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Residents of Coonville Settlement
Mills County, Iowa

Residents

The Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized on April 16, 1848, in Coonville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Mills County was not formed until 1851. It was called the Union Branch/Coonville.  Lebbeus Thaddeus Coons was appointed President with Silas Hillman as the Clerk.  The President then chose Andrew L. Allen and Jonathan Averett as his Counselors.  

All family members of the head of the household living within the Branch boundaries are listed prior to their departure West.  Some of their children may have been married or died and were not living with the family when the Branch census was taken.  The names are listed as transcribed on the Ron Watt Iowa Branch Records which listed 108 members (1).   Corrected spelling of the names is in parentheses.  Those mentioned in the minutes of the Branch for the blessing of children but not included in the list are typed in red.  Additional information is not included on the Branch Records if the family was in the Coonville area and listed on the 1850 Census.  A dwelling number in that Census is cited.

1.  Andrew L. Allen (Andrew Lee Allen) (see Dwelling #310)
Clarrinda Allen (wife) (Clarinda Knapp Allen)
Lydia Allen
Saphronia Allen
Charles Allen
Andrew Allen
James Allen
Sidney Allen

Eliza Allen (?)

2.  Juthathan Averett (Jeduthan Averett) 
Hannah Jane Averett (wife) (Holly Jane Averett)
Charles W. Averett (Charles Washington Averett)
Juthuthan Hardy Everett (born 12 Oct 1842, Perry County, Alabama)

Other family members not listed
Drucilla Averett (died 1844)
Cynthia Averett (died 1848)
William Clark Averett (born 1851)



Jeduthan Averett was in the Mormon Battalion Sick Detachment in 1847.  They were living in Dwelling #84 on the 1850 U. S. Census.  The family came west with an unknown company in 1852.

3.  Wm. Britan (William Britain)
Mary Britan (wife) (Mary Rand Bains Britain)
Caroline Rebekha Brittan (born 14 Jan 1843, Molten Chapel, England) (Catherine Rebecca Britain)
Caroline Brittan (born 12 Jan 1847, Pottawattamie County, Iowa) (Caroline Louisa Britain)
John Wm. Britan (born 12 Jan 1849, Pottawattamie County, Iowa) (John William Britain)

The family was enumerated in Dwelling #80 on the 1850 U. S. Census, Pottawattamie County.  They moved to Poney Creek, Pottawattamie County in about 1850.  They may have returned to the Coonville (Glenwood) by 1854 where they stayed.  They later affiliated with the RLDS Church.   

4.  George S. Clark (George Sheffer Clark)

Served as a Private in Company B of the Mormon Battalion.  In the spring of 1847, he was put on the sick detachment and returned to Pueblo.  Married Susannah Dalley.  

5.  Levi Clark
Isaac Clark

Levi and Isaac were sons of William and Elizabeth Clark who were living in Dwelling #864.  By 1856, the Iowa State Census listed the family in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County.  There were children from an Evans family living with them.

6.  Joseph W. Cooledge (Joseph Wellington Coolidge)
Elizabeth Cooledge (wife) (Elizabeth Buchanan Coolidge)
Rebecca S. Cooledge (Rebecca S. Coolidge)
Henry Cooledge (Henry Pomeroy Coolidge)

Those family members not listed
Moroni Coolidge (died 1838)
John Levi Coolidge (died 1839)
Joseph Smith Coolidge (died 1843)
Sarah Ann Coolidge (born 1845)
Timothy Wellington Coolidge (born 1847)
William Coolidge (born 1849)
George Wellington Coolidge (born 1852)

The Joseph Wellington and Elizabeth Buchanan Coolidge family stayed in Coonsville.  On the 1850 U. S. Census of Pottawattamie County, they were living in Dwelling #85.  Joseph had another wife, Elizabeth Jane Tuttle Coolidge, and two children, Ellenor and Eliza, that were living with her brother Azariah Tuttle (dwelling #622), in 1850.  Joseph and his wife Elizabeth stayed in the Coonville area.  Elizabeth Jane Tuttle Coolidge and her children came west with the Thomas C. D. Howell Company in 1852.

7.  Lebeous T. Coons (Lebbeus Thaddeus Coons) (See Dwelling #305)
Mary Ann Coons (wife) (Mary Ann Williamson Coons)
Adaline Coons (married John Buchanan)
Susan Coons
Sidney Coons
Mary Alvyra Coons (born 1 Mar 1843, Mercer County, Illinois)

L. T. and Mary Ann stayed in Iowa until 1865 when they went to Utah.

8.  Johnathan Crossly  (Jonathan Crosby)

Jonathan and his wife Caroline Barnes left for the Salt Lake Valley in 1848.  By 1860, they were found residing in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah.

9.  Wm. Dally (William Dalley) (see Dwelling #308)
Mandany Dally (wife) (Mandana Hillman Dalley) 

Came west with the Daniel McCarthy Company in 1852.  They settled in Summit, Iron County, Utah.

