Margaret Maria Barlow

Female 1811 - 1875  (63 years)


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  • Name Margaret Maria Barlow 
    Born 5 Aug 1811  Granville, Hampshire (now Hampden), Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 29 Apr 1875  Avoca, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Graceland Cemetery, Avoca, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2612  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2015 

    Father Jonathan Barlow,   b. 23 Jun 1769, Granville, Hampshire (now Hampden), Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1820, Granville, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Annis Gillett,   b. 25 Jul 1784, Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1853, near Corley, Shelby, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 13 Oct 1804  Granville, Hampshire (now Hampden), Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F841  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charles E. Bunnell,   b. 4 Jul 1805, near Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1894, Milwaukie, Clackamas, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 5 Sep 1829  Mendon, Montgomery, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1292  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Reviewed LDS Ancestral File 30 Nov 2002.

      2. Censuses:
      1840 US: Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio, p. 311:
      Charles Bunnell
      Males Under 5: 4; 5-10: 1; 30-40: 1
      Females 20-30: 1

      1850 US: Guilford, Winnebago, Illinois, 14 Nov 1850, 119/133:
      Charles Bunnell, 43, farmer, $45, NY.
      Margaret, 38, MA.
      Barlow, 18, OH.
      Abbey, 16, OH.
      Joseph, 14, OH.
      William, 12, OH.
      Byron, 10, OH.
      Maria, 6, OH.
      Mary, 4, IL.
      Josephine, 3, IL.
      Sarah A., 0, IL.

      1852 Iowa: De Witt, Clinton, Iowa: Charles Bunnel, males 6, females 5, no. of voters 1, no. of militia 2, total 11.

      1860 US: De Witt, Clinton, Iowa, 16 Jul 1860, 639/635:
      Chas Bunnell, 39, farmer, $4000/1000, NY.
      Margaret, 45, MA.
      Byron, 20, OH.
      Maria, 16, OH.
      Mary, 14, IL.
      Josephus, 12, IL.
      Sarah A., 12, IL.
      William Bundle, 21, OH.
      Liddy Bundle, 20, ME.
      David Grant, 18, Canada.

      1870 US: Camanche P.O., De Witt Twp., Clinton, IA, p. 206b, entry 195:
      Charles Bunnel, 64, farmer, $8000, $1800, NY.
      Margaret, 59, MA.
      Josephine, 22, IL.
      Sarah, 20, IL.
      Malo, 7, m., IA.
      Frank, 5, IA.
      Emma, 1, IA.

      3. Reviewed Rootsweb.com Worldconnect 29 Nov 2002 database ":1678334" lists the following children:
      Jonathan, b: 26 Oct 1830 in,, Ohio
      Charles Barlow, b: 11 Aug 1832 in Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio
      Alby, b: 17 Feb 1834 in Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio
      Joseph Almie, b: 10 Jan 1836 in Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio
      William Tecumcia, b: 14 Jun 1838 in Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio
      Byron Lord, b: 30 Mar 1840 in Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio
      George, b: 22 Nov 1841 in Streetsboro, Portage, Ohio
      Susannah Mariah, b: 3 Mar 1844 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
      Mary Jane, b: 15 Jun 1846 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
      Margaret Josephine, b: 9 Jan 1848 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
      Sarah Ann, b: 25 Feb 1850 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
      Harriet Elmiry, b: 20 Jun 1852 in Dewitt, Clinton, Iowa
      "Unknown," b: Abt 1852

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. Margaret Maria was also recorded as Margaret Ann, born 11 Aug 1811.

