Tobias Butler and Family in Lisbon Papers late 1890s

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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
years ago.”

He died on 5 MAY 1899.

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From The Lisbon Herald, middle column:

“OBITUARY.
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
Catholic Cemetery.”

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.

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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
bruise.”

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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
of it.”

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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.

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Benjamin Walker Ellison’s Greenville MI Brewery 1866

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.

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Jennie E Townsend Marsh Glazier

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.

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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.

Sheriff’s Sale of Joseph Elrod’s Property

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.

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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.

Murder at Millen Ralston’s Farm 1886

Kate Caven Murdered 

CAVEN, MCCULLOUGH, RALSTON

Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 3/6/2013 at 19:15:17

Jackson Sentinel, May 13, 1886

Kate Caven Murdered

On Monday, May 3, Miss Kate Caven left her home at the house of her brother, Perry Caven and was found on the Wednesday following in the Ralston cave, shot through the heart. The Ralston cave is a half a mile or so from her home and is situate on the farm of Milan Ralston, the Canton and Maquoketa mail carrier. The cave is like hundreds of others which Jackson county abounds, but this one is unusually large, being large enough for a team to turn around in. The body of the girl was in good state of preservation, the air in the cave being nearly ice cold, however, some wild animals had slightly eaten one hand and one foot.

Miss Kate Caven was 25 years of age and has been affected from infancy with St. Vitas dance, and of late years her mind seems to be affected. On the day of the tragedy Kate packed up her valise as if to go away, whereupon Mrs. Perry Caven went to the field to call her husband and try to have him persuade her not to go, but when they returned to the house Kate was gone and was never afterwards seen alive, but her departure caused no surprise, for it was her custom to often go over to the house of W. B. McCullough, her brother-in-law who lived near and also she had a way of leaving without notice and staying three or four days with friends of the family living near Garry Owen. However, on Wednesday, two days after the disappearance, the Caven family found out casually that Kate was not with the people above mentioned, and search was begun in earnest and in the afternoon the same day Mrs. W. B. McCullough found the body. In the search Mrs. McCullough had a faint clue, from the fact that Kate had frequently mentioned of late that she had found “such nice caves,” and further, that on Easter (May 25th), Kate had brought her father to visit in her company, the cave in which the tragedy occurred. Mrs. McCullough then went directly to the cave mentioned and found Kate shot dead with two revolvers lying at her side. One revolver had two empty chambers, the other was fully loaded. Her kinspeople were taken wholly by surprise by the event, for after missing her it was discovered that Perry Caven’s revolver had been taken from the house. The other revolver had formerly belonged to W. B. McCullough, but had disappeared three years before.

The event is casting a gloom over the whole community, but the calamity falls with especial weight upon her aged and respected father. Miss Kate Caven awaits the “last day” in the cemetery in Hickory Grove, Brandon township, where her remains were laid to rest Thursday, May 6th, by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Samuel Delmont Ellison & Family

Samuel Delmont Ellison was the oldest son of Benjamin Walker Ellison and Mary Alice (Cutler), born on 1 JUN 1866 in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan. According to United States IRS Tax Assessment records, the Benjamin Ellison family lived in Eureka and Greenville from Dec. 1865. In 1870, the family was living in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1874, they moved to Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, Michigan. Samuel’s father was a maltster and a farmer and was debilitated by the after effects of having contracted malaria during his service to the Union.

On 22 JUL 1891, Samuel married Caroline Seegmiller, the daughter of Henry and Mary A. Seegmiller. Caroline was born 11 OCT 1870 in Ontario, Canada and with her family, immigrated to Grand Traverse County, Michigan about 1884.

Caroline and Samuel had two children. Russell Henry Ellison born 17 NOV 1895 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Glyndon Walker Ellison born 28 NOV 1897 also in Grand Rapids. By 1900, Caroline was living in the Traverse City State Hospital (also known as Northern Michigan Asylum), Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Traverse City State Hospital

In 1900, Samuel and his sons were without a wife and mother. Samuel lived in Eau Claire city, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His oldest son, Russell was living with his maternal grandparents Henry and Mary Seegmiller in Paradise, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Glyndon was living with his paternal grandparents Benjamin and Mary A Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

But in 1903 the boys had joined their father in Eau Claire and attended school there.

In 1910, Samuel lived with his parents, Benjamin and Mary Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan. His sons, Russell and Glyndon were not living with the family. Samuel helped care for his now almost entirely disabled father.

On 10 JUN 1913 in Charlevoix County, Michigan, Samuel applied for a marriage license to Tena Watkins, a 42 year old divorcee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The application was denied and the marriage did not take place. On the 1910 and 1920 Census, Caroline Ellison continued to be listed as a married woman and a resident of the Insane Asylum.

In 1920, Samuel was living in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas.

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On 23 JAN 1921, Samuel died in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas. No one claimed his body and he was buried in the Austin Texas Asylum Cemetery.

In 1922, Russell’s first wife, Harriet, died in El Paso, Texas.

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On 21 SEP 1927, Caroline died in the Northern Michigan Asylum in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Caroline Seegmiller Birth Record
Samuel Ellison 1910 US Census
Tena Watkins 1910 US Census

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Samuel D Ellison 1900 US Census
SD Ellison Application for Marriage to Tena Watkins
SD Ellison & Caroline Seegmiller Marr. Rec.
SD Ellison Death Record

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Caroline Ellison on 1910 US Census