Monday, May 21, 2012

Jane Elder (Jennie) Tannahill Morton
  Jane Elder Tannahill and Benjamin Ellis Morton
     Benjamin Morton had returned home and upon visiting with William’s family, had fallen in love with his daughter, Jane and they were married on Dec. 7, 1865.

  After Benjamin and Jane were married they  lived in Iowa until 1871 when they moved to Marshall Co., Kansas near some of his relatives.  They stayed there one year then moved on to Phillips Co., Kansas in 1872 where they located on a claim in Freedom township about ten miles northwest of Phillipsburg.  They experienced many hardships of pioneer life as one of the first settlers and with their growing family.  A granddaughter, Icle, remembers their home on the farm.  Part of the house was made of sod and an addition of frame.  There was a step or steps from the living area and the soddy sleeping part.  The one thing she remembers most was the feeling of “warmth and hominess” in Grandma’s home.

  The community soon grew and was made of Union soldiers many from Iowa volunteer companies, hence the name of Iowa Union Community and Cemetery.  There are 13 Civil War soldiers buried there.  Aunt Jennie and Uncle Ben as they were affectionately called, with their neighbors and relatives organized a Sunday School and a congregational Church which met in the Iowa Union Schoolhouse.  The church organization as such, ceased after some years but the Sunday School was an active one for well over 50 years, with various denominations furnishing full or part time ministers.

Jane Elder (Jenny) Tannahill Morton  Obituary, “Phillips Co. Review” July 17, 1924

              " Jennie E. Tannahill was born in Huntingdon, Canada, September 18, 1826 and passed from earthly life in Lincoln, Nebraska, July 8, 1924, aged 77 years, 9 months and 21 days.
               When nine years of age she moved with her parents to Iowa,  where she grew to womanhood.  In December, 1865 she was _____in marriage to Benjamin E. Morton.  The that union nine children were born, seven of whom _____William J. of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mrs. Belle M. Thomas of Lincoln, Nebraska; Bert B. and Roy R. of Basin, Wyoming; Jay T. of Stockton; John O. of Goodland and Henry of Tooele, Utah.  One preceded her in death in infancy and Alvin H. passed to the Great Beyond about seven years ago.  Her husband was taken from this life in March, 1890.
               In the year 1872, with her family, she came to Phillips County, locating on a homestead in the present Iowa Union neighborhood, that present Iowa Union cemetery being a part of that homestead.
               She was very active in the religious training in the “Little Brown Community” in Which her lot was cast.  Having received her childhood religious training in the “Little Brown Church in the Vale” which has been immortalized in song, she sought to reproduce its ideals in the new community.  In 1875 or 1876, she became a member of the Congregational church, organized in her community, but on its disorganization she became a member of the Presbyterian church of Phillipsburg, where her membership remained until the time of her death.
               Her later years were spent in the homes of her children.  For many years she was with her sons in Utah, and her last days were with her daughter in Lincoln, Nebraska.
               Besides her immediate family, she is survived by two brothers, William of Bellwood, Nebraska, George of  Vernon, Kansas and one sister, Belle M. Morton of Moscow, Idaho, and many other relatives and friends." 
               She has gone from us, but the influence of her life and service remain in the life of the church and community which she helped to organize and mold.
               Funeral services were held Saturday morning, July 12, in the Presbyterian Church of Phillipsburg, conducted by Rev. L. A. Kerr, pastor of the church assisted by Rev. McDonald, pastor of the Christian church of Stockton.  Interment was made in Iowa Union Cemetery.  
Find A Grave Memorial ## 65330023

Morton, Jane Elder "Jennie" Tannahill 

Monday, September 26, 2011

George H. Tannahill and "Stirpes"

Young George H. Tannahill
George H. Tannahill was the first of William and Janette's children to be born in Nashua, Iowa.  He was born on March 21, 1857 and was only 5 yrs. old when his father died.  
When he was a young man he moved with his widowed mother to Phillips Co., Kansas where they homesteaded adjoining farms.  Prior to this time, another family had come to New Jersey from England, looking for a place to make their permanent home.  While in New Jersey, a lovely little girl was born to Fredrick Robinson and his wife, Sarah.  They named her Mary Evelyn.  When she was a young girl her family moved to Springbrook, Pa. and then came on to Phillips Co., by covered wagon to settle on a homestead near George and his mother.  On Oct. 5, 1881, Mary Evelyn Robinson became the bride of George Tannahill..

