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SCHOONMAKER: Ada marries Lee Earl ELDRIDGE and she walked into the sunset after his death

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.

2 comment(s), latest 5 years ago

ASHER: Lewis Micajah, find that scoundrel!! He deserted his family.

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. He could easily have changed names or re-invented himself, or met death where he wasn't missed. I'm sharing this quest with an ASHER direct who lives in Largo, Florida.

4 comment(s), latest 4 years, 10 months ago

Haplo Group H16157C

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.