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Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: January 24, 2005 at 18:44:33
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The Old Fairfield City Cemetery (Jefferson County, Iowa)

64. SYKES: SAMUEL, 1843 – 1938.
EMILY F., 1859-

Burial Permits at City Hall show a male child of SAML. & EMMA SYKES, died April 19, 1886. No age shown.

Fairfield Ledger
Apr. 2, 1884
Page 3 col. 4

SAM SYKES is a hunter, and pretty nearly everything that comes in his way is game and he captures it. Monday ducks were scarce on Cedar bottom, but frogs were plenty. He took to frogs and bagged a string nearly a yard long, the first and finest of the season.

Fairfield Tribune
May 29, 1895
Page 2 col. 2

SAM SYKES shot three cub wolves while out hunting on the banks of Cedar last week. He brought them to the auditor’s office and was allowed $2.50 each for them.

Fairfield Tribune
Oct. 16, 1895
Page 2 col. 1

A ‘possum is on exhibition in the window of the south side drug store. It was brought from the south by SAMUEL SYKES.

Fairfield Ledger
May 13, 1931
Page 4


Jefferson County Death Register, Bk. 6, p. 12.
SAMUEL SYKES, 304 E. Washington; married; Born July 15, 1843, Aberdeen, Miss.; Died Mar. 3, 1938, age 94-7-18. Buried Fairfield Cemetery.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Mar. 3, 1938
Page 8 col. 7

SAMUEL SYKES’ AGE UNCERTAIN. Venerable Colored Gentleman, Born in Slavery, Dies Today. SAMUEL SYKES died at 1:45 this morning at his home, 304 E. Washington Street. MR. SYKES, one of the most highly respected colored gentlemen ever to live in this city, was born in slavery. Although the exact date of his birth is uncertain, he often quoted his mother as saying it was 1840. This would have made him 98 years old at the time of his death. MR. SYKES was born in Aberdeen, Miss. He was separated from his parents at an early age when they were sold to another owner. Finally, it is said, he was aided in making his escape to the North. He had lived in Fairfield for at least half a century. He operated barber shops here for many years and was at one time proprietor of the shop in the Leggett Hotel. He is survived by his wife, EMILY, and three daughters, MRS. NELLIE THOMAS of Aurora, Ill.; MRS. ALBERTA CARTER of Davenport, and MRS. FAYE MAJORS at home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the Weston Behner Funeral home. Interment will be in the Fairfield cemetery.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

65. PAGE: (S. face) MARY W., Wife of SAMUEL PAGE, Born Feb. 27, 1805, Died Apr. 8,
(N. face) ALBERT, son of S. & M. W. PAGE, Born Apr. 30, 1831, Died June 20,

66. WIGGINS: ANN, wife of ELI WIGGINS, Born Nov. 15, 1811, Died Aug. 16, 1901, Aged
89 yrs. 9 mo. 1 day.

Note: There is a base for a stone, just north of ANN’S tombstone, but the stone itself has
disappeared. There was probably once a tombstone there for ELI WIGGINS.


Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 5, 1861
Page 3 col. 4

DIED—Of disease of the lungs, in hospital at Mound City, Ill., Oct. 21, 1861, MR. BERT WIGGINS, of Co. E, 7th Reg. Iowa Volunteers, and formerly a resident of Jefferson County, aged 21 years 9 months and 12 days.

Fairfield Ledger
July 25, 1867
Page 3 col. 3

DIED—On the 6th of July, after a somewhat protracted illness, our fellow citizen, ELI WIGGINS, of Black Hawk township, Jefferson County, Iowa, departed this life. He leaves a widow and a large family of sons and daughters, mostly grown up, to mourn his loss.

Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 2, 1885
Page 3 col. 7

DEATH OF MRS. MARY A. DAVIES, wife of County Treasurer JOHN DAVIES; at her home in this city on Friday evening last….Daughter of ELI WIGGINS, former well known resident of Black Hawk township. She was almost 41 years of age; born in Washington County, Ohio. With her father’s family came to Iowa in 1860 and since has made this county her home; married Aug. 29, 1862 and three days later she bid a sad farewell to her young husband who went forth to fight his country’s battles. After the war continued to live in Black Hawk township until about four years ago…Seven children; two sons died early in life, and five children—four daughters and one son, survive…Congregational Church. Burial Evergreen Cemetery.

Fairfield Tribune
Dec. 3, 1885
Page 3 col. 4

Death of MARY AMANDA DAVIES, wife of JOHN DAVIES, of Fairfield, Iowa; Daughter of ELI and ANN WIGGINS, born Washington County, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1844, died Nov. 27, 1885, aged 40-11-21. Her father was a native of Penn., and her mother was a Virginian. Family moved to Iowa in the spring of 1860 and settled in Black Hawk township in this county. Two of her brothers went forth as volunteers and after good service for their country laid down their lives as martyrs of liberty….

THERESA WIGGINS, born April 6, 1850, at Marietta, Ohio, daughter of ELI WIGGINS born Virginia and NANCY N. BLOCKLEY born Virginia; married 22 Aug. 1868, SAMUEL S. WALKUP. See WALKUP records.


Fairfield Tribune
Wed. Feb. 15, 1893
Page 2 col. 4

At the home of MR. and MRS. JOHN DAVIES in Black Hawk Township, at 2 o’clock last Thursday afternoon, the marriage of their daughter, HARRIET B. DAVIES to MR. ALVIN ABRAHAM. Groom is son of MR. and MRS. JAS. ABRAHAM…..

Fairfield Tribune
May 1, 1895
Page 2 col. 3

DEATH OF A FORMER RESIDENT. MR. EDWARD DAVIES, SR., received word from Omaha, Nebr. last Saturday of the death of his brother, THOMAS, at that place that day. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Jefferson County and left here in 1851. For some years he has been living in Omaha. Deceased was 75 years old.

Fairfield Weekly Ledger Journal
Apr. 12, 1923

Death of MRS. E. S. SMITH, nee NELLIE DAVIES, daughter of JOHN DAVIES.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Oct. 20, 1925
Page 6 col. 2

JOHN DAVIE, son of EDWARD AND ELLEN DAVIES, was born in Noth Wales Hawarden on River Deem in Flintshire Oct. 5, 1839. Came to Burlington, Iowa, in 1849; two years later they moved to Jefferson County and made their home in Black Hawk township. Married MARY WIGGINS Aug. 29, 1862, who passed away Nov. 27, 1885. Seven children, three living are
E. D. DAVIES, MRS. G. G. BRUCE, and MRS. A. S. MCPHARSON. MR. DAVIES and MRS. SARAH MCMULLEN were married June 16, 1887. One daughter was born, MRS. E. S. MCBRIDE. Fourteen grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and two stepsons also survive. Enlisted in the 30th Iowa (Co. H) and served three years. Congregational Church; Mason; County Treasurer from 1882 to 1888. He was a cashier of First National Bank, also of Iowa State Savings Bank. In 1904 MR. DAVIES moved to Spokane, Washington, where he passed away Oct. 18, 1925 at the age of 86 and will be buried in Spokane on Oct. 20. His only brother, THOMAS DAVIES, passed away nine weeks ago.

(See p.596, 1879 History of Jefferson County, for DAVIES. EDWARD DAVIES was born 1816, Flintshire, England, on the River Dee, 15 miles from Liverpool; married MISS. ELLEN WRIGHT, native of Flintshire; they were married in St. Michael’s Church, Liverpool, England, Feb. 26, 1838; children of JOHN and MARY (WIGGINS) DAVIES: NELLIE, EDDIE, EFFIE, HATTIE and ELIZA…..)

