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Heinrich F. and Mutella (Horselocker) Meier

"Henry Meyer" married Matilda Haslacker in Hardy County, West Virginia August 6, 1885.

Heinrich proved up a quarter in 15, 2N 47W in 1899, about two mils north of Schramm

In 1900 Henry, born March 1839 in Germany, has been married 15 years to Matilda, born April 1863 in West Virginia.  They have Mary E.- May 1886 in West Virginia, Henry December 1887 WV, Fannie B. February 1888 WV, Cora M. August 1893, Sena C. December 1895, Bessie March 1898, and Frederick January 1900 - the last four in Colorado.

They had a son Henry L. in West Virginia on December 16, 1887, and came to Yuma in 1891.

In the Yuma Cemetery a stone "- Ida M - Dau of H.F & M.M.Meier - Oct 2 1891 -Oct 17 1892"

April 1902

In 1922 the Henry F. Meier estate had a half-section in 3N 47W, and Henry L. Meir three quarters adjoining it.  Chas. Jones had a quarter a mile southeast of Henry.

1907   Stephen and Fanny Gertrude ended up in Kit Carson County.


November 1907 "Charlie Zwirn and Mary Meier were married at Sterling one day the forepart of last week."


In 1920 Fred M. Meier is living north of Yuma, 19, and the census indicates he was married.  But no spouse listed.  And he has no occupation  He had married Mary Jones in Wray April 22, 1920 (Judge I.L. Barker).

The census taken in March 1920 of the 3N area has a Mary E. Jones, 16, Iowa, with Charles 44 and Minnie 45. Leoy 19 and Gladys 12.  They had been farming in Kay County, Oklahoma in 1910 - where they had Elsie 10. Minnie's parents William and Mary Prater and sister Lesta Prater were also there.

The 1922 Yuma County atlas has Fred (Mary Jones) as a patron.  His residence is on the Arthur Ashford land in 3, 2N 47W, and he owns a quarter in 15.  Chas. Jones is about three miles north in 25 of 3N 47W In 1930 Red Willow County, Nebraska he's a "tractor man - general farming," and said he had married at age 21, and is 30 now.  Mary E., 27, born in Iowa has Marvin M. 9, born in Colorado, and they have two lodgers.

In 1940 Red Willow County it's just the three of them.  Fred is farming, and Mary is a waitress.  Marvin is a faarm laborer.

Marvin served on the Lexington in WWII, and married Odean Fisher of Wyoming in Reno, Nevada on June 25, 2001.


Hazel married Jess Coffman May 11, 1930, died 2003 and is buried in Eckley.- Jesse A. was born June 18, 1907 and died November 6, 1987.


In 1910 Bessie, 12, is boarding with Claude and Florence Tribbett


In 1910 Yuma Ray Card, 21, born in Colorado, is married to Cora W. 16, also Colorado.   She's most likely the orphan of Henry and Matilda .

 Ray Card, dying in 1914, is in the Yuma Cemetery.

Cora Card, 24,  married Roy Mellen, 26,  October 18, 1917. in Wray.  Judge I.L. Barker performed the ceremony.

In 1920 Akron Cora W. Mellen is 26, widowed.  Vera Card, 9, Maud Card 7, Robert Card 6, and Mary Mellen thirteen months

Cora M. Mellen married James H. Evans December 7, 1920

In 1930 Cora is in Denver, married to James H. Evans.  Vera Card is 19, Mary Evans is 11, Harvey Evans is 8, and James F. Evans is 6,'

Vera Gertrude Card married Gaston LeRoy Beville October 26, 1931, and divorced him in Denver 1935. 

So she could be the Vera G. Card marrying Harold T. Johnson May 20, 1937.

In 1940 Denver a Vera Johnson 29, born in Colorado, is a waitress.  Harold T. Johnson , 32, Sweden, is a cook.

In 1940 Denver Cora is widowed again.  Harvey Evans 19, Fred Evans 16, and George Evans 7


Sena is living with sister Gertrude and Stephen Card in Yuma in 1910.

