4. Wetherall-Beaman

William Franklin Wetherall and Laura Belle Beaman

Table 4   William F. and Laura B. (Beaman) Wetherall family
Notes Name Birth Death Age Born Died Buried Vocation
T8 0 William Franklin Wetherall 28 Feb 1858 1 Feb 1929 70 Marion Co IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IO Laborer
T9 0 Laura Belle Beaman 12 Feb 1866 1 Feb 1941 74 IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IO Servant
1 Mary Sydna (Wynn) (Brady) 30 Jul 1888 May 1967 78 Knoxville IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA
2 William Riley Wetherall 2 May 1890 4 Jul 1936 47 Knoxville IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA Printer
3 Bertha Leotis (Masteller) (Dainty) 28 Sep 1892 1962 69/70 Marion Co IA Knoxville IA Greenwood Cem IA Waitress
4 Lena Belle (Stone) 22 Nov 1894 13 Nov 1944 49 Marion Co IA Fond du Lac WI Knoxville IA
5 Georgia Myrle Wetherall 16 Feb 1898 1899 0/1 Knoxville IA Knoxville IA Knoxville IA
6 Jeremiah Alexander Wetherall 16 Dec 1899 21 Mar 1947 41 Knoxville IA Madison, WI Graceland Cem IO Farmer
7 Annetta Alice (Evans) (Dainty) 1903 26 Dec 1962 58/59 IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA Telephone operator
WFW with Laura WFW with Belle

William Franklin Wetherall with his favorite Belles, wife Laura and daughter Lena
Early or mid 1920s, possibly in Knoxville, definitely on a special occasion

Judging from the poses he liked to strike with the women in his family,
William Franklin Wetherall was a lady's man as well as a proud husband and father

Images are my scans of 2nd-generation paper copies sent my father in 1997 by Kathy Wetherall, his niece and my 1st cousin.
They are part of the materials Kathy collected on the histories of her Wetherall-Van Houton, Wetherall-Beaman, and Beaman-Shoemaker and related families. Kathy attributed the original prints to Elaine Hunter, a granddaughter of Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall's brother Samuel Zacharias Beaman (1875-1944), hence Kathy's and my 2nd cousin once removed.
See Kathy Wetherall on "Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton" family history page for more about both Kathy and Elaine.

  1. "William F. Wetherall", a "Laborer", 30 on next birthday, father "William E. Wetherall", mother "Mary Hall", and "Laura B. Beaman", 22 on next birthday, father "George Beaman", mother "Sidney Shoemaker", were married in Knoxville, Iowa, on 19 October 1887 by J. A. Beattie, D.M. Both groom and bride were living in Knoxville, had been born in Iowa, and were "W" by "Race" -- according to a "Return of Marriages in the County of Marion for the Year Ending October 1st, A.D." The "Date of return" of the Wetherall-Beaman union was 4 November 1887.
    1. WFW was the 1st of 4 children and 1st of 2 sons of William Edwin Wetherall (WEW) and Mary Hall (see "8. Wetherall-Hall" below). Laura was the 3rd of 8 children and the 2nd of 4 daughters of George Washington Beaman, a chairmaker, and Sidney "Sydna" Shoemaker (see "9. Beaman-Shoemaker" below). They married in Knoxville, Iowa, on 19 October 1887, and all 7 of their children were born in Knoxville (see "Chronology of Wetherall-Beaman family through censuses" below).
  2. Whether Mary Sydna's formal name was Sidney, or whether Mary was her middle name, has not been confirmed. Her namesakes appear to be WFW's mother Mary and Laura's mother Sidney, who judging by later censuses also went by "Sydna".

    Synda married John E. Wynn, who was born in 1884 in Otley in Marion County, Iowa (marriage certificate). Cedar Rapids in Linn County, Iowa. They had two children, both daughters, Myrle Isadore Wynn (1909-1943) and Marjory Faye (Wynn) Kool (1913-1988). John Wynn died in 1915, and between 1925 and 1930 Sydna married Earl Wayne Brady (1885-1954), who had lost his wife in 1913 and had a daughter who was born in 1907. According to a delayed certificate of birth, Sydna and Earl married about 21 March 1928 (see below).

    Earl's first wife, Flossie (Showers) Brady (1886-1913), is buried in Peasantville Cemetery in Knoxville. Earl and Sydna, and his daughter Maxine Joy (Brady) Reynolds (1907-1996), are buried in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.

    Marjory Faye (Wynn) Kool (1913-1980) is the 2nd daughter of Mary Sydna (Wetherall) (Wynn) Brady, who went by Sydna. Marjory Faye, who was known as Faye, married John F. Kool (1912-1998) on 17 August 1934, according to their grave stone at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville, and they had a daughter, Mary Margaret Kool, who may have been named after her grandmother Synda. Faye is the namesake of Faye (Pfister) (Kahr) Konan, a daughter of Rita Beryl (Stone) Pfister (1913-1999), who was a daughter of Rolland Lloyd Stone (bc1895-1972) and Lena Belle (Wetherall) Stone (1894-1944), who was buried as Belle Stone. Lena Belle was Mary Sydna's 2nd younger sister, so Rita Pfister and Faye Kool are 1st cousins, Faye Konan and Mary Kool are 2nd cousins (with this writer William Wetherall), and Faye Kool and Faye Konan are 1st cousins once removed.
    1. The 1900 census shows Mary S. Wetherall (11), born July 1888, a daughter of William and Laura Wetherall.
    2. The 1910 census shows Sydna M. Wynn (21) as the wife of John E. Wynn (25), a laborer who did odd jobs, living at 406 Robinson Street in Knoxville, with a Missouri-born daughter, Isadore M. Wynn (7/12), and William Miller (56), a boarder who worked as a coal wagon driver.
    3. The 1920 census shows Sydna Wynn (32) as a housekeeper, widowed, living at 406 Robinson Street with two daughters, Missouri-born Myrle (10), and Iowa-born Faye (6), in the household of William Miller (65), a single truck farmer.
    4. The 1925 Iowa census shows Sydna and her daughters still living at 406 Robinson Street with William Miller, but Sydna and William are listed as heads of separate households. Myrle was born in Moberly, Missouri, and Faye in Knoxville, Iowa.
    5. The 1930 census for Knoxville shows Sydna (41) as the wife of Earl Brady (46), a farmer, with Fay [sic = Faye] Wynn (16), Earl's stepdaughter. Earl and Sydna were respectively 23 and 22 at the time of their 1st marriages.
    6. The 1940 census for Knoxville shows Sydna M. (51) as the wife of Earl W. Brady (56), a farm operator. Both had completed 8-year grade-school educations.
    7. On 22 September 1954, "Sydna Brady" of Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa submitted an application for a "Delayed Certificate of Birth" on behalf of herself as "Mary Sydna Wetherall" born 30 July 1888 to "Wm. F. [Franklin] Wetherall" and "Laura Bell [sic] Beaman". Supporting evidence included a Marion County Clerk's Marriage Record dated 21 March 1928 and a Family Bible Record dated 1898. The documents were examined and the application was approved on the day it was submitted, and the certificate was filed by the county registrar on 12 October 1954.
  3. William R. Wetherall (WRW) married Ida Mae Baldwin (1890-1923) in Seward, Nebraska, in 1910 and they had 1 child. In 1921 he married Nellie Marie Van Houton (1898-1966) in Des Moines, Iowa, and they had 4 children. See 2. Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton and related families for details.
  4. Bertha or "Bert" married Lyman B. Masteller on 22 September 1909. They had 2 children.
    1. Roland Wayne Masteller, born 19 February 1913 in Dodgen, North Dakota, died 8 April 1986 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Sometimes called Wayne, sometimes Roland or Roland W. Place of burial unknown.
    2. Sylda C. Masteller, born 4 January 1915 in Marion County, Iowa, died 16 March 1915 in Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa. Lived only 3 months. Reportedly buried in Knoxville.

    Census records reveal the following details.
    1. The 1910 census shows Bertha (17) and Lyman (24), a farm laborer, living in Knoxville with a male boarder (51).
    2. Lyman's 12 September 1918 draft registration card shows him as a truck driver for S.L. Collins Oil Co. in Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, his nearest relative Bertha Leota Masteller, living with him at the same Centerville address.
    3. The 1920 census shows Bertha (27) and Lyman (34), a truck driver, living in Centerville with their son Wayne (6), who was born in North Dakota.
    4. The 1930 census shows Bertha (37) back in Knoxville, divorced, a restaurant waitress, with Wayne (16).
    5. The 1930 census shows Lyman (43) in Des Moines, divorced, no occupation, living with his parents, Charles H. (70), a farmer, and Amanda (66), no occupation, and 2 younger brothers, both single, Edd B. (36), an oil station attendant, and Worth G. (24), no occupation. Later records show that Lyman would remarry at least twice.
    6. The 1940 census shows Bertha (47) as the wife of John D. Dainty (44), a manager for an oil company, in Marshfield in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, where they had been living in 1935. Wayne Masteller (27), John's stepson, is listed as a news worker. Bertha had finished 8 years of grade school, John and Wayne 2 years of high school.
      1. John Dainty (1895-1964) was an older brother of Wilbert Dainty, who married Bertha's youngest sister Alice (see below). John, like Bertha, had previously been married. He and his first wife, Lucinda "Louie" Dainty (1896-1982), had two daughters, Dorothy and Darlene.
    Bertha and John are buried together in Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville. Lucinda "Louie" Dainty, who did not remarry, is also buried there. Lucinda's and John's younger daughter Darlene E. Dainty (1928-1938), who died when 9, is buried there, as are a number of other Daintys, including John and Wilbert's parents, Reverend David Daniel Dainty (1874-1941) and Lucinda (Shirey) Dainty (1877-1962), who share the same headstone.
  5. Lena (or "Belle" as she was commonly called) married Rolland Lloyd (Rolland L, R.L., "Rollie") Stone on 22 May 1912 in Knoxville, Iowa, and they had 1 daughter, Rita (b1914). Rolland was born in Kansas on 15 September 1891.
    1. Rolland's miltary service Registration Card, signed in Polk County, Iowa, on 5 June 1919 -- 7 months after the signing of the amistice ending the World War, later called World War I -- gives his name as "Roolland Loyd Stone", but he signs "Rolland Loyd [sic] Stone". According to card, he was 25, but was born in Morland, Kansas, on 15 September 1892, which would have made him 26 when he signed the card.
      1. The 1900 census gives Rolland's birth as "Sep 1891". And his ages on the 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 censuses favor 1891. Social Security and other records also show 15 September 1891. Of interest, though, is his D.S.S. Form 1 Registration Card, signed in Fond du Lac on 25 April 1942 as "Rolland Lloyd Stone". The card says that he was married to "Belle Stone" and was 51, but he was born in "Moorland" [sic = Morland] in Kansas on 15 September 1892 -- which would make him 50. Did Rolland not know his year of birth? Did he or registrars not notice the age discrepancy? His 1872 obituary states 15 September 1891.
      2. The 1920 census shows Rolland L. (28), a salesman of electric supplies, with his wife Lena B. (25), and their daughter "Rhita B." (6), living in Des Moines in Polk County, Iowa.
        1. Rolland was born in Kansas to Iowa-born parents, Lena in Iowa to Iowa-born parents, and Rhita in North Dakota.
      3. A 1924 city directory shows Rolland L. Stone as a "trav agt" and "Bell" residing in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
      4. The 1925 Iowa census shows Roland L. Stone [sic = Rolland] (33), Lena (30), and "Rheta B." (possibly "Rhita B.") (11) living in Wahkonsa [Fort Dodge] in Webster County, Iowa. City directories show her as Lena, Belle, and Lina B.
        1. A detailed survey of their and their parents' places of birth show that Rolland was born in Palco, Kansas, to an Indiana-born father and a Knoxville, Iowa-born mother, while Lena was born in Knoxville in Marion County, Iowa, to Iowa-born parents, and Rita was born in Dayton, North Dakota. Rolland and Lena were reportedly married in Knoxville.
      5. The 1925 and 1926 Fort Dodge directories shows Rolland L. Stone as a "trav slsmn" and "Belle" still residing in the town at the same address as in 1924.
      6. The 1930 census shows Roland L. Stone [sic = Rolland] (39), Lena (36), and Rita B. (17) living in Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin. Roland was 21 and Lena was 18 when married.
        1. Rolland was born in Iowa to a Kentucky-born father and Iowa-born mother, Lena was born in Iowa to a Pennsylvania-born father and a Minnesota-born mother, and Rita was born in North Dakota.
      7. A 1931 city directory shows Rolland L. Stone as a "slsmn" and "Lena B." in Madison, Wisconsin.
      8. A 1932 directory shows Rolland L. Stone as a "slsmn" and "L. Belle" in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
      9. The 1940 census shows Rolland Stone (48), a salesman (wholesale, washing machines, etc.) with an 8-year grade-school education, and his wife Lena (46), with a 4-year high school education, living in Fond du Lac, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. They were living at the same address in 1935.
      10. A 1943 directory shows "Stone Rolland L" as a "trav" [traveling salesman] and "Lena B" in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
    2. Lena died in Fond du Lac on 13 November 1944. But was buried in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville as "Belle Stone".
    3. Rolland remarried Helene Marie Sabo on 17 March 1945.
      1. The 1953 and 1955 directories for Fond du Lac show Rolland L Stone, a salesman, married to Helen M. Stone. He was still in Fond du Lac in 1959.
      2. Rolland, born on 15 September 1891 in Morland, Kansas, died in Fond du Lac on 6 April 1972. He is buried in Ledgeview Memorial Park in Fond du Lac.
      3. Helene, born on 13 December 1909 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, died in a Green Bay nursing home on 5 March 1999 . But she is buried in Fond du Lac -- presumably with Rolland.
  6. "Georgia Myrtle" is name on an Ancestry.com transciption of an unconfirmed Iowa birth index which says she was born on 16 February 1898. She is just "Myrle" (not "Myrtle") on the headstone of her grave in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville, which says she died in 1899. The 1900 census states that Laura had given birth to 6 children, 5 of whom were still living, and lists 5 children in the household (see below).
  7. Jeremiah Alexander is enumerated as "Jeremiah P. Wetherall" on the 1900 nationwide census, as "Gerry" on the 1905 Iowa state census, and as "Jerry" or "Jerry A." on later censuses. He married Anna Maye Rodgers on 18 May 1921.
    WBW knew him as "Uncle Jerry" (see "4.6 Wetherall-Rodgers" below).
  8. Annetta Alice, generally called "Alice", was 16 at time of the 1920 census, which shows her living with her parents, William and Laura Wetherall, at their Knoxville home with her 9-year-old nephew William Wetherall (WBW), and her maternal grandfather (and WBW's paternal-maternal great grandfather) G.W. Beaman. Alice was briefly married to Bill Evans but later married and had 3 children with Wilbert Dainty.
    WBW knew Alice as "Aunt Alice" (see "4.7 Wetherall-Evans-Dainty" below).

William B. Wetherall's recollection

William B. Wetherall lived in Knoxville, Iowa, with his Wetherall-Beaman grandparents, William F. and Laura Wetherall, while attending grade school in Knoxville from 1917 to 1924. When talking to this writer (his son) in 2010 about the family, he recalled 6 children -- (1) Aunt Sydna, later Wynn, (2) Aunt Belle, later Stone, who had a daughter "Rita", his cousin, (3) Aunt Bertha or "Bert", later Masteller, then Dainty, (4) William Riley, his father, (5) "Uncle Jerry" (see below), who he characterized as "an auto mechanic, bootlegger, and farmer", and (6) "Aunt Alice" (see below), who had married Wilbert or "Bill" Dainty, after an earlier marriage to Bill Evans.

WBW had these names in his head. He'd been closest to Alice because she was still in her teens and living at the Wetherall home in Knoxville when his father, William R., left him to the care of William F. and Laura in 1917. She was also the most familiar to us, his Wetherall family, because we had stayed at the Dainty home in Knoxville, with Alice, Bill, and their children, when going to Iowa in the summer of 1958 for a family reunion. On that trip, we also met Sydna, Bertha, and Bertha's husband John Dainty, Bill Dainty's brother.

Why WBW remembered his cousin "Rita" is not clear. She was born in North Dakota, and was about 3 in 1917 when Bill began living in Knoxville at age 6. She herself was 6 in 1920 when her parents were in Des Moines. WBW lived in Des Moines from 1924 to 1928. By 1925, she and her parents are in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and by 1930, at 17, she is living with them in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. So it is not clear that WBW ever met Rita. I'd never heard him speak of her before 2010.


William Franklin Wetherall William F. Wetherall's obituary
Cropped from copy in Wetherall Family Collection
of copy from Kathy Wetherall attributed to
"Knoxville Gene. Soc."

William Franklin Wetherall (1858-1929)

William F. Wetherall (WFW) was born, raised, and lived his entire life in Marion County, Iowa, first on his father's farm in Washington, then in Knoxville after his father moved there in 1880.

William B. Wetherall (WBW) reported in 2010 that William F. Wetherall (WFW), his paternal grandfather, worked for The Knoxville Journal, a local newspaper, first as a sweeper, later as a collector. WBW said his father, William R. Wetherall (WRW), started working for the paper after graduating from the 8th grade. He said his father became a compositor and did other work at the paper before working at print shops and magazine and newspaper publishers elsewhere in Iowa and Idaho.

WBW's 2010 account of his grandfather's work at the newspaper is consistent with occupations stated on available censuses. The 1880 census shows him as a farmer just before his move to Knoxville, at which point his own father briefly educated a Knoxville newspaper. The 1900 census his as a laborer, and the 1920 states he was a solicitor for newspaper subscriptions.

In 2013, Mary Sue Ryswyk reported that, according to Mary Wells, WBW's younger half-sister through WRW's second marriage, her grandfather "William Franklin Wetherall worked in the newspaper business too. He worked for the Knoxville Express, a democratic paper. The Knoxville Journal was a republican paper."

Whether WFW worked for the Journal or the Express has not yet been confirmed. His father, William Edwin Wetherall (WEW), however, had been an editor for the Journal, not the Express. WEW's obituary appeared in both papers, but the Knoxville Journal gave his obituary considerably more space and clearly stated that he had once been it's editor (see below).

WFW's personality

Mary Wells, who was about 6 years old when William F. Wetherall died in 1929, remembered her paternal grandfather as a man with a sense of humor, according to her daughter-in-law, Mary Van Ryswyk (email, 28 August 2013).

One memory Mary has of William Franklin was his love of gardening. She chucked as she told the story of Grandpa planting onions one day while his son, Jerry, daughter Betty Ruth [sic = son Jerry's daughter Betty Ruthe] pulled them up as fast as WF could put them in the ground. When he finally turned around and saw what this 3 year old scamp was doing he laughed and laughed.

Mary, born on 13 October 1922, was 10 months younger than Betty, her first cousin, born on 4 January 1922. Mary, too, would have been about 3 at the time Betty pulled up WFW's onions, apparently in 1925. Betty was then living in Lacona, Iowa, and Mary was living in Des Moines. Possibly both were visiting their grandparents in Knoxville that year and Mary has an early memory of the incident. More likely, though, Mary was retelling a story she later heard from Laura.

WFW raised homing pigeons according to his grandson WBW, my father, and a surviving photograph documents him holding a white dove (see gallery below). He himself smoked a pipe and apparently also taught Laura to smoke one (see gallery under "Laura B. Wetherall" below).

Death certificate

A scan of an "Original / Standard Certificate of Death" states that "William Franklin Wetherall" died of "Cerebral Hemorrhage" in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa on 1 February 1929, having been attended by the physician since 27 January 1929. He was born on 28 February 1958 in Iowa to "William E. Weatherall" ("a" is overstruck) born in Maryland, and "Mary S. Hall" born in Pennsylvania, and was 70 years, 11 months, 3 days old at the time of his death. He was the husband of "Laura Beaman Wetherall" and a "Solicitor" by occupation. The informant was (his son) "William R. Wetherall" of Des Moines, Iowa. He was buried on 3 February 1929 in Graceland Cemetery by undertakers Roberts & Evans of Knoxville.


Laura Belle Wetherall Laura B. Wetherall's obituary
Cropped from copy in Wetherall Family Collection
of copy from Kathy Wetherall attributed to
"Knoxville Gene. Soc."

Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall

Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall spent was born in Iowa and spent her entire life in the state, most of it in Knoxville. Her earliest occupation on record is that of a domestic servant, at age 14, in the household of a Knoxville physician (1880 census). She appears to have completed only 4 years of grade school (1940 census).

I have no statistics on education in late 19th-century Iowa farming communities, but I would guess that most children completed 6 years years of schooling before starting to work in their early teens. Poverty may have forced the Beamans to send Laura out to work, possibly before she was 14.

The 1880 census shows occupations for all people 12 years old and older. The census shows William B. Wetherall's maternal grandfather, "Newton B. Baldwin" (19), living in Jackson County, Kentucky, with his parents and 8 younger siblings. Bascum, his father, and the 3 oldest of his younger brothers (16, 13, 12) are enumerated as laborers, probably in a coal mine. His mother is keeping house.

Laura by all accounts was a lively personality

"Laura Beaman Wetherall loved to dance and laugh and have fun," according to Mary Wells, her granddaughter. "Mary remembers that her husband, James Van Ryswyk, really loved Laura and would dance with her. Laura was always full of fun." (Email, Mary Sue Van Ryswyk, 28 August 2013)


Wetherall-Beaman children

William F. and Laura (Beaman) Wetherall had 5 daughters and 2 sons. That 1 of the 7 would die shortly after birth was statistically not unusual at the time, when infant mortality rates were still fairly high. However, that 4 of the 6 surviving Wetherall-Beaman children would marry more than once, three of them after divroces, was unusual.

Only Lena and Jerry would marry only once. Sydna would remarry after her 1st husband died. William R. would remarry after divorcing his 1st wife. And both Bertha and Alice would divorce their 1st husbands and remarry men who were brothers.


William R. was the only Wetherall-Beaman sibling who had children from both of his marriages -- 1 child, William B. Wetherall, with his 1st wife, and 4 children with his 2nd. Sydna had 2 children, and Bertha had 1 child, with their 1st husbands but none with their 2nd. Alice had no children with her 1st husband but 3 with her second. Lena had 1 child, and Jerry, the most productive, had 7.

Sydna, Bertha, and Alice

Synda, the 1st Wetherall-Beaman child, born in 1888, and Bertha, the 3rd child, born in 1892, married Knoxville men with whom they then lived elsewhere. Within 10 years of her 1st marriage, Sydna returned to Knoxville a widow with 2 children, then remarried and remained in Knoxville. Bertha, after divorcing her 1st husband, returned to Knoxville with her child, and also remarried and remained in Knoxville.

Alice, born in 1904 the 7th and last Wetherall-Beaman child, was the only child who would always live in Knoxville. According to her daughter Thayne (Dainty) Ireland, as reported by Mary Sue Ryswyk, "[her 1st husband] Bill Evans was having an affair, Alice found out about it, and her father [William F. Wetherall] told her not to put up with that, so she filed for divorce" (email, 28 November 2013). Alice remarried Wilbert Dainty, the younger brother of Bertha's 2nd husband, John Dainty.

Socially, the three sisters appear to have remained very close (see "Wetherall-Beaman children" gallery below).

William R. Wetherall

William R. Wetherall, born in 1890, the 2nd Wetherall-Beaman child and the 1st of 2 sons, appears to have been happily married to Ida until the birth of William B. Wetherall in 1911. Several months later, Ida was confined to an insane assylum, leaving WRW to care for WBW with the help of first her parents, then his parents, and finally Nellie, his 2nd wife (see "Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton" family page for details).

Jerry A. Wetherall

Jerry Alexander Wetherall, the youngest, appears as "Jeremiah" in the 1900 census taken just months after his birth. Though Jerry A. was 9 years younger than his brother William R., they seem to have remained in touch when older. William R.'s children, including my father William B. Wetherall, and Mary (Wetherall) (Van Ryswyk) Wells, remember him as "Uncle Jerry" (see below).


4.6 Wetherall-Rodgers

Jerry A. Wetherall and Anna Maye Rodgers

Table 4.6   Jerry A. Wetherall and Anna M. (Rodgers) Wetherall family
Table Name Birth Death Age Born Died Buried Vocation
T4 0 Jeremiah Alexander Wetherall 16 Dec 1899 1 Feb 1941 41 Knoxville IA Lodi WI Knoxville IA Farmer
0 Anna Maye Rodgers 16 Sep 1899 12 Feb 1967 67 Lacona IA Lodi WI Knoxville IA Housework
1 Betty Ruthe (Bishop) 4 Jan 1922 20 Jun 2005 83 Lacona IA Lacona IA Lacona IA Cook
2 Homer Edward Wetherall 1 Jun 1926 13 Oct 1958 32 Lacona IA Marbache France Mt Pleasant Cem WI Pilot
3 Harris Edwin Wetherall 1 Jun 1926 25 Nov 1999 73 Lacona IA Lodi WI Mt Pleasant Cem WI
4 Norma Jane (Brager) c1931 18 Jun 1992 abt 61 Lacona IA Dane Co WI
5 Edna Belle (Gallagher) 22 Feb 1932 10 May 2012 80 Lacona IA Lodi WI St Patrick's Catholic Cem WI
6 William Roger Wetherall 27 Jul 1936 29 Feb 1992 55 Lacona IA Walworth WI Mt Pleasant Cem WI
7 Jerry J. Wetherall Oct 1937 aft 2012 Lacona IA
JAW family
JAW family Crop from snapshot of Wetherall-Rogers family taken in 1946 and notation on back by Anna Maye
Print sent to Jerry A. Wetherall's nephew William B. Wetherall
JAW died the following year
Wetherall Family photo
  1. Jerry A. Wetherall of Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, and Anna Maye Rodgers, of Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, were married in Lancaster, Schuyler County, Missouri, on 18 May 1921, according to their marriage license.
    All of their children were born in Lacona in Warren County, Iowa The family moved to the the Lodi area of Columbia County in Wisconsin in 1941, according to Anna's obituary.
    Both Jerry and Anna died in Lodi, but apparently they are buried in Knoxville.
  2. Betty appears to have married Robert "Bob" Leo Bishop in the mid 1940s. They had 6 children (see Betty's obituary and the 1958 Iowa reunion gallery below).
  3. Homer took his first name from his maternal grandfather, Homer Edwin Rogers (1877-1955).
    Homer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was later an Air Force pilot. He died in 1958 when the plane he was co-piloting crashed (see below).
  4. Harris was presumably Homer's younger twin. He took his middle name from both his maternal grandfather and his paternal great grandfather, William Edwin Wetherall (1834-1914).
    On 2 April 1949 he married Hazel R. Gheri (1931-2006), and they share the same headstone at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Lodi, Wisconsin.
    Harris was wounded when serving in the Marine Corps during World War II (see below).
  5. Edna was called "Happy" by her amily and friends. She took her first name from her maternal grandmother, Sarah Sallie (Shupe) Rogers (1880-1961), and her middle name from her paternal grandmother, Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall (1866-c1943).
    She married Thomas Elisha Gallagher (d1977) on 26 December 1950.
    She was survived by 9 children, 17 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, but only one sibling, Jerry J. Wetherall.
  6. Norma married Alvin Brager, who survived her, and as of 2012 he was still alive.
  7. William's namesakes were his paternal grandfather William F. Wetherall, paternal uncle William R. Wetherall, and paternal 1st cousin #illiam B. Wetherall. His body was creamated, and his ashes were buried above Homer Wetherall's casket.
  8. Jerry became "Sandy" to his family and friends.

1940 census

Jerry and Anna had 7 children in the span if 16 years. All 7 are accounted for in the 1940 census, which shows the family living on a rented farm in Liberty in Lucas County, Iowa, and states that they had been living at the same place in 1935.