Jefferson County Republican
Nov. 13, 1914
Page 5 col. 3

JOHN DAVIES of Spokane, Washington, who is visiting here, presented the G. A. R. post with a handsome picture of a large flag and two swords and a drum. The picture was painted by his daughter, ETHEL, who will be remembered by many old classmates in the Fairfield city schools.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Feb. 4, 1965
Page 8 col. 4

Last rites for MRS. ELIZABETH D. BRUCE, 87, will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the Raymond Funeral Home. A former Presbyterian missionary…she formerly resided at 608 N. Court….Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. MRS. BRUCE was born July 5, 1877 seven miles north of Fairfield, the daughter of JOHN and MARY A. DAVIES. She was reared and educated in Fairfield, graduating from Parsons college in 1899; married REV. GEORGE G. BRUCE May 14, 1903; they served as missionaries in China for two years following their marriage. They later spent twelve years as missionaries in Alaska. The REV. BRUCE served a number of pastorates, including the First Presbyterian church of Oskaloosa, before his death Aug. 2, 1944. MRS. BRUCE was a member of the First Presbyterian church and Chapter G, PEO. She is survived by one sister, MRS. ETHEL MCBRIDE, Spokane, Wash.

67. HAMMOND: CLARISSA J., Died Nov. 1, 1865, Aged 23 yrs. 2mos & 5 ds.

68. COOK: GEORGIE C., son of L. & S. COOK, Died April 24, 1870, Aged 1 year 8 mos 13 d

69. WOLLARD: (W. face) “Dear little lambs.”
Children of A. G. & E. J. WOLLARD.

(N. face) CLARA B., Died July 30, 1869, Aged 4 mo. 7ds
(S. face) CORA F., Died July 14, 1870, Aged 2 months.

Fairfield Ledger
July 21, 1870
Page 3 col. 6

DIED—In Fairfield, Iowa, July 14th, 1870, of Cholera Infantum, CORA J., infant daughter of
A. G. and ELIZA J. WOOLARD[sic]

Fairfield Ledger
May 12, 1870
Page 3 col. 4

DAIRY IN FAIRFIELD—The opportunity of being furnished regularly with new milk is now presented to our citizens. MR. A. G. WOLLARD has started a dairy commencing with ten cows, and will increase his facilities as the demand for milk increases. This is a business conducted in the interest of every citizen, and we hope MR. WOLLARD will receive the encouragement his enterprise entitles him to. He will be around with milk every morning. Orders left at his house on Monroe street, will receive prompt attention. Success to the new enterprise.

70. HAYES: ANNE, Wife of JAMES HAYES, Died March 12, 1871, Aged 31 ys. 9 mo. &10 d

71. JORDAN: ELIZABETH, Born Oct. 16, 1859, Died May 23, 1895, Aged 36 years. May she
rest in peace.

72. WALTZ: HARRY W., son of G. B. & C. J. WALTZ, Died July 24, 1870, Aged 2 yrs. &22d

Fairfield Ledger
July 28, 1870
Page 3 col. 6

DIED—In Fairfield, Iowa, July 24, 1870, of Cholera Infantum, HARRY W. WALTZ, son of GEORGE B. and CHARLOTTE J. WALTZ, aged 2 years and 22 days.

(For sketch of GEORGE B. WALTZ, see Portrait & Biographical Album of Jefferson & Van Buren Counties, Published 1890, p. 485.)

73. BELKNAP: NELLIE B., dau. of R. N. & C. A. BELKNAP, Died Sep. 25, 1872,
Aged 2 y. & 11 d.

74. BELKNAP: FRANK H., Died April 5, 1873, Aged 27 y. 3 m. & 2 D.

75. GOODALL: WM. B., Died Sept. 16, 1852, Aged 46 years.

1850 Census of Fairfield:

253-258. WM. B. GOODALL 41 m Farmer $2500 RE; born Ky.
CICY (LUCY?) D. “ 29 f “
MARY B. “ 18 f Ill.
VITU?? “ 16 f Ill.
SUSAN A. “ 14 f Ia.
WM. “ 10 m Ia.
OSCAR “ 8 m Ia.
LEUCY “ 4 f Ia.
SURRENS “ 6 m Ia.
ISORA “ 3 f Ia.
ELIZA “ ½ f Ia.