10.  Edward Dally (Charles Edward Dalley) 
Ann Dally (mother) (Ann Davis Dalley)

Other family members not listed
Susannah Dalley (married George Sheffer Clark)

Ann Davis Dalley traveled west with her children in 1852.  She married Franklin Dewey Richards and stayed in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah.

11.  James Dally (James Dalley)
Emma Dalley (wife) (Emma Wright Dalley)

Came west with the Daniel McCarthy Company in 1852 with his siblings and mother.  He settled in Summit, Iron County, Utah.

12.  Robert Denham (Robert Crook Denham)
Mary Denham (wife) (Mary Dalley Denham)

The family came west with the Dalley families in 1852.  They stayed in the Salt Lake Valley.

13.  William Evens (William Evans)
James Evens (James Evans)

William, age 14 and James, age 13 were living with William Clark (dwelling #864) along with Susannah, age 16, Isabella, age 9, and Elizabeth, age 6.  They were the children of Evan Evans and Elizabeth Cook Evans Clark.     

14.  George Eyre (Ira George Ayers)

May be Ira George Ayers.  He was the son of Caleb Ayers and Lucinda Catherine Haggerty.  The family was living in dwelling #158.  They went west with the Allen Weeks Company in 1852.

15.  William M. Frampton (William Martindale Frampton)

William came west with his mother Laura Farnsworth Frampton in the John S. Higbee/James W. Bay Company in 1852.

16.  John Farnworth (died 22 Oct 1850) (aged 27 y) (see Dwelling #426)
Jane Farnworth (wife) (Jane Singleton Farnsworth)

John died in Coonville before he could come west.  Jane came west with an unknown company in 1852 and resided in Springville, Utah County, Utah until her death.

17.  Stephen M. Farnsworth (Stephen Martindale Farnsworth) (see Dwelling #304)
Julia Ann Farnsworth (wife) (Julia Ann Clark Farnsworth)
Austin M. Farnsworth
Alonzo L. Farnsworth

Came west with the John S. Higbee/James W. Bay Company in 1852.  Lived in Utah and Sevier counties in Utah but died in Moenkopi, Coconino, Arizona.

18.  Druzilla Galland (Druscilla Dragoo Galland)

Druscilla was living alone in dwelling #752 on the 1850 U. S. Census of Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  She was married to David Galland, the oldest son of Abel and Amy Furby Galland.  After David’s death, Druscilla married Absalom Kuykendall in 1855 in Michigan.  Eventually they moved to Texas and Oklahoma.  

19.  David M. Gamet (David Malory Gamet) (see Dwelling #309)
Hannah P. Gamet (wife) (Hannah Pember Hyde Gamet)
Soloman Gamet
David Gamet
Isaac Gamet  

20.  Jerusha Hill (Jerusha Morrison Hill)

Jerusha married John Courtland Searle and came west with the James Pace Company in 1850.  Her father, Leonard Hill, died in 1846 in Davis County Iowa, and her mother Sarah or Sally Forbush Hill died on February 17, 1847, while living in the Winter Quarters 23rd Ward.

21.  Silas Hillman (see Dwelling #306)
Electa Fidelia Hillman (wife) (died 15 Sep 1849) (aged 26y 4m 14d)
Emily Ann Hillman
Ira K. Hillman
Sarah Hillman

Sariah Hillman (sister of Silas Hillman)

22.  Rebekaha W. Holman (died) (Rebecca Whitcomb Greenleaf Holman)
Rebekaha G. Holman (died) (Rebecca Greenleaf Homan)
Joshuwa F. Holman (died) (Joshua Franklin Holman)
Pemelea Holman (removed) (Parmelia Greenleaf Holman)
John G. Holman (removed) (John Greenleaf Holman)
Ezekeal Holman (removed) (Ezekiel Jonathan Holman)
Abigail E. Holman (removed) (Abigail Elizabeth Holman)

The Holman family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the James Lake Company in 1850.  The family consisted of John Greenleaf Holman, his wife, Nancy Clark, and his two youngest siblings, Jonathan Ezekiel and Abigail Elizabeth, their parents having died in 1846 and 1849. John had served in Company C of the Mormon Battalion.  

23.  Reuben N. Howell (Reuben Nurce Howell)

Married Martha Maria Buchanan, daughter of John and Nancy Ann Bache Buchanan.  Nancy, a widow, was living in dwelling #887 on the 1850 U. S. Census Pottawattamie County with 3 of her children.  Came west with an unknown company in 1852.  However, Martha’s mother and brother came with the Thomas C. D. Howell Company in 1852.

24.  Amos M. Jackson
Rosannah Jackson

No further information has been found on this couple.

25.  Ann Leader (Ann Loughton Leader)

Ann was living with the John Sivers family in dwelling #82 on the 1850 U. S. Census in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  She was the mother of Mary Ann Leader Sivers.  She died in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa.

26.  Commadore P. Liston (Commadore Perry Liston)
Elizabeth Liston (Elizabeth Reeves Liston)

The family came west with the John S. Higbee/James W. Bay Company in 1852.

