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L. G. "Green" and Sarah (Meharry) Galbreath , 1 South 42 West

In 1850 Dearborn County, Indiana, Samuel Galbraith is 42, Phoebe 47, with David 16, Lee Green Galbreath 14, Elizabeth 12, Mary S. 6, Nancy C. 3, and Andrew two months.
In 1850 Licking County, Ohio, Samuel H. Meharry is 31, Elizabeth 25, with Sarah 6 and Mry 2.
In 1856 Washington County, Iowa, L. G. Meharry is 39, Elizabeth 35, Sarah 12, Mary 10, C. S. 1.
(Elizabeth died Sept 6, 1863 in Ringgold County, Iowa, age 37. In 1880 Ringgold County, Iowa, Samuel is 63, now married to Cristenia 49, Kentucky, with Samuel 12, Ida 10, both Missouri, and Franklin 8. Kansas_
FindaGrave # 18148258 has S.R. Meharry 1830-1910 buried in Ringgold County, but that is probably his second wife .

The Enterprise Afton, Union County, Iowa March 12, 1885

Samuel Meharry,an old pioneer of union county, died in his residence, in Ringgold county, last Sabbath night, at the age of 68 years. He was born in Virginia. He came from Guernsey county, Ohio, to this state [Iowa] about 29 years ago, settling with his family in Washington County. He remained there but for a short time and then removed to this [Union] county and settled on the Emerson farm, west of Afton, He afterwards engaged in the hardware business in Highland. He was married twice, his first wife having died in Afton some years ago leaving three children - Charles Meharry, Mrs. A. B. Galbreath and Mrs. L. G. Galbreath of Dodge Township. He now leaves a wife and three children - six in all. Mr. Meharry had many friends amoung the old settlers of this county.
Mrs. S.R. Meharry 1830-1910 is buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Ringgold County, plot 26 D.
Lee Green Galbreath married Sarah Meharry on January 5, 1860 in Creston, Union County, Iowa.
In 1870 Union County, Iowa, D.G. is 34, Sarah 26, with Saml 8, Chas 6, Howard 4, and Albert 1.
In 1880 Union County, L.G. is 44, Sarah 36, Samuel 18, Charles G. 15, Howard E. 13, and Ross 2.
In 1900 Glendale precinct, Lee Galbreath born January 1836 in Kentucky, married 40 years to Sarah May 1844 Ohoio.
1903 "Chas McHarry of Afton Iowa is visiting his brother-in-law, L.G. Galbreath this week. Mr. MeHarry will take a car load of horses with him upon his return."

News of the death of Charles S. Meharry was a shock to everone, when it was learned that he passed away quite suddenly at his home just Northwest of Afton last Saturday morning. He had not been feeling very well for some time, but had assisted with the chores about the farm the evening before. Charles Sumner Meharry was born July 10, 1854 at Cambridge, Gernsey county, Ohio, the son of Samuel Meharry and Elizbeth Oldham Meharry. He came with his parents to Iowa when one year old and to Union County, Iowa in 1862. He departed this life at his home near Afton, Iowa January 19, 1935, his death came unexpected, altho he was in failing health. Age 80 years, 6 months. He was united in marriage to Minerva Alice Bray, February 17, 1881. Three children were blessed by being taken into this good Christian home. They are: James McKinsie, now deceased; Mrs. Myrtle Wright Shuman, Des Moines, Iowa; and Mrs. Mildred Galbreath, Wray, Colo. This noble man and his wife gave a true father and mother love and in return the children gave a child's love and esteem for them. Not only these who are members of the family, but those who are far away, look back to years gone by and call this home their home. Charles Meharry has been one of he leading farmers and stock raisers of Union County. Always a man among men. One that was ever a friend to all, one whose advice was ever sought and advice that had weight when received. Never encroaching on the rights of others, still ever ready and willing to help a deserving friend. An agriculturist in every sense of the word. He with his companion were true lovers of God, ever ready with Sunday School and church work. They helped build West Branch church and two churches at Dodge Center. Always supporting the church where they lived. At present his membership is with the Afton Methodist church. The hospitality of the home will remain a lasting memory of those noble people and the pleasant surroundings. The sick and needy were visited far and near, always leaving hope and happiness with them. When a child he was berift of his mother and often spoke of his wish to meet her in Heaven. As he grew to manhood he made his home with his sister, Mrs. Green Galbreath. His only book as a child was a Bible. This he read daily, building foundation character for a Christian life and integrity. So when the end came he was ready to go. Mr. Meharry belonged to one of the pioneer families of Union county, and endured the hardships of early days. Drawing aside the curtain of time, carries us back to his childhood where his life's journey began, with the oxen team, on to the present modern days which reaches over the greatest period this world has ever known. He knew this country when neighbors were far away, some were Indian camps. They traveled the trails and around the foot hills. His first home when coming to Union County as a child, was where the county farm now is. After his marriage they had made their home north of Afton, and later improved a farm on north Dodge Township. They spent one year in Missouri, returning to Iowa, living at his present home. He was a member of the Union County Historical Society. He gave a valuable reminiscence for posterity. No one had a better neighbor, nor one more willing to uplift and help a community to all these things that make better homes and better nobler lives. The family has lost a noble father and loving husband, a good and true grandparent. The communty has lost a character and everyone in the community, a friend; but in his passing he has left behind a memory and a name such as cannot be acquired except by living such a life as he lived. Funeral services were held Monday, January 20, at the Methodist church in Afton, conducted by the pator, Rev. C. H. Boos. Interment was made in Greenlawn Cemetery.

