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Charles Henry ELDRIDGE was born 26 July 1832,in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, son of Duncan Campbell and his 2nd wife Rebecca LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE. Duncan was Josiah ELDRIDGE's son and oldest child (see Josiah ELDRIDGE). Three or four years after Charles was born, the family moved by raft to Davenport, Scott, IA where he received his education. (Raft story in seperate blog).
He worked with his father and half-brother, Jacob Mullen ELDRIDGE, in Jacob's land development business. In 1861, after Lincoln's inauguration, Charles was commissioned Postmaster in Davenport, where his father and youngest brother Micajah LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE, served as postal clerks. During the Civil War, there were 15,000 people in the city.
The post-Civil War years saw the birth of the insurance business. In 1864, after Lincoln's assassination, Charles resigned and formed in 1867, The National Insurance Co., offering protection against loss by fire and lightning, with Dr. Wallace W. PARKER and Joseph THOMPSON (father of Charles' 2 wives). Charles served as secretary until 1871 when the business no longer appears in the Davenport City Directory. He worked in the land development and insurance business and served 2 years as Scott County Auditor and editor for the Northwestern News until 1887 when he moved from Davenport.
On 15 July 1858, Charles married Josephine B. THOMPSON in Davenport. She and her parents, Joseph and Sarah ENGLISH THOMPSON came to Davenport from Philadelphia where Josephine was born 6 Apr 1837. Josephine died 10 Dec 1867, just 2 months after the birth of their fourth child, Charles Howard, and is buried in Davenport's Oakdale Memorial Gardens aka Oakdale Cemetery, on the Duncan Eldridge lot.
Charles married Rebecca E. Thompson, sister of Josephine (no date). Rebecca was born 9 Aug 1847 in Haddonfield, NJ. Rebecca died in their Brady and 13th St. home in Davenport, on 8 Oct 1871. There were no children. She is buried in Oakdale.
After Rebecca's death, Charles closed their home and sent Edward, Marie "Nettie" and Caroline "Carrie" to board with relatives, aunt Mrs. Sarah ADE in Davenport; and two cousins, Mrs. Ella CHANDLER and Aaron MIDDLETON of Mahaska County, IA. The children lived with these families for at least 5 years before returning to Davenport just before 1880.
Mary Josephine WATERMAN, also called Josephine, became Charles' 3rd wife on 15 Aug 1872 in Davenport. She was the dtr of Dr. Joseph Alpin and Mary McGEE WATERMAN born 21 Jan 1852 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH. The WATERMAN family moved to Kokomo, Howard, Indiana where Dr. WATERMAN died. Mary McGEE WATERMAN brought her children to Davenport. [Mary Josephine was the sister of Charles MCGEE WATERMAN, principal in the LANE and WATERMAN Law Office in Davenport, and county judge].
Josephine THOMPSON and Charles had 4 children: Edward Gifford, Marie Antoinette or Nettie, Caroline Lincoln or Carrie, and Charles Howard, all bio'd in their own blogs.
Mary Josephine WATERMAN and Charles had: Mary Rebecca, Anna Josephine, Alta Ray/Rae and Charles Henry, Jr. Info will follow on these.
About 1887, Charles ELDRIDGE moved his family to Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri. On 14 Sept 1892, Charles died from a fall down an elevator shaft in the Nelson Building in Kansas City. Mary and the children returned to Davenport. Mary Josephine died 1 Feb 1927. She and Charles are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.
Nellie Mae CAMPBELL, born 2 June 1890 in Kansas City, Franklin, Missouri was an expert in making draperies and stage curtains hung in theaters, hotels, universities and homes all over the US.
Nellie married James Eugene MCCONNIFF 16 July 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born 21 June 1861 in Canada (no province or city known).
James Eugene MCCONNIFF was the son of John and Eizabeth JONES MCCONNIFF. James died 10 Sept 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri.
They had 2 sons: James Calvin b 26 Aug 1920 in Kansas City, married Dorothy Lee SMITH on 2 Aug 1943 in Riverside, California, he died 31 Dec 1998 in Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Edward Eugene MCCONNIFF b 31 Aug 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri and was married to Josephine ________. From the SSDI, he received railroad pension and died, no location, April 1995. No other info.
