Yuma County, Colorado
Yuma County Pioneer Photographs:
John E. and Martha Demmon, mother Elizabeth Demmon,
In 1870 Menard County are A. "Dennion" 62, New York, Eliza 52, Indiana,
Nancy 23 and John 20, both Illinois
John E. Demmon married Martha A. Renfros October 3, 1872 in Menard County
Illinois. (Naomi's death certificate said her mother was Martha "Rentho"
born in Ottumwa, Iowa)
In 1850 Keokuk County Iowa John and Selitha Renfrow have a bunch of kids,
including Rebecca and Martha.
In 1856 Keokuk County, Iowa John Rentfro is 50, Tabitha 45, Wm. 21, Nancy
Jane 19, Joseph 17, rebecca 16, Margaret 14, John 10, and Martha 7.
In 1870 Keokuk County, Iowa John "Rentper" is 64, Lilieta 59, Jos. A. 36,
Levina 28, Margt 28, and Martha 21.
|KEOKUK COUNTY BIOGRAPHIES
John S. and Telitha (Hollenbeck) Rentfro,
the former of whom was born March 1, 1806, in Kentucky and was taken
when young to Illinois by his grandfather, by whom he was reared to
manhood. John S. grew up a farmer, and with his neighbors took part in
the Black Hawk war. He married Telitha Hollenbeck, who was born in
Kentucky in 1810, a daughter of Abraham Hollenbeck, who moved to
Illinois and there reared his children. This family was of Dutch
In 1849 Mr. Rentfro moved to Keokuk county, Iowa, and lived in Steady
Run township for six years, removing then for a short time to Sigourney,
and about 1882 located on the farm of two hundred acres in Van Buren
township, which is now the property of our subject. Mr. Rentfro was a
hard-working, industrious man and made valuable improvements wherever he
located. In political sentiment he was a Republican.
A family of twelve children was born to him and wife, as follows:
Mary, Elizabeth, James Allen, William, Nancy, Joseph, Rebecca,
Margaret, John, Perry, Robert and Martha; Mary,
Nancy, Perry and Robert being deceased.
John 1806-1881 and "Tllitha" 1810- January 27, 1872 are buried
in the Rayburn Cemetery, Keokuk County. So is Lovina, age 30,
dying Nov 16, 1872
Margaret married Nelson H. Williams Aug 8, 1866 in Keokuk County.
One tree says Nelson died Jan 4, 1869 in Cherokee County, Kansas. FAG
12681432 has him born April 17, 1837. It says his father James
Douglas Williams died in Cherokee County in 1872.
July 28, 1919 in Davenport, Iowa Edna Elizabeth Gordon married
Maurice W. Smith. She said her father was Wm Febuary, mother
In 1880 Mason County, Illinois a J.E. Demmon, 30 and M.A., 30 have daughters
J.P. 5, Otha 3. and Naomi six months. His mother E.E. 62 is with them
John proved up a quarter in 12, 4S 43W in 1892, and Elizabeth cash-claimed a
quarter next to it in 1891.
In 1895 Mandonia MUST BE MACEDONIA, Pottawattamie County, Iowa is an Andrie Demmon, 10, born in
Illinois and an Elna S. Demmon, 5, born in Colorado. They're with
Rebecca H. Rayburn, 54 and Bertha Wilson 18. So their mother must have
died between 1889 and 1894, and John's two daughters AUDREY and FRONA are living
with John's sister.
Rebecca H Rentfro b: 1 Aug 1840 in Illinois - is on Austin Barnett Rayburn's
FindAGrave. but hers has birth of May 19, 1832 - died Dec 24, 1918. His
said they married Aug 4, 1862 in Keokuk County Iowa.
Nancy Jane Rentfro born 1838 in Marion County Iowa married Austin Nov 30,
1857, died 1861 in Keokuk County, and Austin married Rebecca H. Rentfro born Aug
1, 1840 in Marion County, died Feb 2, 1907 in Pottawattamie County. In
1850 Keokuk County John and Selitha have Mary E. 20, Elizabeth 18, James 16, Wm
15, Nancy P. 13, Joseph 11, Rebecca 2, Margaret 6, John 4, and Martha 1.
In 1895 Page County, Iowa J.E. Demmon, 65 born in Illinois, widowed.
John is in Atchison County, Missouri in 1900 - widowed, born March 1846 in
Illinois, with Neoma Dec 1878 Illinois and Sophronia May 1889 in Colorado.
So that confirms this is our John.
In 1900 Utha December 1877 in Illinois, is married to Harvey Davis Sept 1873
Iowa, and they're living in Merrick County, Nebraska. They have Nesta Dec
1898, and James A Davis, father, and Audrey Demon, born February 1884 in
Illinois, sister-in law.
The informant for sister Naomi's 1942 death certificate was Mrs. H.E. Davis
of Stratton, Nebraska.
So John and Martha had another daughter after the 1880 census.