In 1910 Wray, Green Galbreath is widowed, 74, and the elderly A.E. and Ella R. Ickis couple are boarding with him. Lillian M. Friend, 42, and osteopathic physician, is also a boarder.

A.D. Galbreath, of Crawford Nebraska in 1918, was visiting in Wray, an uncle of Charley Galbreath.

Lee Galbreath proved up 160 acres in 19 and 20, 1S 42W in 1902.

LEE GREEN GALBREATH, section 18, Dodge Township, was born in Henry County, Kentucky, January 23, 1836, a son of Samuel and Phoebe (Biankinship) Galbreath, the father born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1808. and the mother a native of West Virginia, born in 1812. They were married August 20, 1S29, removed to Southern Indiana in 1836 with their family, remaining there till 1854, when they settled in Des Moines County, Iowa, and in 1857 came to Union County, and settled near Afton. They are still living in Union County, residing on the farm which is occupied by our subject. They had a family of ten children born to them, of whom seven are living.
Lee G. Galbreath, whose name heads this sketch, was reared on the home farm in Indiana, receiving his education in the common schools. In 1858 he came to Union County, Iowa, and made his home near Afton. He was married January 5, 1860, to Miss Sarah Meharry, a daughter of the late Samuel Meharry, who was among the early settlers of Highland Township, Union County. Mrs. Galbreath was born in Licking County. Ohio, May 20, 1844, coming with her parents to Washington County, Iowa, in 1S55, thence to Monroe County, in 1856, and in the spring of 1858 to Union County, where she still lives. Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Galbreath only four are living — Samuel L., Charles G., Howard E. and Ross.
Mr. Galbreath and wife went to the Rocky Mountains in April, 1860, returning in October the same year to Union County. In 1862 he settled on his farm of forty acres on section 4, living there fourteen years. In 1876 he settled on his farm on section 15, which contains 255 acres of well cultivated land, where he Juts sine..' followed farming and stock-raising. Mr. Galbreath has held the office of township clerk for fifteen years, was secretary of the School Board about twenty years, and has served as township assessor, besides filling other local offices.
1905 Mary Galbreath of Warren, Wyoming was here to attnd the funeral of her sister, Mrs. L.G. Galbreath."
Mary E. Meherry had married Andrew Galbreath in Union County, Iowa Dec 3, 1871..
She's buried in Dawes County, Nebraska # 77355232, 1847-1929, with Andrew 1850-1930

1901 "L.G. Galbreath purchased the R.P. Miller ranch north of Laird. Sam Galbreath will live there.

1907 Wray "A team driven by Dick Coston was frightened by an automobile Wednesday evening and after a short spin they ran into Green Galbreath's fence and broke the tongue in the buggy but no further damage was done."

Samuel L. Galbreath proved up 160 acres in sections 17 and 20, 1S 42W in 1896.
1898 "S.L. Galbreath is hauling brick from town to the Rosenkrans ranch."

In 1900 Glendale precinct, Samuel L. born May 1862 in Iowa, married 13 years to Melissa A. Dec 1866 Michigan, have Nettie B. Sept 1887 Iowa, Mary A. Feb 1895 Colorado, Hester A. Aug 1897 Colorado.

Charles Nies might have come to Yuma County because of a cousin:
In 1880 Berrien County, Michigan, John Farran is 52, Mary J. 30, M. Alice 13, and John J. 4.
Melissa A. Farran, 20, born in Michigan to John Farran and Mary "Kay", married S. L. "Galbraith" on AUgust 26, 1886 in Creston, Iowa.

