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11 September 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Andrew Parrott (1861-1915) Iowa

Certainly any death is very sad and has an impact on the family, but this story of Andrew Parrott from Sumner, Bremer County, Iowa, tugged at my heart.

Andrew Parrott was born in December 1861 in Worthington, Dubuque County, Iowa the son of Leven Parrott and Amanda Williams.  He married Elsie Irene Parrott in 1889 (yes, that is also her maiden name - I have not confirmed how or if they were related).

Andrew's wife had died in 1910.  On Monday, January 25th, 1915, Andrew Parrott was injured and died the following morning. According to the Sumner Gazette "A sad accident occurred at the big freight platform just north of Second street, Monday evening, when Andrew Parrott received an injury that resulted in his death Tuesday morning.....Mr. Parrott was a widower, and had kept his children together in their home since the death of the mother about six or seven years ago. [MidwestAncestree's note:  actually only 5]  He was a kind hearted and inoffensive man, and it is hard to believe that he would be the aggressor in any altercation.  There is much sympathy among our people for his family."
Sumner Gazette, The | Sumner, Iowa | Thursday, January 28, 1915 | Page 5

Oelwein Register | Oelwein, Iowa | Wednesday, January 27, 1915 | Page 5
 A coroner's jury was impaneled and found the death to have been accidental:
Oelwein Daily Register | Oelwein, Iowa | Thursday, February 04, 1915 | Page 4

Sumner Gazette, The | Sumner, Iowa | Thursday, February 04, 1915 | Page 5

10 September 2011

Surname Saturday: Brady (Mostly Iowa & Illinois)

This Surname Saturday we will explore one of the surnames on my father's side:  BRADY.

This has been a difficult one to research.  Family notes show I am missing at least one brother somewhere.  I have found the immigrants from Ireland in the 1800's, siblings:  Andrew, Catharine, Mary, Ellen, and Margaret.  Any assistance with this line would be MOST appreciated!   Catharine Brady is my Great-grandmother.  This link provides more information on the Bradys in my family tree.  Here is the list:

Name Spouse Birth date Death date
BRADY, Alice BUCKLES, Lyle 6-Jul-1925
BRADY, Andrew PARTLAND, Eliza 13-Jan-1905 04 Oct 1879
BRADY, Bridget HICKEY, Unknown
BRADY, Catharine HANLON, John 05 Apr 1832 22 Apr 1894
BRADY, Donald J ASMUS, Verna Frieda A 28-Sep-1913 12-Oct-1974
BRADY, Edward Daniel MEYER, Rose E Jun 1873 21-Nov-1949
BRADY, Ellen BRADY, James E. 17-Jan-1905 23 Jul 1880
BRADY, Francis A. "Frank" 14 Sep 1865 May 1888
BRADY, George Edward ASMUS, Marie Emma 6-Sep-1911 30-Sep-1957
BRADY, Irene 3-Mar-1905 6-Apr-1905
BRADY, James
BRADY, James E. BRADY, Ellen 8-Jan-1905 18 Feb 1881
BRADY, James Edward CASTER, LaVina 13 Sep 1868 4-Aug-1932
BRADY, James Wade PHELAN, Hazel Cather 04 Jan 1897 5-Jun-1970
BRADY, John Abt. 1864
BRADY, John J Abt. 1865 01 Nov 1896
BRADY, Margaret BARR, Unknown
BRADY, Margaret E KUHL, Ervin Franklin 20-Feb-1915 8-Feb-1995
BRADY, Mary HOLLAND, James 12-Jan-1905 11-Aug-1912
BRADY, Mary A Jul 1871 Bef. 1949
BRADY, Ruth HIATT, Ronald 30-Jun-1928 7-Mar-2000
BRADY, Susan MALONEY, Andrew Jun 1864 29-Nov-1953
BRADY, Susie
BRADY, Teresa BRUTSMAN, John Livi Jul 1872 Bef. 1949
BRADY, William Abt. 1868 Bef. 1949

07 September 2011

Wedding Wednesday: A VERY young marriage, 1885, Woodbury County, Iowa

This could also quality for a 'wordless Wednesday' entry, because what can you say when you see a ONE YEAR old with a status of MARRIED!  This image is from and is for Verna Parrott, age 1, in 1885 for the Iowa 1885 State Census.  WHEW!

