52 Relatives in 2018 #14 Adam H Featherkile (1812-1896)

Adam Henry Featherkile

relationship: Her 3x-great-Grandfather

Excerpt from Urbana Bicentennial:  (http://iagenweb.org/benton/history/urbana/bios.htm)
He was born in Kentucky in 1812, and came to Urbana in October of 1852. He had 314 ½ acres of land, valued at $30 an acre. He married Jemima Barley in June of 1832. She died in June of 1837. Mr. Fetherkile then married Sindey Bailey in December of 1837. She died in August of 1841 and left one child. He married Amelia Holley in 1843 and divorced her in 1849. She, also, left one child. He then married Nancy Powley in 1849. She died in October of 1850. He then married Sarah Weysong in April of 1851. They had eight children. He was a democrat, held office of Township Trustee, and was a member of the Dunkard Church. He was among early settlers and made all he had with fine improvements by his untiring energy and perseverance.

Adam Henry Featherkile/Fetherkile made his way through much of the midwest.  Born in Kentucky (just south of Louisville), he moved to eastern Arkansas.  From there he moved to Indiana and then to Iowa.  In the early to mid 1800’s, this wouldn’t have been a quick or easy trip.  (see map below)

While researching this branch, we went to Adam’s home town area (Bardstown, Kentucky).  We walked along the short remaining portion of the Cobblestone Path, overcome with awe that each able-bodied man was required to help build the road, knowing my ancestor probably stood or walked along this same path over 200 years before me and his father helped build it.  The clerks in Bardstown records were amazing!  Thank you!

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One of many pictures we took of the Cobblestone Path. June 2013

We also went to Boone County, Indiana.  The library has a great genealogy section with many of the original records from the courthouse.  After they were digitized, the courthouse gave them to the library.  It is always such a thrill to see the original records!

His final destination was Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States.  He arrived here between 1851 and 1856 (based on marriage and state census records).  I still have relatives living in this same small rural town.  When I spent summers here growing up, the population was about 500.  It now has about 1500 people.  The cemetery has 4 generations of Fetherkile’s buried here.

Below is a map taking the current roadways and the quickest time.  Who knows for sure if they went from one destination directly to the next or made stops along the way.  So far there are no documents supporting long-term stops along the way.  Even using this, I don’t know if the family traveled by foot, horse/cart, boat, train, or a combination of all.

birth:  1 April 1812 in Nelson County, Kentucky, United States

parents:  George Fetherkile (1765-1842) and Mary Bailey (1780-1850)


#1. Jemima Bailey (1817-1837) married 17 June 1832 in Phillips County, Arkansas, United States

#2. Sidney Bailey (? – 1841) married 25 November 1837 in Phillips County, Arkansas, United States

#3. Permelia Holley (1820-?) married 10 May 1843 in Orange County, Indiana, United States.  Adam filed for divorce 1 Dec 1847 citing abandonment.

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#4. Nancy Pauley (1814-1850) married 3 May 1849 in Boone County, Indiana, United States

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#5. Sarah Morgan Wysong (1825-1904) married 19 April 1851 in Boone County, Indiana, United States

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Born to Sidney Bailey:
Lucinda Margaret Fetherkile (1840-1860)

Born to Permelia Holley:
George M Fetherkile (1844-1931) married 1) Emmeline Kinser; 2) Carrie Ardelia Vesper; 3) Sarah Jenette Hawley; 4) Clara

Born to Nancy Pauley:
William M. Fetherkile (1850-1850)

Born to Sarah Wysong:
Adam Alexander Fetherkile (1852-1937)
married Alice Berry (1856-1949)
Mary Polly Fetherkile (1855-1923) married  1) George W Goings (1852-1887) 2) Josiah Godfrey Holloway (1835-1910)
John F Fetherkile (1856-1937) married Nancy Jane (Jennie) Berry (1859-1939)
Abraham Washington Fetherkile (1859-1935) married Lodema Sylvia Jobes (1867-1940)
Sarah Jemina Fetherkile (1860-1923) married William Henry Porter (1857-1943)
Mary Elizabeth Fetherkile (1862-1942) married Elmer Asa Chambers (1858-1935)
Nancy Caroline Fetherkile (1865-1944) married  John R Porter (1864-1928)
Julia Fetherkile (1868-1907) married Adolphus E Moore (1862-?)

death:  5 May 1896 in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

burial:  Urbana Cemetery in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

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photo taken by me.  posted also on findagrave.com



Arkansas Marriages, 1779-1992; Hunting For Bears, comp.;
Ancestry.com Operations Inc; 2004
Orange County, Indiana, Index to Marriage Record 1826-1920 Inclusive Volum, Original Record Location County Clerk’s Office Pao; Book: C- 2; Page: 124.;
Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941; Ancestry.com Operations Inc; 2005

Divorces of Boone County, IN 1830-1879 By MARILYN S. WALKER

Boone County Order Book Civil , Book 4, page 200.  Divorce proceedings.

Index of Divorces in Boone County, IN 1830-1879 http://www.leblib.org/departments/heritage/archive/vr_divorce183079.pdf


52 Ancestors in 2018 #12 Lottie Smith Fetherkile (1887-1926)

Lottie Maud Smith Fetherkile

relationship:  Her great-grandmother

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Taken about 1905/1906 before 1st child born but after wedding.

