Reuben Tomes was united in marriage with Miss Frances Chase, July 1 1867, and their domestic life was begun and continued for a number of years at the old mill site in Pleasant Grove Township.Her parents, Kimball and Emily (Guy) Chase, came from Cattaraugus County , N. Y., to Iowa in 1836, settling in Des Moines County, on land now within the city limits of Burlington.Mr. Chase was a farmer and sawyer, and remained a resident of Des Moines County for a long time, then after the death of his wife, he removed to Henry County, Iowa, where he died at the residence of his daughter, Hannah Chamberlain, Oct. 3, 1887.Mr. and Mrs. Chase were the parents of seven children: Abigail, deceased wife of Edward Jackson, a farmer residing at Sperry, Iowa; Laura, wife of J. E. McAllister, of Rice County Kansas; Hannah, wife of M. D. Chamberlain; and Mrs. Tomes.James, the eldest son, died from disease in the army.He belonged to Company B, 25 Iowa Infantry, and died at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis.Charles and his youngest sister, Kate, died in childhood.There are none left to inherit the Chase name, but the family were not only early settlers, but were well known to most of the pioneers.
In 1870 Mr. and Mrs. Tomes came to the homestead and took charge of the farm, the aged uncle and aunt making their home with them during their remaining years.Two children, Guy and Mary, were born to Reuben and Frances Tomes, both of whom were born in this county, as was also their mother, and both are yet at home.Mr. Tomes has been an official of Pleasant Grove and Danville Townships for a number of terms.In the former he was twice Township Clerk, Treasurer of the School Board two years, was twice Assessor of Danville Township, and Secretary of the School Board several years, being the present incumbent.He was the heir of his deceased uncle, Reuben Tomes, and is now the owner of a valuable farm overlooking the village of Danville.Mrs. Tomes was a teacher for several years prior to her marriage, having taught several terms in Washington and Yellow Springs Townships.
The source of this information is the Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, published in 1888, page 582.
I'm interested in obtaining more information on Kimball Chase and Emily Guy.Emily's sister was my GGGGrandmother.Related families in the Des Moines area are Nealy/Nealey, Wolverton, Barton, Babb, Fullenwider, Guy, to name a few.