I found these articles on my Ralston family, including Richard A Ralston, Ivan and Marjorie Ralston, William A and Nellie Mae Ralston, and Nellie’s parents: Charles Lester Eastman and Charity Welch Eastman.
These are the news articles pertaining to William C. Davis and Almy Greene Davis (nee Rathbun) you can order from the Geauga County Public Library. As you can see they are not truly obituaries as advertised prior to ordering.
Almy Greene Rathbun Davis and William C. Davis had at least three children: Eunice Amanda, Phoebe Sephina, and John H. Eunice Amanda married Samuel H Cutler and they adopted NP and Betsey (nee Welch) Townsend’s daughter Elizabeth E. Townsend born in 1848 in Cato, Cayuga County, NY. Betsey died from complications of childbirth. Eunice Amanda and Samuel renamed the baby Mary Alice Cutler. She married Benjamin Walker Ellison in 1862. Alice and Benjamin are my 3rd great-grandparents.
I am trying to figure out if I can determine where Eunice and Samuel were married, as Samuel remains a mystery. He shows up in 1850 in Elbridge, Onondaga County, NY and disappears after summer 1863 in Oakfield, Kent County, Michigan. If I can figure out where William and Almy were circa 1845, we could narrow down where Eunice may have met Samuel.
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The article reads: Claridon. The following, according to our record, is the number of deaths in the township for the year 1879. Feb 15, Mrs. Davis, 84 years. Geauga Republican, January 7, 1880, Page 1.
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The article reads: Hambden. The remains of Mr. Davis were taken to Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland. His residence for the last eight years has been in the north part of Claridon. Geauga Leader, March 6, 1885, Page 3.
Neither William or Almy left any probate estate records in Geauga County, Ohio.
Terry Reimer, Director of Research at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, was kind enough to not only let me know that Darius Townsend was on Clara Barton’s rolls of missing soldiers, but he sent me a digital copy of the roll. Thank you, Terry!
The date on the paper reads May 1, 1866. You will see Darius under the list of missing Wisconsin soldiers. This means someone wrote to Clara Barton, looking for him. Notice his last name is spelled “Tounsend.”
These letters to Clara Barton are at the Library of Congress and the National Archives. I am going to search through what remains of those, which is not the thousands that were sent to her.
Over a year ago I was searching online newspapers and searched through Lisbon, Iowa for my Butler family. Tobias Butler and Bridget Burke were the parents of my great-grandfather William Edward Butler. Tobias was from County Tipperary, Ireland. William Edward Butler was the father of Marjorie Butler Ralston.
You will have to click on the links to open the PDFs.
In this first PDF of the newspaper from 1898, there is an obituary for Tobias’s only daughter, Elizabeth. She was the wife of Thomas Clark and was born in Dixon, Illinois on 22 OCT 1860. She married Thomas on 15 JAN 1882 in Lisbon, Iowa. They had 8 children, only 3 survived to adulthood. She was interred at the Catholic cemetery in Lisbon. You will see on the left column that Tobias of Cedar Rapids and R.A. (Tobias’s son) of Sioux City, Iowa came in for the funeral.
In this next one in the Lisbon Sun, dated 23 DEC 1887, the bottom left column has a snippet on Tobias Butler. His house near the train depot burned down, the family escaped, but all property, money, and bushels of potatoes were lost. A new house was planned to be built in spring.
3 AUG 1894 The Lisbon Sun reports that William Butler and family of Belle Plaine are visiting with Tobias Butler. Top of second column on left.
22 APR 1898 The Lisbon Sun reports that Tobias, living with his daughter Elizabeth in Lisbon, went to Cedar Rapids to spend the summer with his son. This would be my William Edward Butler. My grandmother used to tell stories about Tobias going from one of his children’s houses to another, and that reportedly, he liked living at her house the best. That her mother, Bridget Carroll Butler, was the kindest to him. Keep in mind that my grandmother loved her parents very much; they were extraordinarily kind, loving, and good.
You will note that Elizabeth died at the end of this summer, having been ill for one year (see first link).
From The Lisbon Herald, second column, middle:
“Tobias Butler died early this morning
at the home of his son John near
Stony Point. Tho funeral will be held
to-morrow at 10 o’clock in tho Catholic
church. Mr, Bntler was born in Ireland
and came to Lisbon a number of
He died on 5 MAY 1899.
From The Lisbon Herald, middle column:
Tobias Butler, ono of tho oldest set
tlers in this section of the country, died
at the home of his son, John, last Friday
morning, at the age of ninety.