The 1935 residential data in the 1940 census suggests that Norma and Edna may have been born in Liberty, Lucas County, rather than in Lacona, Warren county.

Jerry Wetherall (40), the head, had completed 8 years of grade school. Anna Maye (40), his wife, had completed 4 years of high school. Occupation wise, he was farming on a farm, and she was doing housework on a farm. Living with them were their daughter Betty Ruthe (18), twin sons Homer E. (13) and Harris E. (13), daughters Norma J. (9) and Edna B. (8), and sons William R. (3) and Jerry J. (2).

Betty had completed 4 years of high school. Homer had completed 1 year of high school, but Harris had completed only 8 years of grade school, suggesting that Homer had jumped a year ahead of Harris, or Harris had fallen a year behind Homer.

Jerry A. Wetherall

In 1941, the year following the census, Jerry A. would die, leaving Anna to raise their 6 youngest children by herself. Jerry was "Uncle Jerry" to his nephew William B. Wetherall (see "Uncle Jerry" below).

Anna Maye (Rodgers) Wetherall

Anna died in Lodi, Wisconsin, but is buried in Knoxville, Iowa, according to the following unsourced 1967 obituary posted on IAGenWeb's Marion County Iowa Obituaries website.

Anna Maye (Rodgers) Wetherall (1899-1967)

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Maye Wetherall, who died Feb. 12 at Lodi, Wis., were held there with prayer service at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home here on Feb. 15. Rev. William Travis officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery.

Anna Maye Rodgers was born Sept. 16, 1899 at Lacona. She was united in marriage to Jerry A. Wetherall on May 13, 1921 and moves [sic] to the Lodi area in 1941. She was a member of the Christian Church, Rebekah Lodge of Lacona, and Lodi American Legion Auxiliary. Her husband and one son, Homer, who died in 1958 in an air force [sic] accident in France, preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Robert Bishop of Lacona, Mrs. Alvin Brager and Mrs. Thomas Gallagher of Lodi, three sons, Harris of Lodi, Roger of Whitewater, Wis., and Jerry of Algonquin, Ill; 24 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one brother, Gerold E. Rodgers of Des Moines.

Marion County Newspapers 1967

See "Homer Wetherall" below for Homer Wetherall's obituary and particulars about the "air force accident" in which he died.

Bette Ruth (Wetherall) Bishop

Betty Ruthe died in Lacona in Warren County, Iowa, in 2005 according to the following 2 obituaries. The 1st, unsources, was posted in July 2005 on IAGenWeb's Marion County Iowa Obituaries website. The 2nd, attributed to The Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune, an Indianola, Warren County, Iowa newspaper, was posted in July 2013 on IAGenWeb's Warren County Iowa Obituaries website.

Robert Bishop obituary The Des Moines Register
Friday, 23 September 1988, page 13M
Copped and resized from

Betty Ruthe (Wetherall) Bishop (1922-2005)

Marion County IAGenWeb version

Betty Bishop, 83, died June 20, 2005 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23 at Lacona United Methodist Church with burial at Cochran Cemetery in Lacona.

Betty (Wetherall) Bishop was born January 4, 1922 in Lacona, Iowa and was a retired cook at SEW High School. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge, Lacona United Methodist Church, and the UMW.

Betty enjoyed her family, cooking, canning, gardening, and her cat Boots.

She is survived by sons, Donald (Loretta) of Swaledale, IA and David (Tammy) Bishop of Lacona; daughters, Nancy Bishop of Oskaloosa, Judith (Mike) Williams of Carlisle; and Elizabeth (Silas) Andersen of Lacona; brother, Jerry (Sandy) Wetherall of Sussex, Wisconsin; sister, Happy Gallagher of Lodi, Wisconsin; sister-in-law and special friend, Wilda Clark of Lacona; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 1971; son, Bob Bishop; grandson, Brian Bishop; siblings, Roger Wetherall, Norma Brager, Harris Wetherall, and Homer Wetherall.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Lacona. Memorials may be sent to her church.

Warren County IAGenWeb version

Betty Bishop, 83, of Lacona, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services were June 23 at Lacona United Methodist Church with burial at Cochran Cemetery in Lacona.

Mrs. Bishop was born Jan. 4, 1922, in Lacona and was a retired cook at Southeast Warren High School. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge in Lacona, United Methodist Church, and the UMW.

She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and her cat.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; son, Bob; grandson, Brian Bishop; siblings, Roger Wetherall, Norma Brager, Harris Wetherall and Homer Wetherall.

Survivors include her sons, Donald of Swaledale and David of Lacona; daughters, Nancy Bishop of Oskaloosa, Judith Williams of Carlisle and Elizabeth Anderson of Lacona; brother, Jerry Wetherall of Sussex, Wis.; sister, Happy Gallagher of Lodi, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to her church.

Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Lacona handled arrangements.

The newspaper clipping to the right is the obituary of Bette Ruth's "son, Bob" reported as having preceded her in death. Mary Sue Van Ryswyk, a 1st cousin-in-law of mine living in Carlisle, reported to me "[Regarding the] Betty Ruthe Wetherall & Robert Leo Bishop family" -- I only know of one of their children, Robert Joseph Bishop who lived here in Carlisle. He was riding his motorcycle and was hit by a car and killed instantly in 1988, I believe the date is correct" (Email 12 November 2013). The date was correct.

Among the 6 Wetherall-Rodgers children who survived Anna Maye in 1967, Roger, Norma, and Harris had died by the time Betty died in 2005, and only 2 would survive Betty -- Edna (Happy) and Jerry (Sandy).

Edna Belle (Wetherall) Gallagher

Edna died in Lodi, Wisconsin, on 10 May 2012. The following obituary of Bette Ruth, dated Sunday, 13 May 2012, was posted on Keysnews.com, the website of The Keys West Citizen.


LODI -- "Happy" Edna B. Gallagher, age 80, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012. She was born on February 22, 1932, in Lacona, Iowa, the daughter of Jerry and Anna Mae Wetherall. Edna was united in marriage to Thomas Elisha Gallagher on December 26, 1950. She had a variety of interests including cooking, curling, hunting, playing cards, golfing, fishing and was an avid Brewers and Packers fan, but treasured most the time spent with her family and friends. Edna is survived by nine children, Jerry T. (Sharon), Mary L. (Todd) Gallagher, Patrick A. (Robin), Michael D., James E. (Jean), Clyde R., Elizabeth A. Ryan (Michael), Joseph B., and Tony(Amy); 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry (Sandy) Wetherall and a brother-in-law, Alvin Brager. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Thomas Gallagher in 1971, three brothers, Homer, Harris, and Roger, and two sisters, Betty Bishop and Norma Brager. Memorial services will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 521 Fair Street, Lodi at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 with Father Francisco Higuera presiding. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Hamre Gunderson Funeral & Cremation Care, 157 S. Main St., Lodi from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, where a rosary will begin at 3:00 PM. Friends and family may also call on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the church. Happy requested that no flowers be sent. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the residents of Pleasant Valley Apartments and to Agrace HospiceCare for the wonderful care they gave to Happy.

At the time of this writing, only Jerry "Sandy" Wetherall, the youngest of the Wetherall-Rodgers siblings, survives.


Jeremiah Alexander Wetherall (Uncle Jerry)

Jerry A. Wetherall appears to have been a very versitile man. William B. Wetherall, who called him "Uncle Jerry", characterized him in 2010 as "an auto mechanic, bootlegger, and farmer". WBW, possibly inspired by his liking of Uncle Jerry, named his second son, my brother, Jerry. My brother, too, is "Jerry A.", and he's "Uncle Jerry" to his nephews and nieces, but his middle name, of unknown inspiration, is Alan.

WBW's association with Uncle Jerry's family extended to his children, especially Homer, who visited our family at least once and possibly twice (see below).

Uncle Jerry

"Uncle Jerry" was "Jeremiah P. Wetherall" on the 1900 census, enumerated in Knoxville, Iowa, on 2 June 1900, at which time Jerry was 5 months old. He was "Gerry" on the 1905 Iowa state census, and "Jerry" or "Jerry A." on later censuses.

WBW reported that Jerry's wife was Anna Maye Rodgers. He also identified portraits of three of Jerry's and Anna's children, his 1st cousins, Homer, Norma, and Edna. He recalled that Homer had a twin brother, Harris, and remarked that they were fraternal twins.

Regarding Homer, WBW said he had visited the Wetherall family in San Francisco during WWII while in the Navy. This writer, WOW, has vague memories of a visit from Homer during or shortly after the Korean War, in the early 1950s. Around that time he became an Air Force pilot, and that is how I remember him. Homer would be the most talked about of WBW's Knoxville relatives owing to the manner of his death in 1958 (see below).


Homer and Harris Wetherall

Homer and Harris were "fraternal" twins according to William B. Wetherall, my father, who knew their father as "Uncle Jerry". I do not know whether my father ever met Harris, but Homer visited our family San Francisco once while in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and again when he was in the U.S. Air Force. I don't remember the 1st visit, as I was too young, but I do remember the 2nd visit, when I was at an impressionable age and very interested in military aircraft.

I also remember when the news of Homer's death reached my father, with a clipping of an account of his crash in France in 1958. It came only a few months after our family reunion in Knoxville, though Homer's family was not present. I was a senior in high school, and I still at times try to imgaine what it was like to be in the cockpit.

Pictures of Homer, but not of Harris, survive among my father's photographs. And the clipping of Homer's death also survives.

Homer Edward Wetherall (1926-1958)

The following obituary for Homer Wetherall appeared in an unidentified newspaper clipping (Wetherall Family copy).

Air Force 1st Lt.
Homer Wetherall
Killed In France

The family and friends of Homer Wetherall were shocked to learn of his death on Monday, October 13, as the result of a jet plane crash in France. Mrs. Anna Mae Wetherall, the pilot's mother, was informed of the tragedy in a government telegram from Washington, D. C. which stated that further details of the "aircraft accident" would be disclosed in a letter to follow. Mrs. Wetherall had had no further word last evening.

A U.S. Air Force pilot, lst Lieut. Wetherall was serving with the 50th Flight Bomber Wing in France. He had served two years in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Since the Korean War he had been serving with the Air Force, three years in Japan and the past year in France. His last leave in Lodi [Wisconsin] was in August, 1957. He was 32 years old.

His survivors include his mother, three sisters, Mrs. Robert Bishop, Lacona, Ia.; Mrs. Alvin Brager, Jr. and Mrs. Tom Gallagher, Lodi; three brothers, Harris (his twin), Roger and Jerry, Jr., all of Lodi; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. H. E. Rodgers of Lacona, Iowa.

The following 6-page hand-written letter, from Robert A. Mays, Colonel, U.S.A.F., Base Commander of Toul-Rosieres Air Base in France, to Anna M. Wetherall in Lodi, Wisconsin, describes First Lieutenant Homer E. Wetherall's mission with another pilot in a T-33 jet trainer on Monday, 13 October 1958. The plane crashed near Marbache in the same Meurthe-et-Moselle department of the region of Lorraine as the air base. Lorraine is in the northeast of France on its borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. The base was used by American fighter and bomber aircraft during World War II, and was a front-line NATO base for the air forces of both France and the United States during the Cold War.

Homer Wetherall Headstone Application
Homer Wetherall Headstone Application Front and back of application for flat granite marker
Made by Anna Maye Wetherall on 27 October 1958
two weeks after Homer died in place crash
(Cropped and resized from Ancestry.com images)
Homer Wetherall headstone Homer Edward Wetherall (1936-1958)
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Lodi, Wisconsin
(Find a Grave photo by Karen)

50th Tactical Fighter Wing
Office of the Base Commander
APO 83, New York, N.Y.
15 Oct. 1958

Mrs. Anna M Wetherall
Rt #3, Box 179
Lodi Wisc.

Dear Mrs. Wetherall,

I realize that words cannot express the feelings in my heart and in the hearts of the many friends of your son, Ft. Lt. Homer E. Wetherall, AO2215131, who gave his life for his country. Jerry has been a member of my command for one and one half years. [ Rest of paragraph concerns "all of the characteristic American qualities" that Jerry exhibited during his service at the air base and how much he will be missed. ]

On Monday, 13 Oct 1958 Jerry and Ft. Lt. James G. Sephenson Jr. were scheduled to fly in a T-33 jet trainer. They planned their flight and took off at 1055. Lt. Stephenson was in the front seat and Jerry was in the rear seat. The weather was quite good for this area. There was a broken cloud layer extending from 1,800 feet to 6,000 feet. They reported to the local control tower when they reached the top of the clouds approximately five mintues after take-off. They were cleared to fly at 20,000 feet and to land in two hours. This was the last radio contact that our control tower had with them. Aproximately [sic] 35 minutes later the plane was sighted just below the cloud layer flying in an erratic manner. Then it dove into the ground. Lt. Stephanson parachuted from the plane but was too close to the ground and was killed when the chute failed to open completely. Jerry remained with the aircraft and was killed instantly upon hitting the ground.

[ Paragraph concerning Jerry's remains and personal effects. ]

The price of freedom is always dear. Jerry has joined the others who gave their lives to preserve the principles upon which our country was founded. We have committed ourselves to the task of accomplishing their noble aims, and trust that their lives have not been spent in vain. Please accept my heart-felt sympathy in your moment of bereavement.

Sincerely yours

Robert A. Mays
Colonel U.S.A.F.
Base Commander

It is, on the whole, a fairly standard-form condolence letter that required only changes of names, dates, and other such particulars -- which is not to diminish the feelings of those who have to write or read such letters.

Harris Edwin Wetherall (1926-1999

Harris Wetherall headstone Harris E. and Hazel R. Wetherall
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Lodi, Wisconsin
(Find a Grave photo by Scott Megow)

Harris Wetherall, Homer's presumably younger fraternal twin, married Hazel R. Gheri on 2 April 1949, as stated on the headstone they share at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Lodi, Wisconsin. The headstone shows the following inscriptions.

HARRIS E. / JUNE 1, 1926 / NOV. 25, 1999
APR 2. 1949
HAZEL R. / NOV. 19, 1931 / JAN. 9, 2006

The two linked circles on the cross above the date of their wedding signify that Harris and Hazel will be together forever in Christiandom -- as though to ammend the "until death do us part" clause of their wedding vows.

The "World War Two" marker to the left of Harris's inscription alludes to his service in the Marine Corps during the Second World War. World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945 lists him among those wounded as follows (Wisconsin Wounded, page 52).

WETHERALL, Harris Edwin, Pvt.,
USMC. Parents Mr. and Mrs.
Jerry A. Wetherall, Box 27, Okee.


4.7 Wetherall-Evans-Dainty

Annetta Alice (Wetherall) Evans and Wilbert A. Dainty

Table 4.7   Alice (Wetherall) (Evans) and Wilbert A. Dainty family
Notes Name Birth Death Age Born Died Buried Vocation
T4 0 Annetta Alice (Evans) (Dainty) 1903 26 Dec 1962 58/59 IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA Telephone operator
0 William B. Evans
0 Wilbert Allen Dainty 18 Jul 1902 18 Nov 1979 77 Knoxville IA Des Moines IA Graceland Cem IA Farmer
1 Willard Duane Dainty 12 Aug 1933 5 Jan 2010 76 Knoxville IA Carlisle IA Engineer
2 Wilda Thayne (Ireland) 27 Nov 1940 Knoxville IA
3 David Shiree Dainty 29 Sep 1942 5 Oct 1996 54 Knoxville IA Omaha NE Graceland Cem IA Mailman
  1. Census figures (see below) suggest that Alice married Bill Evans in 1922 or 1923 and married Wilbert Dainty in 1926 or 1927. Her marriage to Evans, which was childless, appears to have lasted only 3 or 4 years.
  2. Willard lived in Des Moines for a while after graduating from high school in Knoxville. He married Joyce Erb in 1959, and they settled in Carlisle and had 2 sons, Rick and Rod. Willard worked for Ford Motor Company and then Townsend Engineering. He was also a boating enthusiast and built his own hydroplanes. He died of bone cancer, and was survived by his wife, their sons, 3 grandchildren, and his sister Thayne.
  3. Thayne married Larry C. Ireland, with whom she had 3 children, Chad, Brook, and Sabra. Larry, a basketball coach in Ankeny, Iowa, for 38 years, died in March 2010. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sabra.
  4. David took his first name from his paternal grandfather, David Daniel Dainty (1874-1941), and his middle name from his paternal grandmother, Lucinda Dainty (1877-1962), nee Shirey. David died of carbon monoxide poisoning at his home in Omaha, Nebraska. His death was ruled a suicide. He is reported buried at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. He was survived by his wife Vicky, daughters Sunny and Terri, and his siblings Willard and Thayne.


Alice (Wetherall) (Evans) Dainty (Aunt Alice)

William B. Wetherall (WBW) reported to this writer, his son, in 2010, that "Aunt Alice" had been married to Bill Evans before she married Wilbert Dainty. William B. Evans was born around 1900. Wilbert Allen Dainty, aka "Will" or "Bill" according to WBW, was born on 18 July 1902 in Iowa and died on 18 November 1979 in Des Moines, Iowa.

A photograph of Alice in one of the albums she left her daughter Thayne (Dainty) Ireland is captioned "Nettie & Red" -- which led me to think that Alice might have been called "Nettie". But Alice turned out to be "Red" on account of her hair, and "Nettie" was one of her friends.

1920 and 1925 censuses

The 1920 census shows Wilbert A. Dainty (18), single, a coal miner, living with his parents in Knoxville. The same census shows Alice Wetherel [sic = Wetherall) (17), single, a telephone operator, living with her parents in Knoxville.

The 1925 Iowa state census shows Wilber A. [sic = Wilbert A.] (22) still living with his parents in Knoxville. Alice, however, has become Alice A. Evans (21), the wife of Wm. B. Evans (25), and they are living in their household in Knoxville.

1930 census

The April 1930 census lists Alice as Annetta A. Dainty (26), wife of Wilbert A. Dainty (27), living with Alice's mother, Laur [sic = Laura] B. Wetherall (64), widowed, at 2000 Pleasant Street in Knoxville. Laura was the stated head of household and owned the home, valued at 2,500 dollars. Wilert was a fireman in government service. Alice was a telephone operator in government service.

The 1930 census states that Alice was 19 and Wilbert was 24 when first married. Since Alice was then 26, she would have been born around 1903/4 and first married around 1922/1923. And Wilbert, then 27, would have been born around 1902/1903 and first married around 1926/1927.

In other words, Alice's marriage to Bill Evans must have broken up after only 3 or 4 years. They had no children.

Alice's daughter, Thayne, reportedly said that "Bill Evans was having an affair, Alice found out about it, and her father [William F. Wetheral] told her not to put up with that, so she filed for divorce" (email, Mary Sue Ryswyk, 28 November 2013).

1940 census

The April 1940 census shows the Daintys living at the same 2000 Pleasant Street address. Wilbert (37) is now the stated head of household and owner of the home. Annetta A. (36) is his wife, they now have a son, Willard D. (6). Laura Wetherall (74) is listed last as Wilbert's "mother" [sic = mother-in-law].

Wilbert had completed the 8th grade, Alice the 1st grade of high school, Willard the 1st grade, and Laura only the 4th grade.

Regarding the level of Laura's formal education, the 1880 census shows her living as a domestic servant with the family of a physician when she was 14 years old (see below).

Alice and Wilbert Dainty had two more children after Willard (1933-2010) -- Thayne (b1940) and David (b1942-1996).


Alice's husband, Wilbert Dainty, a younger brother of John D. Dainty, the oldest son of Daniel David Dainty (1874-1941) and Lucinda Dainty, nee Shirey (1877-1962). Daniel and Lucinda married in Knoxville on 1 September 1894, and they 8 children, including a set of fraternal twins. John was their 1st, and Wilbert was their 3rd, of 5 sons.

Daniel D. was a coal miner (1900 and 1910 censuses) then a truck farmer (1920 and 1930 censuses). His 12 September 1918 draft registration states he was a miner, stout, blue eyes, brown hair, and had lost an arm.

Wilbert Dainty, when 18, also worked in a coal mine (1920 census).

Daniel D.'s father, Daniel Dainty (1825-1897), was an immigrant from England. He naturalized on 16 October 1883 at the circuit court in Henry County, Illinois, while residing in Cambridge, Illinois. Daniel D.'s mother, Sarah Jane Dainty, nee Hixson (b1831, d1910s), was from Ohio, and his parents married in Ohio. Lucinda's father, John Shirey, was born in Indiana, and his mother, Elizabeth Wamsley, was born in Ohio, but they married in Iowa.

Both Daniel D. and Lucinda, though, were born in Iowa, he in Flagler, she in Union, both Marion County towns. They settled in Knoxville, though, also in Marion County, and all of their children were born there.


Willard Dainty (1933-2010

The Thursday, 7 January 2010 edition of The Des Moines Register carried the following obituary for Willard Dainty (Matro Edition page 7B, State Edition page 11A)

Willard Dainty obituary The Des Moines Register, Metro Edition
Thursday, 7 January 2010, page 7B
Original one-column image copped and cropped from Newspapers.com
Two-column image shown here created by splitting the original image


Willard (Will) Duane Dainty passed away on January 5, 2010, after a long battle with bone cancer.

Willard was born August 12, 1933 in Knoxville, Iowa to Wilbert and Alice Dainty. He spent all of his childhood years in Knoxville.

After graduating from Knoxville High School, he moved to Des Moines. He was united to marriage to Joyce Erb in 1959 and they made their home in Carlisle, Iowa. Willard worked for Ford Motor Company for several years and also worked for Townsend Engineering for twenty years retired in 1990 from Townsend. During his employment with Townsend, he and his wife were able to be part of their company trips traveling to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Las Vegas and several other wonderful places with many joyous memories.

Willard really enjoyed life and especially like [sic = liked] the time he spent with his wife at their cabin at Lake Rathbun. He loved boating, fishing and watching sunsets, but always had to be back to watch Nascar races on Sundays with his sons.

He also enjoyed special times with his two grand-daughters Darcy and Tiffany and his grandson Austin, who made him several drawings, which Willard treasured.

Willard was a very special person. He had several medical issues throughout his life yet always remained in good spirits and cheerful at all times. He truly loved people, and his family.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Joyce, sons Rick (Julie) Dainty of Carlisle, Tod Dainty of Indianola, three grandchildren, Austin, Darcy and Tiffany, and a sister Thayne (Larry) Ireland of Ankeny. Also nephew Chad Ireland, nieces Brook Ireland, Terri Dainty, and Sunny Dainty. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Alice Dainty, brother David Dainty, and a niece Sabra Ireland.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday January 8, 2010 at Peterson Funeral Home in Carlisle, with family present to greet friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., January 9, 2010 at the Carlisle United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Fire and Rescue Department. Online condolences may be made at www.petersonfunerals.com

Carlisle Funeral Home
Carlisle, Iowa


Wetherall-Beaman gallery

Sources of photographs

Photographs of the Wetherall-Beaman nuclear family are scarce. Most of the photos shown here are from collections accumulated by my father William B. Wetherall, his half-sister Mary Wells, and his paternal aunt Alice Dainty. A few others come from other descendants of the Wetherall-Beaman family.

Wetherall Family photos

Most of the photographs in my father's collection come from his mother's side, most from his maternal grandmother Ellen Baldwin, his maternal aunt Sadie (Baldwin) Williams, and his maternal 1st cousin Faye (Williams) (Mathews) Rebenstorf. Fewer come from his father's side, mainly from his paternal grandmother Laura (Beaman) Wetherall, his stepmother Nellie (Van Houton) (Wetherall), his paternal aunts Lena Belle (Wetherall) Stone and Alice (Wetherall) Dainty. The scans are mine.

Mary Wells Family photos

Mary (Wetherall) (Van Ryswyk) Wells (1922-2016) was the oldest and most settled of William B. Wetherall's 4 younger half-siblings. She appears to have received most of the photographs accumulated over the years from her mother, Nellie (Van Houton) Wetherall, who would have received them from Mary's paternal grandmother, Laura (Beaman) Wetherall. Scans of materials in Mary's collection were provided by her daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Van Ryswyk.

Alice Dainty's albums

Alice Dainty, nee Wetherall, the youngest Wetherall-Beaman child, was also the closest to her mother, Laura Wetherall, nee Beaman, with whom she lived after her marriage to Wilbert Dainty in the late 1920s and until Laura's death in the early 1940s.

Alice left 2 photo albums, which are now in the possession of her daughter, Thayne Ireland, a 1st cousin of my father, William B. Wetherall (WBW), and of Mary Wells, WBW's half-sister. Thayne, Mary, and Mary's daughter-in-law Mary Sue Ryswyk, met for lunch at Thayne's home late in November 2013, and Thayne loaned the albums to Mary Sue for scanning.

I do not have physical descriptions of the albums, but I have partical scans of all their pages, which appear to be about 10in x 14in -- two large for a letter-size scanner bed. It seems Album 1 had 10 pages and Album 2 has 30 pages, of black or blackish paper, with photographs on one side of each page. Practically all of the photographs are pasted on the pages, though some are affixed with corner mounts. The pictures in Album 1 are generally older, and those in Album 2 are generally more recent. Some related pictures are grouped together, but many (if not most) appear to be placed with little thought of thematic or temporal organization. Both albums had a few loose, unmounted photographs.

The vast majority of the photographs in the Dainty albums have no writing on them that can be seen. Thayne (born in 1940), and Mary (born in 1922), were unable to recognize all of the people and places. This left the identities of many photographs to the speculation of people like myself and Mary Sue -- and we were no better prepared to recognize people we had never seen and most likely would not have heard of had we been told who they were.

I had crossed paths with Alice, Thayne, Mary, and a few other Iowa relatives for only a few days in 1958. Mary Sue did not become a member of Mary's family until 1972. And neither of us began to seriously consider our respective family histories until rather recently, and had never heard of each other until 2013. Together we managed to figured out who some of the strangers in the photographs either had to be or most likely were, but for the most part our collaboration was tantamount to the blind leading the blind.

I use "the blind leading the blind" with apologies to blind people, who are probably better able than sighted people to lead each other. At least I have never heard of blind people leading each other to war -- never mind that nations seem to go to war because their leaders and nationals are blind to the alternatives.

The quality of scanning varies considerably according to the source. All scans of photos attributed to the Wetherall family are mine. All images attribted to Mary Wells are my compressions or resizings or crops of scans by Mary Sue Van Ryswyk. Most images of photographs from Alice Dainty's albums are my crops of Mary Sue's partial scans of album pages. She scanned most pages in 2 parts, some in 3 parts, merely to show the variety of pictures in the album -- which meant that not all pictures were fully captured. And many that were fully captured appear uneven because they were mounted unevenly.

Bill Farley's images

Bill Farley, in California, is the son-in-law of the late Jean Carroll Beaman (1928–2010), one of several keepers of the widely dispersed Beaman family keys. According to Bill, Jean compiled a large collection of images of Beaman photographs, and he shared with me both tiff and jpg versions of many images of the extended Beaman-Shoemaker family from Jean's collection.

Bill related that "an Elaine Hunter . . . has originals" of many of the images he sent me. He added, however, that he wasn't sure "where she falls in the Beaman tree" (email 29 September 2013).

See Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton family page for more about Elaine Hunter.

See also billfarley.net for a look at Bill's achievements, including a forthcoming biography (Spring 2018) of his great-great-granduncle, James A. Murray, an Irish capitalist he calls a "Radical Bonanza King".


