Thank you for your response, this is truly a mystery for sure. The william you speak of dying in 1914 would have had to have been born in 1836 to be 78. My grandfather was born Dec. 1898 so this william would possibly be a younger brother. My grandfathers parents are listed in the Iowa 1925 census as William Aikman and Eliza Smirl. at this time my grandfather was married and 27 years old. The only ones he could remember were goldie, jeff, ruth, and some I can't read, so if he was correct we need to find William and Eliza with childrens names close to these. I would be very interested in visiting with you by phone if you would like to share your number. Let me know and I will give you my direct link.I think we may be nearing a connection. I look forward to hearing from you very soon.