Sturgis
Sturgis, Sturges, Sturgess, Sturgus
surname & burials
Fayette County Iowa
The Sturgis surname was one of the first settlers in Fayette.Co.IA.
Search Fayette.Co.PA, which was the major Sturgis family concentration before/after coming to Fayette.Co.IA.


 

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The Sturgis surname that settled in Fayette.Co.IA, came from the Georges.Twp area of Fayette.Co.PA.
Thomas Bowell Sturgis 1809-1860 settled in the Gamble Grove area of Fayette.Co.IA 1850/51, after the Indians were removed in 1848/49.
Thomas1809 would return to Fayette.Co.PA after a short stay in Iowa; his dau Sarah married Alex House, staying in Fay.Co.IA.
His nephew Phineas F. Sturgis 1830-1903 (son of Enos 1803-1892), accompanied Thomas1809 to Iowa.
Phineas T.1830, within a few months moved from Gramble's Grove into West.Union for the rest of his life.
West.Union became the center of the Fayette.Co.IA, Sturgis family, with information notes in the family tree below.
Phineas1830 was a merchant, land speculator/real estate, investor/banker, farm manager, politician.


Sturgis burials
 in Fayette Co, Iowa

Surname First, Middle Maiden Spouse or Parents Birth Death/Burial Cemetery City/Twp Notes

 


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Sturgis James Sherman Sturgis Sturgis son of Phineas. 1857 1 Apr 1865 West Union West Union Son of Phineas F. Sturgis 1832/Fay.Co.PA-1903/West.Union.IA & Rachel P. Irvin 1832/Fay.Co.PA-1895/West.Union.IA.
Sturgis Lewis I. 'Lew' Sturgis Rogers Ella 1864/PA-aft1910/? Dec 1859 abt Feb 22, 1911 West Union West Union Burial date 1911Feb24.  Son of Phineas F. Sturgis 1832/Fay.Co.PA-1903/West.Union.IA & Rachel P. Irvin 1832/Fay.Co.PA-1895/West.Union.IA.  Ch: dau Marion, Adelaide.
Sturgis Phineas F Sturgis Erwin Rachel P. 1832/PA-1895/Fay.Co.IA Nov 20, 1832 9 Feb 1903 West Union West Union Son of Enos Sturgis 1803/Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA/1892/Masontown, Fay.Co.PA & Dianna Jones 1806/Fay.Co.PA-1882/Masontown, Fay.Co.PA. Ch: Henry Clay, Lewis 'Lew' I., Virginia Townsend, James Sherman.  (??ch. List, bz/2013)
Sturgis Rachel P.  Irvin Sturgis Phineas F. 1830/Fay.Co.PA-1903/West.Union.IA. 1832 8 Apr 1895 West Union West Union Dau of John James Irvin 1786/PA-1866/West.Union.IA & Catherine suspect Garroich 1795/PA-aft1860/IA?  Ch: Henry Clay, Lewis 'Lew' I., Virginia Townsend, James Sherman.
Sturgis  Virginia Townsend Sturgis Sturgis dau of Phineas1832 Dec 1861 20 Aug 1862 West Union West Union Son of Phineas F. Sturgis 1832/Fay.Co.PA-1903/West.Union.IA & Rachel P. Irvin 1832/Fay.Co.PA-1895/West.Union.IA.
Sturgis Belle A Unknown Sturgis Louis Clay 1883/West.Union.IA-1955/? 1886 Jul 1977 Woodlawn Oelwein Need parents & any ch.
Sturgis Dora Evelyn Scoville Sturgis Henry Clay 1857/West.Union.IA - aft1900/Joplin.MO?, divorded 1900. 20 Apr 1853 11 May 1927 Woodlawn Oelwein Dau of Wm A. Scoville 1821/NY-1904/Waucoma.IA & Phoebe R. Stannard 1834/NY-1899/Waucoma.IA.  Ch; Louis Clay.
Sturgis Louis Clay "Lew" Sturgis Unknown Belle A, 1886/?-1977/? 4 Jun 1883 4 May 1955 Woodlawn Oelwein Son of Henry Clay Sturgis 1857/West.Union.IA-aft 1900/Joplin.MO? & Dora Evelyn Scoville 1855/IL-1937/Oelwein.IA (divorced abt 1900).

 


