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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Stones of Titler: A Conclusion

We come to the end of the photographs that I have in my collection in regards to the Titler Cemetery located northwest of Marengo, Iowa.  As you can see I do not have a completely documented cemetery.  I do not live in the area and was visiting at the time back in 2003.  I do hope that these photographs that I did take will be of help to others.

Plat Map for Titler

When I visited the "Iowa County Genealogical Society" they told me that the plat map for the cemetery was missing.  I hope that my photographs might be found by someone who may know where this map is and will see that the information is forwarded to the Iowa County Genealogical Society which is now located in North English, Iowa.  See my link for the society to the right under Favorite Links. Make sure you understand that it is Iowa County which is the county genealogical society vs. the state genealogical society which is called "Iowa Genealogical Society."  It can get confusing. 

Here again are the two publications that I used for this cemetery:

The Iowa County GenWeb site has placed the publication written by Pauline Lillie on the web at this link covering the burials in the Titler Cemetery near Marengo, Iowa:

http://iagenweb.org/iowa/cem/titler/index.htm

Source: Iowa County Cemetery Stones & History 1844-1975, compiled by Pauline Lillie for the Iowa County Historical Society Bicentennial, 1976. Approximately 102 burials listed in her publication. I found this at the Iowa County Genealogical Society. Location of Titler: Marengo Township 81, Range 11, Section 13.

History: Ms. Lillie describes this cemetery as one of the earlist with first burials in 1851. Families may also be found in the Bishop (Denzler) Cemetery to the east and the Athey Cemetery to the west.

Ms. Lillie's publication mistakes Phebe Allgood for a Spracklin and doesn't have Elizabeth Spracklen listed at all.

There is another publication done by a Ms. Sanchez that my cousin found at the Iowa Genealogical Society (not to be confused with Iowa County Genealogical Society). Both are in the state society located in Des Moines, Iowa.

http://www.iowagenealogy.org/

Source: Cemeteries Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa, Originally transcribed by Mrs. Kaye Sanchez and finished in 1968, Des Moines, Iowa, retyped by Marion A. Gunderson 2001.

Mrs. Sanchez writes that there are 21 unmarked graves and stones were piled against the trees, some broken. Approximately 83 burials listed in this publication.

There are discrepancies between the two publications and my suggestion is to consult both of these publications and then study my photos of the tombstones.

Surnames Not Photographed:

Surnames listed in the publications that did not get photographed are: Baugh, Baughman, Bolger, Cladwell, Carter, Cavender, Crouch, Garby, Grouch/Crouch, Hanson, McLaughlin, Tarney, Tracy, Troup, Webster and Wood. 

Please realize that even the stones I did photograph are not necessarily complete and you need to refer to the two publications for as complete a picture of the Titler Cemetery as possible near Marengo, Iowa.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Stones of Titler: Wanamagher & Young

The last stones for this cemetery are Wanamaugher/Wannamacher and Young. 

S. of the 12th Iowa Vol. d at Ft. Columbus 4 Jan 1865 age 45y5m3d
and G.A.R. Marker (foot stone S.C.W.
Apparently the stone that is behind this square base is probably the stone that should be on the top of the square base.  So I only captured the information of the base.  The other stone that looks like a obelisk might have other Wannamaugher names listed on it.  Unfortunately I did not capture it in a photo.  There seems to be a difference in the spelling of the name between the two publications of Ms. Lille and Ms. Sanchez.

The last stone is of a J.W. Young:

J.W. Young 1869-1949

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stones of Titler: Titler & Turner

When visiting Iowa in 2003, I studied the newspapers at the Blairstown Public Library to see if I could find an obituary notice in 1859 for Elizabeth Keller Spracklin (posted dated September 11, 2010).  I have featured her stone in a past post. She died in February of 1859.  I was unable to find one for my 2nd great grandmother; however, I did see obituary notices for other individuals and the name "Titler" stood out and I believe they were prominent in the area at that time. The newspaper of 1859 talked mostly about farming and the prospects for business. The Blairstown Library was in a metal industrial building on the edge of town because they were in the process of building a new library.  The actual genealogical collection was in the basement of the bank because the person in charge was worried something would happen to it.  I had to come back the next day to access the genealogical collection so I made an appointment with the very helpful and nice librarian for the next day to come back and visit.  She was so kind she closed the library up while I tried to do research in less than ideal circumstances.  I believe they have since moved into the new building on Locust street and things are much better.  However, I would call to make an appointment to be safe. 

