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Residents of Farm Creek Settlement
Mills County, Iowa

Residents

1850 U. S. Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Luke Johnson enumerated the Farm Creek area on September 27, 1850, beginning with Dwelling #531.  He concluded on September 28 with Dwelling #543.  There may be an overlap of Farm Creek, Macedonia and Wheeler’s Grove.  The following families with their age and occupation were listed.   Corrected names are listed in parenthesis and typed in bold.

Dwelling #531
Edward O. Beebe (age 23) (carpenter) (Edward Orson Beebe)
Esther Beebe (age 21) (wife) (Esther Newberry Beebe)
James Beebe (age 1) (James Milton Beebe)

Other family members not listed
Julian Lamoni Beebe (born 1851)

By 1860, the family had moved to El Dorado County, California

Dwelling #532
George Grabill (age 29) (farmer) (George Washington Graybill)
Mary Grabill (age 27) (wife) (Mary Smith Graybill)
Hannah Grabill (age 8) (Hannah Marie Graybill)
Brigham Grabill (age 7) (Brigham Young Graybill)
George Grabill (age 4) (George Henry Graybill)
Polly Grabill (age 1) (Polly Jane Graybill)

Other family members not listed
John Graybill (born 1851)

The Graybill family did not go west.  Most of them stayed in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Dwelling #533
Zadock Parker (age 46) (farmer)
Miriam Parker (age 50) (wife) (Mariam Eastman Parker)
Solinda Parker (age 14) (Solinda Eastman Parker)

Matilda Parker (age 32) (sister of Zadock Parker)

Other family members not listed
Solon Parker (died 1837)
Came west with an unknown company in about 1850. 

Dwelling #534
Joseph Hilsen (age 36) (none)
Lydia Hilsen (age 6)
Lorinea Hilsen (age 5)
Sarah Hilsen (age 2)

Other family members not listed

Ann Aseum (age 64)

No further information is available

Dwelling #535
Thomas J. King (age 45) (none)
Margaret King (age 44) (wife)
James King (age 19)
Moroni King (age 14)
Mary Jane King (age 12)
Ann King (age 11)

No further information is found is available for this family.  There is no evidence that they went west.  On the 1905 Iowa State Census, a Thomas and Margaret King were living in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  It is doubtful, this is the same couple as they would have been very old.  The families may have gone north to the Michigan or Wisconsin area. 

Dwelling #536
John Davis (age 55) (none)
Charles Davis (age 25) (none)
Lydia Ann Davis (age 23)
Ebenezer Davis (age 19) (none)
Nephi Davis (age 10)
Lehi Davis (age 10)
Henry Davis (age 5)

Other family members not listed
Mary Reed Davis (wife) (died 1844)
Luther Davis (died 1844)

John Davis married Lucinda Boren Young a widow with six children.  She was in Dwelling #1161.  By the 1860 U. S. Census the following were found listed in Port Washington, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin:  John, age 65; Lucinda, age 55; Ebben (Ebenezer), age 25; Nephi, age 22; and Susannah, age 12.  Most of the children returned to the Farm Creek area to raise their families.

Dwelling #537
Calvin Beebe (age 50) (none)
Submit Beebe (age 50) (Submit Elizabeth Rockwell Starr Beebe)
Harriet Beebe (age 19) (Harriet Abigail Beebe)
Calvin A. Beebe (age 14) (Calvin Alvaro Beebe)

Other family members not listed
James Beebe (born 1824)
Edward Orson Beebe (born 1827)
Hannah Beebe (born 1833)
Diantha Beebe (died 1844)

Calvin was a member of the Farm Creek Branch of the RLDS Church.  On the 1860 U. S. Census, Calvin was listed as a farmer in Mud Creek, Mills County, Iowa.  His son, Calvin, and his family were living with him.

Dwelling #538
Isaac Perry (age 44) (wheelwright)
Lucina Perry (age 37) (Luana Hart Beebe Leiferman Rockwell Cutler Perry)
Carolina Perry (age 14) (Caroline Ann Rockwell) (daughter of Orrin Porter Rockwell and Luana Hart Beebe)
Orrin Dewitt (age 11) (Orrin Dewitt Porter Rockwell) (son of Orrin Porter Rockwell and Luana Hart Beebe)
Sarah Jane Perry (age 9) (Sarah Jane Rockwell) (daughter of Orrin Porter Rockwell and Luana Hart Beebe)
Jacob Perry (age 4) (Jacob Lorenzo Boyd Cutler) (son of Alpheus Cutler and Luana Hart Beebe)
Olive Perry (age 1) (Olive Luana Perry) (daughter of Isaac Perry and Luana Hart Beebe)

Other family members not listed
Lydia Sherwin Perry (wife) (died 1832)
Lucinda Cooley (wife)
Lydia Ann Perry  (born 1851) (daughter of Isaac Perry and Luana Hart Beebe)

The marriage of Isaac and Luana only lasted 3 years.  Isaac went west with the John S. Higbee/James W. Bay Company om 1852 and resided in Springville, Utah County, Utah.  By 1856 he had moved to California and by 1860 to the state of Washington.

