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ALEXANDER SMART m. Lucy SANGER & Emily ELDRIDGE PARKER

Alexander SMART was born 4 December 1835 in Kinard Castle, Farnell Parish, Angus, Scotland to William and Jane Johnston(e)SMART. He was christened 27 December 1835 in Ireland. Living siblings listed in his father's obit (8 total) James Johnston, William, John Johnston and Alexander. William and Jane's 3 sons, Walter, Frances Kerr, and Charles, and dtr Agnes B. Donald not listed.

William was born 14 April 1800 in Brechin, Angus, Scotland. As a gardener/forester for the Carnegie estate, he thought there were better opportunities in the New World. In 1856 he sailed on the "Caroline", registered in Rockland, ME, from Liverpool to Boston and established a home in Andover, Essex, MA. He was a member of the Old Free Church of Scotland and was a man whose record for integrity and fidelity gained him uniform confidence and esteem. William died in Andover, 6 January 1878. No bio info for Jane, born 13 May 1798 in Scotland (no location) and died in Andover 1 September 1855. They are buried in Andover's South Church Cemetery.

Alexander was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, and throughout his life has manifested many of the sterling traits of his race. He began learning the machinist trade while young and worked at this for 2 years. He worked for the North British Railroad for 2 years as engineer, in the same capacity between Edinburgh and Berwick.

In 1857, he came to the US at 21 years-of-age and settled in Boston as superintendent for Stone & Smart, where his brother (no name) was a junior partner. Alex managed their machine shop until 1859, when he made his way to Davenport, Scott, IA and engaged in farming in the vicinity of the city for about 2 years.

On 15 December 1859 in Chicago, Cook, IL, Alex married Miss Lucy A. Sanger, born in Danvers, Essex, MA, dtr of the late George W. SANGER of Watertown, Middlesex, MA (no mother listed). George was a native of MA and conducted an extensive and successful business as a contractor and builder. He died when Lucy was a child (no date) Lucy SANGER SMART died 26 August 1871 of typhoid and is possibly double-buried with Thomas (?) in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. Interment date was 15 June 1872 as the body was moved from Dallas County, IA.

Alexander moved to Whiteside County, IL, two years later and again engaged in farming for 5 years. In 1866, he went to Malcolm, Poweshiek, IA and was an agent for the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad which sold its line to the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company. Mr. Smart built a grain elevator and engaged in business until 1868 in Malcolm when he moved to DeSoto, Dallas, IA, terminus for the CRI&P. The line was extended to Stuart, Adair, IA, and Alex took charge of the station and continued as agent until 1887. While in Stuart, Alexander served on the school board and was interested in progressive public measures tending to promote community welfare along business and intellectual lines.

Alexander married Emily H. ELDRIDGE PARKER 17 October 1872 in Davenport, Scott, IA. She was born (no date) in 1836 in Gloucester County, NJ, dtr of John M. (MULLEN?) and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE. Emily had 2 dtrs in Davenport with husband Dr. Wallace William PARKER who died in a railroad accident on 8 August 1868 in Ames, Story, IA: Ida Helen born 1857 (no date), married Willard B. Conger, and Anna H. born 1860 who died of typhoid on 3 September 1869.

In 1887, Alexander was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

On 15 May 1888, he came to Perry, Dallas, IA and was the agent for the CRIP until 1891, living in Guthrie Center, Guthrie, IA. He then went to Des Moines, Polk, IA and bought out the Blue Line Transfer Co. He carried on business until 1894 when he sold out and organized the Bazalt (basalt?) Hardwall Plaster Co., until 1899 when he again sold out and went to Guthrie Center. Emily ELDRIDGE PARKER SMART died in Guthrie Center on 24 July 1899. He took charge of the CRIP station. The Minneapolis and St. Louis RR purchased this line and Alexander was the gent until his retirement.

He died in Zenith, King, WA on 9 January 1935 where he was living in the Masonic home. He celebrated his 99th birthday there, where he arose at 4:30 each day. His long white beard and cheery smile were familiar to everyone. He joined the Masons in 1869 and was a Shriner since 1906. He was honored as being the oldest Shriner in the world in 1935 at 99 years old. No burial info as of Oct 2014.

