Robert William Theobald

Robert William Theobald

Starston, South Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
Death 21 Aug 1900 (aged 81)
Astor, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
Burial Shelby County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 22479074 · View Source
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ROBERT THEOBALD, whose fine farm joins Astor on the east, is one of the venerable citizens of this part of Crawford county. Having lived here for more than twenty years, he is well-known in this vicinity, and it is appropriate that some mention of him be made on the pages of this work.

Robert Theobald was born at Norfolk, England, April 10, 1819, son of John Theobald and grandson of John Theobald, Sr., all men above the average in stature and all natives of England. John Theobald married Phillis Palmer, a
native of Suffolk, England, and they became the parents of eight sons and four daughters. The family located on Prince Edward Island in 1831; thence in 1847 to Iowa county, Wisconsin, being among the pioneers of Ridgeway. In Iowa county the parents spent the residue of their lives, died and are buried there. The father was a farmer all his life. He was a Republican and a Methodist.

The subject of our sketch was a lad of twelve years when the family took up their abode on Prince Edward Island. From 1847 until the spring of 1871, he lived in Iowa county, Wisconsin. He then came to Crawford county, Iowa, and bought 1,200 acres of wild land, being among the first to settle here. He has sold some lands and given others to his children and his present holdings
comprise 480 acres, rich bottom land, one of the finest farms in this part of the county. He has a new frame residence, beautifully located, modern and stylish in finish, and surrounded by an attractive lawn, grove and orchard. His large barn, stock sheds, granary, windmill, stock scales, and other farm improvements are all first-class and kept in the best of order.

Mr. Theobald has been married three times. At the age of twenty-three, while he was at Prince Edward Island, he married a Miss Goldsmith, a native of England. Their only child, William, died at the age of five months, and she,
too, died on the island. His second marriage was consummated in Iowa county, Wisconsin, the lady of his choice being Miss Isabelle Bernard. She was born on Prince Edward Island, daughter of James and Jenny (McCloud) Bernard. They have had seven children, six of whom are living, namely: Mary J. Penniston, William, Sophia Slagg, Phillis Morgan, Adelia Dyson, and Edward. The first named is a resident of Shelby county, Iowa, and the others are living in Nishnabotany township, this county. Charles died at the age of nineteen months. Mrs. Theobald died in 1885. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was in every respect a most estimable woman. In 1866 Mr. Theobald married Miss Anna Holmes, a native of England, and a daughter of Thomas Holmes of Shelby county,
Iowa. They have two sons, Robert and John.

Mr. Theobald affiliates with the Republican party, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. His life has been characterized by honesty and industry and Christian deeds, and few men are held in higher esteem than he.

Crawford, Ida and Sac Counties, Iowa.

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