Sophrona E. Demon married Monty Earl Ellsworth August 19, 1906 in Quitman,
Nodaway County, Missouri. Monty was born June 10, 1882 in Quitman,
and died July 1938 in Quitman. (Wife Flor....)
Frona E. Ellsworth is living in Colorado Springs in 1952, 1957 and 1958,
living at 1030 S. Tejon. Her will was probated there in 1959. She's buried in
In 1910 Eliza E. Demon, 83 is with her daughter Margaret and N.W. Brucker in
Nodaway County, Missouri, so she could have been the Elizabeth putting up the
money for the cash claim.
She might be the Eliz Demmon, born 1818, buried 1906 in Howard County
In 1910 John Demmon, widowed, is living with his sister Margaret Bracken in
Atchison County, Missouri.
In 1920 Hayes County Nebraska John is with Harve E. and Itha M. Davis, Paul E
14, born in Missouri, Nesta G. Foster and her husband Carl L. and their seven-month Floyd L.
In 1930 Nesta G. 29 ?? is married to Charles O. Bortner in Hitchcock county,
son Lavan Foster 11, is also with them.
In 1930 Paul E. is still in Hitchcock county , married to Thelma L.
They have Paul E. 2 and William H. - two months.
In 1940 Hitchcock County they have Paul E. 11, William Harvey 10, Madeline 7,
Norma Jean 6, Gladys Marie 4, Charlotte Nadina 2, and Stanley Eugene one month.
Charlie Thomas "Chuck"
Anderson, 76, died Monday (Sept. 12, 2005)
at Community Hospital of McCook from
complications of Cystic Fibrosis, making him
one of the oldest patients.
He was born Oct. 31, 1928,
in Hitchcock County to Henry and Lena (Cole)
Anderson. He grew up in Ovid, Colo., until
moving with his family to Trenton when he
On July 10, 1947, he entered
the United States Army, where he completed
his education. Following his honorable
discharge from the military, he returned to
Trenton to graduate.
He married Z. Jean Davis
on Aug. 4, 1951.
He worked construction on
the Trenton Dam. In 1953, they moved to
Denver, Colo., where he graduated from
barber school. He was a barber in Denver for
23 years. In 1976, they came to McCook,
where he built two homes and began working
maintenance at El Dorado Manor Nursing Home
in Trenton and Highland Park in McCook.
He was a member of the
Methodist Church and McCook Elks Lodge 1434.
He was preceded in death
by four brothers, Allen D., Joe, Elvin and
James Anderson; four sisters, Marie King,
Louise Anderson, Lola Heble and Bertha
Jones; his father and mother-in-law, Paul
"Bob" and Thelma Davis; brother-in-law, Stan
Davis; sisters-in-law, Gladys Lorimer and
Those left to cherish his
memory are his wife, Jean Anderson of
McCook; son, Curtis Anderson and wife,
Michelle of McCook; daughter, Shari Laituri
of McCook; eight grandchildren, Kenny
Laituri, Andrea Laituri, Jeffery, Daniel,
Delton and Jonathon Anderson and Mikaiyah
and Arianna Anderson; one
great-granddaughter, Hayly Laituri; two
brothers, Clyde Anderson of Trenton and
Robert Anderson and wife, Lila of Brighton,
Colo.; sisters, Ellen Barlow and Evelyn
Tompkins of Trenton; sisters-in-law, Verba
Anderson of Trenton, Madeline Stengel of
Denver, Colo., Charlotte Williams of McCook
and Debra Nelson of McCook; brothers-in-law,
Bill Davis and wife, Gwen of Trenton and
Paul Davis of Denver.
Funeral services will be
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at 11 a.m., at
Herrmann Memorial Chapel in McCook with the
Rev. Dr. Jeffery Thurman officiating.
Graveside services with military honors will
be at the Trenton Cemetery with the Rev.
Johnny Walker officiating. Memorials may be
given in Charlie's name and friends may call
at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook, from 9
a.m. until 9 p.m.
Paul Edgar Davis Feb 28, 1905 - Oct 1, 1986 and Thelma Jul 24, 1907 - Mar 16
1997 are in the Trenton cemetery.
In 1930 Hitchcock County Nebraska a John E. Demmon 80, Illinois widowed-
father-in-law - Harve E. and Itha M. Davis
In 1940 Hitchcock County "Hoove" and "Iva M" Davis have grandson L.T.
Foster, 20, born in Iowa. Hoove is custodian of the village streets. and
L.T. is a bookkeeper at the bank.
John is buried in the Trenton cemetery there.
Paul Edgar Davis, Utha's son, is also there - Feb 28, 1905 - Oct 1, 1986
Itha M. Davis (wid Harvey) is in Denver in 1958, living at 478 Pennsylvania.
Naomi is in Nodaway County in 1910. She's
30, married to John V. Smith, 53, born in Indiana. They're with a bunch of
Smith kids. Death certificate October 16, 1942 in Nodaway County.
Naomi Virginia Smith born December 2, 1879 in Mason City, Illinois. John was
still alive at 86 !
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