05 September 2011

Matrilineal Monday: Whatever happened to Lura Bear Morgan? Appanoose Couty, Iowa

I've been trying to find the loose ends in one of my maternal lines, the Awalt family.  Nancy Awalt (1854-1911) was the granddaughter of Michael Awalt Jr, Revolutionary War Veteran and his wife Sarah Tipps.  Nancy's father, John Awalt and his wife Clarinda Ockerman, made the trip west to Davis County, Iowa from Indiana with his mother in the late1840s.

Nancy married Levi A. Bear 3 Nov 1874 and their daughter Lura married Cal C Morgan 26 Mar 1896 per this record from

The 1895, 1900 and 1910 census all agree on the spelling of Lura.  Lura's husband died in 1905, and I found this on FindAGrave in the Allerton Cemetery, Allerton, Wayne County, Iowa with the following notes from his obituary:
"The Allerton News
Feb. 16, 1905

C. C. Morgan Dead

Cal Morgan, whose serious illness from cancer has been frequently noted by the News, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Morgan, Sr., on Monday and was buried in the Allerton cemetery Tuesday at one o'clock. Mr. Morgan has been a sufferer from the ailment that finally ended his life for several months. He has been living on a farm northeast of Corydon until about a month ago when he was brought to his parent's home here for treatment and care. But medical skill could not stay the ravages of the disease and he gradually grew worse until the end came. He was about forty years of age and leaves a widow and three children, parents, five brothers and one sister to mourn."

I have two questions that appear immediately.  First:  I show 4 children for Cal & Lura.
The 1900 census shows:
  • Birdie, female age 3
  • Manford, male age 1
 Iowa had a 1905 State Census and it shows 4 children with C.C. and L.E. Morgan in Allerton:
  • Bertha Morgan
  • Manford Morgan
  • Elmer Morgan
  • Abe Morgan
By 1910 Cal has died and Lura and  these 3 children are living with her parents and brother:
  • Bertha D Morgan, age 13
  • Elmer Morgan, age 9
  • Abram Morgan, age 6.
This would lead me to believe Manford died, but I found a Manford Morgan in the 1915 Iowa Census in Allerton.  I do find a Manford Morgan and brother Elmer in Bureau County, Illinois in 1920.

I can't find Lura, Bertha or Abram however.  Did she re-marry?  Where did you go Lura?

As a postscript...the FindAGrave memorial I mention above was contributed by Dana.  In her bio she states:  " I love reading their memorials and going link by link to weave through history and families….it can be an amazing journey with findagrave. It drives me crazy how many others just gobble up memorials, do nothing with them…not even so much as adding one link, one maiden name, one record, obit, headstone photo and then have the nerve to post on their bios about how much work they do and how dare people ask for their relatives after they have done all the work....I DO do the work. I am dedicated to all those under my care and just hope to get as many under my protection as I can and save them from an eternity of internet obscurity by those that hoard the deceased."

A good reminder to us all to add whatever we can when we find a memorial on FindAGrave.  I am starting to add flowers to anyone I find related, along with my relationship to them (thank you ancestry member tree for that ability) and any little thing I think might help the next person.

04 September 2011

Black Sheep Sunday: The Infamous Ned Kelly

Irish Australian outlaw Ned Kelly’s remains have finally been identified Staff Writer, CATHAL DERVAN, published an article on Thursday, 1 September 2011 that caught my eye while I was searching for some Irish History info. 

Outlaw Ned Kelly’s remains finally identified in Australia

DNA tests prove his identity 131 years after his death

First, yes, I know Ned Kelly is AUSTRALIAN, but I saw the article in an Irish paper, and second, let me make perfectly clear, as far as I know, I'm not related to Ned Kelly nor do I have any tattoos.  The reason I want to bring this to your attention is an associated article by Staff Writer, Cathy Hayes that states: 

"Researchers have discovered that people with tattoos of the Irish gangster Ned Kelly are eight times more likely to be murdered, commit suicide or die by accident." 

But, back to this 'Black Sheep', Ned Kelly.  It was science, DNA science, that connected Kelly to his great-great-nephew.  In a Reuters story, Victoria's state Attorney-General Robert Clark said "To think a group of scientists could identify the body of a man who was executed more than 130 years ago, moved and buried in a haphazard fashion among 33 other prisoners, most of whom are not identified, is amazing".

It IS if that amazing DNA science would start working wonders for me with my Irish Ancestors!  It has brought 2 football players together (as mentioned in Eastman's Online Newsletter last week).  

Why can't I find ANY Irish relative at all?

I would be excited to find a black sheep, or a beige sheep or pink sheep...I just want to find an Irish, ancestor, cousin, aunt, uncle, ANYTHING!   Ok, to be clear, I confirmed one cousin is my cousin.  I have had a male relative submit DNA, I've submitted mine for the Family Finder test at, which is about all one can do to find your father's line if you're a woman.