By 1860 Luana had married Wheeler Baldwin and was living in Manti, Fremont County, Iowa.  Wheeler and Luana left the Cutlerites and joined the RLDS Church.  After 13 years of marriage to Wheeler, Luana left and went to Minnesota to be near her son and daughter.  By 1892, Luana was blind and she and the Boyd family moved to Utah where Luana’s son Orrin Dewitt Porter Rockwell lived.  She died in Cherry Creek, Juab County on March 6, 1897. 

Dwelling #539
Augustus Richards (age 69) (farmer)
Francis Richards (age 60) (Frances Lee Doggett Richards)
Newton Richards (age 24) (farmer) (Newton Doggett Richards)
John Richards (age 21) (farmer)
Francis Ann Richards (age 18) (Frances Ann Richards)
Franklin Richards (age 16) (Benjamin Franklin Richards)

Other family members not listed
Dudley Tiffin Richards (died 1811)
Silas Richards (born 1807)
Milton Richards (born 1810)
Elizabeth Richards (died 1836)
Milvern Richards (died 1816)
Juliet Richards (born 1817)
William Richards (born 1819)
Mary Doggett Richards (born 1821) (married Samuel Badham)
Lucy Ann Richards (born 1823)

Most of the Richards family stayed in Mills County as farmers.  Many of them are buried in the Farm Creek Cemetery.

Dwelling #540
Samuel Badham (age 35) (labourer)
Mary Badham (age 26) (wife) (Mary Doggett Richards Badham)
James Badham (age 9) (James Richison Badham) (Son of Samuel Badham and Mary Bishop)
Francis Ann Badham (age 2)

Other family members not listed
Mary Bishop Badham (wife) (died 1844)
Milburn Badham (died 1846)
Amazon Harrison Badham (born 1853)
Violet Badham (born 1855)

Samuel Badham was a Private in Company D of the Mormon Battalion.  The Badham family joined the RLDS Church and stayed in Mills and Fremont Counties, Iowa.

Dwelling #541
Elias Gibbs (age 40) (labourer) (Elijah Elias Gibbs)
Angeline Gibbs (age 38) (wife) (Angeline Needham Gibbs)
George Gibbs (age 18) (labourer)
Elizabeth Gibbs (age 16) (Sarah Elizabeth Gibbs)
Lewis Gibbs (age 9)
Harriett Gibbs (age 7)
Elijah Gibbs (age 6)
William Gibbs (age 2)

The Gibbs family stayed in the Cass County, Nebraska area.

Dwelling #542
John Smith (age 51) (labourer)
Sarah Smith (age 43) (wife) (Sarah Ann Winegar Smith)
Lydia Smith (age 16) (Lydia Rhoda Smith) (daughter of Elizabeth Martha Koons and John Smith)
Stephen Smith (age 14) (son of Elizabeth Martha Koons and John Smith)
Joseph Smith (age 12) (Joseph Samuel Smith) (son of Elizabeth Martha Koons and John Smith)
Rhoda Ann Smith (age 9) (daughter of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)
Hyrum Smith (age 6) (son of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)
Samuel Carlos Smith (age 4) (son of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)
Abraham Smith (age 1) (son of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)

Other family members not listed
Elizabeth Martha Koons Smith (wife) (died 1844)
Mary Smith (born 1823) (married George Washington Graybill) (daughter of Elizabeth Martha Koons and John Smith)
Patience Smith (born 1825) (married Joseph Levi Graybill) (daughter of Elizabeth Martha Koons and John Smith)
Hannah Smith (born 1827) (daughter of Elizabeth Martha Koons and John Smith)
Elizabeth Martha (born 1832) (daughter of Elizabeth Martha Koons and John Smith)
Joseph Smith (died 1847) (son of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)
Baby Smith (died 1850) (son of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)
John Smith (died 1851) (son of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)
George Smith (died 1853) (son of Sarah Ann Winegar and John Smith)

The John Smith families did not go west.  They stayed in the Farm Creek area.

Dwelling #543
George Graybill (age 29) (farmer)
Mary Graybill (age 27)
Hannah Graybill (age 8)
Brigham Graybill (age 7)
George Graybill (age 4)
Polly Graybill (age 1)

This family was enumerated in the previous Dwelling #532

Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS) created a branch at Farm Creek on October 16, 1859. This was one of the first RLDS Church branches to be established in southwestern Iowa.  About 24 members were organized into the branch—those in red type were the original members. It was organized by Edmund Briggs.  He and W. W. Blair had been sent of a missionary journey across southern Iowa in the summer of 1859.  They contacted many former members of the original Latter-Day Saint Church who were still living in southwestern Iowa and many who had returned from Utah and chose to locate in the area.  The first Branch President was Calvin Beebe, with John Smith, Priest and Richard Y. Kelley, Deacon.  Additional members were added in 1860 from the Zarahemla Branch in Wisconsin.  They are in bold type.  The branch was disbanded in 1866 but was later reincorporated.  A church was dedicated in 1890 and eventually gained a new name, the Henderson Branch.  The Branch became defunct in 1923 (1).

