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Jon Purcell
Erwin S. Thompson Mem. No. 57105660)
I have been doing indexing for Iowa State Armed Forces Grave Registration. I saved the image for Mr. Thompson and have uploaded it to his memorial. My interest is only in providing additional information to family members who might visit the sight from time to time and might consider the information useful.I hope you do not care.

Jon B. Purcell
Added by Jon Purcell on Nov 23, 2015 1:54 PM
Virginia Partch
Memorial #93198881
Ammie's parents: father - George W. Williamson, b. abt 1837 in Carlisle, Sullivan, Indiana; d. probably in Indiana. mother - Mary P Pearce,
b. 27 Dec 1841 in Carlisle, Sullivan, Indiana; d.
19 May 1862 in Carlisle, Sullivan, Indiana.

Ammie was raised by her grandparents: grandfather - Washington Allen Pearce, b.20 Jun 1813 in Sullivan, Indiana and died 17 Dec 1877 in Palmyra, Marion, Missouri. Grandmother: Susannah Hall McClure Pearce, b. 12 Nov 1821 in Washington, Kentucky; d. 16 Oct 1914 in Arnold, Custer, Nebraska. Susanna is buried in Arnold, Nebraska Memorial #59584283.

She knew who her parents were, yet referred to her aunts and uncles as her brothers and sisters.
Added by Virginia Partch on Jun 10, 2015 12:31 PM
Jeff G.
RE: Vera Seeley
Teamwork makes for excellent work - we figured it out together, right??? And thanks a bunch for all your help.

Jeff :)
Added by Jeff G. on Jun 02, 2015 3:56 PM
Find A Grave Memorial# 60686125
Fred Bartos:

Thank you so much for managing the record of Fred Bartos.

I am wondering if you have any contacts with the administrators for Buckingham Cemetery.

Fred died young and I cannot locate his birth or death dates (just the years from photos on your memorial--thank you.

I understand the cemetery records occasionally include more detailed death records or reference the funeral director where a death record might be located. I do not have a relationship with the cemetery directors for the cemeteries I walk, so I understand if you cannot redirect me.

Again, thank you for all that you do for Find a Grave and so many families.
Added by jpaff on Jun 01, 2015 8:04 PM
Robin Reals
William L. Parsons
I would like the following information added to William L. Parsons (1860-1905).


W. L. Parsons Is Called Away at 1 p.m. Today.

William L. Parsons, an old resident of this city and a prominent employee of the Illinois Central railway, passed away at his home on Chestnut street at 1 o'clock this afternoon, of stomach trouble, from which he had been a sufferer for some time. The funeral will be held from the home at 2 p.m. Sunday and from the Walnut Street Baptist church a half hour later, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. G. Beeman. He was a member of the Maccabee lodge at Estherville and of the B. of L. E. at Fort Dodge.

Mr. Parsons was born in Ottawa, Illinois, Nov. 10, 1860, and came to Iowa with his parents five years later. He began railroading at the age of fifteen and has been employed in various positions since then. For the past year he has not been able to work, but his more critical illness has extended over a briefer portion of time.

Mr. Parsons leaves a wife, mother, three brothers and three sisters. A brother George lives at Waverly, and a sister Mrs. D. A. Follett of Storm Lake. the remainder of the family reside in Waterloo, being Charles and Irva Parsons, and Mrs. A. J. Hewitt and Mrs. E. P. Bannister. Decedent had lived at Des Moines, Waterloo, Ft. Dodge and Estherville.

Obituary: Waterloo Courier, Waterloo Iowa, January 20, 1905


Wm Parsons Did Not Die of Consumption, As Was Reported

The funeral service over the remains of Wm. L. Parsons, the man who died yesterday at his home, 321 Chestnut street, of a complication of diseases, instead of consumption, as stated in the Reporter last night, will be held tomorrow afternoon at the home. The hour of the funeral had not been decided upon when the Reporter went to press, but the service will be in charge of the Maccabees and the Brotherhood of Trainmen.

Deceased leaves relatives as follows: Wife and mother of Waterloo, and brothers and sisters, Mrs. D. A. Follett, of Storm Lake, Iowa; Mrs. A. J. Hewitt, and Mrs. L. S. Bannister, and Charles and Irving Parsons, all of Waterloo; brother George, of Waverly, Iowa.

Correction: Waterloo Daily Reporter, Waterloo, Iowa, Saturday, January 21, 1905
Added by Robin Reals on May 31, 2015 6:52 PM
Robin Reals
Jesse D. Parsons
Also could you post the following information for Jesse D. Parsons (1876-1895)?




Last night the body of Jesse Parsons was brought to this city from Waverly, where he died Monday night. He was the son of the late Dan Parsons and Mrs. Jane Parsons, who lives at 918 Walnut street. The funeral was held from Mrs. Parsons' residence at 2 p.m. today.