Sturgis
Basic descendent trees of the major surname lines in Fayette Co, Iowa.
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Descendants of Anthony Sturgis
1 STURGIS, Anthony b: 1644 in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire.Co.England d: 21 Jun 1702 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA Note 1: 28 Feb 2013 Sturgis last reviewed: Barry.Zbornik Hannibal.MO iowaz AT hotmail.com Note 2: Sturgis concentration is pioneer Fayette.Co.Iowa, 1850 into 1900's. Note 3: Accuracy is best guess at time of last review; use only as a starting point.
.... +EVANS, Dorothy Anne b: 1646 in England d: 05 Feb 1695/96 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA
.... 2 STURGIS, Cornelius b: 16 Jan 1669/70 in Birmingham, Warwichshire.Co.England d: 15 Apr 1704 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA Note 8: Sturgis bro's immigrated England to America late 1600's-1700+, moving to MA, Canada, Cornelis to NJ & moved to PA.
.......... +MILLARD, Elizabeth b: 11 Aug 1672 in Huntspil, Somerset.Co.England d: 05 Apr 1767 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA
........... 3 STURGIS, John b: 17 Feb 1697/98 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA d: 11 Feb 1770 in Montgomery.Co.PA
................. +EVANS, Mary b: 12 Apr 1698 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA d: 17 Jan 1772 in Randnor, Mongomery.Co.PA
................. 4 STURGIS, Anthony b: 1721 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA d: 1729 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA
................. 4 STURGIS, Thomas b: 08 Apr 1723 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA d: 22 Aug 1807 in Mt.Pleasant, Ontario, Canada
....................... +ROBERTS, Catherine b: 30 Sep 1724 in Montgomery.Co.PA d: 07 Feb 1810 in Mt.Pleasant, Ontario, Canada m: Abt. 1748 in PA
........................ 5 STURGIS, John b: 22 Mar 1748/49 in Upper Merion, Montgomery.Co.PA d: 14 Feb 1822 in Smithfield, Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Note 11: Served in Rev. War; in battles at Brandywine, Monmouth, Germantown. Note 12: 1777 Camped with Washington's Army at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777.
.............................. +PHILLIPS, Leah b: 07 Jun 1751 in Great Vally, Chester.co.PA d: 12 Feb 1794 in Smithfield, Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA m: 15 Sep 1772 in Smithfield, Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Mary b: 17 Jan 1773 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 1849 in Fayette village, Fayette.Co.PA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Kezia b: Apr 1774 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 03 Apr 1853 in Wood.Co.VA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Isaac b: 1775 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 21 Mar 1886 in Fayette.Co.PA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Phineas F. b: 19 Feb 1777 in Chester.Co.PA d: 16 Jan 1843 in Fayette village, Fayette.Co.PA
.................................... +WEST, Elizabeth B. b: 16 Jun 1773 in Harford.Co.MD d: 20 Mar 1866 in Fayette village, Fayette.Co.PA m: 1797 Note 8: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75.
..................................... 7 STURGIS, Enos b: 27 Mar 1803 in Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 04 Apr 1892 in Masontown area, Nicholson.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Burial: Mt. Moriah Baptist Cem, Smithfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Note 5: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75. Note 8: 1860 Census: Masontown P.O., Nicholson.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA: Sturgis: Enos57, Diana54, Mary34 invalid, James25 teacher, Hannah Hartsog27 domestic, Caroline Keefover12. Note 12: 1880 Census: Masontown P.O., Nicholson.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA: Sturgis: Enos77 farmer, Dianna74, MaryJ54.
........................................... +JONES, Dianna b: 04 Apr 1806 in Smithfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 27 Nov 1882 in Masontown area, Nicholson.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Burial: Mt. Moriah Baptist Cem, Smithfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. m: 21 Jul 1821 in Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75. Note 12: 1880 Census: Masontown P.O., Nicholson.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA: Sturgis: Enos77 farmer, Dianna74, MaryJ54.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Elizabeth b: 04 Mar 1824 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 09 Jan 1894
................................................. +JACKSON, James Watterson b: 08 Jan 1825 d: 15 Feb 1864 in Fayette.co.PA
.................................................. 9 JJACKSON, Enos Sturgis b: 15 May 1848 in Fayette.co.PA d: 11 May 1935 in Fayette.co.PA
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Mary Jane b: 08 Oct 1825 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 06 Jul 1919 in Fayette.Co.PA Burial: Mt. Moriah Baptist Cem, Smithfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Note 6: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75. Note 8: 1860 Census: Masontown P.O., Nicholson.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA: Sturgis: Enos57, Diana54, Mary34 invalid, James25 teacher, Hannah Hartsog27 domestic, Caroline Keefover12.
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........................................... 8 STURGIS, Morgan Jones b: 29 Jan 1827 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 27 Jul 1909 in Fayette.Co.PA Burial: Mt. Moriah Baptist Cem, Smithfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA.
................................................. +SCHNATTERLY, Margaret Frances b: 1828 d: 1896 in Fayette.Co.PA
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Cameron Cyrus b: 1855 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 1934
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Phineas F. b: Dec 1830 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 09 Feb 1903 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA. Note 4: Grew up in Fayette.Co.PA. Note 5: Abt. 1848 Attended Jefferson College of Cannonsburg.PA; did not complete course of study. Note 6: Abt. 1849 After leaving college clerked at dry-goods store in Uniontown, Fayette.Co.PA. Note 7: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75. Note 8: Abt. Mar 1850 Accompanied Thomas Woodle, Thomas Douglas & Thomas B. Sturgis to their claims sec 13, Center.Twp, Fay.Co.IA, near Gamble's (Dunham's) Grove. Note 9: Jun 1851 Moved from Dunham Grove area into West.Union (pop. abt. 75, was organized 1850), Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 10: Abt. Sep 1852 Employed accountant & clerk of 'The Arcade' general merchantile opened on Vine.St, to the W of the Court Hosue, by Judge Woodel, Rev. H.S. Brunson & Rev. John Webb Note 11: Bet. 1853 - 1857 Partnered with Daniel Cook in a General Merchantile store on the Square at West Union; Daniel died 1854. Note 13: 1856 Census: Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: P.F.27 farming, wf Rachel27, no children listed. Note 14: Bet. 1857 - 1861 Moved to Clear Lake, then Mason City, Cerro.Gordo.Co.IA; opened stores in Clear Lake & Mason City. Note 15: 1860 Census: Mason City, Mason.Twp, Cerro.Gordo.Co.IA. Sturgis: P.F.30 merchant, Rachael30, Clay3, Frank9m, Sophrona Zuver17OH servant; adj. is Ed.Stearns44MA. Note 16: 1861 Returned to West.Union.IA at outbreak of Civil War, opened another general mechantile. Note 17: Bet. 1864 - 1865 Repesented Fayette.Co in the Iowa House. Note 18: 1872 Sold his merchantile, engaged entirely in farming near West Union (& land speucaltion). Note 19: 1878 Entered various land tracts in KS, one near Beloit. Note 20: 1880 Census: West.Union village, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA, PhineasF49 farmer, RachilP49, Lew20, Mary Cassidy26 servant. Note 22: 1885 Census: Maple.St, West.Union, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: PhinF54, Rachael53, LewI 24. Note 23: 1885 Laid out 80a as Sturgis' Additon to Beloit.KS, profiting from land sales, plus operated farm near Beloit. Note 24: Mar 1888 Founded Citizen's Bank in Oelwein.IA, with son Henry Clay who was cashier & resident owner; plus over 1000a farm land with son. Note 27: 1900 Census: West.Union, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: PhineasF69 lodger with MillardB Clements31IRE attorney family. Note 28: Remained politically active throughout life in Iowa.
................................................. +IRVIN, Rachel P. b: 1832 in Union.Co.PA d: 08 Apr 1895 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA. m: 31 Jan 1856 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Father: John James IRVIN Mother: Catherine suspect GARROICH Note 8: Sep 1852 Fay.Co.IA.Hist.1878, p464: Came from PA to West Union.IA. Note 9: 1860 Census: West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Irvin: John30 hotel keeper $10k/500, MaryA30, Frank7, A.E.12, Cathrine10, James4, father John74 farmer, mother Cathrine60. Note 10: 1860 Census: Mason City, Mason.Twp, Cerro.Gordo.Co.IA. Sturgis: P.F.30 merchant, Rachael30, Clay3, Frank9m, Sophrona Zuver17OH servant; adj. is Ed.Stearns44MA.
