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    William ABEL, son of Lyman ABEL and Sally MILLER, was born February 19, 1826 in Johnson Dist., Leeds, Ontario, Canada, and died December 17, 1907 in Clarks, Merrick, NE. He married Esther STANLEY September 29, 1853 in Damascus Springfield Mt, Columbiana, OH, daughter of Benjamin STANLEY and Elizabeth COBBS. Esther was born February 17, 1829 in Damascus, Columbiana, OH, and she died May 23, 1910 in Clarks, Merrick, NE. William and Esther were Quakers.
Children of William Abel and Esther Stanley are:
       i. Benjamin Stanley Abel, born February 7, 1857; died in Russellville, AR.
He married Lettie Violette Myers October 23, 1883 in Merrick Co., NE.
       ii. Sarah Abel, born January 8, 1859 in Muscatine, IA; died May 28, 1948 in Central City, Merrick, NE.
She married William SHIVELY May 10, 1882.
      iii. Martha "Mattie" Abel, born October 1, 1860; died 1948. She married Frank BETHEA.
      iv. Hannah Marie Abel, born February 11, 1863 in Belle Plaine, IA; died January 7, 1951 in San Jose, Santa Clara, CA.
She married Elisha "Harrison" MYERS February 3, 1881 in Clarks, Merrick, NE.
       v. Turner Lillie Abel, born December 24, 1865; died 1917.
He married Lizzie VOTAW.
      vi. Mary Elizabeth Abel, born October 12, 1867; died 1959.
She married Joseph GARRETT.
     vii. Esther "Ettie" Elma Abel, born July 14, 1870; died April 1914.
She married John SIMS.


Family photos

The picture above was taken at the 50th anniversary celebration for William and Esther (Stanley) Abel on September 29, 1903. Inez Myers Mills Klomhaus (in the front row, 6th from the right) identified all but one of the persons in the picture a few years ago, when she was in her 90's.

Front Row - Cecil Stanley, Johnny Sims, Esther Myers, unknown boy, Harold Myers, Allen Shively, Marjorie Abel, Martha Garrett, Joe Garrett Jr., Donald Abel, Vern Stanley, (Sybil) Inez (Myers) Mills Klomhaus, Daisy Shively, Arnold Shively, Marie Abel, Lillian Abel, and Carrie Sims

Middle Row - Mary Sims, Cyrus Abel (distant cousin), Lee Shively, Mrs. Cyrus Abel, William Abel, Willie Garrett, Esther (Stanley) Abel, May (Shively) Lutrell with Will Lutrell Jr., Harvey Abel, Tinker (Will) Lutrell

Back Row - Everett Myers, Walter Garrett, Harrison Myers, Hannah (Abel) Myers, Herbert Abel, Will Shively, Sarah (Abel) Shively, Ettie (Abel) Sims, John Sims with Lizzie Sims, Joe Garrett, Mary (Abel) Garrett with Marvin Garrett, Bertha Garrett (in front of Mary), Alice Stanley (behind) Benjamin Abel, Will Stanley behind Lettie Abel, Turner Abel, Lizzie Abel with Leonard Abel, Bessie Abel, Nettie Shively (DAR member #429259), Lucile Stanley, and Mabel Myers

   Ruth Jenkins-McIntire <>

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Franklin William ANDREWS, born Sep 25 1837 in Canton, Wayne Co, MI married Mary Jane BUNKER, born March 26 1843 in Elmira, NY.  They married July 3 1859 in Windsor, Broome Co, NY. They had 10 children. Franklin & Mary Jane ANDREWS were in Clarks, and Central City from 1873 to ca 1899. Most of their children married in Merrick County.

