Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mars Hill Church

Found out from Davis County website that Mars Hill Church and cemetery are undergoing a restoration project.  Also learned quite a bit about the church, built during Hyrum's lifetime, probably 1850-1856 and probable attendance, closed during the war when 35 of its members enlisted (so were Hiram and his brothers members at the time?  Do they have a list?  They must have something to know the number...)  It looks like a woman named Margret Thrall wrote about its history for the Wapello County historical society.  Find their site! Then the church  reopened after the war.  I wonder if the restoration board would be interested in some of his history?  Also pictures on that website.  Also that it was likely used as a site on the Underground Railroad and also by John Brown to hide slaves, also that he may have preached there once.  It was a Baptist church.  This conflicts a little bit with the idea that Sarah was Methodist, but maybe her parents were not, or maybe they were just buried there because they lived close by.
The building methods the history site describes are also interesting because it is likely that Sarah would have been born in a cabin built the same way.
Davis county also has several Mormon trail sites, traveled by approximately 70,000 Mormons over about 15? years,  and a reconstructed cabin.

Something on another tourist site about the DAvis County Civil War raid.  Find out what happened.
Also, apparently, Davis county sports a good sized Amish population. 
The Mormon trail was on territorial roads as far west as Bloomfield (Davis) where then it struck on onto old Pottawatamie trails, etc. This from a site about the Mormon trail.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

History of Iowa

I need to find out more about Davis and wapello county history and also Floris town, since that is where Hermina claims Sarah was born, and I think it doubtful since her family was not yet living in that county (also it doesn't even show up on the 1854 map.)
I found a link about the settling of Iowa and it gave some clues as to how Sarah and Herman might have met.  Apparently there was a big wave of Holland immigration to Marion county, Iowa, almost kitty corner to Wapello county, in 1847 and onwards.
In this book about the History of Davis County, it mentions that Floris is the railway stop in Lick Creek township, on pg. 478.  Pg. 592 says that Floris was established as a Post Office in Lick Creek Twp in 1844, the settlers moved in after the Indians left in 1843.  Floris is south of Soap creek.  Is Soap Creek in Lick Creek Twp?  I'm confused.  There were also only two roads in the township back in the day (meaning the 1840s), the "bee trace" and the "Mormon trace".  It says where the bee trace ran, but not the Mormon trace.
Pg. 600 says that Floris is also one of two post offices serving Salt Creek twp.  The first religious meeting in Salt Creek was by a Methodist minister.
Pg. 709 has a D. Hale who married a man named John Swaim in 1843.  Wonder who she is?
I really need to get Hiram placed on some plat maps to clear up township vs. post office and when.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Floris and area

Looking at IA Genweb's land grants dates I find Thomas Hale as an original owner in Marion Township (where Soap Creek ended up) with a date of 12/23/1851.  No Pooles.  Also in Bloomfield Twp, Thomas Hale acquired several times.  See site.
Also on this found that Floris is in LIck Creek Township on the map.