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Henry Clay b: 1857 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: Aft. 1900 in Joplin, Jasper.Co.MO? Burial: Not listed in Fay.Co.IA. Note 5: 1860 Census: Mason City, Mason.Twp, Cerro.Gordo.Co.IA. Sturgis: P.F.30 merchant, Rachael30, Clay3, Frank9m, Sophrona Zuver17OH servant; adj. is Ed.Stearns44MA. Note 7: 1878 Grew up in West.Union.IA; graduated from UIU at Fayette.IA. Note 8: Bet. Feb 1878 - Jan 1886 Accepted postion as Deputy Fay.Co.IA Treasurer after UIU graduation. Note 11: 1880 Census: West.Union, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: Henry Clay23, deputy Fay.Co treasurer, DoraE26. Note 12: 1885 Census: Smith.St, West.Union, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: Henry Clay28 Dept of Treasurer, DoraE19. Note 13: 1887 Moved from West.Union to Oelwein.iA. Note 14: Mar 1888 Founded Citizen's Bank in Oelwein.IA, with father Phineas; cashier & resident owner. Note 15: Bet. 1886 - 1888 Engaged in real-estate business in West.Union.IA. Note 16: Dec 1890 Purchased 1/2 interest of Peterson & Cole Drug Store in Oelwein, became Peterson & Sturgis Drugs. Note 17: 1891 Bios: Firm of H.C. Sturgis & Co, Citizens Bank of Oelwein (with father, plus over 1000a farm land with father). Note 20: Dec 1897 Papers: Warrent issued for embezzlement of school funds for C.Sturgis, pres of defunct Oelwein Citizens' Bank, recently attempting suicide, has disappeard. Note 21: Feb 1900 Oelwein.IA Paper: Mrs. HenryC Clay applied for divorce & custody of minor son.
........................................................ +SCOVILLE, Dora Evelyn b: 20 Apr 1855 in Palatine, Cook.Co.IL d: 11 May 1927 in Oelwein hosp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Woodlawn Cem, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. m: 08 Jan 1880 in Waucoma, Eden.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Father: William A. SCOVILLE Mother: Phoebe R. STANNARD Note 5: Obit,Oewlein.IA paper 1927May16p5; gives b/d, burial, family, bz/2012. Note 10: 1885 Census: Smith.St, West.Union, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: Henry Clay28 Dept of Treasurer, DoraE19. Note 11: 1887 Moved, moved from Waucome to Oelwein, Fay.C.IA for remainder of life. Note 14: Feb 1900 Fayette.IA Paper: Mrs. HenryC Clay applied for divorce & custody of minor son; moved to Chicago after divorce. Note 18: 1920 Census: Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: DoraE55 wid city.solicitpor, roomers CarlO24 & Alma23 Conrad. Note 22: Age at death 72y21d.
........................................................ 10 STURGIS, Louis Clay 'Lew' b: 04 Jun 1883 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 04 May 1955 Burial: Woodlawn Cem, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Note 8: 1897 Appointed Oelwein.IA postmaster. Note 11: 1927 Liviing in Flint.MI.
.............................................................. +UNKNOWN, Belle A. b: 1886 d: Jul 1977 Burial: Woodlawn Cem, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA.
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Lewis 'Lew' I. 'Frank' b: Dec 1859 in Cerro.Gordo.Co.IA d: Abt. 22 Feb 1911 in Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA Burial: 24 Feb 1911 West Union Cem, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 6: 1860 Census: Mason City, Mason.Twp, Cerro.Gordo.Co.IA. Sturgis: P.F.30 merchant, Rachael30, Clay3, Frank9m, Sophrona Zuver17OH servant; adj. is Ed.Stearns44MA. Note 10: 1880 Census: West.Union village, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA, PhineasF49 farmer, RachilP49, Lew20, Mary Cassidy26 servant. Note 11: 1885 Census: Maple.St, West.Union, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: PhinF54, Rachael53, LewI 24. Note 14: Bef. 1890 Employed for many years pervious in pension dept of U.S. Gov. in Wash.D.C. Note 15: 1891 Engaged in cattle business; living with father at West.Union.IA. Note 22: 1900 Census: N. Frederick St, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: Louis40 postmaster, Ella36, Marion12, Adeliade, plus seven lodgers. Note 24: 1910 Census: 1st Ave E, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: LewI50, Ella46, Marion22 teacher, Adelaide18.
........................................................ +ROGERS, Ella b: Jun 1864 in PA d: Aft. 1910 m: Abt. 1886 in IA or IL Note 7: 1900 Census: N. Frederick St, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: Louis40 postmaster, Ella36, Marion12, Adeliade. Note 8: 1910 Census: 1st Ave E, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: LewI50, Ella46, Marion22 teacher, Adelaide18.
........................................................ 10 STURGIS, Marion b: Oct 1887 in IL Note 7: 1900 Census: N. Frederick St, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: Louis40 postmaster, Ella36, Marion12, Adeliade. Note 8: 1910 Census: 1st Ave E, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: LewI50, Ella46, Marion22 teacher, Adelaide18.
........................................................ 10 STURGIS, Adelaide b: Apr 1892 in Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA Note 7: 1900 Census: N. Frederick St, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: Louis40 postmaster, Ella36, Marion12, Adeliade. Note 8: 1910 Census: 1st Ave E, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Sturgis: LewI50, Ella46, Marion22 teacher, Adelaide18.
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Virginia Townsend b: Abt. Dec 1861 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 20 Aug 1862 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, James Sherman b: Abt. Jul 1864 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 01 Apr 1865 in West Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Isaac A. b: 1831 in Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Engenio A. b: 18 Mar 1833 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 17 Sep 1889 in Fayette.Co.PA Burial: Mt. Moriah Baptist Cem, Smithfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Note 8: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75.
................................................. +PATTON, Elizabeth Elmira b: 1831 d: 1882 in Fayette.Co.PA
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Jennie C. b: 1866 d: 1909
........................................... 8 STURGIS, John James b: 1835 in Fayette.Co.PA Note 6: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75. Note 8: 1860 Census: Masontown P.O., Nicholson.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA: Sturgis: Enos57, Diana54, Mary34 invalid, James25 teacher, Hannah Hartsog27 domestic, Caroline Keefover12.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Caroline E. b: 1838 in Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: Enos47 farming $300, Dianna44, MaryJ23, PhenisF21, IsaacA19, EngenoA17, JohnJ15, CarolineE12, mother Eliz75.
..................................... 7 STURGIS, Isaac Pillip b: 19 Jan 1807 in Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 21 Mar 1876 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Note 4: 1840 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Note 5: 1850 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: IsaacP45 farming $2600, Dianna42, Reachel23, Phineas17, Eliz15, Sarah13, JamesE9. Note 6: 1860 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fay.Co.PA, Isaac53 farming $5k/1,100, Dianah52, Rachel32, Phineas27, JamesE19, Thos Litman12, Sarah Litman10.
........................................... +ROSS, Dianah b: 07 Jun 1808 in Penn d: 03 Aug 1891 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA m: 1830 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: IsaacP45 farming $2600, Dianna42, Reachel23, Phineas17, Eliz15, Sarah13, JamesE9. Note 10: 1860 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fay.Co.PA, Isaac53 farming $5k/1,100, Dianah52, Rachel32, Phineas27, JamesE19, Thos Litman12, Sarah Litman10.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Rhonda J. b: 12 Sep 1823 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 01 Jan 1897 in Washington.Co.PA
................................................. +LITMAN, John Jackson b: 1822
.................................................. 9 LITMAN, Thomas Ross b: 1848 in Penn d: 1923
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Rachel b: 1828 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: IsaacP45 farming $2600, Dianna42, Reachel23, Phineas17, Eliz15, Sarah13, JamesE9. Note 10: 1860 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fay.Co.PA, Isaac53 farming $5k/1,100, Dianah52, Rachel32, Phineas27, JamesE19, Thos Litman12, Sarah Litman10.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, David Ross b: 03 Aug 1829 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 29 May 1862 in Baltimore.MD
