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RE: Ella Burco Lawrence
The 1880 census I think is simply an error. I've encountered it before where married children are shown with the parents. Usually they were A. Visiting their parents when the census was taken B. The person giving the information misunderstood how the census was being taken, or C.(the most probable) is that the family was out for the day and neighbor gave the information. In trying to recount the members of another family, forgetting one has been married off isn't such a far stretch. There can be no other family in that small community with the same names. Mathias came to Iowa with Mariah and her family, leaving no information about his own family of origin. I've found a few leads that Could be his family, but in the end it's nothing I can prove. And yes, it is the Estate Papers of Mathias, I copied them at the Fayette Co. courthouse. As with Edgar/Edward that could also be easily misinterpreted by someone reading old spidery cursive. So, are you and I related?
Added by RThomas on Oct 06, 2015 2:04 PM
RE: Ella Burco Lawrence
Sharon Burco?

Okay, 1860:
1860 Census Liberty, Buchanan, Iowa
Mathias Bures, age 25, b. PA
Maria, age 21, b. OH
Sarah E., age 2, b. IA

1870 IA Pottawattamie Rockford
43 43 Burko, Mathias 40 m w farmer 1500 200 wales parents of f. birth
J 30 f w keepinghouse wales p. of f.birth
Ella 13 f w ia p.f.b at school
George 10 m w "
Nelson 8 m w "
Joseph 6 m w "
Julia 4 f w "
Elvie 1 f w "

1880 Liberty, Buchanan, Iowa Census (Index has it spelled as Bureo) STAYING WITH PARENTS? CENSUS GIVEN BY A NEIGHBOR?
Mathias BUREO Self M M W 50 PA Farmer PA PA
Maria wife M F W 42 OH Keeping House OH OH
Ellen dau S F W 22 IA Houswork PA OH
George son S M W 21 IA Warks on Farm PA OH
Nelson son S M W 20 IA Works on Farm OH OH
Joseph Son S M W 18 IA Works on Farm OH OH
Julia dau S F W 15 or 12 IA @school OH OH
Adella dau S F W 10 @school PA OH
Margerite dau S F W 7 IA PA OH
Mary dau S F W 2 IA PA OH

ANOTHER O. Ella Lawrence, 18, single, is listed as a servant in Buchanan Co., Iowa.

1885 I don't have Ella, but her sister, is with her parents:
1885 IA Buchanan Hazleton
95 96 Mathias Burco 90-9-14 NE NW 51 m m farmer pa nn
Mariah 45 f m keeping house oh nn
Margaret 14 f buchanan co.
Dellia 18 f buchanan co.
Mary 57 (17) f buchanan co.

1895 IA Blackhawk Barclay
Lawrence, Edward 44 oh
Ella 35 buchanan co., iowa
Homer 18 bue co., iowa (buchanan)
Della 14 "
Forest 7 "
Blanch 2 "

1895 IA Linn 8th Cedar Rapids
Alexander Miller 30 Can w
Della 26 oh
Edith 8 alaska
Fred 4 linn co
Maggie 2 linn co

1900 IA Blackhawk Cedar Falls Dist 7
553 556 Lawrence, Edward head w m Aug 1850 49 m 25 ohio - - stone mason 4 --yyy o f h
Ella S wife w f Jan 1859 41 m 25 5 5 ia pa oh ---yyy
Homer son w m Dec 1876 23 s ia oh ia day laborer yyy
Della dau w f Sep 1881 18 s 0 0 ia oh ia stenographer 0 yyy
Forrest son w m Sept 1887 12 s ia oh ia school
Blanche dau w f Jul 1882 7 s 0 0 ia oh ia school
Cecil son w m Sept 1895 4 s ia oh ia

1900 IA Linn Cedar Rapids D.102 4th St (near F ave)
609 123 132 Miller, Alexander head w m Feb 1865 35 m 15 il il il? RR conductor o yyy o m h
Della wife w f Nov 1868 31 m 15 3 3 iowa oh oh -yyy
Edith dau w f Jan 1889 13 s ia il ia at school 8 1/2 yyy
Margie dau m f Feb 1892 8 s ia

Ella's marriage:, gives spouse's name as Edgar C Lawrence.
Della's marriage:

Burco is such a rare name, I can't believe these aren't the same people. Finally, her father's estate papers list her as "Ellen Laurence" along with sister Della Miller.

Added by RThomas on Oct 05, 2015 10:11 PM
RE: Lizzie Carver #35419442
Louis, thank you for replying. You stated that I can use your photos for any non-commercial use. I would like some clarification. I get no commercial benefit from putting my family trees on, but that site does charge a subscription fee for access to all their records. Thus, they are a commercial site. Is it okay with you that I upload your photos to my family tree on

Many thanks,
Added by JackiMex on Oct 05, 2015 9:39 PM
RE: Ella Burco Lawrence
1860 I have her as Sarah E.
1870 shows her as Ella, and another sister as "Elvia?" whom is about the right age for Adella, but could be a child who died early.
1880 she's listed as Ellen, and her sister is listed as Adella.
[1885 I can't find Sarah Ellen, but her sister is called Delia]
1895 Ella, sister Della
1900 Ella, sister Della

My grandmother had an old paper with all the kids names and birth dates, she said her grandmother, Ella and Della's sister, had written out. On the paper she was called Ella and her sister Delia, and that is what my grandmother always referred to them as. I believe Sarah Ellen was called "Ella" because their mother, Julianna, had a sister, also named Sarah. Does this make sense? I can't remember if I have their Buchanan County marriage record or not, I'd have to dig around.

Added by RThomas on Oct 05, 2015 1:56 PM
Ella Burco Lawrence
So excited to see an obit and death date for Aunt Ella! However, she had a sister, Adella, who was called Delia, so I don't think that was ever part of her name. Thanks!
Added by RThomas on Oct 04, 2015 5:29 PM
Lizzie Carver #35419442
Louis, your contributions to Findagrave are admirable and appreciated. Thank you for adding the photo to Lizzie's memorial.

I would like to ask for your permission to use that photo (and others you may have taken of gravestones of my ancestors) in my family tree on Because the photographer has a copyright for each photo, I always ask before using a photo on another web site. I will, of course, put your name as the photographer and the web site of the memorial(s) as the source.

Thank you for considering my request,
Added by JackiMex on Sep 28, 2015 8:35 PM
Rachel G
RE: Albert Lawrence
Hi Louis: I also am sure this is your Albert based on the marriage record. I will transfer to you again.
FYI, I graduated with the son of Eldon and Marlis Lawrence whose marker is in the same plot as Albert and Anna - they must be related. If I see my classmate I'll ask what he knows of his family history. It is a mystery about the year of birth.

Best wishes on your searches.
Rachel G
Added by Rachel G on Sep 28, 2015 5:50 PM
D. Gould Hall
Walter Merrill
Louis - thank you for the obit for Walter Merrill #66127925. Can you please tell me which paper and what date the article was published? I really appreciate you taking the time.
Was there no headstone photo for him?
Added by D. Gould Hall on Sep 28, 2015 10:47 AM
Carmelita Tieskotter
Thank you for taking the picture at Harlington Cemetery. I really appreciate it!
Added by Carmelita Tieskotter on Jul 02, 2015 5:46 AM
Beverly Barber
Carrie and Maude Barber
Thank you for the photo Louis.I am surprised there are no stones for these two women. I think they were spinsters so that may explain it. Actually they are daughters of Jacobus Brynn Barber 1835-1909 (not James) I will attempt to correct this on Find a Grave.
Added by Beverly Barber on Jun 24, 2015 4:05 PM
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