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Family History for Andrew & Mary's remaining children: Sarah Ann, Mary Ann, Margaret, Orpha, Levi, Matilda & Loiusa.....

Parents of Jane, William Perry, Sarah, Mary Ann, Margaret, Orpha, Levi, Matilda & Loiusa


Jane Myers, b. 12/15/1818, Carlton, Ohio
William Perry Myers, b. 12/13/1820,
Sarah A. Myers, b. 9/13/1822,
Mary Ann Myers, b. abt 1823,
Margaret Myers, b. 1824-26,
Orpha B. Myers, b. 9/1/1827
All born in Pickaway County, Ohio
Levi W. Myers, b. abt 1830,
Matilda Myers, b. abt 1833, d. 1904
Louisa Myers, b. about 1837


The Levi Willits House now the NEW BOSTON MUSEUM
located at 202 Main St, New Boston, is on the National Historic Register

Sarah A. Myers the second daughter and third child born to Col. Andrew & Mary Lloyd Myers, was born 9/13/1822 in Pickaway County, Ohio. Sarah married James Monroe Willits, son of Levi and Rachel Field Willits. James Monroe and his twin sister Melissa were born on  6/5/1818.  (Melissa died sometime before 1829)
Sarah and James were married on 9/29/1840 in Mercer County. She died 9/23/1847 at the age of 25 yrs 10 days, in Mercer County, Illinois. Sarah is buried in New Boston Cemetery and her tombstone records that she was the wife of James Monroe Willits.

Levi Perry Willits (b. 11/21/1841 Ind, d. 6/30/1927 IA);
William Henry Willits (b. 8/15/1843 Ind, d. 6/3/1930 IL);
Viola Jane Willits Hindman (b. 11/17/1844 IL);
James Lloyd Willits (b. 1/29/1847 IL, d. 2/18/1918 IL);
Orpha Miranda Willits Pratt (b. 9/10/1849 IL, d. 1923 IL). Sarah died just 13 days after the birth of Orpha Miranda.
(NOTE: Everyone of Sarah's children have the name of at least one of her family members! But coincidently, several of James family members also have the same names, which can at times make searching for family history a bit more tricky!)

Sarah's widower, James Monroe Willits married Sarah A. Prouty, daughter of William and Lydia Hall Prouty, on 6/17/1850 in Mercer County. Sarah A. Prouty was born 4/30/1832 in Massachusetts, and died 12/5/1895 in Mercer County, Illinois. She is also buried in New Boston Cemetery and has often been mistaken for the first Mrs. Sarah A. Willits.
Ledrew Willits (b. 3/6/1851 IL, d. 12/2/1935 Montana)
Felton H. Willits (b. 1852, d. 1853)
Vashti L. Willits Bell (b. 7/16/1854 IL, d. 1/1/1924 TX)
Robert Murry Willits (b. 1856)
Frederick Willits (b. 9/28/1858 IL, d. 8/31/1935 IL)
Courtney Willits (b. 1/27/1867 IL, 1/7/1946 IL)

Mary Ann Myers Kirlin
1823 - 0000

MARY ANN MYERS Mary Ann Myers was the daughter of Andrew & Mary (Lloyd) Myers. She and her twin sister Sarah Ann were born in Pickaway County, Ohio on Sept 13, 1822. By 1830 her family moved to Wayne County, Indiana & in 1836 they moved again, to Mercer county, Illinois. Her picture is located in the family photo album next to her sister Jane. Something I've always found funny ~ Irene labeled the photos "Aunt Jane Mannon" & "Aunt Jane's Sister".  I'm guessing either Irene didn't like her Aunt Mary or maybe just didn't know her as well and wasn't as close to her as she was her Aunt Jane? BUT ~ Because of the way she always referred to them, I didn't realize until I was an adult and took up geneology as a hobby, that "Aunt Jane's Sister" was actually our "blood" Aunt too! 
Mary Ann Myers married David Kirlin, the son of William G. and Lydia Thompson Kirlin. They were married on 2/16/1847 in Mercer County, IL.
ABOUT DAVID:  David Kirlin was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, November 2, 1823. History says that he was the fourth of nine children. The Kirlin family migrated to Wayne County, Indiana and then to New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois. The history also tells us David had always been engaged in the furniture trade. Throughout census records he is listed as a cabinet builder or furniture maker. David had stores in New Boston and in Iowa. He was also a farmer with two good farms. One located in New Boston township and the other one in Iowa.
Part of his skill in furniture making was devoted to making coffins. Besides making coffins David served as undertaker for New Boston. He advertised in the Aledo Weekly Record on July 16, 1861 "D. Kirlin coffins for paupers $8." 
An Advertisement for Furniture Store and Undertaking was also published in the New Boston Vedette on April 16, 1887.  