Wetherall-Beaman gallery

William F. Wetherall

1. WFW at back door

2. WFW holding dove

3. WFW on running board

WFW at back door 1. William F. Wetherall at back door
Possibly at Knoxville home, 1920s
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
WFW holding dove 2. William F. Wetherall holding dove
Probably near Knoxville home, 1920s
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
WFW on running board 3. William F. Wetherall on running board
Place unknown, circa 1920s
(Alice Dainty Family photo)

1. WFW may have a small pipe in his mouth. Only the photographer knows where he's been or is going. He's not dressed for yard work, but I'll bet the shovel is covered with his and Laura's fingerprints.

2. William B. Wetherall, who lived with WFW and Laura from 1917-1924, reported in 2010 that his paternal grandfather raised homing pigeons.

3. There are several snapshots of WFW in or around this car with the children behind and wheel and other children, and a few adults.

William F. and Laura B. Wetherall

1. WFW and Laura embracing

2. WFW and Laura sitting on porch

3. WFW and Laura in yard with others

Laura embracing WFW's shoulder 1. "Mamma and Papa" embracing
Possibly at Knoxville home, 1920s
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
WFW and Laura sitting on porch 2. Laura and WFW sitting on porch
Probably of their Knoxville home, 1920s
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
WFW with Laura in yard with others 3. Laura and WFW with others in yard
Possibly of their Knoxville home, 1920s
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
WFW Laura embracing WFW Laura embracing

Print of photograph of WEW and Laura embracing with description on back
Handwriting appears to be that of WEW's sister Lena Belle Stone, who sent many family photos to her nephew William B. Wetherall, my father, many identified with comments like this in her very neat hand
Wetherall Family photo

  1. The "Momma & Papa" attribution is probably Alice Dainty's. Alice was the youngest of the Wetherall-Beaman children. She and Wilbert Dainty lived with Laura in the Wetherall-Beaman home after WFW's death, and Laura would be part of the Dainty household until her death.
  2. Laura and WFW, both of whom appear very thin in this picture, seem to be looking through photographs in a shoebox. If you cock an ear, you can hear them reminisce about the past and wonder where the years have gone.
  3. The woman on the left appears to be Laura, and the husky man in suspenders to her left seems to be WFW. The identities of the 2 younger men, and of the woman by WFW, are unknown. However, the woman by WFW bears a striking resemblance to him and might be his sister Nettie Anderson (see below). A hammock is strung between a couple of the several large trees by the house, which may or may not be the Wetherall-Beaman home.
    1. The picture was on page 9 in the 1st (thinner, older) of Alice Dainty's 2 photo albums, which has most of the older pictures, including some of William F. and Laura Wetherall -- a few of them together or of William F. alone, and several of Laura with others.
    2. I puzzled over the woman to the left, who looked to me very much like the elderly woman identified as "Nettie" on the back of a snapshot in my father's collection of family photographs (see "Aunt Nettie" below). Nettie, or Annette Anderson (1862-1947), was WFW's sister. She was 4 years younger than WFW, but she outlived everyone in her generation, and lived longer than 4 of WFW's and Laura's 7 children.
    3. Laura had a long neck, which in many of her pictures is crooked like the long neck of the woman my father called Nettie. So I began wondering if the woman identified as "Nettie" in the snapshot might actually have been Laura. Presumably my father would have known the difference. He lived with Laura and WFW for 7 or 8 years while going to grade school in Knoxville. But that was in the late 1910s and early 1920s, and he lived in Des Moines in the mid and late 1920s. Presumably he met Nettie during his years in Iowa. He left the state in 1928, and I have no idea if he had an opportunity to see Laura, much less Nettie, again.
    4. If the woman on the left and the man in suspenders are Laura and William F. Wetherall, then this picture, like others with WFW in them, had to have been taken before February 1929, when he died.


Laura B. Wetherall

1. Laura with brooch (1)

2. Laura with brooch (2)

3. Laura with graying temples

4. Laura wearing glasses

Laura Wetherall 1. Laura Wetherall
Brooch 1, circa 1900s
(Mary Wells Family photo)
Laura Wetherall 2. Laura Wetherall
Brooch 2, circa 1900s
(Mary Wells Family photo)
Laura Wetherall 3. Laura Wetherall
Graying temples, circa 1910s
(Wetherall Family photo)
Laura Wetherall 4. Laura Wetherall
Wearing glasses, circa 1910s
(Wetherall Family photo)

Portrait 1 is printed on a postcard.
Portrait 2 shows Laura wearing the same clothes as in Portrait 1 but with a different brooch. The two portraits seem to be of the same vintage.
Portrait 3 shows some graying along the temples.
Portrait 4, like most later photos, shows Laura wearing glasses.


Later photos of Laura B. Wetherall

1. Laura waving chicken leg

2. Laura arms akimbo

Laura Wetherall Laura Wetherall 1. Laura Wetherall waving chicken leg at picnic Laura Wetherall
Circa 1930s, Wetherall Family photos
2. Laura Wetherall arms akimbo in yard Laura Wetherall


Laura (Beaman) Wetherall Laura Wetherall as Indian
State Pocohontas leader, Circa 1890s
(Mary Wells Family photo)

Laura Wetherall as Pocahontas

The profile portrait to the right shows Laura dressed as an Indian maiden, presumably Pocohontas. Laura was apparently a member of the Degree of Pocahontas, the women's auxiliary of a fraternal organization called the Improved Order of Red Men, aka Redman's Lodge.

The roots of the fraternity go back to secret patriotic organizations founded in the late 18th century before the Revolutionary War. The founders are said to have modeled their democratic principles on those of the Iroquois Confederacy. The Society of Red Men was founded in 1813, after the War of 1812, by several offshoots of the earlier patriotic societies. In 1834 it was renamed the Improved Order of Red Men, and by the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were "tribes" in most states of the United States.

The Degree of Pocahontas was organized in 1885 as an affiliate of the Improved Order of Redmen. Its members closely associate with the ideals represented by Pocahontas (1595-1617), the much fabled and romanticized daughter of the chief of a confederation of Algonquian tribes that lived in the eastern reaches of what would become the English colony of Virginia. She is celebrated as having saved the life of John Smith (1580-1631), one of the original Jamestown settlers and leaders, and later is said to have become a Christian and married John Rolfe (1585–1622), who had started a tobacco plantation in the colony.

The portrait is probably related to the initiation ceremony, in which new adoptees are required to wear Indian or "Native American" regalia.


This writer, when a Cub Scout in San Franscisco, was pressed into playing Pocahantas in a skit performed at a Scout-O-Rama at the Cow Palace in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Being small, having black hair and tanning deeply, I appear to have been seen as a natural candidate for the role. My own fascination with Indian lore probably contributed to my enthusiasm. I clearly remember wearing what passed for an Indian buckskin dress and feathered headband. 60-odd years later, today, I may just be imagining being fussed over by my mother, who I believe had the honor of applying the lipstick while the other mothers and my fellow cub scouts laughed.

Laura sitting on the stoop

1. WFW smoking pipe in yard

2. Laura smoking pipe on stoop

3. Laura on stoop with WBW and Nellie (1)

4. Laura on stoop with WBW and Nellie (2)

WFW smoking pipe in yard 1. WFW smoking pipe in yard
Probably at Wetherall-Beaman home,
Knoxville, 1920s
(Mary Wells Family photo)
Laura smoking pipe on stoop 2. Laura smoking pipe on stoop
Probably at Wetherall-Beaman home,
Knoxville, 1921-1922
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
Three generations on stoop
Laura Wetherall (R) with
grandson William B. Wetherall (C) and
daughter-in-law Nellie Wetherall (L)
Probably taken on same day as photo to left
at Wetherall-Beaman home circa 1921-1922
Laura on stoop with Nellie and WBW 3. Three stooges (Wetherall Family photo)
Laura on stoop with Nellie and WBW 4. Three stooges (Wetherall Family photo)

1. William F. Wetherall (WFW) is making a fashion statement while smoking a pipe, possibly in the yard outside the backdoor of his Knoxville home. There appears to be a themometer on the window frame.

2. Laura B. Wetherall (LBW) is making a political statement while smoking a pipe on the stoop of her home in knoxville.

Mary (Wetherall) (Van Ryswyk) Wells, Laura and William F. Wetherall's granddaughter, related that WFW had taught Laura how to smoke a pipe during the long winter nights. "Of course she wanted no one to know she smoked the pipe so she hid it in her bathrobe pocket and would smoke it while in the bathroom" -- probably the outhouse, added Mary's daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Van Ryswyk (email, 28 August 2013). Yet here she is -- smoking in broad daylight while looking straight into the camera -- in front of at least the cameraman but possibly other witnesses, possibly her grandson and daughter-in-law (see Photographs 13 and 14).

3. 4. These photographs show Laura Wetherall sitting on the same stoop of the same porch as in Photograph 12, with her grandson, my father William B. Wetherall (WBW), and her daughter-in-law, WBW's stepmother, Nellie M. (Van Houton) Wetherall. Laura is wearing the same dress, and her hair is done the same way as in Photograph 12. The laundry in Photograph 12 has either been taken in or not yet been hung out, but the same objects are on the deck of the porch.

WBW was the only son of Laura and WFW's oldest son, William R. Wetherall, and Ida (Baldwin) Wetherall. He lived with his Wetherall grandparents in Knoxville while attending grade school from 1917 to 1924. Ida had been committed to an insane asylum in Idaho since around 1912, and WRW had registered for the draft in 1917 and brought WBW from Idaho to Iowa before he received his orders to report for duty later that year. In 1921, WRW, who was working in Des Moines while WBW was living in Knoxville, remarried Nellie, and their 1st child, Mary Wetherall -- later Van Ryswyk and the Wells -- was born in October 1922.

I am dating Photographs 2, 3, and 4 circa 1921-1922. WBW looks about 2 or 3 years younger than in photographs taken when he was in the 8th grade in 1924. He would live with his father and stepmother from 1924 to 1928 while attending high school in Des Moines.

What's going on these pictures?

Only Laura is looking at the camera. WBW and Nellie are averting their eyes, their thoughts apparently elsewhere.

The photographs is ideally suited for use in a psychological test of the kind in which you are shown a picture and asked to tell a story about what you see. Who are the people, why are they there, and what are they doing and thinking?

Do you see joy or enthusiasm? Relaxation, nonchalance, indifference, apathy, disinterest, boredom, anxiety, nervouness, discomfort, or disgust? About who or what?

Who's the photographer, and what is he or she saying?

"Look at the camera and smile . . . Willie, Nellie, look at the camera . . . Laura, smile . . . Come on, everyone, Cheeese! . . . Here goes anyway . . . One, two, three . . . [click] . . . [advances film] . . . Once more, for the record . . . Cheeese, pleese! . . . [click]."

My own projection

Nellie is visiting her Wetherall parents-in-law in Knoxville shortly after her marriage in Des Moines to William R. Wetherall (WRW) in 1921 when she was 23. Now possibly 1922, when she was 24 and expecting their 1st child, who would be Mary, Nellie is sitting with William B. Wetherall (WBW), 10 or 11, her husband's son from his 1st marriage.

WRW is behind the camera.

Nellie and WBW are not yet sure what to make of each other. Plans for him to live with his father and his father's new family in Des Moines from 1924 to 1928, while he attends high school there, may not yet have been made. Or perhaps his father and Nellie have talked about the possibility with Laura and WFW, but WBW doesn't yet know.

Or he knows but is not happy about the prospects.

Or maybe they have all just been to the county fair, and had a great time together, and are simply too exhausted to smile.


Wetherall-Beaman gallery

William F. and Laura Wetherall's children

To date I have found only the following portrait of the Wetherall-Beaman children, which appears to have been taken a couple of years before the birth of the 7th and last child, Jerry.

Wetherall-Beaman children Wetherall-Beaman children in 1900
(Mary Wells Family photo)
Wetherall-Beaman sisters Wetherall-Beaman sisters nlt 1957
(Alice Dainty Family photo)

Wetherall-Beaman children in 1900

William F. and Laura Wetherall had 7 children of whom 6 survived their childhood. By the 1900 census (see below), Laura had had 6 children, 1 of whom -- Georgia -- had died in infancy. All 5 other children at the time posed for the portrait shown to the right (Mary Wells Family photo, compliments of Mary Sue Van Ryswyk).

Standing    Sydna, William, Bertha
   Sitting    Lena, Jerry

The portrait was taken by Hartman & Heiny in Knoxville, Iowa, probably around the time of the 1900 census, at which time Jerry, the youngest, who born on 16 December 1899, was 5 months old. Alice, the 7th and last Wetherall-Beaman child, was born in 1904.

William R. Wetherall's left ear

The physical traits of the older children are clearly reconizeable in later photographs. William R.'s left ear, for example, protrudes a bit more than his right ear.

Hartman & Heiny

The photographer was Kirk Hartman, aka S.J.K. Hartman, Samuel J. Hartman, and Samuel K. Hartman (1859-1933). Census data shows him living in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1895, but in Knoxville, Iowa, in 1900 (photographer), 1905, and 1910 (optomitrist), and in Carthage, Illinois, in 1920 (photographer) and 1930 (photographer). City directories show that Hartman was a laborer before turning to photography, and that he worked for a number of studies before coming to Knoxville, apparently to open his own studio.

By the time Hartman left Knoxville, he had also established himself as an optometrist, a common co-vocation of photographers. At some point, his wife, Mary Etta, became his assistant.

Heiny is possibly Thomas Heiny, a dry goods dealer in Knoxville. The Hartman-Heiny partnership appears to have been very brief.

S.J.K. Hartman and Mary Hartman, and their son Clifford L. Hartman, are buried in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.

Wetherall-Beaman sisters when older

Only 3 of the Wetherall-Beaman children -- Sydna, Bertha, and Alice -- were still alive when the picture to the right was taken in the mid 1950s. The picture shows the sisters -- and Susie Wettlaufer, a Beaman-Shoemaker cousin -- from right to left as follows.

Sydna (Wetherall) (Wynn) Brady (1888-1967)
Bertha (Wetherall) (Masteller) Dainty (1892-1962)
Alice (Wetherall) (Evans) Dainty (c1904-1962)
Susie (Stoner) Wettlaufer (1888–1970)

Susie was a daughter of Magdalene (Beaman) Stoner (1860-1922), Laura (Beaman) Wetherall's older sister. As such she was a 1st cousin of the Wetherall-Beaman sisters. She was only 2 months older than Sydna. A number of photographs of Susie with her husband, Emerson Wettlaufer, are found in Alice Dainty's albums. Susie and Emerson, and an infant child, share the same headstone at Old Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone, Pipestone County, Minnesota.

WRW Lena 1919 WRW Lena 1919
WRW Lena 1919
Dainties Stones 1930s AboveLena Belle (Wetherall) Stone's writing describing herself as "I" with "Wm" -- her brother William Riley Wetherall -- in Des Moines about a year after he returned from Europe following the "Armistice in World War no. 1". The inscription characterizes her penmanship and grammar. It also dates the writing as between the start of World War II in 1939 (when "the War" or "the Great War" became "World War I") and her death in 1944.
BelowAlice (Wetherall) Dainty's description of herself as "Me" on the front, and her comments on the back, show a different style of writing and school of grammar, and also reflects her sense of humor. She is with her sisters Bertha and Lena, and their husbands John Dainty and Rolland Stone.
Dainties Stones 1930s


Wetherall-Beaman brothers

1. William R. and Jerry A. Wetherall

2. Bertha and John Dainty

3. Lena Stone with Blue Star Flag

Wetherall brothers 1. William R. Wetherall (L) and Jerry A. Wetherall (R)
Circa 1920-1921 when WRW was around 30 and JAW about 20.
Note WRW's trademark protruding left ear and curly light hair.
JAW had notably darker and thicker hair and heavier eyebrows.
(Mary Wells Family photo)
JAW with WRW, Helen, and Warren 2. JAW (L) with WRW (R)
Helen (L) and Warren (R)

(Mary Wells Family photo)
(Copy also in Wetherall Family Collection)
WRW with rifle 3. WRW with rifle but not feet
at soldierly port arms

Was it his or JAW's?
(Mary Wells Family photo)
WRW with family 4. WRW leaning on Nellie, who is holding Helen (3)
Mary (8) and Warren (6) are standing in front

1 February 1931, possibly in Des Moines
(Mary Wells Family photo)

1. The two brothers, dapper in their suits and vests, hands stuffed in their pockets, could be mistaken for a couple of hoodlums. The picture was probably taken around 1920 or 1921 -- a year or so after William R. Wetherall mustered out of the Army following the World War. He was drafted in the fall of 1917 and discharged in the spring of 1919 after serving a few months in Europe. He was living in Des Moines at the time and was possibly already dating Nellie, who he married in 1921. JAW also married in 1921. WRW is wearing glasses and his hair is still full fairly.

2. 4. These three pictures appear to have been taken a decade later on 2 February 1931. WRW's hair is beginning to thin beneath his fedora. JAW has sprouted a moustache and is sporting dark glasses underneath a very boxy flat-brimmed what? Warren seems to be wearing a boy's bowler and Helen a knit cap. Mary's hair, black like Nellie's, is bobbed in front.

3. The rifle is a bit of mystery. Was it WRW's or JAW's? What "triggered" its "shooting" at that particular place and time? Whoever the owner, WRW seems happy to be holding it. He only a couple of years out of the Army. He served in a field artillery unit, but his basic training would have included familiarization with conventional small arms, in particular the M1903 Springfield, a clip-loading bolt-action .30-06 calibre rifle.


Wetherall-Beaman sisters

1. Sydna and Earl Brady

2. Bertha and John Dainty

3. Lena Stone with Blue Star Flag

Sydna and Earl Brady 1. Sydna (Wetherall) and Earl Brady
Date, place, and occasion unknown
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
Bertha and John Dainty 2. Bertha (Wetherall) and John Dainty
Date, place, and occasion unknown
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
Lena Stone 3. Lena (Wetherall) Stone with Blue Star Flag
Circa early 1940s during World War II
Place and occasion unknown
(Alice Dainty Family photo)
Blue Star Flag Blue Star Flag
(Copped and cropped from eBay)

1. The occasion seems to have required that Earl wear a suit and vest. Sydna herself is better dressed than she might have been if only to visit the park with family members. Had they been to church? The identities of the child, and of the less formally dressed young man sitting on the lawn, are unknown. Sydna had 2 daughters, and Earl 1 daughter, from their 1st marriages. Is the young man a son-in-law, and the boy a grandson?

2. This would make a perfect card in a Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), which requires that you tell stories about what you see in a series of pictures. Will you see Bertha and John as happily arriving or happily leaving? Will you comment on what might be in bag Bertha is toting? Or on her unzipped boots? Or on John's gloves and what he might be fingering in his right hand?

3. The snapshot of Lena in front of a home with a Blue Star Flag in the window must have been taken between 1942 and 1944. The flag reads "Serving / Our Country". The star represents a son or husband in the military during, in this case, World War II. The United States didn't declare war on Germany and Italy until 11 December 1941, three days after it declared war on Japan. Flags like this would not have been seen until sometime in 1942, and Lena died in November 1944.

Is the Blue Star Flag an intentional or incidental part of the photograph? In other words, was Lena the only object of the shooting, or did she pose so as to include the flag?

Was the picture taken at her home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin? Or at the home of a Wetherall-Beaman, Wetherall-Hall, or Beaman-Shoemaker relatives? Or of a neighbor or friend?

Wetherall-Beaman men in World War II

Both Wetherall-Beaman sons had died by the time World War II began. As far as I know, none of the husbands of the Wetherall-Beaman daughters served in the military during this war.

However, at least three of William F. and Laura Wetherall's grandsons served.

  1. One of Sydna's sons-in-law may have served.
  2. William R. Wetherall's 1st son, William B. Wetherall, was about to be drafted when his employer, the Office of Price Administration, a wartime U.S. governnment agency, obtained a deferment on account of the greater need for his civilian legal service, which involved setting and enforcing price ceilings, and rationing.
    WRW's 2nd son, Warren Wetherall, served in the Army.
  3. Bertha's son, Wayne Masteller, might have served.
  4. Lena's son-in-law might have served.
  5. Jerry A. Wetherall's twin sons, Homer and Harris, served during the later phases of the war. Homer was in the U.S. Navy. Harris was wounded serving in the Marine Corps. One of more of his sons-in-law may have served.
  6. Alice didn't begin her family until the early 1930s.


Wetherall-Beaman sons, sons-in-law, and grandsons

Left to right

  1. Earl Brady -- Sydna Wetherall's 2nd husband (left)
  2. Floyd Amsberry -- Sydna's son-in-law
      Husband of Myrle Winn, Sydna's daughter with 1st husband John Wynn
  3. Wilbert Dainty -- Alice Wetherall's 2nd husband
  4. William Riley Wetherall (WRW) -- Sydna's brother
      Father of William Bascom Wetherall with 1st wife Ida Baldwin
  5. Warren Wetherall -- WRW's son with 2nd wife Nellie Van Houton Wetherall
  6. John Dainty -- Wilbert's brother, Bertha Wetherall's 2nd husband
  7. Mary Wetherall -- WRW's daughter with 2nd wife Nellie Van Houton
      Warren's sister, William Bascom Wetherall's half-sister
      Later wife of James Van Ryswyk, then of Jack Wells

At a picnic in Knoxville, Iowa, circa 1935
(Mary Wells Family photo)

Wetherall men in Knoxville


Three generations of Wetherall-Beaman women

Left to right

  1. Mary Van Ryswyk -- nee Wetherall, later Wells, WRW's and Nellie's daughter, WFW's and Laura's granddaughter, Sydna Brady's niece (left)
  2. Sydna Brady -- nee Wetherall, formerly Wynn, WFW's and Laura's daughter, WRW's sister, Mary's aunt
  3. Alice Dainty -- nee Wetherall, formerly Evans, WFW's and Laura's daughter, WRW's syster, Mary's aunt
  4. Helen Morrison -- nee Wetherall, WRW's and Nellie's daughter, Mary's sister
  5. Rae Jeanne Morrison -- Helen's daughter (standing in front of Helen), Mary's niece
  6. Margery Faye Kool -- nee Wynn, Sydna's daughter, Mary's 1st cousin
  7. Mary Margaret Kool -- Faye's daughter (sitting), Mary's 1st cousin once removed

At the Van Ryswyk home in Carlisle, Iowa, 1961
(Mary Wells Family photo)

Wetherall women


Wetherall-Beaman gallery

Sydna Wetherall's family

Mary Sydna Wetherall (1888-1967) had two daughters with John E. Wynn (1884-1915) and no children with Earl Brady (1885-1954). John was born on 6 May 1884 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He died on 21 August 1915 in Knoxville and is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville as "John E.S. Wynn".

A Marion County Return of Marriage register (scan) shows that "John E.S. Wynn" of Knoxville, Iowa, a railroad worker born in "Otley, Iowa", married "Sydna Wetherall" of Knoxville on 30 January 1909. Their marriage was witnessed by "Wm. R. Wetherall" (Sydney's brother) and Mabel Wynn (John's sister). They were married by "W. E. Wetherall Min" (Sydna and Wm. R. Wetherall's paternal grandfather), a minister among other professions.

1. Myrle Isadore (Wynn) Amsberry (1909-1943)

Myrle was born in about August 1909 in Moberly in Missouri but later lived in Knoxville in Marion County, Iowa. She married Floyd Eugene Amsberry (1906-1995) of Knoxville on 29 October 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa. She died in Knoxville on 19 July 1943 and is buried in Ausbury Cemetery in Marion County, Iowa, as "MYRLE WIFE OF / FLOYD AMSBERRY / 1909-1943".

I am taking "August 1909" as Myrle's probable birth year and month because the 1910 census, enumerated as of 1 April 1910, states that "Wynn, Isadore M." was 7/12 years old. This suggests that she was born between 2 August and 2 September 1909.

A birth and Christening index (transcription), like the 1910 census, gives her name as "Isadore Myrle Wynn". But she is "Myrle Wynn" on the 1920 census (scan), "Myrle Isadore Winn" on her 1927 marriage certificate (scan), and "Myrle" or "Myrle I." or "Myrle Isadore" on all later records I have seen. Most likely "Myrle" began as a middle name, but became her social name, and later she changed the name order. Isadore was the name of her paternal grandmother.

class="center90">Myrles death certificate (scan) states she died in Collins Memorial Hospital in Knoxville of "Immediate cause of death Viral (?) Pneumonia Due to N.M.O." -- meaning she died of respiratory failure related to neuromyelitis optica, an autoimmune disease involving the central nervous system.

Floyd Amsberry was born in Knoxville on 12 March 1906. In 1944, he remarried Aimee J. Stroud, who was born in Knoxville on 14 March 1912. He died on 25 September 1995, and she died on 24 September 2003, both in Knoxville, and they share a "AMSBERRY" tombstone, she as "AIMEE J." and he as "FLOYD E.", in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.

2. Marjory Faye (Wynn) Kool (1913-1988)

Faye was born on 8 April 1913 in Knoxville, Iowa. Some records show her as "Fay" but generally she is "Faye" and was "Faye" at the time I met her in 1958.

Faye was "Faye Wynn" when she married John Fred Kool, a "Clohing Salesman", on 17 August 1934 in Knoxville. The certificate (scan) shows both were "White" by "Color" and "Amer" by "Race".

Faye died in Knoxveille in February 1980. John was born 10 February 1912 according to several documents. The 1934 marriage certificate states he was born in Cordova, a town that existed in Marion County between 1887-1962. He died on 5 January 1993 in Cape Coral in Lee County, Florida. "FAYE" and "JOHN F." share a "KOOL" tombstone in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.

An obituary for John Kool states that he was a "winter resident" of Cape Coral and says he died there of a "heart ailment". No mention is made of Faye or other predeceased family members, but "A daughter, Mary Kool of Knoxville, survives" (The Des Moines Register, Thursday, 7 January 1993, page 5M).


Wetherall-Beaman gallery

Lena Wetherall's family

Four generations of Wetherall-Beaman women

Right to left

  1. Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall -- Wetherall-Beaman matriarch
  2. Lena Belle (Wetherall) Stone -- Laura's 4th child (of 7) and 3rd daughter (of 5)
  3. Rita (Stone) Pfister -- Lena's 1st and only child and daughter.
  4. Marcia Pfister --Rita's 1st child (of 7) and 1st daughter (of 3), later Marcia Cook.

Rita was living with her parents in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, at the time of the 1930 census, as Rita Stone (17). The 1940 census shows her living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as Rita Pfister (27), with her husband Gottlieb Pfister (30), a furniture upholsterer, and their (at the time) 4 children, Marcia (6), John R. (4), Wayne (3), and Ronald (7/12). Gottlieb, Rita, and Marcia were living at the same place -- 1008 Superior Avenue, rented, 24 dollars a month -- in 1935. According to the census, Gottlieb and Rita had completed respectively 8 and 7 grades of school.

3 more children -- James, Faye, Sonya Belle were born after the 1940 census. Through their marriages, Marcia became Marcia Miller then Marcia Cook, Faye became Faye Kahr then Faye Konen, and Sonya Belle became Sonya Baez. As of this edit (25 October 2023), only Faye and Sonya survive, and they -- with Faye's daughter Angela Kahr July, and Jean Stone -- made an all-girls family pilgrimage to Knoxville and elsewhere.

Photograph to right probably taken in Knoxville around 1934
(Mary Wells Family photo)

Four Generations Laura Lena Rita Marie

Rita Beryl (Stone) (Pfister) Casper (1913-1999)

Rita Beryl Stone (1913-1999) was the only daughter of Lena Belle Wetherall (1894-1944) and Rolland L. ("Rollie" or "R.L.") Stone (bc1895-1972).

Rita, born on 8 March 1913 in Dogden in North Dakota, married Gottlieb Pfister (1910-1955) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on 20 August 1932.
Gottlieb, born in Sheboygan in Wisconsin on 29 April 1910, died in Sheboygan on 31 October 1955.
He is buried in Lutheran Cemetery in Sheboygan.