"Sara" Meier married Charles Leighton June 7, 1912 in Wray.

Sena Katherine Leighton 1896 - 1987 and Charles Arthur Leighton 1887 -1972 are buried in Griswold Cemetery, Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Everett C. Leighton, was born to Charles Arthur and Sena Katherine MEIER Leighton in Yuma, Colorado on June 28, 1924. The family moved to Iowa when he was 4 yrs. old. He was married to Viola Alice Fox at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa on June 28, 1939. He worked for Union Pacific R.R., farmed various farms in s.w. Iowa and drove stock and grain trucks. He died on July 24, 2002 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Viola Leighton, December 29, 1972; two brothers, Donald and Wilbur Leighton; and one sister, Dorothy Rockwell.
Survivors include a son, John Leighton and his wife Paulette of Omaha, Nebraska; one daughter, Marilyn Davis and her husband Mike of Wahoo, Nebraska; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lester Leighton and his wife Nova of Griswold, Harold Leighton and his wife Jane of Griswold; two sisters, Velma Bates and her husband Dean E. of Griswold and Shirley Conner of Lenoir, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Alice Leighton of Griswold, Iowa.


 1908 "To Whom it may concern - Mrs. Henry Meier having left my bed and board you are hereby notified that I will not be responsible for any debt contracted by her- Henry Meier."

1908 "Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meier have signed satisfactory papers of agreement."

April 16, 1909 "As we go to press we learn of the death of Henry Meier which occurred at his home east of Yuma yesterday."

Henry married Mary Ann Card June 26, 1909, and Henry L. proved up a quarter in  23, 3N 47W in 1913,  a mile west of Mary E. (Meier) Zwirn's 1912 homestead.

In 1910 Henry, 22, is married to May A., 17. living in Yuma County - brother Frederick, 10, is living with them.


September 29, 1911 Dr. Billsborrow reported a girl born at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Meier, northeast of town.

1913 "Dr. Crawford reports the birth of a baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meier, northeast of town, on Saturday, March 22."

In 1920 Yuma Henry and Mary A. have Hazel, 10, Rena K. 9, Laurence M. 7, Mildred D. 3, and Dale V. 1

In 1930 Yuma they have all five kids - and the family next on the page are his sister Bessie (Frank) Benedict.

Mildred Meier married John Dresen on October 7, 1933, recorded in Washington County.

The five-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dresen died suddenly last Thursday morning. The baby had been suffering from an attack of flu, but was considered on the road to recovery when it suddenly suffered a relapse. The funeral was held at the Henry Meier home, parental home of Mrs. Dresen, Saturday, with interment at the Yuma Cemetery.

Yuma Pioneer, Yuma, Colorado January 31, 1935
Transcribed by Carol Moore

In 1940 Henry and Mary have only have Dale.

Meier Gladys Irene 1992 North Addition C C 27
Meier Henry F. 1909 Original 99
Meier Henry Laurence 1977 Original 36

July 7, 1977

Meier Ida M. 1892 Original 99
Meier Lawrence 1969 Original 181
Meier Mary Ann 1966 Original 36
Meier Mary M. 1902 Original 99
Meier Richard Lee 1969 Original 181
Meier William J. 1986 North Addition C C 26

Posted Dec 2013 by pdcknox

my grandmother Sena Katherine (Meier) Leighton was born in WV in 1886 and had a younger sister Bessie (could this be Elizabeth) whom married a Zwirn I believe. I met her when I was a young girl. Their father was John Henry (Johann Heinrich) Meier who was b. in Germany near Holland border (and sea level) also known as low-deutsch and their mother died in 1902 of sepsis after childbirth of the youngest child, a son, in Yuma, CO. Her maiden name was very German but I am not sure of the spelling: Mary Matilda Hosslocker???Hasslocher???Hausloscher??? Her family was supposedly part of the German colony in PA before going to WV- the PA "Deutsch" as apposed to Dutch. I believe the grandmother's maiden name may have been Cosner (another German name) but I'm not sure- I saw in on Mary's DC.

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