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Phineas b: 1833 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: IsaacP45 farming $2600, Dianna42, Reachel23, Phineas17, Eliz15, Sarah13, JamesE9. Note 10: 1860 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fay.Co.PA, Isaac53 farming $5k/1,100, Dianah52, Rachel32, Phineas27, JamesE19, Thos Litman12, Sarah Litman10.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Elizabeth b: 30 Apr 1835 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 12 Apr 1895 in Stewartstown.WV Note 8: 1850 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: IsaacP45 farming $2600, Dianna42, Reachel23, Phineas17, Eliz15, Sarah13, JamesE9.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Sarah Catherine b: 11 Jul 1837 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: IsaacP45 farming $2600, Dianna42, Reachel23, Phineas17, Eliz15, Sarah13, JamesE9.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, James Estep b: 29 Aug 1841 in Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 1920 in Greene.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: IsaacP45 farming $2600, Dianna42, Reachel23, Phineas17, Eliz15, Sarah13, JamesE9. Note 10: 1860 Census: Springhill.Twp, Fay.Co.PA, Isaac53 farming $5k/1,100, Dianah52, Rachel32, Phineas27, JamesE19, Thos Litman12, Sarah Litman10.
..................................... 7 [1] STURGIS, Thomas Bowell Sturges Sturgess b: 1809 in Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 1860 in Fayette village, Fayette.Co.PA Note 8: 1850 Census: near West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: ThomasB41PA, farming $300, Bethsheda38PA, SharaA18PA, WmM15IL, PhineasP12IL, SamuelD9IL, ThomasB7WI. Note 12: 1860 Census: Smithfield P.O., Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: ThosB51 specualtor $3k/1k, Bethsheba47 #1k/300, PhineasP21, SamlD19, ThosS17.
........................................... +MORGAN, Eliza b: 1806 in Fayette village, Fayette.Co.PA d: Bef. 1850 in Galena, Jo.Daviess.Co.IL m: 1827 in Fayette.Co.PA
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Sarah b: Abt. 16 Jan 1832 in IL d: 16 Jun 1859 in Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Mt. Pleasant Cem, NW corner of sec11, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 5: 1850 Census: near West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: ThomasB41PA, farming $300, Bethsheda38PA, SharaA18PA, WmM15IL, PhineasP12IL, SamuelD9IL, ThomasB7WI. Note 22: Age at death: 27y5m.
................................................. +HOUSE, Alexander 'Alex' b: 09 Aug 1824 in South Hill, Starkville, Stark.Twp, Herkimer.Co.NY d: 15 May 1910 in Hawkeye, Winsor.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Grandview Cem, sec G, lot 318, Fayette, Fay.Co.IA. m: Nov 1851 Father: Abraham Isaac Haus HOUSE Mother: Rachel PUTNAM Note 6: 1851 Came to farm east of West Union, IA. Note 8: 1856 Census; farming, Saltsgiver neighborhood, West Union Twp, Fay.Co.IA Note 11: Abt. 1862 Civil War; 38th IA Vol Inf. Note 18: 1880 Census: Windsor.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Note 21: 1900 Census: Bethel.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 23: 1910 Census: Fayette, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 29: 15 May 1910 Grandview burial book, bz/2013: Age at death: 85y9m6d; cause heart & kidneys.
.................................................. 9 HOUSE, Frank E. b: Abt. 1852 in Fay.Co.IA?
.................................................. 9 HOUSE, Orin T. b: 1854 in Fay.Co.IA
.................................................. 9 HOUSE, Abram 'Abe' C. b: 1856 in Fay.Co.IA
.................................................. 9 HOUSE, William b: Abt. 1859 in Fay.Co.IA Note 8: 1885 Census: hotel on Elm.St, West.Union, Fay.Co.IA. House: Wm26 hostler (stableman at livery).
........................................... 8 STURGIS, William M. b: 18 Aug 1835 in LaSalle.Co.IL d: 28 Sep 1877 in IN Note 8: 1850 Census: near West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: ThomasB41PA, farming $300, Bethsheda38PA, SharaA18PA, WmM15IL, PhineasP12IL, SamuelD9IL, ThomasB7WI.
................................................. +FRANK, Mariah b: 1836 in OH m: 21 Oct 1856
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Thomas J. b: 18 Jun 1862 in Jay.Co.IN d: 12 May 1932 in Miami.Co.IN
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Mary Alice b: 1863 in IN
.................................................. 9 STURGIS, Theodocia b: 1870 in IN
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Phineas P. b: 1838 in IL Note 6: 1850 Census: near West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: ThomasB41PA, farming $300, Bethsheda38PA, SharaA18PA, WmM15IL, PhineasP12IL, SamuelD9IL, ThomasB7WI. Note 8: 1860 Census: Smithfield P.O., Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: ThosB51 specualtor $3k/1k, Bethsheba47 #1k/300, PhineasP21, SamlD19, ThosS17.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Samuel D. b: 1841 in IL Note 6: 1860 Census: near West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: ThomasB41PA, farming $300, Bethsheda38PA, SharaA18PA, WmM15IL, PhineasP12IL, SamuelD9IL, ThomasB7WI. Note 8: 1860 Census: Smithfield P.O., Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: ThosB51 specualtor $3k/1k, Bethsheba47 #1k/300, PhineasP21, SamlD19, ThosS17.
........................................... 8 STURGIS, Thomas B. b: 1843 in Wisc. Note 6: 1850 Census: near West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: ThomasB41PA, farming $300, Bethsheda38PA, SharaA18PA, WmM15IL, PhineasP12IL, SamuelD9IL, ThomasB7WI. Note 8: 1860 Census: Smithfield P.O., Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: ThosB51 specualtor $3k/1k, Bethsheba47 #1k/300, PhineasP21, SamlD19, ThosS17.
..................................... *2nd Wife of [1] STURGIS, Thomas Bowell Sturges Sturgess:
........................................... +UNKNOWN, Bathsheba b: Bet. 1812 - 1813 in PA m: Abt. 1850 Note 6: 1850 Census: near West.Union, Union.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Sturges: ThomasB41PA, farming $300, Bethsheda38PA, SharaA18PA, WmM15IL, PhineasP12IL, SamuelD9IL, ThomasB7WI. Note 8: 1860 Census: Smithfield P.O., Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA. Sturgis: ThosB51 specualtor $3k/1k, Bethsheba47 #1k/300, PhineasP21, SamlD19, ThosS17.
..................................... 7 STURGIS, William b: 1816 in Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 1894
..................................... 7 STURGIS, Phineas G. b: Sep 1818 in Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 1910 Note 12: 1900 Census: Smithfield, Georges.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA. Sturgis81, Martha78; g/dau EmmaL Clemmer32 family (husb & 4ch).
........................................... +UNKNOWN, Martha b: Jan 1822 in Penn m: 1840 in Fayette.Co.PA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Catherine b: 1781 in Fayette.Co.PA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Phillip b: 04 Mar 1784 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 1806 in PA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Jane b: 23 Sep 1787 in Fayette.Co.PA
.............................. 6 STURGIS, John Phineas b: 23 May 1791 in Uniontown, Union.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 02 Jan 1871 in Uniontown, Union.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA
.................................... +LINCOLN, Hannah b: 11 Jul 1792 in Uniontown, Union.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA d: 04 Apr 1872 in Uniontown, Union.Twp, Fayette.Co.PA Father: John LINCOLN Mother: Mary LAFFERTY
.............................. 6 STURGIS, Leah b: 13 Jan 1793 in Fayette.Co.PA d: 23 Oct 1865 in PA
........................ 5 STURGIS, Nathan b: 14 Aug 1750 in Upper Merion, Montgomery.Co.PA d: 22 Aug 1857 in Upper Merion, Montgomery.Co.PA
........................ 5 STURGIS, Amos b: 17 May 1757 in Upper Merion, Montgomery.Co.PA d: 17 Apr 1826 in Upper Merion, Montgomery.Co.PA
........................ 5 STURGIS, Jane b: 28 Sep 1758 in Upper Merion, Montgomery.Co.PA
................. 4 STURGIS, Jonathan b: 06 Jun 1725 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA d: 1807 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA
................. 4 STURGIS, Sarah b: 1727 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA d: 1727 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Co.PA
.... 2 STURGIS, Doronty
.... 2 STURGIS, Esther
.... 2 STURGIS, Sarah
.... 2 STURGIS, Elinor
.... 2 STURGIS, Brother One b: in Birmingham, Warwichshire.Co.England d: in Immigrated to Canada
.... 2 STURGIS, Brother Tww b: in Birmingham, Warwichshire.Co.England d: in Immirgated to MA.

