 1868 through March 12, 1869
Teacher: Anstis G. Gates
K Attendance [Term had 69 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[Note: Mr. Gates did not write the dates over the columns of the register but, when entered in pencil (July, 1999), there is a column for each calendar day of the term so the entered dates are probably correct.]
1. Thomas Ainsworth 12 64 64
2. John Houstin 10 52 ˝ 53
3. Millon Moore 14 59 ˝ 60
4. George Rawson 12 55 ˝ 56
5. Leland Doane 14 61 ˝ 62
6. Whitworth Broadhead 13 15 ˝ 16 (last day Dec. 30, 1868)
7. Augustus Goodspeed 8 65 ˝ 66
8. Albert Mitchell 5 33 33 (last day March 1, sporadic)
9. Robert E. Robinson 10 65 ˝ 66
10. Edmund Woodward 15 66 ˝ 67
11. Elliot Putnam 16 18 19 (last day Jan. 19, 1869)
12. Emmet Taylor 14 65 65
13. Howard Taylor 16 55 55
14. William Miller 9 54 54
15. Everett Richards 8 44 44
16. Arther Putnam 12 5 ˝ 9 (last day Dec. 18, 1868)
17. Charles Bingham 16 64 64
18. Franklin Bingham 14 61 61
19. Elmer Broadhead 6 17 17 (last day Dec. 31, 1868)
20. William F. Flagg 9 62 62
21. Elias Whaley 13 55 55
22. Herbert Richards 13 52 52
23. La Fayette Gunn 10 51 51
24. Walter Deming 18 54 ˝ 55
25. George Kellogg 8 53 ˝ 54 (last day March 3, 1869)
26. Monroe Kellogg 6 30 ˝ 31 (last day March 2, 1869, sporadic)
27. Abram Platt 16 32 ˝ 33 (last day Feb. 18, 1869)
28. Lorin Barnes 5 48 ˝ 49 (ent. Dec. 14, 1868)
29. Leander Moore -- 61 ˝ 62 (ent. Dec. 15, 1868)
30. Alfred Fox 18 47 47 (Dec. 18, 1868 - Mar. 3, 1869)
31. Solon Barnes 8 46 46 (ent. Dec. 18, 1868)
32. Frank Smith 12 32 ˝ 33 (ent. Dec. 21, 1868, sporadic)
33. Hiram Germond 15 19 19 (Dec. 21, 1868 - Jan. 28, 1869)
34. Playford Waide 9 48 48 (ent. Dec. 21, 1868)
35. Judson Robbinson 12 10 10 (ent. Dec. 28, 1868, sporadic)
36. Marshall Prouty 12 24 ˝ 27 (ent. Jan. 25, 1869)
37. Emma Darrh 13 13 13 (last day Dec. 24, 1868)
38. Mary Broadhead 10 14 14 (last day Dec. 31, 1868)
39. Polly J. Mitchell 14 45 ˝ 46
40. Lilly Robbinson 5 47 ˝ 55
41. Mary Goodspeed 9 63 63
42. Velma E. Doane 9 66 66
43. Emma L. Doane 11 63 ˝ 64
44. Mary Gunn 13 49 49
45. Clara Richards 10 59 ˝ 60
46. Theda Robbinson 16 7 ˝ 8 (last day Dec. 28, 1868)
47. Lucenia Robbins 16 41 ˝ 42
48. Cass McLeavy 17 57 ˝ 58
49. Addis Rice 11 61 61
50. Carrie Hustin 7 52 ˝ 53
51. Susie Rice 6 63 63
52. Rhuan Mitchell 11 7 7 (last day Jan. 18, 1869)
53. Cynthia Kuney 14 50 50
54. Hattie Haxton 6 34 34 (last day Feb. 19, 1869)
55. Emma Rice 13 32 32 (last day Feb. 1, 1869)
56. Lilly Blackman 7 25 25 (Dec. 18, 1868 - Jan. 25, 1869)
57. Ettie Sherman 8 42 ˝ 43 (Dec. 21, 1868 - Mar. 12, 1869)
58. Frances Richards 15 34 34 (ent. Dec. 21, 1868)
59. Frances Batay 10 48 48 (ent. Dec. 21, 1868)
60. Abby J. Batay 5 42 ˝ 43 (ent. Dec. 21, 1868)
61. Florence Taylor 13 36 36 (ent. Dec. 29, 1868)
62. Emily Blackman 5 18 ˝ 19 (Dec. 29, 1868 - Jan. 25, 1869)
63. Myra Mitchell 16 34 ˝ 35 (ent. Jan. 4, 1869)
64. Rhoda Smith 15 36 ˝ 37 (ent. Jan. 4, 1869)
65. Mary Prouty 14 12 12 (Jan. 12 - Feb. 11, 1869)
66. Fannie McDougal 14 19 ˝ 20 (Jan. 18 - Feb. 16, 1869)
67. Phebe Flagg 7 33 ˝ 34 (ent. Jan. 25, 1869)
68. Hattie Flagg [faint] 5 31 ˝ 32 (ent. Jan. 25, 1869)
69. Helen Miller 16 24 ˝ 25 (ent. Jan. 27, 1869)
70. Elizabeth Dames [Dawes?] 10? 22 22 (ent. Jan. 25, 1869)
71. Jessie Wade 8 19 19 (Jan. 25? - Feb. 4, 1869)
72. May Smith 8 17 ˝ 18 (ent. Jan. 29, 1869)
73. Lucy Covell 15 17 ˝ 18 (ent. Feb. 15. 1869)
May 31, 1869 through September 4, 1869
Teacher: Geo. A. Sickys?