Mary J. Key Farran, widowed, born in Indiana about 1854 to James Key and Rebecca Jackson, married J. H. Cowger on September 21, 1898 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. She died February 4, 1936 in Everett, Washington.)
John Farran 1829-1892 is buried in Union County, Iowa # 21901107.
"DIED--at his residence in Dodge township, on October 7th, 1892, John Farran, aged 63 years 6 months and 21 days. Uncle John as he was commonly called, was born in the town of Sharedon, Ohio, March 18th, 1829. When two years old, he moved with his parents to the state of Michigan, where he was raised on a farm. He was married to Miss Mary Key, February 18, 1866 and moved to this county in 1880. He leaves a wife and one son at home, and one daughter Mrs. Samuel Galbreath in Colorado. The funeral was held at his home in Dodge township, preached by Rev. L. H. Myers. He was buried in the in Odd Fellow honors in the beautiful Cedar Grove cemetery where friends and relatives have gone before.
Mr. Farrin was a man of advanced years and was highly esteemed as a man and a citizen by a large circle of friends, who share the grief of the mourning relatives. "
Brother Howard Oct 1866 Iowa is with them.

Howard E. Galbreath proved up a quarter in 17, 1S 42W in 1894.

November 1900 "George Andrews sold a quarter of land in section 18, near the Rosenkrans ranch to Sam Galbreath.
1906 "The Bashford school is again open and good work is being done under the guidance os Nettie Galbreath as teacher.

January 1908


Will offer our farm for rent. Located eight miles south of Laird, 360 acres in cultivation. See S. L. Galbreath at Laird or Ross Galbreath at Wray."
1911 "Squire Sam Galbreath" of Laird was called to Wray to hear a case against L.D. Mullison, complainant Kughler.
In 1912 Wray, Samuel L. Galbreath was administrator of the estate of L.G. Galbreath, deceased.
October 1912

J. H. Rosenkrans, an old settler, had moved to Seattle, and wrote in 1917 "I visited Sam  Howard, and Ross Galbreath at Sam's home on Whitby Island. 


Alma is buried in Everett, Washington # 133838256.

Samuel 1862-1944 is buried in Everett, Washington # 132166644, on the same stone as Melissa 1866-1955 # 132166661 and Howard 1866-1945, # 132166676.

Hester Alma Niemi, daughter of S.L. Galbreath and M.A. Farran, spouse of Emil Oscar Niemi, died age 22 on November 4, 1919 in Coupeville, Island County, Washington.


 Galbreath, Lee Egbert  1890 6/12/1895 is buried in Wray 4 4 13 6


Sister Dora Norris and husband Eldon Norris had claimed land near them in 1893.
July 27, 1911 Chas Galbreath and wife, southeast of Wray, had a girl 1917
1919 "The P.J. Sullivan ranch of 2,160 acres was sold this week to Charles Galbreath. William Proctor made the deal."

 Galbreath, Charles G.  1864 1960 4 4 13 8
 Galbreath, Charles R.  8/19/1898 9/2/1899 4 4 13 5c

 Galbreath, Clarence WWII  5/7/1901 5/24/1971 4 4 13 1
   Galbreath, Jennie  9/4/1892 8/17/1893 4 4 13 2
 Galbreath, Luana E.  1872 1951 4 4 13 7

Ross is living alone in 1900 Yuma County, born March 1878 in Iowa.
December 1900
Henry Lepper was a dry goods merchant in 1900 Wray, born July 1849 , married 24 years to Lucy A. May 1852, both born in Missouri. Ollie E. born Sept 1879 Missouri, Betty B. March 1886 Nebraska, Maggie S. Feb 1888 Missouri, and Phillip Aug 1889 Missouri.
Henry 1849-1929 and Lucy Ann (Wolf) Lepper 1852-1944 are buried in Olympia, Washington Henry # 38131377, Lucy # 38131402.

Ross Galbreath proved up a quarter in 18, 1S 42W in 1905.
In 1910 Wray, Ross is 32, married to Ollie L. 30, with Clyde L. 6 and Sarah L. five months.
1913 Wray "Mrs. Ross Galbreath and children left for their home at Seattle, Washington, Saturday evening after a visit of six weeks here with her folks, Henry Lepper and family, and other relatives and friends. "
Ross registered for WWI, living at Clinton, Island County, Washington, logging and farming, nearest relative wife Ollie.
In 1920 Island County, Ross is 41, Ollie 40, Clyde L. 15, Sarah L. 10, Mary E. 6, and Ross nine months.
They're in Seattle in 1930, where Ross is working in Clyde's auto repair shop. Sarah is a "comptometer operator" at a packing plant, Elinor is 16, Ross 11, and Robert H. 8.