1850 census: New Boston #311 David Kerlin, cabinet maker, 26, VA; Mary Kerlin, 27, OH; Dalina, 1, IL.

Next door to David and Mary Ann is David's brother Anderson and his family. #310 Anderson Kirlin, Carpenter, 27, VA; Mary Jane Kerlin, 22, IN; Alice, 2, IL.

1860 Census: New Boston #1882 David Kirlin, 36, Cabinet Maker, IN; Mary A., 35, OH; Dalinda, 11, IL; Kate, 9, IL, May, 7, IL; Abbie, 6, IL; Edna 2, IL.

1870 Census: New Boston #61 David Kirlin, 47, Dealer in Furniture, VA; Mary, 47, keeping house, OH; Kate, 19, IL; May 17, IL; May 15, IL; Edna, 11, IL. Also living with David and Mary are Mary's parents; Andrew Myers, 73, retired farmer, PA; Mary Myers, 73, at home, PA. 

1880 census: New Boston #15 David Kerlin, cabinet maker, 57, VA, Mary Kerlin, 57, keeping house, OH.

1890 census: Can't find them, David may have already passed away, but I find no death records for him either?

1900 census: Records state that Mary is living with her daughter & son-in-law, Kate & Wm in Kansas. #330 William Dickenson, 55, Traveling Salesman, NY; Kate, 46, Music Teacher, IL; Mary Kirlin, 77, OH. Also says that Mary is widowed, mother of 7 children, 3 living.

CHILDREN OF DAVID & MARY ANN MYERS KIRLIN: David & Mary Ann had 5 daughters & one son:
  • Dalinda, b. 1849, d. 1882 
  • Kate, b. Nov 1853,  
  • May, b. 1853, d. 1873 
  • Abbie, born ?
  • Edna, born ?
  • John A. Kirlin, born ?  (He must have died prior to 1882 since his name is not listed in the census records.)
  • Dalinda m. Shedrick Burlingam & moved to Taylor Co, Ia. 
  • Kate m. William Dickinson.
  • May m. O. B. Thompson of Taylor Co, Ia.
  • Abby m. physician A. L. Craig of Aledo.
  • Edna m. John F. McBride of Aledo.
I found Mary and David buried in the Aledo Cemetery, not sure where the daughter's ended, and I know nothing about their families? I'll have to search further.
I found a LINDEN KIRLIN on there's a very interesting Obituary posted on his bio. Linden was a Widely Known Inventor Of Labor Saving Farm Implements. He was the son of Jacob and Nancy Jane (Mills) Kirlin, David Kirlin, husband of Mary Ann Myers, would have been Linden's Uncle.

Linden married Blanche Estelle (Mitchell) Kirlin, was the daughter of Isaac and Susan Glancey Mitchell. She was born about 1856 in Keithsburg, IL. They were married on January 14, 1872, in Mercer County, IL.

CHILDREN of Linden & Blanch: (All were born in Mercer County, IL.)

  • Maude b. about 1873
  • Ward b. about 1875
  • Clair b. about 1877
Daughter Margaret Myers was born about 1824 to 1826 in Pickaway County, Ohio (census records vary slightly). She was married first to James Clark 3/7/1844 in Mercer County. They had one child,
  • Ida C. Clark, born Jan 1, 1845.
James died sometime between 1845 and 1850, as Margaret and Ida are found with her parents in 1850. Margaret's second marriage was to widower Enos Commons on 9/28/1852 in Mercer County.