L Attendance [Term had 59 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[This teacher did not total up the days attended. But the original register does have slash marks for days attended. Those interested can add up these marks themselves. There was no school between August. 9 and August 20, 1869.]
1. G. L. Rawson 11 (last day June 16, 1869)
2. C. A. Goodspeed 8
3. Mary Goodspeed 10
4. Nettie Hutchison 8
5. Jennie Hutchison 6
6. Byron Hutchison 4
7. Sophia Miller 12 (she attended only May 31 & June 1, 1868)
8. Carl Miller 8
9. Edward Robinson 11
10. Judson Robinson 6
11. Lucy Bingham 11
12. Lily Robinson 6
13. James Barnes 5 (sporadic attendance)
14. Solon Barnes 9 (sporadic attendance)
15. Clara Richards 11
16. Everett Richards 8
17. Ellen Whaley 9
18. G. H. Kellog 8
19. J. M. Kellog 6
20. Ettie Sherman 8 (last day June 10, 1869)
21. Willie Flagg 9
22. Emma Doane 12
23. Velma Doane 9
24. Francisco Fish 6
25. Ida Fish 12
26. F. L. Robbins 7
27. Lafayette Gunn 10
28. Adaline Rice 12
29. Nancy Rice 6 (last day July 6, 1869)
30. Cynthia Kuney 14 (last day Aug. 3, 1869)
31. Jesse Wade 7 (last day July 26, 1869)
32. Playford Wade 9 (last day July 27, 1869)
33. Emily Blackman 6
34. Lily Blackman 7
35. Christina Miller 5
36. Hattie Flagg 6
37. Phebe Flagg [Pheba?] 7
38. Mary Taylor 11 (last day Aug. 4, 1869)
39. Horace Fish 12
40. Albert Whaley 6 (last day Aug. 26, 1869)
41. Clara Fish 8
42. Alba Mitchell 5
43. Christina Crissinger 12 (last day June 29, 1869)
44. Willie Gunn 7 (last day July 6, 1869)
45. Catherine Crissinger 9 (last day June 29, 1869)
46. Violetta Cruthers 8 (June 1 - June 7, 1869)
47. Willie Miller 10
48. Walter Wilcox 5 (sporadic attendance)
49. Rhuann Mitchell 12
50. Frank Emory 9
51. Delilah Gunn 6 (last day July 23, 1869)
52. Mary Prouty 14 (June 7 - June 17, ’69, sporadic)
53. Marshall Prouty 12 (June 7 - July 27, ‘69, sporadic)
54. Willie Crawford 6 (June 7 - June 25, 1869)
55. Sophronia Darling 11 (June 11 - Aug. 5, 1869)
56. May Smith 8 (ent. June 14, 1869)
57. Theresa Smith 7 (ent. June 14, 1869)
58. Leander More 8? (ent. June 14, 1869)
59. Florence White 11 (June 15 - June 25, 1869)
60. Elias Whaley ` 13 (only attended June 17, 1869)
61. Ira More 5 (ent. June 24, 1869)
November 15, 1869 through March 4,
Teacher: M. J. Goodrich
M Attendance [Term had 79 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[This teacher did not break attendance down into actual and legal categories. ]
[Note: his page is a beautiful example of Spencerian script.]
