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Henry Travis Maynard
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1816
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1903
Fayette County
Iowa, USA


for whom "Maynard, Iowa" (zip code 50655) was named.



. . ."The first entry of land made in Harlan Township was by Henry Maynard in 1851, but he did not come from Illinois to live on the land until 1861. Just south of the Maynard claim was that of George Rich, also entered in 1861. Rich moved his family here in 1861 from Belvidere, Illinois, where he lived neighbor to the Maynard's. Separating the two claims was a rail fence and two rows of willows. This also marked the section line. Maynard, [Iowa], is located on parts of four sections at the center of the township, portions of the town are now laid out in sections 14, 14, 22 and 23.

In the fall of 1855 C.M. Shanklin built a log house and in the spring of 1856 moved his family from Illinois. This house stood near the two oaks on the corner of the land just east of the present A.G. Schlegel residence, across the street from the old creamery. It is believed that this log cabin came to be the favorite station for the illegal Underground Railway that ran its stealthy trail through what was known then as Long Grove. It is said that many a runaway slave were smuggled in and out by means of a deluding load of hay or a secretive sleighing party.

Up to this time the settlement was called Long Grove, for the long stretch of virgin timber along this branch of the Volga River. But the town was not laid out until the construction of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad was assured in the early seventies. Maynard was laid out in 1872-73 by J.J. Berkey of West Union. The plat was recorded October 16, 1873, and incorporated in June 1887. There was another Long Grove in southeastern Iowa and so it was necessary to find a new name for the new town. Judge Green gave it the name of ''Maynard'' named after Henry Maynard who had donated the land as the site for the first depot. This was a boxcar set off the wheels.

Maynard, [Iowa], is located in a tranquil setting of a beautiful wooded area through which flows the gentle winding Volga River, which provides many recreational pleasures for young and old. Maynard is located in Fayette, County, 22 miles south of the county seat of West Union and 8 miles north of Oelwein on Highway 150. Maynard is the only town in Harlan Township and has a population of 503 (72 census).

HENRY TRAVIS MAYNARD was born in Winchester County [Westchester County?], New York, February 18, 1816. The first 29 years of his life were spent in Chenango County, New York. In 1838 he was united in marriage to Charity Rosa. They had four children, Schuyler, Hester Ann wife of S. T. Barnes, Edwin who died when he was 2 years old and Gustavus.

In 1845 he brought his family to Belvidere, Illinois. Two years later his wife died leaving three small children. On September 23, 1849 he married Amelia Greene. They had eight children, Ellen wife of Col. Brown, Fannie wife of Emery Frost, Adelia, wife of Dorr Godfrey, Henry, Emmer (F), John, William and Clarion. William died at age 10 years and Clarion at age 1 1/2 of diphtheria. The three youngest children were born in Maynard, [Iowa].

In 1851 the Maynards came to Fayette County, Iowa, and he was the first to enter a claim to land in Harlan township. Mr. Maynard served in various public offices, township and county.

When about 25 years of age, Mr. Maynard united with the Baptist Church in Chenango County, New York. He later transferred his membership to a Baptist church in Belvidere, Illinois and subsequently to the Presbyterian church in Maynard. Of the eight living children of Mr. Maynard all were with him during his last illness except Mrs. Adelia Godfrey, who lived in the state of Washington. Mr. Henry Maynard, Sr. died in Maynard, [Iowa], March 8, 1903, at the age of 87 years and was buried in the Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard, [Iowa]. . . ."