 


 

1878 History of Fayette County, Iowa
....p342,  First Entries:  Thomas Woodle, Thomas Douglas & Thomas B. Sturgis came and selected claims near the geographical center of the county, on and near Sec13, T93N, R9W, in 1849, and near 'Gamble's Grove,' then returned for permanent settlement in the Spring of 1850, when M.V. Burdick, Peter Osborn, John Hanna and Phineas F. Sturgis settled near them. Note: this is the Dunham Grove area, sec 13 of Center.Twp, 2mi E of Randalia, 4mi NW of Fayette, 6mi SxSW of West.Union, bz/2013.
....p360, The first Grand Jury was summoned July1852, and impaneled was: Jaems B. Earll, J.W. Foster, Wm. Wells, Jospeh S. Burdick, A.G. Park, D.P. Lowe, Lemuel Iliff, Eli Elrod, Erastus A. Light, P.F. Sturgis, Stephen Reeves and Hiram Jackson; Joseph S. Burdick was appointed foreman.
....p449,  Phineas F. Sturgis in 1864-1865 represented Fayette.Co in the Iowa House.
....p464, The first annual meeting of the Fay.Co.IA Pioneer Association was held Jan 1, 1869, at the United States House (hotel) kept by J.D. Straw at West Union.  Additional names were placed on the roll to include:  Phineas T. Sturges,  age39y b.PA, came to West Union June 1851, merchant; his wife Rachel nee Irvin Sturges, b.PA, came to West Union Sep 1852.
....p468,  At the first Fair, Oct 2&3, 1855, held at the West Union public square, by the Fayette County Agricultural Society and Mechanics Institute , P.T. Sturgis exhibited a fine span of matched ponies harnessed to a carriage, which attracted considerable notice, but no premium was offered for such a rig.
....p488,  West.Union.Twp, early setters:  Coming in the Spring of 1851 were Wm. McClintock, Henry C. Lacy, Phineas F. Sturgis, Thomas Woodle, Joseph H. Stafford, David Stafford, Edwin Smith, Porter L. Hinkley.
....p492, In the Fall of 1852, Judge Woodle, Rev. H.S. Brunson & Rev. John Webb opened a (merchantile) store on Vine street in West.Union, and employed Phineas F. Strugis as accountant and salesman.  Their store was known to the early settlers as 'The Arcade.'  M.V. Burdick says that the firm adopted the work "handsomely" for cost mark; thate he deciphed it, that he would let them know it, and sent a note without signature as follows:  'Beware, ye men of the Arcade,...I will not let you doubt;...Though "handsomely" your cost mark's made,...'Tis "Hansomley" found out.  Burdick was not successful in disguising his chirography, as his friends recognized his propensity for rhyming, for the next time he entered the store Mr. Sturgis very complacently handed him the note, and with a merry twinkle of th eye, asked him if "he had ever seen that before."  The Arcade" was on the west side of Vine St (to the W of the Court House square), a small wooden building still standing (1878), a short distance north of the Bank Building, over the door of which may yet be seen the old sign of "Woodle & Bunson."
....p552, The first settlement of Center.Twp, T93N, R9W, dates from 1850.  Thomas Woodle selected a location near Gamble's Grove in 1849, soon after the Indians were removed.  he was accompanied by Thomas Douglas and Thomas B. Sturges, who located near him.  Woodle entered his land in Sec13, on Jan 13, 1850, and settled on it the following Spring of 1851.  In 1852, Thomas Woodle sold his place to Frederick Dunham (Dunham's Grove).
p594, P.T. Sturges, retired merchant, West.Union, Union.Twp.







