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Isaac C. Knotts, Logan.

Isaac cash-claimed a quarter in 6, 4S 43W in 1890 - the same time and near the claim of his father-in-law Thomas Prey.

  Isaac C. Knotts , 23 married Minnie M. Prey, 17, Nov 15 1888 in Lancaster County Nebraska. He was the son of John Knotts and Hannah Woodford. I

1890 McCook Nebraska District Court  "Wm H. Carnahan vs. Isaac C. Knotts, Oct 4th, sale confirmed and deed ordered."

Lincoln September 2, 1899 "Mrs. M. J. Prey was called to Omaha last Saturday by the illness of her daughter Mrs. Isaac Knotts.  She returned on Wednesday afternoon leaving the invalid convalescent."


Isaac, a commercial traveler and Minnie  KNOTT were in Omaha in 1900 with son Roy age 10 and Isaac has died by 1910 as Minnie is widowed.   So he could have filed on the claim in the next state.

1870 Census Taylor Co. WV, line 20
Susannah age 72 b. in VA.
and line 23
Hannah age 38 b. in VA.
Nancy J. age 14 b. in VA.
James W. age 13 b. in VA.
Susannah age 9 b. in VA.
Issac C. age 5 b. in WV.

Note, no wife listed in 1880.
1880 Census Grafton, Taylor, West Virginia Page Number 292A
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
John KOTTS Self M Male W 47 VA Farmer VA VA
Nancy J. KOTTS Dau S Female W 25 VA At Home VA VA
James W. KOTTS Son S Male W 22 VA At Home VA VA
Susan KNOTTS Dau S Female W 18 VA At Home VA VA
Isaac C. KNOTTS Son S Male W 15 WV Works On Farm VA VA
Susan KNOTTS Mother W Female W 82 VA VA VA

1915 Omaha "Mrs. Minnie Knotts of Lincoln, librarian of the State Historical society, is in the city in the interests of the organization.  Mrs. Knotts was presented with a number of maps by W.A. Wolfe of this city, which show the Oregon and Overland trails."

In 1930 Los Angeles Minnie Knotts, widowed, 58, born in Nebraska, is managing an apartment house.

Isaac C. Knotts (XX 380), b March 15, 1865; m Genevieve Borngesser, Oct. 3, 1912; 
    1430 So. 25th St., St. Joseph, Missouri per one tree.

The Isaac C. Knotts from West Virginia, could be the one in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1920 managing a Coal and Coke Company, and buried in Saint Joseph Memorial Park - Missouri death certificate has him married to Genevieve.  dying Dec 4 1925, born Mar 15, 1865 in West Virginia. Father Jno Knotts, mother Hannah Woodford, both born West Virginia,

Minnie Prey Knotts
Birth Date:23 Dec 1871 Nebraska  Death Date:1 Nov 1954 Los Angeles   Buried Mountain View, Altadena, and so is Roy Prey Knotts, May 11, 1890 - June 15, 1975. father of Roy Howe Knotts and Howard Prey Knotts
Mother's Maiden Name:Davis       Father's Surname:Prey
Thomas R. Prey was one of the earliest settlers of Lancaster county, arriving here in
1856, and for over three decades he devoted his time and energy to stock raising,
but in 1888 removed to Lincoln, where his death occurred. He was born in
Boston, Massachusetts, the 13th of February 1826, and his parents, John V. and
Margaret (Gibson) Prey, were of Scottish ancestry and emigrated from Scotland
to the United States in early life. They took up their residence in Boston but later
removed to New York, where the father followed the slater's trade. In 1856,
however, he decided to take advantage of the unusual opportunities offered by
the west and came to Lancaster county, Nebraska, where he subsequently took
up a homestead. When he first came west the land had not as yet been thrown
open to settlement under the Homestead law, but he purchased a farm.

He turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, which he followed successfully
throughout the remainder of his active life, passing away in September 1873.
His wife was called to her final rest in 1879. Thomas R. Prey remained under
the parental roof during his boyhood and youth and received his education in
Boston and in the village of Eagle, New York. He accompanied the family on
their removal to Wisconsin, where they farmed until 1856, when they came
to Lancaster county, Nebraska. and acquired land. Subsequently Mr. Prey
homesteaded a good tract and brought all of his holdings to a high state
of development. He gave the greater part of his attention to raising stock
and his well directed labors returned him a good income.

In 1888, because of poor health, he and his wife took up their residence in
Lincoln and he passed away here on the 5th of July 1904. Mr. Prey was
married on the 23rd of March 1871 to Miss Martha L. Davis, whose birth
occurred in Stockport, Ohio, on the 5th of April 1843. Her parents, Dr. Reuben
and Mary A. (Geddes) Davis, were natives respectively of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In 1853 Dr. Davis removed to Illinois, near Sterling, and there be practiced medicine
for many years. He gained a high standing professionally and has possessed good
business ability he also won financial independence, realizing good profits on his
investments. At his death he held title to fifteen hundred acres of improved land.
He died on the 7th of November 1887, at the age of sixty-eight years, but his wife
passed away on the 18th of March, 1848.

To Mr. and Mrs. Prey were born three children, namely: Mrs. Minnie P. Knotts, who
is librarian for the Nebraska State Historical Society at Lincoln ; Thomas R.. a resident
of Beryl, Utah; and Harry E., who lives in San Diego, California. Mr. Prey gave his political
allegiance to the republican party but confined his activity in public affairs to the exercise
of his right of franchise. He held membership in the Christian church but did not belong
to any fraternal organizations, preferring to spend his leisure time with his family.
During the first year of his residence in this county, conditions were those of the
frontier and there were many hardships to be endured that the present generation
knows nothing of, but he had faith in the future of the county and lived to see his
confidence in this section more than justified.

He had a part in transforming this region of wild prairie into one of highly
cultivated and well improved farms, and his memory is justly held in honor.
Mrs. Prey has resided in the county for forty-six years and has watched with
great interest the rapid change that has taken place. Since 1888 she has lived
in Lincoln and her circle of friends is almost coextensive with that of her
acquaintances. She owns property in Salt Lake City, is manager of the
Brown apartments in Lincoln and several other buildings, and displays
unusual executive ability and business acumen.
In religious faith she is a Presbyterian.

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