George H. Tannahill and
Mary Evelyn Robinson
Wedding Picture

The first home that George and Mary had, was called a dugout and was made in a bank of dirt.  They had 2 little boys in this home, then they moved into a house and the rest of their 11 children were born there.  Iva Bushman has this to say of their early years; “In early years our home in Phillips Co., was the stopping place for many a traveler.  Always they found the welcome mat out, an extra place at the dining table and sleeping quarters.  I always remember the “Patent Medicine Man” and the pay for board and lodging was usually a jar of brown salve and a bottle of liniment, a cure all for aches and pains for both humans and livestock.
Besides caring for her family of almost a dozen, Mary Evelyn boarded the country schoolteachers, one Susie Rollins and Mary McKown.  The school known as the Tannahill Schoolhouse was also the place of Sunday morning worship.  Out of this hospitality a romance blossomed, for Bert Tannahill married Susie Rollins on June 10, 1908.   George served in the Kansas State Legislature from Phillips co. for three terms.  In the year 1910 the family moved from their farm near Long Island, Kansas to a farm near Vernon where George and Eva resided until their deaths.  This was also the year that Irma was born.  He was again elected as Representative this time for Woodson Co. And served two terms.

  Iva says, “Dad was a diligent worker for all projects for the good of the community, among them the Vernon Rural High School.  Many a pupil received an education here, that never could have otherwise.  Among them Vernon and Irma, also nine grandchildren were graduates of V.R.H.S.” 

  At one time George went to Washington to have the body of his father, William Tannahill moved from the Cemetery there, and brought to Nashua co. Cemetery near the Little Brown Church, but was informed that a body could not be removed from a national Cemetery.  He went back to Iowa and had a tombstone erected for his father and markers for James Tannahill and his baby sister, Ella, who died when she was only 3 yrs. old.

  Eva was a charming and gracious companion to George.  Their home, overflowing with love and happiness, was noted far and wide, for it’s hospitality.  They identified themselves with the Church and were active in the various organizations of the church and raised their children in this tradition

Back row, L to R.::  Henry Krafft, Fred Tannahill, Fred Risker, Truman Hoppes,
John Krafft, Art Tannahill, Johnny Steele, Jutt Rhoades and Edgar Payser.
Middle row, L to R: Oscar Pyser, John Morton, Burt Tannahill, George Krafft,
Instructor Walcot, Band Leader C.A. Rhoads, George Poyser, Jim Costello and
Elwood Ellis.  Front Row, L to R: Bill Grote, Frank Rhoads, Edd Rhoads, Fred Steele,
 and Faragus Coons.   Photo courtesy of Fort Bissell Museum as shown on the
Farmers State Bank Heritage Calendar.

The Farmer Boys band was organized of neighborhood boys and numbered in the teens.  Of this band, Fred played horn, Art, slide trombone and Bert was an accomplished musician on both the trumpet or cornet and also violin.  Many an evening was spent at home with music as our entertainment and both Nettie and Anna played piano.

Our house was a Community gathering place, playing games of  hide and seek in the big hay barn in summer and Puss-in-the-Corner and Fruit Basket Upset in the winter.  The same was true after moving to Vernon but by this time the three older boys were in homes of their own”.

This last week as I was googleing, I found another account of William Tannahill in a publication called "Stirpes" on the Portal to Texas Website.
The article was called "The Man Who Had Three Tombstones". I had never seen this publication and maybe some of you might like to read this account.  It is on pps. 20,21,22.  Follow the link above to find it.

Tannahill, George H
Tannahill, Mary Evelyn Robinson

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Willard Lucien Bowlsby and Olive Lela Thayer

Will Bowlsby, Cora and May
and Olive Thayer Bowlsry

Willard Lucien Bowlsby was born in Albion Township, Calhoun Co, Michigan on 27 Dec. 1857.  He was the youngest son of Charles Bowlsby and Mellissa Jane Thompson.  He married Olive L. Thayer on  November 7, 1877 in Butler Co. Nebraska. Witnesses to the marriage were Elbridge Thayer, Olive’s father and Edward Bowlsby, Willard’s brother.  This new little Bowlsby family lived on a farm near David City, Nebraska.  Their first three children, Cora Melissa b.1878, a little girl with big blue eyes and dark curls,  Leroy b.1880, and Effie Lecreca b.1882, were born there.  In 1884, Willard and Olive lost 2 of their younger children, Leroy and Effie, to diphtheria.  They are buried in David City.

