Eli Widger 1823/NY-1912/Fayette.IA, obit picture.
WIDGER, Peter Gilbert
(son of Eli1827)
Fayette.IA Reporter, Thurs, Nov14, 1912. Passing of an Old Citizen: Eli Widger was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y,June 30,1827. He moved to Peoria.Co.IL, in 1857, afterward living at Galva in Henry.Co.IL , then later living seven years in McLean.Co.IL. Removed to Iowa in the autumn of 1865, settling in Smithfield township, Fayette Co. In the Spring (1866) he met with an accident through the felling of a tree which rendered him a cripple for the rest of his life. He was obliged to change his occupation from that of farming so in 1868 he moved to Albany, where he engaged first in the Grocery business and afterward took up the work of an insurance solicitor. He struggled against his misfortunes in a way which would put to shame many able bodied men. During the 17yrs he resided in Albany, he was active in church and Sunday school work and was often the one whose efforts along there religious services are maintained. Mr. Widger received au exhorters license in 1867 and a local preachers license in 1875. During the years that followed he often supplied pulpits throughout the county and for a number of years kept up regular preaching appointments not for the remuneration but for the love of God's cause and the hope of doing good to hip fellow men. In his work as lay preacher he represented a type of men who have nearly passed away but whose tireless efforts in the earl history of the Mississippi valley had much to do with its civilization and organization. Mr. Widger was twice married. In 1851 to Sarah Bromley Keeley (Kelly) who died in 1889. Three children died in Illinois while quite young and three others, P. G. Widger and Mrs. Ella Older of Fayette, and Mrs. Jennie Hepworth of Oelwein survive him as do also one brother, Peter G. of Fayette and one sister, Mrs. J. J Servoss of Savage, Montana. He was again married in 1892 to Mrs. Harriet Burns who also proceeded him to the better land in May 1906. The death of Mr. Widger removes from Fayette the last individual who enjoyed a speaking acquaintance with Abraham Lincoln. He lived at on time in IL only a few miles from the home of Mr. Lincoln of whom he was a great admirer. He was a loyal citizen and while prevented by disability from entering the army was a member of the Union League during the war. Respect of his fellow citizens and the large insurance business which he developed bore witness to this fact. In this work he drove over the countv continually until 1908 when failing health compelled him to shift the burden more and more to his daughter Mrs. Ella Older who cared for him in his feebleness until finally the insurance business passed to her name and is continued by her, The end came Monday morning at 5:45 and the funeral was conducted at the Methodist church Wed. afternoon by Dr. G. H. Kennedy assisted by Dr. Daniel. M.Parker. Music was furnished by Mesdames Tireman and Bennett, Prof. Crane and Harry Carmichael. The remains were laid at rest in Grandview Cemetery in Fayette.IA.
Arlington News, Jan 19, 1933: PETER WIDGER DIED; Fayette residents learned Friday morning, Jan. —, of the passing of one of its old time residents, Peter G. Widger, who had been in poor health for some time. He was born in New York seventy-nine years ago. When a boy he came west with his parents and has been a resident of Fayette county for sixty-seven years. His education was gained in the rural schools and some time was spent working on farms. He operated a stage line between Lima and IFayette and was in partnership in the livery business with the late F. N. Holmes for some years. He was a well known horse buyer in this community and in later years was in the cattle
business. Besides his wife he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ella Older of Fayette and a grandson, Gerald Farrell.
Fayette Postal Care, May 17, 1906: Obituary...Harriet M. Widger was born at New Lebanon, Columbia Co., N. Y., Nov. 24, 1837. She was married to Levi W. Burns in the year 1856, and to this union were born eight children, of whom six survive: Wm. W. Burns, Fayette; John E. Burns, Atchison, Kan.; Harriet E. Wroe, Valley Springs, Dak.; Robt. B. Burns, Yankton, S. Dak. The father of this family passed away Feb. 2, 1888, at Lima, Iowa. Deceased was married to Eli Widger Dec. 29, 1892. She was converted when 14 years of age and united with the M. E. church. Her death occurred on May 9,1906, at her home in Fayette, and the funeral was held in the Methodist church on May 11th . Rev. Dr. Sanderson conducted the services.
