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Posted by: Jane Pitkin

 Seeking other descendants/researchers of Andrew ANDERSON, b: June 24, 1832 in Norway, died June 9, 1921 in Decatur Co, Iowa. Andrew was married to Inger ORMSDOTTER. They had a child named Anna, who was born 1864, and died 1937 in Lamoni, Decatur Co, Iowa.

Posted by: Allan Childers

 To the best of my knowledge, my grandfather Elmer AVERY was born Sept. 28, 1895 near Weldon, Decatur Co., Iowa. His parents were Henry AVERY and Mary Alice LLOYD. He had an older sister, Florence Edna, and a younger brother Walter. Any information on the AVERY family would be appreciated.

Posted by: Janet Lighthill-Ridley

 Am looking for information on Caroline METZER LIGHTHILL BIDDLE. She was born in PA about 1837. METZER was her maiden name. She and her first husband, Henry LIGHTHILL moved to Decatur county in the 1850's. Henry died in Decatur county 4 Oct 1865 and is buried there. Sometime thereafter, Caroline was remarried to a Mr. BIDDLE first name unknown. We believe the marriage took place in Decatur county as well. I have been unable to discover who Caroline's parents were, birth and death dates for her, or which Mr. BIDDLE she married. Don't even know if there were children from the second marriage. Any information would be appreciated.

Posted by: Bill Redinger

 I am new to this and I am interested in any information anyone may have run across about the BROOKE name from around Leon,IA. They did move to Harrison county around 1900?

Posted by: Ruby Coleman

 Seeking information on William BRUNER and wife, Eliza EASTMAN who lived in Decatur County. He was born about 1839 in Ohio, son of John BRUNER and Mary DUNBAR. They resided in Burrell Twp. in Decatur County. I am trying to locate any and all descendants.

Posted by: William Crabtree

 Seeking information on Emily Burdsell Resident of Richland Twp 1860,Long Creek Twp 1870 .Decatur Co. Iowa

Posted by: Bonnie DesEnfants

 I am searching for the death records and place of burial of my husbands gr grandmother Emma Jane BURNHAM. She was married to William Nelson BURNHAM and they were listed on the 1900 census in Ringold Co. IA. William Nelson was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lamoni. Emma Jane died 23 Jun 1901 and I thought perhaps she may have been buried in or near Lamoni. Any information on her death or place of burial would be greatly appreciated.
Bonnie DesEnfants
HC 74 Box 95
Torrington, WY 82240

Posted by: Brenda Bennett

 I have a lot of information on The John Burns Family from Garden Grove, I would like to share my information with other interested parties.

Posted by: Nancy McDonald

 George COLE born 1819 TN died 1894 Grand River,Decatur Co, IA. He married Martha BAKER born 1820 TN and died 6 July 1915 Grand River, Decatur Co, IA. Both George COLE and Martha BAKER Cole are buried at Young Cem, Richland Twp, Decatur Co, IA.
Children: Andrew Jackson COLE 1843-1892, William A COLE 1844-1900, George COLE 1846-1863, Charles J COLE 1848-1915, James A COLE 1851-1917, Clinton COLE 1853-1915, Doc COLE 1856-1937, Melvina COLE 1863-1957, Dewitt COLE 1865-1895 and a Granddaughter- Sarah J COLE 1868-1892  I would like to hear from anyone connected with these lines. I have tons of info and I am willing to share. 

Posted by: Jane Pitkin
Seeking other descendants/researchers of David DANCER, b: January 20, 1827, d: Ocotber 23, 1898 in Decatur Co, Iowa. Was married to Anna ANDERSON. They had a child, David Anderson Dancer, who was born in Decatur in 1896.

Posted by: Jim Vedvik
I am looking for any information regarding John and Clara (CAMPBELL) DOTSON. They lived in the Decatur IA. in the 40s & 50s. If alive they would be quite old. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Caryl Simpson
Searching for any researching the Ellenwood surname: Sarah Helen Wood, dau of Matthew Henry and Sisson Hemming Wood. b. in Leon IA ca 1862 and m. ______Ellenwood. The Ellenwood family had a photography studio in Leon.

Posted by: Sandi McGinnis

Looking for descendents of James H. EVANS and Jane TINCKNELL married in Dyersville, Dubuque Co., IA Dec 12, 1866 and moved to Leon, Decatur Co, Ia in 1893. They were the parents of 11 children.
Five children were living in 1903: Fred, George, Minnie, Mattie and John. Mother Jane was buried in the Leon cemetery after dying May 31, 1903. Member of Methodist Church.

Posted by: David Fairall
am looking for inf. concerning Kimball Fairall and wife Mara Fairall (nee Priest) who are buried in Garden Grove. I am also looking for inf. concerning their son John William Fairall who was born in Leon 11-18-1876. He married Nora May Thomas, b. 1-9-1880 in Humeston, Iowa. Any cemetary/obit/census inf. would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Phyllis Miller Fleming
I am searching for Caughey S. (Staley?) FLEMING, 1854-1928. Oral family history says he was "orphan from Iowa". His obituary says "Mr. FLEMING was born in Decatur county, [but doesn't list the state] and when he was quite young came to Shelbyville [Indiana] for residence."
He would have been born sometime between 2 Jul 1854 and 30 Jun 1855, per his obituary.  I know that a wagon train left Shelbyville, IN, about 1850 with a final destination of Page Co, IA. That's about all the clues I have. What resources are in Decatur Co that might help me? What was happening in Decatur county in the 1850's?