27.  John Liston (married Sarah R. Noyes)
Hannah Liston
Elizabeth Liston

John, Hannah and Elizabeth are the children of George and Elizabeth Nottingham Liston and the siblings of Commadore Perry Liston.  The family stayed in the Coonville area.

28.  Lydia Loughton (died 19 Aug 1849) (aged 86 years)

Lydia was the mother of Ann Loughton Leader.  

29.  Ierene Meglone (?)

30.  Laban Morrill (see Dwelling #301)
Permelia Morrill (Permelia Handmore Drury Morrill)

31.  Elliczander Muller (Alexander Muller)
Elizabeth Jane Huffman Muller (wife)
Margaret Muller
James Brigham Muller

The family listed as Alex., Eliza, and Brigham where living in dwelling #1003 on the 1850 U. S. Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  The family eventually moved to the Oklahoma Indian Territory.

32.  Willard W. Noyes
Mary Ann Noyes 
Sarah R. Noyes (married John Liston)

33.  Stephen Ordenay (Stephen Ordway)

Went west with the James Lake Company in 1850.  He married Jane Lake while in route to the Valley.

34.  Laura Owen (?)

35.  John Page (sen) 
Eleanor Page (wife) (Eleanor Esther Leader Page)
William H. Page 
John Page (jun)

Other family members not listed
Eleanor Esther Page (died 1837)
Mary Ann Page (born 1851)

They were living in Dwelling #83 on the 1850 U. S. Census in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  Came west with the John B. Walker Company in 1852

36.  Henry Shaw (sen) (see Dwelling #425)
Nancy Shaw (wife)
Henry Shaw (jun)

37.  Robert Singleton (Robert Singleton, Sr.)
Betty Singleton (Elizabeth Hindle Singleton)
Priscila Singleton (Priscilla Singleton)
Chrabella Singleton (Arabella Singleton)
Robert Singleton (Robert Singleton, Jr.)

Other family members not listed
Jane Singleton (born 1825) (married John Farnsworth ; see Dwelling #426)
Thomas Singleton (died 1835)
Eliza J. Singleton (born 1839)
Caroline Singleton (born 1844)
Sarah Singleton (born 1847)

On the 1856 Utah Census, the family was living in Springville, Utah County, Utah.  The following were listed:  Robert, Betty, Jane, Joseph, Arabella, Priscilla, Robert, Jr., Eliza, Mary (probably Mary Farnsworth, Jane Singleton Farnworth’s daughter), Mary E., Caroline, Sarah, Susannah.  By  1860, Robert’s family that were not married, moved to San Salvador Township, San Bernardino County, California.

38.  John Sivers (John Henry Sivers)
Mary Ann Sivers (sen) (wife) (Mary Ann Leader Sivers)
Mary Sivers (jun) (Mary Ann Sivers)
Thomas Sivers (died 21 Jan 1852) (aged 3 y, 3 m) (Thomas Errin Sivers)

The Sivers family stayed in the Coonville area.  They are in Dwelling #82 on the 1850 U. S. Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  John owned and operated a mill on Keg Creek and also one in Pacific City.  John died in 1880 at Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa.  

39.  John Smith (Joseph Smith, born 1845) 
Mary Smith (Mary Ann, born 1847)
Altica Smith (Alice Smith, born 1842)
Stephen Smith (?)

Those family members not listed
William P. Smith (born 1804)
Mary Grimshaw Smith (born 1814)
Nathan Smith (born 1835)
Ann Smith (died 1837)
Richard Smith (died 1839)
Maria Smith (died 1842)

The only Smith family in the 1850 U. S. Census in Pottawattamie County, Iowa was that of William P. Smith who were living in Dwelling #776.  Listed were William, age 40; Mary, age 46; Nathan, age 15; Alice, age 8; Joseph, age 5; Mary, age 3; and William, age 7 months.  William was a medical doctor.  He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1840 and immigrated to America in 1842.  He came west with either the John S. Higbee/James W. Bay or the Allen Weeks Company in 1852.  He later joined the RLDS Church while living in Union, Salt Lake County, Utah.

40.  Reulin W. Strong (Reuben William Strong)
Hannah F. Strong (wife) (Hannah F. Galland Strong)

Family members not listed
Joseph Strong (born 1848)
Hiram Robert Strong (born 1849)

The family was enumerated twice.  They were found in Dwellings #748 and #877.  The family went west with the John B. Walker Company in 1852.  Hannah died on the Platte River in Nebraska.  By the 1860 U. S. Census, Reuben had returned to Iowa and was living at Galland’s Grove, Shelby County, Iowa.  He had married Hannah C. Kemp in 1857 in Harlan, Shelby County.  Three more children had been added to the family.  The family then affiliated with the RLDS Church.

1850 U. S. Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa 

On September 17th, 1850, Luke Johnson enumerated dwellings of those known to have lived in Coonville beginning with Dwelling #301.  It appears that on September 20th, 1850, he started with the settlement of Old Agency, then Bethlehem and onto Coonville.  There may be an overlap of Bethlehem on this record.  Many of the settlers of Bethlehem decided to move to higher ground and went to Coonville.  He concluded on September 21st.  The following families with their age and occupation were listed.   Corrected names are listed in parenthesis and in bold print.