Mr, Butler was born in County Tipperary,
Ireland, and came to America
in 1834, and settled in Illinois. He
came to Lisbon in 1866, and has been a
resident of this place ever since. In
1830 he married Miss Bridget Burk
who preceded him to the great unknown
a number of years ago. To them
was born six children, five sons and one
daughter. Of these, four sons remain
to mourn his departure. They wore all
present at the funeral to pay their last
respect to a loving father.
The funeral services were held in the
Catholic church, at 10 o’clock Saturday
forenoon, conducted by Rev. Father
Hartigan of Marion. Interment in
You will note in left column, RA and Will Butler both came in for the funeral.
I’m not sure how much of the information above in the obit is accurate. It does tell me he is buried somewhere in Lisbon, Iowa.
From Jan 1898, left column:
“Tobias Butler, who has been in quite
feeble health for the past -few years,
fell Saturday and received quite a severe
From Jan. 1898, second column to left:
“R. A. Butler, of Sioux City, spent a
few days in town this week visiting his
father, Tobias Butler, who has been ill
for the past few months. Mr Butler is
a conductor on the Sioux City and
Northern Railwav, from Sioux City to
Garretson, S. D. He has worked up to
a fine position and is taking good care
From The Lisbon Sun, May 1899:
“The Death of Tobias Butler.
At the advanced age of ninety
years, Tobias Butler died on Friday,
May 5th, 1899, at the home of his son
John Butler, south of Lisbon. Tobias
Butler was an old settler at Lisbon,
having come to this locality in the
year 1866. For many years he was an
employee of the C. & N. W. railway,
and his home adjoined the track.
He came to America in 1834, from
the place of his birth,—County Tipperary,
Ireland. He resided in the
State of Illinois about twenty-two
years, and there married Miss Briget
Burk. To this union were born five
sons and one daughter. The wife
passed away many-years ago, and recently
the daughter preceded the
father to the spirit world; death also
claimed one son. The four sons remaining
are Richard, a railway conductor at
Sioux-City; William, a car repairer
for the C. & N. W. railway,
at Cedar Rapids; Thomas and John,
farmers in the vicinity of Lisbon.
These sons were all present at the
funeral, which was held at the Lisbon
Catholic church, on Saturday,
May 6th .Rev.. Father Hartigan, of
Marion, officiated. Burial occurred
at the Catholic cemetery, Lisbon.”
This is a great obituary. We have the information that he was married in Illinois. Where he was employed for many years. Where his sons are employed in 1899. Etc.
Below is an advertisement from the Greenville Independent in February 1866 when Benjamin Walker Ellison opened his brewery in Greenville, Michigan in 1866.
Thank you to the Flat River Public Library for digitizing some of the old newspapers.
Click on the link and look on the first page in the far left column, toward the bottom.
More articles from the Sibley, Iowa local newspapers on the Townsend family.
Mary Eliza Townsend’s death notice from 1888, mentions her husband still living. And a couple of articles mentioning their children: Charles Nathaniel Townsend and Jennie E. Marsh.
I have been searching through the Sibley Public Library in Osceola County, Iowa digitized scans of the local papers trying to find what happened to NP Townsend after his wife died in 1888.
Here are some articles I found on their daughter Jennie E. Marsh then Glazier and her family. Also, Jennie’s sister Lodawiski Lovilla Gleason Clemans Ferson visited frequently and lived in Sibley on and off during the mid 1910s.
Riley Glazier was a carpenter as of 1906 and near Dec 6, 1906, went to Colorado seeking land.
I have searched through all of the years and there is no mention of NP either moving away or passing away.
N.P. Townsend was not buried with his wife Mary Eliza Perkins Townsend. Sibley Public Library sent me the list of all burials in Osceola County. Mary E is buried in the Gilman Cemetery in Osceola County. Jennie E. Townsend Glazier is buried in a different cemetery with her husband, Riley — the Holman Cemetery.
I do not think NP Townsend died in Osceola County, Iowa.
Mary Elrod, wife of Colonel William Elrod, mother of Joseph Elrod, died 23 SEP 1849 in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, PA. She was 81 years old.
Thank you to the Butler Area Public Library for sending this to me.
Here is the article the kind folks at Butler County Historical Society sent me on the Sheriff’s Sale of the land in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania Joseph Elrod had inherited from his father. He loses his property in a lawsuit from James Clark.
This explains possibly why he was living with Nancy Ralston in 1850 (according to the census) yet he still owned the property. He didn’t lose it until March 1851. Now the trick is to find the court records pertaining to the lawsuit.