1. Walter Deming 19 76
2. Leland Doane 15 77 ˝
3. Emmit Taylor 16 56 ˝
4. Franklin Bingham 15 71 ˝
5. Hurburt [sic] Richards 13 65
6. James E. Howe 12 11 Nov. 29 - Dec. 31, 1869, sporadic)
7. Geo Rawson 12 77 ˝
8. Marshall Prouty 12 66 ˝
9. Daniel Parmer 12 69 ˝
10. Edwin Robinson 11 71 ˝
11. Playford Wade 10 56
12. Frank Emory 10 54 ˝
13. Willie Flagg 9 46 ˝
14. Augustus Goodspeed 9 70 ˝
15. Everet [sic] Richards 9 65
16. Azra Parmer 9 70
17. Edmund Woodward 16 65 ˝
18. Leander Moore 9 58 ˝
19. Carl Miller 8 67
20. Elsa Whaley 14 49
21. Chas Bingham 18 56
22. Judson Robinson 7 64
23. Byron Hutchinson 6 69
24. Walter Wilcox 5 68
25. Ira Moore 5 64 ˝
26. Frank Smith 13 24 1/2 (Nov. 23 - Dec. 28, 1869)
27. Howard Taylor 17 46 (ent. Nov. 29, 1869)
28. Simeon Wetmore 19 60 ˝ (ent. Nov. 29, 1869)
29. Alfred Fox 18 22 (Nov. 29, 1869 - Jan. 6, 1870)
30. Lafayette Gunn 11 60 (ent. Nov. 29, 1869)
31. Milton Moore 15 51 ˝ (ent. Nov. 29, 1869)
32. James Barnes 6 5 ˝ (Nov. 29 - Dec. 6, 1869)
33. Eugene A. Myer 17 13 ˝ (Nov. 29 - Dec. 17, 1869)
34. Theda Robinson 16 11 (Nov. 23 - Dec. 10, 1869)
35. Cena? Robins 14 12 ˝ (Nov. 23 - Dec. 10, 1869)
36. Frandy Richards [Frances] 16 65 ˝ (ent. Nov. 23, 1869)
37. Rhoda Smith 16 30 (ent. Nov. 23, 1869, sporadic attendance)
38. Miram? Mitchell 16 53
39. Mary Prouty 15 50
40. Rosabell Whaley 15 57 ˝
41. Florence Taylor 14 42 (last day Feb. 11, 1870)
42. Polly Mitchell 14 53
43. Emma Rice 14 42
44. Adda Rice 13 33 (sporadic attendance)
45. Rhuan Mitchell 12 69
46. Sophia Miller 12 68
47. Lucy Bingham 12 15 (last day Dec. 28, 1869)
48. Clara Richards 11 76
49. Mary Goodspeed 10 71 ˝
50. Ellen Whaley 10 14 (last day Dec. 3, 1869)
51. Druzilla Howe/House/Houtt? 10 5 (last day Dec. 8, 1869, sporadic)
52. Melitta Hutchinson 9 61
53. Feebe Flagg 8 68 ˝
54. Jennie Hutchinson 7 65
55. Hattie Flagg 6 65
56. Dora Howe 6 9 (last day Dec. 15, 1869)
57. Emma Blackman 6 65 ˝ (ent. Dec. 22, 1869)
58. Lila Blackman 8 69 (ent. Dec. 22, 1869)
59. Mary Gunn 14 31 ˝ (Nov. 29, 1869 - Jan. 3, 1870)
60. May Smith 9 65 ˝ (ent. Nov. 30, 1869)
61. Tresy Smith 7 65 ˝? (ent. Nov. 30, 1869)
62. Carie McClarey 19? 57 ˝ (ent. Dec. 6, 1869)
63. Dora M. Richards 6 47 (ent. Dec. 20, 1869)
64. ----? Penney? (faint) 14 25 (Dec. 20, 1869 - Jan. 31, 1870)
65. Albert Whaley 4 41 ˝ (ent. Dec. 28, 1869)
66. Elmer Rice 5 8 ˝? (no marks in reg., but given 8 ˝ days total)
May 2, 1870 through July 22, 1870
Teacher: M. J. Goodrich
N Attendance [Term had 58 days.]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[This teacher did not break attendance down into actual and legal categories. ]
1. Clara Richards 12 54
2. Emma L. Doane 13 53
3. Cynthia Kuney 15 49
4. Mary Goodspeed 11 53 ˝
5. Mary Bisk/Brik? 15 36 (last day July 24, 1870)
6. Gusty Goodspeed [Augustus] 9 51
7. James E. Howe 13 29 (last day June 23, 1870)
8. Dante Parmer 13 21 (sporadic attendance)
9. Emma D. Howe 10 17 (last day June 3, 1870)
10. Minetta Hutchison 10 52
11. Velma E. Doane 11 55
12. Azro Parmer 10 22 (sporadic attendance)
13. Everit [sic] Richards 10 30 (sporadic attendance)
14. Jennie Hutchison 8 50
