Louisa County Biographies (Continued)
Louisa County Genealogical Society
Prepared by Norma F. Jennings
Copyright 1997, 1998
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Rabe, Edwin S. (p. 558)
Edwin S. Rabe was born in Muscatine Co. on 14 October 1869. his parents
were Copeland and Ludia A. (Fletcher) Rabe, the father a native of Ohio
and the mother of Iowa. There were six children in the family: William,
Axtell, KS; Edwin S., our subject; Jesse, Haskill, CO; Alpha; Zelpha, m.
Charles Monroe of West Liverty; and Leila, m. Chester Grigg of West Liberty.
On 27 December 1897, Mr. Rabe married Lucille Idle, born in 1872 in
GrandView township, the daughter of Frank B. and Mary E. (Brumley) Idle.
Her father was a native of Ohio and her mother of Virginia. In the Idle
family were the following children: Newotn, Boycourt, KS; Clara m. H.L.
Shear of Cedar Falls; Nancy m. James Small of Letts; Ollie, Boycourt, KS;
and Lucille, (above). Mr. and Mrs. Rabe had one son Maurice E. b. 5 June
Rahmiller, Frederick (p. 229)
Frederick Rahmiller was born in Germany on 5 December 1839, son of
Frederick and Mary (Bekemeyer) Rahmiller. The family emigrated to America
in 1845, settling temporarily in Little York, Pennsylvania. They arrived
in Iowa sometime in the '50s.
Mr. Rahmiller married Louisa Arning and had seven children, namely,
Henry; Frederick C. of Buchanan Co.; William of Bard; Herman; Rose,m. John
Adamson; Louisa m. Lewis Cutcomp; and Mary. The mother of the children
died in 1885 and in 1890, Mr. Rahmiller m. 2) Mrs. Harriet (Hall) Bond,
the widow of John Bond. By her previous marriage, she had four children.
She was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Hall, both born in Pennsylvania.
Reaney, Robert J. (p. 277)
Robert J. Reaney was born 21 July 1856, in County Tyrone, Ireland,
the son of Joseph and Eliza (Turkington) Reaney, both born in Ireland.
The father emigrated to America in 1862, taking up residence in Chester,
Pennsylvania. In 1871, he arrived in Louisa Co. where he remained until
his death in 1888. There were eight children in the family: Robert J.,
of this review; Thomas, Waterloo; Samuel, S.D.; Mary, m. Michael Blankinhorn;
Joseph L., also of Waterloo; Elizabeth Ellen, m. Edward Thompson.
In January 1877, Mr. Reaney married Belle Eliason, who was born near
Letts in Muscatine Co, a daughter of Levi and Mary (Epperly) Eliason. Mr.
Eliason was a native of Indiana. There were eight children in the family.
Mr. and Mrs. Reaney had five children: Elsie M.; James E.; Roy W.; Agnes
B. and Louisa E.
Reddick, George W. (p. 519)
George W. Reddick was born in Adams Co., Ohio on the 7th of July 1866,
the eldest son of William H. and Rachel A. (Stahl) Reddick. The father
a native of Indiana and the mother of Decatur, Illinois. The family came
to Iowa in 1876, locating near Kossuth where they remained for two years
and then moved to Northfield for another two years and then moved to Newport
where they remained for seventeen years. The father died in Muscatine Co.
in 1903. He was veteran of the Civil War in Co. E., Thirty-third Ohio Volunteers.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Reddick had eight children besides our subject:
Clark T., Centerville, KS; Emmer L., Muscatine Co.; Jackson A.; Frank G.,
Muscatine; Lilly M., m. Marion Frizzell, of Grangevile, Idaho; Merritt,
Muscatine; William H.; and Leora D., m. Clark Altakruse, Muscatine Co.
Mr. Reddick married Della M. Shaffer, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Pontjius)
Shaffer, on 21 May 1893. There were the following children in the Shaffer
family: George E.; Della M.; Frank H.; Etta R., m. Albert Babbitt; William
D.; Stella E., m. Stanley Honts; James R.L.; and Charles W.
Mr. and Mrs. Reddick had seven chidlren; one d. ininfancy; Vinnie G.;
Cecil F.; George C.; Harrold D.; Jessie S.; and Cleda R.
Rees, Rowland (p. 352)
Rowland Rees was born in Louisa Co. on 13 February 1863, son of John
A. and Elizabeth (Morgan) Rees, both natives of Wales. They emigrated to
the U.S. in 1843. The father died in September 1898 and the mother in 1868.