Fairfield Tribune
May 29, 1895
Page 2 col. 2

MRS. ELIZA A. JORDAN, daughter of MRS. FLYNN, living near the “Q” depot, died Thursday afternoon about 4 o’clock. The funeral took place from the Catholic church, Friday
afternoon at 3 o’clock. The remains interred in the old cemetery.

76. _____: Little GEORGIE, Died Feb. 19, 1964, AE 15 mos. 10 d’s.

77. NEFF: (W. face) MARTHA A., Died May 27, 1856, AE 6 y. 20 d.
(N. face) VIRGINIA L., Died Aug. 3, 1860, AE 6 m. & 5ds.

78. KELLY: (N. face) THOMAS, Died Apr. 26, 1878, Aged 55 years.
(E. face) MARY, wife of T. KELLY, Died June 24, 1878, Aged 35 y. 7 m. &13d.

(S. face) LILLIE, dau. of T. & M. KELLY, Died Sept. 17, 1874, Aged 3ms &2ds

Fairfield Ledger
May 1, 1878
Page 3 col. 7

THOS. KELLY, for several years a saloon-keeper in this city and known by nearly everybody, died Friday afternoon after a short illness. His wife is also very low and not expected to recover.

Fairfield Ledger
June 26, 1878
Page 3 col. 5

MRS. MARGARET KELLEY, wife of THOS. KELLEY, a saloon keeper of this city, whose death we mentioned a short time ago, died Monday at her home. Several small children are thus left fatherless and motherless.

79. EARLER: MARTIN R., son of M. S. & M. E. EARLER, Born in Lawrence Co., Ohio Apr. 14, 1866, Died July 9, 1890.

80. LYLE: FRANKLIN, son of F. & E. E. LYLE, Died Feb. 23, 1857, Aged 7 ms. & 10 Ds.

81. BOYD: SAMUEL, Died Oct. 28, 1852, AE 63 ys. 7ms.

82. BOYD: ELEANOR, Wife of S. BOYD, Died Feb. 2, 1854, AE 64 ys. 9ms. 28ds.

83. BOYD: REBEKAH, Wife of JOHN R. BOYD, Died July 24, 1877, Aged 60 years.

Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 16, 1875
Page 2 col. 6

DIED, in Fairfield, Iowa, Dec. 15, 1875, of Diptheria, BELLE, daughter of ANDREW J. & MARY M. BOYD, aged 8 years 2 months and 25 days. Residence of the parents opposite the C. B. & Q. R. R. depot.

84. DEAVER: DANIEL, Died Jan. 29, 1855, Aged 43 ys 7 ms. 12 ds.

85. DEAVER: ELIZA E., Born Mar. 25, 1854, Died Dec. 12, 1855.

86. DEAVER: HENRY C., Son of D. & C. DEAVER, Died Sep. 27, 1859,
Aged 18 ys. 10 ms. 27 ds.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
165-168. DANL. DEAVER 39 m Farmer Born Va.
CATHARINE “ 42 f “
MARGARET A. “ 14 f O.
JNO. “ 12 m O.
HENRY “ 9 m O.
WM. F. “ 7 m O.
MARY J. “ 6 f O.
MARTIN V. “ 2 m O.

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 1, 1855

Death of Daniel Deaver.

“Loudoun County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1762-1850.”
Compiled by MRS. WALTER TOWNER JEWELL, 1962.
Security – JOHN FILLER.