SOURCE: Excerpted from "Maynard, Iowa 1873-1973" history.
(Name: Amelia Green. Spouse: Henry Maynard. Date: 30 Sept 1849. County: Boone. State: Illinois. Source: County Court Records at Belvidere, ILLINOIS).
Census Data.
1860 CENSUS. Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois.
H. [Henry] Maznord [Maynard], age 42; b. N.Y. "Farmer." WIFE: Amelia [Maynard], age 30; b. N.Y. Schuyler [Maynard], 21, b. N.Y. Esther A. [Maynard], age 18; b. N.Y. G. D. [Maynard], 14; born Illinois. William [Maynard], age 9, b. Illinois. Helen [Maynard], age 6, b. Illinois. Fanny Maynard, age 4, b. Illinois. Dilia [Delia? Julia?] Maynard, 3; b. Illinois. Mary Maynard, age 1; b. Illinois).
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1870 CENSUS. Harlan, Fayette County, Iowa.
Henry [Maynard] Manard, 54. WIFE: Amelia Manard, 43.Ella Manard, 18; born Illinois. Fanny Manard, 16; b. Illinois. H. Jane Manard, 14; born Illinois. Henry Manard, 8; born IOWA. Emor Manard, female, age 6; born Iowa. John Manard, age 2; born Iowa).
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1910 CENSUS: Fayette County, Iowa.
*BUELL & MAYNARD families.
1910 UNITED STATES CENSUS. Fayette County, Iowa. (Head of household: KIRK BUELL, age 59. Occupation: "Teacher; Public School." WIFE: Jessie, age 48. THREE DAUGHTERS: Benita Buell, age 24. Occupation: "School Teacher." Mary Buell, age 22. Helen Buell, age 8.
[NOTE: Kirk Buell was the son of Joseph Sidney Buell and *MARY LISTINA LESTINA MAYNARD]. These Maynards are the direct descendants of John Maynard of Sudbury, Massachusetts].
ALSO LISTED ON THE SAME CENSUS PAGE ARE: Henry [Travis] Maynard, [Jr.], b. 1862, Maynard, Fayette County, Iowa, and his two sisters, Emmer Maynard and Ellen [Maynard] Brown).
[NOTE: Henry Travis Maynard, Jr., was the son of Henry Travis Maynard, Sr. and Amelia Greene].

1910 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS. Fayette County, Iowa. (Household of Henry Maynard, [Jr.], age 48. Occupation: "Farmer." Others in the household: SISTER: Emmer Maynard, age 45. SISTER: Ellen Brown, age 58.
ALSO LISTED ON THE SAME CENSUS PAGE: Kirk W. Buell, son Joseph Sidney Buell and MARY LISTINA LESTINA MAYNARD (daughter of Rufus Maynard (1790-1871) and Chloe E. Wheat). Mary Listina Lestina Maynard was the older sister of Solomon Maynard. Rufus Maynard is a direct descendant of John Maynard, of Sudbury Massachusetts.
RELATED QUESTION: Are these two Maynard families -- related? i.e., Is Henry Travis Maynard, Sr., for whom Maynard, Iowa, was named, also a descendant of John Maynard of Sudbury, Massachusetts?
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Family links: 
  Esther Travis Maynard (1790 - 1858)
  Amelia Hannah Greene Maynard (1827 - 1909)*
  Charity Rosa Maynard (____ - 1847)*
  Schuyler Jasper M Maynard (1839 - 1927)*
  Hester Ann Maynard Barnes (1843 - 1934)*
  Gustavus A Maynard (1847 - 1883)*
  Ellen Maynard Brown (1852 - 1920)*
  Adelia J Maynard Godfrey (1856 - 1932)*
  Henry A Maynard (1862 - 1922)*
  Emmer May Maynard (1864 - 1941)*
  John M Maynard (1868 - 1945)*
  Henry Travis Maynard (1816 - 1903)
  Abraham Maynard (1817 - 1896)*
*Calculated relationship
Long Grove Cemetery
Fayette County
Iowa, USA
Plot: 174
Created by: Cathy Porter-Maynard
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64635935
Henry Travis Maynard
Added by: Kenneth A Schade
Henry Travis Maynard
Added by: Cathy Porter-Maynard
Henry Travis Maynard
Added by: Kenneth A Schade
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