Posted by: Verna Lee Kuderian

My grandfather, JOHN ROY FULLERTON, was born on July 28, 1883 in Decatur Co. Iowa he died Jan 21, 1959, in Long Beach, Calif. Need any records of this birth, where he lived or anything else regarding him. I am trying to get some history on my father's side of the family.

Posted by: Tim Garber

I am researching the Garber family of Leon, IA (c.1845-c.1965) Email at above address or

Posted by: Pam Shelton-Anderson

 Would like to make contact with anyone researching the GARDNER family of Decatur county. John GARDNER born 1796 in PA moved to Columbiana co OH with his parents and left there for Iowa in 1850. He settled in Decatur county and left a large family. I am especially interested in descendants of his son Wilson I GARDNER and his wife Catherine Teresa NIGHTWINE.

Posted by: Nancy Brower

 Am interested in all of the GATES families who lived in Decatur County. My particular line is Rufus and Hester (BAKER) GATES. However, Rufus was related to Samuel and John GATES. Rufus was also probably a brother to Susanna GATES WILLIAMS and Elizabeth GATES WOODS. Would be happy to exchange information.

Posted by: Bob McKinley
I am looking for information on Johiel and Rebecca (HAWK) HALE. They moved to the area of Garden Grove in 1866 with 4 children from Illinois. While in Garden Grove, 4 more children were born. Hugh b.1867, Effie Viola b.8/5/1870, Fannie b. 4/11/1872, and Roy b. 1876. Rebecca, Effie and Fannie eventually ended up in Pittsburg, KS where Rebecca died in 1913. Thanks for any help.

Posted by: Nel Hatcher
HALL, Luther Loyd, my grandfather, was bn 1877 in Carlisle, IA, died 1945 and is buried in LeRoy, DecaturCo, IA. Parents were Abner Webster HALL and Harriet McCann SHEPPARD. Brothers were Leary Pearl, John Earl, and Howard Roscoe HALL. Any info on any of this family would be appreciated.
I would also like info on cemeteries in or near LeRoy as we have not been able to determine where Luther was buried.

Posted by: Rita Butt
Would anybody happen to have any information on my ggrandmother, ELLA LORETTA HENDRICKSON b Dec 8, 1874 in Grand River, Decatur Co., Iowa they'd be willing to share. She married WILLIAM H. OGLE. Her parents were, ERASTUS and REBECCA KIRKPATRIC HENDRICKSON.

Posted by: Bill Johns
Seek descendants of Kimble and Mary "Polly" (HOOPER) HICKMAN who came to Eden Twp., Decatur County, Iowa about 1853 from Pike Twp., Coshocton County, Ohio. Kimble thought to be a son of William and Nancy "Ann" (RAKESTRAW) HICKMAN. Kimble died Woodland Twp., Decatur Co., IA 17 May, 1876 and Mary died Woodland Twp., Decatur Co., IA 25 Apr., 1865. Both buried Meek Cem. in Eden Twp. Also seek Mary (HOOPER) HICKMAN's parents and siblings.

Posted by: Warren

ANNA BELL HILL b Jul 1868 Pleasanton, Ia. Spent 3 years in Arriba,CO., prior to 16 Jun 1896 when bringing into world Edith May Bugger on a ranch north of town with Phillip Bugger, cattleman/carpenter. She listed her usual occupation as teacher. She was at Hillsdale, or 16 Mar 1942 and passed on, Sacramento, Ca 1957. This is from A Colorado Certificate of birth for Edith.

Posted by: Edna Felps

Searching for information on MAE HINES.b.15,APR.1894, . She had a son LESTER HINES b.19 Sep.1918,Grand River Ia..I am interested in Mae's info prior to Lesters birth. She remarried William J. Zimmerman in 1920. I am searching for Mae's maiden name.she died Sep. 1941.Any info on her early life would be helpful.

Posted by: Claudette Merritt Scott

Seeking information from the descendants of Henry and Sarah Merritt JOHNSON. They were the parents of 16 children and lived in Decatur Co. from about 1852 until their deaths around 1900. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by: Janet Lighthill-Ridley

I am seeking information on James Brown KELLEY, and his wife Rachel Howard KELLEY. He would have been born about 1820 and she in about 1835. Different documents give 2 different locations for James Brown Kelley's birthplace, KY and IL. Rachel was born in IN. Both died in Van Wert, Decatur county, IA about 1909-1910. Any information would be greatly appreciated. He may have been a merchant of some kind.

Posted by: Darlee Sissel

I will appreciate information on the family of John LEECH who was born 1804 in Penn. and died 1871 in Decatur Co. and his wife Elizabeth who was born 1813 in Penn. and died 1865 in Decatur Co. They had children Daniel LEECH, John C. LEECH, Eve LEECH, Elizabeth LEECH, Barbara LEECH, and Mary Ann LEECH. Married names of daughters are not known nor is maiden name of the wife. I will share my information on the family.

Posted by: Richard Schaefer

 Thomas LIGHTHILL born 1767 Allegheny Co, Pa married 1790 Beaver Co, PA to Jemima KITCHENS died 1871, Decatur Co, Iowa. He was supposed to be a military hero, and he or his wife were possibly related to vice president R.M. Johnson I'm searching for any information about ancesters or descendants.


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