Letter from MRS. RUTH WHITMARSH, 1283 Hobart St., Chico, California, April 11, 1963:
“DANIEL DEAVER’S widow was CATHERINE RITCHIE, born 1808 in Virginia, daughter of MICHAEL RITCHIE and his wife MARIA FIRESTONE; MARIA born 1785, died 1865 in Ohio. Catherine Ritchie married DANIEL DEAVER in1834.
“In the late 1890s CATHERINE DEAVER went to California to live with her son-in-law and daughter—JOHN HENRY SHUFFLETON and MARGARET ANN DEAVER, who were married in Fairfield March 27, 1867; MARGARET ANN oldest daughter of DANIEL and CATHERINE (RITCHIE) DEAVER. CATHERINE (RITCHIE) DEAVER died in February, 1902, at 94 yrs. of age. She is buried in the little mountain cemetery at Forest Ranch, 16 mi. from Chico, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with other members of the family. “When Grandfather (JOHN HENRY) SHUFFLETON ordered the stone for her grave he had the following verse chiseled on the stone:
“Dear Mother when life shall have ended,
Its joys and its vanities gone
We would meet thee by angels attended
To welcome eternity’s dawn.”
“The reason Grandpa SHUFFLETON had this verse put on Grandma DEAVER’S stone was because this verse was on his own mother’s stone (in Fairfield Cemetery.)”
“My grandmother, MARGARET ANN DEAVER, was the eldest child of DANIEL and CATHERINE DEAVER. She was born May 20, 1836, in Ohio and later moved with other members of her family to Fairfield…HENRY DEAVER was my grandmother’s younger brother, and ELIZA E. (ELLEN) her youngest sister.”

DEAVER BIBLE RECORDS, from MRS. MARY RUTH WHITMARSH, 1283 Hobart Street, Chico, California, May 2, 1963.

DANIEL DEAVER married October 30, 1834, CATHERINE RICHIE.

MARGARET ANNE DEAVER, born May 20, 1836.
JOHN DEAVER, born August 17, 1838.
HENRY CLINTON DEAVER, born October 30, 1840.
WILIAM FENTON DEAVER, born February 4, 1843.
MARY JANE DEAVER, born June 17, 1845.
MARTEN VAN DEAVER, born November 23, 1847.
ELIZA ELLEN DEAVER, born March 25, 1853.
DANIEL R. DEAVER, born Sept. 13, 1855.

DANIEL DEAVER born June 17, 1811.
CATHERINE DEAVER born December 18, 1808.

JOHN DEAVER married November 11, 1868, MARY CAMPBELL.

DANIEL L. DEAVER died January 28, 1855.
ELIZA E. DEAVER died December 12, 1855.
HENRY C. DEAVER died Sept. 27, 1859.
DANIEL R. DEAVER died Sept. 28, 1859.
WILLIAM F. DEAVER died Dec. 25, 1865.
MARY J. MCCOMB died Feb. 6, 1876.

MARY RITCHIE died March 5, 1865, her age 80 yrs. 10 mo. 4 dys.

CATHERINE DEAVER died Feb. 27, 1902 ) Buried Forest
MARGARET ANN SHUFFLETON died March 31, 1915 )Ranch Cemetery
Butte Co., Calif.

Jefferson County Marriages:
1 Feb. 1872 – WM. MCCOMB, 49, & MISS MARY JANE DEAVER, 26, REV. A. AXLINE, Lutheran Church

Fairfield Ledger
Apr. 27, 1876
Page 1 col. 2


Fairfield Ledger
July 2, 1879
Page 3 col. 5

MART DEAVER has gone into the butchering business at Brighton. So says the Star.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. July 23, 1890
Page 3 col. 2

The MCGIFFIN farm, just northwest of the city, has been the scene of two deaths by drowning in wells. One was the accidental death of THOMAS MCGIFFIN, which occurred Thursday, the other that of DANIEL DEAVER, in 1855, when the place was owned by WILLIAM ALSTON. The well is located between the house and the barn and is yet in use.

*I kept this as one long piece because I do not know who is connected to another surname mentioned in the articles.

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