Someday, someday maybe all the posts and queries and letters and writing to strangers in Ireland on Facebook, maybe someday it will all pay off and I can find my own black sheep!  

Hello out there to Hanlons, Bradys, O'Connells, Clancys in Ireland....submit your DNA! Pretty please! 


02 September 2011

Funeral Card Friday: Marion Herald Milburn (1916-1928)

I do not have a source for this obituray; it was a handwritten note I found in family papers many years ago. 

"Marion Milburn, son of Joe and Nellie Milburn, was born at Mystic,Iowa July 8, 1916 and as a growing boy was steadily developing an increasing interest in both school and church.  He had determined that he would make the eighth grade in school without missing and until his final sickness had only missed a half day which was for his grandmother Milburn's funeral.

He had been a regular attendant of Sunday school and was confirmed with the Methodist-Episcopal church March 6, 1927, being fully received into full (illegible) the following March 25th.  He has been active in the Junior Apworth League holding different offices and at the last being First Vice President.  And the records of the church show his devotion in a larger way.  His daily life at home and  with the boys and girls as well as with the older folks confirmed his confessions of a Christian life.

He was first taken sick about two weeks ago and rapidly developed a critical case of pneumonia and after much severe suffering the liberating hand of death claimed him Friday evening, March 16, 1928 at the age of 11 years, 8 months and 5 days.  He is survived by his parents, his grandfather, W.M. Morlan of Mystic, two brothers, and three sisters, Enzely F. of Blakesburg, Iowa, USA, and Mrs. Mamie Abbott of Exline, Iowa, USA, Fred of Ardenvoir, Washington and Esther and Marie at home and many more distant relatives." 

I took this picture of his gravestone on one of my many trips to Mystic, Appanoose County, Iowa.  (Feel free to copy).

01 September 2011

Crossroads Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa

Earlier this summer I made a quick trip to Iowa with the intent of photographing soooooooooooo many cemeteries.  The weather and health got the best of me, however and I was only able to take a couple hundred photos of Crossroads Cemetery and Philadelphia Cemetery, which you can find at Iowa

One of the things I love about old country cemeteries are the flowers.  This old gravestone from Crossroads Cemetery is from 1882.  Remarkable how well preserved it is.  Maybe someone in Appanoose County can pick up where I left off and finish taking pictures?

By the way, word is that the Appanoose County genealogy society is taking up a collection for to scan all the old Iowegian newspapers.  A worthy cause to help us find those missing puzzle pieces in the county. 

UPDATE (02 Sep 2011):  I received a comment about this from Bill Hawkins over at the Jerome Journal blog. I had received a notice in my Appanoose County Genealogy Society newsletter about the digitization effort, so it led to my confusion as to who was really behind the effort. Here is a link to an article in the Daily Iowegian: 

Historical Society to digitize all Centerville newspapers

"To kick off the project, Kris Koestner of J&K Market made a $500 donation for the project. Connie has sent out letters to several local people and businesses that she thought would have a keen interest in the digitized newspapers. If you would like to help with this project, your donations will be gratefully accepted. If you want to help, just call Connie Stater at (641) 856-5426 or come to the museum any weekday between 1-5 p.m."

 "The potential for the digitization was originally suggested by Appanoose County Genealogy Society President Gary Craver. He has spent thousands of hours at the library, pouring over microfilm doing genealogical research. The possibility of doing the research from his home was really appealing, so he contacted Heritage Microfilm to get a quote. It was very expensive, and he didn’t know how the money could ever be raised to accomplish it.

But that’s where Connie Stater came in. Board member of the Appanoose County Historical Society, Connie had been using the hard-bound volumes of the old Iowegians at the museum to do research on the beginnings of the Majestic Theater now being restored by Morgan Cline. Those old newspapers are brittle and crumble easily, making them very difficult to use.  She, Gary, and some other members of the Historical Society sprang into action, looking for grants and other ways to raise the needed funds for digitization."

Also of interest is the inclusion of the Southern Iowa American: 

"The Appanoose County Historical Society has undertaken the task of having all of the Centerville newspapers digitized. This will include pre-Iowegian newspapers dating back as far 1857 and going all the way up to the present. This will include the Daily Citizen, the Centerville Journal, The Southern Iowa American (the Ku Klux Klan newspaper), the Semi-Weekly Iowegian and the Daily Ioweigan up through 2010."