(Margaret's Step Children) Enos's sons from his first marriage to Delilah (Possible surname Sanders)

  • Nathan Commons, born in Illinois about 1840
  • Jasper Commons, born in Illinois about 1844
  • Three additional children, were born to this first marriage and died in infancy.  Louisa J. Martha, & John. All three babies are buried in the Mannon Cemetery, New Boston Township, Illinois with their mother.

(Enos's Step Daughter) Margaret's daughter from her first marriage to James Clark)

  • Ida C. Clark, born in New Boston, IL Jan 1,  1845

(Enos & Margaret's children together) The following five children were all born to Enos & Margaret (Myers-Clark) Commons in Mercer County, Illinois

  • Levi M. born about 1853
  • Andrew M. born about 1856
  • Orpha born about 1859
  • U.S. Grant born Feb 25, 1862
  • Ruth born about 1864

NOTE: Andrew married a woman named Kate. They had a daughter they named Orpha. She was born on 6/2/1881 and died on 6/8/1881. She is buried in Harvy County, Kansas.


1850 CENSUS: The family is found in New Boston Township in 1850: Enos Commons, farmer, 30, born In; with 1st wife Delila, 30, Va; Nathan, 11, In; Jasper A., 6, Il.

1860 CENSUS: The family is found in the 1860 census in New Boston Township: Enos, 40, Farmer, born Indiana; with second wife, Margaret, 36, Oh; Nathan, 20, In; Jasper, 16, Il; Ida C. Clark (Margaret's daughter), 15, Il; Levi M., 7, Il; Andrew M., 4, Il; Orpha, 1, Il.

1870 CENSUS: In the 1870 census: Enos Commons, 49, farmer, farm valued $16,000, born In; Margaret, 47, Oh; Levi M., 16, Il; Andrew M., 13, Il; Orpha (male), 11, Il; U. S. Grant, 8, Il; Ruth, 6, Il.

(I find it a little odd that the Orpha in the 1870 census is listed as a male.  When I first read the names of Enos & Margaret's 1st three children in the 1860 census list I thought they were named after Margaret's brother Levi, father Andrew & sister Orpha.  Would they have given a son the same name as her sister?  Or is this another misunderstanding in translation of records?)

ON THE MOVE TO KANSAS: Enos, Nathan and Jasper Commons went to Harvey County, Kansas, about 1871, along with other Mercer County families (Prouty).

Margaret's daughter by 1st marriage, Ida Clark married Franklin Andrew Prouty 9/14/1865 and went to Kansas with the Prouty family.

* March 26, 2009 ~ I found Ida & Franklin Prouty and Family on Find-A-Grave! ( )

Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Harvey Co., Kansas

Ida Clark Prouty b. IL 1/1/1846 - d. KS 12/15/1889 and

Franklin Andrew Prouty b. IL 2/1/1846 - d. KS 5/4/1929


Opal Lily Prouty Cummings (1867 - 1942)
Orenna Pearl Proudy Kendall (1871 - 1925)
Bert J Prouty (1874 - 1918)
Bessie R Prouty Stapf (1882 - 1955)

OPAL LILY (PROUTY) CUMMINGS FAMILY: Opal Lily Cummings passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, thus ending a life of deep devotion and service. Mrs. Cummings, daughter of Frank Prouty and Ida [Clark] Prouty, was born in New Boston, Illinois, July 22, 1867. When she was four years old her family came to Kansas in a covered wagon drawn by an ox team where her father homesteaded in Emma township, and here she grew to young womanhood. 

She was brought up a member of the Universalist church. On Oct, 7, 1885, she was united in marriage to John Cummings. John was born July 4, 1860 in Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana.

The home was blessed by four children; Thad, Glayds, John Jr., and Morris. Mr. Cummings and John Jr., preceded her in death.

JOHN CUMMINGS, JR - John Cummings Jr., the son of Mrs. Opal Cummings died at the family home at 507 west Broadway just before noon today of diphtheria. The burial service was at 5 o'clock this evening and of necessity, private owing to the nature of the disease. The many friends of Mrs. Cummings grieve with her in her great sorrow, although unable to do even the little things for her that are usually possible at such a time. John has had a sore throat since Tuesday. His brother and sister have each been so afflicted and had yielded to home treatment, and the mother cared for the lad in the same way, thinking it tonsillitis. This morning conditions became so alarming that a physician was called, and he made frequent visits through the morning but without avail.

