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Edward Frank Arcularius
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Birth: Feb. 15, 1803
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 2, 1887
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA

Edward F. Arcularius- The material advancement of the Prarie state is the wonder of the world, and it has been largely secured through the sturdy and intelligent manhood of citizens from the eastern states, with their moral, intellectual and physical stamina; but their work is nearly complete, and every year sees more new graves filled by those who helped to build an empire, and soon, too soon, will the last of those sturdy pioneers be laid away; but their memory will forever remain green among those who loved them and appreciated their efforts. The late Edward F. Arcularius was among the honored pioneers at Rock Island County, and bore and important part of its upbuilding and progress.

He was born in Albany, New York, February 15, 1803, and was of German descent, his father having been a native of the fatherland. During his boyhood the family removed to New York City, where he learned the tanner's trade, and after his emigration to Pike County, Illinois, he continued to work t the same for some time. He was first married in that country, and by that union had five children, two now living- Mrs. Jennie Hebberd, of Galesburg, Illinois, and Mrs. Lucy Lamore, of Sydney, Nebraska. In 1834 he removed to Rock Island County, when most of the land was still in its primitive condition and the settlements were few and far between, and he erected the first house on the road between Rock Island and Dixon, it being a log structure in which the family lived while he cleared and developed his new farm. He prospered in his undertakings and became one of the well-to-do citizens of his community.

His first wife died after the removal to Rock Island County, and on the 11th of July, 1853, he wedded Miss Emily Axelson, of Rock Island County, who was born in the eastern part of Sweden and had come to America with her brother and sister in 1852. She had received a fair education in her native tongue, but on reaching this country was unable to speak a word of English. She can now both speak and read the latter language. Of the six children born of the second union, one died in infancy, and the others are as follows: Hettie, wife of Jason Cox, of Moline, by whom she has three children; Ellen, wife of Ernest Rathburn, of Chicago, by whom she has two children; Margaret, wife of Cassius Cox, of Moline, by whom she has three children; Theresa, wife of Adelbert Abrams, of Lawrence, Michigan, by whom she has three children; and Martin L.

For many years Mr. Arcularius was an active and prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and served as class leader, trustee, steward and Sunday-school superintendent. He was also called upon to fill a number of public positions of honor ad trust, including that of school director, and proved a most faithful and capable official. His career was ever such as to commend him to the confidence and esteem of the entire community, and his death, which occurred October 2, 1887, was widely and deeply mourned, as he had a host of friends and acquaintances throughout the country.

Martin Arcularius, the only son, was born October 6, 1871, on the old homestead in Hampton Township, and remained at the home until he had attained his majority, acquiring his education in the public schools of the neighborhood. On starting out in life for himself he worked as a farm hand for one year, and then was in the express business in the city for the same length of time, after which he returned home and worked with his brother-in-law until 1897, when he took entire charge of the farm. He is a thorough and skillful farmer and is meeting with a well deserved success in his operations. He cast his first vote for Harrison in 1892 and four years later supported McKinley, being unwavering in his allegiance to the Republican party. He is a charter member of the Home Forum at Moline and is a most progressive, enterprising young man, of industrious habits and excellent business ability.

[Source: Biographical Record of Rock Island County, 1897; page(s) 324- 325 ]


Edward Frank Arcularius was not only one of the pioneers of Hampton Township, but was also one of Rock Island county's most representative men, about whose history clusters memories of many kindly deeds and acts which showed unusual business acumen and keen foresight He was born in New York in 1803, and farmed for some years in his native state. About 1838, he came to Rock Island County, where he entered a farm of 160 acres in Hampton Township. During his long residence in this community, he saw the prairie converted into rich farm land and prosperous cities. He built the first log house in this section of this township and built a fine brick residence in 1857.

Even farming methods were revolutionized during his residence here, and he took great satisfaction in the onward prog­ ress on every side, for he was a man of broad views and comprehensive thought.

In 1853, Mr. Arcularius married Emily Axellson of Sweden, born February 11, 1823, and the following children were born to them: Hattie, lived in Moline; Ellen, lived in Davenport, la.; Margaret, lived in Arizona; Theressa, lived in Michigan, and Martin, lived in Moline, Ill. In religious faith Mr. Arcularius was a Methodist, and held firm to the creed of that denomination.

He always voted the republican ticket from the time of the formation of that party. The family was one of the best known in this part of the state, and deservedly so, for its representatives have nobly borne their part in the development of the county.

This farm remained Edward's home until his death, at the age of 85, on October 22, 1887, when he was buried in Hampton Cemetery. Emily reached the century mark, becoming 100 just one month prior to her death on March 8, 1923. She was laid to rest besides her husband of over 30 years, as well as his two previous wifes who had lived short lives, only living to the ages of 26 and 33.

