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The Fowler Sisters :

Eunice Porter, Julia DeHaven and Laney Myers

In 1850 Benjamin and May Fowler had Gordon 14, Lucy A. 12, Urias 10, Mary J.E. 8, Patices 6, Julia A 4, Nancy E. 2, and John H.

In 1860 Blandinsville, Illinois Benjamin Fowler is 53, May is 47, and they have Lancy 22, May 18, Paras 16, Julia 14, Nancy 12, John 10, Charity 9, and William 5. 

One Ancestry tree says our Eunice married December 26, 1858 Samuel Alex Porter (L.A. Porter) in Scioto, McDonough County, Illinois


In 1870 they have only Julia.

Maybe the 1870 Decatur County Indiana listing of Eunice Porter, housekeeper (on the same census page as W.H. Myers) is our Eunice.

Mrs. Eunice Porter married Paschal McGee in 1876

In 1880 Paschal and Eunice P. McGee are  in Blandinsville, McDonough County, Illinois. They have Porter stepchildren Charles E. 17, Mariah L. 15, William H. 13, and Lewis A. 10. .  Eunice, per one Ancestry tree, was born November 17, 1839 in Gosport, Owen County, Indiana, and married Samuel A. Porter in December 1858 in McDonough County.

Paschal died August 1888 and is buried in the Glade City Cemetery, Blandinsville.

Eunice P. McGee proved up a homestead south of Laird in 1892, William H. Porter adjoining it in 1898, and Julia A. DeHaven another quarter adjoining, also in 1898.

In 1900 McDonough County George Houtchens July 1853 in Kentucky, Lula R August 1860 in Illinois, Lillis 1879 in Illinois, Eunice 1881, George M Jun 1883, Charles H. 1884, Adolph 1893, Roy M. 1899, and boarder Eunice Porter born 1839, widowed.

In 1898 Eunice Porter (mother-in-law) was in Laird.  She, and Mrs. J.B. Porter of Haigler, were among the guests at a birthday party.

This is labeled as Eunice in Wray in 1914 -

Eunice Porter was cremated (#7128) and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Denver (managed by Fairmount Cemetery)

1898 "Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Dehaven of Wray visited with Mrs. Porter one day this week"

1898 Laird items "John Mealey and son visited the Porter ranch."

Laney Ann Fowler married John M. Myers in 1870 in Blandinsville, and one tree said they had Lewis, Mary, and Anna.

Astoria Cemetery Astoria Illinois

MYERS, JOHN M.-died June 4, 1884-aged 42y 8m 6d Sec D

MYERS, LANEY A.-d. Dec 26, 1915-aged 78y 21d- w/o John M. Sec D

January 1899

They're in Ottawa County, Ohio in 1900,

1902 "Mr. and Mrs. Henry DeHaven left for Denver last Wednesday.  Mr. DeHaven wil consult a physician and they will visit for a week with N.D. Dardis and wife."

September 1907

The Dardis family, with two-year-old Dorothy, is in Denver in 1910,  Dorothy is 12, and Mary F. is 9.

In 1930 they're still in Denver.  William is still at the mint.  Mary, 19 is a typist.

One tree said Dorothy married Henry Edwin Durchholz in 1929 in Denver, and divorced in 1931. The 1930 census has Henry - automobile repair, Dorothy, and two-month-old Richard E. in Denver