In 1940 Seattle, Ross is operating a gas station, Ross Jr. is a mechanic's helper at a motor freight company, and Robert H. 18 has no occupation.

Ross registered for WWII, living at 5711 W. Lander St, Seattle, born March 5, 1878 in Union County, Iowa. He was self-em0loyed, running a gas station on 63rd SW, Seattle.
Ollie Galbreath died March 14, 1950 in Seattle. Her father was Lepper, mother a Wolff.

Seattle, October 5, 1950

Ross Galbreath died Sept 15, 1958 in Seattle.

Clyde Galbreath, born April 10, 1904, died November 1974, last residence Alaska.
Sarah Lucy Wilkins - Sarah Lucy Wilkins died peacefully in her sleep January 20, 2008 after a brief illness. Lucy, born November 26, 1909, lived a full life, surrounded by devoted family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert, and is survived by her loving brother Bob Galbreath and his wife Elaine, her loving daughter Dana Garcia and her husband Roland, son David and his wife Faye, son Russell and his companion Georgia and her step-daughter Phyllis Adams as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lucy was an inspiration to all who knew her, always cheerful and optimistic. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Well Care Home as well as the staff and volunteers at Hospice of Petaluma.
Martin Jensen, age 61, passed away suddenly on January 26, 2013. Martin was born in Kodiak, Alaska and moved to Seattle as a young boy. He grew up and lived his life in the Ballard area. Martin began working as a Marine Mechanic (officially an Outside Machinist) and spent most of his time working on fishing boats in Alaska.
Later in life he decided to change professions to have an inside job and became a Network Administrator working for Trident Seafoods. He then spent most of his time working in canneries in Alaska. Martin loved to fish, specifically fly fish, and enjoyed making his own bamboo fishing rods. He also loved to bicycle. To him a 50 or 60 mile bike ride was a pleasant afternoon. He also had quite a way with words.
Survived by his only sister, Rosemary Jensen, and his sister-in-law Jolene Jensen, both currently living in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Martin was preceded in death by his father, Martin Julius Jensen, his mother, Mary Galbreath Jensen, and only 36 days earlier his only brother, Mark Julian Jensen. Martin is also mourned by his Trident Seafoods Family.

Ross Galbreath 1919-2001 is buried in Mayville, Wisconsin # 128553099.
Ross Galbreath, 82, of 1390 Horicon St., Mayville, died on Sunday, April 15, 2001, at his home.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m., at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Mayville. The Rev. Edward Blonski will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Mayville.
Mr. Galbreath was born on March 5, 1919, on Whidbey Island, Wash., the son of Ross and Ollie (Lepper) Galbreath. He was married on Nov. 15, 1953, to Viola Machmueller, in Seattle, Wash.
Mr. Galbreath was president of Ru-Mar Manufacturing Corp., Mayville. He was a member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Mayville, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his two sisters, Lucy Wilkins, Petaluma, Calif., and Mary Jensen, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; one brother, Robert (Elaine) Galbreath, Silverton, Ore.; one sister-in-law, Elfrieda Machmueller, Mayville; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Viola, in 1999, and one brother, Clyde.
Friends may call on Wednesday, April 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Koepsell Funeral Home, Mayville, and on Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until the time of service, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Mayville.

Silverton, Oregon January 31, 2012
Juanita Elaine Galbreath of Silverton was born on May 7, 1927, in Tucumcari, N.M., to Ethel (Lane) and John E. Scott. She attended area schools and pursued a college education prior to meeting the love of her life, Robert Galbreath. Elaine and Bob were married and raised their family of four boys for a short time in New Mexico, then moving and settling in Garibaldi. Elaine was very dedicated to music, as she studied music and worked for many years as a piano teacher. She resided in Garibaldi for 35 years. In 1999 Bob and Elaine moved to Silverton.
She was dedicated to her family, her music and to her work at her antique shops. Over the course of her life, Elaine owned and operated two antique shops. Elaine enjoyed life, people and traveling.
Elaine is preceded in death by her parents and brother, John E. Scott.
She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Bob, of Silverton; sons, David Galbreath, Robert Rhey Galbreath, James Donald Galbreath; and youngest son, Dan Galbreath of Troutdale.
Private family services will be held. Burial will take place at Willamette National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Unger Funeral Chapel of Silverton.

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