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Benjamin and Laura (Whitford) Rawalt, Logan 

Jonas Randolph and Margert (Whitmore) Rawalt, Laird

Ben was born March 23, 1839 in Rawalts Station, Fulton County, Illinois

Milton Rawalt's Fulton County biography says " the following named children: 

John,  who died in Memphis, Tenn., as a soldier of the Union;

Enoch, who died in    October, 1885;

Henry and Seth, who died in infancy;

Jane, who became the wife of Charles H. Ganson, of Urbana, Ohio;

Mary, who became the wife of  William M. Ganson, of Havana, Ill.;

Benjamin, who removed to Colorado;    

Elizabeth, who became the wife of Edward Whiteford, of Manito, Ill.;    

;Milton, who went to Colorado and entered land near the city of Denver. ;

In 1880 Clay County, Nebraska B.F. Rawalt, 40, born in Illinois, is married to Laura W., 39, born in New York.  B.F. is a dealer in grain and seed.

With them are Charles, 19, born in Illinois, and Emma, 14, born in Minnesota.

Biographical Sketches of Fairfield
BENJAMIN F. RAWALT, agent for H. Gregg & Bros., dealers in grain, etc., was born in Fulton County, Ill., and reared on a farm. He enlisted August 18, 1862, in the Eighth Minnesota Infantry, serving for three years, after which he farmed in Wabasha County, Minn. In 1869, he removed to De Kalb County, Mo., where he farmed for two years; then in St. Joe, Mo., employed for two years as clerk in a wholesale grocery, after which he traveled in that business through this State, and in April, 1874, engaged in mercantile business as a clerk at Fairbury, Jefferson County, Neb., continuing there for four years, and in August, 1878, he came to Fairfield and engaged in present capacity. In January, 1882, he also engaged in the implement business, and admitted as a partner Eugene Brewer in the following February, and is also a stockholder in the Herald Publishing Company, of this place. Is at present assistant editor and Secretary of the Association.

Ben was appointed a Colorado notary August 11, 1887 and  admitted to the Colorado Bar September 19, 1889.

Benj. F. Rawalt cash-claimed a quarter in 32, 3S 43W in 1890.  He was also the Logan postmaster for nine months in 1888.

October 29, 1898 

  1901 Wray Rattler

Jonas R. Rawalt married Margret  A. Whitmore September 17, 1875 in Fulton County, Illinois

Jonas was born Dec 19, 1848, Margret September 1852, both in Fulton.  Her parents were Hezetony Jackson Whitmore and Anna Agusta Suydam Whitmore.

In 1860 "Hezatong" is 32, Ann 25, Margert 6, Elnora 4, and nine-month Arabelle.

In 1870, still Fulton County, with "Hesatony" and "Taletta", Maggie is 15, Norah14, Bell 10, harles 7, Arthur 2, and eight-month Viola.

In 1850 Jonas is 1, with Jonas 45 and Lydia 43 "Raywatt" in Fulton County.  Other kids are Jane 15, Mary 13, Benjamin 11, Elizabeth 8, and Milton 6. 

Jonas R. Rawalt cash-claimed a quarter in 31, 2N 42W (just north of Laird) in 1890.  J.R. was appointed a notary September 20, 1887.

In 1900 Denver Jonas "Rawant" is a carpenter, Margueritte September 1852 have been married 24 years.  They have Sheldon Nov 1876, Charles J. Oct 1878, Maggie Dec 1880 - all Colorado, Frank W. March 1885 Kansas, Edna Jan 1890, Mable A  October 1893 and Leila April 1896 - the last three girls born in Colorado.

The 1900 directory has Jonas at 3202 Humboldt, and Sheldon R., machinist, at the same address.

The 1901 Directory has Jonas as a driver for C.T. Shelton, Charles J. a bookkeeper there, and Margaret, a telephone operator,all living at 3032 Arapahoe.

Charles J. married Hazel Perry September 8, 1903.

In 1904 Jonas is an expressman, Charles J. a bookkeeper at C.T. Shelton, Sheldon R an engineer, and Frank W., working at Smith-Brooks Ptg Co, all living at 142 Raleigh.

Margaret A. Rawalt married Ira J. Schnars in Denver March 27, 1904. In 1910 Denver Ira J 28, Kansas, a grocer,  and Margrett H, 28 Illinois have been married six years.  They have Randolph 5, Sheldon 3, both Colorado, and niece Ida M. Schnars, 11, Kansas

FindAGrave has Margaret Azilla RAWALT Schnars, born Dec 11, 1880 in Fulton County, dying May 8, 1969 - buried in Crown Hill, Wheat Ridge.

Charles J. Rawalt divorced Hazel H. in 1913 in Denver.

In 1920 Englewood Jonas , 71 Illinois, is a yardman for a coal company.  Margaret A., 65, Illinois have Sheldon R. 44, Illinois Frank W., 34, Illinois, Mabel A. 26, Colorado and daughter Lelia R. Brown 23 Colorado

Mabel A. Rawalt married Lawrence D. Connelly June 18, 1921.