Opal Lily (Prouty) Cummings Spouse: John A Cummings (1860 - 1914), Children: Thad ( ? ), Gladys P Cummings (1899 - 1993), John A Cummings (1903 - 1916), Morris V Cummings (1908 - 1988)

ORENNA PEARL (PROUTY) KENDALL FAMILY: Orenna Pearl Prouty was born in New Boston Ill. She went to Kansas with her parents, Ida C. (Clark) & F.A. Prouty in 1871 and settled in Harvey county,

She was married to Charles M. kendall in 1887. Their only child Ruby was born in 1889 and passed away in 1907.They moved to Seattle,Washington in 1913 for her health.While there all there furniture and household goods where lost in a fire that burned a large portion of downtown Newton.

They then moved back to Kansas and lived in Parsons as her illness got worse her father urging she came back to Newton on Nov 11,1925 and passed away Dec 20,1925.Her husband moved back to California.Charles died in 1945 and his body was cremated and shipped back to Newton for burial.

Charles Kendall - b. May 9, 1867, d. Apr. 5, 1945  He worked for Lehman Hardware and Implement Company while living in Newton, Kansas. He moved to Seattle, Washington with his wife in 1913 returning to kansas, after his wife's death in 1925 he moved to Santa Monica, California and died at the Los Angeles County Hospital April 1945.His remains where cremated and shipped back to Newton For burial in the family plot.He was the last of his fathers family to pass on, his parents and two brothers, Irving and merritt and a sister Nellie having gone on before. 

Ruby L Kendall - b. Sep. 21, 1890, d. May 16, 1907  Ruby was the only child of Charles and Orenna. She was born in Newton and attended school here. Her voice early gave promise of singing qualities and in later years had proven a delight to those that could hear her sing.Her illness was in the form of inflammatory rheumatism which affected her heart.

Orenna Pearl (Prouty) Kendall's Spouse: Charles Kendall (1867 - 1945) and daughter: Ruby L Kendall (1890 - 1907)

BERT J. PROUTY FAMILY: Bert J. Prouty was born in Newton, Kans., March 13, 1874, and passed away at his home Saturday Sept. 7, 1918, following an illness of nearly two years. Mr. Prouty lived in or near Newton all his life with the exception of about two years when he lived in New Mexico.  He farmed a number of years northeast of Newton.

The near relatives who survive him are his wife; Bessie Prouty, their seven children all at home; his aged father, Frank Prouty, and three sisters, Mrs. John Cummings and Mrs. Jacob Stapf of Newton and Mrs. Charles Kendall of Parsons.

Bert J. Prouty's Spouse: Bessie (b. ? - d. ? ) Children children, Frank, Opal, Joe, Thelma, Harry, Myria and Mildred (No birth/death dates or other info available on Bert's Family)

BESSIE R. (PROUTY) STAPF FAMILY: Bessie R. Prouty was b. 1882 - d. 1955.  She married Jacob Stapf.  Jacob Came to Newton in 1883 from Germany.  He ran an auto repair shop, Newton Auto Company located at 118 North Main, was one of the first auto repair shops in Newton. They had one daughter Orena b:1908

Bessie R Prouty Stapf's Spouse: Jacob Stapf (b. Germany 1880 - d. KS1969), Daughter Orena b:1908 - d. ?

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1880 CENSUS: Enos and family are found in the 1880 census in Emma Township (Kansas): Enos Commons, age 59, Farmer, Margaret, age 54, Levi M., age 27, U. S. Grant, age 20, Ruth M., age 17. Margaret Myers Clark's father Andrew Myers, age 84 is living with or visiting them during the 1880 census.

Son Andrew Commons is living next door to them with wife Kate, 21, born Pennsylvania. They have a daughter,

Son U. S. Grant Commons married Rose Larrance. daughter of Noah Noble & Amanda Alice Mannon Larrance raised by her grandparents; Cyrus T. & Jane Myers Mannon. (Jane is the sister of Margaret Myers Commons) For Full History of this family line SEE Mannon Page

MOVE ON FROM KANSAS  Many of the families spent the rest of thier lives in Kansas, but other moved on to Oregan and even back to Illinois.  At this point I don't know for sure who went where.  But I did find LEVI M. COMMONS and his wife CLARA on buried in an Oregan Cemetery.