15. Leander Moore 9 50 ˝
16. May Smith 8 47 ˝
17. Dora M. Richards 7 53
18. Dora Howe 7 25 ˝ (sporadic attendance)
19. Lilla Blackman 8 49
20. Emma Blackman 7 52
21. Byron Hutchison 6 42 ˝
22. Walter Wilcox 6 56 ˝
23. John H. Fish 7 53
24. Jerome Wilcox 8 56 ˝
25. Delila Gunn 7 43 ˝
26. Julius Dow 5 3 ˝ (last day May 10, 1870)
27. Nancie Rice 6 38
28. Alba Mitchell 7 40 ˝
29. Ida A. Howe 5 17 (last day June 24, 1870)
30. Willie Richards 5 32 ˝ (last day June 30, 1870)
31. Eva Moore 6 48 ˝
32. Frank Johnson 5 21 (last day June 3, 1870)
33. Walter Richards 5 22 (last day June 30, 1870)
34. Lafayette Gunn 11 36 ˝
35. Lucy Bingham 12 19 (last day June 22, 1870)
36. Lilly C. Robinson 7 9 (May 9 - May 23, 1870)
37. Judson Robinson 7 34 (last day July 8, 1870)
38. Addie Rice 13 10 ˝ last day June 3, 1870)
39. Thursy Cruthers 9 6 ˝ (last day June 1, 1870)
40. James W. Crawford 7 6 (last day May 19, 1870)
41. Frank L. Robins 8 23 ˝ (sporadic attendance)
42. Elmer Rice 5 27 (last day July 1, 1870)
43. Jessy Wade 8 24 ˝ (sporadic attendance)
44. Ida Fish 13? 44 (ent. May 16, 1870)
45. Clara Fish 9 46 (ent. May 16, 1870)
46. Horace Fish 13? 45 (ent. May 16, 1870)
47. Francisco Fish 7 45 (ent. May 16, 1870)
48. Rhuan Mitchell 13 25 ˝ (ent. May 16, 1870)
49. Geo Rawson 12 3 (May 16 – May 18, 1870)
50. Frank Smith 13 25 ˝ (May 16 – June 30, 1870)
51. Edwin Robinson 12 15 (May 16 – June 3, 1870)
52. Playford Wade 11 28 ˝ (ent. May 16, 1870)
53. John Hall? 11 37 (ent. May 16, 1870)
54. May Smith 9 44 ˝ (ent. May 16, 1870)
55. Mary Taylor 12 32 (ent. May 16, 1870)
56. Cassy Mitchell 5 32 (ent. May 16, 1870)
57. Saphrona White 12 13 (May 23 – June 24, 1870)
58. Carl Miller 9 30 ˝ (ent. May 24, 1870)
59. Gusta Miller [Augusta] 6 39 (ent. May 24, 1870)
60. Mary Prowty [Prouty] 15 1 (May 31, 1870 only)
61. J. L. Barnes [Julia] 6 11 June 6 – July 22, 1870, sporadic)
62. Herbert Richards 13 4 (June 14 – 17, 1870)
63. Mary [May?] Hutchison 4? 26 ˝
May 1, 1871 through July 21, 1871
Teacher: Abbie S. Morley
O Attendance [Term had 59 days]
Scholars Age Actual Legal Comment [*means data missing]
[This teacher did not break attendance down into actual and legal categories. ]
1. Nettie Hutchinson 10 40
2. Emily Blackman 7 41 ˝
3. Lillie Blackman 9 51 ˝
4. Mary Goodspeed 12 30 ˝ (last day June 20, 1871)
5. Velma Doane 12 20 (last day June 1, 1871)
6. Nancy Rice 7 50
7. Delilah Gunn 8 28 (last day June 15, 1871)
8. Dora Richards 8 56 ˝
9. Jessie Wade 9 35 ˝ (sporadic attendance)
10. Rhuan Mitchell 14 42
11. Clara Richards 13 51
12. Mary Taylor 14 27 ˝ (sporadic attendance)
13. Emma Doane 16 54
14. Emma Howe 14 23 ˝ (last day June 30, 1871)
15. Ida Howe 6 38 12 (last day July 5, 1871)
16. Dora Howe 8 38 ˝ (last day July 5, 1871)
17. Nettie McCormick 6 41 ˝ (last day July 14, 1871)
18. Hattie Doane 9 56
19. Millie Cozens 11 46
20. Jennie Hutchinson 8 51 ˝
21. Pollie Mitchell 16 2 (only attended May 1 & 2, 1871)
22. Cassie Mitchell 5 48 ˝
23. Mary Hutchinson 4 32 (sporadic attendance)
24. Augusta Miller 7 40 ˝
25. May Smith 10 30 (ent. May 22, 1871)
26. Theresa Smith 9 28 ˝ (ent. May 23, 1871)