Rita remarried Arno A. Casper on 11 October 1974.
They lived in Cleveland, where he died on 10 May 1981.
Rita died on 21 November 1999 in Cleveland.
She is buried with Gottlieb in Lutheran Cemetery.

Rita and Gottlieb had the following 7 children.

  1. Marcia Lynn Pfister (14 Sep 1933 - 13 Oct 2018)
    Married David Miller in 1951, divorced in 1978, 5 children
    Married Dale Cook in 1984
  2. John Roland "Jack" Pfister [Sr.] (26 Sep 1935 – 29 Dec 2004)
    Married Marilyn Wettstein in 1955, 7 children
  3. Wayne Eugene Pfister (6 Apr 1937 - 17 Jun 2011)
    Married Beverly Kunstmany in 1956, 3 children
  4. Ronald Gottlieb Pfister (3 Oct 1939 - 1 Jun 2017)
    Married Marilyn Zillner in 1967, 5 children
  5. James Allen Pfister (26 Dec 1940 - 19 Oct 2016)
    Married Barbara (Leicht) Heck (1937-2000) in 1974
  6. Faye Pfister (bc1948)
    Married Paul Kahr in 1967, 3 children
    Married Gary Konan in 1979, 4 children
  7. Sonya Belle Pfister (18 May 1951)
    Married Victor Baez in 1975, divorced in 1984, 3 children


William Owen Wetherall (this writer), Robert and Joshua Van Wysryk, and Faye Konan are related as follows.

0. William Franklin Wetherall
   Laura Belle Beaman
      | Married 1887
      |                                                     |
1. William Riley Wetherall                               Lena Belle Wetherall 
   1. Ida Mae Baldwin  2. Ellen Marie Van Houton         Rolland L. Stone
      | Married 1910             | Married 1922             | Married 1912
      |                          |                          |  
2. William Bascom Wetherall   Mary Arlene Wetherall      Rita Beryl Stone  
   Louida Orene Hardman       James Milfred Van Ryswyk   Gottlieb Pfister 
      | Married 1938             | Married 1942             | Married 1932
      |                          |                          | 
3. William Owen Wetherall     Robert Leslie Van Ryswyk   Faye Pfister 
   Sugiyama Etsuko            Mary Sue Enderson          1. Paul Kaul     2. Gary Konan
      | Married 1971             | Married 1972             | Married 1967   | Married 1979 
      |                          |                          |                |              
4. Children                   Joshua Andrew Van Ryswyk   Children         Children

William B. Wetherall and Rita (Stone) Pfister are 1st cousins.
William O. Wetherall and Faye (Pfister) Konan are 2nd cousins.
William O. Wetherall and Robert L. Van Ryswyk are 1st cousins.
Faye and Robert are 2nd cousins.
Robert's son, Joshua Andrew Van Ryswyk, is
  William O. Wetherall's 1st cousin once removed
  and Faye Konan's 2nd cousin once removed.


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Jerry Wetherall's family

1. Betty Ruthe (Wetherall) Bishop (1922-2005)

Betty was born, raised, and died in Lacona, Iowa. The above portrait was reportedly taken on 4 July 1934 at a fair in nearby Chariton, Iowa. She was born on 4 January 1922, so she would have been only 12 years 7 months old at the time.

The fair would have been a special occassion, and concessions appear to have included a photography studio. Possibly even a barely pubescent girl would have been allowed to doll up with lipstick and otherwise present herself as a young woman for the commemorative portrait. Or perhaps the received date is wrong.

Did Betty have a choice of background props? Or did everyong sit or stand with their back to the same clamshell? Was "clamshell" lighting also an option?

2. Homer Edward Wetherall (1926-1958)

Homer's portrait is cropped from a "The Badger Studio / Madison, Wis." frame with a class of "43" sticker on it. Whether he graduated from a high school in Madison, or from Lodi High School in Lodi, Wisconsin, about 30 miles from Madison, remains unknown to this writer. The family was living in Iowa at the time of the 1940 census, and Jerry A. died in Lodi in 1941.

3. Harris Edwin Wetherall (1926-1999)

4. Norma J. (Wetherall) Brager (1922-2005)

Norma graduated from Lodi High School in 1948 and is known to have attended Class of 1948's 10-year reunion as Norma Wetherall Brager. This is probably her graduation portrait.

5. Edna Belle (Wetherall) "Happy" Gallagher (1932-2012)

Edna probably graduated from Lodi High School the year after Norma. Presumably this is her graduation portrait.

6. William Roger Wetherall (b c1937, d aft1967-bef2005)

7. Jerry J. Wetherall (b1938 aft 2012, still living in 2012)


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Alice Dainty's family

Wilbert Dainty at work 5. Wilbert Dainty at work
Unknown location apparently 1940s
(Alice Dainty family photo)

1. The framed portrait of Alice Wetherall shows her as she would probably have looked to her nephew William B. Wetherall in the early 1920s, during the period when he was living with her and her parents -- i.e., his grandparents -- in Knoxville while going to grade school. It may have been taken about the time Alice married Bill Evans, which appears to have around 1923. The portrait is one of the first things one sees when entering the home of Alice's daughter, Thayne Ireland, according the Mary Sue Van Ryswyk, who captured the portrait with her cell phone camera on 13 November 2013 at the time she and her mother-in-law, Mary (Wetherall) (Van Ryswyk) Wells, Thayne's aunt, visited Thayne to look at family photographs.

2. This portrait of Alice, in one of the photo albums Thayne inherited from her mother, was probably taken after Alice divorced Bill Evans and married Wilbert Dainty, hence after 1927, and possibly before Willard was born in 1933.

3. The portrait of the three Dainty children appears to have been taken late in 1943 or early in 1944, as David, who seems to be between 1 and 2 years old in the picture, was born in September 1942.

4. Thayne had just graduated from high school in 1958 at the time of the Wetherall-family reunion in Iowa that summer (see below).

Wilbert Dainty worked in a coal mine for a few years after completing grade school. By the time of the 1930 census, about 3 years after he and Alice married, we had become a fireman.


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1958 Wetherall family reunion

For a few days during the summer of 1958, Alice's nephew, William B. Wetherall (WBW), his wife Orene, and their 3 children, including this writer, stayed with the Daintys and their 3 children at their Knoxville home. I packed the family Kodak and a couple of rolls of 120 monochrome film, and took all of the square black-and-white pictures in the following gallery.

The 1958 reunion provided WBW the first opportunity to see his relatives in Iowa since he graduated from high school in Des Moines in 1928. A younger cousin, Homer Edward Wetherall (1926-1958), a son of his uncle Jeremiah Alexander (Jerry A.) Wetherall, had visited us in San Francisco. But it would be the first time for most of Wetherall-Beaman and Wetherall-Van Houton relatives to see WBW in about 30 years, and the first time for them to meet his wife and children.

The trip was the longest the complete Wetherall-Hardman family would ever take. We went east over the Sierras and through Salt Lake City, and returned west through Denver and the Rockies.

I was between my junior and senior years in high school, and was just along for the ride. But I'm sure my father planned every detail. I can't remember driving, but I may have relieved him now and then, as I'd gotten my license the previous year.

It was only time my father would go back to Iowa. Within a decade, most of the older relatives we'd seen at the reunion were gone. By the end of the century, several relatives younger than my father, and a couple around my age, were also gone.

Three of his siblings, and his step-mother and neice, visited him in Grass Valley. His oldest sister, Mary Wells, visited twice.

It wasn't so much the geographical distances, though not short, that put a damper on visits. The emotional distances were greater.

My father lived in Des Moines with his Wetherall-Van Houton siblings for only 4 years -- from 1924 to 1928. Mary was born in 1922 -- Warren in 1925 -- Helen in 1928 about 6 months before he left -- and in 1933 Marge, whose high school graduation portrait he had, but I have no evidence he ever met her.


1958 Iowa Reunion 1958 Wetherall family reunion inside Dainty home in Knoxville, Iowa
Photograph taken by William Owen Wetherall
(Wetherall Family photo)

1958 Wetherall family reunion at Dainty home

This photo was taken in the summer of 1958 the day we arrived at the home of Alice and Wilbert Dainty in Knoxville, where we stayed during the Iowa reunion. Alice was William B. Wetherall's aunt. He was raised by her parents, his paternal grandparents, while going to grade school in Knoxville. She was their youngest child, 8 years older than him, and more a big sister than an aunt.

Back row from left to corner of room

1. David Dainty, Alice and Wilbert Dainty's 2nd son, WBW's 1st cousin
2. 3. Bob Bishop holding 3rd and youngest daughter Elizabeth
3. Sydna (Wetherall) (Wynn) Brady, WBW's paternal aunt, looking back at Elizabeth, her great neice
5. Alice (Wetherall) (Evans) Dainty, Sydna's 4th and youngest sister, WBW's paternal aunt
6. 7. Tommy Van Ryswyk and mother Mary (Wetherall) Van Ryswyk, WBW's 1st half-sister

Back row from corner of room to right

8. 9. Helen (Wetherall) Morrison, WBW's 2nd half-sister, holding daughter Rae Jeanne Morrison, WBW's nephew
10. Robert Van Ryswyk, Mary's 3rd and youngest son, WBW's nephew
11. Loren Morrison, Helen's husband, in back of their daughter Rae Jeanne
12. James Van Ryswyk, Mary's husband, in back by Loren
13. Jimmy Van Ryswyk, oldest of 3 Van Ryswyk boys, WBW's newphew, in front of his father James
14. Billy Morrison, Helen's son, Rae Jeanne's half-brother, WBW's nephew, in front of his step-father and cousin Jimmy
15. 16. Betty (Wetherall) Bishop, WBW's 1st cousin, with David Biship, the 2nd of their 2 sons
17. 18. Orene (Hardman) Wetherall with husband William Bascom Wetherall (WBW), Mary's and Helen's half-brother and an uncle of their children, and Sydna's, Bertha's, and Alice' nephew and a 1st cousin of their children

Front row

19. Bertha (Wetherall) (Masteller) Dainty, Sydna's 1st younger sister, Alice's 2nd older sister, WBW's paternal aunt
20. 21. Judith and Nancy, Betty's and Bob's 2nd and 1st of 3 daughters
22. Thayne Dainty, Alice and Wilbert Dainty's daughter, WBW's 1st cousin
23. Mary Margaret Kool (happy to be with the two "big" girls)
24. Mary Ellen Wetherall, WB and Orene Wetherall's daughter
25. Wilbert Dainty (leaning on chair at table), Alice's husband
26. John Dainty (in front of my Bill Wetherall), Wilbert's brother, Bertha's husband

Missing in this picture but present at the gathering

Faye Kool, Sydna's daughter and Mary Margaret's mother
Jerry Wetherall, WB and Orene Wetherall's 2nd of 2 sons
Billy Wetherall. WB and Orene Wetherall's 1st son, William Owen Wetherall, who took most of the pictures, including this one
Willard Dainty, Alice and Wilbert Dainty's 1st son, who was at the house earlier but may not have stayed for the group pictures

Willard, nearly 10 years older than his siblings and the Wetherall children, spent a lot of his time building a boat in his father's garage. Thayne, a bit older than the Wetherall children, had a boy friend and was not always around. David -- a few months younger than Billy Wetherall (this writer) and a few months older than Jerry Wetherall (this writer's brother), took his 1st cousins to the pool hall in downtown Knoxville.

During the summer of 1958, the family of William B. Wetherall drove from their home in Grass Valley, California, to Iowa, for the first and last reunion WBW would have with his Wetherall relatives in the state where he was born in 1911, and raised and schooled from 1917 to 1928.

The Grass Valley Wetheralls stayed at the Knoxville home of WBW's aunt, Alice (Wetherall) Dainty, and her family -- Wilbert, Willard, Thayne, and David. 2 of WBW's other surviving aunts -- Alice's sisters, Sydna (Wetherall) Brady and Bertha (Wetherall) Dainty and their families -- and 2 of his 4 siblings, Mary (Wetherall) Van Ryswyk and Helen (Wetherall) Morrison and their families -- also came to the Dainty home the the Grass Valley gang arrived.

This writer took individual or family photographs of everyone who came to the Dainty home that day, using a his trusty Kodak box camera loaded with 120 monochrome film. This round of picture-taking climaxed with a photograph of practically everyone there. . everyone with a 120 . their pictures taken before posing for a photograph that attempted but failed to include everything present in the small Dainty home.

The Van Ryswyks hosted a mid-day dinner at their much larger home in nearby Carlisle two days later. Most people who came to the Dainty home also came to the Van Ryswyk home, where another group photograph was taken (see next).


1958 Iowa Reunion 1958 Wetherall family reunion outside Van Ryswyk home in Carlisle, Iowa
Name of photographer not recalled
Mary Sue Van Ryswyk's scan of Mary Wells Family photo
(Glossy print also in Wetherall Family Collection)

1958 Wetherall family reunion at Van Ryswyk home

This picture was taken in the summer of 1958 at home of James and Mary Van Ryswyk, located on their dairy farm in Carlisle, Iowa, a short drive from Knoxville where we stayed with the Daintys.

Back row left to right

1. Faye Kool (nee Wynn). Sydna Brady's daughter from 1st marriage, WBW's 1st cousin
2. Sydna Brady (formerly Wynn. nee Wetherall), WBW's paternal aunt
3. Alice Dainty (formerly Evans, nee Wetherall). WBW's paternal aunt
4. Emma Pearl Karl (nee Van Houton), WBW's step-mother's (Nellie's) older sister, thus his step-aunt
5. In front of Pearl -- Thomas ("Tommie") Van Ryswyk, Mary's 3rd son, WBW's nephew
6. To Pearl's left -- Mary Van Ryswyk (now Wells, nee Wetherall), Nellie's 1st daughter, WBW's 1st half-sister
7. In front of Mary -- Orene Wetherall, WBW's wife
8. To Mary's left -- Helen Morrison (nee Wetherall), Nellie's 2nd daughter, WBW's 2nd half-sister
9. Helen is holding her daughter, Rae Jeanne Morrison, WBW's niece
10. To Helen's left -- William Bascom Wetherall (WBW)
11. In front of WBW -- Mary Ellen Wetherall, WBW's and Orene's daughter (probably wishing she was in the front row next to David "James Dean" Dainty)
12. To the far right -- Pearl's husband Al Karl (probably wishing he had stayed with the boys playing horse shoes).

Front row left to right

13. Mary Margaret Kool, Faye's daughter, Sydna's granddaughter, WBW's 2nd cousin
14. Robert ("Rob") Van Ryswyk, Mary's 2nd son, WBW's nephew
15. James ("Jimmy") Van Ryswyk, Mary's 3rd son, WBW's nephew
16. Billy Wetherall, WBW's and Orene's 1st son, holding the Wetherall family Brownie 120 camera and hiding his despicable glasses in his pocket
17. David Dainty, Alice and Wilbert Dainty's 2nd son, WBW's 2nd cousin with his trademark cigarette
18. Jerry Wetherall, WBW's and Orene's 2nd son, also trying to look cool
19. Billy Morrison, Helen's and Loren's son, WBW's nephew, with dog Boots

Mary Arleen (Wetherall) (Van Ryswyk) Wells' recollection

In 2013, Mary Sue Van Ryswyk, who was helping her husband Robert "Rob" Van Ryswyk care for his mother and her mother-in-law Mary Arleen (Wetherall) (Van Ryswyk) Wells, related to this writer (Billy Wetherall) Mary's recollection of the occasion.

Mary said the "men" meaning the husbands not in the picture were playing horse shoes & wouldn't come for the picture!! . . . The farm was James & Mary's where you had the picnic & picture taken. The dog, Boots, belonged to the Van Ryswyk family. Mary said Uncle Al Kale was always ready to leave about as soon as he arrived -- he was probably bored with the whole day!!


1958 Iowa Reunion gallery


Boat On Englebright Lake, the Narrows, Yuba River
Jana at the wheel, John skiing, full speed
Bill with the camera on the bow
Boat Approaching our picnic spot on a bare-dirt beach
It's late in the summer and the water is low
John at the wheel, Jana ready to jump boat
Bill with the camera on shore
Boat The boat slightly beached near the loading ramp
Jana unloading picnic leftovers and towels
Bill with the camera on shore
Boat Bill Wetherall building hydroplane on driveway of home
Drilling pilot holes in gunwales for cadmium screws
Boat Boat with outboard motor on Model-A-front-end trailer
Facing my mother's Volkswagen in front of home

The boat

The most significant legacy of the 1958 Iowa reunion -- for me, at the time -- was the boat I would build, inspired by Willard Dainty's construction of a hydroplane in the Dainty garage. Watching him work on the boat the few days we were there -- sometimes lending him a hand as he cut and assembled parts, working only from plans -- I imagined him racing the boat and wanted to make one myself.

As soon as we returned to Grass Valley, I bought a copy of Popular Mechanics with a special feature on boats. The magazine included plans for my "dream boat" -- a sleek racing craft that I would build from scratch in our garage -- much to my father's displeasure.

I built the boat with hand tools, using oak for the frame and 1/4-inch plywood for the hull. I had a welder cut and fashion some angle iron into the motor mount, which I bolted to the transom. The same welder fitted a socket to the bottom of each of two Army-surplus jeep jerry cans for fuel lines. The cans were housed in the bow, which had a hole on each side on the top to access the cans.

Bill Shadburne, my next-door neighbor, had a fully-equipped shop in his garage for servicing his two lumber trucks. He loaned me tools for cutting, bending, and flaring copper tubing for the fuel lines, and he taught me how to use the tools to make tight, leak-free joints.

I built a boat trailer with 2x4s fashioned into an A-fame, fitted with rollers and a winch I bought from Montgomery Wards. For wheels I used the front end of a Model A, which I bought for $25 from someone who had used it to build a box trailer many years ago. The trailer had rotted, and the front end, its tie rods welded to hold the wheels straight, was rusting under an oak tree on the owners property on a shady gravel back road in Grass Valley. The tires and tubes were also essentially rotting.

John Phelan

John Phelan, a high school and college classmate and friend with whom I shared an interest in electrical engineering among the usual things that distract the attentions of teenage boys, hauled the front end to my home in his father's pick-up, and then helped me clean and grease it and fit new tubes and tires on the rims, secure it to the 2x4 A-frame, and lift the boat onto the trailer.

John had a blue Chevy that ran well enough to need oil and a new fan belt now and then. With a trailer hitch on the back bumper, it would pull the boat to Englebright Dam on the Yuba river many times. The dam, which has a powerhouse, was built in a gorge that local people called the Narrows. We ourselves called that area of the river, including the long lake behind the dam, the Narrows.

The lake had a floating dock with slots for a number of boats. But most local boat owners pulled their boats home after a day of water skiing or a weekend of camping along the narrower reaches of the lake toward the confluence of the North and South forks of the river. The water was sometimes high enough to take the boat some distance up the North Fork, or what was left of it after it was tamed by the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, and then joined by the smaller Middle Fork.

I powered the boat with a shopworn 25-horsepower Sea King outboard motor I bought for a song through the good offices of a neighbor, Dorothy Rhodehamel (1924-2005), who was the bookkeeper for the local Grass Valley outlet of Montgomery Ward -- or "Monkey Ward" as we called it. I replaced the stock propeller with a higher pitch screw, which I bought in San Francisco, that did justice to the boat's racing design.

Higher pitch props expose more surface to the water in the direction they turn, hence give more forward push if the engine is capable of providing the power. And this, like a higher gear in a car or on a bike, translates into more speed -- again, if there is sufficient power. The higher speed allowed a boat with a hull like mine to plane on the surface. It thus qualified as a hydroplane, though not of the small compact kind seen in boat races -- the kind that Willard Dainty built.

My boat -- which had no name -- had enough power to easily pull a single water skier with little loss in speed. Two skiers created enough drag to notably slow it down, to the point that it didn't easily plane, if it planed at all. It seated two without much loss in speed, even when pulling a single skier, but three in the boat significantly slowed it down.

As I was working in San Francisco during the summers of 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962, I didn't have that many chances to take the boat out. In all the time I had it, it saw action at the Narrows around ten times, most of the time with John Phelan. We were sometimes joined by other classmates, including Bob Lobecker, who also went on to Sierra College and Cal at Berkeley and became an electronics engineer. A couple of times I put the boat in the water with a guy and his wife, whose names I have forgotten, for whom I did some baby sitting. Once, as shown in the above photographs, I took Jana Prestenback, a friend in my sister's class.

Proof that it floated

The only pictures I have of the boat on the water are from an outing during the summer of 1960 or 1961, with John Phelan and Jana Prestenback. Jana also lived in Grass Valley, and was still going to high school, while John and I, and Bob Lobecker, were commuting to Sierra College in Auburn. She and I dated a few times during my Sierra years. John, Bob, and I transferred to Berkeley, where we majored in electrical engineering.

Jana also went to Berkeley, where she majored in French, if I recall correctly. She lived not far from where I lived on the Northside, with a family that provided her room and board in return for house work and occasional baby sitting. Once she had a conflict between a date which she had already made, and a request to baby sit. She talked the couple into letting me baby sit while she went out. That was the sort of friendship we had.

Speed trials

Sometime in 1961, possibly in 1962, John was putting the boat through some "speed trials" to see how sharp he could turn. The had no rudder, only a narrow strip of wood that was less than an inch thick, down the middle of the bottom. It had hard chines, which make it easier for a hull to plane if other design features also favor planing.

As you can see in the photographs, though, the bottom of the hull, near the chines, namely the edge where the bottom meets the sides, is slightly curved. This, too, enhances the ability of the boat to plane, reduces the sort of pounding that would occur if the bottom were entirely flat. But it also allows the boat the slide laterally without catching the water.

This is an advantage when racing, so long as one maintains control of the boat when turning. However, this also means that, in tight, high-speed turns, the keel strip may fail to hold the boat, which instead of just sliding a bit as it turns, will begin to skip sideways, essentially out of control.

One regains control in the same way one recovers from slipping on ice -- by turning the wheel toward the direction of the slipping or sliding, then easing back into the turn at a slower speed. If slipping on ice toward a cliff, however, you need enough room to regain control before going over the edge. In a boat, you need enough room to avoid hitting another boat, or the shore.

There was no one else on the water, but John was a bit too close to shore, and the shore was rocky. The boat skipped sideways onto a rock that was sharp enough to splinter the plywood through the fiberglass with which I had covered the entire hull.

Back home, I cut out the splintered part, covered the hole on the inside with a small piece of the same plywood, plugged the hole with another piece, and re-glassed the damaged part of the bottom. This did the job as far as enabling the boat to float and get up to speed. But it didn't perform quite as well. At high speeds, when the hull gives a bit, the patched part, being a bit stiffer than its un-patched counterpart on the other side, seemed to introduce a little drag on the damaged side, that you could feel at the wheel.

In the summer of 1962, or possibly 1963, I sold the boat and trailer to the younger brother of a classmate. I later heard that, while pulling the trailer to the narrows, he made the sharp turn from the highway to the road leading down to the lake, too fast, and the trailer flipped. I heard that he had just left it there. I never tried to confirm this, however. and have had various dreams of what became of the boat -- whether parts of its might still be scattered in the brush along the road, or whether it was given a proper burial at the dump. I also wonder if anyone recycled the Model A front end, or if it was scrapped at a salvage yard.

Contested territory

The boat was just one of the many things I built when growing up. And in Japan I would build more things, including a cottage-like 4-mat library in the backyard, with American cedar purposed from a neighbor, and cedar shakes and shingles I had shipped from Grass Valley. But the boat also created some friction between me and my father, over the manner in which its construction dominated half of the garage and driveway.

The painting of the interior, and the fiberglassing of the hull, resulted in a few drops of paint and resin falling on the smooth cement of the garage floor and the rougher concrete of the driveway. My father rightfully complained that I didn't always spread newspapers to catch the drips.

Once, when I was in the middle of fiberglassing part of the hull on the driveway, having just mixed a batch of resin, he tried to stop me, and I argued with him. I insisted that the resin had to applied immediately or it would harden. He would buy it, a struggle ensured, and I ended up throwing the resin on him.

Realizing that some of the resin had splashed on his hands and arms, I pulled him over to the sink in the garage to wash it off his skin before it burned and hardened. The only thing I hurt was his feelings. And for years, we would both be reminded of the incident by the resin which had spilled on the driveway and hardened while I was washing his hands and arms. It would stay there until the driveway was seriously cracked during the construction of a propane gas line in the neighborhood, and the gas company re-poured it.

When I built the boat, my father was convinced I was waisting my time and money. He thought I should be studying and saving. Yet later he would brag that "Billy built his own boat" in conversations with friends that centered on the achievements of their children.

The power of water

Another classmate, Ray Jones, built a sailboat. But rivers can be tricky. Several us us, including John and Ray, and Bob Lobecker and Jim Gray and Bill Ramsey, learned this the hard way one afternoon on the Yuba just below Englebright Dam.

A neighbor of mine had given me two military-surplus collapsible row boats he was throwing away -- for a reason, it turned out. Age had weakened the framing and the canvas, but we were certain they would hold up for our purposes -- a short trip down a fairly straight stretch of the river above a bridge. What could go wrong?

The boats, single file, began to take on water, and as we approached the bridge, where the water dropped a bit, we realized we would have to ditch them. The three guys in the first boat maneuvered to the abutment in the shallower part of the river, just off shore, and jumped to the abutment, letting the boat fall over the drop and break up in the water. We in the second boat also angled toward the abutment, but by the time we reached it, our boat was collapsing.

We also realized that the water had eroded some of the concrete of the abutment under the water line, and the current there, which was stronger, began to suck what was left of the second boat into the water. I and another person, being closer to the bow, just made it to the abutment, and were able -- but barely -- to grab the third person, Bill Ramsey, another classmate, as he was being pulled under.

The crystallization of my youth

I invested a lot of myself in the boat. I'd always been a "tinkerer" and "do-it-yourselfer", and the boat introduced me to the world of wood, hard and soft. Every piece had to be fashioned from scratch, using drawings in a magazine, and the only power tool I had was an electric drill. Every piece of wood was hand-sawn and hand-finished. I improvised a lot, and ended up with a boat that looked a bit different from the one in the magazine, but it had the same lines.

I never painted the hull. In many ways, the boat would symbolize my life as a researcher and writer -- so much I have done has never been "completed" or "polished".

Today I think of the boat as the crystallization of my romantic youth. If I turned to astronomy and space exploration as a way to comprehend the enormity of my small existence on earth, I saw bodies of water -- rivers, lakes, and seas -- as frontiers of adventure and fun.

The boat also bonded firm friendships more firmly. Whenever I think of the boat I think of John, who I usually see when I visit California -- Jana, who I haven't seen since Berkeley -- and my dad, who I have seen since he died.

Bill Wetherall

Abiko, 22 December 2017


Chronology of Wetherall-Beaman family through censuses

Wetherall-Beaman family in 1830 to 1930 censuses
1860 1870 1880 1900 1910 1920 1925 1930 1940
William F.
Pleasant St.
Not yet found Knoxville
Pleasant St.
Not yet found William F. died in 1929.
Laura, until her death in 1941,
lived with a daughter's family.
Laura B.
Born 1866 Union
Pleasant St.
Pleasant St.

William Franklin Wetherall was born on 28 February 1858 in either Washington or Gosport in Marion County, Iowa to William E. Wetherall, born in Maryland, and Mary A. Wetherall, born in Pennsylvania (see above).