John and Phebe Mathis Forman

Does anyone have this couple in their tree?
Could be Jonathan, too.
I found a Phebe Forman in Old Tennent Church Yard in Tennent, NJ. The John Forman marker was unreadable.
I only have these two names...no dates or locations.
John/Jonathan and Phebe Mathis Forman were parents of Mary Forman who married Joseph Smith Woodward in Lumberton, Burlington County, NJ, on 12 Mar 1811.
Mary was swimming near Tucker's Beach (location?) and Mary was carried out beyond her ability to swim back. Joseph rescued her and they married.
Both Joseph and Mary Forman Woodward are buried in Davenport, Scott, IA's Oakdale Memorial Gardens. They are on Find-a-Grave.

HASKIN or HASKINS - Burial Information For You

Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott, IA

I have a list of 11 of this family from the sexton database.

Some markers say Haskin and database says Haskins.

My link is Alice Martha Robeson Haskin's daughter Edna Cameron who married my Stephen Phelps Bawden.

1. Franklin, b ca 1870-71, Davenport, Scott, IA; d 18 May 1873 Davenport; 3 y 4 mo, scarlet fever, interred 18 May 1873; sexton database entry 1294/4384; Sec 13 Lot 98

2. Margaret C. b ca 1753 Salem, MA; d 11 Mar 1877 Moline, Rock Island, IL, 84 yo, hemorrhage, widow, interred 13 Mar 1877; sexton database entry 1668; Sec 1 Lot 67

3. William Edgar b ca 1809 NY, d 3 Oct 1883 Pleasant Valley, Scott, IA, 74 yo, dropsy, widower, interred 5 Oct 1883; sexton database entry 2391; Sec 7 Lot 157

4. Harriet b ca 1841, Iowa, d 19 Apr 1888 Davenport, 47 cancer of lungs, single, interred 21 Apr 1888; sexton database 3064, Sec 7 Lot 192

5. Charles b ca 1856, NY, d 19 Jun 1902 Davenport, 46 y 9 m 1 d, uremia, married, interred 21 Jun 1902; sexton database 5390, Sec 9, Lot 94. Ran livery stable in Davenport. Husband of Alice M.

6. Mrs. Mary, b ca 1845, Scotland, d 21 Oct 1905 Davenport, 60 yo, anemia, married, interred 23 Oct 1905; sexton database 6087, Sec 13 Lot 98

7. Alice Martha Robeson b ca Dec 1847 Davenport, d 21 Feb 1909 Davenport, 51y1m23d, myocarditis, widow, interred 24 Feb 1909; sexton database 6903, Sec 9 Lot 94, wife of Charles, mother of Edna Cameron. (Edna remarried when Stephen died. Burial info unk).

8. Robert Henry b ca 1843 IL, d 23 Mar 1912, Davenport, 69yo, cerebral hemorrhage, widower, interred 25 Mar 1912; sexton database 7740, Sec 13 Lot 98

9. Evan H. b ca 1869, Missouri, d 10 Nov 1917 Davenport, 48 yo, pneumonia, married, interred 14 Nov 1917, Sec 19, Lot 8

10. Jessie M. b ca 1873 Rock Island, Rock Island, IL d 9 Sept 1918 Davenport. 41yo, tuberculosis, married interred 11 Sept 1918; sexton database 9437; Sec 7 Lot 15

11. Franklin, scarlet fever, 3y4m, interred 19 May 1873; no birth date, born and died in Davenport.

If you can fill in the blanks, could you take the time to email Oakdale @ OakdaleOMG@aol.com for database entry. Thank you.

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LIPPINCOTT LINEAGE - #3 James LIPPINCOTT & Anna EAVES in 1687 (Restore's son) to Micajah LIPPINCOTT in 1764 - father of Rebecca LIPPINCOTT who married Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE in 1829

Restore LIPPINCOTT was born 4th child of Richard and Abigail GOODY LIPPINCOTT on 3 Jul 1653 in Plymouth, England and died 20 Jul 1741 in Burlington County, NJ. He married Hannah SHATTUCK 1674 in Monmouth County, NJ, dtr of William SHATTUCK/OCK. She was born ca 1654 in MA and died in Burlington County, NJ.

