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Patience Elizabeth Graybill

Female 1848 - 1934  (85 years)


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  • Name Patience Elizabeth Graybill 
    Born 29 Dec 1848  Macedonia, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 Jan 1934  Persia, Harrison, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Valley View Cemetery, Union Township, Harrison, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I554  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2015 

    Father Levi Graybill,   b. 12 Mar 1818, Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1912, near Persia, Harrison, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Patience Smith,   b. 25 Nov 1825, New Castle, Henry, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1895, Macedonia, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 20/21 Jun 1841  Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Reviewed 24 Nov 2002 Rootsweb.com Worldconnect database ":ag1640": Sidney Pitt, b. 12 Feb 1847 at Luce, Spencer, Indiana, parents are Rodney Pitt and Sarah Edwards, married Patience E. Graybill 25 Dec 1871.

      2. Reviewed LDS Ancestral File Oct 2003.

      3. Censuses:
      1850 US: Cannot find even though Levi in his biography says he was in Iowa by 1846. Did a page by page search of Decatur and Pottawattamie Counties which in 1850 appear to be larger than they are now. They possibly could have lived away from the others in an area that may not have received a census taker.

      1851 Iowa State: Pottawattamie County. FHL film 1022203. The entire state was counted but only Pottawattamie listed everyone by name in the household and their ages; other counties only listed the head of the household and a numerical count without names of the various ages by sex in the household. No date is given when the census was taken but it was certified in Dec. 1851; however, the other counties show a Sep 1851 date which also appears more likely for Pottawattamie as well in light of ages given some children with known birthdays in October. Census return:
      Grabill: Levi [can't read age - 33?], Patience 25, Abigail 9, Selathiel 4, Patience 2, Levi infant. [Note that the following related families are in this census and very close neighbors: Simeon P. Graybill, Michael/Polly Graybill with Polly's mother Catherine Eller Stoker, Eller/Margaret Stoker, Jacob/Catherine Stoker, Philip/Catherine Gatrost, David/Barbara Stoker, Edward/Sarah Davis, and William/Almira Stoker. Other relatives in same county but separated by several pages of census include the following families: Thomas/Hannah Pilling whose daughter Hannah, later marries William Lenore Graybill, Levi/Patience Graybill, John W./Sarah Stoker, Hannah Ford whose son Martin later marries Zibiah M. Stoker, and John/Sarah Smith.]

      1856 Iowa: (From Ancestry.com) Macedonia, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 2 of 4:
      Levi Grabill, 38, 10 years in Iowa, OH, farmer.
      Patience, 31, 10, IN.
      Abbigail, 14, 10, IL.
      Selatha, 9, 9, IL.
      Patience, 7, 7, IL.
      Levi, 5, 5, IL.
      John, 3, 3, IL.
      Michael, 1, 1, IL.

      1860 US: Macedonia P.O., Grove Twp., Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 416, entry 847, 14 Jul:
      Levi Graybill, 42, farmer, Ireland.
      Patience, 36, IN.
      Abigail, 18, IL.
      Salathiel, 13, IA.
      Patience, 11, IA.
      Levi, 8, IA.
      John, 6, IA.
      Joseph B., 3, IA.
      George W., 5/12, IA.

      1880 US: Macedonia, Pottawattamie, Iowa, FHL 1254362, T9-0372, p. 423A:
      Sidney Pitt, marr., 33, PA [son Sidney in 1900 indicates father is from Indiana], farmer.
      Patience, wife, 30, IA, keeping house.
      David, son, 7, IA.
      Sidney, son, 6, IA.
      Rodney, son, 4, IA.
      Berdie, son, 3, IA.
      Grandie, son, 1, IA.
      ___ Pitt, uncle, 1, IA.

      1895 Iowa: Cass, Harrison, IA:
      Sidney Pitt, 48, IN.
      Patience, 46, IA.
      Levi, 20, IA.
      Milton Pitt, 48, IA.
      Patience, 12, IA.
      Jessie, 9, IA.
      Mary, 5, IA.
      David, 22, IA.
      Sidney, 21, IA.

