William C. Davis & Almy Greene Davis Obits

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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Davis, Mrs. d. Jan 1880

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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Davis William d.1885

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.




Carroll and Ferrigan Family Home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland

Bridget Carroll Butler and her older brother Patrick were born in this Ferrigan Family home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland to John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll.



Back of the photo below reads (written to Bridget Carroll Butler): “The same crowd taken outside of your old house at the Sheephill.”


Now here is the house when my grandmother visited in the 1970s:



A barn with a red door was attached to the back of this home. In the 1970s the barn was over 300 years old.



Patrick Carroll’s sheet in Grandma’s book. He was the son of John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll. Patrick met my great-grandmother Bridget when she landed in America at Castle Garden in New York on her own as a young woman.


Here is Patrick F. Carroll, presumably with Catherine Kelley, his wife.


Patrick’s obituary. Mrs. William Buttes should read Mrs. William Butler :


William A Ralston Family Items




Donald P. Ralston’s obituary as saved by my father. My grandfather Ivan was still alive when Donald passed away. Unfortunately, my father did not save the entire obituary.

Below is a copy of records from Shiloh Cemetery in Monroe Township, Linn County, Iowa on the Ralston family.


Ivan W. Ralston was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The photographs were sent to me a couple of decades ago by Al Ralston, Ivan’s nephew.

Richard A. Ralston Florida Obituaries

Richard A. RALSTON, 68, Ormond Beach, lost his gallant battle with cancer just after midnight Friday, July 1, 2005. He’s known as a committed Christian, husband, father, grandfather, friend and fisherman, with a huge sense of humor. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he grew up in Detroit, Mich., and graduated St. Francis De Sales High School. He enjoyed his 44-year career with Detroit Diesel for whom he enthusiastically traveled the world as sales manager, mining division. He was known as “one of the good guys.” He retired to Ormond Beach, January 1999. He is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Child, Ormond Beach. Richard sacrificially expressed his spiritual passion, his supernatural gifting, and personal style in his ministry. He is best known to the parish and community as, “The Sign Guy” (changed church sign). Everyone who knew him, loved him. Richard was tireless with his “hands on” ministries and community volunteer activities including: the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, as a volunteer with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department and involvement in the restoration and preservation of various historical sites in the county. He expressed his heart’s compassion for street children by collecting clothing for the children of Honduras. He loved gardening and woodworking, as well. Richard is survived by his great catch of a wife (he was an avid fisherman!) of 18 years, Darline; son, Jason; first wife, Judy ELLISON; daughter, Jennifer (Bob) PORTER, grandchildren, Matt, Ben and Sarah, Ortonville, Mich.; and son, Rich (Kim) RALSTON and granddaughter, Melissa, Pontiac, Mich. First among his many friends around the world are five boyhood friends, Jim PERKETT, Kansas, Joe BERTRAND, Tim BOVEE, and Tom O’REILLY, all of Michigan, and Joe CREHAN, Florida. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. at Church of the Holy Child, 1225 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.

“Daytona Beach News-Journal” newspaper, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida dated Sunday, July 3, 2005

Ormond Beach – Richard A. RALSTON, 68, of Peruvian Lane, a sales manager in the mining industry for 44 years before his retirement in 1999, died Friday at Hospice Care Center, Port Orange. Mr. RALSTON was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and moved here in 1999 from Commerce Township, Mich. He was a member of Church of the Holy Child. An avid fisherman, Mr. RALSTON also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and volunteer work. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Darline; two sons, Jason, Ormond Beach, and Rick, Pontiac, Mich.; a daughter, Jennifer PORTER, Ortonville, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Hannah Cremation, Holly Hill, is in charge.

“Daytona Beach News-Journal” newspaper, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida dated Monday, July 4, 2005

Estella Eastman Flynn (1879-1965)


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



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)

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.