Dwelling #301
Laban Morrish (age 35) (laborer) (Laban Morrill)
Pamela (age 22) (wife) (Permelia Handmore Drury Morrill)
Horatio (age 5) (Horatio Morrill)
John (age 2) (John Morrill)

Family members not listed
Esther Lorraine Brown Morrill (wife) (died 1843 of quick consumption)
Abner Morrill (born 1838; died 1839) (son of Laban and Ester Lorraine Brown Morrill)
Robert Duncan Morrill (born 1841; died 1842) (son of Laban and Ester Lorraine Brown Morrill)
Esther A. Morrill (born 1843; died 1844 of measles) (daughter of Laban and Ester Lorraine Brown Morrill)
Laban Drury Morrill (born October 4, 1850)

The family came west with an unknown company in 1852.  They eventually settled in Piute County, Utah.

Alonson Niles (age 29) (laborer)
Tabitha Ary (wife) (age 26)
William (age 5)
Alonzo (age 2)

There is an Alanson Niles born in Vermont but his age would have been 49 years and not 29.  There is no proof that he came to Iowa in 1850 as he died in Alburg, Grand Isle, Vermont in 1873.  He did have a son, Ransom Stephen, that served in the Grand Army of the Republic from Iowa and he died in Fayette County, Iowa.  Another son, Nathaniel Clark, died in North Dakota but is buried in Merrick County, Nebraska.  He also served in the Grand Army of the Republic. 

Further reference cannot be found for this family

Dwelling #302
Charles Morrison (age 30) (laborer) 
Tamson (age 33) (wife) (Tamson Crossley Morrison)
William (age 11)
Jane (age 9)
John (age 7)
Amanda (age 3)

Tamson, William, Jane, Amanda, and Charles were living in dwelling #168 in Salem, Richardson County, Nebraska Territory on the 1860 U. S. Census.  Charles may have been born in Coonville in 1850.  Living in dwelling #170 was Tamson’s sister, Sarah Crossley Norris.  The Norris family was still in Richardson County on the 1870 U. S. Census, but the Morrison family was not there.

Dwelling #303
Albert Norris (age 28) (none) (Albert Alan Norris)
Sarah (age 19) (wife) (Sarah Jane Crossley Norris)
George (age 7) (son of Hannah Witherow and Albert Norris)
Nancy (age 3) (daughter of Hannah Witherow and Albert Norris)
Jonathan (age 6/12) (son of Sarah Jane Crossley and Albert Norris)

Other family members not listed
Hannah Witherow Norris (wife) (died about 1848)

The Norris family was found in Richardson County, Nebraska Territory on the 1860 and 1870 U. S. Censuses.  By the 1880 Census, they had moved to Paradise, Rooks County, Kansas.  Sarah and Albert are both buried in Rooks County, Kansas.

Dwelling #304
Stephen Farnsworth (age 41) (carpenter) (Stephen Martindale Farnsworth)
Julia Ann (age 32) (wife) (Julia Ann Clark)
Austin (age 11) (Austin Martindale Farnsworth)
Alonzo (age 8) (Alonzo Lafayette Farnsworth)
Albert (age 6) (Albert Stephen Farnsworth)
Stephen (age 4) (Stephen Martindale Farnsworth)
Caroline (age 2) (Caroline Elizabeth Farnsworth)

Samuel Snider (age 23) (laborer)

Samuel Snyder was found in 1885 on the Iowa State Census in Winterset, Madison County, Iowa.  

The family was listed as:
Samuel Snyder (age 57)
Judy (age 52)
Lulu (age 20)
Samuel Warren (age 16)
Susan Evans (age 15)

No information is available 

Dwelling #305
Lybius Coons, (age 38) (LDS clergyman) (Lebbeus Thaddeus Coons) 
Mary (age 37) (wife) (Mary Ann Williamson Coons)
Adeline (age 17) (Adeline Coons)
Susan (age 15) (Susan Coons)
Sidney (age 12) (Sidney Coons)
Alvira (age 8) (Mary Alvira Coons)
Patience (age 4) (Patience Coons)
Lybius (age 6/12) (Lebbeus Thaddeus Coons, Jr.)

Other family members not listed
Martha Ann Coons (died 1844)
John Williamson Coons (born 1853 in Bethlehem)

Chancy (age 22) (William Chancy Williamson)
Chancy was the brother of Mary Ann Williamson Coons

Did not go west but moved to Galland’s Grove, Shelby County, Iowa

Dwelling #306
Silas Hillman (age 30) (none) (Silas Eustice Hillman)
Emily (age 18) (wife) (Emily Ann Cox Hillman)
Adeline (age 7) (Adlinda Hillman) (daughter of Electa Fidelia Hulet and Silas Eustice Hillman)
Fidelia (age 3) (Guilieta Fidelia Hillman) (daughter of Electa Fidelia Hulet and Silas Eustice Hillman)
Jane (age 2) (Emily Jane Long) (daughter of Emily Ann Cox and James P. Long)