      1900 US: Cass Twp., Harrison, Iowa, p. 85B:
      Sidney Pitt, Mar 1847, 53, m. 28 years, IN VT KY, farmer.
      Patience E., wife, Dec 1848, 51, m. 28 years, 10 total children with 7 living, IA OH IN.
      Patience L., dau., Dec 1882, 17, IA IN IA.
      Jesse A., son, Dec 1885, 14, IA IN IA.
      Mary C., dau., Apr 1888, 12, IA IN IA.
      Rodney, nephew, Apr 1184, 16, TX IN TX.
      Frank Ducheney, boarder, Jan 1882, 18, IL Unk ___.

      1910 US: Cass Twp., Harrison, Iowa, p. 37b, entry 7:
      Sidney Pitt Sr. 63, m. 38 years, IN VT KY.
      Patience E., wife, 61, m. 38 years, 11 total children with 7 living, IA OH IN.
      Mary C., dau. 20, IA IN IA.

      1920 US: Cass Twp., Harrison, Iowa, p. 43a, entry 122:
      Sidney S. Pitt, 72, IN VT ??.
      Pasence E., wife, 71, IA OH IA.
      Alma P. Walker, 6, IA IA IA.
      Minnie Moldty?, boarder, 60, IL Ire Ire.

      1930 US: Cass Twp., Harrison, Iowa, p. 158b, entry 70:
      Jesse A. Pitt, 44, m. 21 years, IA IN IA.
      Lily Bell, wife, 48, m. 25 years, IA NY PA.
      Harry A., son, 22, IA IA IA.
      Harol W., son, 20, IA IA IA.
      Ada B., dau., 18, IA IA IA.
      Alvin R., son, 6, IA IA IA.
      Patience E., mother, 81, widow, IA PA PA.
      Alma P. Walker, adopted son, 16, IA IA IA.

      4. Iagenweb for Harrison County:
      A. Www. rootsweb.com/~iaharris/directories/1905Persia.htm: 1905 Telephone Directory for Persia, Harrison, Iowa lists Sidney Pitt in the countryside.
      B. Www. rootsweb.com/~iaharris/probate/p-probates.htm: 1853-1980 Probate Index for Harrison County:
      Sidney Pitt, Sr., docket 20, page 135, case 5670, year 1924.
      Patience E. Pitt, docket 15, page 84, case 4023, year 1934.
      C. Www. rootsweb.com/~iaharris/directories/1905_Residents_Cass.htm: 1905 residents of Cass Township:
      Sidney Pitt, farmer, RR. 1-Persia.
      Mrs. Patience Pitt.
      D. Www. rootsweb.com/~iaharris/1902/1902p.htm: 1902 Harrison County Iowa Landowners:
      Sidney Pitt, Cass Township, T.79, S.28, R.41, 240 acres, House, Pigeon Creek.
      E. Www. rootsweb.com/~iaharris/bio/1981index.htm: Sidney Pitt listed in biography index of "1981 History of Harrison County Iowa."
      F. Www. rootsweb.com/~iaharris/directories/1916Logan.htm: 1916 Telephone Directory for Logan, Harrison, Iowa:
      Sidney Pitt, Sr., Persia.

      5. From the book "1891 Harrison County Iowa History," pp. 762-763, IAGenWeb for Harrison County:
      "Sidney Pitt, who came to Harrison County, in April, 1883, located on the present site of Yorkshire, and his present residence is his farm on section 28, Cass Township, which place he purchased as wild land, some time previous. He has four hundred acres, three hundred and seventy-five acres of which are under the plow. Like most of the prosperous farmers of Iowa, our subject is an extensive raiser of corn, and feeder of cattle, usually keeping about eighty head. Mr. Pitt was born February 12, 1847, in Spencer County, Ind., and is the son of Rodney and Sarah (Edwards) Pitt. Rodney Pitt was born midst the mountain scenes of Vermont, September 25, 1800, and left the Green Mountain State in 1818, emigrating to Indiana. He was married in 1823. His wife, Sarah Edwards, was born in Grayson County, Ky., July 12, 1805, and died December 16, 1857, in Indiana. They reared a family of thirteen children, of whom our subject was the twelfth. His father died when he was about three years old, and the mother when he was eleven, after which his home was with his brother until he was fifteen years of age, when he commenced working out at $6 per month, continuing for six years. In 1865 he went to Seward County, Neb., and commenced farming for himself. He remained there until December, 1870, then came to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where he purchased a farm of eighty-five acres, and remained until the time of his coming to this county. He was untied in marriage, Christmas day, 1871, in Pottawattamie County, to Patience Graybill. Their family consists of ten children, all of whom are at home: David W., born October 14, 1872; Sidney, November 20, 1873; Rodney Levi, December 12, 1874; Milton B., June 2 1876; LeRoy and LeGrande (twins) born September 4, 1877. LeRoy died January 16, 1879, and LeGrande April 15, 1881; Sarah, born November 14, 1879, died April 13, 1881; Patience L., born December 19, 1882; Jesse A., December 19, 1885; Mary C., April 18, 1889. Mr. Pitt enlisted in Company K, Seventeenth Kentucky Cavalry, September 15, 1864, served one year, receiving his discharge September 20, 1865. His four older brothers served most of the time for four years. Politically, Mr. Pitt is a stanch supporter of the Republican party."