Family photosspacerPhoto of the ANDREWS Family taken c1886 at Central City, NE with identification by Eunice Mabel Shimanek Bartu (my grandmother, now deceased).
Back row: Jennie, Eva, Emma, Minnie
Second row: Daniel      Frank Jr.
First row: Barton, Mary Jane, Eunice, Frank W. Sr., Amos
(Bessie not born yet)

Susan Eva born April 25 1866 married Joseph C/G.M. McCUE
Mary Emma born Jan 7 1868 married John SHIMANEK
Minnie Louise born Dec 6 1869, m1 Charles H BUCK,
      m2 Wm A. GATES
Franklin W. Jr. born April 29 1871 married Alvina (maiden name unknown).
Jennie May born June 20 1873 in Clarks, Merrick Co m. Jacob F. GABLER
Daniel Charles born June 13 1877 married Edna BRITTER
Eunice Delphine born June 18 1880 married Julius Carl KREEGER
Amos Henry born July 23 1882
Barton Lafayette born Feb 17 1885
Bessie Lamanda born Oct 7 1887 married William DIXON

Mary Emma Andrews married John SHIMANEK on May 16 1889 in Clarks. John had a boot & shoe shop in Central City.
Their second child, Frank Joseph d Aug 17 1893 Central City and is buried in the Central City Cemetery.  

Franklin William Andrews and his sister, Marcia Almira Andrews both settled in Merrick Co in early 1870.  Marcia born 1 April 1830 in MI married James Orton GATES.  They had children: Lucina, Emma Jane, Amos W., Julia A, James Orton, Franklin W, William A, Rosey E, and Francis Charles.  Some of those families still live in Merrick Co/Clarks area.
Cathy Morgan at <>

     PS - BUNKER: Henry, John, Mary Jane, and Jula Ann, all appear as "orphans" in Broome Co., NY in the 1855 Census. Henry is 18, John is 22, Mary Jane 15 (should be 17), etc. In 1880 census of Merrick County, NE - I found a John BONKER (this is common mis-spelling of the surname). In 1900 Mary Jane Bunker Andrews is living in Merrick County. A Henry H. Bunker also appears in Merrick Co in the 1900 census, but he is born OH. I am curious. Does anyone know more about John Bonker or Henry H. Bunker? Thanks, Cathy Morgan.


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Charles ASHER

I would like to contribute a surname with a small amt of family history. I am just starting to unravel the true story.

Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE, wife Rebecca LIPPINCOTT, and 5 yo son Charles Henry rafted down the Ohio River from Cincinnati, OH, and up the Mississippi River to Scott County, IA.  They arrived on 5 October 1835 on the banks of the river near the only existing house in the area, owned by Antoine LeClaire.  Duncan disassembled the raft with its shanty and built a house for his family.  During the cold winter, he made a paste and glued the newspapers he'd brought to the walls to keep the drafts and the elements out.  People would come from miles around to stand and read the walls.  Their first child was Sarah E., born 3 May 1837 in what would become the town of Davenport, Iowa.  She was the first white girl born in the city.
Sarah Eldridge married on Christmas Day in 1860, in her family home, Charles ASHER who was born in Niagara County, NY.  He served in the Civil War as a private in Company D, 20th Regiment, Iowa Infantry.

On 1 December 1875, Sarah Eldridge died in Delmar, Clinton County, IA from an overdose of chloroform and laudanum, probably a suicide after meeting a gentleman in a hotel in Clinton.  She and Charles were divorced before this date, but I do not know when.  Sarah was brought back to Davenport for burial in Oakdale Memorial Gardens on her father's plot.

They had one son, Lewis Micajah Asher, and it is recorded in a few resources that there were other babies who did not live.

Charles left before Sarah's body was cold, if he hadn't been gone during this time.  He married Phebe Gardner JONES, a widow of Jonathan Jones and they had 4 children.  Charles and Phebe had 5 children: Clarence C., Corrie, Emma, George, and Mary.  Charles' grand-daughter Gertrude/Gurtie/Gertie Asher came to live with them, also and is in the Nebraska 1880 census. 

From the Columbus Journal, 18 April 1883: 
     Charles Asher, son-in-law of Joseph Gardner, who lived four miles east of Silver Creek whild burning some old grass on one of his fields, Monday, fell down near the fire.  George Jones, step son, who was working nearby, saw Charles fall and as soon as he could tie his team and get to Mr. Asher, did so, but found him dead; his pants legs were afire and while the boy dragged the man along to get him out of the fire, the stubble caught fire after him, making matters worse; they boy then tried to whip ou tthe fire with a sack, but notwithstanding his greatest efforts, all teh clothing of the man, except a piece of the shirt collar and boots was burned off him and his body ferfully scorched.       The boy's hands were badly blistered.
     Mr. Asher had for the last three years been subject to fainting spells caused by heart disease, and had on Monday forenoon, been prostrated  by one of these.  Whether he had suddenly been struck down by the disease, or whether the inhalation of flame had killed him is not known, probably the former.
Charles is buried in Jackson Cemetery, Duncan, Platte County, NE (Find-a-Grave).