Sarah (age 16) (Sariah Hillman) (sister of Silas Hillman)

Other family members not listed
Electa Fidelia Hulet Hillman (wife) (died 1849)
Boy Hillman (died 1846)
Ellen Celestia Hillman (born 1850) (son of Emily Ann Cox and Silas Eustice Hillman)

Came west in 1852 with the Allen Weeks Company and settle in Provo, Utah County, Utah

Dwelling #307
Joseph Kelting (age 39) (merchant) (Joseph Andrew Johnson Kelting)
Elizabeth (age 33) (wife) (Elizabeth Ann Martin Kelting)
Minerva (age 20) (wife) (Minerva Orilla Woods Kelting)
Lymon (age 16) (Simon Millard Kelting) (son of Elizabeth Ann Martin and Joseph Andrew Johnson Kelting)
Mary (age 12) (Mary Ann Kelting) (daughter of Elizabeth Ann Martin and Joseph Andrew Johnson Kelting)
Lucy (age 23) (wife) (Lucy Matilda Johnson Kelting)

The family came west with the John S. Higbee/James W. Bay Company in 1852

Warner Johnson (age 29) (Nathaniel Warner Johnson)

Brother of Lucy Matilda Johnson Kelting.  Came west with the Daniel Spencer/Peregrine Sessions Company in 1847.  He must have returned to Iowa and then come with his extended family in about 1852.

Dwelling #308
William Dally (age 28) (tailor) (William Dalley)
Mandana (age 20) (wife) Mandana Hillman Dalley)
Sarah (age 2) (Sarah Ann Dalley)
Moroni (age 1) (Moroni Dalley)

Came west with an unknown company in 1852

Sarah Hillman (age 57) (Sarah King Hillman) (mother of Mandana Hillman Dalley)

Came west with the Joel Edmunds Company in 1852

Dwelling #309
David Gamitt (age 39) (cordwainer) (David Mallory Gamet)
Hannah (age 43) (wife) (Hannah Pember Hyde Gamet)
Solomon (age 17) (Solomon Gamet)
David (age 15) (David Mallory Gamet, Jr.)
Isaac (age 13) (Isaac Alma Gamet)
Gilbert (age 8) (Gilbert Gamet)
Sarah (age 5) (Sarah Ann Gamet)
Levi (age 2) (Levi Gamet)

Other family members not listed
Adelia Ann Gamet (died 1841)
Elizabeth Corner Gamet (born 1851)

The Gamet family did not go west.  They lived in Pottawattamie County and then in Harrison County.  They became members of the RLDS church.

Dwelling #310
Andrew Allen (age 55) (laborer) (Andrew Lee Allen)
Clarinda (age 48) (wife) (Clarinda Knapp Allen)
Elijah (age 25) (laborer) (Elijah Allen)
Lydia (age 22) (Lydia Allen)
Charles (age 19) (laborer) (Charles Hopkins Allen)
Andrew (age 18) (Andrew Allen)
James (age 16) (James Allen)
Sidney (age 14) (Sidney David Rigdon Allen)
Susan (age 12) (Susan Allen)
Levi (age 10) (Levi Knapp Allen)
Julia (age 6) (Julia Allen)

Other family members not listed
Sophronia Allen (married Jacob H. Rose) 

Came west with the John S. Higbee/James W. Bay Company in 1852

Dwelling #311
Benjamin Meginness (age 49) (Benjamin McGinnis)
Sarah (age 48) (wife) (Sarah Johnston McGinnis)
Harvey (age 16) (William Harvey McGinnis)
Johnston (age 14) (Johnston McGinnis)
Joseph (age 11) (Joseph Bready McGinnis)
Benjamin (age 9) (Benjamin McGinnis, Jr.)

Other family members not listed
Ann Elizabeth McGinnis (died 1830)
John Franklin McGinnis
Mary Jane McGinnis
Samuel McGinnis
Sarah Elizabeth McGinnis (died 1848)
Lorenzo Snow McGinnis (died 1843)
Margaret Ann McGinnis (died 1846)

Benjamin married Mercy Ann Brooks after Sarah died (about 1851).  In 1854, they left for the West.  In about 1856, they left for San Bernardino, California where they associated with the RLDS Church.

Dwelling #414
Russell Homer (age 25) (merchant) (Russell King Homer)
Eliza (age 23) (wife) (Eliza Williamson Homer)
Edmond (age 11) (Edmund Homer)
Nancy (age 9) (Nancy Ann Homer)
Anna (age 7) (Anna Eliza Homer)
William (age 5) (William Harrison Homer)
Matilda (age 2) (Louisa Matilda Homer)

Other family members not listed
Julia Carolina Homer (born September 30, 1850)

Came west with the Russell K. Homer Company in 1858

Dwelling #415
Abram Hendricks (age 39) (laborer)
Sarah (age 33) (wife) (Sarah Shaw Hendricks)
Joseph (age 16) (laborer) 
Phoebe (age 13) (Phoebe Jane Hendricks)
Benjamin (age 1) (Benjamin Franklin Hendricks)

Other family members not listed
Adelade Hendricks (born November 1850)

By 1853 the family had moved to California.  On the 1860 U. S. Census, they were in Washington, Alameda County, California.