27. Carrie Blackman 4 25 ˝ (ent. May 15, 1871, sporadic)
28. Pheobe Barnes 12 8 (June 17 – July 5, 1871)
1. Walter Wilcox 6 31 (last day June 22, 1871)
2. Ira Moore 6 39 ˝
3. Elmer Rice 6 48
4. Byron Hutchinson 6 52
5. James Howe 14 13 ˝ (last day June 29, 1871, sporadic)
6. Augustus Goodspeed 10 23 ˝ (sporadic attendance)
7. Leander Moore 10 27 ˝ (sporadic attendance)
8. Frank Haines 9 34 (last day July 11, 1871, sporadic)
9. Melvine? Hanes 5 38 ˝ (last day July 12, 1871)
10. Julius Dolwe 6 52 ˝
11. Jerome Wilcox 9 56 ˝
12. Joshua Cozens 9 45 ˝
13. Jay Hains 7 34 (last day July 13, 1871, sporadic)
14. Albie Mitchell 9 49
15. Frank Robbins 9 31 1/2 (sporadic attendance)
16. Layfayette Gunn 12 21 (last day June 13, 1871)
17. James Cozens 13 14 ˝ (last day June 23, 1871)
18. Evart [sic] Richards 10 24 ˝ (last day June 29, 1871)
19. Willie Richards 6 30 (sporadic attendance)
20. Walter Richards 6 29 (sporadic attendance)
21. Playford Wade 11 10 (May 16 – June 20, 1871, sporadic)
22. Carl Miller 10 25 (May 16 – June 16, 1871)
23. Albert Whaley 8 3 \
ALPHA LIST OF TAYLORVILLE SCHOOL REGISTER (1864-1871)
The number following the name is the scholar’s age as recorded by the teacher. The letter is a code which refers to the class the scholar was in. Names are spelled according to best judgment and as seen most commonly in the register but one should be aware of possible variations. This index is part 3 of a set which includes, (1) "Saga of Taylorsville, Iowa" written by Charles L. Robbins in 1947, (2) Fairfield School Register, and (3) this index.
Ainsworth Thomas 8A 8B 9C 9D 10E 10F 10G 11H 11J 12K
Allen Elizabeth 7F
Allen Frank 5F
Allen James 16F
Allen William 8F
Andrews Florie 8G
Andrews Minnie 5G
Barnes Fheba? 7F
Barnes Julia L. 11A 14B [see also Julia L. Smith]
Barnes James 5L 6M 6N
Barnes Lorin 5J 5K
Barnes Phoebe 12O
Barnes Solon 6E 6F 7G 7H 8J 8K 9L
Batay Abby J. 5K
Batay Frances 10K
Becker George 10J
Becker Julia 7J
Bingham Charles 15H 16K 18M
Bingham Franklin 13G 13H 14K 15M
Bingham Lucy 7G 10H 10J 11L 12M 12N
Bisk/Brik? Mary 15N
Bissell Keziah/Kaziah 11A 11B 11C 11D
Bissell Mary 13A 13B 13C 13D
Bissell Nancy 8A 9B 9C 9D
Blackman Carrie 4O
Blackman Emily/Emma 5K 6L 6M 7N 7O
Blackman Lillie/Lilly/Lily 7K 7L 8M 8N 9O [also Lila/Lilla]
Broadhead Elmer 5J 6K
Broadhead Mary 10J 10K
Broadhead Whitworth 13K
Brooks [Brooks children attended the Brooks School.]
Brown? Eliza [faint] 18F
Campbell George 15A
Carothers [see Cruthers]
Childs Evangeline 9H
Childs Jennie 6A 6B 6C 6D 7E 8F 8G
Childs Lettie/Letta 8A 8B 9C 9D 9E 10F 10G 11H
Childs Milton 4G 5H
Covell/Covelle Alice 14A 14B 14C 14D 16F
Covell Elizabeth 7C 7D
Covell Emma 16A 16B
Covell Eugene 16A 17C 17D 18F
Covell Libbie/Libby 7A 7B 8E 9F 9G 10H 10J
Covell/[e]/Covill Lucy 11A 11B 12C 12D 12E 13F 13G 14H 14J 15K 17E
Cozens James 13O
Cozens Joshua 9O
Cozens Millie 11O
Crawford James W. 5J 7N
Crawford Willie 6L
Crissinger Catherine 9L
Crissinger Christina 12L
Crothers [see "Cruthers"]
Cruthers Thurza/Thurzy 6G 7J 9N
Cruthers Violetta 8L
Culver Charles 4E 5G 5H
Culver James 9A 12F 12G 13H
Culver Jane 6G* 7F 8E 8H *[age error?]