They had nine children, only the four living in 1912 are named: John M.;
Catherine N., the wife of Richard Jenkins; Mary E., the wife of Hugh J.
Davis; and Rowland of this review.
On ` October 1885, Mr. Rees married Margaret Humphrey. She was born
iin Wales,daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Humphrey, who emigrated to the
U.S. in 1881. Their family numbered twelve children. The father died in1909.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Rees were born thirteen children: Elizabeth; Sarah
E.; Mary M.; Margaret W.; John H.; Edward R.; Harold I.; Robert O.; William
McKinley; Henry I.; Evan M.; Catherine E. and Howell A. (See Cambrian cemetery
records for more on these Welsh families.)
Reutinger, Joseph (p. 134)
Joseph Reutinger was born in Baden, 5 March 1852, the son of Frank
J. and Lamberta (Grieser) Reutinger, both of whom died in the old country.
They were the parents of five children: Mary, who came to this country
and married George Fath; Louisa, stayed in Germany; Josepyh; Carl, of Chicago;
Mr. Reutinger married Mary Keck on the 21st of May 1879, the daughter
of Johnb Philip and Christina (Tuffensammer ) Keck. There were eight children
in the Keck family: Mary; Amelia, m. Edward Tellman; Lousia, m. H.A. Weber;
and Flora m. W.E. Fielman of Monmouth, IL
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Reutinger: Amelia, m. August
Berkhoff; Jospehine; Lisetta, m. Edward Cotter, of Mt. Pleasant; Philip;
Della; and Charles.
Richards, Humphrey (p. 363)
Humphrey Richards was born in Wales, 1 September 1850, son of Lewis
and Catherine (Jenkins) Richards. The father died in 1863, one year after
his wife, leaving a family of ten children: David, Council Bluffs; John,
Higbee, MI; Humphrey, of this review; Mary Ann, m. William Trentham and
d. in London, England; Lewis of Wayne Co., Nebr.; and Richard of Birmingham,
Mr. Richards arrived in Louisa Co. early in 1875. In the spring of 1875,
he married Mary Williams, born in 1857, in Lousia Co., the daughter of
Richard Williams, who was a native of Wales and came to Louisa Co. He died
when Mrs. Richards was only six months old. There were five children in
the Richards family: Catherine Ann, m. William Roberts,of Washington Co.;
Celia Jane, m. John O. Jones, Clay Co.; Amy; David John; and Edwin.
Ritter, Harvey E. (p. 321)
Harvey E. Ritter was born in Louisa Co. on the 25th October 1880, son
of Louis B. and Catherine (Wagner) Ritter, natives of Virginia and Lousia
Co. respectively, their marriage taking place in Louisa Co. The father
died 25 April 1904. The mother m. 2) C. Utter, a native of New York,
retired of Letts. Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Ritter had three sons: John, m.
Louise Liebbe, of Muscatine Co. by whom he had one child, Evert, b. ca.
1910; Harvey E. , of this review; and Walter of Letts.
On the 28 March 1906, Mr. Ritter was married to Ina M. Wagner, who was
born in Louisa Co., 10 April 1885, daughter of Isaac and Eliabeth (Blake)
Wagner. The parents were born in Pennsylvania and Iowa respectively and
resided in Louisa CO., the father died 20 January 1911; and the mother
23 January 1903. In their family were four children, two who died in infancy
and the surviving brother of Mrs. Ritter was Fred Wagner.
Robb, Wilson (p. 546)
Wilson Robb was born in Clark Co. on the 25 February 1875, his parents
were Wilson and Jane L. Robb. The father was a native of Indiana and the
mother of Ohio, but they came to Iowa early and lived at Osceola. They
had nine children: Ernest, Decatur Co.; Cora m. T. Shelton, of Osceola;
Jennie, m. Isaac Norman, of Decatur Co.; Forrest, lived in Nebr.; Wilson,
our subject; Hattie m. William CLyde, of Nebr.; Jay; Charles; and one died
in infancy. The father was a Protestant minister, enlisted in the U.S.
Army and served as sergeant for three years.
On the 8th of November 1893, Mr. Robb married Mary Pearl Jamison, daughter
of J.W. and Rachel (Vaughn) Jamison. Five Jamison children: Tuttle G.,
Oakville; Isaac, Morning Sun; Hulda J., m. D. Kremer, Wapello; Minerva
m. T.A. Dotson; and Mary m. Wilson Robb.
