Saturday, May 28, 2011

Poweshiek Co., Iowa marriages online

Had some nice luck with the Poweshiek County, Iowa marriage records at and found Margaret H. Hall, daughter of Elijah Hall and Rosetta Hamilton Hall, and Paulina J. Block, daughter of Martin Block and Anna Jeska Block.

Margaret was the more awkward of the two - her marriage record did not mention her parent's names.  But it sure looked like my gal:
noted 26 May 2011
record title: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
groom's name: Hiram Strong
groom's birth date: 1845
groom's age: 25
bride's name: Margaret Hall
bride's birth date: 1846
bride's age: 24
marriage date: 13 Mar 1870
marriage place: Brooklyn, Poweshiek, Iowa
bride's marital status: Single
indexing project (batch) number: M02559-0
system origin: Iowa-EASy
source film number: 1028402

I strongly suspect Hiram is related to Daniel O. Strong.  They appear to both be from Niagara County, New York, though I've found no firm connection yet.  Dan was married to Margaret's aunt Mary Hall Strong.  She and Hiram were right in Brooklyn in 1870:

Page No. 14
Town of Brooklyn, County of Poweshiek, State of Iowa
16 August 1870 by A.J. Wood
P.O. Brooklyn
line 9, 109/115 STRONG Hiram 30 MW Day Laborer /100 New York
Margrett 24 FW Keepinghouse Michigan
line 11, /116 EARLEY Moses 34 MW Day Laborer Ohio
Hanah 22 FW Keepinghouse Ohio
Geo 1 MW Iowa

And here she is with two of her children in the 1900 census:

State Iowa
County Tama
Tama township, Tama city, Ward 1
s.d. 5, e.d. 146, sheet no. 22A/216A
15th June 1900 by Myrtle M. Mills
line 36, 493/514 STRONG, Charles Head WM Aug 1874 25 M 2 Iowa New York Michigan Coal bearer? Owns Mortgaged House
Julia Wife WF Feb 1880 20 M 2 1/1 Iowa Germany Iowa
Mildred Daughter WF June 1899 11/12 S Iowa Iowa Iowa
SHALLER Joseph F-in-law WM Apr 1828 72 D. Germany Germany German 1846/48/Na
B Franklin B-in-law WM Jan 1882 18 S Iowa Germany Germany Laborer unemployed 7 months
line 41, 494/515 STRONG Maggie Head WF Dec 1844 56 Wd. 5/4 Michigan Ohio Indiana Owns Mortgaged House
Ina Daughter WF Aug 1884 15 S Iowa New York Michigan at school 9 months

The final bit of proof for Margaret was discovering she was born in Berrien County, Michigan from a birth record of one of her children in the Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950, database also at

Paulina's marriage record notes her father's name was Martin, so it was a firm connection from the start:
noted 27 May 2011
record title: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
groom's name: Add A J Myers
groom's birth date: 1861
groom's birthplace: Michigan
groom's age: 22
bride's name: Paulina G Block
bride's birth date: 1867
bride's birthplace: West Prussia
bride's age: 16
marriage date: 18 Feb 1883
marriage place: Malcom, Poweshiek, Iowa
groom's father's name: Orlando Myers
groom's mother's name: Lucilla Crill
bride's father's name: Martin Block
indexing project (batch) number: M02559-1
system origin: Iowa-EASy
source film number: 1028403

She passed away some time between 1896 and the 1900 census (a big part of the reason I'd been unable to track her down otherwise).  Here is her family in the 1900 census:

State Iowa
County Hancock
Crystal Township
Crystal Lake
s.d. 10, e.d. 117, Sheet No. 1A/240A
1st June 1900 by James A. Johnson
line 14, 3/3 MYERS Add J Head WM Jan 1861 39 Wd Michigan New York New York
Grain Buyer Owns House Free of mortgage
Orlando Son WM Jan 1886 14 S South Dak Michigan Germany At School 7 months
Willis S Son WM June 1887 12 S South Dak Michigan Germany At School 7 months
Herold Son WM Feb 1889 11 S Iowa Michigan Germany At School 7 months
Irena Daughter WF Jan 1892 8 S South Dak Michigan Germany At School 7 months
Frank Son WM Oct 1896 3 S South Dak Michigan Germany

I was very excited to track them both down!