In 1942 the Harvey Bolton family purchased a farm upon which the church was located.  A story was published in a local newspaper entitled “Bolton Family Farm Includes Former Mormon Church in the Shape of a ‘Big Red Barn (2).’” 
Bolton Family Farm, Big Red Barn Church

Bolton Family Farm, Big Red Barn Church

The following were listed as members that were residents of Farm Creek:

Amazon Badham
James R. Badham
Mary Doggett Richards Badham
Samuel Badham
Violet Badham

Calvin Beebe
Submit Rockwell Starr Beebe

Calvin A. Beebe (Calvin Alvaro Beebe)
Angeline C. Runyan Beebe (Angeline Carter Runyan Beebe)
Geneva May Beebe

Isaac M. Beebe
Lucy Ann Beebe

Mrs. Polly Briggs (Polly Damon Briggs)
Wm. R. Briggs (Riley William Briggs)

Caleb Levi Fisher
Sariah Fisher (Sarah Ann Owens Fisher)

Levi Graybill
Patience Graybill

Richard Yancey Kelley
Sarah Elizabeth Frances Ballowe Kelley
Benjamin Eli Franklin Kelley
John “Jack” Smith Kelley
William H. Kelley (William Henry Kelley)
Mary Jane Howard Kelley (united with the church by baptism, March 25, 1860)
Edmund Levi Kelley
George Thomas Kelley
Lee Kelley
Parley Pratt Kelley
James Madison Kelley

Eleander Liles (Alexander Liles)
Frances M. Liles (Frances Ann Richards Liles)
Harris Marion Liles
Elmer August Liles

William Henry Osler
Mrs. Alice Osler (Ruth Elizabeth Stidham Osler) ?

Elizabeth Barr Richards Hildreth
Frances Lee Doggett Richards

John Richards
Harriet Abigail Beebe Richards

John Smith
Sariah Smith (Sarah Ann Winegar Smith)

Patience Smith
Stephen Smith

Joseph Smith (Joseph Samuel Smith)
Rachel Smith (Rachael Irene Yocum Smith)
Mary Jane Smith

Curtis F. Stiles (Curtis Fernando Stiles)
Mrs. Mary J. Stiles (Mary Jane Briggs Stiles)

Reuben William Strong
Mrs. Ann Strong (Hannah C. Kemp Strong)

John Winegar
Mrs. Elizabeth Winegar (Elizabeth Martha Smith Winegar)
Henry Winegar (Henry E. Winegar)

Possible Births

Name Father Mother Birth Date
Polly Jane Graybill George Washington Graybill Mary Smith 21 Jun 1849
Abraham Smith John Smith Sarah Ann Winegar 29 Jun 1849
Frances Ann Badham Samuel Badham Mary Doggett Richards 29 Aug 1849
Baby Smith John Smith Sarah Ann Winegar 1850
James Madison Kelley Richard Yancey Kelley Sarah Elizabeth Frances Ballowe 18 Mar 1850
Olive Luana Perry Isaac Perry Luana Hart Beebe 8 May 1850
John Smith John Smith Sarah Ann Winegar 1851
Lydia Ann Perry Isaac Perry Luana Hart Beebe 1851
John Graybill George Washington Graybill Mary Smith 12 May 1851
Mary Kelley Richard Yancey Kelley Sarah Elizabeth Frances Ballowe 1852
George Smith John Smith Sarah Ann Winegar 1853
Amazon Harrison Badham Samuel Badham Mary Doggett Richards 22 Jan 1853
Violet Badham John Smith Sarah Ann Winegar 1855
Harris Marion Liles Alexander Liles Frances Ann Richards 9 Jan 1855
Elmer August Liles Alexander Liles Frances Ann Richards 23 Feb 1857
Walter Beebe Calvin Alvaro Beebe Eliza Lincoln Booth 5 Apr 1858
Geneva May Beebe Calvin Alvaro Beebe Angeline Carter Runyan 4 Apr 1860

Possible Marriages

Groom’s Name Bride’s Name Date
Isaac Perry Luana Hart Beebe 28 Jan 1849
Charles Monroe Davis Caroline Ann Rockwell 2 Sep 1851
James McGee Lydia Ann Davis 4 May 1852

Bibliography

  1. Bernauer, Barbara. “Farm Creek Branch, RLDS, Mill Co. IA”
  2. Donald L. Nielson, The Herald, Oakland, Pottawattamie, Iowa, June 5, 1996, p. 2.