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Karen Jo Johnson (#47924644)
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I have always been interested in my family's history, but have always been too busy to do any real research. Once I retired, I did a little research, but never pursued it with any zeal. Then, on one of my feeble attempts to make some great discovery, I found a message on a genealogical website. The person was searching for her great-great-grandfather, who, as it turned out, was also my great-great-grandfather. Now I want to discover as much about my family as possible.

Surnames I'm searching for include Johnson, Greve, Gerdner, Riepe, and Judd on my father's side; Bonar, Gauss, Williams, Valentine, and Lautenschlager on my mother's side. I'm sure there are also many others yet to be discovered!
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RE: Ivan Eugene Bonar
I updated his burial to ashes scattered at sea.

Do you know if there is any pictures of him online that you know of?
Added by gordonphilbin on Oct 17, 2013 4:55 PM
RE: Ivan Eugene Bonar
Added by gordonphilbin on Oct 17, 2013 2:54 PM
RE: Ivan Eugene Bonar
Thank you for the update's on Ivan.

PS = Do you know where he is buried?
Added by gordonphilbin on Oct 17, 2013 5:20 AM
re: Williams Families of Louisa County, Iowa
I hope you will let me know if you find a link between William and Mary (COONS) WILLIAMS, "natives of Kentucky" and the lines descended from Matthew WILLIAMS of New Jersey, and his father, Matthew WILLIAMS of Connecticut. Having the grave of William R. Williams in the same small cemetery that is home to the burials for two other Williams families who are said to be descended from the Matthew Williams line seems like it isn't a coincidence.
Added by CC-Genealogy on Sep 15, 2013 10:12 PM
re: Williams Families of Louisa County, Iowa
Karen -
The only information that I have on your line of this Williams family is what you have given me. It appears that your line may be descended from William R. Williams who some have listed as being related to my line (Robert Williams b. 1778). All that I have on his line is what I have already posted on his findagrave memorial at Long Creek Cemetery. The bio on that memorial refers to pages 178-179 of "Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa Co Iowa." Acme Publishing. Chicago, 1889 (this text is available online. I think at In that work, it very clearly tells us that William R. Williams was the son of William and Mary (Coons) Williams. I have not traced this line beyond this information, as it still is a question to me if we have assembled all the siblings of Robert's. Certainly the Abiathar Williams and his family also buried at Long Creek Cemetery, and the family of Ambrose Williams buried there, are both cousins of my branch descended from common ancestor Jonas Williams, but I've not found any credible and sourced reference to a William Williams being a part of this family in the generations we are talking about.

I hope this helps. I doubt that you have any photos with respect to my family even though Gamaliel Barstow Williams lived in Louisa County until his death in September of 1900.

Thank you for contacting me.
Added by CC-Genealogy on Sep 14, 2013 12:22 PM
KE Tuttle
RE: Clyde Johnson
Wonderful! Thanks so much for the information. It will be summer before I can get back to CO and have the photo digitized.

When my uncle, Fr. Lawrence Kern, died last year, the picture was dropped and the glass and frame broken. My daughter took it home and she has been trying to find a period frame to match the original. Because it is oversized, we will have to take it to a professional to have it digitized. (We did several others of the other side of the family already.)

My grandmother, Ida Spurlock, spent a year or so with her relatives in Iowa before she married my grandfather. She must have had a wonderful time and everyone was so gracious that she was still talking about it many years later when I was young.

I think Aunt Hattie (daughter of Asa Clark) was still living when my parents took me to visit on our trip to Detroit in the early 50s. She had married 'Uncle Milty' (Milton Macy). It seems to me that that couple were Quaker. I remember a horsehair sofa that scratched the back of my legs when I had to wear a dress and sit quietly as the adults talked. Hattie also had striking violet eyes.

I wish I could remember others of the relations we met. My uncle and mother went back a few other times on a genealogical research trip. I am still going through my uncle's files and finding notes to decipher. Johnsons were one line my uncle wanted me to continue to study.
Added by KE Tuttle on Mar 20, 2013 9:12 AM
KE Tuttle
RE: Clyde Johnson
Are you the child of Leroy Johnson?

Asa Clark Johnson was my gggrandfather. His daughter, Eliza Jane Johnson Spurlock was my ggrandmother and mother to my grandmother Ida Spurlock Kern. I recently came into possession of a letter from Grandma Ida to Dorothy and that response back to my mother, Barbara Kern Tuttle.

My uncle had a large photo of Asa and Irena Judd.(We are doubly related via the Judd connection.) I hope to have it digitized next summer. I am on facebook and will post it there. I also can email it to you if you would like.

What was the name of your mother?
Added by KE Tuttle on Mar 19, 2013 12:50 PM
Rod Morken
LeRoy Johnson
Thank you for the correction, Karen. LeRoy's father, Charles, was brother to my great-great grandfather, Harvey Johnson. If you like I will transfer his memorial to your care, and his parents' memorials, also. I enjoy connecting the family together but I believe direct descendents should maintain their their family member's memorials. Just go to the memorial and click on the "Edit" tab and ask for the transfer. Thanks again.
Added by Rod Morken on Sep 02, 2012 2:00 PM

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