Phineas F. Sturgis

Biographical Album of Fayette.Co.IA, 1891, p197
....Hon. Phineas F. Sturgis, of West Union, banker, farmer and stock-dealer and late a merchant of this city, is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Fayette County in December, 1830. His parents were Enos and Diana (Jones) Sturgis, both of whom were born in the same county as their son, the father in March, 1803, and the mother in 1806. Her death occurred in 1883 but Mr. Sturgis is still living at the old home at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. The grandfather of our subject was also named Phineas and was born in Pennsylvania, in the year 1777. He was a son of John Sturgis who was born near Philadelphia, about 1750, served as a soldier in the War of the Revolution and fought at Brandywine, Monmouth and Germantown and was encamped with Washington's army at Valley Forge during the dreary winter of 1777. The Sturgis family was founded in America by brothers of that name who emigrated from England, their native country, about the year 1700 and settled in Massachusetts, Canada and one in New Jersey, whence he removed to Pennsylvania.
....The subject of our sketch is descended from the last branch of the family. He received his education in the public school of his native State and attended the Jefferson College of Cannonsburg, Pa., but did not complete the course of study in that institution. After leaving college he engaged as clerk in a dry-goods store of Uniontown, Pa., and in 1851, nearly forty years ago, came to the then frontier State of Iowa, locating in West Union which at that time contained about seventy-five inhabitants, the county of Fayette having been organized only the previous year (1850). Mr. Sturgis first secured employment as a clerk in the dry-goods store of Woodle & Brunson, but the next year formed a business partnership with Daniel Cook in general merchandising which continued until the death of the latter in 1854. Three years later Mr. Sturgis removed to Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, where he opened two general merchandise stores, one at the town of his residence and the other at Mason City which he operated three years. At the breaking out of the war in 1861 he closed his business in that county and returned to West Union, where he soon after re-embarked in the general mercantile business which he continued until 1872 when he sold and purchased a farm near the city. In 1878 he purchased lands in the State of Kansas, one tract of which with his usual sagacity, he purchased near the thriving city of Beloit and in 1885 laid out eighty acres of that land into Sturgis' Addition to the city of Beloit, from the sales of a part of which property he has realized handsome profits. He also owns and operates a farm adjacent to that city.
....On the 31st of January, 1856, Mr. Sturgis and Miss Rachel Irwin, of West Union were married. She was the only daughter of John and Catherine Irwin, deceased, and was born in Union County, Pa. They have two sons living and have lost one son and one daughter, both having died at the age of nine months. The elder son, Henry Clay, married Miss Dora Scoville, of Fayette County, and is engaged in banking in Oelwein, Iowa, where they make their home. Lew I. was for many years employed by the United States Government in the pension department at Washington. He married Miss Ella Rogers of that city and at the present time is engaged in the cattle business. He resides with his father at the old home at West Union.
....Mr. Sturgis has always been a man of enterprise, has no hobbies, is thoroughly practical in his methods in politics as well as business, has done his full share in improving and building up the town and has added to it many structures some of which were costly and remain as ornaments to the city. A few years ago, in company with his son, Henry Clay, he founded the Citizens' Bank of Oelwein, the business of which institution has been carefully and successfully conducted by the son as cashier and resident partner. In politics Mr. Sturgis was in early life a Clay Whig, but after the breaking up of that party by the passage of what is known as the Kansas and Nebraska Bill, repealing the slavery restriction compromise of 1820, he assisted in organizing the Republican party of Iowa, was active and influential in both local and State politics for many years, acquiring a State-wide reputation as an unselfish, reliable, discreet, sagacious and effective politician and enjoying in a marked degree the confidence of public men. Mr. Sturgis has always had an aversion to holding official positions himself, his ambition not being in that direction, and for this reason he was dubbed by his friends with the sobriquet of 'the Thurlow Weed of Iowa.' Without solicitation on his part, however, he was nominated and elected on the Republican ticket in 1863 a member of the Tenth General Assembly of Iowa, and at the commencement of the session was placed on the Committees of Ways and Means, Internal Improvement, Judicial Districts and Organization of the Counties, besides serving on several important special and select committees raised by the House during the session. At the close of his term he declined to become a candidate for re-election. Again in 1876 he was chosen by the State Legislature and commissioned by Gov. Kirkwood, a Trustee for the College for the Blind at Vinton, Iowa, which position he filled for four years with credit to himself and friends and with honor to the institution. At the end of his term he declined a re-appointment. The Republican State Convention in 1880 again honored Mr. Sturgis by choosing him a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago, in June of that year, where he was witness of, and participated in that memorable six days' struggle of the intellectual Republican giants of the Nation, resulting, as all remember, in a drawn battle and compromise candidate for nominee for President in the person of Gen. Garfield. Mr. Sturgis zealously supported Mr. Blaine for President until the thirty-sixth and last ballot when his delegation in a body voted for Garfield. Shortly after he withdrew from active politics but is still, as ever, a close observer of public events as well as a careful student of the annals of the race.
....Mr. Sturgis is a man of positive convictions, has firmness of character with strong will power, possesses great courage, is fond of books, has always been a general reader, has a retentive memory, is deeply versed in biography, in ancient and modern history, in fact is considered authority on most biographical and historic subjects. Of all the books which he has read those of which he is most fond are Gibbon's Rome, Plutarch's Lives and Shakespeare. He is of the opinion, however, that Lord Bacon produced most the plays contained in Shakespeare's works. His private library is among the largest and best selected in this section of the State. The religious views of Mr. Sturgis not being very fully expressed lead us to believe him as rather favoring the advanced opinions of such men as Thomas and Swing. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for more than thirty years, and Mrs. Sturgis is a consistent member of the Baptist Church.

Henry Clay Sturgis  (son of Phineas F.)
Biographical Album of Fayette.Co.IA, 1891, p301
....Henry Clay Sturgis, of the firm of H. C. Sturgis & Co., proprietors of the Citizens Bank of Oelwein, is a native of Fayette County, Iowa. He was born in West Union and is a son of the Hon. P. F. Sturgis, of that city, whose sketch is given elsewhere. He was educated in the public schools and at the Upper Iowa University and on completing his course at that institution accepted the position of Deputy County Treasurer of Fayette County, which he filled for a period of eight years, from February, 1878, until January, 1886. For the two succeeding years he was engaged in the real estate business at West Union when in company with his father he established the Citizens Bank of Oelwein which he has since conducted with marked success.
....Mr. Sturgis was married in Waucoma, Iowa, on the 8th of January 1880, to Miss Dora E. Scoville, daughter of William and Phoebe (Stannard) Scoville. The lady was born in Palatine, Cook County, Ill., and is a member of the Presbyterian Church. One child was born of their union, a son, Lew C., born in West Union, June 4, 1883.
....Mr. Sturgis removed with his family to Oelwein in March, 1888, and has since made that city his home. In addition to his banking business he is largely interested in real estate, in company with his father in Fayette County and to a considerable extent outside. They have upwards of one thousand acres of valuable farming land in this county, and in December, 1890, Mr. Sturgis purchased a half-interest in the drug business of Perry H. Peterson, of Oelwein, and the firm is now Peterson & Sturgis, successors to Peterson & Cole. Mr. Sturgis was a charter member of West Union Lodge No. 124, K. P., and has since maintained his membership with that lodge. In politics he is a pronounced Republican but is not actively identified with party management. His business methods are such as to commend him to popular favor and under his management the Citizens Bank of Oelwein has prospered from the start, and is rapidly winning warm friends among the townspeople of that place and the surrounding county.
....The Citizens Bank of which H. C. Sturgis & Co. are proprietors was established in Oelwein in March, 1888, by the Hon. P. F. Sturgis of West Union and his son Henry Clay, the resident and managing partners. This bank does a general banking business, receives deposits, buys and sells exchange and makes collections with dispatch. Its financial standing is guaranteed by the well-known extensive real-estate possessions of its proprietors and their business qualifications and unquestioned integrity. The Hon. P. F. Sturgis, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work, is a pioneer settler and merchant of West Union whose prominence and high standing throughout Northern Iowa is a matter of history, while his son, through many years' service in the County Treasurer's Office, enjoys an extended acquaintance throughout Fayette County where he commands the confidence and esteem of all with whom he has had business relations.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Dec. 31, 1897 --  Warrant for an Iowa Banker:  Yesterday warrants were issued for the arrest of C.P. STURGIS, president of the defunct Citizens' bank of Oelwein, who recently attempted suicide by shooting. The warrant charges embezzlement of school funds. When officers called at STURGIS' home they found he had disappeared. Nothing is known of his whereabouts.  Source: The Emporia Daily Gazette (Emporia, KS) Friday, December 31, 1897; col F
Note:  The Iowa papers had many news clips regarding this incident until about mid 1898.



