Archive | July, 2011

Estella Eastman Flynn (1879-1965)

29 Jul


Maquoketa Community Press, Maquoketa, Iowa, Monday, August 2, 1965
Saturday Rites


Funeral services for Mrs. Estella Flynn, 86, of Maquoketa were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Haylock-O’Hara funeral home. The Rev. Arthur Holtry, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in the Esgate cemetery. Mrs. Flynn died Wednesday evening in a local nursing home.


Estella Eastman was born July 12, 1879, in Jackson county to Charles and Charity (Welch) Eastman. On Dec. 1, 1898, she was married to Dennis Flynn in Maquoketa. She lived her entire life in Maquoketa.


Surviving are one son, Milford Flynn of Baldwin; and one brother, Frank Eastman of Greenwich, Ohio.


Her parents, her husband, six sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.


Eastman, Henry F. 1857-1951

29 Jul



Funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at Haylock and O’Hara funeral home for Henry F. “Dick” Eastman, 93, who died at his home here Friday morning. The Rev. Howard Beil officiated and burial was in Esgate cemetery.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Eastman, the deceased was born Nov. 14, 1857 in Illinois. He was married May, 1881. He had resided in this community for many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Zania Metheney of Oregon, Ill., Mrs. Mae Canvanau of Dubuque, and one son, E. Fay Eastman of Dubuque. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Friends were present for the funeral from Rockford, Ill., Milwaukee, Wis., Oregon, Ill., and Dubuque.

DEATH DATE: September 28, 1951
SOURCE: Private collection of newspaper clippings

Charles L. Eastman (1846-1928)

29 Jul

Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, January 24, 1928
Aged Jackson County Resident Laid to Rest

After an illness of several days caused by pneumonia and complications, Charles L. Eastman, an aged and well known resident of Jackson county, died Wednesday night at Andrew at the age of 81 years.

Charles Lester Eastman was born Dec. 17, 1846, in Illinois and came to Iowa when a young man and located near Maquoketa. He was married to Charity Welch at Maquoketa in 1866 and they resided on a farm north of town until the failing health of both him and his wife compelled them to leave the farm several years ago and they moved to this city. He also lived for a time in Clinton and at Andrew, where he passed away.

Besides his sorrowing wife he is survived by six daughters, Mrs. James Bradley of Maquoketa, Mrs. Edson Hogg of Fulton, Ia., Mrs. Janie Smith of Clinton, Mrs. Will Ralston of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. C. C. Merritt of Clinton, Mrs. D. M. Flynn of Fulton and three sons, I. E. Eastman of Fulton, Frank and Orville of Clinton. One son, William, died at the age of three years. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, four brothers, John Eastman of Hawarden, Ia., Albert of Portland, Ore., Oz, of Sioux Falls, S. D., and Dick of Dubuque, and four sisters, Mrs. Dennis Merrick of Baldwin, Mrs. Neal Summers of Wisconsin, Mrs. Jesse Parmer of Portland Ore., and Mrs. Mary Bronson of Council Bluffs, Ia.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Friday at Buchner’s chapel, Rev. E. G. Hunt officiating. Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Staack sang consolingly. Burial was made in the family lot in Esgate cemetery.

Benjamin Walker Ellison Inventor

29 Jul


Click on the link above to read a short article listing Benjamin Walker Ellison as a Michigan Inventor in 1903.

John Prince Family of Preston, Lancashire, ENG

29 Jul

Alice Prince was the mother of Elizabeth Ellen, wife of James Baines. James and Elizabeth Baines were the parents of my great-grandmother Alice Baines Ellison.

Note that Alice Prince is only 16 years old and is a boarder. Her occupation is power loom weaver of cotton in Preston.

Why is Alice Prince living all on her own at the age of 16, working very hard in a factory?

If we look at the 1861 Census for England, when Alice was 6, we find her living in Preston, Lancashire with her parents John and Penelope Prince and her two little sisters, Sarah and Ellen. Her father is a Boot Maker and Alice is listed as a scholar.

Now we must find John Prince on the 1871 Census for England. We find him in Preston, Lancashire but he is living only with two small children, John and Fanny. He is listed as a Widower. It appears Penelope has passed away.  John is still making a living as a Boot Maker. Where are the other children, though, Sarah age 13 in 1871 and Ellen only 11?

George W Van Buren Family 1880 US Census

19 Jul

The George W Van Buren family lived in Selma, Wexford County, Michigan in 1880. George W. Van Buren’s daughter Anna Elizabeth married William A. Ellison. You will note that George was a lumberman at the time.


William Van Buren Family 1850 Census

19 Jul

Here is the William Van Buren family on the 1850 Census in the town of Barre, Orleans County, New York. Their son George Washington Van Buren married Emily Pryer.

Ralston WPA Cemetery Records

19 Jul

Nancy Agnes McClane Ralston Obituary

19 Jul

Marjorie Butler and Ivan Ralston

19 Jul

Marjorie Butler and Ivan Ralston married on 25 AUG 1927 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.