Nellie CAMPBELL MCCONNIFF married _____ PROFFITT, who she divorced, and married Louis ADLER.
I have no other info on Mr. Proffitt or Mr. Adler.
a. Helen Josephine JEFFERS - b 16 Jun 1908, m. Forrest "Bud" SHIELDS on 6 Oct 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of Wm Coswell and Euna TAYLOR SHIELDS born 11 Nov 1902 in Sweetwater, Nolan, Texas. They had no children. Bud died 27 Nov 1990, no location; Helen died 10 Nov 1987 in Clinton, Van Buren, Arkansas. No burial info. (I do Find-a-Grave 47303245)
b. Dorothy Nell JEFFERS - b 27 May 1910, m Ralph BEYERS (no BMD). Dtr Mary Helen was born 8 Feb 1944 in Portland Multnomah, OR. On 16 Jun 1946 she married Adam Conrad MOORE in Portland, son of Conrad and Mary Kathryn MOORE, born 7 Dec 1899 in Norfolk, Madison, NE. Dtr Nancy Lee MOORE was born 23 Jun 1948 in Eugene, OR. Dorothy died 21 Nov 1984 and Adam died Jun 1992 borh in Aumsville, Marion, OR.
c. Loren Campbell JEFFERS - b 26 Dec 1911 m Dorothy Leona ZINK 15 Mar 1926, KC, MO dtr of Eugene Stewart and Ruth May PROFFITT ZINK. Dorothy b 24 Dec 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri. She died 1 Jun 2009 in Kansas City. Loren served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force during WWII. On 18 Jan 1962 he died in Kansas City, Missouri. No burial info.
d. Margaret Elizabeth JEFFERS - b July 1916, d 25 Mar 1917, bur. Elmwood Cemetery.
e. Infant JEFFERS - no gender, b 18 Dec 1917, d 18 Dec 1917, bur. Elmwood Cemetery
f. Virginia Ruth JEFFERS - b 3 Dec 1918 m Charles Meredith TRUMBLE 14 Mar 1937 in Kansas City. Charles b 27 July 1914 in Independence, Jackson, MO, son of Maynard Eugene and Gladys Inez SMITH TRUMBLE. Charles d 14 Sep 1994 in Kansas City, Virginia d 23 Oct 1996, Kansas City. Three children: Charles Meredith Jr, Vicki Ruth, and Lianna Evonne TRUMBLE who gave this family info, Raytown, MO 64133-6054.
g. George Ernest JEFFERS, Jr. - b 9 May 1921, m. Bertha Irene TAYLOR 3 July 1940 in Kansas City, b 17 Sept 1921 in Eldorado, Kansas, dtr of Hick Gert and Ella Nellie TAYLOR. George d 6 Oct 1998, Lees Summit, Jackson, Missouri. They had 4 children.
h. Marguerite Marie JEFFERS b 29 Oct 1923, m. Wiley TURNER WILLIAMSON Fr. 31 Dec 1939 in Olathe, Kansas, he was born 27 Oct 1921 in Kansas son of Wiley Turner and Mable Victoria (Virginia) RUDOLPH WILLIAMSON. Marguerite died 3 Sept 2001, Palm Beach, Florida. They had 6 children.
i. Donald Grant JEFFERS b 14 July 1928, m. Betty Lee FREAR 26 Dec 1945, Fairmount, Missouri, b 3 May 1929 in Monett, Missouri, dtr of Maurice Alonzo and Hazel Alma MCFADDEN FREER/FREAR. Donald died 3 Aug 1992, Braymer, Caldwell, Missouri. They had 6 children.
Mary Josephine CAMPBELL was the oldest of 2 siblings born 23 July 1883 to Marie Antoinette "Nettie" ELDRIDGE and Calvin CAMPBELL, in Davenport, Scott, IA.
She married George Ernest JEFFERS on 24 July 1907 in Kansas City, Missouri.
George was born 23 Mar 1882 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Loren G. and Elsie HUNT JEFFERS, Jr.
Mary died 1 Mar 1935 in Kansas City. George married Minnie XXX who died 15 Aug 1961 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.
George died 2 Nov 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri and is buried with his 1st wife, Mary Josephine, in Kansas City's Greenlawn Cemetery. They had 9 children all in Kansas City.