Here is a link to their genealogical collection at the library with contact information:

http://www.blairstown.lib.ia.us/use-the-library/genealogy2 

This is their home page: http://www.blairstown.lib.ia.us/   Try this new link:

www.blairstownpubliclibrary.com


There is a history book for the town of Blairstown, Iowa "Blairstown History: 1862 to 1987."  The book gives no reference to who published it.  I picked up a copy at the library in 2003. There are other Blairstown's in other states and counties so make sure you focus on Iowa.  It does have Family History on pages 77-116. It does not have an index.

The Stones with the surname Titler: 
George Titler d 11 May 1876 age 76y11m3d
Isaac D. Titler 2 Feb 1825 to 30 Apr 1907
Margaret, wife 4 Dec 1831 to 12 Mar 1902 ss

 Mary A. daughter of George & Affy d 19 Nov 1857 age 11 y8d

George E. Titler d 11 May 1876 age 76y11m3d
Unfortunately the last stone was not a complete photo but it does hint that it is George E.  Many stones were up against trees and buried.  I did not wish to disturb things since I did not live in the area.  There is a difference between the two publications by Ms. Lillie and Ms. Sanchez so study both. The next stones are of the surname Turner:

Roy Turner 1890-1961 and Louise 1900 to ______

Turner, Glenn (no other information)
There was no other information on the last stone and no dates but I do believe it is a new stone not listed by Ms. Lillie (1975) nor Ms. Sanchez (1968) in their publications that I found at the Iowa Genealogical Society.  See my post for July 26, 2010 for the information on the publications of this cemetery.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stones of Titler: Schmolling, Smolling, Shelley & Swezey

There are stones for the surname Schmolling and Smolling in Titler.  I do not know if it is a different spelling for the same family members or two separate families; however, could C.H. & J.M be the parents of the infant that died?  The last stone is only a base with a piece laying behind it and I do not have a photo for that piece.  You will need to consult the Titler cemetery publications mentioned in a past post to see if you can figure this out!
Infant son of C.H. & J.M.  d 28 Jan 1899

Smolling
Charles H. 1873-1933
Jennie 1876-1965

Schmolling base but no details.
Next are two stones for the surname of Shelley:

Sarah Ann Shelley wife of Jos. d 1 Jun 1893 age 80y6m16d

Joseph Shelley d 8 Jun 1888 age 85y9m18d
The surname of Swezey has a giant obelisk type stone:

I believe this stone has sides with inscriptions as follows:

Thankful wife of Thomas H. Swezey died Mar 25, 1878 age 57y10m18d


Thomas H. Swezey husband of Thankful...Died Mar 17, 1878 age 63yr 10m18d
The last picture may be a separate stone because I don't see the column at the top?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Stones of Titler: Goodman, Haughenbury & Ludman

Unfortunately the Goodman base is all I have in detail.  The obelisk is laying on the side and I do not have a photo of it.  The interesting thing is the stone shaped square behind this tombstone.  I do not know if it is part of the Goodman plot?  I have been told by the Iowa County Genealogical Society when I visited them back in 2003 that a plate map of the cemetery has not been found and I have not taken time to see if it is at the courthouse or the funeral homes in the area have it. It would be a great find if it could be found.
This might be for a Mary and Thomas Goodman
Mary 28 Oct 1840-17 Nov 1913 - Footstone
Thomas 22 Feb 1836 - 15 Jan 1911 GAR Marker
The next stones are in a row and they are for the surname of Haughenbury:

Left: Sarah wife of William d 7 Nov 1889 age 71y11m18d
next: William d___Feb 1897 age 92y5m19d
far right: William H. 25 June 1847 - 11 Dec 1911
3rd stone may be a Theodosia 1860-1949
If you look closely as this closeup of William H's tombstone you can see that it is Theodosia that is the flat stone to the left.  Again I only have this half photo of her stone.


The next photo is of the Ludman stone:

John C. Ludman d 7 Jan 1893 age 46y4m6d
There is a Susan Ludman (1886 age 36 yrs.) but I don't seem to have that stone or it is possible she was listed on the other side of this obelisk.





Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Stones of Titler: Givens & Goings

We move on to the family names of Givens, first:
William H. Givens d 8 July 1863 age 33?y 8m15d

Benjamin Givens, died June 10, 1853 Age 45y9m5d
The photo below is the area were the Given's tombstones are located.  As you can see they are in disarray.