      6. Per FHL film 934944 "History of Harrison Co., Iowa," 1915, pp. 207, 208:
      "Spring Creek branch of the Latter-Day Saints (reorganized) was formed October 19, 1876... In 1891 the membership had reached 108. A neat frame building was erected for church purposes in 1884, costing $2,400. This branch of the church is situated in Washington township, and is within the village of Persia. The present total membership of this branch is 145. The presidents of this branch have been... Sidney Pitt, Sr., 1904... Sidney Pitt, Sr., 1910... Sidney Pitt, Sr., 1913..."

      7. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 55-60, note that this book has a very detailed downline of this family:
      "Patience Elizabeth Graybill, b. 29 Dec 1848, Macedonia, Potta. Co., IA; d. 12 Jan 1934, Persia, IA; bur. in Valley View Cemetery, Union Twp., Harrison Co., IA; md. 25 Dec 1871, Wheeler's Grove, Pottawattamie Co., IA to Sidney Pitt. He was b. 12 Feb 1847, Luce Twp., Spencer Co., IN; d. 26 Apr 1924, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE; bur. in Valley View Cemetery. He was the s/o Rodney Pitt and Sarah Edwards of Spencer Co., IN. Sidney's and Patience's children were David William, Sidney Jr., Levi Rodney 'Rod', Milton Bird, LeRoy, LeGrand, Sarah A., Patience Lovey, Jesse Albion, George Emery and Mary Celestia."

      BIRTH:
      1. Susan Easton Black, compiler, "Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints," (Religious Studies Center, BYU, 1993, copy in Family History Library in Salt Lake City): "Graybill, Patience E.; Birth: 21 Dec 1848, Macedonia, Pottawattamie, Iowa. Source: Early Reorganization Minutes, 1852-71, book A, p. 647."

      2. Cemetery record has variant of 29 Dec 1848.

      3. Website: iagenweb.org/pottawattamie/hist-RLDS-wheelersgrove.htm: Members of the RLDS Church of the Wheeler's Grove Branch: Patience E. Graybill, b. 29 Dec 1848 in Potta. Co, IA, baptized 17 Oct 1865 at Potta. Co., d. unknown.

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Per Ancestry.com cited above and 1880 census. LDS Pedigree Resource File by Joan Yvonne Winegar has marriage dated 25 Dec 1871 in Montgomery Co., IA.

      2. Per FHL book 977.77 H2b "Settlers of Western Iowa of Council Bluffs, Macedonia, Wheelers Grove..." which is a few pages of oral history transcribed 29 Mar 1936 from an interview with Mr. Frank Shinn. He recounts: "I will tell you who were the first white settlers here. There was Levi Graybill, he came with Brigham Young, and was the first settler anywhere around here. And John Winegar and Uncle John Smith. Those three were the first... Then there was Milton Pitt, who was a politician; he was Speaker of the House of Representatives and was a state senator. Milton Pitt married the daughter of Levi Graybill. She is alive yet, or was the last I heard..."

      DEATH:
      1. LDS Pedigree Resource File by Joan Yvonne Winegar has death dated 12 Jan 1934 in Harrison Co., IA.

      2. LDS Pedigree Resource File by Earl Flowers has death dated 12 Jan 1934 in Persia, Harrison, IA.

      BURIAL:
      1. From Vicki King , lookup volunteer for Valley View Cemetery in Union Township, Harrison, IA, buried in Sec. 2, Row 6:
      Sidney Pitt, Feb. 12, 1847 - Apr. 26, 1924, Grand Army of the Republic.
      Patience Pitt, Dec. 29, 1848 - Jan. 12, 1934.
      Many other Pitts as well.

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 90-91.

      2. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, p. 149.