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Page Chronology: 2013Jan20, Page initially uploaded; 2013Jan23, errors were discovered on Ancestry regarding the Fayette.Co.IA, Widger's & related collateral lines so an attempt to fight through some of the problems has led to corrections and a little increased data. There is a better understanding for Peter Gilbert1831 Widger & marriages. Mary Jane Kelly1848 Widger is the dau. from Sarah Bromley's first marriage and was raised a Widger. Others can continue working to expand he data. A refreshed burial table and tree has been loaded. 2013Jan24, added time maps/pics after the page intro and before the tree. 2013Jan25, some Fayette village pics added within the plat sequence near bottom of page. 2013Jan25, added obit & pic for Eli Widger.
Eli Widger (1827-1912 was in Fayette.Co.IA
1864-1866, in Smithfield.Twp
1866-1885, In Albany
1885-1912, along Jones.St, In the NE corner area of Fayette village.
About 1864 Eli Widger1827 moved his family
from IL to Smithfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA.
1866, Eli suffered a crippling farm accident and would shortly moved into to the Albany area.
It is likely Ely would rent an acreage and/or
lots at the north end/edge of Albany.
Eli is listed as a peddler in 1870, being enumerated adjacent to Daniel Andrus32 & Andrew Hensley77.
Eli probably was likely traveling around the area by wagon, selling general supplies and insurance, plus operating out of his cabin.
...The Eli Widger and Levi Burns family came to Fayette.Co.IA from IL about the same time and may have traveled together with Levi settling near Lima and Eli out in Smithfield.Twp.
...The Widger's and Burns' families were associated with each other before Iowa.
...After his accident Eli is located either on or adjacent to the Burns farm just west of Lima and very near Hensley/Andrus, before the Widger's buy lots 4,5,6, in bk 7 of Albany in 1872.
1872May11, Land Transaction: Sarah Bromley Widger (& Eli) buy from Fayette.Co.IA, Lots 4,5,6 in Block 7 of Albany.IA.
The Widger's would live in Albany from 1866-1885
By 1885 the Widger's started to moved into
Fayette village, locating along the ExNE side of town.
Eli and dau Ella would operated a significant insurance and land business out of the SW corner of the old Sherman Hotel.
Son Peter G. would become a well known horse man and dealer on his farm along the NE side of Fayette.
Eli would have sibling also locate in Fayette village for awhile.
1886Jan29, Land Transaction: Sarah Widger (Eli) sold to Joseph E. Wroe, Lots 4, 5, 6, Block 7, in Albany.IA.
Basic descendent trees of the major surname lines in Fayette Co, Iowa.
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|Surname||First, Middle||Maiden||Spouse or Parents||Birth||Death/Burial||Cemetery||City/Twp||Notes|
Colored rows = info/data updated; white rows = not updated, needing data.