Born 9/1/1827

FRED ELLETT ~ Son of Ben & Orpha
Photographer stamp ~ William Brown, Marshall Texas

ORPHA B. MYERS Orpha Binkley Myers was the fifth daughter and sixth child born to Andrew & Mary( Lloyd) Myers.  She was born on 9/1/1827 in Pickaway County, Ohio. 
BENJAMIN D. ELLETT Orpha married a man named Benjamin Dabney Ellett On 9/9/ 1851. He was the Sheriff of Mercer County and a Lumber Merchant. A history of Benjamin Ellett is given in the Keithsburg Township section of the History of Mercer County, Illinois, 1882.
Mr. Ellett was married first to Grace Eliza Jack, daughter of Ann (Robbinson) and Charles Jack, an early settler in Mercer County. She was born May 8, 1820 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia and she died  October 15, 1850 leaving three living children.  (NOTE: Benjamin and Grace actually had five children together, but only one, Mary J., lived to adulthood. Benjamin and Grace's other children; Charles W. and Henry both proceeded her in death and little Charles D. died soon after his mother, then little Grace Elizabeth died 10 months after Grace. All are buried in the New Boston Cemetery.)

MARRIAGE NOTICE: I found Benjamin & Orpha's Marriage Notice on this Henderson County, Illinois History & Geneology website: It Reads:

ELLETT, Benjamin D, Sheriff of Mercer Co 
MYERS, Orphey B

9 Sept 1851 at the residence of Col Andrew Myers by Rev Crittenden

was built by Benjamin Ellett ~ He & Orpha raised their nine children here

ABOUT THE ELLETT HOUSE:  Besides being Mercer County sherriff, Benjamin Ellett was a Lumber merchant which probably came in handy when building this beautiful home. The "Ellett House" in Keithsburg, IL was built by Benjamin for his growing family in the year 1853. He and Orpha raised their nine children in this home.
Benjamin passed away in 1880, his widowed wife remained in this home with their children. In the 1900 census Orpha is listed as a widow, head of the household. Living in the home with her are five of her grown children; William, Harry, Bettie, Fred, Minnie & Minnie's 13 yr old daughter Bessie. Harry is listed as divorced and Minnie's husband worked on the Rail Road and must have traveled out of town. William, Betty and Fred are all listed as single. Orpha passed away in 1909. In the 1910 census Bettie is still living in this Family Home with her single brother's William and Fred. In 1920 and 1930 the three siblings are joined by their widowed brother Edwin and niece Virginia.
This home was restored in the 1980's and is once again a beautiful piece of history.   I don't find it on the National Register of historic places, if it's not, I really think it needs to be added.

LETTER FROM AN ELLETT COUSIN:  I have a letter writtin to *Irene from her cousin who was an Ellett descendant. The letter is dated March 14, 1977.  The cousin states that Col Andrew Myers is her great, great grandfather. In the letter she tells Irene she remembers living in the Ellett house: "I must admitt I was more interested in the Ellett side, because my mother and aunt were Ellett's, and I only knew the Ellett family when they were still living in Keithsburg. In fact, my mother and I lived in the old Ellett home for about a year when I was nine or ten years old and after my grandfather, *Edwin Myers Ellett died in 1955 I just sort of gave up on trying to find out anything more about them for a time......." It's signed Martha A. Johnson, she tells Irene that she works as a legal secretary for James Allen in Aledo.
FAMILY LINEAGE: *Edwin Ellett was the seventh child born to Benjamin & Orpha Myers Ellett and the grandson of Col Andrew & Mary Lloyd Myers. (Mary) Irene Nelson was the daughter of Nels & Mary Ora Myers Nelson,  granddaughter of William Perry Myers (Orpha's older brother) and the great granddaughter of Col Andrew & Mary Lloyd Myers