The following description of the fatal accident, which resulted in his death, is from this morning's Waverly Independent:

"At 7 o'clock Monday morning Jesse Parsons was found lying in the center of the street at the first crossing south of Woodring Bros.' factory. He was first seen by Geo. Dean and Henry Knapp, who were driving to the C. G. W. yards after some bridge lumber. The horse that Jesse had been riding was standing by his side. Everything had indicated that he had been lying there all night. He was alive and was at once carried to his brother's, George Parsons, who lives one block east and one block north of where Jesse was found. He was unconscious, and on Tuesday morning he was still in that condition and had not spoken a word. Jesse had been working at Bowman Bros.' Lone Tree farm. At 5 o'clock Sunday evening he came on horseback to see his brother George and remained there until 9 o'clock, when he started for home. This was the last seen of him, so far as anyone knows, until he was found as above described. Dr. Osborne has been attending him. There are slight bruises on his face, his left shoulder and arm seem to be paralyzed, but the injuries that are in sight do not seem sufficiently severe to put him in the condition he is in. He breathes hard and moves his limbs but slightly. All efforts to revive him have thus far proved fruitless. At this writing, it does not look as if he could ever rally to tell how the accident happened. It is a sad affair. It is strange that he was not seen sooner, as there are three residences within a few rods of where he fell. How it happened is all speculation. It is supposed he started for home at a lively gait, that the horse slipped and that the rider was thrown to the ground and knocked senseless. His mother and his brother, Charles, and his brother-in-law, Will Bennett, all of Waterloo, are doing all they can for Jesse. Jesse was 19 years old on the 4th of November last. He was born in Black Hawk county and lately he has been working at the Lone Tree farm."

The Waverly Republican says that there were marks on the horses knees, which indicated that he had fallen, and it is thought that the young man was thrown in that way. He died Monday evening, and an investigation revealed the fact that the skull was fractured and concussion of the brain undoubtedly caused death.

Jesse Parsons was a highly respected young man. Since his father's death he has helped his mother like a dutiful son and only a short time before his death he wrote that he had some money he had saved for her.

The sympathy of all is with the bereaved mother and other relatives in this sad affliction.

Added by Robin Reals on May 31, 2015 6:50 PM
Robin Reals
Abe Parsons
I was wondering if you could put the following information on Abe Parsons' site.

SMALL POX--Last Sunday evening A. Parsons, son of Daniel Parsons, of East Waterloo township, died of small pox. There have been eight cases in the family including Wm. Parsons, who was first taken. In the most of the cases, however, owing to prompt vaccination, the disease took the form of varioloid, but in this case which resulted fatally it was genuine confluent small pox. All the other members of the family seem to be doing as well as could be expected, and there are no cases outside the family. It was reported that several persons had been attacked with the disease, but the rumors prove to have arisen from cases where vaccination worked with unusual severity. There is no necessity of any fear that the disease will spread further, and no one need feel any harm on that account.

Death Notice: Waterloo Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, July 26, 1882, page 8, column 5
Added by Robin Reals on May 31, 2015 6:47 PM
Bob & Sandi Hamilton
Melvin James Meester, 115778944
Sorry Chuck. I would cancel my message before this one. I just found Melvin's full Obituary.
Would you please put this information in instead of the other information that I gave you before.

Melvin Meester

December 7, 1927 - August 31, 2005


Melvin Meester, 77, of Grundy Center, died from natural causes on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 3, 2005 at Pleasant Valley Reformed Church near Fern, Iowa with Pastor Russell Muilenburg officiating. Burial will be at 12:00 PM, following lunch at the church, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday at Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Melvin was born December 7, 1927, in Marshalltown, Iowa, son of Henry H. and Grace Ann (Meyer) Meester. He attended country school and help his father on the farm. On March 26, 1954, he was united in marriage to Merla Jane Krull at the Bristow Reformed Church and they made there home near Holland, Iowa where Melvin farmed for forty years. After retiring from the farm and moving to Parkersburg in 1993, Melvin started working at the Ackley Canning Factory. He moved to Grundy Center in 1997 and a year later suffered a stroke forcing him to retire from the canning factory.

He was a member of Pleasant Valley Reformed Church. Melvin enjoyed working on the farm, fishing, attending his grandchildren's athletic events, and for the past eight years enjoyed participating in the Senior Citizens Lunches at the Grundy Center Community Center.

Surviving is his wife, Merla; children, Patricia (Larry) Harms of Ackley, Myron (Rose) Meester of Holland, David (Ann) Meester of Fresno, California, and Kevin (Natalie) Meester of Grundy Center; sisters, Johanna (Cornelius) Schmitt of Dike and Viola (Herbert) Johnson of Parkersburg; brother, Harlyn (Edna) Meester of Grundy Center; and by ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; grandson, Jacob Meester; and sisters, Trena Matilda Schmitt and Marilyn Meester.

Source is from this web sight,
Abels Funeral Home
Grundy Center, IA

Again thanks.
Added by Bob & Sandi Hamilton on May 30, 2015 10:22 AM
Bob & Sandi Hamilton
Melvin James Meester,115778944
Thanks for getting back to me. I found his Obituary on this web sight for the source.

North Central Iowa Genealogical Society
Mason City public Library
Mason City, IA

This is the newspaper and date that it was in for the source.

Iowa Falls Times Citizen
Iowa Falls, IA
September 5, 2005

Thanks for your help with this Chuck.

Added by Bob & Sandi Hamilton on May 30, 2015 9:58 AM
RE: Who is your grandfather?
oops... since i wrote itfrom that page i figured it was linked. sorry
the name is William m Rose

Find A Grave Memorial# 110673477

Added by shelley on May 26, 2015 12:39 PM
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