|Widger||Eli||Widger||Bromley Sarah 1821/VT-1889/Fayette.IA, 1st wf; 2nd wf, Harriett nee Burns Waite, 1837/NY-1906/Fayette.IA||30 Jun 1827||11 Nov 1912||Grandview||Fayette||Sec B, lot 230, burial #1082. Son of Amos Widger 1797/NY-1859/NY & Gitty Getty Ash ?/NY?-bef1850/NY. Bro of Peter1831. Wf Sarah Bromley had child with 1st husb Unknown Kelly: Mary Jane Kelly1849 adopted/raised Widger by Eli Widger. Ch with Sarah nee Bromely Kelly: Peter Gilbert1853 (named after Eli's bro. Peter Gilbert1831), Three Unknown that died young in IL, Ellen Getty 'Ella' 1863.|
|Widger||Harriett Marie||Waite||Burns Levi Walter 1835/CT-1888/Illyria.Twp,1st husb; 2nd husb Eli Widger 1837/NY-1906/Fayette.IA.||Nov 22, 1837||May 09, 1906||Grandview||Fayette||Sec G, lot 317, S portion, burial #0907. Sm. Granite marker added aft 2k by decendent of Harriett's son Jonathan; unmakred for decades. Cause; General peritonitis. Name Donald Morton inserted under Harriet M. Wedger in original burial book bz/2012. Dau of Jonathan Waite 1816/NY-1891/NE & Eunice Finch 1815/NY-1852/NY. Burns ch; Wm Wallace, JonathanE, Harriet Eunice, RobertB, Levi Walter, Mary L, Charles H.|
|Widger||Mary Louisa||Fauser||Widger Peter Gilbert 1853/NY-1933/Fay.Co.IA||3 May 1856||23 Apr 1944||Grandview||Fayette||Sec E, Lot 86, S side, burial #1632. Dau of John Martin Fauser 1823/Ger-1880/Fay.Co.lA & Louisa Catherine Kunze 1828/Ger-1904/Fay.Co.IA. Ch; adopted Doris Louise.|
|Widger||Peter Gilbert||Widger||Dow(suspect) Cloe O. 1837/NY-bef1890/IA?1870, 1st wife; 2nd, Eliz Hawkins 1837/England-1897/Fayette.IA?||May 11, 1831||Aug 18, 1914||Grandview||Fayette||Sec B, Lot 230. Son of Amos Widger 1797/NY-1859/NY & Gitty Getty Ash ?/NY?-bef1850/NY. No children. Cannot find burial of Eliz Hawkins d. 1897 in Fay.Co.IA, bz/2013. Census1870: salesman in Eldora with wf ClesD33NY. Cannot find in 1880/1885. Located on Clark.St in Fayette by 1891.|
|Widger||Peter Gilbert||Widger||Fauser Mary Louisa 1856/IN-1944/Independence.IA||1 Jun 1853||6 Jan 1933||Grandview||Fayette||Sec E, Lot 86, S side, burial #1632. Son of Eli Widger 1827/NY-1912/Fayette.IA & Sarah Bromley 1821/NY-1889/Fayette.IA. Ch; adopted Doris Louise.|
|Widger||Sarah||Bromley||Widger Eli 1827/NY-1912/Fayette.IA, 2nd husb; 1st husb, Unknown Kelly abt1820/VTorNY-bef1850/NY.||2 Dec 1821||17 May 1889||Grandview||Fayette||Sec B, lot 230, burial #0541. Need parents, had twin bro's, Josh & Joseph b.1823/NY. Ch with Unknown Kelly: Mary Jane Kelly1849 adopted/raised Widger. Ch with Eli Widger: Peter Gilbert1853 (named after Eli's bro. Peter Gilbert1831), Three Unknown that died young in IL, Ellen Getty 'Ella' 1863.|
|Farrell||Doris Louise||Widger||Farrell Leo Edward 1907/Waucoma.IA-1982/Kansas.City.||26 Jul 1905||6 Nov 1931||Grandview||Fayette||Sec E, Lot 86, burial #1601, 3ft from N. Adopted dau of Peter Gilbert Widger 1853/NY-1933/Fayette.IA & Mary Louise Fauser 1856/IN-1944/Fayette.IA. Ch; Jerold Duane.|
|Hepworth||Mary Jane||Widger||Hepworth John B. 1864/?-1913/train accident S of Maynard, 2nd husb; 1st husb, divorced; Isreal Adams 1838/NY-?/IA?||Jul 1848||Oct 5, 1913||Grandview||Fayette||Sec D, Lot 324, N side, 6ft from N side, burial #1104, 62y, meningitis. Dau of Unknown Kelly abt1820/VTorNY-abt1850/NY & Sarah Bromley 1821/VT-1889/Fayette.IA. Raised/adopted by Eli Widger 1827/NY-1912/Fayette, Sarah's 2nd husb. Listed almost everywhere in papers & on Ancestry as dau of Eli, which is incorrect, bz/2013. No children.|
|Hepworth||John B||Hepworth||Widger Mary Jennie 1849/NY-1913/Fayette.IA||11 Feb 1865||Sep 01, 1913||Grandview||Fayette||Sec D, Lot 324. N side, burial #1101, train accident S of Maynard. Age; 48y6m21d. Need parents.|
1883 Feb, Peter G. Widger has the daily stage line from
Fayette to Lima, leaving every morning at 8am, to connect with the passenger
train going north, and at 3pm to connect with the passenger south and freight
1883 Feb, Hiram Canfield & Peter G. Wider are rivals in the stage passenger business to West Union. They are the same either way. One route is through open prairie, overland by team, the other is part team and part by train cars.