Restore/Restoration married Martha SHINN after 1727 (no issue noted)

Children of Restore LIPPINCOTT and Hannah SHATTUCK/OCK:
1. Samuel LIPPINCOTT b 12 Sep 1675
2. Abigail LIPPINCOTT b 16 Feb 1676/77
3. Hannah LIPPINCOTT b 15 Nov 1679
4. Hope LIPPINCOTT b 1681 (no date)
5. Rebecca LIPPINCOTT b 24 Nov 1684
6. James LIPPINCOTT b 11 Jun 1687 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ; died 11 Jun 1760 in Burlington County, NJ; married Anna EVES ca 1709 in Burlington County, NJ. Anna was dtr of Thomas EVES and Anna/Hannah ???. born 1689 in Burlington County, NJ and died 1773 in Burlington County.
7. Elizabeth LIPPINCOTT b 15 Mar 1689/90
8. Jacob LIPPINCOTT b 1692 (no date)
9. Rachel LIPPINCOTT b 8 Jan 1694/95

Children of James LIPPINCOTT and Anna EVES:
1. John LIPPINCOTT b 1710
2. Increase LIPPINCOTT b 1716
3. Daniel LIPPINCOTT b ca 1714 in Burlington County, NJ and died ca 1776 in Burlington County. Daniel married Hannah CRISPIN first, then Elizabeth PIMM, dtr of John PIMM and Mary ???.
4. Rachel LIPPINCOTT b 1718
5. James LIPPINCOTT b 1722
6. Jonathan LIPPINCOTT b 1724
7. Anna LIPPINCOTT b 1726
8. Moses LIPPINCOTT b 1728
9. Jerusha LIPPINCOTT b 1730
10. Aaron LIPPINCOTT b 1733

Children of Daniel LIPPINCOTT and Elizabeth PIMM:
1. John LIPPINCOTT b 1 Oct 1744
2. Sarah LIPPINCOTT b ca 1746
3. Lydia LIPPINCOTT b ca 1750
4. James LIPPINCOTT b ca 1752 in Burlington County, NJ and died in Burlington County.
5. Rachel LIPPINCOTT b ca 1754
6. Anna LIPPINCOTT b ca 1756
7. Daniel LIPPINCOTT b ca 1758
8. Benjamin LIPPINCOTT b ca 1760
9. Levi LIPPINCOTT b ca 1760 (twins?)
10. Jonathan LIPPINCOTT b ca 1762
11. Micajah LIPPINCOTT b ca 1764. #64 in my ahnentafel. Father of Rebecca who married Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE

In my ELDRIDGE-BAWDEN Families gene study (see below), I have allied families who married LIPPINCOTTS. I don't have the lineage for these names.
A. Wallace LIPPINCOTT Junior of Waterford, Gloucester Co., NJ who bought land from Duncan ELDRIDGE 14 Dec 1824.
b. Bathsheba MATLACK/LOCK 7th child of John and Mary HANCOCK MATLACK, married Ezekiel LIPPINCOTT (no other info)
c. Anna MATLACK/LOCK first child of John MATLACK Jr (son of above) m. John LIPPINCOTT (no other info)

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LIPPINCOTT LINEAGE - Each Line Posted Numerically - #1. Edward LIPPINCOTT in 1541 to Richard LIPPINCOTT in 1615.

My LIPPINCOTT line starts with Rebecca LIPPINCOTT, 2nd wife of Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE. I don't have any of her siblings, so this is also a query. My reference begins in Duncan's bio - Duncan and Rebecca met probably in Haddonfield, NJ, as 'they were childhood friends'. married in Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH on 4 November 1829.

Rebecca was born 23 January 1807 in Haddonfield, dtr of Micajah and Sarah ROBERTS LIPPINCOTT. I have no ROBERTS BMD or lineage either. I have a photo of Rebecca. Email me and I'll send it.

Duncan was married to Rachel BROWN(E) on 8 Jan 1823 in Haddonfield. In 1824 they moved to Rochester, Monroe, NY. She died in 1827 after 18 mos. of marriage and 3 children. Only 1st child Jacob survived who is my 3g-grandfather. My reference says Rachel was possibly a descendant of Henery [yes sp] BROWNE of Mansfield Twp, Burlington, NJ. He may/may not have been her father.