This name enters my ELDRIDGE tree with the marriage of Marie Antoinette ELDRIDGE and Calvin CAMPBELL. She was called "Nettie" by her family. She was born 10 Mar 1863 in Davenport, Scott, IA. At her mother Josephine THOMPSON ELDRIDGE's death in 1871, Nettie and her sister "Carrie", Caroline Lincoln, and brother Edward Gifford, were sent to live with Aunt Sarah ADE, sister of Rebecca, and Aaron MIDDLETON of Mahaska County, Iowa. The children lived with these families for at least 5 years before returning to Davenport just before 1880. Josephine, Rebecca and Sarah THOMPSON ADE were sisters.
Nettie was the dtr of Charles Henry and his first wife, Josephine THOMPSON ELDRIDGE who died 10 Dec 1867, 2 months after the birth of their 4th child.
By 1880, Nettie had returned to her father's home, where at age 17, she was working as a dressmaker. (census).
Calvin was the son of Thos and Mary Ann BABCOCK CAMPBELL, born 18 Jan 1844 in Orleans County, NY. He worked as a locomotive engineer in the Kansas City terminal for 30 years. Calvin and Nettie were married 21 Dec 1882 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Nettie and Calvin had 3 children. Youngest child Charles Thomas bor 19 Jun 1896, in Kansas City, Missouri died 10 July 1896 and is buried in Kansas City's Elmwood Cemetery.
Calvin died 18 Apr 1925 in Kansas City, Nettie died 7 Feb 1917 in Kansas City where they are buried in Elmwood Cemetery. They were members of the West Side Christian Church.
This name comes into my tree through the marriage of Theodore Fortiner ELDRIDGE and Anna Francis 'Fanny' PARKHURST on 7 September 1865 in the Old First Baptist Church (no location - possibly Davenport, Scott, IA). Anna was born 24 February 1843 in LeClaire, Scott, Iowa to Lemuel and Mary PARKHURST in LeClaire, Scott, Iowa. Theodore was born 12 June 1841 in Davenport, the oldest of John M. and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE.
They had 4 children: Cora M. b 8 Sept 1869 in Davenport; Pearl C. born 4 Jan 1873 in Davenport died of croup 4 Dec 1874; Lee Earl born 10 Oct 1876 in Davenport; Roy Edwin born 16 April 1879 in Davenport.
Son Lee Earl began his business career in the family insurance business. On 1 Sept 1906 in Detroit Lakes, Becker, Minnesota, he married Ada SCHOONMAKER (var. spelling), dtr of Abraham and Ursla(sic)MOREY SCHOONMAKER, born ca 1886 in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. At her marriage, Ada was a graduate of Minnesota State Normal College. She is mentioned in 21 June 1905 census. [Ada and Lee marriage certificate in Becker County #E-0097] Dad Abraham SCHOONMAKER was previously married to Mary WEBSTER.
In the 1920 census, Ada is 34 yo and living in Douglas County, Nebraska where Omaha is the county seat. No town named.
Lee and Ada lived in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa where he worked for the Home Insurance Co. of NY, Scottish Union and National Fire Insurance Assoc of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Des Moines Masonic Lodge.
Lee died 26 Jan 1928 in Davenport and is buried in Davenport's Oakdale Memorial Gardens aka Oakdale Cemetery. They had no children.
Lee's dad, Theodore, constructed in 1894, one of Davenport's first apartment buildings - Cora-Lee-Roy Apartments - still standing at 602 Brady.
My source, a family gene study (note) ends Lee's bio here. Nothing more is known about Ada SCHOONMAKER ELDRIDGE.
This name enters my tree through the marriage of my Sarah E. ELDRIDGE and Charles William ASHER.
Sarah was the first daughter of Duncan Campbell and Rebecca LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE (his 2nd, her 1st). She was born 2 May 1837 in Davenport, Scott, IA as the first white girl of that city.
Sarah and Charles married 25 December 1860 in the Davenport family home.
Charles was born (my reference) ca 1834 in Niagara County, New York. Grave marker says 1840 with no date. He served before he was married in the Civil War as a private in Co. D, 20th Reg., Iowa Infantry which mustered in Davenport.
