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Mallory Smith
RE: Elma Gandy, Irene Stevens and Eleanor Dale
The area directly in back of the Cemetery and to the right were all part of Irene and Harrison's home lot. My ancestors stopped at Irene's 16 Aug 1839 and shortly found a place to buy another mile and a half down the road. (That area was called Lysander) I note Harrison's home was in unicorporated Howard Winnebago Co Il in 1850. A near neighbor was Nelson Daniel, brother of John Daniel jr who is buried in Howard Union with his mother Phebe Miller Daniels. Irene Stevens' step-neice, Candace Emery, was John Daniels wife. John's sister Mahala Daniels Farwell lived for a time just over the Stephenson's county line about 3 miles from Davis. Her in-laws, Isaac Farwell and Prudence Allen are buried at Howard Union.

Polly Stevens' son Seth Stevens Emery lived in Pecatonica after the Civil War. He married Elizabeth Hisey daughter of Harriet Winchester and Rev Jacob Hisey of Ohio. Harriet later married a Willcox and came to live with her brother William Hale Winchester. Harriet is buried at Hulse. Hale Winchester married Sybil Gates in Clark Co Ohio. Like Harrison Perry Elliot and Elma Gandy, they lived in Union Co Ohio before coming to Illinois. nancy McIntire, Daughter of William McIntire and Rebecca Gates, also married in Union Co to Eben Hulse and is buried at Hulse...as is Perlina Winchester who married William Tunks (uncle of Allen who married Rebecca Harris) William married Armadilla McIntire, sister of Nancy, second, and Candace Emery Daniels third. Prudence McIntyre, sister of Nancy and Armadilla, married Irene Stevens' step-son Josiah Bartlett Emery, brother of Candace.

All these Emery folk were cousins of Barack Obama whose ancestors came to America about 1635.

The Gates were descendants of Stephen Gates of Hingham MA who was also ancestor of Ella Luce Mallory whose daughter Elizabeth married Candace Emery and John Daniels' son Henry.

The Gates lived in Clark Co Ohio as did the Winchesters and Tunks.

The Stevens and Emerys were in Geauga Co Ohio having arrived Vt (and previously New Hampshire and Massachusetts) in 1816. Dr Emery set up the first post office in the area as he had done in Thompson Ohio. He was also the first medical doctor between Freeport and Rockford.
Added by Mallory Smith on Jul 10, 2012 8:52 AM
Mallory Smith
RE: Elma Gandy, Irene Stevens and Eleanor Dale
I guess I had forgotten that I had seen a memorial for Irene on Findagrave and commented on it...though it must have been some time ago.

According to "Lisa" Irene is buried at Howard Union and she gives and exact date of death.


Irene Stevens Elliot

Birth: Aug. 26, 1816
Death: Apr. 18, 1870
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA

Daughter of Roswell Stevens; widow of Edwin Harris. Married Harrison Elliott, May 12, 1853.

Family links:
Spouses:
Edwin Harris (1804 - 1850)
Harrison P. Elliott (1815 - 1894)

Burial:
Howard Union Cemetery
Davis (Stephenson County) (the dumbarse who originally set this up kept arguing with me claiming there was no Howard Union and then said it was in Davis....which, of course, it is not. I had already verified it's location with the Pres. of the Winnebago Co Gen Soc who happened to be a descendant of a former wife of one of my line..Albert Mallory having died and his widow marrying the brother of her (Emma Shellenberger's) sister's husband)
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Added by Mallory Smith on Jul 06, 2012 7:40 PM
Mallory Smith
RE: Elma Gandy, Irene Stevens and Eleanor Dale
I don't know where Irene is buried...you might check Hulse Cem in Pecatonica. I know her first husband is buried there.

This is from son "Jo's" grave:


Joseph Roswell Harris
Birth: Nov. 16, 1837
Durand
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 23, 1921
Oklahoma, USA

Joseph was the son of Edward Harris and Irene Stevens. He married Rachel Putney. They had 3 children, John Wesley Harris, Sr.; Mary Harris and Ulalah Harris.
Joseph was a Civil War veteran; "Co H 74th Illinois Infantry". His name is on the Civil War Side of the huge memorial to all local war veterans, in the town square in Durand IL.

Family links:
Spouse:
Rachel Maria Putney Harris (1849 - 1909)*

Children:
John Wesley Harris (1867 - 1938)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Fairview Cemetery
Vinita
Craig County
Oklahoma, USA

Joseph's sister Becca Harris Tunks is buried in Iowa. I have a picture of her grave in my computer.
Added by Mallory Smith on Jul 06, 2012 12:37 AM
Mallory Smith
RE: Elma Gandy, Irene Stevens and Eleanor Dale
I haven't fully explored Irene's family beyond her first marriage. I do have pictures of the grave of daughter Becca Harris Tunks (w/o Allen Tunks).

