I am looking for descendants of the following individuals.
Joseph Landes was a native of Pennsylvania.He served in the War of 1812 and was married to Eva Weaver. Joseph died in 1864.Eva passed away in January, 1877 in Montgomery Co., Iowa.
One of Joseph's sons was named Henry C. Landes, born in Circleville, Pickaway Co., Ohio on 8 Jan 1832. He left for Keokuk, Iowa in 1851, where he lived most of the rest of his life. He served as a baker (1851-4, 1856-7), postal clerk (1854-6), and forman of Patterson and Timberman pork house (1856-1860).
Henry was narried 29 Apr 1854 at St. Francisville, Mo. to Mary Louise Rogers (Born in Clinton Co., Ohio and came to Keokuk in 1846). Henry and Mary had one child, William H. Landes (1855-1908).
Henry's ankle being crushed in machinery at the Patterson mill prevented him from serving in the military during the Civil War, so he served in a civilian support unit of the 25th Missouri Infantry at Johnsville.
Henry returned to Iowa in 1865 and ran a restaurant for a year in Charleston. He then returned to Keokuk. In 1870 he was a turnkey on the police force. In 1874 he was elected Justice of the Peace, but resigned the following year and joined the police force as a jailor until 1884.
Afterwards Henry "conducted the Fulton market with his son for three or four years, and then turned his attention to market gardening which he followed until 1901. Until 1903 he again conducted a restaurant." In 1903 he again qualified for the office of Justice of the Peace, which he held till his death on 11 Nov 1909.
Additional duties Henry held was as a volunteer fireman as a member of the Young America Fire Company (1856-1867), which he was the last president of.
Henry's son, William, was born in Keokuk on 5 Dec 1855. He married Bertha Hunsicker in Columbus, Ohio, in 1878. William and Bertha had one daughter, May (Landis) Raymond. William had an international reputation as an exhibition roller skater, appearing with as an associate as the Landis Brothers. ". . .their wonderful feats on roller skates were for years the talk of two continents" (North America and Europe). "He retired from professional life about 1885 and died in Keokuk on 25 Mar 1908. His funeral was attended by his brothers Joseph of Marshalltown, Iowa, Luther of Fort Collins, Colorado, and John of Los Angeles, California.
The above information and quotes are from obituaries found in The Daily Constitution Democrat, the newspaper for Keokuk, Iowa.
I'm not related to the Landes, but my grandfather was a neighbor and friend of the Landes family in Keokuk. When my grandfather died and we were going through his belongings, we came across pictures of Henry and William and Joseph (Henry's brother) Landes. If you or any of your relatives are interested in receiving copies, let me know.