Jesie Backus, my grandfather homesteaded in montana arround the turn of the century, lived in the Great Falls area. I had allways believed he came from missouri We have a geenology about the family somwhere, I will have to find it. Never studied this stuff before. He probably had sisters or brothers, but I dont know....It could have been Iowa. There are close to 20000 "Backus" names in this country. I will be in Mesa, AZ soon, and will check out there stuff. I believe that the family was in New York stat before the cicil war. I hope we can make a connection.. Keith Backus, Puyallup, WA.