Sarah and Charles were divorced - no date - in Davenport. They had only one child. Lewis/Louis Micajah ASHER was born ca 1861 in Davenport.
Sarah committed suicide in Delmar, Clinton, IA by an overdose of chloroform and laudanum on 1 Dec 1875. She went to a hotel to meet a man. Charles left the area, married Phebe GARDNER JONES, a widow with children: Myrtle S. child who died in 1884 - no birthdate; Gertrude M. ASHER GORHAM 1876-1963; Clarence Charles 1879-1945; Lester Ellis 1883-1976; Clarence M 1915-1956. Charles and Phebe and family lived on a farm in Silver Creek, Merrick, Nebraska.
Charles had health problems, possibly epilepsy or heart. He died in a field fire 21 May 1884 and it was thought his health may have contributed. His step-son Charles tried to put out the flames on his father's clothes but it was too late. He is buried with a military marker in Jackson Cemetery, Duncan, Platte, Nebraska. His family is buried in Woodlawn Abbey, Sumner, Pierce, Washington. (See Find-a-Grave).
Son Lewis Micajah ASHER married Agnes May NOBLE 10 June 1886 in Davenport. Agnes was born to Irad Day and Lydia Myer(s) NOBLE on 19 May 1864 in Jamestown, Scott, IA (no longer exists).
Lewis worked for the [Chicago], Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co. as a brakeman and was not a resident of Iowa, their divorce records state. Lewis deserted Aggie on 25 Aug 1893. The family, 2 boys and a girl, moved frequently and Agnes returned to Davenport. She sued for divorce in November 1895.
Children: Gertrude May b 26 Mar 1887 in Davenport; Charles W. b 18 Jun 1889 in Missouri (1900 census says Kansas); Irad Lewis b 28 Dec 1891 in Waukesha, WI.
Agnes married Fayette M. JONES on 15 Nov 1905 in Davenport. He was educated in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa and moved to Davenport in 1904 where he worked as a fireman or stationery engineer for the International Milling Co. untill his retirement in 1945. Fayette JONES died 11 Oct 1951 in Davenport. Agnes ASHER JONES died 4 Jul 1957. Agnes was a member of St. John's Methodist Church and Eastern Star. They lived at 1225 Perry St in Davenport. (still exists) They're buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. No children.
I have held the 117-year-old lawyer's notes and divorce papers archived in the Davenport Public Library Richardson-Sloane Records archives. Agnes asked for support for the children and Lewis denied her, then she asked for support for her, and Lewis again denied her. The judge mandated $20/mo to Aggie.
I started by writing to the regional railroad pension office in Decatur, Illinois, for personnel/payroll records to see if the CRIP railroad deducted the $20 (and to find out where he picked up his pay). They said they don't keep those personnel records; they referred me to William Gibbons - a Chicago trustee who took receivership and repaid debts over-and-above before he transferred the railroad to his law partner; Wm is deceased - somebody should have told the Retirement Board; the Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago, which was not established until the mid-1930s, and said railroads were only required to keep records through 1986 of the pre-1930s; the Newberry Library in Chicago - no records, Colorado Historical Society - closed until 2012, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Maytag Corporation, and my last - Union Pacific in Omaha. The archivist, also a gene hobbyist, said they had no records and sympathised with my dead end.
Nothing more is known about Lewis M. ASHER.
I took 2 DNA tests. One was a free cheek swab...they wrote to say because of the high volume of responses, there was no more money to process my DNA test. One was Ancestry...swish some blue green stuff and spit it in a pill cup and mail it back. I am from a group that is not in the mainstream population changes. It is Norwegian-Swedish-Netherlands. I know nothing about this Haplo group, and I haven't found an explanation about the numbers.
Here's my matrilineal history:
1. Carol (me)
2. Jean Evelyn REININGA BAWDEN (1923-2002)
3. Marian WILTSIE ELLIOTT REININGA (1893-1965)
4. Grace Emmerette WILTSIE ELLIOTT (1869-1958)
5. Emmerette/Amorette Maria BEECHER WILTSIE (1822-1916)
6. Prudence Scamm CHADBOURNE BEECHER (1777-1859)
Emmerette Beecher was a cousin of Harriet Beecher - author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The girls were related through their dads who were brothers.