The 1900 census data

1900 (12th) census
Iowa, Marion County, Knoxville township
Enumeration district 80-45
Sheet 3B, lines 81-87
809 Pleasant Street

The census, enumerated in Knoxville on 2 June 1900, reports that the head of the family, William [Franklin] Wetherall, was a "laborer" who owned a mortaged home. He was born in Iowa, his father [William Edwin Wetherall] in Maryland, and his mother [Mary Hall] in Pennsylvania. Laura was born in Iowa, her father in Indiana, and her mother in Ohio.

William B. Wetherall and the Wetherall-Beaman family

WBW would get to know the his paternal grandfather's family well as he lived with them in Knoxville during most of his pre-high-school education. He seems to have best remembered Alice, the youngest, who was closest to him in age (about 7 years older), and Jerry, the next closest (about 13 years older).

Laura Belle Beaman was born in Knoxville in Iowa in February 1866 to George W. Beaman, born in Indiana, and Sidney Shoemaker, born in Ohio (see above).

William F. and Laura married in Knoxville in Marion County on 19 October 1887. Between 1888 and 1904 they had 7 children, all born in Knoxville. Their 2nd child and 1st son, William Riley Wetherall, would become the father of William Bascum (later "Bascom") Wetherall. Their last child, Annetta Alice Wetherall, would become WBW's "big-sister" aunt in 1917 when he began living with his grandparents to attend grade school in Knoxville.

1860 census shows William F. as "William" (3) living in Washington, Marion County with his father "Wm. Witherall" (sic = Wetherall) (32), mother Mary (18), and sister Sarah J. (4/12) [tentative reading]. His father is described as a school teacher, and his real estate and personal property are valued at 600 and 200 dollars.

1870 census shows "William" (12) living with his father "William Witherall (sic = Wetherall)" (36), a farmer, mother Mary (28), keeping house, sisters Belle (10) and Annette (8), and brother Edwin (9/12), in Washington, Marion County, Iowa (see above). Laura (4) is shown living with her father George W. Beaman (32), mother Sidney (31), sister Magdalene (9), brother Noah (6), and sisters Ida (2) and Clara (3/12), in Union, Warren County, Iowa (see above).

1880 census shows "William" (21), a farmer, living with his father "William Witherall (sic = Wetherall)" (49), a farmer, and mother Mary (39), keeping house, and sister Annetta (18), house keeper, in Washington, Marion County,

1880 census shows "Laura Beaman" (14), living as a servant in the home of A.R. Cornell, a Knoxville physician, with his wife and five children, the oldest of which, a son, is also a physician (see above).

William F. Wetherall and Laura B. Beaman married in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, on 19 October 1887.

1895 Iowa census shows "William F. Wetherell" (sic = Wetherall) (53), Loura (sic = Laura) Wetherell (sic = Wetherall) (27), William Wetherell (sic = Wetherall) (4), Bertha Wetherell (sic = Wetherall) (2), Lena Belle Wetherell (sic = Wetherall) (0) residing in 3rd Ward of Knoxville (unconfirmed partial transcription data).

1900 census shows "William Wetherall" (40), born February 1860, and Laura (35), born February 1866, living at 803 Pleasant Street, in Ward 3 of Knoxville. They had been married 12 years, and was a mother of 6, of whom 5 survived. Living with them was Mary S. (11), born July 1888, William R. (10), born May 1890, Bertha (7), born September 1892, Lena B. (5), born November 1894, and Jeremiah P. (sic = Jeremiah A.) (5/12), born December 1899. William F. was a day laborer and had been unemployed 4 months during the year. He owned the home but it had a mortage.

1905 Iowa census index of cards for individuals living in Knoxville shows cards for W.F. Wetherall (421), L.B. Wetherall (422), Sidna (sic = Sidney, Sydna) Wetherall (423), William Wetherall (424), Bertha Wetherall (425), Belle Wetherall (426), and Gerry (sic = Jerry) Wetherall (427). Scans of the cards themselves are not yet available.

No card was found for Annetta, though she born in 1904.

1910 census has not yet revealed the whereabouts of the Wetherall-Beaman family, consisting then of William F., Sidney, William R., Jerry, and Annetta (Alice). Presumably they were living in Ward 3 of Knoxville.

1915 Iowa census shows a sequence of cards for the four Wetheralls living in Ward 3 of Knoxville -- William F. Wetherall (57), carpenter, 7 months unemployed (card 554), Laura B. Wetherall (49) (card 555), J.A. Wetherall (15), barber (card 556), Anettie (sic = Annetta) A. Wetherall (11) (card 557). William F. completed 10 years of grammar school and 4 years of high school, Laura 10 years of grammar school, Jerry 8 years, and Annetta 6.

1920 census shows "Wm. Wetherel" (sic = Wetherall) (60), head, Laura (54), wife, Alice (17), daughter, William (9), grandson, and G.W. Beaman (81), widowed, father-in-law, living at 2116 1st Street in Ward 3 of Knoxville. William F. is a solicitor of newspaper subscriptions. Alice is a telephone operator.

"Alice" is Annetta Alice Wetherall, William F.'s and Laura's youngest child. "William" is William Bascom Wetherall, the 1st son of their 1st son, William Riley Wetherall, who is living in Des Moines (see below).

1925 census has not yet revealed the whereabouts of the Wetherall-Beaman family, consisting then of only William F. and Laura. Alice (21) is residing in Knoxville with her husband, William B. Evans (25). She had completed 8 grades, and he 12 grades, of schooling. They appear to have married around 1923 judging from 1930 census data (see below). The 1925 census shows William B. Wetherall (WBW) living with his father, William R. Wetherall (WRW), and their new family in Des Moines (see census particulars in the "Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton" feature of this website).

William F. Wetherall died on 1 Feb 1929 in Knoxville.

1930 census shows Laur (sic = Laura) B. Wetherall (54), widowed, living at 2000 Pleasant St. in Ward 3 of Knoxville, as head of household. Residing with her are Wilbert A. Dainty (27), her son-in-law, and Alice Dainty (26), her daughter. Laura owns the home, valued at 2,500 dollars, and there is a radio set in the household. Ages at time of 1st marriage were Wilbert 24 and Alice 19, indicating that Alice had remarried him around 1927, two years after she had been married to Bill Evans, who she appears to have married around 1923. Both Wilbert and Alice are working in government service, he as a fireman, she as a telephone operator.

1940 census shows Laura Wetherall (74) living at the same 2000 Pleasant St. home in Knoxville, as the mother-in-law of Wilbert Dainty (37), head of household, with his wife Annetta A. Dainty (36) and their son Willard D. Dainty (6). The home is valued at 1,500 dollars. Wilbert is still a fireman working for the government.

Laura B. Wetherall died on 1 February 1941 in Knoxville.


8. Wetherall-Hall

William Edwin Wetherall and Mary Hall

Table 8   William E. and Mary (Hall) Wetherall family
Table Name Birth Death Age Born Died Buried Vocation
0 William Edwin Wetherall 2 Jun 1834 21 May 1914 69 Harford Co MD Knoxville IA Graceland IA Farmer etc.
0 Mary A. Hall 16 Aug 1841 17 Aug 1907 66 Westmoreland Co PA Knoxville IA Graceland IA Wife
1 William Franklin Wetherall 28 Feb 1858 1 Feb 1929 70 IA Gosport IA Knoxville IA Laborer
2 Sarah Belle (Griffin) c1859/61 1884 Kansas
3 Annette W. (Anderson) May 1862 9 Sep 1947 85 n Knoxville IA Centerville IA Centerville IA
4 Edwin Rogers Wetherall 11 Aug 1869 26 Apr 1874 4 Washington IA Pleasant Ridge Cem IA
  1. William E. Wetherall was born in Harford County, Maryland, to James Wetherland (sic) of Harford County, Maryland, according to his death certificate. His mother's name was not given. The informant was his son, W.F. [William Franklin] Wetherall. Presumably he related the information to a clerk who completed the certificate -- writing "Wetherland" after writing "Maryland".

    Mary A. Hall was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania to Wm. [William] Hall, born in West Virginia, and Sarah Hannah, born in Pennsylvania, according to her death certificate. The informant was her daughter, Mrs. Wilmer Anderson, otherwise known as Annette "Nettie" (Wetherall) Anderson. William Hall was born in Monongahela (Monongalia) County in Virginia. Sarah Hall (nee Hanan) was born in Fayette County in Pennsylvania.
    They married in New Salem, Pennsylvania on 8 November 1855 according to her obituary. He was 21, she 14.
    1. Mary is "Mary S. Hall" on the death certificate of her son William Franklin Wetherall, according the informant, her grandson William R. Wetherall.
  2. William Franklin is just "William" and is 12 on the 1870 census.
    He married Laura Belle Beaman on 19 October 1887 and the couple had 6 children (see 4. below).
  3. Sarah Belle is just "Belle" on the 1870 census, which states she was then 10 years old. "Belle Wetherall" married C.F. Griffin in Marion County, Iowa on 29 August 1878. One of WEW's 1914 obituaries notes that she died in Kansas in 1884.
  4. Annette was better known in the family, and is listed on some census records, as "Nettie". Nettie married Wilmer Anderson on 7 December 1890, and they had two daughters, Elieta Anderson and Vesta Mervin Anderson. Vesta is said to have been born in Keota in Keokuk County, Iowa, in 1898, and reportedly married L.C. Scott (1901–1962), who was born in Iowa and was living in Knoxville in 1920. Scott died in Arizona in 1962. Vesta reportedly died in Washington, the seat of Washington County, Iowa.
  5. Edwin Rogers Wetherall died in infancy. He is reportedly buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Knoxville, Iowa. Some accounts say he was 1 year, 8 months, 15 days old at time of his death -- which suggests that he was born about 11 August 1872. However, he is listed on the 1870 census, which enumerated ages as of 1 June 1870, as 9/12 months old, and his month of birth within the previous year is given as August, meaning that he was born in August 1869, hence the date shown in the table.

See the "Chronology of Wetherall-Hall family through censuses" (below) for an overview of census data related to William E. Wetherall (WEW) and Mary A. Hall.

William E. Wetherall

WEW was shot on his way to California during his teens and couldn't countinue the journey. He made his way back to Maryland, and went to college in Pennsylvania, where he met and married Mary Hall. They homesteaded and raised their family on a farm in Iowa. He taught school, served as a county representative in the state legislature during the Civil War, edited a newspaper, and was also a minister and lawyer.

Nothing more is known about WEW's father and not much more is known about his mother. "Wetherland" on the birth certificate is probably a clerical error for "Wetherall". I can find "James Wetherall" and "James Weatherall" but no "James Wetherland" in Maryland. The earliest censuses, however, name only the heads of households and enumerate household members by sex and free or slave status. Hence I am unable to determine if WEW was a member of any of the early "Wetherall" or even "Weatherall" familys of Maryland.

I have, however, collated census data on a few large "Wetherall" and "Weatherall" families in Maryland, just to dramatize the manner in which their memberships were enumerated in terms of free/slave status and age group. The only family in which it is possible to place WEW age-wise is that of a William G. Wetherall. But according to WEW's death certificate, based on information provided by his son WFW, his father's name was James, not William -- which does not mean that "William" was not also his hame.

See "Slaveholding We(a)theralls in Harford County, Maryland" and "The families of William G. Wetherall in Baltimore, Maryland" below for an analysis of census data related to Maryland Wetheralls.

Mary A. Wetherall

Mary's father, William Hall, seems to have been a captain of a unit of Pennsylvania home guards during the Civil War. He appears to be a descendant of a line of Halls that presumably originated in England and settled in Virginia in the 17th century. See "The family of William, Sarah, Irwin, and Mary Hall in Fayette County, Pennsylvania" below for particulars.

William E. Wetherall and Mary A. Wetherall death certificates

Mary Wetherall death certificate William E. Wetherall death certificate

Mary Wetherall's and William Edwin Wetherall's death certificates
Mrs. Wilmer Anderson, the informant on Mary Wetherall's certificate, was her daughter
W.F. Wetherall, the informant on William Edwin Wetherall's certificate, was his son

Cropped from copies in Wetherall Family Collection of copies from Kathy Wetherall attributed to "Knoxville Gene. Soc."


William Edwin Wetherall (WEW) (1834-1914)

William E. Wetherall (WEW) is the first confirmed ancestor of the Wetherall line in the Wetherall-Hardman family. When the first Wetherall in WEW's line migrated to North America -- and whether they migrated from England or Ireland, or from Canada or India, or from elsewhere -- is uncertain. His known timeline is as follows.

1834-06-02   William Edwin Wetherall (WEW) is born in Harford, Maryland. His father's name was William, according to unconfirmed information on unexamined burial records. Both of his parents were also apparently born in Maryland.

1836-05-22   "Wm. Edwin Wetherall" is Christened at Saint Peters Protestant Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland (FamilySearch transcription from "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995").

1853-1855   WEW attends Pennsylvania College in Gettysburg.

The Pennsylvania College Book. 1832-1882. E.S. Breidenbaugh, Editor. Published for the Alumni of Pennsylvania College (Editor's Preface dated Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa., June, 1882), lists William Edwin Wetherall; f. Baltimore Md. 53-5 J. Philo. under 1852-3 (page 361) in "List of Those Who Left While Members of College Classes, Arranged by year of entrance" in section on "STUDENTS WHO DID NOT GRADUATE" from Pennsylvania College. According to abbreviations (page 336), this translates William Edwin Wetherall; From Baltimore, Maryland; Entered during the collegiate year 1853-1854, and left during the collegiate year 1854-1855, while a member of the Junior class; Member of the Philomathaean Society.

1855-11-08   WEW and Mary Hall are married in Pennsylvania. He appears to have been 21 and she 14.

"In Fayette county, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8, 1855, Mr. Wetherall married Miss Mary Hall, and they came to Knoxville in the following spring, purchasing a farm in Washington township. That winter they removed to Dallas, where Mr. Wetherall taught the school, then in the spring they returned to the farm, which remained their home until 1880, when they removed to Knoxville." (From 1914 obituary. See full text below.)

1856   The 1856 Iowa state census lists" Wm E Wetherall", 22, born in Maryland, and his wife, Mary, 15, born in Pennsylvania, as farming on 120 acres of unimproved land owned by WEW in Washington Township of Marion County. This is the earliest confirmed public record of Wetheralls in WBW's Wetherall-Hardman line. Since the box for their years of residence in the state had been left blank, and because the farm schedule part of the census shows no livestock or agricultural production, it would appear that the young couple had just recently acquired the land and moved there following their marriage the previous year.

Iowa's 1856 census, the first to be taken in all counties, was begun on 3 March and completed on 7 July 1856. WEW and Mary were among the many settlers who migrated to the state during its earliest years of stathood when homesteading was still possible. Iowa had became a state in 1846 and the first state fair was held in 1854. The territory had been the home of the Fox or Meskwaki (of which Iowa has a Federally recognized settlement), and the Sauk and bands of a number of other tribes, including some which had come because of wars and Indian removal actions in other territories, before and after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

1858-02-28   William Franklin Wetherall (WFW), WEW's and Mary's 1st child and 1st son, was born in Washington, Marion County, Iowa.

WEW and Mary would have a total of 4 children, the first 3 of whom would survive.

c1859-1861   Sarah Belle Wetherall (Griffin) born as WEW's and Mary's 2nd child and 1st daughter. Birth order and years of birth unconfirmed.

c1862-1863   Annetta "Nettie" Wetherall (Anderson) born as WEW's and Mary's 3rd child and 2nd daughter. Birth years estimated from ages recorded on census reports.

1862   WEW "represented Marion county in the lower house of the legislature in 1862, during the governorship of the late Samuel J. Kirkwood, Iowa's 'war governor'" according to one 1914 obituary (see full text below). According to another, "he became prominent in Marion county politics, and was elected to the war legislature as a Union democrat serving in the Ninth General Assembly" (see full text below.)

State of Iowa, 1925-26, Official Register (running title "Iowa Official Register 1925-26), Thirty-first Number. Compiled under the direction of Robert Henderson, Superintendent of Printing, By H. N. Whitney, Published by the State of Iowa, Des Moines, inludes on its list of Members of the General Assembly (page 90), Wetherall. W. E. Knoxville Marion R 9-9Ex. This translates "W.E. Wetherall (Name), of Knoxville (P.O. Address), Marion County (Home County), served as a county representative in the House of Representatives of both the 9th Session, convened from 13 January to 8 April 1962, and 9th Extra Session, convened from 3-11 September 1862."

1870 census shows "Witherall William" (36), farmer, with real estate and personal estate valued at respectively 2,500 and 650 dollars. His family includes Mary (28), keeping house, William (12), at home, Belle (10), at home, Annette (8), and Edwin (9/12).

1870 agricultural production schedule   By 1870 WEW and Mary have significantly improved the 120 acres of land they had acquired in Washington, Marion County, Iowa, by the 1856 Iowa state census. The non-population agricultural schedule of the 1870 census shows the following status of their farm.

Productions of agriculture in Washington Township of Marion County in Iowa
William Wetherall

Acres of land
  Improved             40
  Unimproved woodland  20
  Other unimproved     60

Present cash value
  Of farm           2,500 dollars
  Of farming
   and machinery      100 dollars

Livestock, June 1, 1870
  Horses                2
  Mules and asses
  Milch cows            3
  Working oxen
  Other cattle         12
  Sheep                11
  Swine                 3
  Value of 
    all livestock     400 dollars

Produce during the year ending June 1, 1870
    Spring            100 bushels
  Indian corn         500 bushesl
  Oats                 50 bushes
  Wool                 25 pounds
  Irish potatoes       15 bushels
  Butter              150 pounds
  Hay                   5 tons

  Value of XXX        185 dollars
  Value of all
    farm production   565 dollars

c1872-1874   Edwin Rogers Wetherall born as WEW's and Mary's 4th child and 2nd son. He is said to have died on 26 Apr 1874, apparently during his second year of life, and is reportedly buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Knoxville, Iowa. A contributor to Find a Grave claims he was 1 year, 8 months, 15 days old when he died though his date of birth is stated as unknown. If so, then he would have been born around August 1872.

1878-08-29   Sarah Belle marries a man named C.F. Griffin in Marion County, Iowa.

1880 census shows "Witherall William" (49), farmer, Mary (39), wife, keeping house, William (21), son, farmer, and Annetta (18), daughter, house keeper. Edwin Rogers died around 1872 or 1874. Sarah Belle married a man named C.F. Griffin in Marion County, Iowa on 29 August 1878. One of WEW's 1914 obituaries notes that she died in Kansas in 1884.

1880   WEW, Mary, and two of children move from Washington to Knoxville, also in Marion County.

1881   "In the spring of 1881 Mr. Wetherall became editor of The Express. The paper was then owned by the late Drewry Overton. Mr. Wetherall edited the paper very successfully until it was sold, about a year afterward." (From 1914 obituary. See full text below.)

1884   One of WEW's 1914 obituaries notes that his daughter Sarah Belle Griffin died in Kansas in 1884.

1900   June 1900 census shows Wetherall William E, head, white male, born Jun 1834, age 65, married 45 years, father born in Maryland, mother born in Maryland, and Wetherall Mary, wife, white female, born Aug 1841, 58, married 45 years, mother of 4 children of whom 2 survive, father born in Virginia, mother born in Pennsylvania. Both can read, write, and speak English. WEW owns the house free of mortage. His occuppation is described as "Insurance Ag" (followed by what appears to be "LL"). He was unemployed 0 months. No street or house numbers are given.

"LL" is used in abbreviations of law degrees, inlcuding "LL.B." (Bachelor of Laws), "LL.M." (Master of Laws), and "LL.D." (Doctor of Laws)." Does "LL" mean "licensed lawyer"?

1910   April 1910 census shows Wetherall, William E., Father in law, male, white, widowed, 76, born in Maryland, mother and father also born in Maryland, trade or profession described as "own income" but nature of industry unstated. He is listed following Anderson, Wilmer, head, 44, married 29 years, a laborer at odd jobs, Nettie, wife of, 47, married 29 years, mother of 2 children, of which 2 survive, Elieta, daughter, 17, single, salesman, millener, Vesta M., daughter, 10, single, in school.

1914-05-21   William Edwin Wetherall (1834-1914) dies in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, at the age of 79, at the home of his son, William Franklin Wetherall (1858-1929). He is buried at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville alongside his wife, Mary (Hall) Wetherall (1841-1907), who had died seven years earlier. The couple are buried in Block/Lot 6-41 in the Old Section of the cemetery (see image of latterday tombstone below).

William B. Wetherall was 3 years old at the time of his paternal great grandfather's death. He was living in St. Maries, Idaho, with his mother's family and his father, William Riley Wetherall (1890-1936), who was WFW's son and WEW's grandson, He had a photograph of Nettie but none of WEW or WFW, and in 2010 his memory of what he hard heard about WEW and witnessed or heard about WFW was shakey (see below).


William E. Wetherall obituaries

Two obituaries are known to have been published on the occasion of William E. Wetherall's death in 1914. Both are shown on images of the newspaper pages on which they originally appeared, in a PDF file on WEW's life posted by Historical Society Association of Iowa. The images shown below are my crops of the articles from the HSAI file. The transcriptions and [bracketed] corrections and clarifications are mine.

1914 Knoxville Express obituary

The following obituary was published on the front page of the Wednesday, 27 May 1914 edition of The Knoxville Express, a Knoxville, Iowa newspaper which he once edited. The World War (Great War, World War I) would not begin until 28 July 1914. The "war" during which W. E. Wetherall served as a representative in the Iowa State Legislature was Civil War.

WEW Obituary Knoxville Express The Knoxville Express, 27 May 1914
(State Historical Association of Iowa)

The Knoxville Express
Forty-Ninth Year, Knoxville, Iowa
Wednesday, May 27, 1914


Had Been a Well-Known Citizen
for Nearly Sixty Years.

He Edited The Express Thirty-three
Years Ago, and Had Preached,
Taught and Practiced Law.

W. E. Wetherall, well known for the past fifty-eight years as a leading citizen of Marion county, died at the home of his son, W. F. Wetherall, in Knoxville, last Thursday, aged nearly 80 years.

Mr. Wetherall had been in failing health for several months. On April 30 he sustained a paralytic stroke which affected his limbs and his power of speech. A second stroke on Monday, May 13, rendered him almost helpless, and after that time he never used his limbs nor got out of bed.

Deceased was born in Hartford [sic = Harford] county, Maryland, June 2, 1834. He was reared in Baltimore, and after finishing the public schools he attended college in the city and in Gettysburg, Pa. After he had finished his education he read medicine and law, and practiced law in Pennsylvania and Iowa until the latter part of the '60's.

In Fayette county, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8, 1855, Mr. Wetherall married Miss Mary Hall, and they came to Knoxville in the following spring, purchasing a farm in Washington township. That winter they removed to Dallas, where Mr. Wetherall taught the school, then in the spring they returned to the farm, which remained their home until 1880, when they removed to Knoxville. In the spring of 1881 Mr. Wetherall became editor of The Express. The paper was then owned by the late Drewry Overton. Mr. Wetherall edited the paper very successfully until it was sold, about a year afterward.

Deceased was a Baptist in his church relations, but became dissatisfied with some of the tenets of that church and joined the Christian denomination, in which church he was ordained as a minister in 1871. He preached for years at Burr Oak, and after his removal to Knoxville often preached here.

Mrs. Wetherall died Aug. 17, 1907. To them were born four children: William F. Wetherall, of Knoxville; Sarah Belle Griffin died in Kansas in 1884; Mrs. Nettie Anderson resides in Knoxville township; Edwin Rogers Wetherall died in Washington township in 1874. Besides his children, Mr. Wetherall leaves nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Deceased was a well-known man in Marion county, and took part in all that concerned the welfare of the community. He represented Marion county in the lower house of the legislature in 1862, during the governorship of the late Samuel J. Kirkwood, Iowa's "war governor." All his life he took great interest in politics and religion, and up to a month ago he was always the first to purchase the morning paper after the arrival of the 9 o'clock train. He retained a keen interest in all current affiars up until the day that paralysis numbed his faculties. Always a strong and active man, it was his boast that he had not had occasion to call a doctor (for himself) for sixty-five years.

Funeral services were held at the home of his son, William F. Wetherall (where he had made his home for the past four years), at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mattox, of the Christian church. Interment in Graceland.


1914 Knoxville Journal obituary

A longer, more interesting obituary was published the following day in the Thursday, 28 May 1914 edition of The Knoxville Journal, another local paper.

WEW Obituary Knoxville Journal Knoxville Journal, 28 May 1914
(State Historical Association of Iowa)

The Knoxville Journal
Thursday, May 28, 1914




Something of the Life History of
Those Who Have Fallen Before
The Scythe of Time.

Rev. W. E. Wetherall.

Rev. W. E. Wetherall, known for more than a half century as one of the wide-awake, prominent citizens of Marion county, died at his home in Knoxville May 21, 1914, aged 79 years, 11 months and 19 days. He had been in poor health for several months -- gradually failing from the effects of the inroads of old age; however, he was able to be up and around the house and down town occasionally up to about a month before his death.

In reality, the last sickness covered a period of only three weeks, beginning April 30 when he was stricken with paralysis. During that time he was under the care of his son, W. F. Wetherall and family, who did everything in their power to make the old gentleman's life as comfortable as possible.

Rev. Mr. Wetherall was a man of great force of character and one who passed through a varied career. He was born in Hartford [sic = Harford] county, Maryland June 2, 1834, and grew to manhood in the city of Baltimore, where he took an academic and college course which was finished in Gettysburg, Penn.

In the year of 1849, at the age of 15 there came a break in his studies which probably did much to shake his after career: In company with other boys, young men and older men, he started on a trip to California in 1849, during the gold excitement. After traveling by wagon half across the continent and while out in the "Great American Desert" (now the state of Kansas), he was detailed one night to guard stock from the depredations of Indians and desperadoes. During the darkness he approached a bunch of horses and cattle that was being guarded by other men on the train; was mistaken for a pilferer and was shot through the shoulder. That ended his gold seeking and he finally worked his way back east after two years of suffering and took up the study of medicine. His partially helpless arm prevented the exercise of the surgical branch of the study and he then abandoned medicine for the law and was a practicing attorney for a period of 16 years, from 1854 till 1870.

On November 9, 1855, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Hall, in Fayette county, Pa., and in the spring of 1956 came to Marion county. Later he studied for the ministry and was ordained pastor of the Christian church in 1872. He removed from the southern part of the country to Knoxville about 35 years ago and in 1881-82 was editor of the Marion County Democrat. Long before that time, away back in 1862 he became prominent in Marion county politics, and was elected to the war legislature as a Union democrat, over Jurius F. Neal, old line democrat.

That is certainly a remarkable career -- doctor, lawyer, minister, politician and legislator.

To the union of Wm. E. Wetehrall [sic] and Mary Hall, four children were born, only two of whom are now living. W. F. Wetherall, of Knoxville, and Nettie, wife of Wilmer Anderson, three miles south of town. The wife and mother died August 17, 1907. Besides the son and daughter, deceased leaves nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Deceased was the officiating minister at the marriage of three of his grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the home Saturday, May 23, conducted by Wlder C. H. Mattox of the Christian church. Burial beside the remains of his companion, in Graceland.

"shot through the shoulder"

See William E. Wetherall in Civil War
for "Has been shot through the shoulder" remark in
1863 Iowa Union military service eligibility record


Mary A. (Hall) Wetherall

Mary A. Wetherall appears to have been the daughter of William Hall, a Pennsylvania farmer, and Sarah, whose maiden name appears to have been Hanan or Haynan. All that is known about her comes from WEW's obituaries (see above) and the following account of Captain William Hall, who appears to have been her father.

Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania Genealogical and Personal History of
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Facsimile and title pages of Volume II
(Screen capture of Archive.org scan)
Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania Genealogical and Personal History of
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
(AbeBooks.com RT Books image)
Mary Wetherall obituary Mary Wetherall's obituary
Cropped from copy in Wetherall Family Collection
of copy from Kathy Wetherall attributed to
"Knoxville Gene. Soc."