Lydia Petigrue (age 36) (Lydia Shaw Pettigrew) (sister of Sarah Shaw Henricks)
Aldin (age 14) (David Alden Pettigrew)
Lydia (age 12) (Lydia Caroline Pettigrew)

Other family members not listed
David Alden Pettigrew (husband) 
Hyrum S. Pettigrew (died 1846)
Harriet Elizabeth Pettigrew (born September 1853)

On the Iowa State 1856 Census, the family was living in Franklin, Lee County, Iowa.

Dwelling #416
Benjamin Johnson (age 57) (laborer) 
Lavinia (age 52) (wife) (Lovina Hayes Johnson)
John (age 17) (laborer) (John Oliver Johnson)
King (age 14) (King Benjamin Johnson)

Other family members not listed
Walter Johnson (died 1836)
James Willard Johnson (died 1826)
Mary Elizabeth Johnson (died 1837)
Clara Ann Johnson (died 1836)
Eli Johnson (died 1836)

Came west in an unknown company in 1851

Nancy Braly (age 11) (?)

Dwelling #417
O’Neal, James (age 35) (carpenter) (James O’Neill)
O’Neal, Rachael (age 25) (Rachel Avery O’Neill)
O’Neal, Elizabeth (age 9) (Elizabeth O’Neill)
O’Neal, Henry (age 7) (John Henry O’Neill)
O’Neal, Albert (age 5) (William Albert O’Neill)
O’Neal, Lydia (age 1) (Lydia O’Neill)

Other members of the family not listed
Franklin O’Neill (died 1850)

Moved to Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska

O’Neal, William (age 28) (William O’Neill) (brother of James O’Neill)
O’Neal, Hyrum (age 21) (Hiram O’Neill) (brother of James O’Neill)

Dwelling #418
Moses Jackson (age 30) (Moses Ray Jackson)
Frances (age 30) (wife) (Frances Simpson Jackson)
Mary (age 7) (Mary Susan Jackson)
John (age 24) (John Ray Jackson) (brother of Moses Ray Jackson)
Nancy (age 22) (wife) (Nancy Ann Sanders)

By 1860, the family was listed in Cass County, Nebraska on the U. S. Census.

James Brown (age 23)

James was still in Pottawattamie County on the 1851 Iowa State Census.  He was listed as age 22 and Mary E. was age 15.

Dwelling #419
William Jessuph (age 38) (farmer)  (William Jaseph)
Lydia (age 33) (wife) (Lydia Waltz Jaseph)
Martha (age 11) (Martha Jaseph)
Alma (age 9) (Alma Jaseph)
Mary (age 8) (Mary Jaseph)
Elizabeth (age 6) (Elizabeth Jaseph)
Nephi (age 4) (Nephi Jaseph)
Lehi (age 2) (Lehi Edward Jaseph)

Other family members not listed
Henry Jaseph (born 1850)
Amelia Jaseph (born 1853)
Adam Jaseph (born 1856)

William and Lydia Waltz Jaseph probably died in Coonville in 1859.  Most of the family affiliated with the RLDS Church and remained in Iowa.

Dwelling #420
Isaac Sampson (age 49) (laborer)
Martha (age 40) (wife) (Martha Hendricks Sampson)
Sarah (age 16) 
Mary (age 14) (Mary Jane Sampson)
William (age 12) (William Claudius Townsend Sampson)
James (age 6) (James Knox Polk Sampson)

Other family members not listed
Miriam Elizabeth Sampson (born 1823)
Betsey Ellen Sampson (died 1828)
Margaret Sampson (born 1833) (married Ransford Colby)
Joseph Laman Sampson (died 1843)

Came west with the William McPherson Company in 1851

Dwelling #421
William Butt (age 43) (none) (William Burt)
Ascenith (age 40) (wife) (Asenath Child Burt)
Prentis (age 10) (Prentis Burt)
David (age 9) (Daniel William Burt)

Other family members not listed
Mormon Burt (died 1845)
Asenath Lovina Burt (died 1851)

Dwelling #422
Johnson Bentley (age 39) (laborer) (Johnson G. Bentley)
Abigail (age 37) (wife) (Abigail Wheeler Bentley)
Pateints (age 15) (Patience Bentley)
Izah (age 8) (Isaiah Bentley)
Abigail (age 1) (Abigail J. Bentley)

Other family members not listed
William G. Bentley (died before 1850)

On the 1856 Iowa State Census the family was in Magnolia, Harrison County, Iowa.
He later affiliated with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Magnolia Branch.

Dwelling #423
William Platt (age 50) (none) (William Dickinson Pratt)
Lucina (age 37) (wife) (Losana Bentley Pratt)
Virginia (age 11) (Lovina Virginia Newman) (daughter of Elijah Newman and Losana Bentley)
Mirza (age 6/12) (Mirza Liona Pratt) 

Came west with the James W. Cummings Company in 1851.  