Mr. and Mrs. Robb had five children; Lizzi Ita,whose twin brother died
in infancy; Chelcie D.; Oma May ; and Brigham Orval.
Roberts, B.M. (p. 539)
B.M. Roberts was born 12 May 1863, in Muscatine Co., and was the only
child of Moses M. and Fannie Roberts. The father was a native of New Hampshire
and the mother of Iowa.
Roberts, John J. (p. 429)
On the 18 August 1886, Mr. Roberts married Mary E. Wallace, born in
Washington Co., the daughter of William and Margaret Wallace. Her father,
a native of Ohio, and her mother fo Iowa. They were married in Washington
Co. Mrs. Wallace died in June 1908. They had three children: Seigel, of
Iowa City; Mrs. Roberts; and James P. of Rock Island, IL.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts had seven children: Della May born July, 1887,
m. John Waltz; William M. b. 1889; Sadie P. b. February 1894; James M.
b. January 1898; Daisy M. in July 1899; Bonnie P. in May 1905 and Albert
Leo, died in infancy.
John J. Roberts was born 26 October 1858 in Columbia Co., Wisconsin,
the son fo John H. and Jane (Williams) Roberts, both born in Wales. They
emigrated to America in 1845. In 1864 they moved from Wisconsin to Louisa
Co. There were three children in the family: Mary; John J. and Ellen m.
H.A. Davis of Louisa Co.
Robertson, Jennie (p. 53)
Jennie Robertson, was born in Lousia County on 10 May 1864, the daughter
o fJohn and Keziah R. (Duncan) Robertson. Her maternal grandfather, A.J.
Duncan came to Louisa Co. in 1848 and purchased land for ten dollars an
acre. Her father was born in Ohio and came to Louisa Co. as a boy with
his parents. He died 8 May 1886 at the age of forty eight. There were ten
children in the Robertson family: Clara; Jennie, of htis review; James
M.; William A.; Samuel G., of Morning Sun; Margaret M.; Thomas; Harry A.;
Nellie; and John J.
Robinson, Samuel (p. 79)
Samuel Robinson died 26 January 1888, was born in County Antrim, Ireland
and was the eldest in a family of five children, namely: Samuel; Gordon;
William; Eliza; and John. Mr Robinson migrated to the U.S. in 1850 and
spent two years working in Pittsburg, Pa., after which he went to Wheeling,
West Virginia, about 1852. He subsequently moved to Burlington.
In Washington, Pennsylvania, on the 20 th December 1855, Mr. Robinson
married Rossannah McCoy, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Frazier) McCoy,
both natives of Virginia. They were the parents of eight children: Ellen,
m. Adie Bell, of W.Va.; William; Samuel; Jane m. William McCoy of W. Va.;
Margaret, m. William Slater, of Pennsylvania; Rossannah, widow of Mr. Robinson;
James, Pittsburg; and Hamilton/
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were born four children: Elizabeth Jane,
m. John Alexander; Alletta J. , m. Mathew McCune, of Colorado; William,
of Morning Sun; Annie M., m. Andrew Alexander.
Rogers, Edwin C., M. D. (p. 188)
Edwin C. Rogers, M.D. was born in Jersey Co., Illinois, on 1 October
1872, the son of S.W. and Harriett (McKinstry) Rogers, natives of Illinois.
His siblings were: Flora and John W. His parents came to Iowa in 1882,
first locating in Lee CO.
On Christmas Day, 1896, Dr. Rogers married Louisa Harrison, daughter
of Thomas C. and Mary (Fox) Harrison. Her father was born in Ohio and her
mother at Knox Co., Illinois. Dr. and Mrs. Rogers had one son, Harrison
E. Rogers, born 19 January 1908.
Rold, E.C. (p. 187)
E.C. Rold was born in Warren Co., on 2 January 1882,his paretns were
Christ and Mary Rold, natives of Germany. They emigrated to the U.S. in
1875. There were ten children in their family. Mr. Rold was never married,
thus, no descendants.
Ronald, John (p. 557)
John Ronald was born at Ryegate, Caledonia Co., Vermont, 12 July 1799,
son of George and Elizabeth (Smith) Ronald, the former born in Sterlingshire,
Scotland, and the latter in New Hampshire. George Ronald (or Ronalds) emigrated
to America in 1786 and lived at Ryegate Vermont, with Robert Brock, Sr.
and his wife and Jean and Elizabeth Miller. Elizabeth Miler was the thrid
wife of James Nelson of Ryegate and married Edward Miller about 1789.