After the death of the children, they moved to Oregon and homesteaded near Pilot Rock. After they arrived, 3 more children were born to them, May, Fayette Elenora and Lillian. Cora grew up and at 18 married Walter Reinhart.  She was so happy with her new home, husband and later her baby.  When little Marvin was 6 mos old he got measles and died in 3 days.  Cora lived only 4 months longer.  Both are buried at Albee, Oregon.  After Cora’s death, Olive and Will’s  family moved to Pendleton, Oregon.  Faye and May lived to maturity and reared children.  Faye married George Leaf at Pendleton, Oregon and had a daughter, Vera.  May married Harry Updyke at 16 yrs. of age and had three children, Madge, Fleda and Bernice.  Bernice died at Portland, Oregon when she was 1 1/2 yrs. old.

Picture on the right:
 Top:  Harry Updyke. Fay Elenora, George Washington Leaf, May (Bowlsby)
Updyke.  Bottom:  Willard Lucien, Fleda Updyke, Vera Leaf. Madge Updyke, Olive Lela Thayer Bowlsby

Elbridge Thayer, Olive’s father, died at the home of Will and Olive Bowlsby in Pendleton, Oregon in 1917.  After his death his body was taken back to David City, Nebraska where he was buried in the David City Cemetery.  It is interesting to note that
Pvt. Elbridge Thayer served in the Union Army, Company "B", 7th Iowa Infantry. Which was the same Company that William Tannahill served in.  They must have been friends.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Charles Edwin Bowlsby and Jennie May Jones

Charles Edwin Bowlsby

Charles Edwin Bowlsby was married to Jenny May Jones on Feb. 14, 1877, in Lincoln, Nebraska.   She was the daughter of John and Abigail Jones, also of Lincoln.

About 1886 or 1887, Charles Edwin and Willard Lucien and their families, and their father left for Oregon in covered wagons.  It was a cold overcast morning when they stopped for a last farewell at sister Lillian Tannahill’s home.  Her oldest daughter, Amy, was 7 or 8 and remembered the families on this occasion. “Mama said I had to kiss Grandpa goodbye but I didn’t want to.  He had long whiskers which were a little tobacco stained.  I did kiss him, however, because Mama wanted me to.  Uncle Ed was there with Clarence and Daisy.  I remember Aunt Jenny sitting in a rocker with a wee baby in her arms.  Then Uncle Will, the youngest boy of the family, next to my mother was there with Cora, near my age but a little older.”

Jenny May Jones

Charles Edwin settled in Pendleton, Oregon.  Jenny and Ed were divorced about 1894-1895 in Pendleton.  In 1900, Jenny married again to Elmer Story, at Cle Elum, Washington.  They lived there about a year then Jenny returned to Pendleton and lived in Ed’s house until 1910 when she purchased a small home in West Pendleton where she passed away in 
Jenny and Ed had 5 children.  Clarence Edward, Daisy Violet, Jesse, Charles Franklin and Albert Leon.  Of his brothers and sisters, Bert L. Bowlsby said,
“In 1951 I was told by several old timers that they were  sure Clarence and his wife went back to Missouri,  Jesse passed away in Eastern Oregon State Hospital in Pendleton in 1950.  Charles passed away in April 1928 in Albany, California.  He is buried in the Presidio in San Francisco.  I made an attempt to look up Daisy  in 1951.  I started in Myrtle Creek and down thru to Myrtle Point.  Every place I stopped people knew who Herb Thomas was (Daisy’s husband), but no one had seen them for a year or so, so I never did locate Daisy.

Charlie and I stuck pretty close together, we did mostly ranch work, around Pendleton.  It is all dry land, wheat farming, or was in our time.  I and my brother started work when we were about 15 years old practically all big teams, 8-10 horse-plowing, weeding and harrowing, then harvest.  We were always trying to be Champion Riders at the Round-up.  We always made it to the finals but never could get in the money”.

Charles Edwin and Willard Lucien Bowlsby

Charles and Bert signed up for Army Service in 1917.  They were both called up in Oct. 1917 and Charles joined the Navy and Bert joined the Army. Both were discharged in  May 1919.
(Taken from a letter to Coral Cottrell from Albert Bowlsby.)

          Bowlsby, Charles Franklin