William Newcomb Gaines b. 1825

William was born Nov 16, 1825 in Madison county New York, he died May 16 1907 in Lane, Oregon and is buried in Janesville, Iowa. He was the sixth child of Obed and Leydia Connable Gaines born after triplets Abigail, Lydia and Obed. William was either adopted or ‘bound out to’ his mom’s first cousin Samuel Newcomb. With Samuel, an early Mormon, William went to Salt Lake Territory in 1850. By 1854 he was married to Sarah Swain and living in Bremer County, Iowa. William was a hotel proprietor, a postmaster, a farmer, an assessor and a carpenter. He and Sarah had 6 children. William in the History of Butler and Bremer Counties.
The 1860 Agricultural census shows William producing 200 lbs. of maple sugar or syrup. William probably had no idea that his great great grandfather Samuel Connable was most likely the person who refined or engineered the way to extract maple syrup: History of Bernardston and The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, And Literature for the Year
William was a widow at age 64. At 70 he lived with his son and family in Wadena Minnesota. At 75 he was living with a daughter in Lane, Oregon.

Obed Gaines married Leydia Connable > William Newcomb Gaines married Sarah Swain > Mary Ella Gaines married James Davis Miller  > William Earl Miller married Lola Miller > Faber Miller married Gladys Cable Miller.

Kuna Kuntje Jansen b. 1833

Kuna Kuntje Enen Jansen 3rd great grandmother

Kuna or Kuntje also known as Katie came to America when she was 49 years old. She made a quick stop at the New York harbor then landed in Baltimore in 1883.
Jensen Frerichs, Kuna 10 Oct 1885 arrival card

From Baltimore she, husband Casjen and children Enno, Gerd, Entje and Hilke moved on to Iowa and settled in Butler County. The 1890 census was lost in a fire, the first record of the Kuna is the 1900 census. She lives with her son Enno and his family including 8 year old Mary Viola Frerichs, who would marry George Gerald Roose 12 years later. Kuna and Casjen share a beautiful handcarved headstone in the Parkersburg Oak Hill Cemetery.

Martin Wisbar b. 1845

Martin Wisbar, 3rd great grandfather

Martin Wisbar was born October 29 1845, in Germany to David Wisbar and Henriette Pusch (listed on a death index). Martin, age 25 sailed to America, probably arrived in Baltimore in 1870 or 1872 and went on to Illinois, probably Freeport. On February 26, 1873 he and Mary Walters married (or applied for a license) in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. By 1885 this family was settled in Iowa, the Aplington area. Martin was a candy maker or confectioner, a fruit seller, a laborer and a mail carrier. He also farmed and in 1895 owned 148 acres of land.
Wisbar, M 1895 land
Snapshot of Plat of Monroe Township page 27, image 18 of 37 square 1 in Plat Book of Butler County, Iowa at University of Iowa Digital Libraries
Martin Wisbar (1845 – 1912) > Lena Wisbar (1871 – 1948) >  George Gerald Roose (1888 – 1954

Delia Viola Angell b. 1839

Delia Viola Angell: 3rd great grandmother on RootsMagic tree

Delia was born February 24 1839 in Prairieton Indiana, the third child of Dexter Angell and Clementine Benight. In 1847 Delia’s mom died, her dad Dexter seems to have lived between Indiana NewYork and Rhode Island. He was remarried in Rhode Island by 1850 when Delia was living with her older sister Elizabeth in Prairieton. Delia’s dad died in 1854 when Delia was living in with her older brother Charles in Butler County, Iowa. Delia, Elizabeth, Charles and  their stepbrother Julius are named heirs in their dad’s 1854 will, Delia and Julius are minors.

Angell, Delia heir at 15

The Angell siblings may or may not have known that their great grandfather Israel Angell was a Revolutionary War Colonel, a friend of George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette (inscribed on Israel’s headstone). And that their 5th great grandfather Thomas Angell founded Providence, Rhode Island with Roger Williams in 1636, after being banished from Massachusetts for religious reasons.

In 1856, age 17 Delia married William Flood, they had 8 children. The Flood family stayed in Butler County, Iowa, owned land and farmed. William was in the Civil War so Delia as a widow received a widow’s pension of $5, annually, that’s $5 each year. Delia remained good friends with Mrs Hickle, they were farm neighbors in 1895 and spent the day together in 1916 probably taking about how much things had changed in 22 years.

Maria Henrica Rodenbeck b. 1837 and Hinrich Henrichs b. 1836

March 18, 1885 Maria, Hinrich, their seven children and probably Hinrich’s brother Martin sailed from Germany on the ship America and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland first making a quick stop in New York harbor. They carried two pieces of luggage, for the whole group. Here’s a photo of Hinrich and Maria, shared on FamilySearch.org. Maria is the maternal grandmother of Mary Frerichs Roose, they could pass for twins.

Henrichs, Henry and Maria Rodenback

Henry and Maria Rodenback Henrichs

Maria was born May 10, 1837 in Germany. She died Apr 9, 1926 in Allison Iowa and is buried at Butler Center Cemetery. Maria married Hinrich Henrichs (spellings vary) in Germany where he was born May 1, 1836, he died Aug 21, 1918. Maria and Hinrich Henrichs share a large headstone with HINRICHS and Ruhe in Gott, Rest in God engraved. Both have a smaller stone Mutter mother and Vater father with their names and birth death dates engraved.

William Flood in Civil War 1862

William Flood, 3rd great grandfather, married to Delia Angell, was a Civil War soldier in the Iowa 32nd Infantry. He registered after Governor Kirkwood on July 9, 1862 made a proclamation calling for 300,000 Iowa men to join the war effort. At HathiTrust in the Roster and record of Iowa soldiers in the war of the Rebellion, Volume 5 (William’s info is on page 57) there is a 10-20 page description of the the soldiers’s battles and movements. They walked from Iowa to Nashville, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama. They walked in soldier’s uniforms with their supplies on their backs.

Today in Iowa it is 90 degrees, heat index 104. I carried out the garbage/recycling in a tank top, flip flops, shorts with no gear on my back. I broke a sweat- WTF? Were these ancestors of mine a different species? How in the world did they do what they did, everyday.