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Mary (Vanscoy) Williams of Haxtun, son Fred Abraham Williams and Sarah Williams of Wages, brother-in-law John Martin Wiggins, nieces Emma (Wiggins) Slay, Elsie (Wiggins) Sheffield


In 1850 Jackson County, Ohio, Robert Vansky is 35, a laborer, Mary 31, Jane 10, George 9, Mary 7, and Elizabeth 2, all born in Ohio. (Robert Vanscoy and Polly Pancake had married in 1838 in Jackson County)

Samuel Kinnison married Elizabeth Vanscoy in 1856 in Jackson County - too young to be the 1848-born Elizabeth Vanscoy.

One tree says Rebecca Jane Van Scoy was born August 20, 1840 in Ohio, married John Martin Wiggins 1856 in Mahaska County, and died 1877 in Mahaska County.

George Vanscoy married L. B. Harrison March 4, 1875 in Mahaska County.

In 1880 Mahaska County, John W. Wiggins is 47, widowed, with Emma 16, Friend 14, Elsie E. 12, John H. 9, and Ruth A. 4.

In 1885 Mahaska County, Ruth Wiggins, 9, is with Washington and Emma J. Slay. Willie H. Slay is 2.

Ruth A. Guernsey born July 18, 1875 in Iowa, father Wiggins, mother Vansky, dying Nov 27, 1942 in Los Angeles County.

John M. Wiggins proved up a quarter in 8N 47W - Phillips County - in 1898. timber-claimed a quarter in 8N 47W - Phillips County - in 1899. The tree said their daughter Emma J. born December 1863 in Iowa, married Washington Slay, - Rebecca J. Wiggins - Aug 20, 1840 - Nov 28, 1877 is buried in Pringle Cemetery, Mahaska County, Iowa. Washington M. Slay cash-claimed a quarter in 8N 47W, Phillips County, in 1891, and proved up another in 1897.

The Slay family was in Phillips County Colorado in 1900. On the same page is Elsie E. born October 1868 in Iowa, married to Henry Sheffield, Sept 1847. They have Elvira April 1889, Harry Dec 1890, Clyde Jan 1893, Elsie G. 1894, and Iva B. May 1899.

Blanche Iva Sheffield married George C. Gorman July 12, 1915, recorded in Denver- divorced in 1918. Blanche Gorman married Jack Moores Oct 14, 1918, recorded in Jefferson County. In 1920 Henry, Elsie and daughter Blanche Miller, 21, are in Longmont.

Henry cash-claimed a quarter in 8N 46W, Phillips County, in 1890.

Emma's brother Friend Wiggins 1865-1907 is buried in Haxtun # 58555503.

John Martin Wiggins 1833-1919 is buried in Longmont, per 60887175. In 1856 Mahaska County, Iowa, Mary Vanscoy is 12, living with Thomas Wiggins 50, Mary 35, Ohio, and their kids George 14 and Oliver 8.

On the same page is a George Vanscoy 14, also born in Ohio, with John 23 and Rebecca J. Wiggins 19, Ohio. All have been in Iowa five years.

In 1860 Mahaska County, George and Mary Vanscoy are living with Thomas and Mary Wiggins.

The Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, March 18, 1926 Mary Vansky was born February 28, 1842, at Pikeston, Ohio, where she spent her early childhood. Later she moved to Mahaska County, Iowa, where she was united in marriage to John Williams. To them was born one son, Fredrick Abraham, whom she leaves to mourn her loss, her husband preceding her in death after three years of wedded life. She is remembered by those who knew her best and loved her so dearly to have lived a self sacrificing and honest life and has left memories that will never be forgotten though she has gone beyond our earthly vision. She leaves to mourn her loss, her son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Williams, two granddaughters, Ruth M. Axelson and Esther U.I. Neiman and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Brethren church Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock in charge of Rev. I.C. Snavely. Interment took place in the Haxtun cemetery.

One possible burial place for John Williams is in the Baldwin Cemetery, Mahaska County, where 31985494 has John H. Williams dying September 22, 1865, age 45.

The Frederick Williams in 1900 Omaha, born Dec 1863 Iowa, mother born in Ohio, married ten years to May Sept 1875 Missouri, is close. He's a common laborer, with daughters Lucy March 1893 and Esther Sept 1897, both born in Nebraska.,

In 1910 Phillips County, Colorado, Abraham Williams is 45, married 20 years to Sarah E. 33, Missouri. They have Ruth M. 17 and Esther V. 12, both born in Nebraska. Abraham's mother Mary Williams, 65, born in Ohio, is living with them.

Ruth Williams married Gustaf A. Axelson August 20, 1910, recorded in Logan County.

Frederick A. Williams proved up a quarter in township 10South 44West, Kit Carson County, in 1912. (Jerry Collette had proved up a quarter in 9South 47West in 1911 - about twenty miles away.