Polly Stevens, sister of Irene, was step-mother of Candace Emery (my gggrandmother) who married second William Tunks, uncle of Allen.

I also have a picture of Joseph Roswell Harris...labeled Jo Harris, Perry Elliot's son (step-son.) (Harrison Perry Elliot) I posted a copy of the picture on his grave at findagrave.com.

I also have an old map showing the cemetery in the NW corner of Irene's property. this is the original property homestead by Irene and her husband as described in "Pioneer Life in the Family of George Reid Emery" published 1924..by Viance Emery, daughter of Irene Stevens.

Candace first husband, John Daniel Jr and his mother Phebe Miller Daniels are also buried this cem. In addition, John Daniels' sister, Mahala Daniels Farwell's in-laws, Isaac Farwell and Prudence Allen are buried at Howard Union.

When Dr George Emery and Polly Stevens (m 1833) first arrived in Illinois 16 Sep 1839, their first stop was Irene's place. They then were able to locate a place about another mile and a half down the road with road being the Stephenson/Winnebago co line. Later they acquired additional property on the other side of the road; but they built their stone home on the Winnebago side. the Emerys sold out an moved to Kansas 1869/70 and Polley died there in 1870. Son Josiah Bartlett Emery had returned from California and lived In Overbrook KS and Irene's son Seth Stevens Emery lived in Smith Center KS (he had a farm in Bellaire, but moved into Smith Center at retirement.)

Irene's first husband is buried in the Hulse Cem Pecatonica...along with many others related via marriages...most coming from Ohio.

Added by Mallory Smith on Jul 05, 2012 5:24 PM
Mallory Smith
RE: Elma Gandy, Irene Stevens and Eleanor Dale
Forgive me, if I have already replied. I'm pretty sure, based on an old map and the narrative of Candace Emery and sister Viance (Pioneer Life in the Family of George Reid Emery) that the property donated for the Howard Union Cem (It's in the NW corner of the property) was originally settled and owned by Edwin Harris and Irene Stevens. Harrison Perry Elliot, because he was a man, became owner when he married the widowed Irene. Edwin and Irene removed from Ohio to Illinois several years before Irene's sister Polley and her husband Dr. George Reid Emery. They arrived at Irene's place 16 Aug 1839 and then purchased a place about a mile and a half down the road. The Emery's had left Thompson 13 Nov 1833 (the night of the great meteor shower) for Spencer Ohio where Dr Emery's brother lived. Several more children were born there before the Emery's left on 15 Jul 1839 to join Irene in Illinois. My great great grandmother, Candace, was just a month short of her 14th birthday when they arrived. She filled in virtually all the information about life in Ohio and in the early years at Pink Creek. Her youngest sister, Viance, who published the work in 1924, wasn't born until 1847. Candace lived to be 96 1/2. Hard to believe her father was born while George Washington was in office.
Added by Mallory Smith on Nov 01, 2011 1:26 AM
Mallory Smith
RE: Elma Gandy, Irene Stevens and Eleanor Dale
I did not do the original Findagrave.com posting for Irene and assumed the person who did so had reason to believe it to be true. The cemetery appears to be located on the property originally settled by Irene and her first husband, Edwin Harris, who is buried at the Hulse Cem. My gggrandmother and her much younger half-sister wrote a family history ("Pioneer Life in the Family of George Reid Emery") which describes arriving at Irene's place 16 Aug 1836. (They left Ohio 15 July 1836) My gggrandmother, Candace Sarah Emery, would have been a month short of her 11th birthday. The Emery's (George was married to Irene's sister, Polley) found a place just a mile and a half down the road on the county line. They purchased the land on the other side of the road (along pink creek) which happened to be in Stephenson co. and built a stone house on the Winnebago side.

Candace collected pictures of her neighbors, especially the children, over the years. I have a picture of Irene's son, Joseph Roswell Harris. I didn't recognize the name at first. The reverse says, "Jo Harris, Perry Elliot's son." (Harrison Perry Elliot)

I have also found Becca Ann Harris Tunks' grave in Linn Co Iowa. My gggrandmother's second husband, William Z Tunks was uncle of Becca's husband, son (Allen) of William's brother Levi.

Candace Emery's husband, John Daniels Jr, and mother-in-law, Phebe (Miller) Daniels are also at Howard Union. Still looking for Phebe's brother AaronMiller who was living with them in 1850 in Rock Run Twp.

Added by Mallory Smith on Oct 26, 2011 10:34 AM
 

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