Captain William Hall

The following publication includes a biographical profile of a Captain William Hall, which links his daughter Mary Hall with a William Wetherell, whose profile is similar to that of William Edwin Wetherall.

John W. Jordan and James Hadden
Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania
New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912
3 volumes, illustrated, with portraits of selected personalities

This biographical reference has been reproduced in a number of facsimile editions. It is now also widely available in POD editions as well as in digital scans of library holdings of the original edition.

The following transcription is based on machine copies of pages 632 and 633 in a 1996 reprint edition of Volume II published by Heritage Books, Maryland. The copies were made by Kathy Wetherall during the late 1990s. The text is identical to the text of the original edition scanned by Archive.org. The title in the following extract, and the underscoring and red mark-up, are mine.

William Hall during Civil War

HALL. This is a very common name, not only in America, but also in England. It was borne by numerous early immigrants to New England and to Virginia. The present family came from Virginia into Pennsylvania, and is of English descent.

(I) William Hall, the first member of this family about whom we have definite information, was a farmer and large land owner in Virginia. It is not known whom he married.

He had twelve children, eleven of these being sons, one of whom was William, of whom further.

(II) William, son of William Hall, was born in 1808. He was captain of Home Guards in the civil war, and commonly known as Captain Hall. He married Sarah Hanan. Children: Irwin R., of whom further; Mary, married William Wetherell, a farmer, afterward a real estate dealer residing in Iowa.

(III) Irwin R., son of William and Sarah (Hanan) Hall, was born April 27, 1836, and died June 1, 1908. He was raised on a farm. For twenty-two years he taught school, giving attention to his farm in vacation time. He owned about ninety-three acres of land, did general farming and raised stock. He was a Democrat, and, with his wife, a Methodist.

I.R. Hall's descendants, and descendants of his son William B. Hall, are also profiled in considerable detail.

Editor John Woolf Jordan (1840-1921) was a librarian of the Pennsylvania Historical Society in Philadelphia, and co-editor James Hadden (1845-1923), of Uniontown, in Fayette County, an author of Washington's and Braddock's expeditions through Fayette County, and published a reproduction of Monongahela of Old, or Historical Sketches of Southwestern Pennsylvania to the year 1800 by the historian James Veech (1808-1879), published originally in Pittsburgh in 1858.

The latter publication includes a fascinating overview of Pennsylvania's boundary disputes with Virginia, which centered on the Monongahela valley, and resulted in the creation of Fayette County in Pennsylvania.


WEW's walking stick

William B. Wetherall (WBW) talked about his great grandfather in the course of looking throuh my father's family photographs and other detritus, during my spring visits to Grass Valley in 2010 and 2011. I would not see him again, and family history was the furthest from our minds the several times we talked on the phone before his death in 2013.

Our 2010 and 2011 talks consisted mainly of my asking questions about photographs and other materials, then jotting notes as he answered and commented on whatever came to his minds. At times I would press for more details, or revisit earlier comments in an attempt to clarify them.

WBW was unable to provide birth or death dates for either of his paternal great grandparents. He thought his great grandmother's name was Mary and thought WEB had been from Maryland or Pennsylvania, but he had no idea where they were buried. He assumed their graves were in Knoxville, but he wasn't sure. He had probably once known but forgotten.

However, WBW unequivocally stated that WEW had served in the Iowa state legislature as a representative of Marion County. He produced a cane from his closet, pointing out the WEW initials on the knob. He had no idea when WEW had been a representative, nor did he recall how he himself had come by the cane. He said he believed that WEW had also been a minister and that he might have practiced law. He also said he thought that WEW had once been shot by someone.

This was the extent of WBW's knowledge about the oldest member of his clan as of 2011.

The "cane" -- actually a walking stick -- was the only memento that WBW seemed to possess from his Iowa family. I have no idea how long it had been in his closet. How he received it -- perhaps from his grandfather when he graduated from grade school -- perhaps from his father or grandmother when he graduated from high school -- or perhaps from his Aunt Alice when visiting Iowa in 1958 -- remains a mystery.

The walking stick was a true heirloom. Apparently WBW's other two children were not aware of its existence. Mary (Wetherall) (Van Ryswyk) Wells, WBW's half-sister, said in 2014 that she knew nothing about it. My brother and sister also said that they were unaware of its existence.

Its present whereabouts also remains a mystery.

Possibly WBW himself threw it out when he empited the house in 2012 in preparation for its sale. He hated to part with the house, much less with all the things that filled it -- tangible evidence of his entire life as a husband and father. Yet when it came time to act, he simply got rid of "all this stuff" as he called it -- "stuff, stuff, stuff." He knew he wouldn't be taking any of it with him.

So perhaps WBW simply decided that no one would want the walking stick. He had offerred it to me at the time he showed it to me, and I said to leave it with his other belongings, which included a box of high-school journals, some of which he had helped write and edit. I never anticipated that the walking stick might simply walk away. I'm not even sure what became of the journals. But unlike the journals, and the photographs and a few letters, the stick would not have fit in any of his boxes.

To anyone else, it would be just a stick. Who would want it?

To me, though, it seems a shame that it couldn't have continued strolling through the generations of WEW's descendants.


Nettie Anderson Nettie Anderson

Photograph of Nettie (Wetherall) Anderson at her residence in Centerville, Iowa
Probably taken in the early 1940s by her neice Lena (Wetherall) Stone
Copy in Wetherall Family Collection apparently sent by Lena to
William B. Wetherall, her nephew, and Nettie's grand nephew

Aunt Nettie (1862-1947)

Nettie Anderson

Nettie Anderson, formally Annette W. Anderson, nee Wetherall, was the youngest of two sisters of William Franklin Wetherall, and the only sister to survive childhood. The photograph to the right was sent to WFW's grandson, my father, William B. Wetherall, apparently by his 1st cousin Lena (Wetherall) Stone, WBW's paternal aunt, and Nettie's neice.

The photo is described on the back as follows, in what may be Lena's hand.

This is your Great Aunt Nettie Anderson, your Grandpa W's Sister. She is still living at Centerville, Iowa & is very active & spry considering her age. We found her like this with her hair all curled & neat as a pin when we dropped in on her about 10 a.m. two months ago, not having seen her in about 25 yrs.

The woman William B. Wetherall called "Aunt Nettie" was in fact his great aunt, Annette W. (Wetherall) Anderson, the 2nd daughter and 3rd child of William E. and Mary Wetherall, his paternal great grandparents. Born during the Civil War, she would live until 1947, two years after World War II.

The following obituary for Nettie was posted on IAGenWeb's Appanoose Obituaries website. The [bracketed] remarks are mine.

Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen
September 10, 1947


Mrs. Nettie Anderson, 85, passed away at her home at 811 West Van Buren street Tuesday evening, September 9, at 9 p.m. after a long period of Illness. She had been ill for the past two years, but just seriously ill for the past week.

Mrs. Anderson, the daughter of William and Mary Wetherall, was born near Knoxville, Iowa [in 1862]. On December 7, 1880, she was married to Wilmer Anderson. They moved to Centerville 30 years ago, and have made their home in Appanoose county since then. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away January 22, 1937. Surviving are two daughters, Vesta Mervin Scott, of Moline, Illinois, and Mrs. Elieta Agan, of Des Moines, who has lived here with her mother for the past two years helping care for her, as well as 7 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Her eldest grandson was killed in action during World War II.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Thursday, September 11, at the Miller Funeral home. Rev. H. E. Trimble will officiate, and burial will be in the Haines cemetery. The body will remain at Millers' until services.


Chronology of Wetherall-Hall family through censuses

Wetherall-Hall family in 1840 to 1910 censuses
1840 1850 1856 1860 1870 1880 1900 1905 1910
William E.
Not yet found Washington
Mary A.
Born 1841 Jefferson
Died 1907

William Edwin Wetherall was born in Harford County, Maryland on 2 June 1834, to parents born in Maryland.

Mary A. Hall was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania on 16 August 1841, to a father born in Virginia and a mother born in Pennsylvania.

William E.'s and Mary's ancestry

William E. Wetherall's obituaries state that he was born in Harford County, Maryland but raised in Baltimore, and that he married Mary Hall in Fayette County in Pennsylvania.

A biographical profile of William Hall (1808-1876), a captain of the Home Guards in Pennsylvania during the Civil War, states that Hall's daughter Mary "married William Wetherell, a farmer, afterward a real estate dealer residing in Iowa."

1840 census for Ward 9 of Baltimore, Maryland shows a household of 4 free white persons headed by a "W. Wetherall" (male, age 30-39). The other 3 members of the household are a male aged 5-9, a female aged 30-39, and another male aged 60-69 -- probably W. Wetherall's son and wife, and perhaps his father or father-in-law. If the head's name was William, then his son may have been William Edwin, who was 6 years old at the time.

1850 census for Jefferson Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania shows "William Hall" (42), farmer, born in Monongahela (Monongalia) County, Virginia, with Sarah Hall (33), born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and children Irwin Hall (14) and Mary A. Hall (8), plus two others, William H. Sephenson (19) and Amy A. Haynan (60), both also born in Fayette County.

A biographical account of William Hall in a 1912 publication on Fayette County history states that a William Hall known as "Captain Hall" was married to a woman named "Sarah Hanan" and had a son "Irwin R." who married "Ruth" and a daughter "Mary" who married "William Wetherell" (John W. Jordan and James Hadden, Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912).

One of William E. Wetherall's obituaries states that his wife's maiden name was Sarah Hanan. The Amy A. "Haynan" in the 1850 census may have been Sarah's mother. Amy would have been born around 1790.

Sarah Hall's maiden name is said to have been Hanan (though possibly it was Haynan). Judging from her ages on the above censuses, she was born around 1816-1817. She, too, appears to have died in the 1870s (unconfirmed).

See "Wetherall-Baldwin" families section of this website for further details.

William E. and Mary married in Fayette County, Pennsylvania on 8 November 1855. He was 21 and she was 14.

William and Mary appear to have met when WEW was attending Pennsylvania College in Gettysburg from 1853 to 1855. According to his obituaries, he was born in Harford County Maryland but raised in Baltimore and finished his studies in college in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, a Pennsylvania College report show that he quit his studies during his junior year in 1855.

1856 Iowa census shows "William Wetherall" (22) and Mary (15) settled on 120 acres of unimproved land he had bought in the township of Washington in Marion county, Iowa.

1860 census shows "Wm. Witherall" (sic = Wetherall) (32), a school teacher, living in Washington township with Mary (18) and their children William (3) and Sarah J. (2/12) [tentative reading]. William and Mary are erroneously said to have been born in Indiana (dittoed from "Ind" shown for members of preceding household). The two children are correctly said to have been born in Iowa. Their real estate and personal property are valued at 600 and 200 dollars.

1870 census shows "William Witherall" (sic = Wetherall) (36), farmer, with real estate and personal estate valued at respectively 2,500 and 650 dollars. His family includes Mary (28) keeping house, William (12) at home, Belle (10) at home, Annette (8), and Edwin (9/12).

The agricultural production survey conducted at time of the 1870 census shows "William Wetherall" operating a farm consisting of 40 improved acres, plus 20 acres of woodland and 60 acres of other unimproved land valued at 2,500 dollars with 100 dollars worth of implements and machinery. Livestock included 2 horses, 3 milch cows, 12 other cattle, 11 sheep, and 3 swine valued at 400 dollars. Farm production included included 100 bushels of spring wheat, 500 bushels of Indian corn, and 50 bushels of oats, 25 of wool, 15 bushes of Irish potatoes, 150 pounds of butter, and 5 tons of hay, having a total value of 565 dollars.

1880 census shows "William Witherall" (sic = Wetherall) (49), head, farmer, Mary (39), wife, keeping house, William (21), son, farmer, and Annetta (18), daughter, house keeper. Edwin Rogers died around 1872 or 1874. Sarah Belle married C.F. Griffin in Marion County, Iowa on 29 August 1878. One of WEW's 1914 obituaries notes that Sarah died in Kansas in 1884.

William and Mary moved from their farm in Washington to a house in Knoxville in 1880.

1895 Iowa census shows "William E. Wetherall" (60) and Mary Wetherall (53) residing in Knoxville (unconfirmed partial transcription data).

1900 census shows "William E. Wetherall" (65), head, born June 1834, married 45 years, father born in Maryland, mother born in Maryland, plus Mary (58), wife, born Aug 1841, also married 45 years, mother of 4 children of whom 2 survive, father born in Virginia, mother born in Pennsylvania. Both can read, write, and speak English. WEW owns the house free of mortage. His occuppation is described as "Insurance Ag" (insurance agent) followed by what appears to be "LL" (uncertain). He was unemployed 0 months. No street or house numbers are given.

1905 Iowa census cards show "W.E. Wetherall" (card 862) and Mary Wetherall (card 863) of Knoxville, Iowa.

Mary Wetherall died on 17 August 1907.

1910 census shows "William E. Wetherall" (76), widowed, living with his daughter Nettie (Annette) and her family on West Montgonermy St. in Knoxville. He is last listed as the father-in law of Wilmer Anderson (44), head, married 29 years, a laborer at odd jobs. Wilmer's wife is Nettie (47), married 29 years, mother of 2 children of whom 2 survive, both daughters living with them, Elieta (17), single, salesman, millener, and Vesta M. (10), single, in school. William E.'s trade or profession is described as "own income" but nature of industry is unstated.

William E. Wetherall died on 21 May 1914 at the home of his son William Franklin Wetherall, with whom he appears to have been living at the time.


The Civil War in Iowa

The War of the Rebellion (1861-1865) was occasionally called a civil war during the war, but the war was most often characterized as a rebellion -- both by Northerners who supported the Union cause, and by Southerners who were proud of being rebels. Calling the war an insurrection had a more pro-Union ring, for Clause 15 of Section 8 of Article 1 of the Constitution gave Congress the power "to [call] forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions". This clause became the authority for the 1807 Insurrection Act, which was invoked during the Civil War.

Iowa's main military contribution to the war was to provide troops and officers for Union forces and to raise local militia that policed the state's borders. It's main logistic role was to supply Union forces and Eastern States with large quanities of food and other products.

By 1863, Union states were compiling registers of men eligible for military service. The original records were probably on cards or chits, completed by registrars in each township in every county, then sorted by family name for the purpose of listing by county and township on standarized sheets in ledgers like the one shown below for William E. Wetherall.

William E. Wetherall (1834-1914)

Wetherall 1863

June-July 1863, Washington Township, Marion County, Iowa
William E. Wetherall, 29, White, Farmer, Married, Maryland born, Has been shot through the shoulder

Enrollments enumerated in June and July 1863, transcribed to this register on 5 August 1863
under direction of Capt James Mathews, Provost Marshal, 4th Congressional District, Iowa

Copped and cropped from Ancestry.com
Click on following image to enlarge

Wetherall 1863

William E. Wetherall in Civil War

Did William E. Wetherall (1834-1914) of Marion County, Iowa -- the husband of Mary A. Hall (1841-1907) -- serve in either a Union or Confederate military unit during the "War of the Rebellion" -- later the "War Between the States" -- today just the "Civil War"?

The short is "No." As of this writing (April 2021), no documentary evidence has come to light that WEW was involved in military activites during the Civil War. There is, however, a clear and umambiguous record that he was registered as a person eligible for military service.

See John R. Baldwin in Civil War
on the Baldwin-Steele page for
the story of William E. Wetherall's counterpart on
the Baldwin side of the Wetherall-Baldwin union.

William E. Wetherall enrolled

The image to the right shows a leaf from the following register of Civil War enrollments.

Title slip

          (CIVIL WAR)
Records of Office Subdivisions, 1862-66.
Enrollment Branch, General Records,
Enrollment Lists and Reports
Enrollment Lists and Corrections to
Enrollment Lists, 1863-65
VOL 754           NM-65, E. 172
Iowa              Vol. 2 of 3 [Image Vol. 1 of 3]
4 C.D. [Congression District]
Class 1
L-Z [image A-K]

Cover title

Consolidated List
    Class 1.
  4th District

Page 717

Page 717 defines the record as follows ([underscoring] and [bracketed information] mine).

Class I comprises all persons subject to do military duty between the ages of twenty and thirth-five, and all unmarried persons subject to do military duty above the age of thirty-five years and under the age of forty-five.

Class II comprises all other persons subject to do military duty.

SCHEDULE I: CONSOLIDATED LIST of all persons of Class I, subject to military duty in 4th Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of Estile Owsley and others State of Kentucky, enumerated during the months of June & July, 1863, under direction of Capt James Mathews, Provost Marshal.

RESIDENCE: 4th District / Marion County / Washington Township
NAME: [Line] 2. Wetherall William E.
Age 1st July, 1863: 29
While or Colored: White
Profession, Occupation, or Trade: Farmer
Married or Unmarried: Married
(Naming the State, Territory, or Country: Md. [Maryland]
REMARKS: Has been shot through the shoulder

To Colonel James B. Fry
Provost Marshal General U.S.
Washington, D.C.

Station: Headquarters 4th Congr. Dist. of Iowa
Date: August 5th 1864
James Mathews / Capt. Provost Marshal

"Has been shot through the shoulder"

William E. Wetherall was accidently shot through the shoulder in 1849 while on his way to California, in what became Kansas Territory in 1854 and the state of Kansas in 1861.
The story of how he was "shot through the shoulder" is told in his obituary in the 28 May 1914 edition of The Knoxville Journal


Slaveholding We(a)theral(l)s in Harford County, Maryland

The British colony of Maryland became one of the original 13 States of the Union when the United States of America was founded in 1776. Its social history is study in the economics of plantation slavery.


The colony of Maryland was founded by George Calvert, the 1st Lord of Baltimore in the Irish peerage, who hoped to make it a haven for Catholic settlers. The colony was formally established after his death in 1632 when Charles I, the King of England, Ireland, and Scotland, issued a charter intended for George to his son, Cecilius Calvert, the 2nd Baron Baltimore in the English peerage, who thus became the 2nd Lord of Baltimore and the 1st Proprietor of the Maryland colony. The propietorship gave him the right to collect taxes, wage war, and establish a colonial nobility, in return for one-fifth of all gold and silver found in colony, which in effect he rented from the crown.

Cecilius Calvert never set foot in Maryland but managed the colony from his residence in North Yorkshire, England, for over four decades. He appointed his younger brother Leonard Calvert the first royal Governor of Maryland. Maryland placenames echo the names of a succession of Calvert and other royal governors, down to Sir Robert Eden, the last such governor down to the time Maryland fell into the hands of revolutionaries and became a state in 1776.

Religious tolerance

Maryland laws uniquely protected catholics from the sort of religious persecution that was rife in England and its other colonies, dominated by the Anglican Church of England. Catholics held some of the colony's highest offices, and catholics flocked to the colony to avail themselves of its religious tolerance. However, most settlers, including many convicts and felons, were English protestants.

Tobacco production and indent1ured laborers and slaves

Tobacco was a major but labor-intensive income crop in the northern coastal colonies centering on Virginia, the first colony, and Maryland, the second. During the 17th century, Maryland plantations made abundant use of white indent1ured labor (non-free whites). Many of the coloney's earlier settlers were indent1ured servants who remained in bondage until they worked off Atlantic passages, other debts, or sentences.

Some black slaves were also brought to Maryland to work on tobacco plantations or farms. Black slaves became the primary source of plantation labor during the 18th century.

Harford County

Harford County was created in 1773 from the eastern part of Baltimore County with it's county seat at Bel Air. The county had many large plantations run by slaveholders.

Havre de Grace

Havre de Grace, a town at the mouth of the Susquehanna River at the head of Chesapeake Bay, was incorporated in 1785. Lafayette, when in town during during the Revolutionary War, is supposed to have said it reminded him of the French port of Le Havre, which had once been called Le Havre de Grace.

In 1889, Havre de Grace tied as a candidiate for the site of the capital of the newly founded United States of America with the vicinities of two other towns, Georgetown in Maryland and Alexandria in Virginia, on opposite banks of the Potomac river, which empties into Chesapeake Bay closer to its mouth. The Potomac site won in a tie-breaking vote, and the Virgina and Maryland localities were separated from their states and hence the Union. However, Washington, D.C. was eventually constructed on the Georgetown side of the river, and Alexandria was returned to Virginia.

Civil War

The town of Havre de Grace was one of several localities for recruting Union colored troops for the Civil War, by which time many free colored persons had also settled in the county and town. Families in Baltimore city also had free colored persons and slaves in their households, and they continued to employ categorically black and/or mulatto servants after the emancipation of slaves in the 1860s.

Three slaveholding We(a)thera(l)l plantations in Harford county
Census 1790 1790 1800 1800 1800 1810 1810 1820 1830
Heads of
Jas [Jos]
Harford Harford Harford
District 1
District 1
de Grace
de Grace
District 1
District 1
Notes Note 1 Note 2 Note 3 Note 4 Note 2 Note 3
Free whites (1790-1840)
Males 2 0-15
2 16+
 1 0-15
 2 16+
 1 0-9
 1 26-44
Henry (39)
and son
 1 0-9
 1 26-44
James (41)
and son
 2 10-15
 1 45+
Boys born
 4 0-9
 1 26-44
Henry (49)
and sons

(1800 son
 1 0-9
 1 10-15
 1 16-25
 1 26-44
 1 45+
James (51)
(With sons
and others?)
 1 16-25
 2 26-44
James and
one other
 1 20-29
 2 30-39
Females 2 -age 2 -age  1 0-9
 1 26-44
Elzbth (29)
and dghtr
 2 10-15
 1 16-25
 1 26-44
Sarah (32)
dghtrs and
oth wmn
 1 0-9
 2 10-15
 1 26-44
 2 26-44
Elzbth (39)
and oth wmn

(1800 dghtr
 1 16-25
 1 45+
Sarah (42)
and dghtr?

(Or other
 2 45+ All women
have left
or died
All other free persons (1790-1810), Free colored persons (1820-1840), All others except Indians not-taxed (1820)
Slaves (1790-1840)
Males  8 -sex
 9 -sex
10 -sex
10 -sex
12 -sex
 2 0-14
 2 14-25
 2 26-44
 2 45+
 2 0-9
Females  1 14-25
 1 26-44
 2 10-23
Total persons in household by bondage, color, and sex classifications
Free whites
Oth fr prsns
 6  4m 2f
 5  3m 2f
 4  2m 2f
 6  2m 4f
 7  3m 4f
 7  5m 2f
 7  5m 2f
 5  3m 2f
10  8m 2f
15 11m 4f
 2  2m
 4  2m 2f
 6  4m 2f
Heads of
Jas [Jos]
Remarks Jms (James)
family has
no slaves.
Is this the
1800 James
Jas or Jos?
or Joseph?
Is this the
1800 James
starts here.
Is this the
1790 James
family of
free whites.
First and last
in census.
ends here.
at peak
ends here
Henry's and James's
families listed on
same census sheet.
Young men
born net
late 1770s.
Rise and fall of James Weatheral, aka Wetherall, aka Weatherall family is seen in numbers of free white members and slaves.
Census 1790 1790 1800 1800 1800 1810 1810 1820 1830

Note 1   Forthcoming.

Note 2   Forthcoming.

Note 3   Henry Wetherall (b1761) married Charlotte Elizabeth Day (1771–1826) on 27 April 1797. He was the son of Henry Wetherall (b1729, d bef 1780) and Mary Ann Osborne (1733–1796), and she was the daughter of John Day (b1723, d c1784) and Sarah York (nee Horner, 1732-1870). Their widowed parents married in 1783, and hence they were step siblings.

In the 1800 census, Henry was about 39 and Elizabeth she was about 29, hence both were classified in the 26-44 age group that year. By the 1810 census, he was about 49 and she was about 39, hence he was classified in the 45+ age group.

Note 4   James Wetherall (b1759) married Sarah Day (b1868) on 8 December 1785. He was Henry Wetherall's older brother, and she was Elizabeth's older sister.

Note 5   Forthcoming.

Note 6   Forthcoming.

Note 7   Forthcoming.

Note 8   Forthcoming.

Note 9   Forthcoming.


The families of William G. Wetherall of Baltimore, Maryland

William G. Wetherall (1800-1888), aka William G. Wetherall Sr., was a prominent Baltimore, Maryland iron and steel merchant. He and William Edwin Wetherall (1834-1914) may have been half brothers -- if the following conjectures are correct.

Received history of William G. Wetherall family

William Edwin Wetherall's ancestors remain a mystery. Obituaries state that he was born in Harford County, Maryland, educated in Baltimore, headed west with young friends in 1849, was accidently shot in Kansas, and after recovering made his way back east about two years later, enrolled in Pennsylvania College, and is listed as a member of its freshman class in 1853. He quit his studies mid-way through his junior year in 1855, and married, and he and his wife clearly appear in census records from 1856 in Iowa on uncultivated land they developed into a farm while he taught school, practiced law, and engaged in political activities.

However, the young son of "Wm. Wetherall" of Baltimore in the 1840 census, which appears to link the earlier and later censuses of the 1st and 2nd generations of the William G. Wetherall family, may be William Edwin Wetherall. The connection is hypothetical, but it satisfies what is known about the two William Wetheralls -- who, if the 1840 census is indeed a link -- would be half-brothers.

History of Baltimore City and County History of Baltimore City and County
John Thomas Scharf, A.M. (1881)
(Screen capture of Archive.org scan)

John Thomas Scharf on William G. Wetherall

The late 1800s and early 1900s witnessed a boom in the publication of thick "who's who" compendia in the guise of local histories. Maryland, being first one of the original American colonies of the British Empire, and later one of the founding States of the Union of the United States of America, was dense steeped recent history and densely populated with people who were proud of their history. It was, in other words, an ideal market for peddling historical publications to local libraries and the families of the "men" who were honored in the books as "representatives" of their communities.

One such book was the following work, which has been scanned in the digital library of Archive.org. The scans are of a copy of the book in the Americana collection of the Library of Congress.

John Thomas Scharf, A.M.
History of Baltimore City and County
(From the Earliest Period to the Present Day:
Including Biographical Sketches of Their Representative Men)
Philadelphia: Lewis H. Everts, 1881

The following history of the William G. Wetherall family is cited verbatim from page 425 in the "Commercial Industries and Manufacturers" section of the book. The titles are as found in the book. The transcription is mine. The portrait and signature of "Wm. G. Wetherall" is my screen capture from an Archive.org scan of Scharf 1881, History of Baltimore City and County, page 425.

Daily headstones

History of Baltimore City and County

Commercial Industries and Manufacturers


Among the houses engaged in the iron trade of Baltimore at present is that of William G. and William G. Wetherall, Jr. William G. Wetherall, Sr. was born in Baltimore County on the 23d of February, 1800. His ancestors on the paternal side were of pure English stock, while on the maternal side he is of Irish descent. His mother's maiden name was May Bedel Presbury. Both his paternal and maternal ancestors settled in Harford County in the seventeenth century, where they became large landholders.

His father, William Wetherall, was an officer in the Union Bank of Maryland for thirty-seven years, and his own business career began at an early age, when he entered the counting-room of Hollins & McBlair, who were large importers of East India goods.

In 1821, Mr. Wetherall went to Mexico in one of Thomas Tennant's clipper schooners as a clerk in the house of D'Arbel & Co., of Tampico, D'Arcy and Didier being the principal partners in the firm, and in a few years he was admitted into the partnership. After closing up the business of the firm in 1830, he returned to Baltimore, the other partners having preceded him. He again visited Mexico in 1835-36, but returned home in impaired health and fortune. In 1846 he commenced the business of importer and dealer in iron and steel, in connection with his son, William G. Wetherall, Jr., in Baltimore, in which business he is still engaged. His character for sterling worth and business enterprise has won the rich success which it has so amply merited.