Culver John 7A 8E 9F 10G 10H
Culver William 14A 16F 16H
Dames Eliz. [Dawes?] 10K
Darling Sophronia 8E 11L [a.k.a. "Sophrenia"]
Darr Clarence 9H
Darr/Darrh Emma 9A 10D 10E 11F 11G 12H 12J 13K
Dawes Elizabeth [see "Dames"]
Deming Mary? [faint] 20F
Deming Walter 15A 16C 16D 17F 17H 18K 19M
Doane Emma L. 9J 11K 12L 13N 16O
Doane Hattie 9O
Doane Leland 14K 15M
Doane Velma E. 7J 9K 9L 11N 12O
Dow/Dowe Julius 5N 6O
Eaton Adelbert 14A
Eaton Laverna R. 8A 9B
Eaton Sarah M. 12A
Emory Frank 9L 10M
Fish Clara 5E 6G 7J 8L 9N
Fish Flora 12E 12G 13B
Fish Francisco 5J 6L 7N
Fish Horace 7B 7E 8G 9J 12L 13N
Fish Ida 9E 10G 12J 12L 13?N
Fish John H. 7N
Flagg Hattie 5K 6L 6M
Flagg Phebe/Feebie 7K 7L 8M [Pheba?]
Flagg William F. 9K 9L 9M
Fox Alfred 18K 18M
Fuller Melvin 9G
Genung Lina? 11G
German [see "Germond"]
Germond Anna 13A 13C 13D
Germond Hiram 10A 12D 13E 13F 14G 14H 15K
Germond William 12D
Goodspeed Augustus/Gusty 5E 6F 6G 7H 7J 8K 9M 9N 10O
Goodspeed C. A. 8L
Goodspeed Mary 5A 6B 6C 6D 7E 7F 8G 8H 9J 9K 10L 10M 11N 12O
Guin [see also "Gunn"]
Guin Martha E. 13A 14D 15F
Guin Mary Ann 18A
Guin Adella 20H
Guin Dell 17A
Guin Mattie 14E
Gunn [see also "Guin"]
Gunn Delilah 5J 6L 7N 8O
Gunn Lafayette 7E 8F 8G 9H 9J 10K 10L 11M 11N 12O
Gunn Mary 10E 11F 11G 12H 13K 14M
Gunn William 6G 6J 7L
Haines Frank 9O
Haines Melvine? 5O
Hains Jay 7O
Hall John 11N
Hawley Charles E. 8A 8B 8C 8D 9E 10F 10G 11H 11J
Hawley Lizzie 4E 5?G 5J
Haxton Frank 5D 5C 6D 6E 6F
Haxton Hattie 6K
Hobbs Drusilla/Drucilla 10A 11B 14H
Houstin John 10K
How [see "Howe"]
Howe Dora 6M 7N 8O
Howe/House? Druzilla 10M
Howe Emma D. 6C 6D 10N 14O
Howe Ida A. 5N 6O
Howe James/James E. --C --D 12M 13N 14O
Hustin [see "Huston"]
Huston Carrie/Carry 4G 6H --J 7K
Huston John 9G 9H 10J
Hutchinson Byron 4L 6M 6N 6O
Hutchinson Jennie 4E 4F 4G 5H 5J 6L 7M 8N 8O
Hutchinson Mary 4N 4O
Hutchinson Melitta 9M
Hutchinson Minetta 10N
Hutchinson Nettie 5C 5D 5E 6F 6G 7H 7J 8L 10O
Hutchison [see "Hutchinson"]
Johnson Frank 5N
Jones Orrena? [faint] 10I
Jones Sally? [faint] 5I
Jones Virginia 7I
Kanfordson? Emily [faint] 15G
Kanfordson? Willie [faint] 8G
Kellog[g] J. M. 6L
Kellog[g] George/G. H. 8K 8L
Kellog[g] Monroe 6K
Kistner Jacob 16A 16C 16D
Kistner John 10A
Kuney Carrie 9F 10G
Kuney Clara 10H
Kuney Cynthia A. 9A 10B 10C 10D 11E 11F 12G 12H 13J 14K 14L 14M? 15N
Kuney Susan 12A 13B 13C 13D 14F
Lash Salina 5J
Lash Samantha/-y 13H 14J
Lash Winfield 15H
Lovell Alice 14C
Lovell Lucy 12C
Marquissee Eva S. 11A 12B 12C 12D 13E
Marquissee Mary J. 14A
McClarey Carrie 19?M
McCormick Nettie 6O
McDougal Fannie/Fanny 10A 10C 10D 11E 12F 12G 13H --J 14K
McDougal William 14A
McLeavy Cass 17K
McNary Phebe/Phoebe/-a 6F 7H 8J
Miller Augusta/Gusta 6N 7O
Miller Carl 8L 8M 9N 10O
Miller Christina 5L
Miller Emma 16B 17C 17D 18F
Miller Helen/Hellen 12A 12B 12C 12D 13E 14F 14G 15H 15J 16K
Miller L---- 8G
Miller Sophia 12L 12M
Miller William 6B 6C 6D 7E 7F 8H 9J 9K 10L
Mitchell Alba/Albie 5L 7N 9O
Mitchell Albert 5 J 5K
Mitchell Cassie/Cassy 5N 5O
Mitchell Kuil Ann 10H
Mitchell Mary 15I
Mitchell Myra 14F 14G 15J 16K
Mitchell Myram? 16M
Mitchell Polly J./Pollie. 12G 13F 13H 13J 14K 14M 16O
Mitchell Rhuan/Rhuann 10F 11G 11J 11K 12L 12M 13N 14O
Moore [also see "More"]
Moore Ira 5L 5M 6N 6O
