Wondering if anyone has information on the family of Tyrus Porter Ames, who lived in Mariaville for about ten years. I will post what I have on them, relevant to Rock County.
TYRUS PORTER AMES, b. 4 Jan 1854, Albia, Monroe Co., IA; d. 20 May, 1904, Franklin Twp., Monroe Co., IA; bur. Monroe Co., IA.
M. FLORENCE OCTAVIA MILLER, b. 6 Oct 1857, Franklin Twp., Monroe Co., IA; d. 2 Apr 1915, Monroe Co., IA; bur. Monroe Co., IA.
Children of TYRUS PORTER AMES and FLORENCE OCTAVIA MILLER:
i. INFANT AMES, b. 1 Feb 1880, Russell Co., KS; d. 1 Feb 1880, Russell Co., KS
ii. INFANT AMES, b. 1 Feb 1880, Russell Co., KS; d. 1 Feb 1880, Russell Co., KS
iii. FANNIE MABEL AMES (went by MABEL), b. 6 Aug 1881, Albia, Monroe Co., IA; d. Dec 1967, Sesser IL
iv. HENRY CARL AMES, b. 9 Apr 1883, Ashland, Saunders Co., NE; d. 7 Dec 1889, Mariaville, Rock Co., NE; bur. Willowdale Cemetery, Mariaville, Rock Co., NE. Possibly killed by stove explosion in family’s dugout home.
v. ALPHEUS FRANKLIN AMES, b. 11 Dec 1884, Mariaville, Rock Co., NE; d. 14 Dec 1908; bur. Monroe Co., IA. Died oftuberculosis.
vi. CLARISSA GRACE AMES (nickname CLARA), b. 21 Jul 1887, Mariaville, Rock Co., NE; d. 31 Mar 1985, CA
vii. GAYLORD MILLER AMES, b. 16 Jun 1889, Mariaville, Rock Co., Ne; d. Feb 1963, IL
viii. HAZEL ADELIA AMES, b. 5 Nov 1894, Stuart, Holt Co., NE; d. 24 Aug 1964, Seattle, WA; bur. Whittier, CA
ix. EDNA PEARL AMES, b. 26 Jul 1901, Tyrone, Monroe Co., IA; d. Jun 1991, Des Moines, IA
The family is enumerated in the 1885 NE census as living in Midway Borough, Long Pine Precinct, Brown County. (I understand that Rock County was not incorporated in 1885).
Henry Carl (enumurated as just Carl) died in 1889, age 6. My great-aunt Clara (Clarissa Ames, above) recounted a story to my cousin that there was a fire in their dugout home (my cousin thought it was a stove explosion) that killed Henry Carl and badly burned his older sister (Fannie) Mabel. Henry Carl Ames is buried in the Willowdale Cemetery. He is in the cemetery roster as Tyrus Ames, but it must have said "Son of Tyrus Ames" at some point. If there are any kind souls who could get a photo of this headstone for me, I would be forever grateful.
Aunt Clara also told stories about "leaving the reservation" by wagon train (when they moved back to Iowa). I'm assuming that Brown/Rock/Stuart Counties were Indian Territory at that time, but were they part of the Sioux reservation land? Aunt Clara told several stories that I can't verify, and if I can find a grain of truth in any of them, I will not think she was just a crazy old woman! :) One story was that one of her brothers was kidnapped from the wagon train by Indians and raised by the Sioux and married a chief's daughter. So you can see what I mean :)
Basically, I would like to know anything about what Tyrus Ames did in Brown/Rock Co. It seems they lived there from 1884 to around 1893-94; Hazel Ames (my grandmother) was born in Holt Co. in 1894, and then the family (minus Henry Carl) moved back to Monroe Co., Iowa, before 1901, when Edna was born. Photos would be lovely, but a dream, I know. I live in Sioux Falls, SD, now, not terribly far away. I am hoping to come visit Rock and Stuart Counties next summer.
Any help greatly appreciated,
Rosemarie (Smith) Beebe