There are two other stones for a Hannah and a Harriett as listed in the Titler publications that I have presented in past posts.  They might be in the photo above.  Click on it and see what you can find.  You might have to cut the photo up because I am finding that it looses focus if I make it bigger.

The surname Goings has one tombstone with two names:
George W. Goings 25 Dec 1818 - 21 Oct 1903
Mary Jane his wife b 1 Dec 1834 d 10 Mar 1901
Apparently this last stone has fallen down and is in pieces.  These apparently are the only Goings names as listed in the two Titler publications.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Stones of Titler: Fiedler & Gilbert

Someone had left some offerings for the tombstone with the surname of Fielder.  The tombstone of George and Mary Gilbert is easy to read.  Unfortunately some of the other Gilbert stones are in a mess, piled together in a tumble and apparently they have been that way a long time. I will try to dig deeper to see if I cannot get more detail by giving the overall photo I took and then do some editing to bring out the names. The first stone is of the surname Fielder:  

Edward O. Fielder 1881 to 1963
Mamie A. Fielder 1901 to 1934

George W. Gilbert Aug 17, 1845 - Feb 3, 1915
Mary A. Gilbert Sept. 28, 1855 ......

The photo below is a grouping of the surname Gilbert from what I can tell.  The tall pillar stone has inscription on it probably on all of its sides for I can see some craving on the right and left face of the stone. I do not know if there was any further information on the two sides you cannot see.  I did not photograph from that side.

Pile of stones - Gilbert

Jas. M. Nov. 13, 1875 age 52 yrs. 1 mo. 27 da
Nancy A wife of Jas. m. Aug. 13, 1875 age 50 yr. 10 mo. 29 da.


The top area: Mary C. dau of J.M. & N.A. Aug 1853 age 6 mos. 4 da.
There are more Gilberts as listed in Lillie and Sanchez's publications.  See my previous posting for July 26, 2010 for more information and links.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Stones of Titler: Curtwright & Emrick

In retrospect, I wish I had documented this cemetery with more care and tried to follow the rows in order but I did not have time to do so.  I can describe the cemetery to you.  It rests in a rectangle on an east to west direction. I would say it is an acre in size?  It is on a small hill but once you climb it it is relatively flat. The tombstones are in rows going north to south.  It is located on a "Y" of two highways and has a fence that encloses it.  It is maintained by an unknown entity that mows the grass.  A majority of the stones are visible but there are many that are piled into groupings under trees and broken.  Apparently they have been that way for awhile based on the publications I found by Lillie and Sanchez. I get the feeling that the trees were not there and have since grown causing the destruction of grave sites and tombstones.  There are depressions in the earth in which you can stumble and I believe that they are the unmarked graves.

Theodosia A. Curtwright
April 23, 1869 to April 30, 1903


Julia Ann Emrick 1840 to 1872


David Emrick Co. C, 4 Ind, Cav. with Star  
I like the name of Theodosia, it is very unusual.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Stones of Titler: Brown

The next grouping is a rather imposing tombstone that has pictures of the couple on one side and on the backside is the information regarding their lives.

J.S. and Jennie Brown Front
J.S. Brown Nov. 4, 1853 to Sept. 10, 1938
Jennie, his wife
Mar 21, 1846 to Sept 4, 1917
Backside


Lowell D. Brown
Aug. 21, 1889 to Sept 24, 1958
In both the publications of Lillie and Sanchez (see past posts) there is mention of a Kenneth Reno stone.  I do not have a photo of this stone.  Ms. Lillie states it was removed.   This stone of Lowell is not included in either publication.

Please remember, I did not take pictures of every stone.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Stones of Titler Cemetery - Spracklin/len

The name of Spracklin has many spellings and can be spelled with the "lin" ending or the "len" ending. I have also seen other versions of the names like: Spranklin, Spratlin etc.

The stones for the Spracklins were in disarray and clustered under a tree.  The 3 sided obelisk that was the Spracklin stone was off its base.  We placed it back on top of the base.  There was inscription on 3 sides of the stone, front, right and left, nothing on the back side toward the tree.  Because there was a 2nd stone for the boy Oliver, it is believed that the obelisk was relatively new and other stones had been lost except for Oliver's small stone. 
Looking west at Spracklin stone under tree!