Moore/More Leander 6G 8H 7J --K 8?L 9M 9N 10O
Moore Milton 12G 13H 14K 15M
Morley Abbie/Abby 13A 14?B 14C 14D 15F 16H
Munzer? Dica? 17B
Myer Eugene 17M
Parker Orlin 13E
Parker William 8E
Parmer Azro 9M 10N
Parmer Daniel 12M
Parmer Dante 13N
Penney? ----? [faint] 14M
Platt Abram 14E 14H 15F 16J 16K
Powers Clarinda 13A
Powers Leander 17A
Powers Mary 10 A
Powers Sela? F. 7A
Prouty Marshall /-al 12K 12L 12M
Prouty Mary 14K 14L 15M 15N
Putnam Arther 12K
Putnam Elliot 16K
Rawson Albert 5C 5D 6E 7F
Rawson Buel/Buell 14A 15C 15D 16F
Rawson Edward 12A 12C 12D 14E 14F
Rawson George L. 7A 7B 8C 8D 8E 9F 10G 10H 11J 11L 12K 12M 12N
Rawson Walter 17A 18C 18D
Rawson William 18A 19C 19D
Rice Adalina/Addie* 8C 8D 8E 9G 10H 11J 11K 12L 13M 13N *[also Addis/Adda]
Rice Elmer 5M 5N 6O
Rice Emma 9A 10B 10C 10D 11E 11F 12G 12H 12J 13K 14M
Rice Hattie 7B
Rice Mary 16A 16B
Rice Nancy 4J 6L 6N 7A 7O 9F
Rice Susan 5G 5H 5J 6K
Richards Clara M. 6A 7B 7C 7D 8E 8F 9G 9H 10J 10K 11L 11M 12N 13O
Richards Dora M. 6M 7N 8O
Richards Everett 5C 5D 5E 6F 6G 7H 8J 8K
8L 9M 10N 10O
Richards Frances/Frandy 11A 11B 11C 11D 12E 13F 13G 14H 14J 15K 16M
Richards Herbert 9A 9B 9C 9D 10E 11F 11G 12H 13K 13M 13N
Richards Walter 5N 6O
Richards Willie 5N 6O
Robbins Frank L. /F. L. 6J 7L 8N 9O
Robbins Lena [see "Lucena"]
Robbins Lewis E. 19A
Robbins Lucena/Lucenia 12A 12B 12C 12D 13E 14F 14G 14M 15H 15J 16K
Robins [see "Robbins"]
Robbinson [see "Robinson"]
Robinson Edward/Edwin 11L 11M 12N
Robinson John 5H 5J
Robinson Judson 4G 12K* 6L 7M 7N *[prob. error in writing age.]
Robinson Lilly C./Lily 4G 4H 5J 5K 6L 7N
Robinson Robert E. 8E 9G 9H 10J 10K
Robinson Theda 13C 13D 14G 15H 16K 16M
Russel John 17F
Sevenworth Edwin 13A
Shaffert? ??? [faint] 9G
Sherman Asa R. 12A
Sherman Ettie 6G 7H 7J 8K 8L
Sherman Melissa 8A 8B 9C 9D 10F 10G 11H 11J
Sickess Caroline 14C 14D
Slaughter John 16F
Slaughter Josephine 12F
Slaughter Mary 14F
Smith Alice C. 13A
Smith Frank 8A 9C 9D 10E 10F 11H 12K 13M 13N
Smith Julia [Barnes] 11A 14B [dau. of Solon W. Barnes ]
Smith Marion 15C 15D
Smith Marshall /-shal 6A 7B
Smith May 5E 6?F 7H 7J 8K 8L 8N 9M 9N 10O
Smith Orrena 13A
Smith Orsemus? 15F
Smith Rena 15E
Smith Rhoda A. 11A 11B 12C 12D 12E 13F 13G 14H 15K 16M
Smith Sanford M. 14A
Smith Teresa/Theresa 4E 6J 7L 7M 9O [a.k.a. "Tresy"]
Sperry Fannie 12A 13B 13C 13D 14?F
Sperry Jennie 5B 6C 6D 7F
Squards? Clara 6E
Taylor David 15F
Taylor Emmet/Emmett 12C 12D 13F 14K 16M
Taylor Flora/Florence 9B 9C 9D 10E 11G 12H 12J 13K 14M
Taylor Howard 15C 15D 16H 16K 17M
Taylor Mary 7B 7C 7D 8E 9G 10J 11L 12N 14O
Taylor Thomas? 11F
Taylor William 13H
Tompkins Hattie 16E
Tompkins Hiram 5E 5F
Tompkins Ira 8E 8F
Tompkins Lodema? 12E 13F
Turner Anna J. 5B 6C 6D
Wade Jessie/Jessy 5G 6J 7L 8K 8N 9O
Wade Playford 5A 6E 7F 8G 8H 8J 9K 9L 10M 11N 11O
Waide [see "Wade"]
Ward Edmund 4E
Ward George H. 6A 7B 7C 7D 8E
Ward Jenia?/Henia? V. 6A 6C 6D
Ward Huldah 12A 13B 13C 13D 14E
Ward Lucena 6B
Ward Susan 5C 5D 5E
Ward William 5B 5C 5D
Wetmore Simeon 19M
Whaley Albert 6L 7M 8O
Whaley Bell [see "Rosabell"]
Whaley Elias 8A 10E 11F 11G 12H --J 13K 13L 14M
Whaley Ellen/Ella M. 5A 6E 8J 9L 10M
Whaley Rosabell 11A 11E 12?F 13G 15M
Wheeland Charles 18C 18D
Wheeland William 15F
White Florence 10H 11L