I. Edward LIPPINCOTT b 1541 (no date, place, or other info except son Bartholomew).
A. Bartholomew LIPPINCOTT b 1567 (no date) in Sydbury/Sodbury/Sudbury, Devon, England, married Alice (no maiden) who was born 1571 in Sydbury. She died before 27 Mar 1635 in England. He died after Jan 1632 in East Wood (Eastwood?), Biddleford, Devon, England.
1. Anthony LIPPINCOTT b 4 Nov 1503 in Sydbury m. Margery/Katherine WEARE b 1595 Tregony, Cornwall, England. Anthony died 8 Jan 1619 in Biddleford. Margery also died in England (no date, place). No issue listed except Richard.
a. Richard LIPPINCOTT b 15 Mar 1615 in Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon(shire), England m. Abigail GOODY 14 Oct 1640 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA b ca 1621, Northumberland, England, d 2 Jun 1667 Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ. She signed a will on 5 Jun 1697 in Shrewsbury. She was buried on 5 Jun 1697 in Friends Burial Ground, Monmouth, NJ. Richard d. 25 Nov 1683 in Monmouth County, NJ.

Children of Richard LIPPINCOTT and Abigail GOODY:
1. Remembrance LIPPINCOTT (male) b 19 Sep 1641 (no location)
2. John LIPPINCOTT b 6 Nov 1644 (no location)
3. Abigail LIPPINCOTT b 17 Jan 1645/46 (no location)
4. Freedom LIPPINCOTT (male) b 1 Sep 1655 Stonehouse Parish, Plymouth, Devon, England; name chosen 'in commemoration of father's release from prison in Exeter' for siding with the Quakers. Freedom married Mary CURTIS b 1655 in Burlington, NJ, d 1697 in Burlington. Btw 1680-97, he was a tanner and blacksmith in Bridgeborough, Burlington, NJ. d 15 Jun 1687 in Willingboro, Burlington, NJ by lightning strike while shoeing a horse.
Freedom's 2nd son, Thomas LIPPINCOTT, was born 28 Dec 1686 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ. (no other issue listed for Freedom and Mary). Thomas married Mary HAINES on 19 Dec 1711 in Newton, Gloucester(Sussex), NJ. Mary was born 20 Apr 1693 in Evesham Twp, Burlington, NJ, She died 1729 in Evesham/Cinnaminson. He was a member of the Society of Friends (Quaker) btw 1704-1759 in Burlington, NJ. He purchased 1,034-acres extending from Pennsauken River to Swedes Run, joining the No-se-ne-men-si-on Native American tract. He built his first house in 1711. On the northern border lies the village of Westfield.
The Friends Meeting House was erected in 1800 in Thomas' western field. The first and subsequent meeting of Friends in this district (Cinnaminson) was held in Thomas LIPPINCOTT's house until 1800. He signed a will on 23 May 1755 in Chester Twp, (Newton), Burlington, NJ. Thomas died 5 Nov 1757 in Chester. He was an active and useful citizen.
5. Restore/Restoration LIPPINCOTT (male) b 3 July 3 Jul 1653 Plymouth, England d 20 Jul 1741 Burlington County, NJ; married Hannah SHATTUCK/SHATTOCK 1674 Monmouth County, NJ, dtr of William SHATTUCK (no mother) b ca 1654 in MA, died in Burlington County, NJ. Restore LIPPINCOTT m. Martha SHINN after 1727 (no other info, no issue noted).

Children of Restore LIPPINCOTT and Hannah SHATTUCK
a. Samuel LIPPINCOTT b 12 Sep 1675 (no location for following)
b. Abigail LIPPINCOTT b 16 Feb 1676/77
c. Hannah LIPPINCOTT b 15 Nov 1679
d. Hope LIPPINCOTT b 1681 (no date)
e. Rebecca LIPPINCOTT b 24 Nov 1684
f. James LIPPINCOTT b 11 Jun 1687 Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ, d 11 Jun 1760 Burlington County, NJ
g. Elizabeth LIPPINCOTT b 15 Mar 1689/90
h. Jacob LIPPINCOTT b 1692 (no date)
i. Rachel LIPPINCOTT b 8 Jan 1694/95
6. Increase LIPPINCOTT (female) b 5 Dec 1657 (no location)
7. Jacob LIPPINCOTT b 11 May 1660 (no location)
8. Preserved LIPPINCOTT (male) b 25 Feb 1662/63 (no location)

In my ELDRIDGE-BAWDEN Families gene study (see below), I have allied families who married LIPPINCOTTS. I don't have the lineage for these names.
A. Wallace LIPPINCOTT Junior of Waterford, Gloucester Co., NJ who bought land from Duncan ELDRIDGE 14 Dec 1824.
b. Bathsheba MATLACK/LOCK 7th child of John and Mary HANCOCK MATLACK, married Ezekiel LIPPINCOTT (no other info)
c. Anna MATLACK/LOCK first child of John MATLACK Jr (son of above) m. John LIPPINCOTT (no other info)

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ELDRIDGE - BAWDEN: Jennie, dtr of Jacob M. and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, writes about father; Harry BAWDEN writes about Agnes SMITH - Jacob's 3rd wife

Jacob ELDRIDGE married a second time [sic - 3rd marriage] after the children were all married and in homes of their own. Agnes SMITH, an elderly matron and delightful companion for his old age - she remained in the old home until father's death seventeen years after marriage. Very Happy - then Agnes (Grandma E) lived a number of years next to the BAWDEN home on Kirkwood [16th St.] having built a small home for herself. A delightful woman, loved by all who knew her especially her family.