In 1920 Phillips County, Fred A. is 56, Sarah 44, farming. Daughter Ruth Axelson 24, Nebraska, and her husband Gustav 32 Colorado have four kids. His mother Mary, 75, (index has Axelson last name, incorrectly) born in Ohio, widowed, is with them.

In 1930 Colorado Springs, Gustaf A. Axelson is 42, driving a truck for a coal mine. Ruth M. is 34, Phyllis E. 11, Donald W. 16, Keith W. 12, Enid E. 9, Leon E. 7, and Ramon P. 2.

Ruth M. and Gustaf A. are parties to a court case in 1932 in Colorado Springs.

In 1930 Yuma County, Abe F. is 67, Saria E. 54, and they're running a store - appears to be Wages, based on the family names. "Sarah E. Williams was postmaster of the Wages, Yuma County, Colorado post office between 2 May 1925 and 4 Nov. 1936."

In 1940 Whatcom County, Washington, Fred A. and Sarah Williams have no occupations, and they were in Yuma County, Colorado in 1935. Fred might be the one born June 1890 in Nebraska, with parents Jerry and Elizabeth in 1900 Omaha, and in Kit Carson County, Colorado in 1910. Sarah's brother Fred Cullett, 48, born in Nebraska, is farming with them.

Thanks to Kathy Slesnick, who wrote " The middle person is Ruth Melissa. It's Doyle to the left and Esther to the right. I believe it was taken at Ruth's farm in the Bellingham area in the mid-late 1960's."

Elmo L. Neiman

"This is our combine it is a Advance Rumelly. Doyle, Em, John and our hired man. I am on the engine I suppose you would know that old mug."
One web site said "Allis-Chalmers purchased Advance-Rumely in 1931, and stopped production of all models. "

Elizabeth Cullet was born into the Omaha Indian Tribe and found as a baby by Mary Ann McKnight. There were several McKnight families that settled in Mills County, Iowa in St Mary's township at the mouth of the Mosquito Creek. This is just south of Council Bluffs. Cousin Carol, is a conversation with her parents (her father was Elizabeth Cullet's great grandson) recounts the following story: "The family nickname for Grandma Cullet was "Teddy". Teddy Grandma was found by settlers after a gunfight with her Omaha Indian tribe. It sounds like they were in western Iowa. The settlers had killed all of the Indians there and as they were leaving, they heard her crying, picked her up and raised her. In Colorado, she warded off any other Indians passing through from bothering them by baking primo breads and offering the bread as a sign of peace" From the History of Mills County (Iowa) written by D.H. Solomon in 1876: "In the spring of 1853, some Indians fired into a camp of some emigrants on Mosquito Creek, just above St. Mary's, and crippled a woman. The camp was at the bridge on the Council Bluffs road. There was quite a camp, some 30 or 40 wagons. It was a Sunday, in daylight, and about 10 o'clock in the morning. The emigrants gathered and took after the Indians, and shot 3 of them dead-the third was shot in the back of the neck as he went over the bank of the river. They were California emigrants. They ran one three miles before they got him. Some of our citizens who were passing on their way to Council Bluffs at the time the fracas began, saw a dead Indian laying in the sand by the roadside, the flies blowing him, as they returned from the Bluffs in the evening." Because these two stories are so closely aligned, I believe that Elizabeth Cullet was found as a result of this incident. There were three families of McKnights that homesteaded in Mills County that year. Mary Ann McKnight was probably married to one of them. She was widowed between 1853 and 1855. James Taylor also lived in the same part of the county. Two years later, on January 31 1855, Elizabeth's adopted mother, Mary Ann McKnight married James Taylor. Taylor was about 36 years old and had a son, also called James, about one year old. Mary Ann was about 30. Fifteen years later, Mary Ann had given birth to 5 additional children. I am fairly certain that they met in Mills County, Iowa because James moved back there to live with his son after Mary Ann's death. They were married in Holt County Missouri. Lizzie took her stepfathers name, Taylor after the marriage of her adopted mother. Elizabeth left this large household on November 13, 1867 at age 15 when she married Elmer J. Lathrop. On September 3, 1869, she gave birth to a son, Elmer James Lathrop. In the 1870 census Elmer is listed as a farm laborer and they are in Andrew County (Lincoln Township) Missouri. In 1872 or 1873 she gave birth to a daughter, Mary Ann Lathrop.

Her husband Elmer passed away very near this time and she was left a widow with two tiny children.

She quickly married John W. Flanders, a 56 year old man with two previous wives (the first one was still living and had bore 4 children in 7 years) and the second wife had passed away (after bearing 6 children in 8 years) on April 28th less than two months before the marriage. The date of record is June 19, 1873 and the locale is Holt County, on the Missouri River directly across from Falls City, Nebraska.