William N. and Anna Dardis are in Fairmount Cemetery

1909 Astoria  (Illinois) Argus
Drowned In Cistern; Mrs. Sarah Waddell, of this City Lost Her Life by Falling Into a Cistern while Attempting to Dip Water from it with a Bucket.; Found Friday Afternoon; Coroner Zeigler, of Canton, Held Inquest Over the Remains Friday Night - Jury Returns Verdict - Death Was Due to Accident.
  Mrs. Sarah Waddell, an aged and highly respected lady, was found by a relative, drowned in the cistern at her home in the northeastern part of Astoria, at about 1:30 o clock Friday afternoon.
  Just when the sad occurrence took place is a matter of conjecture and in all probability the true facts will never be exactly known.  However, the evidence produced at the inquest and the arrangements of her home showed that she must have fallen into the cistern early Friday morning.
  According to the testimony of Mrs. John Fitz and intimate friend of Mrs. Waddell, who lives about two blocks distant, Mrs. Waddell was at her home, the previous evening at about five o clock, for the purpose of having a letter written, but being in a nervous condition at the time, returned home, remarking that she would come again in the morning and have her attend to the matter.  This, so far as has been revealed, was the last time she was seen alive.
  Body Discovered
  Isaac Danner, a nephew of the deceased woman, who lives in Woodland township, visited her home shortly after one o'clock Friday afternoon - having been informed that she wished to send some word to her tenant who resides near him.
  Just as Mr. Danner drove up, he saw Mrs. Laney A. Myers, a near neighbor of Mrs. Waddell, knocking at the door.  While he was tying his team Mrs. Myers went on the opposite side of the house and rapped at another door.  Mr. Danner asked Mrs. Myers if she could find her, ad she replied that she could not.
  Mrs. Myers and Mr. Danner, together, then made a search of the premises.  They went through the house, also to the basement; and as Mr. Danner started to go the woodshed at the rear of the lot, he saw a piece of paper lying in the doorway of the shed and at first thought it was Mrs. Waddell lying on the ground.
  In going to the wood shed he had to pass the cistern and noticing that the covering was removed, glanced into it and discovered a floating object which he lifted and to his astonishment found it to be the body of his aunt.
  Mr. Danner immediately summoned help.  W. H. Stambach, a near neighbor, responded to his call and they lifted the body from out the cistern.
  The cistern had a tile mouth, probably two feet in diameter and the water was up to within two feet and a half of the top.  Mrs. Waddell, it is said was in the habit of dipping water from the top (mouth of the cistern, and in order to do so had to get upon her knees.  The tile which formed the opening projected about five inches) of the ground.  And in an effort to get water from the cistern in the above manner, it was necessary for her to put her head and shoulders to a considerable depth into the hole, with one hand on the top, while with the other she lifted the pail of water.
  It was at first thought that she had committed suicide, but as there was a twelve-quart water bucket removed from cistern, (the one that she used for rain water) and as there was a dish pan on the stove with a small quantity of water in it, also a dish cloth and a piece of soap, - and that dirty dishes were still on the table, the presumption is that she had gone to the cistern to get some water to wash the dishes, and in an effort to procure the water, she either slipped, or had some sort of a fainting spell, to which she was subject, and fell headlong into the opening.
  Mrs. Waddell was in the habit of rising at about 7 o clock in the morning.  To further substantiate the fact that the accident happened in the morning, was that her bed had not been made.  The fires were out and the stoves were cold.
  One peculiar fact connected with the occurrance which remains unsolved, was that the body was floating.
  It was a sad case, but from the evidence it seems to have been purely an accident.
  Coroner Notified
  Coroner Zeigler, of Canton was notified, arriving here on the evening train.  He at once impaneled a jury of the following:  Henry Brehm, John Sullivan, Albert Thomas, William Stambach, J. D. Waggoner, - and conducted the examination.  After testimony was hard a verdict to the effect that death was due to accidental drowning was returned.
  The first witness called was Isaac Danner.  He related his knowledge of the case as already given in this article, and he was followed by Mrs. William Stambach, who gave testimony of a similar nature.  Others who testified were Lewis Myers and Jacob Danner.


In 1880 Astoria, Illinois John M. Myers, 38, born in Bavaria, is a harness maker

Laney is 40, Louis W is 9, Mary  is 6, Annie is 3, Barbra (mother) 68, and Mary C. 19, niece.   All the kids are born in Illinois.

Laney Myers, widowed, born December 1837 in Indiana, is in Astoria, Illinois in 1900.  She's a capitalist, and Lewis, born April 1871 in Illinois, is a tinner.

October 1913 "Mrs. Laney Myers, who had been visiting for the month with her sisters, Mrs. Julia DeHaven and Mrs. Eunice Porter left Tuesday morning for Denver where she goes to spend the winter with her daughter Mrs. William Dardis, and family who reside in that city and who are know to a good many of the older people of this community, having been residents her a number of years ago.  Mrs. Myers resides in Blandsville (sic) Illinois."

One tree says Laney Ann Fowler was born December 5, 1837 in Gosport, Owen County, and died December 26, 1915 in Denver. married John M. Myers in 1870.

1909 "Mrs. Anna Dardis, of Denver, a niece of Mrs. Porter and Mrs. DeHaven, stopped off a few days on her return from a visit in Illinois."

In 1920 Astoria is Laney Myers, 72, with Lewis 38, a salesman in a drug store.

In 1920 Denver Eunice, 80, is living with William H. Porter - both are widowed.  Catherine E. 15 and Gordon M. 13

In 1930 Eunice is living with the John Mealey family

Denver Post November 18, 1937, p. 38 "Mrs. Eunice Porter, pioneer, observes her 98th birthday."
The Denver Library index has a listing for obituaries August 2, 1938

Henry DeHaven is in the 1850 census of Porter County, Indiana, age 5, born in Ohio, with Jacob and Lydia.  Sister Jane is 11.