Jonas R. Rawalt will was probated in Arapahoe County in 1927.

Charles J. married Marguerite T. Murry July 20, 1936.

Emma cash-claimed a quarter in section 2, 4S 43W in 1891, and under the name Davis proved up an adjoining quarter in 1894.   About ten miles west, Angus M. Davis and Stephen A. Davis both cash-claimed quarters in section 31, 4S 45W.  On February 17, 1892, Emma M. Rawalt married Mack An Davis (sic)

In 1900 Gunnison County Mack Davis is farming, born Mar 1866 in Illinois, married eight years to Emma M, May 1866 in Minnesota.  They have J. Shirley, Nov 1895 and Roy M, July 1899, both Colorado.

Mack A. and Emma M. are in Paonia, Delta County in 1910, with Roy, Benjamine R, 7, and Laura C. 4

In 1920 all five are in Delta County, but Mack and Emma are alone in 1930 Paonia.

Charles T. Rawalt cash-claimed a quarter in 30, 3S 42W in 1890.  He was appointed a notary June 3, 1887.

1893 - the Silver Cliff Rustler "The Pick and Drill is the name of a new paper started at Goose Creek by Rawalt and Watkins" (Goose Creek was a mining camp in Gunnison County)

In 1895 another newspaper mentioned "Bro. Rawalt, of the Gunnison News"

  1901 Emma



1917 News Article (Cass County Nebraska )
On Wednesday evening, January 24, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Marquardt, in Avoca, the wedding of their second daughter, Emma Mabel and Mr. Verne Parks Rawalt was solemnized. At 8 o'clock the beautiful strains of Lohengrin's wedding march sounded with Miss Eda Marquards, cousin of the bride, at the piano. Miss Clara Marquardt, sister of the bride, entered first and marched through the parlor followed by the bride on the arm of her father. Under a pretty wedding bower with showers of pink sweet peas hanging from white canopies and with ferns in the background, the bridal party was met by the groom, his best man, Mr. Eugene Spencer of Talmage, brother-in-law of the bride, and Mr. A. A. Bashford, the minister. The ring ceremony was used, and as they plighted their troth the soft music of Mendelssohn's Spring Song was heard. Following the ceremony the guests, about 100 in number, offered their congratulations as Miss Ellen Kennedy, of Lincoln, cousin of the groom, played Mendelssohn's Wedding March and the End of a Perfect Day. The bride was charming in a dress made of tulle over silver cloth. The skirt was of short length, and long white kid gloves and white kid shoes completed the bridal costume. She wore a pearl necklace, a gift of the groom, and carried bride's roses. The bridesmaids wore dainty pink crepe de chine and carried a gold basket filled with pink carnations. The gentlemen of the party wore the conventional black. The bride's mother was tastefully gowned in gray silk and the groom's mother in lavender messaline. In the dining room a buffet luncheon was served by Misses Ella Meyer and Clara Neumeister. The punch bowl was presided over by Miss Leona Everett. Each guest wrote in the guest book before leaving the dining room. Mrs. Eugene Spencer, sister of the bride, was in charge of the dining room and the parlors. Many gifts were received by the bridal pair and told of all good wishes. The bride, a young lady of strong personality, is a graduate of Peru Normal and has been principal of a number of high schools in the state. She numbers her friends throughout the state by the score. the groom is a young man of estimable worth and has a lucrative government position as electrical engineer in Denver. They left Saturday for Denver, where they will make their home.
(Ellen Kennedy was Verne's aunt Ellen Culver Kennedy married to Parks Ira Kennedy, who was brother to Cora Kennedy Rawalt, Verne's mother. Cora's mother was Melissa A. Kennedy, who claimed land in Yuma County)

  1919 Buena Vista, Colorado


In 1904 Edward N. Rawalt was delinquent on taxes for the sw of 2, 4S 43W, and Mrs. Laura Rawalt for the ne of 11, 4S 43W

Descendants of Captain John Rawalt (Rewalt), Revolutionary War Patriot, Serving 1775 to 1782
By Marguerite Rawalt
Published by , 1974
Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Digitized Oct 11, 2007
177 pages
by Marguerite Rawalt - 1974 - 177 pages
In 1904 "C.E." Rawalt purchased the plant of the Gunnison Tribune, "who will remove it to Paonia and establish a fourth paper in that village."

Page 29 - Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Rawalt of Paonia, Colorado, 50th Wedding Anniversary picture.

October 10, 1945


Gunnison Cemetery

Rawalt, CharlesT.     10/15/45    B52 L08 P09
Rawalt, Cora K.     6/19/37    B52 L08 P08
Rawalt, Laura W.    1898    B52 L08 P01
Rawalt, Benjamin F. 8 MN Inf.------B52 L08 P03
Davis, Arthur R.    09-04-1976    B52 L08 P07
Davis, Ben R.    12-26-1979    B52 L08 P05
Davis, Cora     01-31-1990    B52 L08 P06

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