In 1789, Mr. Ronald married Elizabeth Smith, a daughter of Joseph Smith.
He died 5 September 1821 at the age of sixty one.
John Ronald, of this review, married Martha Killough, on 10 October
1822, a native of South Carolina and a daughter of James and Jane (Hayes)
Killough. Her father was born in Scotland and her mother in Ireland. They
married in Ireland and came to America, locating in S.C. where the mother
died. In 1810, Mr. Killough mvoed to Ohio with his children and died about
two years later.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald became the parents of ten children, only three are
named: Mrs. McDill the eldest was b. 23 February 23, 1825; Emely (sic)
born 3 December 1836, m. J.P. Walker of GrandView; and Caroline m. Dr.
Lilly of Chicago.
Mr. Ronald died 22 February 1872 and his wife died seven years later
in December 1879.
Ross, M.C. (p. 174)
M.C. Ross was born in Grandview Township on 27 April 1866, the son
of Oscar and Mary A. (Lindsey) Ross, natives of Kentucky and Iowa respectively,
marrying in Iowa. His mother died in 1883. He was one of seven children,
the others: Elmina and Mary d. young; Myra died age 38; Evert died age
11; Millard died age 17; and Emma d. age 22.
M. C. Ross married 16 March 1898 to Emma Doderstrom, born in Muscatine
Co., who died three years after her marriage. They had one son: Oscar M.
born 13 October 1899. On 24 June 1908, he married 2) Pearl Furnace, of
Letts, daughter fo M.P. and Ella (Curtis) Furnace. She had two siblings:
Etta, m. J.H. Garrett, of Concord Township; and Frank. By his second marriage
Mr. Ross had two children born in February 1911, one died at birth and
the other died at age 3 months.
Ross, Thomas (p. 200)
Thomas Ross was born in Brown Co., Ohio, on 17 January 1846 (this is
the correct date, the history book is wrong) and his parents were John
and Deborah (Ireton) Ross.The parents were both born in Ohio where the
father died in 1882.
In 1871, Mr. Ross married Ella Simons, the daughter of Louis and Nancy
Simon. Mrs. Ross was born in Louisa Co., but her parents came from Germany
to America. There were three children in their family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross had thirteen children: Nora, m. A. J. Cox; Arthur
E., Henry Co., IA; Herman E., also Henry Co.; Clara, m. Oscar Linden; Nelson;
John E. Chester; Carl, Crawdon, Jessie and Laura and two who were deceased.
Russell, Alva C. (p. 31)
Alva C. Russell, was born in Louisa Co., 9 November 1867, the son of
Willaim S. and Isabell (Kurts) Russell, the father a native fo Iowa and
the mother of Pennsylvania. The father died the 23d of December 1910. They
had two other children: May, m. T.L. Bailey; and Myrtle.
Russell, Robert C. (p. 434)
On 21 January 1892, Mr. Russell married Zoie E. Gates, the eldest daughter
of S.E. and Mary (Ogle) Gates. They had three children: Lillian, b. 22
August 1893; Gred, b. 29 August 1898; and Letha, b. 2 of April 1903 and
died 2 March 1910.
Robert C. Russell, was born in Des Moines Co., on 31 July 1851, the
son of David and Mary Ann (Smith) Russell, the father a native of Adams
Co., Kentucky, and the mother of Ohio, her birth occurring on 16 February
1813. They were married in Fulton Co., Illinois and two years later moved
to Des Moines Co.. They had seven children: Elizabeth, m. F. Sharar, of
Muscatine; Louisa; William, a Civil War Vet; Frances, m. H. Dixon, of Mediapolis;
Ellen, m. James Cox; Robert C., our subject; and Cassie A.
Mr. Russell married twice, the first time to Mary Rogers who died 5
December 1887. They had four children: Vinnie, m. A. Ferris, of Oakville;
Frank G.; Bessie A., m. William McFadden of Lone Tree; and Mary Lou, b.
23 November 1887 and died 2 February 1896. He married 2) on 26 October
1889 to his wife's sister, Alice E. Rogers. Two children were born to them
Robert E. b. 15 March 1891; and Elwood Paul, b. 24 January 1901.