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Name: Elias Van Ankrom Note Born: 7 Nov 1830 at Harden, , Tyler County, VA Married: 11 Jun 1873 at Fairfield, , Jefferson Co., Iowa Died: 17 Nov 1918 at Keosauqua, , Van Buren, Iowa Other Spouses: Delila Wiley
Father: John Henry Ankrom Mother: Hannah Francis
Name: Sarah Ann Wallace Note Born: 14 Aug 1851 at Moulton, , Appenoose, Iowa Died: 12 Jan 1884 at Fairfield, , Jefferson Co., Iowa Father: Thomas William Wallace Mother: Eliza R. Berkley
Name: William Wallace Ankrom Born: 25 Mar 1874 at Fairfield, , Jefferson Co., Iowa Died: 9 Aug 1875 at Fairfield, , Jefferson Co., Iowa
Name: Anna Eliza Ankrom Born: 27 Aug 1875 at Fairfield, , Jefferson Co., Iowa Died: Aug 1883 at Fairfield, , Jefferson Co., Iowa
Name: Mary Jane Ankrom Born: 19 Sep 1877 at Fairfield, , Jefferson Co., Iowa Died: 19 Jun 1968 at Portland, , Multnomah Co., OR Husband: Charles Baxter Hayes
Name: John Thomas Ankrom Born: 3 Oct 1879 at Fairfield, , Van Buren, Iowa Died: 17 Jun 1955 at Portland, , Multnomah Co., OR Wife: Minnie Dillion Milbert
Name: Sarah Frances Ankrom Born: 3 Mar 1882 at Fairfield, , Van Buren, Iowa Died: 5 Nov 1948 at Stockport, , , Io Husband: Frank Festus Dewitt
1). 1735328.ged BeamandWilson.FTW 1880 Census Census Place Penn, Jefferson, Iowa Source FHL Film 1254347 National Archives Film T9 0347 Page 309C RelationSexMarrRaceAgeBirthplace Elias ANKROMSelfMMW49VA Occ FarmFa PAMo MD Sarah Abb ANKROMWifeFMW28IA Occ Keeps HouseFa Mo Ann Eliza ANKROMDauFSW4IA Fa VAMo IA Mary Jane ANKROMDauFSW2IA Fa VAMo IA John Thomas ANKROMSonMSW8MIA Fa VAMo IA This info. from M. Fenimore at Gencircles Occupation Farmer 1884 Jefferson County, Iowa Census 1854 Jackson County, Oregon Individual from Grandma Opha Peter s notes He came to Iowa in 1836 and settled near Fairfield. He cross ed the plains with the John Dyer Wagon Train which left Fairfield, Iowa on 27 April 1852. Th e trip was 2700 miles long. Elias took with him a pack,his booie knife located in his boot , and a mule named Old Abe . The following was written by Hiram Ogden who was 22 years old w hen the wagon train left Fairfield The Bierly outfit crossed the Missouri River at Council B luffs to where Omaha, Nebraskais today. They train then followed up the Platte River to For t Laramie, then to the Black Hills in Sough Dakota. They then went west to Howes Fork of th e Bear River to the fork where the Oregon bound people would turn towards Oregon, and the Cal iforniabound would turn towards California. The train then headed to the Snake River then t o American Falls coming out near where Boise, Idaho is today. The went west to Grand Round i n Eastern Oregon to the Umatilla Pendleton area. The train went down the John Day River to the Deschutes River then down to the Dalles via the Columbia River. After getting around th e falls they continued on down to Portland, Oregon arriving six months to the day the train d eparted Iowa. When Elias left he stopped at the homeof the Wallaces family who lived several miles away. Elias told one daughter that he was going out west but was coming back. H e asked the young girl if she would wait for him of which she said she would. Elias returne d twenty years later and did find the young girl named Sarah Ann Wallace whom he married. H e found life in God s Country exciting and filled with many adventures. But he returned t o Iowa with little more than a wealth of experiences. Edna wrote that when she saw her grandf ather for thelast time when she was about four years old. Elias had a long white beard that he stu ffed into his shirt waist. Elias liked to tell stories which no ones knows as to the validit y of them. Elias told his wife the following who then told her children that when Elias was o ut west on the Pacific ocean he and two other men were in a ship wreck. All three shaved jus t before abandoning the vessel and then threw their razors overboard. The three men lowered t hemselves over the side of the ship into a smallrow boat. They all were filled with fear an d desperation as they reached the row boat climbing in. One of the gents was scared and laye d in the bottom of the boat crying as he was resigned to his fate. Elias and the other man to ok turns rowing the boat. During the night they used the North Star as a guide and the sun du ring the day heading for the coast of California. Several days later they were cold, hungry a nd thirsty. They were welcomed by a group of men who had just finished their dinner aroun da bonfire. the dinner consisted of a roast dog which they offered what was left to Elias an d the other two. They at the entails. On a visit to his brother, Eli, near Mouton, Iowa, he m et a shy Scotch lassie who was to become his bride, Sarah Ann Wallace. She was born just one year bef ore Grampa left for the gold fields. They had five children. Elias is found in the 1854 Federal Census as living in Jackson Co, Oregon on the Auditors Copy, page 002, in the Oregon 1851 1859 Census Database Letter from Aunt Edna Flack, 6 14 97 My idea of a book that I planned to write was that o f my grandfather s trip out west with a wagon train of people on his trusty old mule named Ab e. Elias upon returning home from being away at work would gather his children around and the n would take change from his pocket and tell them to chose the piece they wanted. Before Elias death he had lived with his daughter Sarah and then for the last 4 5 years prec eding his death he lived in the County Home as he was totally blind and in good health. 1850 Census Index for Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa lists Elias, Jonathan,and Hannah.Keosaqu a Republican Newspaper, Thursday, Nov 21, 1918. Death at County Home. Elias Ankrom, 88, died at VB Co., home Sun. evening Nov 17, 1918. Tota lly blind but had been in fairly good health until Fri. evening preceding his death. Before c oming to the County Home some 4 5 years ago he made his home with his daughter Mrs Dewitt of Stockport. The Jeff. Co., Iowa County Death REcords, stated Elias V. Ankrom, Male , Age 86 1 10, Retired Laborer died 17 Nov 1918, Single, Born in Virdinia, Died in jacson TW P of Chronic Brightle desease. Burial in Forbes Cem,Van Buren, IowaBurial in Forbes Cemeter y near Mt. Zion at 1 o clock, Tues Nov 19, 1918.Elias is listed in the 1854 Jackson Co, OR Census on page 002, Auditors copy, ID OR0293 320
2).  1735328.ged  BeamandWilson.FTW  From M. Fenimore   Individual   From Opha  s notes     On a visit to his brother Eli near Moulton, IA. he  Elias  met a shy S cotch lassie who was to become his bride.  From a letter to Opha  ?  from one of ? daughters   Sarah Wallace was keeping house for her t hree brothers, and that  s when and where Grandpa met her  she was 21 yrs. old at the time, an d was 22 when they married.  She died at age 33.  Sarah died from a ruptured appendix.


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