In September of 1975, two years after her marriage to John Flanders, our ancestor, Sarah Elizabeth Flanders was born. Elizabeth was just coming up on her 23rd birthday. Her baby's father was an old man of nearly 60. Sometime between 1905 and 1910, Jerry and Lizzie homesteaded in Kit Carson County, Colorado. The 1910 census lists Jerry and Lizzie (ages 57 and 56: correct ages by the way) and Fred and Walter (19 and 15). The homestead was five miles south of Stratton, Colorado and next to her daughter (Nancy) Sarah Elizabeth Flanders Williams who had moved to the area about 1905 with her husband Abe Williams. They sold their homestead rights for $2000 and moved to Haxton, Colorado and possibly Longmont, Colorado for a time.

Donald William Axelson 1913-1965 and Evie Viola (Hooper) Axelson 1909-1986 are buried in Arlington, Texas # 115827390

Keith Winston Axelson - 1918-1986 and Elaine M. 1923-2005 are buried in Colorado Springs # 34341077.

AXELSON, Gary Keith, age 5 years, of 2005 East Sunset Drive Whatcom County, was accidentally drowned Tuesday, February 19, (1952). Gary is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith W. Axelson; two sisters, Janet and Laurel; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Morelli, of Everson, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Randall, of Colorado. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 23rd, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Bingham-Dahlquist & Jerns Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Nelson officiating. The remains will be forwarded to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for burial.

In 1910 Haxtun precinct, Phillips County, Andrew M. Axelson is 57, Lottie A. 47, George W. 19, Effie C. 17, Carl P. 15, Louise M. 12, Mabel O. 10, and Ella E. 5. Brother Victor, 54, is also living with them. "May 1929 - Victor Axelson, 78, passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. H.A. Greene in Haxtun"

Carl P. Axelson 1894-1936 is buried in Benkelman, Nebraska # 62472911

Gustaf A. "Gus" Axelson 1887-1953 and Frances G. Axelson 1886-1963 are buried in Colorado Springs. # 34341075.

Andrew M. Axelson 1853-1931 is buried in Haxtun. He died very suddenly September 6, 1931, while on his way to church, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 29 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Lottie, three sons, Gust, George and Carl; four daughters, Effie, Louise, Mabel and Ella;

In 1940 Whatcom County, Washington, Carlo Morelli is 37, Illinois, Ruth 47, Nebraska, Leon 16, Tommy 12, all living in Jefferson County, Colorado in 1935.

Enid Elizabeth Garrett, age 87, of Garnett, Kansas, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2008, at Golden Heights Living Center in Garnett, Kansas. She was born on September 29, 1920, at Wild Horse, Colorado, the daughter of Gustaf Axel Axelson and Ruth Melissa (Williams) Axelson. She grew up in Terrall, Colorado, and graduated from a one room school house. She then moved to Canon City, Colorado, where she met her husband, Leo F. Garrett. They were married on May 12, 1939, at Canon City, Colorado. They lived in Pueblo, Colorado during World War II, then in Bullingham, (sic) Washington, returning to Canon City in 1948. Enid was a housewife, and she did bookkeeping for their business, Leo's Central Body Shop, which was an auto repair shop. She was also supervisor for the Medical Records Department at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City for 12 years. She was a wonderful and caring person. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Garrett on April 17, 1987; her parents; one sister, Phyllis Seldomridge; four brothers, Donald Axelson, Keith Axelson, Leon Axelson, and Tom Morelli. Enid is survived by her children; Barbara Lundy of Honolulu, Hawaii; Joan Ellington and husband Clay of Homer, Alabama; Pat Garrett of Canon City, Colorado; Dan Garrett and wife Connie of Elbert, Colorado; Teri Mader and husband Gail of Garnett, Kansas; Bill Garrett and wife Gwen of Maple Falls, Washington; nineteen grandchildren; and twenty-five great grandchildren.Graveside services will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City, Colorado.

AXELSON, Leon "Bim" age 41, of Grant, New Mexico, passed away in that city Sunday, April 19, (1964). Mr. Axelson had resided in Everson for twelve years before moving to New Mexico sixteen years ago, where he was the owner-operator of the Uranium Frontier Airways, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors are his widow, Lucille, at home; three sons, Jimmie, Gusti and Tripp; six daughters, Beth, Linda, Bonnie, Peggy, Sandi and Hilary, all at home; parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Morelli, Everson; three brothers, Donald W. Axelson, Arlington, Texas; Keith Axelson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tom Morelli, Everson; two sisters, Mrs. Phil Seldomridge, city, and Mrs. Enid Garrett, Canon City, Colo. Graveside military services will be conducted by officers of the William Matthews Post, No. 1585, Monday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at Bay View Cemetery under direction of the Jones Funeral Home.

The Elias Vanscoy in 1910 Leroy precinct, Logan County had married Anna Griffith in 1893, with a son Sanford Vanscoy - registered for WWI in Yuma County, is probably a distant cousin. Elias was in Winterset, Madison County Iowa when Sanford was born, and they were in Denver in 1920, then moved to Portland, Oregon.

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