They're still in Porter County in 1860,   No Jane, but a James 21 (maybe a cousin?), Henry 14, and Daniel 3.

Surname: Dehaven  Given Name: Henry
Company: H Regiment: 128
Muster In Date: Mar., 1864   Mustered out April 10th, 1866.
Porter County, Indiana History

Jacob and Henry are in Marshall County, Iowa in 1885 - but Henry is married to Amanda, 68, born in Connecticut.

Among the Abilene Kansas delinquent taxes in 1888 was Henry DeHaven.

February 1890 Holt County, Missouri "The influenza is still holding the 'grip' on several of our citizens....Henry DeHaven...are still very low."
1892 Henry DeHaven had mail uncalled-for at the post office there.

1900 "CATTLE MEN ATTENTION !  Buy that fine telescope at Henry DeHaven's, and save miles of travel.  Only $6.50. 

WATCHES, CLOCKS AND JEWELRY - Save money by buying from Henry DeHaven.. You can rely upon getting what you pay for"'

1901 "For Sale - House 16 x 28, with  13 z 16 addition; good 10 x 20 hen house and other outbuildings, with 8 to 22 lots - H DeHaven"

Julia DeHaven claimed land in 2N 42W - homestead in 1898 joi9ning William H. Porter's 1898 homestead. and 2N 46W a "tree claim" west of Eckley.  -the quarters would be about twenty miles apart

November 1913 "Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Houchins of west of Vernon, came in Saturday and remained over Sunday with the latter's mother, Mrs. Eunice Porter."  Another article had it spelled HOUCHING.   Land patents were issued to George R. Houtchens, Anna J. (Hill) Houtchens, and Eunice Houtchens in 5S 45W


Julia, born October 1847 in Illinois, is in Wray in 1900, married three years to Henry DeHaven, born October 1845 in Ohio.  Henry had been single as late as 1885 - working as a printer and living with his parents in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Wonder if the Julia Fowler from Millersville, Illinois (also a Mrs. John Fowler) at the 1898 Illinois Sunday School convention is ours.

Laird items in 1899 "Mrs. Bowles and Miss Sherbert, Mr. and Mrs. DeHaven, Mr. and Mrs. John Mealey and Mrs. B.D. Prentice visited with Mrs. Porter during the week." 

1902 "Henry DeHaven is out again after a long siege of sickness.  His many friends will be pleased to note this.  Mr. DeHaven has been confined to the house more or less for over a year."

Henry is in Grandview Cemetery "Civil War 1845 - 1904"

In 1910 Julia A. DeHaven, 60, is in Wray, and widowed sister Unice (sic)  Porter,70 is with her.  They have two boarders, a schoolteacher and the minister of the Christian Church..

1911 "Mrs. and Mrs. Will Porter came down from Denver the first of the week and are visiting at the home of Mr. Porter's mother and his aunt, Mrs. Julia DeHaven.  This is the first time for several years that Mr. and Mrs. Porter have visited Wray and they are delighted with the progress that the town has made.  Mr. Porter is connected with the public accountant department of the State Auditor's office."

1912 "Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hendricks moved into the DeHaven residence in south west Wray Saturday."

1917 - Mrs. Julia DeHaven had Mrs. Mrs. Rebecca Phay from Eckley as an overnight guest.


1937 directory  "Miller, J P, District Manager of the Security Benefit Association, Wray, arrived Yuma County 1916, Born Missouri 1859, married Julia A DeHaven."  One tree said they married in 1918.  Both are in Grandview Cemetery
I'm looking for information on the parents and origin of my great great grandfather. My John Dardis, was born in Ireland and came to the US sometime before 1850 when (according to later census records) his first son, Thomas, was born in New York. Sometime between 1850 and 1856 he moved to the Sandusky, Ohio area, where he lived and farmed until his death in 1889. His other children, all of whom were born in Ohio, were sons John, James, Henry, and William and his daughters Jennie, Rosa, Mary and Betty. His wife’s name(in the 1870 and 1880 census) was Jane and she also was apparently born in Ireland.

The only other information I have on him is that he was born sometime around 1825-1826 and served in the 72nd Ohio Infantry during the Civil War.

If anyone can help me connect him to any of the other Dardis families and ultimately to his Dardis forebearers in Ireland, I would certainly appreciate it.

William is 14 in the 1880 census of Riley, Sandusky, Ohio

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