1887 Oct, Pete Widger says he hires out sundown wagons occasionally to parties who have such a rollicking time in this prohibition county that the wheels 'wabble' for a week after the gig gets home.
1889 Oct, Pete Widger, Ernest Holmes, Geo Hill, took the freight for Sherborne, MN, to slaughter ducks, geese, brants, budweisers, killdeers, mudhens and time.
1891 Feb, Holmes & Widger are buying horses in various towns in the county.
1891 Feb, Holmes & Widger sold their livery stable and business.
1893 Sept, Peter G. Widger & wife, and J.W. Winston & family took in the World's Fair at St. Louis this week. Oct, P.G. Widger is on the sick list, too much World's Fair.
1895 Aug, Pete Widger and Jim Finch are the regular horse dealers in Fayette, making periodical shipments to various markets. They just shipped a car load of draft horses to Minneapolis. They buy heavy-weights, roadsters, or 'blocks.' and farmers of others having horses to dispose of should see them before letting loose of their stock. Pete and Jim will pay you all the market allows so you run no risk of parting with your horses for less money than they are worth.
1895 Oct, Broke out of the pasture of Eli Widger, a light red cow, medium size, small white spot in forehead, on left flank a small white spot sprinkled with red, horns horizontal and turned toward each other, is five years old and low build. Suitable reward for return or knowledge of her whereabouts.
1896 May, A sad accident befell Eli Widger on Monday forenoon. While sitting in his buggy in front of the James' General Store, the dray team of John Huls became frightened by the falling of a telephone wire across their backs. They ran into and over Eli's vehicle, smashing the top and seat and throwing the old gentleman out and under the wreck, breaking his collarbone and we presume otherwise injuring him. He was taken from the wreck, morphine administered, and carried home.
1897 Jan, Peter Widger when to Chicago with a car load of horses. Also J.M Edmunds and Peter Graf went with some cattle and hogs.
1897 July, Peter Widger shipped a car load of horses to St. Paul and said to have been the finest string ever shipped out of Fayette.
1897 Aug, Eli Widger is still on the sick list and Mrs. Peter Widger (formerly Mrs. Nolan) is quite sick.
1897 Oct 7 Mrs. Widger was buried Saturday forenoon. Note: This is Eliz Hawkins 1837-Sep 29, 1897, wife of Peter Gilbert Widger 1831-1914 (bro of Eli).
1898 Feb, Pete Widger went to Chicago with a load of horses. He intended to go north but a slump in the St. Paul and northern markets changed his plans. Pete ships about every two weeks in some directions. He has made Fayette very much a horse market, so that no one has any difficulty in disposing of saleable horses at market price.
1898 Jul, During an afternoon storm, lightning struck the house of Eli Widger. Some plaster was knocked off the wall and the inmates felt the effect of the shock for several days.
1898 Sep, Peter L. Widger went to St. Paul with what he claims to be the finest car load of horses ever taken out of Fayette.
1898 Dec, Peter G. Widger recently imported some fine draft horses from Minnesota, purchased at a stock sale.
1899 Apr, Peter G. Widger has recently shipped three car loads of horses to Winnipeg, Manitoba. They were shipped in installments. You may have noticed that horses are worth more than they were when Bryan was racing over the country telling what horrible calamities would befall the country if silver was not admitted to free coinage.
1899 Oct, Peter Widger, horse dealer, has a new barn.
1900 Apr, Peter G. Widger's new horse barn contained
12-15 marketable horses and we noticed the convenience of use. C. V. Van Syckel
is clerk at Widger's stable and he will allow you to inspect the live animals.
1900 July, Peter Widger and A. E. Whitney took a nice bunch of horses to Elkader to fill a car which buyer Fisher was collecting.