      2. Ora Barlow, "The Israel Barlow Story and Mormon Mores":
      p. 17: A photo of Charles Bunnell and Marie Barlow and a second wife "a widow Harvey." An additional photo is found on p. 739.
      p. 104: "Israel Barlow's sister, Margaret Marie, five years younger than himself, who had married a fellow methodist, Charles Bunnell, perhaps a year or more before, evidently was not a member of the LDS Church when the rest of the family joined. But Israel, no doubt, was largely instrumental in converting her to the Mormon faith later. She was not one of the Mendon Mormons. Israel and his mothers's family were to see more of Margaret after they left Mendon. (Footnote: "My great grandmother was Margaret Barlow was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My great grandfather Charles Bunnell, was a Methodist, so my mother tells me. Source: Mrs. Nona Bassett, Merced, CA, 1959.)
      p. 119: " 'Charles Bunnell late of Millwaukie, Oregon, was born near Canandagua, Ontario County, NY, July 4th, 1805. His father died when he was a small boy. He lived with and managed his mother's small farm until he came to manhood. At about 24 years of age he married Margaret Barlow. About a year afterward he and family moved to the Western Reserve in northeastern Ohio and located in Streetsborough, Portage Co., Ohio. He lived there 14 years during which time seven sons and one daughter was born. The youngest son (George) died there when about three years old. In the fall of 1845 Charles Bunnell and family moved to Winnebago County, Illinois, and located seven miles south of Rockford. He lived there seven years where three children (daughters) were born. In the fall of 1852 himself and family moved to Clinton County, Iowa, and located near Dewitt, Iowa. Here one child was born, a daughter who lived about a year and died. In the spring of 1854, Charles Barlow Bunnell and Alby M. Bunnell emigrated to Oregon. The former located at or near Portland and the latter at Dalles City, Oregon. Charles Bunnell, Sr., continued to live in Clinton County for about 25 years when on account of old age and his wife's poor health sold out his farm and came to live with his son B.L. Bunnell in Selby Cunty, Iowa. Mrs. Bunnell's health continued to decline and she died in about a year after she came to live with her son in Western Iowa. Soon after Charles Bunnell, Sr., with his two daughters Josephine M. and Sarah A. Bunnell with two orphan grandchildren moved to Oregon and lived for a time on the farm of the eldest son Charles B. Bunnell near Millwaukie, Oregon. About two years afterward, the daughters married. Josephine married T.R.A. Sellwood now of Millwaukie, Oregon, Sarah married Wm. Ashby a farmer of Shelby, Iowa. Charles Bunnell Sr. lived single for several years after the daughters married. Being very much in need of the comforts of a steady home he married a widow Harvy, a woman about his own age. They lived happily together a few years in Millwaukie, Oregon. When on getting up one morning he noticed that his wife said nothing and after partly dressing he came round to the front of the bed. There lay beside the bed on the floor her eldest son dead. Father then called to his wife and shook her. She also was dead. Both had been shot through the head. A coroner's inquest reported they came to their death by parties (or party unknown to them.) - B.L. Bunnell, Compiler. Charles Bunnell, Sr., died Jan 1900.' The above was dated Dec. 7, '09 at which time the following were living: Charles B. Bunnell, Wm. Truman Bunnell, B.L. Bunnell, Josephine M.B. Sellwood & Sarah Ashby."
      pp. 310-313 quotes from a letter written 12 Sep 1853 by Israel while in Rock Island, IL at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Lucinda Beebe Barlow, the widow of Israel's brother Jonathan Watson Barlow who had moved to that city in the 1840's and had died there 20 Jul 1851. Israel was traveling through on his way to his mission to England. Spelling uncorrected: "...the Evening I past Montrose I took a Letter out of the office from Br Truman it informe me of Mothers Death on the 18 of aug the Morning that I left Calvin Bushes 30 milds from Trumans place but Did not no it at the time I very mutch regreted that it So hapened if Mother has heur age Correct She is 72 years old She is the 5 out of the Circle of My Farthers Family My Eldest Brother Nathaniel My farther Jonathan Barlow, my Sister Annis Gennet george Stones wife, Jonatha W. Barlow at Rockiland my Brother & Annis gillet my Mother the wife of Jonathan Barlow My father. I have heard nothing from my Sister Margaret Bunnell Since Last Spring one of hur Sons by the Name of Joseph Lives with Truman ..." [Truman is Margaret's younger brother. Also Margaret's family moves later to same area near where Truman lived in the area Harlan, Shelby, Iowa, and her son Joseph Bunnell lives with Truman until he dies.]