Reconstruction of William G. Wetherall's family in 19th century

The following table shows a hypothetical reconstruction of William G. Wetherall's family in census reports for Baltimore, Maryland from 1810 to 1900, sans the 1890 census, which was destroyed in a fire.

The families of William G. Wetherall in Baltimore, Maryland censuses
Ages 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1900
Head Wm. Wetherall Wm. Wetheral Wm. Wetherall W. Wetherall Wm. G.
William G.
W.G. Wetherall Sidney
Occupation Commerce Merchant Merchant Iron dealer Iron merchant Iron merchant
Real estate
Personal est
Wm. G. Sr. Wm. G. Jr.
Ward 1 9 9 9 15 15 12 12 13
Address 295
7 (5 ch)
2 free
5 (3 ch) Plus
1 male &
1 female
3 (1 ch) Plus
1 male &
1 female
4 (2 ch)
New wife No free
or slaves
3 (1 ch)
7 (5 ch)
clerk and
two female
6 (4 ch)
two female
6 (4 ch)
two female
5 (3 ch)
female cook
"Free whites" (1810-1840) and "whites" (1850-1900)
1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1900
1st and 2nd generations
Wm. and Wm. G. Wetherall
Whose son
was this?
3rd generation
Wm. G. Wetherall, Jr.
3 M 0-9
2 F 0-9
Is 1 son
Wm. G.?
Wm. G. born
23 Feb 1800
Wm. G.
goes to
in 1821.
He returns
in 1830
and goes
again in
 # 1 M # 
Wm.'s son?
A grandson?
W.G.'s son
in earlier
Was he born
in 1834?
Was his name
Nannie 0 George 1
William 3
Fanny 7
Mary 8
George dies
"William" = William G. Jr.
"Fanny" = Fannie
"Ann" = Nannie
10-19 1 F 16-25
2 M 18-25
Is 1 son
Wm. G.?
Ann 10 Willie 12
Fannie 14
Mary P. 18
"Willie" = Wm. G. Jr.
20-29 1 M 26-44

1 F 26-44
Wm.'s wife
2 M 26-44
1 M is Wm.

1 F 26-44
Wm.'s wife
1 M
Wm. G.?
Amanda A. 27 Nannie K. 20 W.G. 22
F. 24
M.P. 28
Wm. G. Jr.
Mary P.
30-39 1 M
Wm. G.?
 # 1 F # 
William Griffith Wetherall married
Sidney Amanda Calwell 16 Jan 1849.
William G. Jr. born 19 Dec 1857.
M.K. 30
(sic N.K.)
Nannie K.
40-49 1 M 45+
1 F
Wm.'s wife
Wm.'s wife
Is  # 1 F # 
his daughter?
Or new wife?
Wm. G. 48 Amanda 40
(sic 37-38)
Sidney A. 44
(sic 47-48)
William G. 42
Fannie 44
Mary P. 48
50-59 1 M
Wm. died
in 1840s
and his
William 50
(sic 58-60)
S.A. 58 Sidney A.
60-69 1 M
Griffith 30
Wm. G. 68
70-79 W.G. 79 Sydney 77
Remarks Wm.
born circa
early 1770s

Son Wm. G.
born circa
Wm. G.
in Mexico
Wm. G.
in Baltimore

Wm. G.
in Mexico
Wm. E.
2 June 1834

Wm. E.
in 1849
Wm. E.
nlt 1853

Wm. E.
nlt 1856
1853-1855  Wm. E. attends
Pennsylvania College.
8 Nov 1855  Wm. E. weds
Mary Hall in Fayette Co., Pn.
1856 Iowa census shows
Wm. and wife Mary
settled on new farm.
Wm. G.
(Wm. G. Sr.) dies 1879
Sidney A.
dies circa

Wm. G. Jr.
circa 1909
"Free colored persons" and "Slaves" (1810-1850), and "Blacks" (Blk) and "Mulattoes" (Mul) (1860-1900)
1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1900

as free
persons or
slaves, or
2 other
free persons

I.e., free

Sex & age
1 male

1 female
1 male

1 female
No slaves or
free colored
persons in
this year,
owing to
hard times.
None of 12
members of
as black,
or other
Jones 10
Blk servant

Jones 24
Blk servant

Mthr & dghtr?
Straughn 22
Mul servant

Steward 24
Mul servant
Hinton 60
Blk servant

Dorsey 25
Blk servant
Robinson 19
Blk housegirl

Epps 24
Blk cook

related to
color, or
Free whites
All other
(No age
Free whites
All others
 not taxed
Free white
Free white
black, or
black, or
White (W)
Black (B)
Mulatto (M)
Chinese (C)
Indian (I)
White (W)
Black (B)
Mulatto (Mu)
Chinese (C)
Indian (I)
Color or Race
or Indian
1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1900
William G. Wetherall's monument William G. Wetherall's monument
Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
(Find a Grave photo)
William G. Wetherall's headstone William G. Wetherall's headstone
Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
(Find a Grave photo)

First generation of the William G. Wetherall family

1810 census shows Wm. Wetherall as the head of a household in Ward 1 of Baltimore. The household consists of 9 persons -- 7 "Free whites" and 2 "Other free persons".

1 man 26-44 -- William, probably in his late 30s, hence born in early 1770s
1 woman 26-44 -- his wife, probably in her early 30s, hence born in late 1770s
3 boys under 10
2 girls under 10
2 Other free persons, sex and age not classified

1820 census shows Wm. Wetheral (sic) as the head of a household in Ward 9 of Baltimore. The household consists of 7 persons -- 5 "Free whites", 1 "slave", and 1 "Free colored person".

1 man over 45 -- William, probably in his late 40s
1 woman 26-44 -- his wife, probably in herearly 40s
2 young men 18-25 -- presumably in their late teens
1 young woman 16-26 -- presumably also in her late teens
1 slave boy 1-13
1 free colored woman 26-44

This could be the 1810 family living in a newer ward. 1 son and 1 daughter have either died or left home to work or marry. The other 3 are still at home unmarried. The slave boy is a new addition. The free colored woman may have been one of the other free persons living with the family in 1810.

William G. Wetherall may be one of the sons still at home at the time of the censu. He goes to Mexico in 1821 and does not return until 1830.

1830 census shows Wm. Wetherall as the head of a household now consisting of only 5 members -- 3 free whites and 2 slaves.

1 older man 50-59 -- William, probably in his late 50s
1 older woman 50-59 -- his wife, probably in her early 50s
1 young man -- presumably an unmarried son in his late 20s
1 slave boy 0-9
1 slave girl 10-24 -- possibly the mother of the slave boy

Surviving children would be in their late 20s.

The young man might be one of the sons still at home in 1820. Or he could be William G. if he returned before the enumeration.

The daughter still at home in 1820 has died or left to work or marry.

William G. is in Mexico again in 1835-1836 but has health and apparently also economic problems.

1840 census shows Wm. Weatherall (sic) as the head of what appears to be the same family, much reduced in size, now consisting of only 3 members, all free whites.

1 older man 60-69 -- William in his late 60s.
1 young woman 30-39 -- A returned (widowed or divorced) daughter? A new wife?
1 boy 5-9 -- A grandson? A son?

Surviving children would be in their late 30s.

William Edwin Wetherall was born on 2 June 1834 according to the inscription on his tombstone in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville, Iowa. If he is the boy, and if the woman is his mother, then he would be about 6 years, and she would have been in her late 20s or early 30s when she bore him. The older man, if his father, would have been in his late 50s or early 60s when he lost his first wife and remarried.

Wm. G. Wetherall is clearly represented in censuses from 1850. However, he is very likely the first son of the given the status of his father, William Wetherall,

Wm. G. Wetherall, Jr., Wm. G. Sr.'s son, appears in censuses from 1860.

William Pinkney Wetherall, Wm. G. Jr's son, appears in censuses from 1910.

William Pinkney Wetherall, Jr. (1934-2011), Wm. P.'s son, appears in censuses from 1940. His was born in Winchester, Virgina, where his father had settled with his mother, Sybilla (Billy) Jacobs Greenhalgh of Boyce, Virgina. He was buried in Burwell Cemetery at Old Chapel in Millwood, Virgina.

Other details forthcoming.


The family of William, Sarah, Irwin, and Mary Hall in Fayette County, Pennsylvania

William Hall's family in Fayette County, Pennsylvania censuses
1790 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1900 1910
Amy A.
Born c1790
Not found Not found Jefferson
William 42
Sarah 33
Irwin 14
Mary A. 8

William H. Sephenson 19
Farm helper?)

Amy A. Haynan 60
(Sarah's mother?
Amy died
Hanan (?)
Born c1817
Not found Tyrone
Fayette Penn
William Hall
1 M 0-4
= Irwin? (4)
2 M 20-29
= Relatives?
1 M 30-39
= Wm.? (32)
1 F 20-29
= Sarah? (22)
Wm. 52
Sarah 43
I.R. 24
(Ann) Ruth 17
Wm. 3/12

Irwin R. 34
Ann (Ruth) 26
William 10
Mary 9
Cont'd →
William 62
Sarah 54

Lived in
their own
in same
Sarah 64

next door
died 1876
died 1880s
William B.
(Irwin's son)
died 1943
Born c1808
Not found 1880
Irwin R. 44
Ann (Ruth) 36
Wm. B. 20
Mary E. 18
John A. 17
Sarah B. 13
Irwin R. 64
Ann R. 58
44 years

Sarah B. 33
Irwin R.
died 1908

Ruth Ann
died 1903

Sarah Bell
died 1903
Irwin R.
Born 1836
→ Cont'd
John A. 7
Sarah B. 4
Mary A.
Born 1841
Wm. & Mary
married 1855
Fayette Penn
1856 census
died 1907
William E.
Born 1834
1790 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1900 1910

The legend of "Captain Hall"

The above composite of census data veritably describes the story of "Captain Hall" related in a 1912 biographical study of who's-who the history of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The study was published with a decade of the deaths of

1840 census shows the names of only heads of household, then enumerates all people in the houshold by age groups and whether they are "Free white persons" male or female, "Free colored persons" male or female, or "Slaves" male or female. There are 5 free whites in the "William Hall" household -- 3 male adults, 1 male child, and 1 female adult. 1 person is engaged in agriculture, 2 in manufacturing. The age groups of one of the adult men, and of the boy and the woman, fit the ages that William, Sarah, and Irvin Hall would have been in 1840.

1850 census notes that Mary A. Hall (8) was "Idiotic" in Item 13 (Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict). However, like her brother Irwin (14), she had attended school within the year (Item 11). Later censuses do no characterize William E. Wetherall's wife Mary as idiotic, and note that she was able to read and write English.

1850 census for Jefferson in Fayette County, Pennsylvania shows William Hall, 42, farmer, born in Monongahela (Monongalia) County, Virginia, with Sarah Hall, 33, born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and children Irwin Hall, 14, and Mary A. Hall, 8, plus two others, William H. Sephenson, 19, and Amy A. Haynan, 60, both also born in Fayette County.

1860 census for Jefferson (Tippecanoe postoffice) in Fayette County, Pennsylvania shows Wm. Hall, 52, farmer, Sarah Hall, 43, I.R. Hall, 24, school teacher, Ruth Hall, 17, and Wm. Hall, 3/12.

1870 census shows William Hall (62), farmer, born in Virgina, and Sarah (54), keeping house, born in Pennsylvania.

William Hall is said to have been born in 1808 and reported died at 2 pm on 2 March 1876 at his home in Jefferson Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Sarah Hall's maiden name is said to have been Hanan (though possibly it was Haynan). Judging from her ages on the above censuses, she was born around 1816-1817. She, too, appears to have died in the 1870s (unconfirmed).

1841-08-16   WBW's paternal great grandmother, Mary Hall, is born in Pennsylvania to a Pennsylvania-born mother and Virginia-born father.

1855-11-08   WEW and Mary Hall, WBW's paternal great grandparents, are married in Pennsylvania. He appears to have been 21 and she 14.

1858-02-28   WBW's paternal grandfather, William Franklin Wetherall (WFW), WEW's and Mary's first child and first son, is born in Washington, Marion County, Iowa. WEW and Mary would have a total of 4 children, including WBW's great aunt Nettie Anderson (1862/3-1947), who was born during the Civil War and would live until after World War II.

Irwin R. Hall

Irwin R. Hall was born 27 April 1836 and died 1 June 1908. He is buried at Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery, Grindstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. His wife Ruth Ann (Bradmon) Hall, born 28 December 1842, died 23 January 1903, and their daughter, Bell (Sarah Bell Hall), born 23 October 1866, died 16 March 1903. are buried with him. Their graves are marked by a common monument (recorded and photograph by Harry Adams, 1 May 2008, as posted on Find-A-Grave).

To be continued.


9. Beaman-Shoemaker

George Washington Beaman and Sidney Shoemaker

Table 9   George W. and Sidney (Shoemaker) Beaman family
Table Name Birth Death Age Born Died Buried Vocation
0 George Washington Beaman 19 Feb 1838 1 Jun 1922 84 Ellettsville IN Pleasantville IA Graceland Cem IA Chairmaker
0 Sidney Shoemaker 5 Feb 1839 6 Dec 1916 77 Highland Co OH Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA Wife
1 Magdalene (Stoner) 2 Sep 1860 27 May 1922 61 Warren Co IA Larrabee IA Cedar Cem IA Wife
2 Noah Ulysses Beaman 1 Apr 1864 11 Jun 1941 67 Marion Co IA Elmo MN Oak Ridge Cem MN Farmer
T4 3 Laura Belle (Wetherall) Feb 1866 1 Feb 1941 75 IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA Wife
4 Ida Floretta (Hendrix) Fee 8 Feb 1868 20 Sep 1935 67 IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA
5 Clara Anne (Ogle) March 1870 1935 64/65  Marion Co IA Larrabee IA Cedar Cem IA
6 Phillip Scott Beaman 28 Jan 1873 17 Apr 1936 63 IA Knoxville IA Graceland Cem IA Fireman
7 Samuel Zackarias Beaman 28 Aug 1875 19 May 1944 68 Knoxville IA Otter Tail Co MN Oak Hill Cem MN Farmer
8 Walter Beaman 10 Aug 1877 29 Jul 1907 Knoxville IA Breckingridge MN Deer Creek MN Farmer
GW and Sidney Beaman marriage George W. Beaman and Sidney Shoemaker marry on 1 December 1860
A "Clerk's Certificate" is a transcription, not a facsimile, of the original record
Cropped from copy in Wetherall Family Collection of copy from Kathy Wetherall
attributed to "Dolores Dale -- Uncle Scott Beaman's granddaughter"
  1. George W. Beaman appears to have been born in Ellettsville in Monroe County, Indiana to parents who were born in North Carolina. Sidney or "Sydna" Shoemaker was born in Highland County, Ohio to a father born in Virginia and a mother born in Pennsylvania. His date of birth may have been 13 February 1838.
    George W. and Sydna married in Marion County, Iowa on 1 December 1859.
    1910 census shows that Sydna had had 9 children of whom 8 survived. However, only 8 children (of whom 7 survived) have been accounted for.
    Sidney died of "leakage of mitral valve and [unreable]", and G.W. died of "arterio sclirosis", according to their death certificates.
  2. Magdalene was generally called "Lena". Her her name on the 1870 census and on her tombstone is "Magdalene". I have not found her on an 1880 census, but all later census records show her as "Lena".
    On 25 February 1880 Lena married David Stoner in Knoxville. David was born in Illinois on 20 January 1855, but by 1860 his family had settled in the township of Franklin, post office Knoxville, in Marion County, Iowa.
    According to the 1900 and 1910 cenuses, Lena had borne 8 children of whom all 8 survived, and were present and accounted for in the census. However, there is an infant in the Stoner family plot in Cedar Cemetery in Larrabee, Cherokee County, Iowa. David died on 27 May 1928 in Larrabee, and he and Lena are buried in the Stoner plot, as is their oldest son Charles (1881-1947). See "Beaman-Shoemaker graves" below for images.
  3. Noah's middle initial "U" is stylized on the 1880 census in a cursive hand that invites misreading as "M". He led the migration of most of the Beaman boys to Minnesota.
  4. "Laura" on the 1870 census is written in a cursive hand that invites misreading as "Sarra".
  5. Ida Floretta was "Ida" and "Ida F." on the 1870 and 1880 censuses, then disappears from federal censuses under either name. She then appears as "Ettie" or "Etta", which posed an interesting identification problem (see below). She married Sanford Hendrix in 1895. He died in 1905, leaving her without children. She lived with her parents until their deaths, and continued to live alone in the Beaman House until as late as 1930 (1925 and 1930 censuses). She then married a man named Fee, and she died as Ida Floretta Fee on 20 September 1935.
  6. Clara is "Clara" or "Clara A." on census reports. She was more generally known as "Anne" and "Annie". On 3 April 1889, she married Illinois-born John Jay Ogle (1858-1924), with whom she had 3 children. They settled in Cherokee County, Iowa. Both are buried in Cedar Cemetery in Larrabee in Cherokee County.
  7. Phillip is "Phillip" or "Phillip S." on early censuses but "Scott" in later records. He alone of the Beaman brothers remained in Knoxville, where he was a career fireman.
  8. Samuel's diminutive names were "Sammie" ("Sammy?") and "Sam". He migrated to Minnesota with Noah.
  9. Walter migrated to Minnesota with Noah and Samuel but died in 1907.
GW and Sydna Beaman G.W. Beaman and Sidney Shoemaker
Marriage portrait, possibly taken 1 December 1859
GW and Sydna Beaman Later portrait of GW and Sidney Beaman
Presumed taken in 1860s or 1870s
GW and Sydna Beaman Sidney (Shoemaker) Beaman in later years
Probably taken in early 1910s
GW and Sydna Beaman George Washington Beaman with cane
Likely taken in late 1910s or around 1920

Compressed versions of images received from Bill Farley (labels removed)

Wetherall Family photo

Beaman-Shoemaker family in censuses

The 1870 census shows George W. (and Sidney Beaman with Magdalene (Magdaline, not Magdeline) (9), Noah (6), Laura (4), Ida (2), and Clara (3/12) living with George W. and Laura B. Beaman in the town of Union, Warren County, Iowa (Post Office: Sandyville, Iowa).

The 1880 census shows G.W. and Sidny (sic) Beaman with Noah M. (15), Ida F. (12), Clara A. (10), Philip S. Beaman (8), Samuel (6), and Walter (3) living in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa. Magdalene is probably married. Laura (14) is shown as a servant in the home of A.R. Cornell, a Knoxville physician, and his wife and five children, the oldest of which, a son, is also a physician.

The 1895 Iowa state census shows a Etta Hendrix to have been born in Marion County, Iowa.

The 1900 census for Knoxville shows Etta Hendrix (32) as the wife of Sanford Hendrix (50), a carpenter. The couple has been married 5 years. She is said to have been born in February 1868 in Iowa, he in February 1850 in Missouri. A 1905 obituary reporting his death states that they were married on 26 June 1895. He had also been a fireman, and fellow Knoxville Fire Department firemen acted as pall-bearers. Rev. W.E. Wetherall conducted funeral services at the home, Hendrix was buried at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.

The 1910 census for Knoxville, Iowa shows George W. Beaman (72) a laborer, and his wife Sydna (72), both 50 years into their first marriage. Synda is said to have had 9 children of which 8 survived. A daughter, Etta Hendrix, 40, widowed, no children, a dress maker, was living with them at 414 First Street.

The 1920 census for Knoxville shows Etta Hendrix living alone at the 414 First Street home as head. G.W. Beaman is shown living with with his daughter Laura and son-in-law Wm. Wetherel (sic), and their daughter Alice and grandson William (Bascom Wetherall), at 2116 at

The 1925 Iowa state census shows Etta Hendrix living alone at the 414 1st home as head. The home is valued at 800 dollars and she owns it free of mortgage.

Alice Young

Some families trees trace G.W. Beaman's line back 7 generations to a Simon Beamon (1655-1711) who is alleged to have been the son of another Simon Beaman (1629–1676) and Alice Young (1640-1708), of Massachusetts, who is supposed to have been the daughter of John Young (1600–1661) and Alice (Stokes) Young (1600-1647), who was hung in Connecticut for practing witchcraft. The connections, though, are very fuzzy.

George Washington Beaman and Sidney Beaman death certificates

Sidney Beaman Sidney Beaman's death certificate
Collected by Kathy Wetherall
Sidney Beaman Clerk's certificate of record of death
Attributed by Kathy Wetherall to Dolores Dale
GW Beaman George Washington Beaman's death certificate
Collected by Kathy Wetherall

Cropped from copies in Wetherall Family Collection of copies from Kathy Wetherall


George Washington Beaman and the Civil War

Civil War (12 April 1861 to 10 May 1865   Magdalene was born in 1861, the year the Civil War began, and is possibly an antebellum child. Noah Ulysses Beaman, born on 1 April 1864, was clearly a Civil War baby. Laura, born in Feb 1866, was the first of the Beamans' postbellum children.

When I began working on the Beaman line of the Wetherall-Beaman union, following in the footsteps of Mary Sue Ryswyk, whose husband is a 3rd cousin on the Wetherall side of my family, the standard story -- which Mary Sue had heard -- was that George W. Beaman had enlisted in the army for 3 years on 15 August 1862. He was said to have mustered into Company C, 27th Regiment, Iowa Infrantry as a private on 3 October 1862, and to have mustered out as a private on 8 August 1965. He was reported granted 30 days of furlough on 29 July 1863, which suggested that Noah might have been conceived during this furlough. Laura, though, would appear to have been conceived in June or July 1865, when George W. was still in the army.

Civil War lore

The Civil War began on 12 April 1861 and formally ended on 10 May 1865, though shots were fired as late as 22 June. The war is the source of all manner of legends that originate when people researching their family histories equate the name of one of their ancestors with the a name on a roster of a Civil War military unit. Some people see a familiar name in a history of the war, or in a genealogy book or on the Internet, and casually associate the name with their ancestor. Before long, everyone in the family is boasting about the Civil War hero in the family tree.

There is a lot of Beaman family activity on Ancestry.com. And a number of people related to ancestors and descendants of the Wetherall-Beaman line have casually equated "George W. Beaman" the son of Zachariah Beaman with the "George W. Beaman" who served in Company C of the 27th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry Volunteers, which fought on the side of Union forces against Confederate forces during the Civil War. But several contraditions force a rejection of this equation.

Skepticism goes a long way

When doing genealogy research, one has to doubt all identifications not based on 1st person accounts and/or documents -- preferably witnesses and other informants with excellent memories, and multiple, independent documents -- the more of both the better, for primary witnesses and documents may also be flawed.

The odds of two men having the same name are not especially low. But the odds that two men of the same name were born on the same day are lower, and the chances that they were from the same state, much less the same town, are lower still.

I was trying to make sense out of the information I had received about George W. Beaman's civilwar service -- not just any George W. Beaman, but the George W. Beaman who was doubtlessly an ancestor of the Wetherall-Beaman family.

And I examined the various documents that some people were citing as "proof" of his Civil War service as a member of the fabled 27th Iowa Regiment. I was finding conflicts in details.

Images of copied (not original) information about his service state he was born in Monroeville, Ohio -- which is a long way from Ellettsville, Indiana where he first appears in 1850 census records. And all later census records showed him to have been born in Indiana.

He was said to have enlisted in Independence, Iowa in 1862. But his family settled in Warren County around 1856. And shortly after that he married. And the 1860 census shows him in Panora, Guthrie County -- even further from Independence than Union.

The birth of Noah appears to follow roughly about the right time after his 30-day furlough -- but it's a very short gestation -- no longer than 8 months. Morever, Laura is born at a time when she would have to have been conceived a few months before he was discharged -- during which period there is no record of him taking leave or going AWOL.

There are many ways to explain this scenario. George W. could have been stationed close to wherever Sidney was living. Or she may have moved in order to live close to where he was stationed. But families generally waited for their menfolk in service to come home. Besides, there was a war going on, and it would have taken both money and a strong sense of independence for Sidney to follow his unit around. And I have no idea what his unit was actually doing. A better explanation for the received scenario would be that the children Sidney bore during Geroge W.'s absence weren't his. But there are no rumors of disloyalty. Besides which, the children bear a resemblance to G.W. as well as to Sidney.

In any event, the received information did not explain itself. While George W. Beaman in the Wetherall-Beaman line may well have served in the war -- and there is some testimony to his talk about the war -- he might not have been the "George W. Beaman" on the 27th Iowa Regiment roster.

At this point I began to seriously snoop around.

There were many, many "George W. Beamans" in the Civil War. Most are easily eliminated as candidates for the "George W. Beaman" in the Wetherall-Beaman line.

I kept searching. And eventually I stumbled across the following analysis by a 27th Iowa researcher named Elaine Johnson.

Beaman, George W. [Note] He was born about 1835 in Ohio. He was the son of Dexter Beaman (1805 - 1899) and Sempta. (I found some information online that said his mother was Emily Bushnell, but the marriage date and census records show that is very unlikely). He married Louisa Briggs.

[Note] Beaman, George W. Age 25. Residence Independence, nativity Ohio. Enlisted Aug. 15, 1862. Mustered Aug. 28, 1862. Promoted Eighth Corporal June 15, 1864. Reduced to ranks at his own request. Mustered out Aug. 8, 1865, Clinton, Iowa. Company C Notes Cemetery Records

There is information on ancestry.com that says George Washington Beaman (that served with the 27th Iowa), was the son of the Zachariah Beaman and Catherine Randall. He was born on Feb. 13, 1838 in Indiana and died June 1, 1922 in Iowa. There were some things that did not add up for me with regard to this information. (including the fact that I could find no evidence that this George W. Beaman or his parents had ever been in Buchanan County, Iowa -- and all the census records for them said he was born in Indiana - instead of Ohio). I continued to research and this is what I found:

[ About 2 pages of information extracted from census and other records omitted ]

This is the last piece of information that I found. I am convinced that George W. Beaman that served with the 27th Iowa was the son of Dexter Beaman, not Zachariah Beaman.

See Notes for the men of Company C, 27th Iowa by Elaine Johnson, posted on the "RootsWeb" server of "Ancestry.com" for the full report.

See Notes for the men of Company C, 27th Iowa by Elaine Johnson, posted on the "RootsWeb" server of "Ancestry.com" for the full report.

The first thing that struck me about Johnson's report is that she had noticed the same contradictions regarding George W. Beaman's alleged place of birth and where he had enlisted. She, though, was motivated to plunge into the available records and pursue the trail of documents to show beyond doubt that the George Washington Beaman in the Wetherall-Beaman line, whose father was Zachariah Beaman, could not have been the George Washington Beaman in the fabled 27th Iowa.

Johnson's analysis is very convincing. She finds the dots and connects them -- for a different George W. Beaman. Most impressive, though, is her attitude toward research -- never take "apparent" identities for granted. Here the research involves genealogy, but the same attitude applies to all fields of enquiry.


Sidney (Shoemaker) Beaman

Sidney was the next to last of over ten children. Her father, Simon Shoemaker, was born on on 27 August 1796 in Rockingham, Virginia. Her mother, Magdalina Miller, was born in Pennsylvania in May 1798. They married in Highland, Ohio, on 30 August 1819. Magdalina [Magdaline, Magdalene] died on 12 October 1867, and Simon died on 3 January 1870, both in Pleasantville, where they had settled after migrating from Ohio to Pleasant Grove (later Pleasantville) in the early 1850s.