(Source: June 2, 1938, East Moline Herald, "History of Hampton," by George McNabney)


EDWARD F. ARCULARIUS Farmer; Sec. 20; P. 0. Hampton; born in the City of New York, Feb. 15, 1803; came to this Co. in 1834; owns 180 acres; son of Frederick M. and Mahetable Heustes, his wife; lived in Pike Co. this State, six years previous to settling here. First wife was Margaret McMurphy; married in 1830; she died Oct., 1844, leaving six children, George F., Mary J., Lucius, Lucy A., Henry and Edward. Second wife was Rebecca Caldwell; she died in 1852. Present wife was Emily M. Axelson, from Sweden; married July 11,1853; have five children, Hettie A., Ellen M., Margaret L., Theresa U. and Martin L.


34. Edward Frederick ARCULARIUS (farmer/currier), born 15 Feb 1803 at New York, NY; died 6 Oct 1867 at Hampton, Rock Island Co (Could also be 22 Oct 1887 (Keeling fgs). Emigrated to Rock Island Co, IL, in 1834, after spending six years in Pike Co, IL (Biographical Directory of Rock Island County, 438). Owned 180 acres of land in Hampton Twp. The 1850 Census has Rebecca's mother, Lucy Caldwell, age 66, living with the family, which at that tie included George, Mary, Lucius, Lucy, Henry, and Edward (Franque data). In 1842-3, Edward Frederick Arcularius and his wife are listed as having been co-founders, with Rev. G. G. Worthington, of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Hampton. At that time the membership comprised only eleven people.

Edward Frederick ARCULARIUS married his first wife, Margaret MC MURPHY (the daughter of George MC MURPHY and wife of George MC MURPHY) 1830
(Biographical Dictionary of Rock Island Co 438); born c. 1810; died Oct 1844 at Hampton, Rock Island Co, IL. They had the following children:

+ 48 i Lucy Ann ARCULARIUS.
+ 49 ii Henry ARCULARIUS.
+ 50 iii Lucius ARCULARIUS.
51 iv George F. ARCULARIUS, born 1837 (1850 Census - Hampton Twp).

48. Lucy Ann ARCULARIUS, born 3 Feb 1840 at Moline, Rock Is Co, IL; died 21 May 1913; buried Aurora, IL at Spring Lake Cemetery. Lucy Ann ARCULARIUS married Robert Peter LA MORE (farmer/carpenter), (the son of Peter LA MORE or /LA MARE/ and Catherine) 8 June 1858 at Hampton, Rock Island Co (married in Rock Is Co by a Rev. Flowers); born 18 Jun 1834 at Chittenden Co, VT; died 31 Jul 1893; buried Aurora, IL at Spring Lake Cemetery. They had the following children:

+ 57 i Edward Frederick LA MORE.
+ 58 ii Lucy Jane LA MORE.
+ 59 iii Emma Lillian LA MORE.
+ 60 iv Maria Louise LA MORE.
61 v Robert Henry LA MORE, born 8 Mar 1866; died 9 Dec 1875.
+ 62 vi Mary Luetta LA MORE.
63 vii Alice Lunette LA MORE, born 23 Mar 1871; died 4 Jan 1872.
+ 64 viii Harriet LA MORE.
+ 65 ix Ethel Almira LA MORE.

57. Edward Frederick LA MORE (farmer), born 4 Aug 1865 at Moline, Rock Is Co, IL; died 4 Apr 1932 at Reedley, Kings Co, CA; buried Reedley Cemetery.
Died of apoplexy (stroke). Edward Frederick LA MORE married Nellie Bly KOLB (the daughter of Jasper T. KOLB and Maria KNIGHT) 6 Jan 1912 at Hanford, CA (Kolb family bible); born 16 Aug 1874 at Lafayette, IN; died 4 Aug 1946; buried in Reedley Cemetery.
Fred, as he was known, emigrated from Illinois to California around 1910. The other members of his family remained in Illinois. In the Reedley/Dinuba area of California's Central Valley (near Fresno), he bought a farm and began a new family. Both Fred and his bride Nellie married relatively late in life. She had been living with her parents, Jasper and Maria Kolb, and working as a practical nurse. They began to farm in Reedley, California. They built a craftsman-style house that still stands on the property, which is now planted with fruit trees, at 5351 Avenue 424. Their children were raised in this house and Nellie continued to live there and manage the farm after Fred's death. She made a good profit during the Depression, managing the farm efficiently and well. Her brothers and parents farmed nearby. Nellie died of cancer in 1943, nursed by her daughter Hazel, whose husband was away at the front.

They had the following children:

+ 66 i Helen Grace LA MORE.
+ 67 ii Hazel June LA MORE.

58. Lucy Jane LA MORE, born 12 Jul 1859 (L family bible); died 27 Jan 1945 (L family bible). Lucy Jane LA MORE married William S. MILLER 8 Jun 1858. They had the following children:

68 i Corinne MILLER.
+ 69 ii Llewellyn MILLER.