      3. Early Iowa references to children of children of Charles and Margaret (Barlow) Bunnell:
      a. FHL film 934962 "History of Pottawattamie Co., Iowa," by Field and Reed, 1907, pp. 1078-1079, contains the following biography of the grandson of Charles and Margaret (Barlow) Bunnell with references to Truman Barlow. Note also a grandchild named Annis probably for Annis Gillette who was Margaret's mother: "W.E. Bunnell, who is now operating a part of the old homestead farm and is also engaged in stock-raising, was born in Knox township, November 18, 1866, his parents being Joseph A. and Sarah J. (Headley) Bunnell, who were of English descent. The father was born January 10, 1836, in Portage county, Ohio, and acquired a common school education there. When sixteen years of age he accompanied his parents on their removal to Clinton county, Iowa, where his father took up government land, and he assisted in the improvement and cultivation of the farm for some time. He next went to Shelby county, this state, where he lived with his uncle, Truman R. Barlow, who was blind but had an excellent education, and he remained with him until the uncles' death. Joseph A. Bunnell made claim to a tract of wild land in Shelby county before it came into market. He was married August 14, 1856, to Miss Sarah J. Headley and the following spring removed to Nebraska, where he engaged in breaking prairie with ox teams throughout the summer, while he spent the winter in Omaha hauling cord wood and brick. That city was then a small village, the Indians being still there, and Mr. Bunnell and his wife lived in a log house. In the spring of 1863 they returned to his claim in Shelby county and he began the improvement of his place. On the 14th of October, 1863, in response to the country's call for aid, he offered his services to the government, enlisting as a member of Company M, Ninth Regiment of Iowa Volunteers, and he was in battle under General Shelby at Duvalls Bluff. The regiment was engaged in guarding the Memphis & Little Rock Railroad - a very dangerous service. Mr. Bunnell participated in other skirmishes, battles and military duties, serving until almost the close of the war but escaped without a scratch. He was honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa, in February, 1865. While in the army his wife lived at Newton, Pottawattamie county, and when his military experience was over he settled on a farm in Knox township, where he first purchased eighty acres. As a result of his energy and perseverance he was enabled to add to this from time to time until he became the owner of 600 acres of as fine bottom land as can be found in Pottawattamie county. He also had 3200 acres acres in the Alberta district of Canada, besides other real estate. All of this property he acquired through his own well directed efforts for he was a self-made man, industrious, enterprising and progressive. After a well spent life he died November 29, 1906, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a member. Having accumulated extensive holdings he left his family in very comfortable circumstances but the estate is not yet settled. In his political views Joseph A. Bunnell was a stanch republican, having firm faith in the principles and ultimate triumph of the party. He was affiliated with U.S. Grant post, No. 123, G.A.R., at Avoca, and held several of the minor offices of the township, being regarded in the commnity as one of its leading and influential citizens. He possessed superior business ability, displayed keen discernment in placing his investments and in the management of his property as well. Whatever he undertook he carried forward to successful completion and as the years passed by won a place among the prosperous residents of the county. On August 14, 1856, he married Miss Sarah J. Headley and unto them were born nine children: Amanda J., George E., Annis D., Walter E., Albert E., Charles S., Ola G., Emma V. and one who died in infancy. W.E. Bunnell has spent his entire life in Knox township and is now operating a part of the old homestead farm. He was educated in the public schools, his time being divided between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. When he had attained his majority he resolved to engage in the occupation to which he had been reared and is now accounted one of the enterprising agriculturists of the community. In addition to tilling the soil he is now raising cattle, horses and hogs and his livestock interests are an important branch of his business, bringing to him a very gratifying income. In 1893 Mr. Bunnell was married to Miss Lulu Bunnell, a cousin, who was born in Shelby county, Iowa, in 1877. She was one of a family of ten children and her parents are now living east of Des Moines. Unto our subject and his wife have been born five children: Lela Beth, Joseph Albert, Eugene, Ruth and Grace Cathryne. Mr. Bunnell is an advocate of the republican party and his wife is a member of the Medhodist Episcopal church. He has served as school director and school trustee for three years and both he and his wife are held in high esteem, being accorded a position of prominence in public regard in Knox township., Mr. Bunnell is a representative of one of the old pioneer families here and the work which was instituted by his grandfather and carried on by his father is being continued by him, for he is known as one of the leading, alert and enterprising agriculturrists of his community."
      b. FHL book 977.7484 H2w, vol. 1, "Past and Present of Shelby County, Iowa," by Edward S. White, published by B.F. Bowen and Co., 1915:
      P. 109: "William Howlett, an Englishman, who gave his name to howlett's Grove, in Fairview township, came there in 1859. Near him settled, about this time, Byron Bunnell, a member of the Latter-Day Saints church. A man name Barlow also settle there very early."
      P. 112: "Fairview. From the best data obtainable the author is inclined to believe that the first man to settle in what is now Fairview township oas Thomas Jefferson Tague... who built a log cabin on the east side of the Botna river in 1851 near the south boundary line of the county. Other early settlers were: ...Byron L. Bunnell..."
      P. 212: "The first sub-division of the county, for the purpose of government, was made in 1854, by County Judge James M. Butler. His entry is very indefinite and without designating boundaries, divides 'the county of Shilby into two townships for the purpose of holding elections in the same, which precincts are known as Galland's Grove precinct and the Southern precinct.' On April 9, 1859, County Judge H.A. Tarkington divided Round Township into three townships, as follows: All that part thereof lying south... therefore, included the present townships fo Clay, Monroe, Fairview, and Shelby, to be known as 'Perrin' township. Judge Tarkington fixed the place of voting in said township at the residence of Joseph Bunnell..."
      P. 412: "The old Latter-Day Saints' log church at Galland's Grove was undoubtedly the first building used for school purposes in Shelby county, since it was erected about 1855, and was at once used, not only for church services, but as a school house. One of the earliest schools in the county was located... in the village of Manteno, in Grove township, the site having been conveyed to the district township of Galland's Grove by William W. Reed on January 5, 1861. Very early school houses in Fariview township were built on land conveyed to the district township of Fairview by Joseph A. Bunnell, Dec. 19, 1863, and on land conveyed by B. and T.J. Tague to the same township Oct. 25, 1865."
      Chapter XXVII: "Military History. In less than ten years after the orgainization of Shelby county as a civil unit, the great Civil War broke fiercely upon the country. Shelby county had scarcely passed the log-cabin stage of development, when men were traveling to mill and market over the winding trails, along the ridges and the plateaus and skirting the heads of streams, then unbridged, and when the prairies and sloughs of the county were yet furnishing sustenance and refuge for wild animals. Under these circumstances it was that the young men of Shelby county were called upon to assume the stern responsibilities of their citizenship in common with the other people of Iowa. Shelby county went to the defense of the colors right loyally, sending, it is estimated, one man out of every six then residing within her newly created boundaries. These volunteers came from Cuppy's Grove, Bowman's Grove, Manteno, Hacktown and Harlan. Here are the names of these men consitituting Shelby county's roll of honor... Joseph A. Bunnell, Company M, Ninth Iowa Cavalry..."

      4. Today's Hampden County of Massachusetts was originally Middlesex County until it was split off in 1662 and named Hampshire County. Hampden County was formed from Hampshire County in 1812.