C. T. Lamson family of Greene, Butler County, Iowa

One of my favorite things about genealogy is finding people who might otherwise be forgotten. This is not my family, but I was touched by the article and how quickly a region could be decimated by disease.



An Incident of Sadness. -- Mr. 

C.T. Lamson, of Green, some

three or four weeks ago lost a

bright little girl by that dreadful

disease, diphtheria.

   In conversation with a friend at

Butler Center the other day, in re-

gard to the ravages of the disease at

Greene, Mr. Lamson related the fol-

lowing sad incident: One year ago

his little daughter gave a birth-day

party at which were present eight

of the bright, sparkling little girls

of Greene -- her intimate playmates

and associates. Now, every one of 

that joyous group, who were the

birdlings of parental love and the 

light of happy homes, are sleeping

side by side in the grave yard.

The severity of affliction which

Greene and its immediate vicinity

have been called to undergo, though

the prevalence of diphtheria is great

and evokes the heartfelt sympathy 

of all. -- Eclipse.


"An Incident of Sadness," Clarksville (Iowa) Star, 6 March 1879, 5th page, column 4. State Historical Society of Iowa microfilmed newspaper collection, Iowa City. 

Syracuse, Cortland and Binghamton Railroad Convention, Cortland, New York, 1836

Perhaps your ancestor attended a convention for "internal improvements" in his area. Mine did. 


"Syracuse, Cortland and Binghamton Railroad Convention," Cortland (New York) Republican, 5 January 1836, p. 1, c. 3; microfilm collection at Cortland Public Library, Cortland.

At a convention of delegates from the several counties on and adjacent to the routs of the proposed "Syracuse, Cortland and Binghamton Rail Road," convened pursuant to public notice, at the Court House, in Cortland Village, on the 24th of December; the Hon. William Bartlit, was called to the Chair, pro. tem., and Horatio Bollerd appointed Secretary. On motion of H.S. Randall of Cortland,

   Resolved, That a committee

Heirs of Samuel Ramsey who died 1823 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

I'm not related to this family, but ran across it in my searches. It's too good not to share so that perhaps someone may be able to make an otherwise difficult connection.

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court Docket H:476-7, petition of Henry T. White to partition property of Samuel Ramsey, 18 April 1860; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-28785-12733-85? : accessed 6 January 2013).

1860 No 87. The Petition of Henry T White Esq one of the heirs at law of Samuel
Ramsey late of the Borough of Huntingdon decd was Read setting forth that the
said Samuel Ramsey died intestate some time in the year 1823 or thereabouts leav
ing a widow Ellen Ramsey who is since deceased and issue six children to wit Alexander
who has since died intestate leaving two children viz Mary C. Intermarried with John B.
Givens and Ellen intermarried with William Stewart, both of whom now reside in Hun
tingdon Borough. Samuel who has since died intestate, leaving issue two children to wit Ann
Eliza intermarried with Pickenbaugh whom now reside in Morgantown Virginia, and Matilda
with Griffith now residing in in La Fayett Indiana Robert Ramsey, who has since died
intestate leaving a widow & issue one child to wit Ellen Jane, both of whom in Marietta
Penna. Mary Ramsey [who] was intermarried with James Barbour Since dead leaving
Issue five children viz John M & William who reside at Matagordo Texas, Alexander
at Stonestown Bedford County Pa. Saml & G Barbour Altoona Blair County Penna
and J. King Barbour Sacramento California. Hetty who was intermarried with
Henry White who has since died leaving issue four children viz Adolphus P
Henry T said Petitioner Huntley Po George L St. Louis Mo. and Ellen intermarried with

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Frederick Gross of Hopewell Bedford County Pennsylvania and Ellen intermarried
with John Drayton, of Huntingdon Pennsylvania [Thall] the persons named are of full age,
And that the Said Intestate died seized in his demesne as of fee of and in a certain lot
of ground situate in the Borough of Huntiingdon and numbered 177, in the recorded plan
of said Town fronting on Mifflin Street, fifty and extending back at right angles two
hundred feet to Church Street. That the said heirs are not able to agree upon seven men
to make partition of said premises Said Petitioner therefore prayed the Court to award
an inquest to make partition of the premises aforesaid, to and among the representatives
of the said intestate, in such manner and in such proprotions as by the laws of this
Commonwealth is directed, if such partition can be made without prejudice to or spoil
-ing the whole. But if such partition thereof cannot be made, as aforesaid then to value 
and appraise the same, and make report of their proceedings, therein according to law,
Whereupon 18th April 1860 it is considered by the Court and Inquest awarded agree
ably to the prayer of the Petitioner and ordered that personal notice be given to all residing
within said Couty or by writing left at their respective places of abode and to all residing out
of the County or State by letter, directed to their nearest post office address at least ten
days prior to the time of holding said Inquest.

52 Ancestors: #1 Rebecca Ann Bohanon

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small suggested a 52-week challenge. It sounds like fun, and I plan to participate. 


AD1926-02-26p2c2001 Rebecca Ann Bohanon was my great-great grandmother. It took me a long time to find out what happened to her because even though she died in Illinois where there is a wonderful death index, it doesn't help if you don't know the woman remarried. 

Rebecca Anna Bohannon was born at Smithland, Ky., June 30, 1851 and died Feb. 15, 1926, aged 74 years, 7 months and 14 days.
She was married at the age of 18-years to Thomas Dukes. To this union were born six children, all girls, four of whom survive her. Her first husband died at an early age, and she was later married to Joseph Gray, who died many years ago, in 1923 she was married to James Keller of Perks, Ill., who survives her.
She was converted at the age of 14 and united with the Smithland baptist Church, later moving her membership to the Metropolis Baptist Church, and later to the First Baptist Church at Dongola, Ill., where she remained a member until her death.
Her funeral was held at Mt. Pisgah, Wednesday morning Feb 17, 1926, conducted by Rev. C.C. Young of Dongola. Interment in the cemetery near by.


"Obituary," Anna Democrat, 26 February 1926, p. 2, c. 2; microfilmed newspaper collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Eliza King of Shippenville, formerly wife of John Davis

Deeds are wonderful things, and one might not ever find this information except by stumbling across it.

This family is not one of interest to me, but because it gives could be a previously unknown relationship, I write it here.

In Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, Record Book C-2, pages 243-244 is a deed with grantors Eliza King, James and Catharine Downing, and William and Sally R. Bell conveying property in Barree Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania to Henry Lee.

"This Indenture made the twenty fifth day of April in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
thirty six, between Eliza King, of Shippenville, Venango
County and State of Pennsylvania, formerly widow of 
John Davis of Barre township Huntingdon County, state
aforesaid, deceased. James Downing and Catharine, his  
wife formerly Catharine Davis and William Bell and Sally R his wife, for
merly Sally Davis of Richland township, Venango County and State aforesaid of the first part, and Henry Lee of the township of Barre Huntington [sic]
County ...

property described as land
"lying in the township of Barre aforesaid, at the west end of the Busby Ridge or the waters of Stone Creek, surveyed the 27th day of February 1793 ... "

No further chain of title, as is common in Pennsylvania deeds, is given. 

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