1900 Aug, Will Holmes has moved into the house of Peter Widger, senior.
1901 Feb, Peter Widger has farm horses or mares for sale at his stables in Fayette.
1901 Oct, Peter Widger sold a car load of heavy draft horses to Mr. Booser who was in down from Winnipeg.
1910 Dec, Lawrence Wroe and Mrs. Mabel Perkins spent a few days recently with their grandmother, Mrs. Eli (Harriet Marie nee Waite) Widge, before departing for their future home in Spooner, WI. Mrs. Harriet Widger left for Waterloo to spend a few day with her son Charles.
1902 Apr 3, Mrs. Mary Widger received word of the death of her sister in Washington.
1902 Nov, Pete Widger had a mare killed last week in his pasture by a rifle bullet. There are too many boys and reckless young men using firearms in the vicinity.
1903 Jan, Eli Widger visited his daughter in Westgate.
1903 Mar, Pete Widger sold a first class roadster last week to Al Bonnewitz of Marshaltown for $300, a good price and it much have been a good horse. Pete, with Wm, Steele of Strawberry Pt, loaded a car of horses for the Chicago market.
1903 Nov, Mrs. Eli Widger is seriously ill with pneumonia.
1903 Dec, Pete Widger has shipped a number of car loads of horses to the Chicago market this year.
1904 Feb, Pete Widger when to market with ten horses on the stock train. Ben Hancock also went with a car of white hogs for Graf Bro's
1904 Apr, Peter Widger has bought Mrs. Hawks residence. She will and her seven children are moving back to their ranch in Dakota.
1904 Jul, The old Briggs house now owned by Pete Widger was moved to a new foundation further south. It has been re-shingled and when finished will be occupied by Frank Sherman.
1904 Aug, Pete Widger and wife thank those that assisted during the sickness, death and burial of Mrs. Widger's mother, Mrs. Fauser.
1904 Nov, C.H. Wilbur built a plank walk connecting his brick walk with Pete Widger's cement walk. This gives an outlet up Water Street.
1905 Aug, Pete Widger and D.H. Sweet have 40 yearling draft colts from Nebraska for sale on the Sweet farm south of Fayette.
1905 Sep, Pete Widger's cottage on Jones St, has been rented to Mrs. Hamm of Federicksburg, who will move here to educate two sons.
1905 Sep 14, Pete Widger and wife have adopted a 6wk old baby.
1906 Jun, Pete Widger has pasturage for horses. Call on him or phone #51.
1907 Apr, Mrs. Pete Widger has Plymouth Rock eggs for hatching at 50c a setting. Also some every fine roosters.
1907 Apr, The old Westfield mill is not as flat as if a cyclone had struck. It was found that much of the timber supposed to be good was badly decayed and not very valuable.
1907 Sep, Ella Widger is teaching in the Fayette schools. Doris Widger would graduate from FHS in 1923..
Obit Ella Widger, dau of Eli and Sarah Bromley Widger, b. Nov 9, 1863, McClain.Co.IL.
...1865, the family moved by team and wagon to farm in Smithfield.Twp, south of Fayette.
...1866, Eli moved the family to Albany, Fay.Co.IA, where the father ran a general store.
...1881, age 16, Ella started teaching in area rural schools, then for a couple of years in the Fayette primary room. Then taught a winter in SD.
...1893Jan03, married Clark Older of Westgate.
...1893-1904, farmed near Westgate, then moved into Oelwein.
...1904Nov, son Dwight Older died.
...1907, they moved to Fayette for the rest of their lives.
...1907after, Ella assisted her father in writing insurance and continued the insurance business after his death,
completing 30yrs with the Northwestern National Ins. Co.
...1932Jun, dau Mildred died.
...1941, Dau Velma living in Fayette, dau Bernice Hackett of Fayette.
...1941, Grandchildren Dale, Dorothy, Roy, Robert, Marjorie of Fayette & Beverly Older of Oelwein. Ivan Hackett of Oelwein.
The Widger's were gone from Fayette by the 1940's.
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