Spracklin, Merrifield, Blacketer piled under a tree!

Spracklin Base of 3 sided tombstone of Spracklin Family

Elizabeth wife of D.D. Spracklin
Died Mar 9, 1859
Age 27 years, 7 months, 3 days

Left side of 3 sided tombstone
Mary E died
Dec 27, 1861
age 3 yrs,  4 mos., 80 days

Right side of 3 sided Tombstone
Oliver died Sept 10, 1855
10 mos, 22 days

A 2nd stone for Oliver S. son of D.D. and E. Spracklin


The family represented here is the family of Daniel D. Spracklin.  It is his first wife Elizabeth Keller Spracklin that died in 1859.  They had 4 children:  Henry which it is believed was born in Toledo, Ohio on their way to Iowa in 1853.  The next child was Oliver who died very young.  Mary E. survived till after the 1860 U.S. Census.  The last child was Amarilla Grace Spracklin who was born 17 Nov. 1858 and was only a baby when her mother died.  The father Daniel remarried in 1863.  For further information about this family go to this link:  The Barclay's of Pine River, The Lives of George and Amarilla Barclay: http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Stones of Titler Cemetery - Allgood and Blacketer

We continue with the stones of Titler.  There were two stones one was an Allgood and the other was a Blacketer.  I have seen this surname spelled "Blacketeer." This stone in the photo below is Allgood.

Daughter of E & S Allgood d. 18 May 1862 age 2y4m
This stone is probably [Phoebe Allgood]

The next stone was the surname Blacketer.  I refer you to the 1856 Iowa State Census and you will find Merrifield and Blacketer names in that census.
Eliza C. Blackter (Blacketer) daughter of
H.B. & M. d. 17 October 1859 age 1y5m17d





Please be reminded that the photos are not alterred so you can copy them and try working them in your photography software to read them better.  Please give me credit for the photo and provide a link to this blog.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Stones of Titler Cemetery - Merrifield!

In the next posts I will present the photographs of some of the tombstones that I took back in April of 2003.  This is not going to be a complete set of photos.  I was traveling and didn't have time to spend formally documenting this cemetery.  Please keep this in mind.  I gave you publications suggestions for this cemetery in a previous post so that should help you to see if there are any burials that are of interest to you.

Please note that I took these photos and have uploaded them here without altering them in any way so that you can take the photo and study it further or make copies to try and read it yourself.  Please give me credit for the work I have done by putting a link back to this blog on the pictures you take. 

I would like to start with photos of  the burials under the surname of Merrifield:

[Seraphina] Isador daughter of R.M. & M.A. Merrifield
d. 18 May 1856 age 4y8m3d
Notice in the above photo that the tombstones are gathered against the tree.  It means there is a disconnect with the burial location of this person in the cemetery. There are depressions in the ground where a grave is located but the stones are not with the grave but placed under trees in various areas of the cemetery. Not all of the stones are in this condition.

There were pieces of broken tombstones as you see in the photo below to the left of the pieced together tombstone that are probably from another tombstone.  I struggled to not touch the tombstones and do any rearranging for I do not live in the area and I was hoping that others would take on the job of cleaning up this cemetery. 
Bertie Merrifield, d 8 Aug 1870 age 9m9d

Probably Margaret J. Merrifield,
d. August 20, 1852 age 20 yr5m8d
 Infant children of R.M. & R.D., no dates


According to Ms. Lillie and Mrs. Sanchez these are the 4 tombstones that are under the surname of Merrifield as listed in their publications.   I feel that the stone for Seraphina Isador is closer to the correct name and owner of the stone. 



Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tips on Finding a Cemetery!

1) First step in finding a cemetery or cemeteries is to go to the website of the genealogical society for that location and study their website for clues: http://iagenweb.org/iowa/research/ICGS.htm

2) Some areas do not have a genealogical society so I search for the historical society.  I actually go to both sites:

http://iagenweb.org/iowa/research/ICHS.htm

3) I find that the US Genweb sites can be helpful for a location and might have records for cemeteries in the area of your interest. US Genweb site: http://usgenweb.org/   http://www.usgenweb.org/

4) On my visit in April of 2003 to Iowa, I asked one of the volunteers at the Iowa County Genealogical Society for a location and a description of how to get to the Titler Cemetery. It is always helpful to get additional information from those who live in the area about the location of a cemetery especially if it is small. 