Harry BAWDEN Family History - youngest son of Jennie and George BAWDEN
Third wife Agnes Smith. Known as "Kitty Oma' one of the sweetest women we ever knew. They had no children. Once in a while he and Agnes would have the SCHLEGEL and BAWDEN family ofer to dinner and there would be so many of us they would have a second table. The younger children would have to sit on the family bibles [sic] - Paula and Harry.

Agnes - third wife -when quite old gave a dinner party for the SCHLEGELS and BAWDENS and presented each of us grandchildren - Claire, Lura, Paula, Albert, Ray and Harry with a $100. That was something in our lives.

When Jacob died, Agnes had a beautiful painting made of Jacob. When Agnes died, she left the picture to Minnie ELDRIDGE SCHLEGEL (Jacob's dtr) who gave it to the Bawden boys [Albert Ralph, George Ray and Harry ELDRIDGE]. They hung it in their office until March 1963 when it was given to the city of Eldridge, Scott, Iowa to hang in their new Scott County Library. Granddaughter Claire SCHLEGEL ROSS. Harry E. BAWDEN and Nan BAWDEN HARTVIGSEN presented it to the city. This pastel on canvas by F. J. MORRIS for many years was owned by Agnes who upon her death, bequeathed it to Carl E. SCHLEGEL. In 1946, Mrs. Carl E. SCHLEGEL died and bequeathed it to BAWDEN Bros. Inc. and it hung in the office of the president, much to the admiration of the doting grandchildren - Albert, Ray and Harry.

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ELDRIDGE: Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, 2nd wife of Jacob Mullen, she bore 9 children, author posts 10 June 1885 obituary

Davenport Democrat newspaper Wednesday, 10 June 1885

Death of Mrs. J. M. ELDRIDGE

Mrs. Mary H wife of Jacob M. ELDRIDGE was called home this morning at eleven o'clock. This most excellent wife and mother was born in Newark, New Jersey on the 27th day of September 1828, and came to Davenport with her father in 1843, and was married to her now bereaved husband July 25, 1851. Her father [Charles CLARK WILLIAMS] died of cholera in this town in 1851, her mother died in Nebraska in 1876.

Mrs. ELDRIDGE had been in poor health for about five years - suffering from nervous prostration, and much confined to her room, though riding out now and then, and even as recently as on Monday of this week. Her husband took her to their daughter in Dakota a few years since, hoping for a change for the better in that climate, but to no purpose. The immediate cause of her death was paralysis, which came upon her a few days since.

She leaves a family of six children - Miss Dr. R. T. ELDRIDGE (divorced then) of Boone, Iowa; Mrs. S. L. GLASPELL, Jamestown, Dakota [North Dakota was still a territory], Mrs. George BAWDEN, Muscatine, Frank and Minnie and George who live here. Of her near relatives thee are several living - Mr. A. F. WILLIAMS, and Mrs. N. W. McCANDISH of this city, Mrs. Ezra MILLARD of Omaha, and Mrs. Gen. Wm. E. VANDEVEER [sic?] of California.

This devoted wife and mother was a member of the Presbyterian church - was known for her many charities, her long and patient suffering, and was beloved by all who knew her and were about her. Though for some days deprived of the power of speech, her going to the better land was in perfect peace, surrounded by husband and four of her younger children. It was the first breaking of a large and happy family circle.

The funeral takes place on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, 16th and Farnam - interment at Oakdale.

