|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1845|
Des Moines County
Des Moines County
bur 10 Mar 1925, congestion of liver, 80 yrs
A Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa
John D. Bridges, carpenter and builder, of Mediapolis, Iowa. Throughout his entire life, with the exception of three years in Kansas, Mr. Bridges' home has been in Des Moines County. He was born February 14, 1845, in Yellow Spring Township, and has witnessed the transformation which has changed the raw, uncultivated land into beautiful homes and farms; villages have sprung up, graded schools and colleges have taken the place of the old log school-house, and now Des Moines County ranks among the first in the State. Mr. Bridges' parents were David and Clarissa (Haight) Bridges, the father a native of Ohio and the mother of New York. David emigrated in 1841 to this county, settling in Yellow Spring Township, where he purchased a claim of forty acres, residing there until his death, which occurred April 15, 1870, in his fifty-seventh year. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a Class-Leader for many years, and a devoted worker for the cause. On his mother's side, Mr. Bridges traces his ancestry back to the early part of the seventeenth century. His mother was Clarissa Bridges, whose maiden name was Haight. Simon and Susanna Haight came from Northumberland County, England, in 1620, settling near the site of Boston. The family remained in the Massachusetts Colony for probably about a century, when they emigrated to the Province of New York. An old record, now in possession of the family, written by Aaron Haight in 1748, traces their genealogy from Simon down, the writer being of the sixth generation. He says: "My mother's family were some of the first settlers of New England, and were people of consequence, and of an original English stock of Puritans of old Plymouth." Aaron's son Cornelius, grandfather of Mr. Bridges, was born in 1782 in New York State, and died in Des Moines County, Iowa, of which he was one of the earliest settlers. His wife was Abigail Atwood, also a native of the State of New York. She died on the same farm as her husband, adjoining Mediapolis. This couple had a family of sixteen children, one of whom was killed in boyhood by the kick of a horse. The others all lived to maturity, and three of them are now surviving. The entire family were remarkable for their great stature and weight, the men being all considerably over six feet tall and heavy in proportion, and the lightest of the women weighing over 200 pounds. Mr. Bridges' mother was born in 1812 and died April 21, 1888, in her seventy-seventh year. Mr. and Mrs. Bridges were the parents of three children: Abigail, wife of Silas Bridges, is now deceased; James A., a resident of Kossuth, Iowa, and John D.
Spending his boyhood days upon a farm, and receiving his education in the district schools of the township, John D. Bridges at the age of eighteen years, April 6, 1863, responded to his country's call for volunteers, and enlisting with the many brave boys of the 7th Iowa Cavalry, became a member of Company C. Serving over three years, most of his time was spent in protecting the frontier, participating in all the scouting expeditions of his regiment, and he was wounded in the knee joint by a gun shot at Brownville, Nebraska.
Being mustered out in May, 1866, Mr. Bridges returned to his home and then learned the wagon and carriage making trade at Kossuth. On the 2d of March, 1867, he was married to Marcie J. Vincent, a native of Washington County, Ohio, and daughter of William and Sarah (Eddy) Vincent, the father being a native of New York and the mother of Rhode Island. Mrs. Bridges was left fatherless at a very early age, and her mother died in 1855 at the age of fifty-nine years. They were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bridges -- Wesley D., Frederick G., Minnie J., John Morris and Sadie A., all of whom are at home.
In 1869 Mr. Bridges removed to Crawford County, Kansas, residing there three years engaged at carpentering, and at the end of that time returned to Mediapolis, where he has since lived, engaged in the same occupation. Socially, he is a member of Sheppard Post No. 157, G. A. R., and of the Progress Lodge No. 226, A. F. & A. M., of which he has been Master. He was honored by his fellow-citizens by being elected a member of the Town Council, and served three years.
David M. Bridges (____ - 1870)
Clarissa Haight Bridges (____ - 1888)
Marcy Jane Vincent Bridges (1839 - 1920)*
Minerva Bridges Haight (____ - 1878)*
Frederick Grant Bridges (1872 - 1955)*
John Morris Bridges (1876 - 1945)*
Sarah Abigail Bridges (1879 - 1973)*
Des Moines County
Plot: Lot 14, Bridges 1st Addition
Created by: No Reins
Record added: Oct 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15981484
Added: Nov. 18, 2011