Jeremiah House & Sarah Sturgis
Biograhpical Album of Fayette.Co.IA 1891, p375
....Jeremiah House, a farmer and dairyman of Windsor Township, residing on section 36, is known to his fellow-townsmen as one of the leading citizens of the community. He was born in Herkimer County, N. Y., April 23, 1824, and is of Holland descent, the family having been established in America during the latter part of the 18th century. His parents, Abraham I. and Rachel (Putnam) House, were also natives of Herkimer County, the father born in 1795, and the mother in 1798. Their family numbered four sons and four daughters. Diana, who was born in 1820, became the wife of Egbert D. Doolittle, of Rock County, Wis., by whom she had six children. Her death occurred in this county in 1861, and her husband died in St. Louis, Mo., in 1863, while serving as a member of Company F, Thirty-eighth Iowa Infantry. Josiah, born in 1822, married Eliza Crandall, of Pleasant Valley Township, and now resides in Plankington, S. D., with her family of eight children.
....Jeremiah House is the next younger. Alexander, born August 12, 1825, married Sarah Sturgis, in November, 1851, but she died in 1859, leaving four sons. In 1857, he wedded Mrs. Augusta Lovell and they have five children. Eliza is the wife of George W. Michael, of Red Oak, Neb., and their family numbers eight children. Sarah is the wife of Daniel Earle, who is engaged in farming and dealing in cattle and horses in Lorena, McClellan Co., Tex. They have four children. Abram married Esther Shaffer of Dover Township, by whom he has nine children and they now reside in Clermont Township. Lavina, wife of Jacob George, of Bremer County, Iowa, died in 1871, leaving three children. She was the youngest of the family.
....The subject of this sketch was the third in order of birth. The days of his boyhood were spent under the parental roof and in the common schools he acquired his education. At the age of twenty-two he left home, emigrating to Rock County, Wis., where he spent four years. Since 1851, his home has been in Fayette County; he has witnessed almost its entire growth and development, has seen its raw prairies transformed into beautiful farms, its log cabins replaced by substantial and commodious residences, its hamlets take on the size and attributes of cities and its whole appearance changed until what was once a barren region is now a thickly populated county second to none, in many respects, in the State. On coming to the county Mr. House located on a farm in West Union Township, which continued to be his home for thirty-three years, when in 1884 he sold out and purchased his present home.
....Mr. House was united in marriage with Miss Nancy A. Cobb, daughter of Leonard and Janet (Gibson) Cobb, of Rock County, Wis. She was born in Hoxbury, near Ottawa, Upper Canada, January 14, 1833, and has but one brother, David, who was born in Ottawa, March 8, 1835. On the 1st of January, 1864, he married Ann Carpenter, of West Union Township, and they have three children. Unto Mr. and Mrs. House, have been born eight children. Leonard H., the eldest, born July 27, 1852, died February 20, 1890; Emma A., wife of Elliott Webb of Union Township, was born August 12, 1854, and is now the mother of one child, Lyle, born April 29, 1887. Clara A., born September 17, 1857, is the wife of George F. Barringer, a real-estate dealer of St. Paul, Minn., and they have two children - George Franklin, born December 26, 1885; and Cecil, born April 1, 1888. Both Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Barringer were teachers in the public schools of the county for several years and gained enviable reputations as instructors. George W., born November 18, 1859, has for the past two years engaged in farming in Hancock County, Iowa. Walter W., born March 1, 1862, is at home. Jerry La Fayette, born July 7, 1866, died April 16, 1883. Jessie M., born February 17, 1870, is now engaged in teaching her fifth term of school, being now employed in district No. 3. Nettie R., the youngest, born March 18, 1872, died June 6, 1877.
....During the late war, in August, 1862, Mr. House responded to his country's call for troops and served a full term of three years in the Union Army. He enlisted as a private in Company F, Thirty-Eighth Iowa Infantry and participated in all the engagements with his regiment, including the siege of Vicksburg, the battles of Ft. Morgan, Yazoo City, the battle and charge against Ft. Blakely and others of less importance. In the meantime he was transferred to Company K, Thirty-Fourth Iowa Infantry, and with that regiment was mustered out of service at Huston, Tex., July 15, 1865. Never for a single day was he off duty but was always found at his post, faithfully serving the Union. He is now an honored member of Abernethy Post, No. 40, G. A. R., of West Union, and in politics is a stalwart advocate of Republican principles. Both he and his wife are members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. They have a comfortable home on section 36, Windsor Township and the farm comprises eighty-seven acres under a good state of cultivation. Mr. House also engages in the dairy business, keeping ten or twelve cows for that purpose.




First Pioneer Entries into Fayette County, Iowa

History of Fayette.Co.IA 1878, p338
....The first entry of lands in Fayette County, as recorded, was made by Horace BEMIS, who entered the northwest quarter of ne quarter of Section 5, Twp 92, Range 8 (Smithfield Twp) Jan 17, 1847. The was the claim of William ORREAR and James BEATTY, and was the extreme northern limit of the surveyed lands in the county. William Anderson and Chauncey BROOKS entered land in the twp in 1848.
....John P. MOYNE made the next entry, of east half of southwest quarter of Section 17, Twp 92, Range 7 (Fairfield Township). Horace BEMIS, Hiram BROOKS and John BROOKS entered land in Fairfield in 1848 and Jared TAYLOR, Palmer F. NEWTON, Jesse BROOKS and Martha HUNT in 1849.
....Robert ALEXANDER entered the southwest quarter of of Section 26, Township 93, Range 8, July 9, 1849. Several other entries were made on the same date. John W. LANE and Horace ANDRUS entered during 1849.
....John W. LANE entered part of Section 30, Township 93, Range 7 (Illyria Twp) July 16, 1849. George CULVER entered parts of Sections 22, 26, and 27, by land warrant, June 25, 1849. Andrew HENSLEY entered Section 19, Oct 13, 1849.
....David DOWNS entered the northeast quarter of Section 5, Twp 94, Range 9 (Windsor Twp) Sep 8, 1849, and J. R. EDDY entered land in the same township, Nov 21, 1849.
....William WELLS made the first entry in Township 94, Range 8 (West Union Township) of the northeast quarter of Section 17, Dec 5, 1849.
....Thomas WOODLE entered part of Section 13, Twp 93, Range 9 (Center Twp) Jan 16, 1850. Philip HERZOG made an entry in the same township shortly after.
....Samuel CONNER entered part of Section 14, Twp 94, Range 7 (Pleasant Valley Township), Nov 26, 1849.
....Gardner WATERS, Sep 23, 1850, entered parts of Sections 4 and 5, Township 95, Range 9 (Auburn Twp).
....Francis P. ROSIER, L. ROSIER, Jacob K. ROSIER, George N. ROSIER and Thomas TURNER made first entries in Township 95, Range 8 (Dover Township) Sep 28, 1850.
....Henry D. EVANS entered part of Section 27, Township 95, Range 7 (Clermont Twp) Dec 27, 1850.
....James AUSTIN entered part of Section 35, Township 95, Range 10 (Eden Twp) Jan 27, 1851; and on the same date the same man entered the north half of the northwest quarter of Section 2, Twp 94, Range 10 (Bethel Township)
....Henry MAYNARD entered the southwest quarter of Section 14, Twp 92, Range 9 (Harlan), Mar 18, 1851.
....William A. SIMS entered the southeast quarter of Section 21, Twp 91, Range 10 (Oran Twp) Nov 3, 1851.
....James Nelson PITKIN entered part of Section 35, Twp 91, Range 9 (Jefferson Twp) May 9, 1851.
....John C. FOLSOM entered the west half of northwest quarter of Section 25, Twp 91, Range 7 (Putnam Twp) Nov 4, 1850.
....Theodore WILSON entered part of Section 30, Twp 93, Range 10 (Banks Twp) Jan 6, 1852.
....Thomas RAND entered parts of Sections 31 and 32, Twp 92, Range 10 (Fremont Twp) Jan 16, 1853.
....Peter L. MOE entered the south half of northeast quarter of Section 1, Twp 91, Range 8 (Scott Township) Oct 10 1854.
....In November, 1848, snow fell to the depth of eighteen inches, and remained until April, 1849. It was a cold, hard winter for the settlers of Fayette as well as other sections of the state. In 1848-49, before the surveys were completed, and before the lands were in market, the settlers organized a Claim Society for the purpose of mutual protection against claim jumpers.
....April 23, 1849, William WELLS, from Monroe, Greene County, Wisconsin, came to Knob Prairie and purchased the claim and cabin of David SMITH, near the southwest corner of Section 17, occupied the premises and built a substantial log house
....In May 1849, Henry F. SMITH and Stephen BAILEY settled near "Knob Prairie." Smith built a cabin on the sw corner of Section 9.
....In July 1849 Gabriel LONG and Joshua WELLS located in the vicinity. Oliver A. BROWN settled in Township 94, Range 9.
....May 1849,  Thomas WOODLE, Thomas DOUGLASS and
Thomas B. STURGIS came and selected claims near the geographical center of the county, on and near Section 13, (Center.Twp) Twp 93, Range 9, near "Gamble's Grove (Dunhamís Grove),"
....in Spring 1850 they returned for permanent settlement,  when also M. V. BURDICK, Peter OSBORN, John HANNA and
Phineas F. STURGIS settled near them.
....In the spring of 1849 Harvey LIGHT and Erastus A. LIGHT made a settlement on Section 13, Twp 93, Range 8, where Lima now stands, and built a saw-mill that year, also a sort of grist-mill or corn-cracker, and commenced grinding corn the next year.