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ELDRIDGE: Mrs. D. C. [Rebecca LIPPINCOTT] Obituary 6 Oct 1889 Davenport Iowa Democrat newspaper

MRS. D.C. ELDRIDGE DEAD
One of the Oldest Pioneers of Scott County Passes Away

Another name has been added to the death roll of Scott County pioneers yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock, after an illness of two months, occurred the death of Mrs. Rebecca Elizabeth ELDRIDGE at the ripe old age of 82 years. It was just 45 years ago yesterday since she arrived in Davenport with her husband for permanent abode. Rebecca E. ELDRIDGE formerly LIPPINCOTT, was born January 23, 1807 in Burlington County, New Jersey. She was married November 4, 1829 to Duncan C. ELDRIDGE in Cincinnati [Ohio]. With her husband she first landed where the city of Davenport now is Oct 5, 1835. They passed on up the river but finding no prettier spot to settle on returned here November 24, 1836, Iowa then being a territory. Her pioneer life was a continuous effort to make those around her comfortable and happy and to the afflicted, the sick, the dying, she was every ready with her sympathy and ministering care. Her house was always open freely to the new comers and strangers. The hospitality of herself and husband was remarked by all. It was at their house that the Christian church of this city was first organized July 28, 1839, they having both been immersed by the lamented James CHALLEN in the Ohio River in Cincinnati. May 29, 1831, and continued steadfastly in the faith to the end. November 4, 1879, the venerable couple, both hale and hearty, celebrated their golden wedding. Her husband died October 3, 1882. She has had in all eight children; two only are living, the eldest Charles H. in Kansas City, Missouri, and the youngest, Micajah L. in Davenport. The funeral will be private.

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ELDRIDGE: Duncan CAMPBELL's Last Will and Testament, Scott County, Iowa - 11 Feb 1881

Scott County, Iowa Circuit Court #2030 - Probate

Now all men by these presents [presence?]: That I Duncan C. ELDRIDGE of the City of Davenport in the County of Scott and State of Iowa, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs while I have strength and capacity so to do, have made published and declared. And now here do make publish and declare as and for my last Will and TEstament (hereby revoking all former wills by me made) in manner and form following that is to say -

I. It is my will that as soon as practicable after my death all my just debts if any there should be shall be paid in the manner provided by law.

II. All my property real personal or mixed, and of whatwoever kind or nature which I shall own and be in possession of as entitled to at teh time of my death, and which shall not be needed for the payment of my debts as aforesaid. I give and bequeath and devise onto my beloved wife Rebecca E. [Elizabeth LIPPINCOTT] ELDRIDGE, to have and to hold the same absolutely and forever, and free from any restriction, except as to the remainder after teh death of my said wife Rebecca E. ELDRIDGE, should there be any of my said property or the proceeds thereof left that any and all such remainder and remainders I give and bequeath as follows: The undivided one-half thereof. I give and bequeath and devise to my son Micajah LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE to have and to hold the same forever. The other undivided one-half thereof I give and bequeath and devise to my four grand children to wit: Mary Rebecca (sometimes called Birdie) ELDRIDGE, Anna ELDRIDGE and Rea ELDRIDGE, children of my son Charles Henry ELDRIDGE, and Lewis M. ASHER [son of dtr Sarah], my said grand children to share and share alike of the undivided one-half bequeathed to them to have and to hold the same forever.

III And I hereby appoint my said wife sole Executrix of this my last will and testament and I direct that she shall not be requried to give bonds for the faithful performance of her duties as such.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and have published and declared these presents as and for my last will and testament in presence of the witnesses whose names are subscribed hereto attesting such my acts and deeds, so done in the City of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa this eleventh day of February A.D. 1881. Signed - D. C. ELDRIDGE.

...in witness thereof we have at the request of said testator and in his presence or names as witnesses of such his acts and deeds. Signed C.H. KENT, Davenport, Iowa; M. D. SNYDER, Davenport, Iowa.

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ELDRIDGE: Micajah LIPPINCOTT gives a story in 1920 to the Davenport Democrat and Leader newspaper about his father, Duncan CAMPBELL ELDRIDGE

This was an article dated 22 Aug 1920, quoting the youngest child of Duncan CAMPBELL and Rebecca LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE: It appears in the appendix of The ELDRIDGE-BAWDEN Families noted in comments.

