Henry Spawn

Henry Spawn

Birth
New York, USA
Death 1 Aug 1912 (aged 78)
Iowa, USA
Burial Pomeroy, Calhoun County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 23785343 · View Source
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It is alleged Henry married 1) Charity Gaige, however her memorial is linked to Lewis Spawn and they are buried in NY. It seems there is confusion as to identity, since Henry's brother Lewis lived in SD. The 1870 census lists children Esther, Julia and George; no mention of Libbie or Bertha, although there is nearly a 12 year span between Julia and George.
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He married Mary E. from Illinois, and was the father of 8: Julia, Libbie J., Bertha, George Henry, Alice, Charles, Clarence, and Arthur.

Henry and brothers Lewis and William served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war ended, Congress passed a special Veteran's Act which allowed Veterans to claim a quarter section of land in the mid-west without "proving up" on their claim for a year as was required by the other pioneers. So, with 3 veterans in the family, some of the William & Temperance Spawn family packed their covered wagons and moved west to Pomeroy, Iowa, when the youngest child Elida was about 11 years old. She was the only girl in the family since Mary had died in infancy (sic). These pioneers put up with great hardships on their new land claims, one of the worst being great clouds of grasshoppers which destroyed their crops in 5 different years, the last two grasshopper plagues being in 1874 and 1876. Esther says she remembers Lewis telling of putting a cloth in the hay rake to form a sack then driving through the fields and dumping the hoppers into a pit they had dug so they could burn them. The snow blizzards were also a great hazard, the worst being in 1880 when it snowed for 3 days early in October. There was so much snow that year that the train of Illinois Central to Sioux Falls could not run for 5 months and many families were without food. Some homes ground their roasted wheat and barley for cereal and coffee substitute in their coffee grinders. Fuel consisted of their corn and twisted hay. In April the floods came and the high water mark of 1880 in Sioux Falls stands as the worst flood they ever had.
When William Spawn died in 1888 at the age of 74 in Pomeroy, Iowa, his wife Temperance went to live in the home of her 4th son, Lewis, at Brant Lake, SD. She stayed there until her death in 1896 at the age of 81." (reference Sherry Spawn Taylor, Wyoming 1999)

"Henry was a Civil War vet and had married in Schenectady, NY, and had three daughters. Apparently his wife had died or decided to stay in N. Y., because when the family went west he took Esther and Julia with him, but left Mary with a family in Schenectady (earlier comment was that Mary died in infancy!). Henry took a claim in Winnabego Co., IL and lived there 5 years. Then they moved to Calhoun Co., IA. Henry later moved to Del Rapids, SD where he owned 4 houses and some of his children lived in them."


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  • Created by: Burt
  • Added: 6 Jan 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 23785343
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Spawn (12 Oct 1833–1 Aug 1912), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23785343, citing Union Cemetery, Pomeroy, Calhoun County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Burt (contributor 46867609) .