Dwelling #424
Henry O’Neal (age 38) (none) 
Ellen (age 18)
Rachael (age 13)
Lavina (age 8)
Henry (age 5)

This family was found listed on the 1852 Iowa State Census in West Liberty Township, Mills County, Iowa.  There were 2 males and 3 females at that time.  

Dwelling #425
Henry Shaw (age 45) (laborer) (Henry C. Shaw)
Rebecca (age 45) (wife) (Nancy Shaw)
Henry (age 18)
Rebecca (age 9)
William (age 2)

On the 1854 Iowa State Census, the family of six consisted of 4 males and 2 females.  They were living in Kane township, Pottawattamie County.  The family joined the RLDS church and moved to Harrison County.

Dwelling #426
John Farnswell (age 26) (John Farnsworth)
Jane (age 22) (wife) (Jane Singleton Farnsworth)
Harriet (age 5) (Mary Farnsworth)
Charlotte (age 2) (Alice Farnsworth)

On the 1852 Iowa State Census, Jane Farnsworth (listed as Larnsworth) was listed as family of 3 females living in West Liberty Township, Mills County.  The family came to the Salt Lake Valley with an unknown company in 1852.  She then married Jeduthan Averett.

Dwelling #427
John Smith (age 25)
Mary (age 25)
Alexander (age 5)

No further information can be found about this family.  There is an Alexander Smith found living with the Barnes family in White Cloud Township, Mills County on the 1856 Iowa State Census.  He was 12 years of age at that time.

Dwelling #428
Ann Dally (age 59) (mother) (Ann Davis Dalley)
James (age 27) (James Dalley)
Emma (age 21) (wife) (Emma Wright Dalley)
Edward (age 2) (This may have been Edward Dalley the son of William and Ann Davis Dalley.  He was age 23 and had not married.  There was not an Edward age 2 as Emma and James were only married in 1850)

Other family members not listed
Sarah Ann Bishton (wife) (died 1849)
Ann Elizabeth Dalley (died 1847)
James William Dalley (born 1851 and died 1851)

Pottawattamie High Council Minutes



The following names were mentioned in the Pottawattamie High Council Minutes:

Name Birth Date
Allen, James D. 01 Mar 1804
Clark, Isaac 07 May 1806
Coons, Libbeus Thaddeus 13 May 1811
Gamet, Hannah Pemper 06 Mar 1815
Smith, John  

Isaac Clark’s name is added to the residents (2).

Isaac Clark
Mary Timmons Clark (wife)
Catherine Ruth Clark
William A. Clark

The family came west with the George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company in 1849.  William A. Clark must have died before they left for the Salt Lake Valley.  They made their home in Ogden, Weber County, Utah.  

Possible Births

Name Father’s Name Mother’s Name Birth Date
Stephen Martindale Farnsworth, Jr. Stephen Martindale Farnsworth Julia Ann Clark 17 Feb 1847
Thomas Errin Sivers John Henry Sivers Mary Ann Leader 12 Mar 1847
Mary Ann Smith William P. Smith Mary Grimshaw 17 Oct 1847
Lehi Edward Jaseph William Jaseph Lydia Waltz 1848
Cynthia Averett Jeduthan Averett Holly Jane Tingle 1848
William A. Clark Isaac Clark Mary Timmons 1848
Levi Gamet David Mallory Gamet Hannah Pember Hyde 3 Jun 1848
Emily Jane Long James P. Long Emily Ann Cox 10 Oct 1848
John William Britain William Britain Mary Rand Bains 12 Jan 1849
John Henry Sivers, Jr. John Henry Sivers Mary Ann Leader 19 Jul 1849
William Coolidge Joseph Wellington Coolidge Elizabeth Buchanan 10 Dec 1849
Henry Jaseph William Jaseph Lydia Waltz 1850
James Brigham Muller Alexander Muller Elizabeth Jane Huffman Jan 1850
William P. Smith, Jr. William P. Smith Mary Grimshaw 17 Feb 1850
Lydia O’Neill James O’Neill Rachel Avery 2 Mar 1850
Lebbeus Thaddeus Coons, Jr. Lebbeus Thaddeus Conns Mary Ann Williamson 13 Mar 1850
William Clark Averett Jeduthan Averett Holly Jane Tingle 13 Mar 1850
Mirza Liona Pratt William D. Pratt Losana Bentley 18 Apr 1850
Jonathan C. Norris Albert Alan Norris Sarah Jane Crossley 19 Apr 1850
Julia Carolina Homer Russel King Homer Eliza Williamson 30 Sep 1850
Asenath Lovina Burt William Burt Asenath Child 13 Aug 1850
Laban Drury Morrill Laban Morrill Permelia Handmore Drury 4 Oct 1850
Ellen Celestia Hillman Silas Hillman Emily Ann Cox 11 Oct 1850
Adelade Hendricks Abram Hendricks Sarah Shaw Nov 1850
Mary Ann Page John Page Eleanor Esther Leader 14 Apr 1851
Elizabeth Collar Gamet David Mallory Gamet Hannah Pember Hyde 15 Mar 1851
Perry Martindale Liston Commadore Perry Liston Elisabeth Reaves 6 Jun 1851
James William Dalley James Dalley Emma Wright 24 Oct 1851
William Henry Howell Reuben Nurce Howell Marth Maria Buchanan 11 Feb 1852
Thomas Errin Sivers John Henry Sivers Mary Ann Leader 7 Mar 1852
George Wellington Coolidge Joseph Wellington Coolidge Elizabeth Buchanan 21 Jul 1852
Henry Jaseph William Jaseph Lydia Waltz 1 Apr 1853
Harriet Elizabeth Pettigrew James Pettigrew Rachel Avery Sep 1853
Adam Jaseph William Jaseph Lydia Waltz 6 Dec 1856