AN OLD SETTLER OF SCOTT COUNTY BECOMES REMINISCENT

M. L. ELDRIDGE is 75 years old today. He tells of some of the first beginnings in Davenport [Scott County, Iowa]: "I have heard my father tell of living in Cincinati [Ohio], and that in 1835 he built a floatboat with a house cabin on it; he put in a stock of groceries and provisions [along with enough wood to build a shanty] and together with his wife and baby [Charles Henry b 26 Jul 1830 in Cincinnati] journeyed down the Ohio River to the Mississippi thence was towed up the river to Galena, Illinois - not liking it there, he bargained with the steam boat captain to tow him back to St. Louis. The winter was setting in early and very cold, the ice formed so fast that a little later the captain in order to save his boat cut loose from the flat boat in order to fun faster, leaving the ELDRIDGE outfit to its fate, the flat boat floated along with the ice during that day and night. Toward morning the cold was intense. When daylight came the ice had stopped moving and the flat boat and cargo was frozen in the middle of the river opposite the site of Davenport [town of Stephenson, Illinois, now Rock Island].

A little later several settlers came to the river bank and called saying to have ptience and when it was safe they would come out and help to get them ashore. The boat was torn to pieces, the lumber was used toward building a cabin.

When the lumber dried out, large cracks appeard. Mother made paste with flour and pasted old newspapers 9mostly illustrated) over the cracks, the settlers would come in and stand or sit on a box and enjoy the pictures and reading matter--a Bible and a few books that mother had brought along constituted the first library and reading room. Mother baked bread and made dried apple pies for the settlers (no Federal Bakery here then) and father sold groceries and provisions, the first grocery and bakery; it was located on the corner of Front [River Drive now] and Ripley Streets.

Antoine LeCLAIRE was the first postmaster and carried the mail in his pocket. He tired of the job and put father in charge of the mail, so that the cabin became the first post office. In the same cabin was preached the first sermon by E. M. GAVET, a Methodist minister.

In 1837 father put up a small mill to crack corn, a horse was the motive power. "Old Joe" TOPIN, an old discharged soldier was the miller and he rolled out the bread stuff by the quart. This was the first grist mill.

During the summer of 1838 the first brick house was erected by father, who was a practical brick mason. It was located on the northeast corner of Main and Third Streets, now the Masonic temple. [no longer exists] on a lot bought of Antoine LeCLAIRE. It was in his corn field and a row of corn was purchased and cut out to form a road to haul the brick. A few years later, in 1845, I was born in that first brick house. My recollection of the event is somewhat clouded but I know I was there just the same.

The same year that he [father] built the brick dwelling he was appointed postmaster. Mr. LeCLAIRE having resigned. Then he [father] built a small brick building on the same lot for a post office. This was the first postoffice building in Iowa. Postage was twenty-vife cents, paid by the recipient. No stamps yet. In 1839 the LeCLAIRE house, built of brick, a grand hotel in those days, was erected by Antoine LECLAIRE at a cost of $35,000. It was located on the northeast corner of Main and Second, now teh PUTNAM block. Father did the brickwork. July 4, 1845, "Colonel" Davenport was murdered and robbed in his residence on the island [Rock Island Arsenal on the Mississippi River - still exists]. The same year, 1845, Iowa became a state [Dec 28, 1846]. I was born that same year [22 Aug 1845], just like we were twins but Iowa has outgrown me.

I remember the horse ferry boat, before the steam ferry appeared. It was a flat boat with side paddle wheels; a horse on each side of the boat working on an inclined tread mill to make the 'wheels go round'. The steam ferry commenced 5 May 1852.

September 21, 1854, I saw the first stone -- the corner stone -- laid for the first bridge across the Mississippi. The bridge was about 1600 ft. long from the Iowa shore to the Island [Rock Island Arsenal]. The abutment is still standing on both sides.

INFO from author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloane, C.G.
2. According to several accounts, D. C. ELDRIDGE built or helped to build 34 houses in the town of Davenport. He is supposed to have lived in each of the 34 houses. This may be true but difficult to prove since city directories for the period are oncomplete and house numbers and street names were changed periodically. Listed are excerpts from existing (years listed)Davenport City Directories which list the residences of D. C. ELDRIDGE:
1856 - 4th & Rock Island Street (now Pershing Ave)
1861 - 14 E. 14th St.
1862 - 22 E. 3rd St.
1863 - NW Corner 9th and Farnam Street
1866 - 3rd btw Harrison and Main
1867 - 3 ss 1e College Ave (possibly built by A. C. FULTON, 1863, NE c Front [River Drive] and College Ave. E.D. [was B&B but is now for sale 2012]
1868 - 13th NW corner Perry Street
1873 - 13th NW corner Perry Street
1874 - 304 Rock Island Street (Pershing Avenue)
1876-89 - 214 W. 5th St.

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