West Union and Union.Twp
History of Fayette.Co.IA 1878, p497

....Much of the history of West Union has been necessarily included in the general history of the county, as it was the first town in the county and was selected as the county seat. The township, as created by the County Commissioners of Fayette County in 1850, is identical with Congressional Township No. 94, north of Range 8 west, but it included a portion of Township 94, Range 7, and Township 95, Range 8, as erected by the Commissioners of Clayton County in 1849.
....The surface is rolling, with steep bluffs along the Otter Creek in the eastern central portion. The soil is a deep, rich loam, clayey in the northern and eastern portions, and somewhat sandy in the southwest, bearing both wet and dry weather remarkably well, and seldom failing to reward the industrious farmer with fair harvests.
....About one-third of the area of the township is covered with timber, mostly on the eastern part. The prevailing varieties are white and red oak, maple, elm, linn or basswood, butternut, hickory, black walnut, box elder, with an occasional pine and cedar. Several very fine and valuable sugar maple groves graced the forests in early times, but most of them have fallen before the woodman's axe to furnish fuel and lumber. A fine one yet remains on the farm of Mr. Jacob Hoyer, about a mile east of the town of West Union.
....The township is watered by Otter Creek through the center, from west to east, while excellent springs of pure living water are numerous. Good water is generally obtained from wells at various depths from fifteen to forty feet, and above rock, except in a few instances.
....The township was a portion of the Winnebago Reserve until 1848. A favorite camping ground of the Indians was on Section 16, west of the north branch of Otter Creek, on the present farm of Mr. J. Messingham, formerly H. W. Muse's place, and south of the present residence of Mr. J. C. Montgomery (formerly the home of Jacob Cory, W. C. Ashby, D. W. Hall and B. H. Sampson, successively.) Small hunting parties of the Indians encamped there several times after the township was settled by the whites, and as late as the Winter of 1857-8, and their lodge poles could be seen there for many years afterward.
....The first to locate on this township were Lorenzo Dutton, Henry Jones and Charles M. Jones, who selected a spot for a home on what was afterward Section 3, in July, and Mr. Thomas J. Smith, who arrived about the same time. Smith is believed to have built the first cabin in the township, about the 15th to the 20th of August, 1848, on the farm now owned by Remembrance Lippincott, about a mile east of town. Mr. William Wells and Gabriel Long were here at the time, and helped to cut the logs and to make the "shakes" for the roof. Mr. Dutton and the Joneses returned to their location and built a cabin in September following. David Smith settled on Section 16 in the fall of 1848, and Morris B. Earll and Jacob Cory on Section 16. Henry F. Smith located near them on Section 9. Jacob F. and Henry Smith (sons of Henry F. Smith), spent the Winter of 1848-9 here. Absalom Butler settled here in April, 1849; George Smith, April 22; William Wells, April 23; William Redfield, Franklin Bishop and Stephen Bailey in May; Solomon Bishop and Gabriel Long July 4; Jacob W. Rogers, with his wife and daughter Ada, and Jacob LyBrand, September 7; Humphrey Tibbetts, October 25; William Felch and his two sons, Cephas and Richard, probably in October or November, 1849; Matthew Wells, Spring of 1850; Joseph W. Foster, July 4; John Phillips and Daniel Cook, September, 1850; David Wells, Dr. J. N. B. Elliott, 1850; William McClintock, Henry C. Lacy, Phineas F. Sturgis, Thomas Woodle, Joseph H. Stafford, David Stafford, Edwin Smith, Porter L. Hinkley, in the Spring of 1851; J. G. Webb, September 1851; John S. Brewer, Charles McDowell and others came in 1852; Isaac F. Clark, Myron Peck, John Gharky and others, 1853. Among other early settlers, the dates of whose settlement cannot now be ascertained, were James Carl, William Kilroy, Jonathan Ferrell, Jonathan Cruzan, Eli Root, William Root (1849 or 1850), Thomas Ritchie, George Stansbury, Elisha Van Dorn, Friend Dayton, H. S. Brunson, Joseph Deford, George W. Neff, Nicholas Butler, Willis T. Bunton, William Barnhouse, John Saltsgiver.
....The town of West Union was laid out in the Fall of 1849, and re-surveyed in 1850. The site of the town was known as "Knob Prairie," and was named "West Union,' by William Wells, at the pioneer 4th of July celebration, 1849. The first survey was done by Erastus A. Light, assisted by Thomas R. Talbot.
....The first township elections are recorded elsewhere.
....The first house on the town plat was built by J. W. Rogers in 1849. Mr. Rogers was appointed Postmaster in January, 1850, and William McCloud carried the mail once a week between Elkader and Fort Atkinson, via West Union. Mr. Rogers' house being the first in the future city, he, of course, became the first hotel keeper, as strangers visiting this region insisted on stopping with him, refusing to go on if it was near meal or bedtime, as there was not another house in sight.
....The first store was opened by LyBrand and Rogers in September, 1849, in a part of the dwelling house of William Wells, near the center of Section 17, and perhaps two rods southeast of the present residence of Mrs. Eliza, widow of William Wells. They kept a general stock of merchandise which was removed to the house of Mr. Rogers about January, 1850, where the firm "kept store: until Mr. LyBrand removed LyBrand, Allamakee County.
....Daniel Cook built a small store and stocked it in the Summer of 1850, and commenced work on a hotel building on the corner of the southeast corner of Vine and Elm streets in the fall of the same year.
....The first law suit was before Henry F. Smith, Justice of the Peace, in 1851. George Stansbury had sold some dressed hogs to Daniel Cook. Cook, in turn, had sold one-half of one of them to M. V. Burdick, who had discovered a suspicious spot on the neck of the dead animal, and returned it to Cook as being "diseased meat." Cook wanted Stansbury to take it back; but he refused, stoutly alleging that the meat was good. Cook thereupon commenced suit, which was duly tried before Justice Smith, and created considerable excitement in the little hamlet. The Justice decided that there was "no cause of action." It was afterwards discovered that the hog had been killed by a gun shot, and the suspicious spot that had caused this trouble was occasioned by the bullet, which lodged in the neck of the animal.
...The First Hotel: In the Spring of 1851, Daniel Cook, who had commenced a hotel building, the previous Autumn, sold to J. H. & D. Stafford, who erected the Stafford Hotel, known as such until it was purchased by S. W. Cole, and by him called the "West Union House." Chauncy Leverich was building another hotel on the southwest corner of Vine and Walnut streets, where the Descent House now stands. At the same time Leverich had purchased the land of William Wells, upon condition that he should have the house up and enclosed by the 4th of July, 1851. Mr. J. B. Hough, of Clermont, who helped build the "Leverich House," says that they raised the frame of that a few hours before the Stafford Hotel was raised; that there was considerable rivalry between the workmen on the two buildings, to see which would get their frame up first. The Stafford Hotel was finished and opened first, however (see general history.)
....A Comical Race: During the Summer of 1851, Daniel Cook had a bear chained near his store, which was near the back end of the building now known as the Stewart House, but known as the "Dayton House" in 1854. He was fattening the animal in anticipation of a grand Christmas shooting match. The boys and young men used to tease this bear by throwing sticks, etc., at him, and it was intensely amusing to them to see the bear start for them and be brought up "all standing" when he reached the end of his chain. One day "Phin" Sturgis was amusing himself at the bear's expense in this manner, and had roused the anger of Bruin by poking sticks at him, until the animal started for his tormentor. "Phin" ran the usual distance and turned, expecting to see the usual performance when the bear reached the end of his chain; but much to his surprise and terror, Bruin didn't stop. In some way the chain was broken loose from the post, and "Phin" found that he would have to "git" pretty lively if he wanted to escape a bear hug. He wasn't disposed to laugh now. There were no houses then on the east side of Vine street, and it was an exciting race. Sturgis says: "I did my level best, and made splendid time, but the bear was close behind me when I reached the building on the corner where the Hobson boys have their job printing office now, and I had begun to think my time had come. But I suddenly dodged around the corner of the house; and the bear, too fat to turn so quickly, kept right along to the timber." The bear was found in the timber the next day, tangled up with his chain, re-captured and returned to his imprisonment; but Sturgis says he had no desire to meddle with him any more. The shooting match came off according to the programe, and bear steaks were served to the guests at the grand Christmas ball at the Stafford Hotel.
....The first white child born in the town was Oscar W. Rogers, son of Jacob and Sarah Jane Rogers, October 2, 1849. The first religious meeting was held in 1849, at the house of Henry F. Smith, Esq., which stood near the present site of George N. Rosier's barn. Rev. John Hinman was the clergyman, but the precise date is lost. The first church was built by the Methodist society in 1853, on Lot 15, Block 19, in West Union.
....In 1851-52 . Gabriel Long and Joshua Wells built a steam saw-mill on Block 19, West Union. The mechanical and engineering work was done by Norman Churchill, of Monroe, Wis. The old frame is still standing near the brick flouring-mill, the building of which was commenced by Wm. Redfield, Maxson & Co., in 1855. In April of that year, says the Pioneer, "A large portion of the material is already on the ground to build the steam flouring-mill of Redfield, Maxson & Co." This mill was located on Block 19, just north of the saw-mill. It was built of brick, and was not completed until 1857. It was never very successful, and has been silent now for some years.
....In the Spring of 1852, Mr. Wanzer, of Clayton County, arrived at West Union, with the exciting information that he had traced two thieves with a span of stolen horses to the vicinity of the town, and that the rogues were still in the vicinity. The people of the town had strong suspicion that Leverich was in league with the band of outlaws then infesting the county, and concluded that he might hold communication with the thieves during the night. Upon the supposition that they were concealed somewhere in the Turkey River timber, a line of sentries was established between the suspected point and the town. The night passed, and no discoveries were made; but it was afterward learned that the rascals were at Lost Grove that night, and that they received a supply of food from West Union at that place. Leverich, if it was him, was too sharp for them; and, although strongly suspected, was never fully detected in any unlawful act.
.....One day in September, 1852, a messenger came riding in hot haste into West Union with the startling announcement that fifteen hundred Indians were advancing upon the town to exterminate its inhabitants; that all the settlers to the west had been ruthlessly murdered and scalped, and their cabins burned, and that unquestionably the merciless savages would hurl themselves upon the town during the following night. Immediately the wildest excitement prevailed. There was "hurrying to and fro;" a meeting was called, and the brave citizens of West Union decided not to run, but to make a determined and vigorous defense. William McClintock was elected Commander-in-Chief, and Friend Dayton was dispatched post haste to Elkader for a supply of ammunition, as there was none in town. The people were requested to bring out all the arms they had, and succeeded in finding one rifle, one army musket and one single-barreled fowling-piece. The Commander-in-Chief shook his head dubiously when he reflected that these composed the entire armament of the place, that they had no powder, and that in a few hours fifteen hundred red devils might be screeching their terrible war-whoop in the peaceful streets of the town. He and his brave but unarmed supporters were intensely relieved, however, when they learned soon after that there was not an Indian within 150 miles of Fayette County.
....In 1852, in the fall, Judge Woodle, Rev. H. S. Brunson and Rev. John Webb opened a store on Vine street, and employed Phineas F. Sturgis as accountant and salesman. Their store was known to the early settlers as "The Arcade." M. V. Burdick says that the firm adopted the word "handsomely" for cost mark; that he deciphered it, that he would let them know it, and sent a note without signature as follows: Beware, ye men of the Arcade,...I will not let you doubt....Though "handsomely" your cost mark's made,....'Tis "handsomely" found out. Burdick was not successful in disguising his chirography, as his friends recognized his propensity for rhyming, for the next time he entered the store Mr. Sturgis very complacently handed him the note, and, with a merry twinkle of the eye, asked him if "he had ever seen that before."
...."The Arcade" was on the west side of Vine street, a small wooden building still standing, a short distance north of the Bank Building, over the door of which may yet be seen the old sign of "Woodle & Brunson."
....The first paper in West Union is not included in the list of newspapers of the county. It was not printed, appeared semi-occasionally and was called The Gleaner. Nobody knew who published it, and it made unmerciful thrusts at random. "Everybody," says Mr. Burdick, "was hit, but nobody knew who it was that hit him." Burdick says the following carried in The Gleaner "didn't cost him a cent.


1897Jun, West.Union Gazette; Hon. P.F. Sturgis brought us a copy of "the Fayette Pioneer,"  Vol.I, No. 1, the first paper printed in Fayette.Co.IA.  It is dated Oct. 21, 1853, and issued by McDowell & Gharky.   The first thought to us was the difference between the old time methods of making papers and those of today.  Then there were no patents or plates, every line of type being composed at  home, and in out judgment to the advantage in appearance of the paper and in its individuality.  Another difference lies in the advertising, there being but little of it in the olden time, and that evidently considered more as a contribution to the publishers than  as a business venture.  Berkey & Winet is the only store mentioned in the first issue.  P. Herzog wanted a man to work in his cabinet and chair factory.  In the column of professional cards are the names of J.W. Rogers, land agent; J.H. Stafford, electic physician and surgeion; M.V. Burdock, attorney at law; H.W. hart, physician and surgeon, C.A. Newcomb, attorney; P.L. Hinkley, justice of the peace; Wm. McClintock, attorney; J.Cruzan, botanic physician; Francis Skelton, attorney; J.S. Brewer, wagon & carriage manufacturer.  Another fact seen over the past 40yrs is the way news is gathered.  Printed weekly they had to print the latest and most important dispatches.  This copy of Oct21 contained no item mewer than Sep24.  The editor noted; pork lard, butter, chickens, tallow and eggs would be taken on subscription at this office.


Plats

PhineasF1830 acquired up to a thousand acres around the county at one time, apparently often dealing in land.

PhineasF1830, died in 1903, and the family was 'gone' from West.Union.

 



 


 

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