59. Emma Lillian LA MORE, born 29 Jan 1861 (also listed as Lillian Emma); died 31 Dec 1894. Emma Lillian LA MORE married John VINCENT 25 Dec 1882
(handwritten document re marriages of RPL children); born 2 Apr 1840; died c. 1927.
They had the following children:

70 i Charles VINCENT.
+ 71 ii Bessie Louise VINCENT.
+ 72 iii Emma VINCENT.
73 iv Pauline VINCENT, died c. 1972.

60. Maria Louise LA MORE, born 14 May 1862 (also listed as Louise Maria La More); died c. 1950. Maria Louise LA MORE married Robert S. MC CONNELL 18 Aug 1886. They had the following children:

74 i Cyril MC CONNELL.
+ 75 ii Elsie MC CONNELL.
+ 76 iii Earl MC CONNELL.

62. Mary Luetta LA MORE, born 29 Sep 1869; died 12 Mar 1929. Mary Luetta LA MORE married William S. BAKER 10 Aug 1888. They had the following children:

+ 77 i Rose BAKER.
+ 78 ii Glen H. BAKER.

64. Harriet LA MORE, born 7 Apr 1873 at Iowa Falls, IA; died 19 Dec 1964 at Whittier, CA. Harriet LA MORE married Edwin E. TALLEY 7 Oct 1897; born ? Jul 1860 at Ohio; died Mar 1932; buried Cedar Rapids, IA. They had the following children:

+ 79 i Naomi TALLEY.
+ 80 ii Lillian Corinne TALLEY.
+ 81 iii Robert Edwin TALLEY.
+ 82 iv Wilbur Allen TALLEY.
+ 83 v Lucy Alice TALLEY.
+ 84 vi John La More TALLEY.

65. Ethel Almira LA MORE, born 29 Aug 1877; died 19 Jan 1965. Ethel Almira LA MORE married Walter P. HUBBELL 12 Sep 1908; died c. 1935.

49. Henry ARCULARIUS, born 1842 at Illinois (1850 Census, Hampton Twp); died c. 1865. Civil war records indicate that a Henry Arcularius of New York was
killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia. Since family legend has it that he died at the battle of Chickamauga - but no record exists of his participation in this battle - perhaps the Spotsylvania record is correct. Henry Arcularius's parents, who
lived in Brooklyn, NY, were originally from Germany.

50. Lucius ARCULARIUS, born 1838 (1850 Census - Hampton Twp). Family legend says that Lucius went out to California for the Gold Rush in the late 1840s, wrote home saying that he had found gold, and was never heard from again.
However, since he was born in 1838 according to the 1850 Census (living in Hampton CO), it's unlikely. Or he'd have to have gone around the mid-1850s, pretty late in the game.

Edward Frederick ARCULARIUS married a second wife, Rebecca CALDWELL born 1813 at New York (1850 Census, Hampton Twp); died 1852 at Hampton, Rock Island Co, IL (Biographical Dictionary of Rock Island Co, p. 438). There were apparently no children from this marriage.

Edward Frederick ARCULARIUS married a third wife, Emilie Maria AXELSON 11 Jul 1853 at Hampton, Rock Island Co, IL (Biographical Dictionary of Rock Island Co, 438); born 1825 at Sweden (date and place from 1860 Census, Rock Is Co IL); died ca 1923 (family records - O'Reilly). They had the following children:

+ 52 i Margaret L. ARCULARIUS.
53 ii Martin Luther ARCULARIUS.
+ 54 iii Hettie A. ARCULARIUS.
+ 55 iv Ellen M. ARCULARIUS.
+ 56 v Theresa Eudora ARCULARIUS.

52. Margaret L. ARCULARIUS. Margaret L. ARCULARIUS married Cassius C. COX 13 Oct 1880 at Rock Island Co, IL (Rock Island Co marriage records).

54. Hettie A. ARCULARIUS, born 1856 at Rock Island Co, IL. Hettie A. ARCULARIUS married Jason J. COX 11 Jun 1879 at Rock Island Co, IL (marriage records of Rock Island Co).

55. Ellen M. ARCULARIUS, born 1857 at Rock Island Co, IL. Ellen M. ARCULARIUS married Ernest A. RATHBUN 2 Nov 1880 at Rock Island Co, IL (marriage records of Rock Island Co).

56. Theresa Eudora ARCULARIUS, born 23 Nov 1862 at Rock Island Co, IL. Theresa Eudora ARCULARIUS married Adelbert ADAMS 13 Oct 1880 at Rock Island Co, IL (Rock Island Co marriage records).

