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Ira and Emily Winslow, Friend

One tree says Ira Ames Winslow was born Jan 5, 1831 in Franklin County Maine to Stephen and Nancy Winslow, and married Emily Beedy in 1859. (that's the same county that Elvira Nute lived)

Ira enlisted in Company B, Wisconsin 31st Infantry Regiment on 11 Aug 1862.Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant. Mustered out on 20 Jun 1865.

In 1870 Green County, Wisconsin, Ira, a carpenter,  and Emily have Belle, 4, and Charles 2.  Ella Beedy, 18, a school teacher born in Maine, is living with them.

In 1880 Saline County, Nebraska, Ira Winslow is 48, Emily 38, Belle 14, Charles H. 12, and Clifford 9, all the kids born in Wisconsin.

In 1884 Alma, Nebraska a big fire consumed eight downtown buildings - "Geo Heitzman's restaurant and jewelry store burned."

In 1885 Friend, Saline County, Ira is a carpenter, and they still have the three kids.


Fred WATTS traded his farm near Kingston for a livery stock in Friend, Nebraska,
and for a time will make that place his home. Fred has a host of friends who will
welcome him back to his place when ready to return.

J.W. DUDGEON has the finest looking lawn and the largest trees we
have seen in eastern Colorado.

Ira WINSLOW came into our office Wednesday shaking eight rattles
he had captured from a mammoth rattler the day before.

James W. Dudgeon married "Bille" C. Winslow October 8, 1889, recorded in Arapahoe County.

Charles H. and Clifford F. Winslow, both teamsters, and Ira A. , a carpenter, all live at 486 Harrison.

Ira proved up a quarter in 21, 4S 45W in 1893, next to Walter Petteys- also in 1893.

Thomas F. Heitzman married Bell C. Dudgeon April 25, 1894 in Gothenburg, Nebraka.

In 1896 Ira Winslow is a carpenter in Denver, living at 1277 S 3rd.

Belle C. Dudgeon proved up a quarter in 27, 4S 45W in 1892, next to James W. Dudgeon's cash claim in 1890.

Belle C. Heitzman timber-claimed a quarter in 29, 3S 45W in 1898 - the Arickaree river meanders through a mile of her claim.

In 1900 Denver Ira, born Jan 1832 in Maine, has been married 41 years to Emily, Jan 1842, also in Maine.  Three of her six children are living, and James W. "Gudgeon" born Sep 1890 in Colorado, grandson, is living with them. 

On the same page in 1900 Denver Thomas Heitzman, born Apr 1866 in Pennsylvania, has been married six years to Belle, April 1866 Wisconsin.  They have Mearl, son, Feb 1895 Nebraska, Emily March 1899 Colorado

On the same page is Clifford Winslow, born Sep 1870 in Nebraska, married one year to Sadie, Dec 1869 Pennsylvania, with daughter May born May 1900 in Colorado.

1907 Wray "Mr. Heitzman and the Gazette editor were classmates in school at Alma, Nebraska, back in the early 890's, although each had forgotten the other.  Mr. Heitzman is now the manufacturer of the 'Heitzman Saratoga Chips' known and enjoyed all over the west."

In 1910 Ira A. Winslow is in Denver, father of Thomas F. or Belle C. Heitzman.  James W. Dudgeon, 19, stepson of Thomas, is also with them.

In 1913 James Walter Dudgeon graduated from the Colorado School of Mines.

1934 Steamboat Springs newspaper, Sidney items "Mr. and Mrs. James W. Dudgeon, Dick and Jean have been visiting at the Thomas F. Heitzman home for the last week."



Belle Cora Heitzman and Thomas F. Heitzman are buried in Denver Fairmount Cemetery 31954644

  August 26, 1943

So are Ira Ames Winslow  34863697 - dying 1912. and Emmaline  "Emily" (Beedy) Winslow 13472465

March 8, 1917 "The deal was closed Friday by which Rev. E.T. Bettex, of near Idalia, became the owner of the section of land owned by Thomas Heitzman, and on which is located the old townsite of Friend.  Mr. Heitzman was down from his home in Denver in connection with the transaction, returning to Denver Saturday morning."

James W. Dudgeon born 13 JUL 1851 in Ohio died 1 Oct 1890 in friend , NE. His father was John Dudgeon and mother, Elizabeth.
My maternal grandmother, Belle Cora Winslow born 15 APR 1866 d 1938, was married to James W. Dudgeon. They had 1 son, James Walter Dudgeon born 2 SEP 1890 in Friend NE died 5 JUL 1968 in Englewood, CO.
After her husbands death, Belle married Thomas Fidel Heitzman born APR 1866 died 1943. They had 3 children. The youngest born in 1909 was my mother, Lona Belle Heitzman Courtney.

I had grown up hearing that grandmother's first husband had been a sheriff in Nebraska and was killed in the line of duty when their son was only a baby.

James Walter Dudgeon married Lydia Jacoba Schmits and had 4 children. Herbert born in 1916 possibly in Montana, Jean L Dudgeon born 1918,
Richare E. Dudgeon born 23 APR 1921 possibly in Montana, died 4 JUL 2004 Denver, CO.
no info on 4th child.


Most of what you say is true; however, in working with a gal from Friend, Saline County ,Nebraska...I was told that there is no record of James dying in Nebraska, but instead in Friend, Arapahoe [now Yuma] County, Colorado...unfortunately, there is no Friend in Colorado now. James and 3 friends apparently stopped in Friend, NE, as James' parents lived there in 1880,and died there in Friend, Turkey Creek Twp,
Saline County, Nebraska...he may have lived there for a period of time, but by 1886 these four men went to Colorado and named a town, Friend, CO, commemorating the town that they had come from in Nebraska...Friend, CO was a "Boom Town"
for awhile, anticipating the railroad coming through!! Among other jobs, James was a Deputy Sheriff...it has been reported that he died," Per oral family history told by Belle's daughters, death due to gunshots in apprehension of an outlaw." There is no written statement to that effect!
But it was indeed the wild wild west back then!! The town itself closed down in a hurry, when word that the railroad would NOT be coming through!....The city fathers sold off ALL the buildings and by 1901-1904, Friend, CO became a 'Ghost town'!! I worked closely with gals from Yuma County, Colorado and the 'finds' that I now have, have shown through from paperwork that they have helped me find...there would be no reason for them to have info. on James in Colorado, if he'd died in Nebraska!!

I am not a relative of James W. Dudgeon, but have an interest because of an old Marlin-Ballard single shot rifle (circa mid 1880's) that is said to have belonged to him. I was told that his great-great grandson brought the rifle into a gun shop in Greenville, North Carolina for sale (I believe the original poster of this thread was from that shop). I purchased the rifle from that shop and have the same information as the original poster.

The rifle came in a beaded Plains Indian scabbard of brain-tanned leather. The rifle is a very heavy barrel long range affair that would have served well in Nebraska or Colorado. I would like to communicate with anyone related to James W. Dudgeon, the great-great grandson being a plus of course. Anyone with information or history is also welcome and I am willing to share pictures, etc. of this grand old rifle if interested. I am a collector of these old rifles (or the current caretaker for future generations as some would say) and would love to leave some history with this oldie.



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