ELLETT - JACK DESCENDANTS from Benjamin's 1st marriage to Grace Jack (Orpha's Step Children)
Charles W. Ellett; b. Aug 28, 1840, d. June 5, 1844 age 3
Henry Ellett; b. June 6, 1843, d. June 27, 1843 age 21 dys
Mary Jessie Ellett; Dec 31, 1846, d. Jan 16, 1942 age 95
Charles D. Ellett; Nov 25, 1848, d. Dec 4, 1848 age 10 dys
Grace Elizabeth; b. Apr 15, 1850, d. Aug 20, 1851 age 16 mo
Mary was the only child of Benjamin and Grace (Jack) Ellett to live to adulthood. She married Mr. Frederick P. Burgett,  the oldest child of Hiram and Charlotte (Willard) Burgett. They were married December 20, 1867 in Mercer County. Mary and Fredrick were the parents of four children : Grace, Bessie, Louis O., and Kate.
Banjamin & Orpha had nine children: All born in Keithsburg, Illinois
Frank A. Ellett - b. 6/8/1852, d. 1/25/1948
Minna "Minnie" E. Ellett - b. 11/1/1853, 1/3/1942
Nellie E. Ellett - b. 2/9/1856, d. 8/1/1935
William Benjamin Ellett - b. 3/5/1857, d. 1/3/1944
Bertha (Betty Virginia) Ellett - b. 1/2/l859, d. 7/6/1949
(NOTE: Death records state that Betty died in the same home that she was born in.)
Harry Brook Ellett - b. 11/23/1860, d. 1951
Edwin Myers Ellett - b. Mar 1865, d. 1955 age 91
Fredrick D. Ellett - b. 6/15/1866, d. 1/23/1941
Thomas A. Ellett - b. 1868, d. before 1900
Frank married Frances C. Richardson, they had one daughter; Nellie.
Minna, "Minnie" married Martin G. Rice in 1885, they one daughter; Bessie E.
Nellie married Clarence S. Frick in 1876, they had two sons; George Henry and Harry Benjamin.
Harry married Tilla C. _____, but divorced by 1900, they had two sons; Benjamin Stanley and Curtis.
Edwin married Martha Frew in 1892, they had two daughters; Olive B. and Virginia.
William, Betty, and Fredrick never married.
Thomas died before 1900 so he may never have married either?
The family is found in Sunbeam in the 1860 Census: Benjamin P. Elliott (sic), 46, laborer, born Virginia; Orpha B., 32, born Ohio; Mary J, 14 (daughter of Grace Jack Ellett); Frank, 8; Minna, 6; Nellie, 4; Willie, 3; Bertha, 1; all born Illinois.
In the 1870 Census they are found in Keithsburg: Benjamin Elliott, 57, lumberdealer, born Va; Orpha B. Elliott, 46, born In; Frank A., 28, at school; Minnie, 16; Nellie, 14; Willie, 13; Betty, 11; Harry, 9; Eddie, 6; Freddy, 4; and Tom, 2.

NOTE:. Their name is shown as Ellett in the Mercer County History and on their marriage record, but is shown as Elliott in 1860 and 1870 census records, but as Ellett in 1880.


Born About 1830

Levi W. Myers Levi was the seventh child and second son born to Andrew & Mary Lloyd Myers. He was born about 1830 in Indiana.
Rosetta Prentiss On 6/8/1854 he married Rosetta Prentiss, daughter of Stanton and Susanah Brookhart Prentiss.
Levi and Rosetta had one daughter, Flora. Flora died in infancy and I'm trying to found out where she might be buried?
They also had one son, Oak Prentiss Myers. Oak was born in Missouri, 3/18/1864, died in Portland, Oregon 1/1/1928.
Oak and his wife, Alice (Beane) Myers, are buried in Multomah Park Cemetery in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.
Oak and his cousin, Byron Cowley, both worked for Levi's Newspaper The Wappello Republic, while they lived in Iowa.
It's hard to follow them once they move from Illinois. I know they spent some time in Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa and obviously ended up in Portland, Oregon, but that's all I know. If anyone can help fill in the blanks of this family that would be awesome!
THANKS for the info Becky! Sorting through it now!
Levi is found in the 1860 Census in New Boston: Levi W. Myers, 30, preacher, born Indiana; Rosetta, 30, born Ohio. They are not found in the 1870 Census in Mercer County.