His tombstone is legible and there is also a bronze Civil War marker.

Daughter: Myrtle Asher is also buried at Jackson Cemetery.

RE: Charles ... I did read that he adopted the Jones children.
Feel free to ask me any more info.

Carol < > 7 May 2010

Additional information -

Lewis/Louis Micajah ASHER (son of Charles & Sarah Asher) married Agnes May NOBLE, 10 June 1886 in Davenport, Scott, IA. Aggie was born 19 May 1864 near Buffalo, Scott, IA to Irad and Lydia Myer Noble. The Noble family settled in Scott County in 1836 (from where?) and were members of the Scott County Pioneer Society. Lewis Asher worked on the railroad as a brakeman and the family moved frequently. Lewis deserted Aggie and their 3 children on 25 Aug 1893 according to Scott County divorce records in possession of the Davenport Public Library Archive Dept. Aggie returned to Davenport (from where?) and sued Lewis for divorce in November 1895.
Divorce records state Lewis Asher was employed by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Rail Co. and was not a resident of Iowa. Divorce records state Aggy requested alimony/child support which was denied by Lewis. The judge garnished Lewis' wages @ $20/mo. Nothing further is known. I have written to the regional pension office in Peoria and have not received a response (2007). 
Lewis/Louis and Aggy Asher had:

1.  Gertrude May Asher b 26 Mar 1887 in Davenport
2.  Charles W. Asher born 18 June 1889 in Missouri (no place) 

3.  Irad Lewis Asher born 28 December 1891 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Agnes Noble Asher married 15 Nov 1905 Fayette M. Jones.  They lived in Davenport at 1225 Perry St. and they are buried in Oakdale Memorial Gardens. 


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John BLAGG (born Mar 1828, OH - See 1900 Census ED136 p11b D237 F240 Section Line, Central City Ward 2, Merrick, NE)
     married Mariah FOSTER

     John continued freighting with his brother-in-law, Traverse Foster, until the Civil War. He and Traverse entered the Union Army.
     John served with the Iowa State Troops patroling along the Iowa-Missouri border, guarding against guerilla bands operating in Missouri and Kansas.
     After the Civil War, John engaged mainly in farming until 1885, when he moved to Merrick County, Nebraska around Central City.
He continued to farm in Nebraska until his retirement in 1900. Mariah passed away in 1894. He then lived with his eldest daughter, Mariah and family.
     Through the years, John lost contact with his family. He once said he would give anything to see his brother, Harvey (Wm. Harvey) again or to know what became of him. He had a tin type of Harvey that was taken in Tennessee in 1865 at the close of the Civil War. John named Harvey as a baby, with the consent of his parents.
     John told stories of driving an animal cage for the Yankee Robinson Circus in Ohio and surrounding areas for about two years as a young man.


Mariah Blagg (married & lived in Central City, NE)

Eliza Jane Blagg born 28 April 1856 in Scott County, Iowa. Married John Cunningham LUTES
     (See J.C. Lutes mini-genealogy provided by Carol J. Culp)

Seven more children were born to John and Mariah in Wayne County, IA

2 Aug 2003: K Pegelow <>

Other children found in Merrick County records

Ira H. BLAGG born Feb 1852, OH. Married Mrs. Anna E. Harding (maiden name Myers).
      See Marriages Bk C p338 #1233 and
     1900 Census ED138 p10a D182 F186: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE

Laura BLAGG born c1868, Wayne Co., IA. Married Henry C. Hurt. See Marriages Book B p398 #842

Possible child? - Lucy D. BLAGG, born Jan 1881 in Iowa.
See 1900 Census, ED 136 p1a in Central City, Ward 1, Merrick Co., NE. "Servent at Conkling Hotel. Parents born Ohio."


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