The 1850 census shows the family residing in Mifflin in Pike County, Ohio. The household consists of "Simon Shomaker" [sic = Shoemaker] (53), born in Virgina, his wife Magdaline (52), and their children Maria (24), Daniel (21), Saloma (17), Noah (14), Enos (12), Sidney (10), and Thos (5).

By the 1856 Iowa census they are living in Pleasant Grove in Marion County, Iowa. the youngest. By then the household has shrunk to Simon Shoemaker (58), Magdaline (58), and 5 children, Saloma (21), Noah (19), Enos (17), Sidney (16), and Thomas (14).

By the 1860 census Sidney has married George W. Beaman, which left in Pleasant Grove only Simon Shoemaker (62), Magdalene (62), Saloma (26), Noah (24), Enos (22), and Thomas (18).

To be continued.


Beaman-Shoemaker gallery

George Washington and Sidney Beaman and their children

Beaman sisters Beaman sisters Beaman men

The Beaman sisters -- Anne Ogle, Etta Fee, and Laura Wetherall
Circa early 1930s, possibly taken in Knoxville, Iowa
Left   Crop of image received from Bill Farley (label removed)
Right   Scan by WOW of darker glossy print in Wetherall Family Collection

George Washington Beaman with sons, son-in-law, and grandsons
Reportedly taken in 1917, the year after Sydney Beaman died
Probably taken in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, where all but G.W. Beaman lived
Identities as labeled on received image (parenthetic remarks mine)
Front   G.W. (Beaman), John Ogle (Clara Anne Beaman's husband), Noah (Beaman),
Fred/Ted (sic = Fred, Noah's son), Leonard Ogle (John's and Clara's son in uniform)
Back   Lester Beaman (Sam's son), Sam Beaman, Elmer Ogle (John and Clara's son), Ralph Beaman (Sam's son)
Compressed versions of image received from Bill Farley (labels removed)

The children of G.W. and Sidney Beaman

6 of the the 8 children of George Washington and Sidney Beaman appear in one or another of the photos shown here, among a number of others that have been preserved by their descendants. Only their first and last born daughter and son -- Magdalene (Beaman) Stoner (1860-1922) and Walter Beaman (1877-1907) -- are not represented here.

3 of the 4 Beaman boys -- Noah, Samuel, and Walter -- migrated from Iowa to Otter Tail County in Minnesota, where they farmed, raised their families, and died. Many of their children continued to live in one or another town in the country, or elsewhere in Minnesota, which is teeming with people who trace part of their lineage to Zachariah Beaman and Catherine Randall, the parents of George Washington Beaman.

Of the Beaman boys, only Scott remained in Knoxville, where he became a fireman. He died in the city and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, as is his wife Lucretia.

All 4 of the Beaman girls married and made their homes in Iowa. 2 of them -- Laura Wetherall and Etta Fee -- remained and died in Knoxville, and like their brother Scott are buried in Graceland Cemetery.

Beaman brothers Beaman wives

The Beaman brothers and their wives
Left   Sam, Scott, and Noah Beaman
Right   Noah and Mary, Scott and Letitia (sic = Lucretia), Sam and Hannah
Labels on the recieved images state "1929" for the photo of the brothers and "circa early 1930s" for the photo of the couples
However, they were taken on the same occasion, for the men are wearing the same shirts and squinting with the same hair

Cropped and compressed versions of images received from Bill Farley

Simon_Shoemaker Simon Shoemaker (
This rather degenerated image is my scan of a 2nd-generation paper copy sent my father in 1997 by Kathy Wetherall, his niece and my 1st cousin. Kathy attributed the copied photograph to Elaine Hunter, our 2nd cousin once removed, as common descendants of George Washington Beaman and Sidney (Shoemaker) Beaman.

Shoemaker family



Etta (Ida Floretta Beaman) Hendrix (b1868)

All children are different from birth and grow up differently. And no child's future can be predicted. But the odds are high that at least one child in every family will have an unusual future -- a future with multiple marriages followed by multiple separations whether through death or divorce, multiple achievements or failures, multipe tragedies, multiple strokes of very good fortune, or a life of adventures that most people only dread, or dream of, having. Etta Beaman would be the unusual child of the Beaman-Shoemaker family.

Etta was born Ida Floretta, but she is "Etta" in all censuses except the 1915 Iowa state census, which has her as "Ida F." She married a man named Hendrix, who left her a young widow, and later married a man named Fee, and her death certificate shows her as Ida Floretta Fee

Her husband, Sanford Hendrix, left her a widow in 1907. The following unsourced obituary was posted on IAGenWeb's Marion County Iowa Obituaries website.

Sawada 1953 Knoxville Journal obituary for Sanford Hendrix
Cropped from copy in
Wetherall Family Collection
of copy from Kathy Wetherall
attributed to Elaine Hunter
Etta Hendrix Etta Beaman, perhaps before she married Sanford Hendrix
Crop of image recevied from Bill Farley (label removed

Sanford Hendrix

Died at his home in this city, at 4 o'clock a.m., on Tuesday March 7th, 1905, Sanford Hendrix, aged 55 years and 23 days. Death resulted from rheumatism and kidney troubles after a sickness extending over a period of 14 months.

Deceased was born in Marion County (at Hamilton), on February 12th, 1850, his parents being Jacob Hendrix and wife, who were among the first pioneers of this section of the state. Jacob Hendrix was the first owner of the present townsite of Hamilton. He went to California when the subject of this sketch was a baby, and was killed in an accident during the gold excitement.

Sanford Hendrix had been a resident of Knoxville and vicinity for nearly 35 years. He was a carpenter by trade, a member of the Knoxville Fire Department for nearly 28 years, and a genial, whole-souled man who had many friends and few if any enemies. Those who know of the unselfish devotion for which he cared for his aged mother during her many years residence in Knoxville speak of him in high praise.

On June 26th, 1895, he was united in marriage with Miss Etta Beaman, who is now left to mourn his departure from earth. They have no children. The only other near relatives are the brother and sister, James Hendrix, of Liberty township, and Mrs. Frances Edwards, of Lovilia.

The funeral services were conducted at the home on Wednesday afternoon by Rev. W.E. Wetherall. A delegation from the Knoxville Fire Department acted as pall-bearers. Interment in Graceland Cemetery.

W.E. Wetherall, William Edwin Wetherall, was my great-great-grandfather. As the father of William Franklin Wetherall, who was Etta's sister Laura's husband and Etta's brother-in-law, WEW was Etta's "uncle-in-law". WEW, who among other professions was a Christian minister, is mentioned as the funeral conductor in many Knoxville obituaries.

Etta died in Knoxville on 20 September 1935 of "acute myocarditis" as the principal cause of death with "cerebral hemorrhage c hemiplegia" as a contributing cause. Laura signed the certificate as its informant.


Chronology of Beaman-Shoemaker family through censuses

Beaman-Shoemaker family in 1840 to 1920 censuses
1840 1850 1856 1860 1870 1880 1900 1910 1920
George W.
Born 1838
Not yet found
In Iowa
since 1856
Not yet found
Not yet found Knoxville
Died 1922
Born 1839
Not yet found
Pleasant Grove
Died 1916

George Washington Beaman was born on 19 February 1838 in Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana to parents born in North Carolina.

See "George Washington Beaman and the Civil War" in the "Wetherall-Baldwin" (above) for a summary of how the "George W. Beaman" in the history of the Wetherall-Beaman family has been erroneously associated with the "George W. Beaman" who served in Company C, 27th Regiment, Iowa Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War (1861-1865).

Sidney Shoemaker was born on 5 February 1839 in Highland County, Ohio to a father born in Virginia and a mother born in Pennsylvania.

George and Sidney reportedly married on 1 December 1859 in Marion County, Iowa.

1840 census for Monroe County, Indiana shows no Beamans.

1850 census shows "Zachariah Beeman" (sic = Beaman) (40), farmer, with Catharine (37), Mary (19), Noah (17), and George (12) living in Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana. The family's real estate is valued at 730 dollars. Zachariah and Catharine were born in North Carolina. The three children were born in Indiana.

Zachariah (c1809-1880) and Catharine (c1824-c1857/1858, nee Randoll/Randall) and their 3 children moved to Union in Warren County, Iowa by around 1856. In 1858, Zachariah married Francis Ann Simpson (c1824-1880, nee Snook), herself first married in 1846, and she bore him 4 children. Zachariah, and George W.'s older brother Noah R. [Randall] Beaman (1836-1908) and his wife Mary J. [Jane] Beaman (1836-1877, nee Goss), and his older sister Mary A. (1832-1916), who appears to have remained single, are buried in Sandyville Cemetery in Union, Warren County, Iowa.

1850 census for Mifflin in Pike County, Ohio, shows "Simon Shomaker" (sic = Shoemaker) (53), a farmer born in Virginia, with his wife Magdaline (sic = unconfirmed) (52), born in Pennsylvania. Children still living with them were Maria (24), Daniel (21), Saloma (17), Noah (14), Enos (12), Sidney (10), and Thos (8). All the children were born in Ohio. Daniel was a farmer. The other children had attended school during the year. Magdaline was unable to read or write. Their real estate was valued at 1,000 dollars.

1856 Iowa census for Pleasant Grove, Marion County, Iowa shows "Simon Shoemaker" (58), a farmer born in Virginia, married to Magdalene (sic = unconfirmed) (58), born in Pennsylvania, and their children Saloma (21), Noah (19), Enos (17), Sidney (16), and Thomas (14), all born in Ohio. "Years resident in the state" was "0" for members of the household. Simon and Noah are native voters and Noah is in the militia. No agricultural information was reported.

1860 census for Pleasant Grove shows "Simon Shoemaker" (62), Magdalene (sic = unconfirmed) (62), Saloma (26), Noah (24), Enos (22), and Thomas (18). Simon, Noah, Enos, and Thomas are farmers. Magdalene cannot read or write. Their real estate and personal property are valued at 1,800 and 500 dollars.

1860 census shows "George W. Beaman" (21), a cabinet maker, and Sidney Beaman (20), living in Panora, Gurthrie County, Iowa.

1870 census shows "George W. Beaman" (32), a chair maker, and Sidney (31), keeping house, with 5 children, Magdalene (9), Noah (6), Laura (4), Ida (2), and Clara (3/12), living in the town of Union, Warren County, Iowa (Post Office: Sandyville, Iowa).

The agricultural production survey conducted at time of the 1870 census shows "Geo. W. Beaman" operating a farm consisting of 5 improved and 35 unimproved acres valued at 600 dollars. His livestock consisted of 1 milch cow valued at 40 dollars. He produced 51 bushels of spring wheat, 120 bushels Indian corn, 25 bushels of Irish potatoes, and 2 tons of hay, with a total value of 150 dollars.

1880 census shows "G.W. Beaman" (42), a daily laborer, and Sidny (sic = Sidney) (41), keeping house, with 6 children, Noah U. (15), Ida F. (12), Clara A. (10), Philip S. (8), Samuel (6), and Walter (3) living in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa.

The oldest daughter, Magdalene, is apparently married. Laura (14) is shown elsewhere in the census as a servant in the home of A.R. Cornell, a Knoxville physician, with his wife and five children, the oldest of which, a son, is also a physician.

Laura Belle married William Franklin Wetherall in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, on 19 October 1887 (see below).

Ida Floretta or "Etta" married Sanford Hendrix on 26 June 1895, according to his 1905 obituary. The 1900 census shows hows Etta Hendrix (32) as the wife of Sanford Hendrix (50), a carpenter, living in Knoxville. The couple had been married 5 years. She is said to have been born in February 1868 in Iowa, he in February 1850 in Missouri. However, his obituary says he was born on 12 February 1850 in what was later Hamilton in Marion County, Iowa.

1895 Iowa census shows "George W. Beaman" (56) and Sydon (sic = Sidney, Sydna) (55) living in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa (unconfirmed partial transcription data).

1900 census census searches have not yet revealed the whereabouts of George W. and Laura Beaman.

1910 census shows "George W. Beaman" (72), a laborer who did odd jobs, and his wife Sydna (72), living at 414 1st Street in Ward 1 of Knoxville. Both are said to have been first married 50 years ago. Synda is said to have had 9 children of which 8 survived. Their 3rd daughter, Etta (Ida Floretta) Hendrix (40), a widow with no children, was living with them and working as a dress maker at a shop.

Regarding 1910 census enumeration of George W. Beaman, the box for indicating whether he was a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy is unchecked.

Walter Beaman died in 1907. Only 7 other Beaman children are accounted for. Either the 9 born, 8 survived figure was an error for 8 born, 7 survived, or the Beamans had another child which for some reason has not been enumerated. An error in the count is more likely.

Etta's husband Sanford Hendrix died at their home in Knoxville at 4 o'clock a.m., on Tuesday March 7th, 1905, at age 55 years and 23 days, according to an obituary. An obituary reported that he had also been a fireman, and fellow Knoxville Fire Department firemen acted as pall-bearers. It also stated that Rev. W.E. Wetherall conducted funeral services at the home, and that Hendrix was buried at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.

1915 Iowa census shows a sequence of cards for George W. Beaman (77) (card 214) and Sidney Beaman (76) (card 216) living living in Knoxville, Ward 1. Both had lived in Iowa fro 59 years, meaning that they had come to state around 1856, three years before their marriage.

Regarding 1915 census card for George W. Beaman, all items regarding military service are unchecked.

The 1915 census shows Ida F. Hendrix (47), a widowed dress maker (card 213) [tentative reading], also living in Knoxville, Ward 1. Judging from the card number, and Ward 1 residence, she was living with her parents.

Sidney Beaman died on 6 December 1916 in Knoxville.

1920 census shows "G.W. Beaman" (81), widowed, father-in-law, living with Wm. Wetherel (sic = Wetherall) (60), head, Laura (54), wife, Alice (17), daughter, and William (9), grandson, at 2116 1st Street in Knoxville, Ward 3.

"Alice" is Annetta Alice Wetherall, William F.'s and Laura's youngest child. "William" is William Bascom Wetherall, the 1st son of their 1st son, William Riley Wetherall (see below).

The 1920 census Etta Hendrix living alone as head of household at the 414 1st Street Beaman home in Ward 1.

George W. Beaman died on 1 June 1922 in Pleasantville, Marion County, Iowa.

The 1925 Iowa census shows "Etta Hendrix" (57) living alone at the 414 1st Street home as head. The home is valued at 800 dollars and she owned it free of mortgage. She was still living there at the time of the 1930 census.


William E. and Mary A. Wetherall's tombstone

Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Iowa
Find a Grave photograph by Carl Nollen

The photograph of the monument is excellent. The photographer has chosen to shoot the face of the monument while the sun was illuminating it from a significant angle to the side, thus casting shadows in the inscription, making it easy to read. Similar effects can be created by positioning a flash or reflector off to the right or left rather than illuminate the monument straight on.

The balance of foreground, and grounds around the sides and back of the monument, also show the monument to great advantage. Other photographs of this monument slightly or radically undercut the monument in the manner that some snapshots clip off the feet of people.

The cemetery had recently been dusted by snow.

William E. and Mary Wetherall's headstone
John Hall's headstone

John A. Hall's headstone
Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery
Grindstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
(Find a Grave photo)

Irwin, Ruth, and Bell Hall's headstone
Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery
Grindstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
(Find a Grave photo)

Irwin Hall family headstone
Zachariah Beaman headstone Simon Shoemaker headstone Magdalina Shoemaker headstone

Left   Headstone of Zachariah Beaman (1809-1880), Sandyville Cemetery, Sandyville, Warren County, Iowa
Photograph by Carl Nollen copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)
Middle and right   Headstones of Simon Shoemaker (1796-1870) and his wife Magdalina (Miller) Beaman (1798-1867)
Pleasantville Cemetery, Pleasantville, Marion County, Iowa
Photographs by Carl Nollen, images copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

GW Beaman headstone Sidney Beaman headstone

Headstones of George Washington Beaman (1838-1922) and his wife Sidney Belle (Shoemaker) Beaman (1839-1916)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photographs by Ron Steenhoek, images copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

William F. Wetherall headstone Laura Wetherall headstone

Headstones of William Franklin Wetherall (1858-1929) and his wife Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall (1866-1941)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photographs by Ron Steenhoek, images copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

John Wynn headstone Earl Brady headstone
Headstones of Mary Sydna Beaman and her husbands

Mary Sydna (Wetherall) (Wynn) Brady (1888-1967)
John E. S. Wynn (1884-1915)
Earl Wayne Brady (1885-1954)

Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photographs by Ron Steenhoek
copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

Sydna Wetherall was twice widowed
and took the names of both husbands
to her grave

Synda Wynn Brady headstone
William R. Wetherall headstone Lena Belle Wetherall Stone headstone

Headstone of Lena Belle Wetherall Stone (1894-1944)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by Ron Steenhoek, image copped from
Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)
Birth index gives year of birth as 1894.
Tombstone gives year of birth as 1895.

Headstone of William Riley Wetherall (1890-1936)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by Ron Steenhoek, images copped from
Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

Gottlieb and Rita Byrle (Stone) Pfister
Tombstone in Lutheran Cemetery in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
shared with their son and daughter-in-law
James A. and Barbara M. Pfister
Image copped from Facebook page of
their daughter Sonya Belle Pfister
as posted on 12 may 2012

Rita Stone Pfister

Headstone of Georgia Myrle Wetherall (1898-1899)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by Ron Steenhoek, image copped from
Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

David Dainty headstone
Bertha and John Dainty headstone Alice and Wilbert Dainty headstone

Left   Headstone of Bertha Leotis (Beaman) (Masteller) Dainty (1892-1962) and John Daniel Dainty (1895-1964)
Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by 46620252 copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)
Right   Headstone of Annetta Alice (Wetherall) (Evans) Dainty (1903-1962) and her husband Wilbert Allen Dainty (1902-1979)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by Ron Steenhoek copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

Headstone of David Shiree Dainty (1942-1996)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by Ron Steenhoek, image copped from
Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

David Dainty headstone
Jerry Wetherall headstone Anna Maye Wetherall headstone

Headstones of Jeremiah Alexander Wetherall (1899-1947) and his wife Anna Maye (Rodgers) Wetherall (1899-1967)
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photographs by Ron Steenhoek, images copped from Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

Headstone of Roger William Wetherall (1936-1992)
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Lodi, Columbia County, Wisconsin
Photograph by K Steckelberg, image copped from
Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)
William Roger Wetherall headstone
Myrle Amsberry headstone Headstone of Myrle Isadore (Wynn) Amsberry (1909-1943)
Ausbury Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by Joshua Beal, image copped from
Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)
Faye Wynn headstone Tombstone of Faye Wynn Kool (1913-1980)
and John F. Kool (1912-1993)
Married 17 August 1934
Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa
Photograph by Ron_Steenhoek, image copped from
Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)

Wetherall-Hall graves
Wetherall-Beaman graves
Beaman-Shoemaker graves

Wetherall-Hall graves

The graves of William E. Wetherall (1934-1914) and his wife Mary (1841-1907) were described in a WPA Graves Registration Survey records for Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville, in Marion County, Iowa, conducted during the late 1930s. A note in the an on-line database of WPA survey records remarks "Wife Mary Hall, S/O Wm." Presumably this means that WEW and Mary are buried together.

The present headstone appears to read as follows.

W. E. WETHERALL / JUNE 2, 1834 - MAY 21, 1914
MARY, HIS WIFE / AUG. 16, 1841 - AUG. 17, 1907

Mary Hall's parents and brother

Mary Hall appears to be the daughter of the Captain William Hall (1808-1870s) described in the above-cited history of Fayette County, and Sarah Hall, nee Haynan or Hanan (c1816/1817-1870s). If so, then Irwin R. Hall was her older brother.

Irwin's tomb, with those of his wife Ruth Ann and their daughter Bell, and the tombs of their son John, and John's wife and their two daughters, are all found in Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery in Grindstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery in Grindstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Irwin R. Hall (1836-1908)
Ruth Ann Hall (1842-1903) -- Irwin's wife
John A. Hall (1865-1917) -- Irwin's and Ruth's son
Bell Hall (1866-1903) -- Irwin's and Ruth's daughter
Pleasant Noble Hall (1874-1948) -- John's wife
Adelaide Hall (1895-1927) -- John's and Pleasant's daughter
Helena Hall Taylor (1901-1922) -- John's and Pleasant's daughter

Irwin, a teacher and farmer, and Ruth, nee Bradmon, had 2 sons and 2 daughters. John was their 2nd son and 3rd child. Sarah Bell, named after Irwin's mother, Sarah Hall, was their 2nd daughter and 4th child. Bell, as she called, reportedly always lived at home and apparently never married.

John was a teamster at Perryopolis in Fayette County. He and Pleasant, nee Noble, had 2 daughters followed by 2 sons. Both of their daughters died relatively young. Adelaide apparently never married. Pleasant's and Helena's maiden names appear on their headstones.

William Edwin Wetherall's parents

William E. Wetherall's parents are not yet known. It is possible that he was the son of William G. Wetherall, of Baltimore, who was born on 23 February 1800 and died on 21 April 1888 (see below). However, there were several Wetherall families in Maryland, which continues to have the largest number of Wetheralls in America today.


Wetherall-Beaman graves

The graves of the Beaman-Shoemaker family are significantly divided between Iowa and Minnesota.

Family graves in Iowa in are found mostly in Sandyville Cemetery, Pleasantville Cemetery, and Graceland Cemetery (Knoxville).

Family graves in Minnesota are found mainly in Parkers Prairie and Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Beaman graves in Sandyville Cemetery

The tombs of some of George W. Beaman's siblings are in Sandyville Cemetery in Sandyville, Warren County, Iowa. The following Beaman tombs are at this cemetery.

Sandyville Cemetery, Sandyville, Warren County, Iowa

Sister Mary A. Beaman (1832-1916)
Brother Noah R. Beaman (1836-1908)
Noah's wife Mary J. Beaman (1836-1877

Unidentified child Everet Beaman (1887-1891)
Unidentified child Lenox Beaman (1889-1891)

Mary A. Beaman

Mary A. Beaman was George Washington Beaman's older sister. Apparently she never married. Her headstone is of a different design. It's location in relation to Noah R.'s and Mary J.'s headstone is not clear.

Noah R. and Mary J. Beaman

Noah R. Beaman was George Washington Beaman's older brother. Mary J. Beaman was Noah R.'s wife. They share a headstone with the following inscription.

NOAH R. BEAMAN / Jan. 28, 1836 / Apr. 16, 1908
MARY J., HIS WIFE / June 8, 1836 / Jan 20, 1877

Everet and Lenox

The headstones of Everet and Lenox are similar to one another, and they appear to be located side by side, judging from the similar backgrounds of their photographs on the Iowa Grave Stones website.

Everet and Lenox most likely died in the second wave of the 1889-1892 flu epidemic. I am unable to determine whose children they were, as the 1890 census was destroyed by fire.

See Stacey L Knobler et al., editors, The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready? Workshop Summary, Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Microbial Threats (Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2005), for details. This link also pertains to the 1918-1920 epidemic that took the life of Ida Francis (Thomas) Hunter, my mother's maternal grandmother. After Ida's death in 1920, the three youngest of the 8 surviving children of her 9 children -- Orval, Almeda, and Burton -- were partly raised by their older married siblings. Burton was thus raised Ida's oldest child and his oldest sister, Ullie May (Hunter) Hardman, along with my mother and aunt, as their virtual brother, though actually he was a younger uncle. See the "Hunter-Thomas" family page for details.

To be continued.


Beaman-Shoemaker graves

Shoemaker and Van Ryswyk graves in Pleasantville Cemetery

Sidney Beaman's Shoemaker's parents and at least one sibling are buried in Pleasantville Cemetery in Pleasantville, Marion County, Iowa. The following tombs are listed as being there.

Pleasantville Cemetery, Pleasantville, Marion County, Iowa

Father   Simon Shoemaker (1796-1870)
Mother   Magdalina (Miller) Shoemaker (1798-1967)
Brother Philip Shoemaker (1826-1900)
Philip's Wife Permilla Shoemaker (1830-1913)

Simon Shoemaker's headstone

Sidney Beaman's father's headstone, worn by the elements, bears the following inscription.

JAN. 3. 1870
72y 1m 7d

Only the broken base remains of what is reportedly Sidney's mother's headstone, which was probably of similar material and design.

Other Shoemaker graves in Pleasantivlle Cemetery

Henry Shoemaker (1822-1863)
James A. Shoemaker (1842-1918)
Surhilda Shoemaker (1819-1868)

Catharine Shoemaker (1825-1925)
Henry Shoemaker (1822-1863)
James Shoemaker (1848-1918)

Oliver Shoemaker (1867-1925)


Van Ryswyk graves in Pleasantville Cemetery

See Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton family page for information about related graves and photos of headstones.


Beaman and Wetherall graves in Graceland Cemetery

George W. Beaman and several of his family members are buried in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxkville, Marion County, Iowa.

Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa

GWB George Washington Beaman (1838-1922)
Wife Sidney Belle (Shoemaker) Beaman (1839-1916)

Daughter Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall (1866-1941)
Laura's husband William Franklin Wetherall (1858-1929)

Sidney's brother Philip Scott Beaman (1873-1936)
Scott's wife Lucretia Beaman (1873-1941)
Daughter Ruth Elizabeth (Beaman) Cecil (1894-1925)
Daughter Stella M Beaman (1897-1901)
Son James Everett Beaman (1899-1984)

WEW William Edwin Wetherall (1834-1914)
Wife Mary A. (Hall) Wetherall (1841-1907)

WEW and Mary's son William Franklin Wetherall (1858-1929)
Wife Laura Belle (Beaman) Wetherall (1866-1941)
Son William Riley Wetherall (1890-1936)
WRW's 2nd wife Nellie Wetherall Sailors (1898-1966)
Son Jerry A. Wetherall (1899-1947)
JAW's wife Anna Maye Wetherall (1899-1967)
Daughter Annetta Alice (Wetherall) (Evans) Dainty (1903-1962)
Alice's 2nd husband Wilbert Dainty (1902-1979)

Inscription on William R. Wetherall's tombstone.

87 DIV

For details on William R. Wetherall's family, including images of WRW's tombstone and the headstones of his 1st wife Ida Mae (Baldwin) Wetherall and his 2nd wife Nellie Marie (Van Houton) (Wetherall) Sailors, see Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton graves on the "Wetherall-Baldwin-Van Houton" family page.


Dainty graves

Bertha married John D. Dainty after the death of her 1st husband, Lyman B. Masteller. And Alice, Bertha's youngest sister, married Wilbert A. Dainty, one of John's younger brothers, after she divorced her 1st husband, William B. Evans.

Both Beaman-Dainty couples are buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa.

DAINTY // BERTHA L. / 1892-1962 // JOHN D. / 1895-1964
DAINTY // ALICE / 1903-1962 // WILBERT / 1902-1979

Dainty graves in Greenwood Cemetery

John's parents, Lucinda and Rev. Daniel Dainty, and several of his siblings, and their spouses, and some of their descendants, are also buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


Beaman graves in Minnesota cemeteries

Several Beaman-Shoemaker children settled in Minnesota and are buried in cemeteries in Parkers Prairie and Deer Creek.

To be continued.


Stoner-Beaman graves

Magdelena "Lena" Beaman

Stoners buried in Cedar Cemetery, Larrabee, Cherokee County, Iowa.

FATHER / DAVID / 1855-1928
MOTHER / MAGDALENE / 1860-1922
SON / CHARLES / 1881-1947
SON / INFANT [no dates]

Stoners buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee, Cherokee County, Iowa.

Joseph Stoner, b 1860, d 14 May 1941
Francis Stoner, b 1868, d 30 August 1936
Arthur J. Stoner, b 1887, d 16 October 1952
Kathleen Kay Stoner, b 1956, d 7 August 1965
Charles Stoner, b unknown, d 26 May 2007