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Dyers of Iowa

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My Dyer line begins in Cherokee,Iowa, with William H. Dyer family. He was my maternal great-grandfather. He is found for the first time in Hamilton County,Iowa where he married Mary C Stahl and they welcomed their first son, Emmett Ellsworth Dyer. The citation can be found in the 1870 Federal Census, available at ancestry. com. The 1880 Census finds him in Cherokee with all his family, also the 1900 census shows him there. But in 1901 he died and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee with other members of his family. His obit,which I have,says he was born in Niles,Michigan,but he can't be found in any of their resources,including census records.

It has been impossible to sort out William's antecedents, because of errors in the various Federal Censuses. He has been given 3 different birthplaces, Michigan,Ohio, and Indiana. 4 different birth dates are declared: 1839, 1840, 1841 or 1842. So what to do, since he is found in none of the places where he was supposedly born.

He is found at the right age in the 1850 census for Kentucky, and since the censuses all say his father was born in Kentucky, I have chosen that father for him. I am not real comfortable with it, because if it is true, then apparently William H. is the only member of this family who migrated from Kentucky.

William H Dyer is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery,Cherokee,Iowa, with his wife Mary C,infant daughter Suffone, his son Emmett and Emmett's wife and their 3 daughters who died as little children. I have seen the graves years ago. Recently I have found from the data base, that a Louis E Dyer is also buried there,no headstone. I have no idea who he is and can't find him in any other database. But he probably wouldn't have been buried there unless somehow related.

If anyone has any info on this situation, I can be contacted at amwesty@q.com. Thanks for listening,

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on 2010-07-15 16:32:03

Dyer has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2010. is researching the following names: CAMPBELL, DYER, HICKOK and 12 other(s).

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by kcchappell on 2010-08-01 06:03:33

I see that you are researching the Dyer's from Iowa this is were some of my family comes from my great grandmother was Alice Mildred Dyer Born May 11, 1899 in Cherokee Iowa she was married to Van Cahala. I have had trouble tracing some of this side of my family. My grandmother says that she that her mother was native american and that everytime she would she would ask her what race she was she would only tell her that she was an american. This might be why your hitting some road blocks. I was told Alice's father's name was ED and her mother's name was Ida. I also have a great aunt name Louis who is named after one of her aunts that passed away at a young age.

by Dyer on 2010-08-01 10:33:18

Alice Mildred Dyer was my Aunt and I met her once. Years ago I was in contact with one of her grandsons. His last known address was dcahala@yahoo.com. He promised to send me some data but never did.
Alice's father was Emmett Ellsworth Dyer and her mother was Ida May Gitchel. Ida May was child of Calvin L. Gitchell and Sarah L. Lake.
There may have been Indian woman in the tree,but if so, it was remote, in the 1600-1700 era. Gitchell is also spelled Gatchell,Getschell,Gitchel. It is all the same family.

I assume you subscribe to ancestry.com. My family tree is public,you
can easily access it. Dyer-maternal, owner Tathwell1983. Let me know if you can't access it & I'll send you what little I have. I will invite you to the tree,so you won't have to look for it.
Do you still live in Iowa? Wm. H.Dyer,his wife and infant daughter, Emmett E. Dyer,Ida May and 3 children who died in childhood, are all buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee, Iowa. I visited there once.

Can you tell me any more about this great aunt Louis? Do you know when she died? I am interested in her.
Hope to hear from you again. We are probably 3rd cousins.Shirley

by Dyer on 2010-08-01 11:55:14

Couldn't send invite. Either you are not a member or if you are,you have a different user name. So here is info.
William H Dyer 1841-1901 married Mary C Stahl 1843-1918,1869 in Hamilton County, Iowa.
-Emmett Ellsworth Dyer 1870-1912
-Elmer John Dyer 1872-1940
-Arminta Dyer 1876
-George Dyer 1878
-Cora Dyer 1883
-William A Dyer 1885

by Dyer on 2010-08-01 12:17:30

Sorry-clicked the wrong button
-Gracie M Dyer 1887

Emmett Ellsworth Dyer 1870-1912(my grandfather) married Ida May Gitchel in 1889 in Hamilton County,Iowa. She was born 1870 and died 1943. She was the daughter of Calvin L Gitchel and Sarah L. Lake. The Gitchel name is spelled Gatschell,Getschell,Gitchel,or Gitchell. All the same.
Children of this marriage are:
-Sylvia M 1891
-Hazel D 1892-1973
-Cora 1894-1898
-Callie Irene 1895
-Alice Mildred 1889-1959
- Twin Doreen 1906-1906
-Twin Mary Catherine 1906-1999 (my mother)
-Lois M 1908-1912

Alice Mildred Dyer married Van Abraham Cahala in 1914.She was born 09 May 1899 in Cherokee,Iowa, and died 08 Dec 1959 in Jerome,Idaho, while visiting one of her sons. They were married 16 Sept 1914.She was the daughter of Emmett Ellsworth Dyer and Ida May Gitchel. Children of this marriage are:
_Mary Catherine
-Van Allen
-William Henry 1917-1969

Ida May Gitchel was the daughter of Calvin L Gitchel and Sarah L Lake. The Gitchel name at various times is spelled Gatchell,Getchell,Gitchell or Gitchel.
-Glena L 1925

by Dyer on 2010-08-01 12:21:10

Sorry for the mistake.I'm not familiar with this format. Glena L,1925, is child of Alice and Van A. Cahala.

by kcchappell on 2010-08-02 02:24:09

my great aunt lois is sitll living but she is getting close to passing away. My grandmother was Catherine cahala the oldest child of alice mildred dyer and van abraham cahala. Do you anything about the native american heritage?

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