The Iowa County Genealogical society used to be in the basement of the Marengo Public Library which apparently remodeled in 2007.  So they have moved their library and holdings to the town of New English.

Here again is the ICGS link: http://iagenweb.org/iowa/research/ICGS.htm

Note: Be careful there are Iowa Counties in other states and you can go to the wrong site when you are surfing the internet.  So always confirm the location before you start studying the website.

5) Here are some more additional links to information in Iowa that can be helpful for research and finding cemeteries.

Iowa State Genweb site: http://iagenweb.org/

Iowa County Genweb site: http://iagenweb.org/iowa/

The State Historical Society of Iowa has locations:  Iowa City and Des Moines:  http://www.iowahistory.org/index.html  https://iowaculture.gov/history

They have the WPA cemetery project for Iowa.

6)  Just Google It!  To find a cemetery you can try the Google search engine or a search engine of your choice and you might be surprised at what you find.  I got about 4 hits on Titler. 

7) Big online sites:  I always check these two sites listed below but please realize that they are not complete so check back often as more records are loaded into them: 

Larger sites are the US Tombstone Transcription project:  http://www.usgwtombstones.org/

Interment also is a good website to study:  http://www.interment.net/

Finda A Grave:  http://www.findagrave.com/index.html

8) United States Department of Veteran Affairs has a grave listing for those who served in the military that can be of help, I found a family member at this site:  http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1

9) USGS Board on Geographic Names:  http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/
This website is helpful in giving a listing of cemeteries in a location or one specific cemetery.  You click on Search Domestic Names and it gives a list with location, longitude and lattitude etc.  Then it gives you map choices for locating the cemetery.  Experiment with different names and types of feature classes like: Cemeteries, Churches or more.  I did a search for cemeteries in Iowa County, Iowa and it came back with 63 cemeteries. They do not have everything but it is a good start if you are having trouble finding cemeteries.

10)  Using GPS to find a cemetery is now within the reach of genealogists.  I am not savy on this topic so here is a link to an article on how to use it in your search at About: 

http://genealogy.about.com/cs/cemetery/a/gps_2.htm

11)  Find maps of the area like township Altas' and they probably will show old cemeteries.  These would be books found in genealogical, historical, state archives etc. 

There will be more tips but this should get you started. 

Photo:  View of Titler Cemetery towards the highway and Marengo, April 2003.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Titler Cemetery Publications!

The Iowa County GenWeb site has placed the publication written by Pauline Lillie on the web at this link covering the burials in the Titler Cemetery near Marengo, Iowa:

http://iagenweb.org/iowa/cem/titler/index.htm

Source:  Iowa County Cemetery Stones & History 1844-1975, compiled by Pauline Lillie for the Iowa County Historical Society Bicentennial, 1976.  Approximately 102 burials listed in her publication.  I found this at the Iowa County Genealogical Society.

Location of Titler:  Marengo Township 81, Range 11, Section 13. 
History:  Ms. Lillie describes this cemetery as one of the earlist with first burials in 1851.  Families may also be found in the Bishop (Denzler) Cemetery to the east and the Athey Cemetery to the west. 

Ms. Lillie's publication mistakes Phebe Allgood for a Spracklin and doesn't have Elizabeth Spracklen listed at all.

There is another publication done by a Ms. Sanchez that my cousin found at the Iowa Genealogical Society (not to be confused with Iowa County Genealogical Society).  This is the state society located in Des Moines, Iowa.

http://www.iowagenealogy.org/

Source:  Cemeteries Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa, Originally transcribed by Mrs. Kaye Sanches and finished in 1968, Des Moines, Iowa, retyped by Marion A. Gunderson 2001. 

Mrs. Sanchez writes that there are 21 unmarked graves and stones were piled against the trees, some broken.  Approximately 83 burials listed in this publication.

There are discrepancies between the two publications and my suggestion is to consult both of these publications and then study my photos of the tombstones in the next posts.

I have personally walked this cemetery in April/May of 2003 and taken photos.  So I know that there are tombstones in that cemetery that Ms. Lillie did not record. 

Always check the date of a cemetery transcription so you can get an understanding of the time frame involved.  The older the transcription publication the better chance of finding tombstones of older vintage.  After the date of publication if the cemetery is still operational you will get new burials, of course.

Photo:  Titler Cemetery looking north toward the highway and Blairstown, April 2003.