Possible Marriages

Groom Bride Marriage Date
Albert Alan Norris Sarah Jane Crossley 8 Apr 1849
Ransford Colby Margaret Sampson 20 Apr 1849
John G. Holman Nancy Clark 20 Aug 1849
Jacob H. Rose Sophronia Allen 19 Nov 1849
Silas Hillman Emily Ann Cox 16 Feb 1850
John Courtland Searle Jerusha Morrison Hill 10 Mar 1850
George Sheffer Clark Susannah Dalley 14 Mar 1850
Henry O’Neill (3) Eunice Ellen Thomas 9 May 1850
James Dalley Emma Wright 15 Aug 1850
John Buchanan (4) Adaline Coons 23 Feb 1851
John Liston Sarah R. Noyes 9 Mar 1851
Reuben Nurce Howell Martha Maria Buchanan 16 Mar 1851
Hiram O’Neill Rebecca Cox 8 Jun 1851
George Lord Arabella Singleton 1852
Jacob J. Crocket (5) Eliza A. Anson 6 Feb 1852

Pottawattamie County Marriage Records

The following names have been added from the marriage list (6):

Ransford Colby
Margaret Sampson Colby (wife)
Martha Colby
Cynthia Colby
Jacob Colby

Came west with an unknown company in 1851 

John Greenleaf Holman 
Nancy Clark Holman (wife)

John served in the Mormon Battalion.  The Holman family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the James Lake Company in 1850.  The family consisted of John Greenleaf Holman, his wife, Nancy Clark, and his two youngest siblings, Jonathan Ezekiel and Abigail Elizabeth, their parents having died in 1846 and 1849. 

Jacob H. Rose
Sophronia Allen

Jacob and Sophronia came west with the James Lake Company in 1850

John Courtland Searle
Jerusha Morrison Hill

Came west with the James Pace Company in 1850

Henry O’Neill
Eunice Ellen Thomas

Henry is probably the brother of James O’Neill (see Dwelling #417).  No information has been found on Eunice Ellen Thomas.  The O’Neill families move to the Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska area where most of them are buried.

John Buchanan
Adaline Coons

John Buchanan served as a private in the Mormon Battalion.  He was sent to the sick detachment.  John was the son of John and Nancy Ann Bache Buchanan.  Nancy, a widow, was living in Dwelling #887 on the 1850 U. S. Census Pottawattamie County with 3 of her children.  They came west with the Thomas C. D. Howell Company in 1852.


Hiram O’Neill
Rebecca Cox

Hiram is the brother of James O’Neill (see Dwelling #417).  No information has been found on Rebecca Cox.  She might be related to Emily Ann Cox who was the wife of Silas Hillman.  

George Lord
Arabella Singleton

George Lord went to California in the rush for gold, arriving on Sept 8th,1849 at Steep Hollow on the Bear River in Placer County. He mined successfully there for about a year and then eventually moved to Downeyville about 50 miles away to mine in that area. He returned east to settle his affairs and met and married Arabella Singleton. They came out to California in a wagon train of settlers arriving in the spring of 1852. They made their way to the San Bernardino area.

Jacob J. Crocket
Eliza Ann Anson

Eliza Ann was the daughter of Asa Holmes and Matilda Garner Holmes.  In 1850, her family was living in Wards Grove, Jo Daviess, Illinois.  Jacob J. Crocket was living with the Samuel S. Thurstin family in Alton, Belknap, New Hampshire.  By the 1856 Iowa State Census, they were living in West Liberty Township, Mills County, Iowa.  They moved to Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska by 1860.

Bibliography

  1. Watt, Ronald G., Iowa Branch Index 1839-1859.  (Salt Lake City, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1991).
  2. Pottawattamie High Council minutes, 1846-1852; 1850 December-1851 March; Church History Library, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/dff41a9e-b768-40b7-bde1-98b2c19f8c90/0/0 (accessed: December 14, 2021).
  3. Hyde, Orson, Editor.  Frontier Guardian [Kanesville, Iowa], May 15, 1850.
  4. Hyde, Orson, Editor.  Frontier Guardian [Kanesville, Iowa], March 7, 1851.
  5. Hyde, Orson, Editor.  Frontier Guardian [Kanesville, Iowa], February 6, 1852.
  6. “Pottawattamie County Marriage Records,” Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society, 2000.