According to the History of Mercer County, Illinois, 1882, Levi was a Republican convention delegate in 1854. He was an abolitionist who was editor of the Wappello Republican in Iowa for a number of years. We note on an 1856 issue of the New Boston Nonpareil that L. W. Myers is listed as Editor.

In 1880 W. Levi is found in Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa: W. Levi Myers, 49, born In, editor; parents born Pa; Rosetta C. Myers, 49, Oh, father Ma, mother Pa; P. Oak Myers, printer, 16, born Missouri. We note that a nephew Byron Cowley, age 20, (son of Levi's sister & brother-in-law, Matilda & James Cowley) is listed as a printer in the 1880 census and probably also worked for Levi.
Levi & Rosetta *SEE MORE interesting info about William Perry & Levi William Myers for more details on Levi's very interesting life!


MATILDA MYERS Matilda is the sixth daughter and eighth child born to Andrew & Mary (Lloyd) Myers. Matilda's parents and her six oldest siblings arrived in Wayne County, Indiana in 1830. She was born in Feb 1833. In 1836, when Matilda was 3 years old the family moved again, to Mercer county, Illinois.

JAMES COWLEY  Matilda married James Cowley on 1/27/1859 in Mercer County. James mother's maiden name was Nancy Cardwell. From what I can tell she was widowed at an early age and I haven't found any record of the name of James father yet. I do believe both of his parents were born in Kentucky.


Byron Cowley, b. 1860, Iowa,

William M. Cowley, b. 1864, Illinois;

Genoa L. Cowley, b. 1867, Iowa.


Shortly after their marriage they went to Wapello, Iowa where their oldest son Byron was born. Also in the 1860's The family of Matilda & James Cowley are found living in Duncan, Mercer County, IL in 1863 & 1865.

By the 1870's and 1880's they are found living back in Eddyville, Wapello County, Iowa and James Cowley, age 49 is listed as a druggist in 1880. Matilda & James son Byron is listed in the 1880 census as a printer, so he was probably working Matilda's brother Levi Myers, who was the Owner-Editor of The Wappello Republican Newspapers in Wappello, Iowa.

In the 1900 census they are living in Liberal, Barton County, located in Ozark Township, Missouri. A 14 year old grandson, Merle Cowley is with them. Matilda died of heart disease just four years later on Dec 10, 1904 in Sunset Place, King County, Seattle, Washinton. James died of pneumonia shortly after Matilda death on Jan 31, 1905. 

LOUISA E. MYERS  Louisa Myers was the seventh daughter and the youngest of nine children born to Andrew & Mary Lloyd Myers. She was born about 1837 in Indiana. *NOTE: Louisa's oldest brother, William Perry Myers first wife's name was also Louisa. The photo shown with her simply says "LOU" in the old album and since it looks a little older than some of the other photo's & she is older than this Louisa I'm GUESSING it's the other Louisa..... 
JOHN W. MOSBY  Louisa married a man named John W. Mosby on 12/25/1855 in Mercer County. When I was a kid I can remember Irene talking about "The MOSBY family all the time. I assume now, it was this family.....
Nine Mosby - Born in Illinois, Date ?
Delia Mosby - Born in Illinois, Date ?
Clyde Mosby - Born in Illinois, Date?
Grace Mosby - Born in Iowa, Date ? 
Louisa Mosby - Born in Iowa, Date ? 
Jean Mosby - Born in Iowa, Date ?
Baby daughter (Name?) - Born in Iowa, Date ? 
They are found in the 1860 New Boston census: John Mosbey, 23, farmer, born Indiana; Louisa, 23, born Indiana; Nina, 3; and Delia, 1, born Illinois. They are not found in the 1870 census in Mercer County.

They are found in 1880 in Eddyville, Mahaska County, Iowa: John W. Mosby, 43, In, parents birthplace unknown; L. E. Mosby, 44, Oh, parents born Pa; Delia Mosby, 21, Il; Clyde Mosby, 19, Il, clerk in store; Grace Mosby, 11, Ia; Louisa Mosby, 3, Ia; Jean Mosby, 3, daughter, 10 mo, Iowa

Mannon, Larrance, Swafford, Prouty, Mattson, Neff/Wolfe, Sayers, Willits, Kirlin, Clark, Commons, Ellett/Elliott, Prentiss, Cowley, Mosby

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