Lottie was born in Goodland, Indiana.  By 1900, the family was living in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa where she married, had 3 children, buried one child, and died.  When we visited the “town” house, we found her old photo album in the attic.  (Grandma and Grandpa Fetherkile had a farm with a house and a separate house at the town limits.)  Unfortunately, we don’t know who these people are.  I always assumed when we brought it home, my grandmother identified the people.  She may have but no record remains.  I’ve made a couple of posts of some of the pictures from this album.

The story surrounding her death is quite sad.  My grandmother was arriving home on the train for a break while attending Teachers College.  Grandma Lottie was waiting for her on the platform.  Just before the train pulled in, Grandma Lottie collapsed.   Grandma got of the train to a flurry of people crowded around someone – to find out it was her mother. Grandma believed she had an aneurysm.  The death certificate states cause of death was apoplexy.

[apoplexy = any sudden death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness, especially one in which the victim died within a matter of seconds after losing consciousness, wikipedia]

birth:  29 January 1887 in Goodland, Newton County, Indiana, United States

parents:  Andrew Holt Smith (1854-1914) and Katherine (Kate) Mae Burrell Smith

marriage:  13 September 1905 in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

spouse:  Harry Cecil Fetherkile (1884-1980)

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Helen May Fetherkile (1906-1993) married Michael George Vernak
Ruth Irene Fetherkile (1910-1974) married Arthur Osborne Hawley
Lawrence Leo Fetherkile (1912-1921)

death:  2 April 1926 in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

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burial:  Urbana Cemetery in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

photo taken by me!  copy posted on Find A Grave




Ancestry.com. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922. Textual Records. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa Marriage Records, 1923–37. Microfilm. Record Group 048. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.

Ancestry.com. Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.



52 Relatives in 2018 #6 Adam A Fetherkile (1852-1937)

Adam Alexander Fetherkile

relationship:  Her 2x great-grandfather

birth:  11 November 1852 in Polk City, Benton County, Iowa, United States to Adam Henry Fetherkile (1812-1896) and Sarah Morgan (Sally) Wysong (1825-1904).  Adam A was born just a short time after his parents moved here from Indiana.

marriage:  29 January 1879 in Benton County, Iowa, United States to Alice A. Berry (1856-1949), daughter of Robert Berry (1827-1911) and Anna Jewell (1836-1865)


Frank C Fetherkile (1881-1901)
Harry Cecil Fetherkile (1884-1980)
John Andrew Fetherkile (1886-1936)
Clarence Leland Fetherkile (1900-1980)

other life information:  Adam (Alex) lived his life as a farmer in the same community.  In 1886, his parents deeded their farm to him.  This farm is still in the family.

death:  22 December 1937

burial:  Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States.


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Grandma’s Photo Album #2

Here’s the next picture in the photo album.  This one is marked “Fellows” Vinton, Iowa.

I know that Vinton is a town west of Urbana – most likely the nearest photographer at the time.

The photo album belonged to my great-grandmother Lottie Smith Fetherkile.  We found it while cleaning out my great-grandfather’s house after his death.  Grandma Lottie died in 1926 so we know all were taken before this date.  I figure if I put them out there, maybe someone will recognize a relative and let me know who it is.

Anyone have a guess as to approximate date???

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Lottie Smith married Harry Fetherkile in 1905.  Lottie was born in Goodland, Indiana.  The family lived in Kendall County, Illinois and then Maricopa, Arizona.  Her family moved to Urbana, Iowa by 1900.  After her marriage, they lived in Urbana, Iowa until her death.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – A Family’s Increase

Idea courtesy of Genea-Musings:

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — A Family’s Increase

Hey genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again, time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Pick one of your sets of great-grandparents – if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don’t use last names of living people for this – respect their privacy.

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.

1) So I tweaked it a little and did all my great-grandparents and hubby’s maternal great-grandparents and his paternal grandparents:

Harry Fetherkile (1884-1980) and Lottie Smith (1887-1926)
William Gott (1880-1944) and Mary Squires (1891-1974) – I only included the issue from this relationship, not their other marriages and children.
August Peterson (1868-1950) and Anna Simonson (1880-1963)
John Vernak ?? and Mary ?? Not sure about these names – multiple posts issues!

Christian Petersen (1874-1953) and Jennie Mattson (1878-1925)
Alfred Farley (1874-1962) and Lurena Hill (1881-1965)
Marko Matulic (1890-1979) and Marga Gospodnetic (1896-1974)

2) I made a Descendants List report in Family Tree 2014.1.  Then I counted for each generation.  I made a spreadsheet using Google Sheets to keep track of the info.

3) Their descendants, that I am aware of, by generation:

4) So the increase is at least 14 persons and up to 61 for each line, and probably more.  There are some who may have reproduced since the last family update.  There are branches, because of location and drama, that are incomplete.

Of the 120ish descendants for my side, 94 are still alive!!  I have met/known 95 of the descendants from my great-grandparents.  Most of those I have not met live in another area of the country and are of a later generation.  My Vernak line is also questionable – I’ll leave the details to a future post!

On hubby’s side, there are about 126 descendants with 109 still alive.  He has met/known 77 of his great-grandparents/grandparents descendants.  His paternal grandparents were immigrants and we, at this time, don’t know how many siblings they had, how many descendants are still living in Croatia.  We know of one small incomplete branch but that is it.

Interesting exercise – I realize I need to reach out to living relatives.