|Birth: ||May 30, 1827|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 1908|
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Moved to Illinois from Crawford County, PA, in 1845, at the age of 22, bringing his wife Luceva. They had two children: James Ivor and William H.
First wife was Luceva Ward. She must have died on June 5, 1850, since she was counted in the 1850 Federal Census, which was enumerated in November, 1850.
Married second wife, the widow Amanda Harriet (Springstead) Strider, in Ottawa, LaSalle County, IL., in 1852. They had eight children together. In the 1900 Iowa Census, they are shown to have had 10 children between them, 8 of whom were still living in 1900. Perhaps two children died at young ages(?). (Two of those living 10 children were from John Nelson's first marriage; James Ivor and William H.) The other eight children from marriage to Amanda were Manley, George D, Minnie, Allen Lee, Anna Elva, Florilla Ursula, Luevia, Luceva,
Amanda was married before to a John Strider of LaSalle County. John Strider died in 1849, in Serena Twsp, LaSalle County, IL, leaving Amanda a widow. They had daughter, Mary Jane. Mary Jane was married to John Milton Montgomery.
After the birth of their eighth child, Anna Elva, John N. and Amanda H., and family, moved to Iowa about 1870.
The US Census of 1870 has them all living in Iowa Township, Hampton Post Office, Franklin County, Iowa; John N. 43, Amanda H. 43, Luceva 14, Florilla (Ursula) 12, William (Manley?) 10, Minnie 5, (Allen) Lee 3, and (Anna) Elva 1yr. Also on the 1870 Census (with the above family) is a C(harles) Montgomery, age 40, a younger brother of John N.
The US Census of 1880 finds in Lee Township, Franklin County, Iowa:
John N., Amanda H., Minnie, Lee, and Annie E. living together.
Daughter Luceva A., living with her husband Joseph M. Wells and their children John J. 3, and Bessie, 10 months, also living together.
Daughter Florilla E. 22, living with her husband Edward L. Gibbs 27, and their child William A. 11 months, also living together.
In the "History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa 1883, Ch. XXIV Lee Township, Pgs 458-459, Union Publishing Company, Spingfield, IL 1883", a Biography for John N. states: "J. N. Montgomery was born in Pennsylvania in 1827, and was there married to Luceva Ward. In 1849 they moved to Illinois, where his wife died. He subsequently married Mrs. Amanda Strider. He is member of Masonic Fraternity. In politics he is a greenbacker and has held local offices."
The 1885 Iowa Census has John N and Amanda, Lee and Elva, living on a farm located at: Franklin County, Twp 90 (Lee), Range 21, Section 22, SW SE (size/acres?), which is due east of Popejoy and due north of Iowa Falls. Also living on this farm are John N and Amanda's daughter Florilla Gibbs age 26 and her husband Thomas Gibbs age 30, and their children, William Allen Gibbs 4, Lewis Gibbs 2, and Edward Gibbs, infant.
In 1889, John N. purchased 78.64 acres for $2,000, west side of Iowa Falls, with a mill site on it. In 1892 John N. purchased 28 and 5 acres, respectively, west side of Iowa Falls, for $623, total. The 1892 Hardin County, IA, Plat Book indicates J. Montgomery owned a total of 150 acres, west of Iowa Falls, IA, with a Mill Site on it. A draft of John N.'s will (not probated) dated October, 1883, indicates ownership of property in the amount of approximately 150 acres just to the west of Iowa Falls, above the river.
In 1893 (John N's Draft Will) and 1900 (US Census) they were living in Hardin County, Iowa.
In the US Census of 1900, John Nelson and Amanda are found to be living with their daughter, Minnie M. Montgomery Stewart (Stuart), age 34, along with Minnie's husband, Edmund W., age 39, and children, Ethel, 14, Myrtle C., 11, and Raymond, 9. Amanda died January 28, 1901, in Iowa Falls, IA.
According to documents located in 1991, in the Hardin County Courthouse in Eldora, IA, John N. began selling property in the Spring of 1901: 8 acres to Willie Mitchell, March 12, 1901 8 acres to Henry Rush, May 17, 190164 acres to J. Kennedy, July 3, 1901.
John N. died at Siloam Springs, Arkansas, September 19, 1908, after moving to Arkansas, in January, 1907, with his son, Allan Lee Montgomery, due to health (asthma / hay fever) concerns.
The graves of John N. and Amanda H. were found in the Union Cemetery in Iowa Falls, IA, in 1991, by William J. Montgomery (RIN 1 - g-g-grandson) at locations, 4.A. L10 s8 and s7.
John Nelson Montgomery's Mother, Malinda Platt Montgomery, may be buried in the same cemetery since she died "at the home of her son" in Iowa Falls in 1874, and "is buried in Iowa Falls", according to her printed obituary.
Amanda H Springstead Montgomery (1832 - 1901)
Anna Ella Montgomery Sherer (1869 - 1948)*
Created by: beckyt
Record added: Mar 31, 2009
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