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I am at a standstill for information on Demoney's in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. My great-grandfather, Virgil Fremont Demoney, came of out Scotland County, Missouri. His parents were Charles Demoney and Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Smith. He was born 28 Jan.1877. His wife, Anna Bell Hutson leaves us with no warm leads other than her parents were Abe and Jane Hutson out of Missouri. She was born 1 Oct 1883.The Demoney and Steel families united when the my maternal grandparents Margaret Alice Steel(e) and Charles Lewis Demoney married 11 Oct 1921 in Kiowa, Elbert County, Colorado.
Steel had an -e added to it by my great Aunt Emma due to her had writing style per my mom's cousin. Searching then, I use only Steel. I have my Steel family back to Atchinson and Scotland Counties, Missouri. My maternal great-grandfather, Charles W. Steel married Mary May McKnight who came from Blanchard,Iowa.
Benjamin Wallace Steel (father of Charles above) was born 23(?)July 1847 in Guernsey County, Ohio. His parents Benjamin and Susannah Steel died when he was young an he was raised by a grandfather. His first wife was Lavine Fantz who died in 1874, She is buried in London Cemetery in the township of Colfax. I assume that is Ohio(?). He married again 20 Feb 1879. The second wife was Margaret A. Fauntz. I wonder if the wives were actually sisters. I wonder this because the closeness of the name spelling. Spelling of names can vary so, I have learned. The second wife was my maternal great-great-grandfather's mother. Benjamin did well for himself as the President of the Inter-State Bank of Blanchard, Iowa and the owner of land in east Lincoln township. He lived in Rock Port, Atchinson County, Missouri according ot records. My records for him stop with the simple knowledge of his parents.
My paternal family occured when the Demoney and Slaven family married. This was my father, Patrick Bernard Slaven and my mother, Carolyn "Connie" Demoney. Demoney's hailed from the Bennett (Adams County)and Fairplay, Colorado areas while the Slaven's came from the northwest Kansas (Seleden) wheat fields.
Earl "Coonie" Slaven married Alice Winifred Heagney from Curtis, North Star Precinct, Forntier County, Nebraska. Heagney's and Slaven's heritage is from Ireland. The Heagney side of the family is totally researched by LaVeda Heagney. She is still alive and resides in Denver. Her son is Gerald who lives in Arvada, Colorado. Coonie and Alice lived in Selden, Sheridan County, Kansas. Coonie's dad was Ambrose Slaven was born 11 Feb 1937 in Dodgeville or Desmoine, Iowa. His parents were James A. Slaven and Hannah Agnes Thomas. (Hannah's parents were John Thomas and Ellen Elizabeth Titterington of Ross County and Chillicote, Ohio. This was John's second marriage. It is thought they were orignally from Lanchshire, England.) Ambrose was a cattle buyer, banker and real estate agent in Sherdian County, Ks.. We know that Elizabeth "Daisy" Borthwick was married twice. The other husband was a Plunkett. Ambrose and Daisy were married in Oberlin, Decatur County, Ks on Jan. 26,1890. We know nothing of Daisy's family at this time. Ambrose and Daisy are buried at the Leoville Catholic Church Cemtery in Decatur County, Ks. Ambrose Slaven was a great supporter of the Catholic religion and churches in Selden and Leoville.James Slaven was Ambrose's father. He was born in 1817 in County Westmeath, Ireland. Alice and Coonie are buried in the Selden, Sheridan County, Ks. cemtery. Alice died at the age of 42(?) on May 10, 1943 in Oberlin, Decatur County, Ks. when Coonie pulled out in front of a fuel transport truck in their son's convertible. Alice was reported as having died in the Oberlin hospital later but witnesses said she wa