White Fredd 12H
White Mary S. 13A 13B
White Sophrona/-ia 9G 10J 12N
Wilcox Ellen 16G
Wilcox Jerome 8N 9O
Wilcox Walter 5L 5M 6N 6O
Williams Emma 11G
Williams Ernest 8G
Woodard Edmund 12A 15F 15K 16M
Woodward Edward 14H
Wright Charles W. 11A 11B 11C 11D
Wright William 6B 6C 6D
A. W. H. Smith December 19, 1864 – March 10, 1865
B. Mary Genung May 8, 1865 – August 1, 1865
C. Anstis G. Gates October 2, 1865 – January 26, 1866
D. Anstis G. Gates January 29, 1866 – March 23, 1866
E. Miss Adelle Miller June 12, 1866 – August 31, 1866
F. Jennie Gale December 26, 1866 – March 29, 1867
G. Mary Deming May 13, 1867 – August 30, 1867
H. Andrew Ainsworth December 2, 1867 – February 21, 1868* *Est.
I. [no name – A. Ainsworth?] [no dates – only 4 students in roster]
J. Anstis G. Gates May 11, 1868 – September 4, 1868
K. Anstis G. Gates December 7, 1868 -- March 12, 1869
L. Geo. A. Sickys? May 31, 1869 – September 4, 1869
M. M. J. Goodrich November 15, 1869 – March 4, 1870
N. Manzer? J. Goodrich May 2, 1870 – July 22, 1870
O. Abbie S. Morley May 1, 1871 – July 21, 1871
History of the Fairfield School Register:
The following is by Charles Lewis Robbins who was born in Brush Creek, Iowa on March 17, 1878. He married Clara Pauline Brooks (of the local "Brooks Colony") April 16, 1902 in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Clara was a daugher of Alfred Clark Brooks and Frances Richards. Clara died July 8, 1974 and Charles January 27, 1978, both in Sunnyside, Washington. [Charles wrote these words in blank pages of the register.]
I came in possession of this record as a gift from my cousin James (Jimmie) Crawford. I visited him and his brothers and sisters in 1946.
They had come into possession of this school Record in some old trunks they had bought at the sale of the Doan [Doane] family after the last death in their family. I am now living in Sunnyside, Washington. The date is Nov. 1967. Many of these scholars, as they were then called, were known to me in my early years. Among the names are both of my parents, Lewis E. Robbins and my mother Julia L. Barnes. My mother was the foster daughter of a man named Smith, (Murray) I think. So her name is listed as Julia L. Smith. My wife, Clara, formerly Brooks, has her mother Frances L. Richards and her sister Clara Richards and brothers Walter, William, Herbert and Everet[t] mentioned in the record. As these names are now 102 years old they are fading and I have taken it upon myself to rewrite the ones whom I remember. I am now 89 years old, so you who now read this will please forgive possible errors. I probably know, or did know, the most names in this book of any one living. Charles L. Robbins, Nov. 1967
This school was in Fairfield Township at a little town of Taylorsville.At the beginning of the school year, 1864 & 65, there were as this Register shows 31 boys and 46 girls – 77 scholars. My father Lewis E. Robbins (No. 22 page 1) and mother Julia Barnes Smith (No. 29 page 3) were in school together that fall and winter term. This school building later burned and as the town of Brush Creek, now Arlington, had come into existence on the railroad and had a school, a much smaller house was built.
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