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Ruben Fenstermaker
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Birth: 1826
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1867
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA

Town Marshall Ruben Fenstermaker

Ruben Fenstermaker was the town marshal in Farmington when he was shot and killed by a man who had been arrested for horse stealing. Ruben was guarding the suspect during arraignment before the local justice of the peace when the suspect suddenly produced a pistol and shot the marshal.

Ruben first married Leah (last name unknown) before 1850. With Leah, he had two children:
William H. (b. 1850)
Mary A. (b. 1852)

Ruben and Leah were living in Jefferson Co., Iowa, in 1850; Ruben was working as a blacksmith, and an 18-year-old Isaac Fenstermaker lived with Ruben and also was a blacksmith. Leah must have died before 1856 when Ruben was living with his second wife, Elizabeth Hufford, in Charleston, Lee Co., Iowa, next to Elizabeth's parents.

With Elizabeth, Ruben had six children:
Thomas W. (b. 1856)
Martha Ellen (b. 1858; m. LOHR)
Iowa (b. 1859)
John K., (b. 1860)
Aemilius I. (b. 1862)
Charles W. (b. 1864)

In 1860, Ruben was in Cedar Township, Lee Co., Iowa, working as a blacksmith.

The legal marriage between Ruben and Elizabeth was on May 26, 1860, in Lee Co., Iowa. (At the time, Iowa had common law marriage.) Ruben's wife Elizabeth Hufford was a daughter of John Wesley HUFFORD and Martha "Patsy" DEAN. In 1870, the widowed Elizabeth was living in Farmington, Van Buren Co., Iowa, with daughter Martha Ellen (12) and son John K. Fenstermaker (10). In 1880, she was living in Farmington with their son John and with her 2nd husband (Jesse SMITH). In 1900, she was widowed again and living in Farmington with their granddaughter, Laura LOHR, daughter of their daughter Martha Ellen.

In 2014, the State of Iowa added Ruben's name to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Monument in the state capital. 
Family links: 
  Thomas W. Fenstermaker (1856 - 1865)*
  John K. Fenstermaker (1860 - 1885)*
  Aemilius I. Fenstermaker (1862 - 1863)*
  Charles W. Fenstermaker (1864 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Sharon Cemetery
Mount Hamill
Lee County
Iowa, USA
Created by: AMB
Record added: May 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36678301
Ruben Fenstermaker
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Ruben Fenstermaker
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Officer down; killed on duty.
 Added: Oct. 14, 2012

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