Name: Edward F Arcularius
Issue Date: 20 May 1841
Acres: 160
Meridian: 4th PM - 1815 Illinois
State: Illinois
County: Rock Island
Township: 18-N
Range: 1-E
Section: 20
Accession Number: IL4380__.465
Metes and Bounds: No
Land Office: Galena
Canceled: No
US Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Number: 8560

(Source: U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907)

Name: Edward F. Arcularius
Spouse: Rebecca Colwell
Date: 3 Dec 1846
County: Henry
State: Illinois
Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Microfilm: 1435944

(Source: Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860)

Name: Edward Arculariers
Age: 47
Birth Year: abt 1803
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1850: District 37, Rock Island, Illinois, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 804
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Arculariers 47
Rebecca Arculariers 37
George F Arculariers 17
Mary J Arculariers 15
Lucais Arculariers 12
Lucy A Arculariers 10
Henry Arculariers 8
Edward Arculariers 6
Lucy Colwell 66

(Source: 1850 United States Federal Census)

Name: E F Arcularius
Gender: Male
Spouse Name: Emily Axelson
Marriage Date: 11 Jul 1853
Marriage County: Rock Island
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1428580 - 1428581.

(Source: Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900)

Name: Edward F Arcularius
Age: 57
Birth Year: abt 1803
Gender: Male
Birth Place: New York
Home in 1860: Hampton, Rock Island, Illinois
Post Office: Watertown
Family Number: 3058
Value of Real Estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward F Arcularius 57
Emily Arcularius 30
Henry Arcularius 18
Hettie Arcularius 4
Ellen Arcularius 3

(Source: 1860 United States Federal Census)

Name: Edw Arcularius
Age in 1870: 67
Birth Year: abt 1803
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Hampton, Rock Island, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Hampton
Value of Real Estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Edw Arcularius 67
Emily Arcularius 47
Hetty Arcularius 15
Ellen Arcularius 13
Margaret Arcularius 10
Thresa Arcularius 8
Charles Peterson 25
Britta Oxelson 71

(Source: 1870 United States Federal Census)

Name: Edward F. Arcularius
Age: 77
Birth Year: abt 1803
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1880: Hampton, Rock Island, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emely M. Arcularius
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Cannot read/write:
Deaf and dumb:
Otherwise disabled:
Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward F. Arcularius 77
Emely M. Arcularius 57
Therisia Arcularius 17
Martin Arcularius 8
Ernst Rathburn 21
Allen M. Rathburn 23

(Source: 1880 United States Federal Census)

Frederick M. Arcularius
Mahetable Heustis

Edward ARCULARIUS married Margaret MC MURPHY and had the following 5 children:

*Lucy Ann Arcularius (1840- 1913) married Robert Peter Lamore (1834- 1893)
*Henry Arcularius (1842- 1865)- Civil war records indicate that a Henry Arcularius of New York was killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia.
*Lucius Arcularius (1838- 1862)- Family legend says that Lucius went out to California for the Gold Rush in the late 1840s, wrote home saying that he had found gold, and was never heard from again.
George Frederick Arcularius (1832– 1851), IL
Jennie Arcularius married Mr. Hebberd

Edward Frederick ARCULARIUS married Rebecca Cauldwell and they had no known children.

Edward ARCULARIUS married Emily Axelson and had the following 6 children:

*Mehetable "Hettie" Augusta Arcularius (1855– 1947) married Jason Cox (1857- 1932)
Ellen Maria Arcularius (1856– 1939) married Ernest A. Rathburn (1859- ????), Davenport, IA
Oscar Arcularius (1858– 1858). IL
*Margaret Irene Arcularius (1860– 1965) married Cassius Cox (1854- 1921)
Theresa Eudora Arcularius (1862– 1949) married Adelbert Alphonso Abrams (1854- 1929), CA
Martin Luther Arcularius (1871– 1958) married Agnes Elvira Carpenter (1872– 1953). OR

Family links: 
  Frederick M. Arcularius (1777 - 1840)
  Mahetable Heustis Arcularius (1780 - 1860)
  Margaret McMurphy Arcularius (1811 - 1844)*
  Rebecca Caldwell Arcularius (1816 - 1852)*
  Emily Maria Axelson Arcularius (1823 - 1923)*
  Lucius Arcularius (1838 - ____)*
  Lucy Ann Arcularius Lamore (1840 - 1913)*
  Henry Arcularius (1842 - 1865)*
  Mehetable Augusta Arcularius Cox (1855 - 1947)*
  Margaret Irene Arcularius Cox (1860 - 1965)*
  Martin Luther Arcularius (1871 - 1958)*
  Edward Frank Arcularius (1803 - 1887)
  Caroline Arcularius Hall (1805 - 1899)*
  Rosena Isabel Arcularius Albrecht (1821 - 1855)*
  Benjamin Franklin Arcularius (1824 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
Hampton Township Cemetery
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
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