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Forgrave family ~ Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: April 26, 2005 at 11:18:39
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The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #58 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: East Half, “C. Noble.”
West Half, “Jno. Noble.”

The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ˝ - Christ Noble Febry 11 1852 Cash 1.00.
W. ˝ - John Noble Jn. April 5 1852

Tombstones on East Half, Lot #58:

516. REES: MARY, Wife of J. REES, Died Feb. 13, 1865,
Aged 73 yrs. 3 m. & 2 d.

517. NOBLE: (W. face) CHRISTIAN E., Born 1825, Died Sept. 18, 1905.
ZILPHIA K., Wife of C. E. NOBLE,
Died Mar. 9, 1886, Aged 62 Yrs.
(N. face) ARTEMUS O. NOBLE, Died Dec. 12, 1903,
Aged 46 ys. 6 mo. 17 Ds.

518. NOBLE: (N. face) ORLANDO C., Died Sept. 30, 1851,
Aged 10 mos. 5 D’s
(S. face) CORA A. (?) Died Jul. 11, 1861,
Aged 2 years & 23 D’s.
(E. face) CAD L., Died Sept. 1, 1861,
Aged 1 year, 8 mo’s. & 8 dys.
Children of C. E. and Z. K. Noble.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
2-2. CHRIS NOBLE 26 m Carpenter; born Pa.
ZELPHA “ 26 f O.

The Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 5, 1861
Page 3 col. 2

DIED, in Fairfield, Iowa, on Sunday Sept. 1, 1861, of Flux, CAD LINCOLN, youngest son of
C. E. and Z. K. NOBLE, aged 1 year 8 months and 8 days.

The Fairfield Ledger
March 2, 1865
Page 2 col. 5

DIED—In Fairfield, Iowa, on Monday, February 12th, 1865, of Lung Fever, MARY REES, aged 73 years, 3 months and 2 days.

Burial Permit: ZELPHIA R. NOBLE, age 61 y. 6 m., female, white; d. Fairfield City Mar 9 1886 of Cardiac Exhaustion; DR. J. W. HAYDEN; GIBSON & BECK, Undertakers.

The Fairfield Ledger
March 10, 1886
Page 3 col. 3

MRS. ZILPHIA K. NOBLE, wife of C. E. NOBLE, died at the home of her daughter, MRS. JOHN SMEATON, in this city yesterday afternoon, where she had been making her home for some time.

The Fairfield Ledger
March 17, 1886
Page 3 col. 9

DIED—At the residence of her son-on-law, JOHN SMEATON, in Fairfield, Iowa, ZILPHIA K., wife of C. E. NOBLE, in the sixty-second year of her age. The deceased was born in Ohio, but removed at an early age with her family, whose name was REESE, to Fulton County, Illinois. In 1847 she came to Fairfield and was married to MR. NOBLE in 1849. Five of the eight children born to them are living and are grown to maturity….

P. 173, P. & B. Album (Publ. 1890) Sketch of CHRISTIAN E. NOBLE.
P. 274, P. & B. Album “ “ Sketch of JOHN NOBLE (1796-1871)
P.399, P. & B. Album “ “ Sketch of ABRAHAM C. NOBLE.

Jefferson County Republican
Dec. 18, 1903
Page 1 col. 2

A. O. NOBLE died in New London, Iowa, last Saturday morning….Born in this city and was the youngest son of C. E. NOBLE…46 years of age and unmarried.

The Fairfield Tribune
Sept. 20, 1905
Page 6 col. 4

DEATH OF A PIONEER. CHRISTIAN E. NOBLE was born Jan. 20, 1825, in Blair County, Pa., and died at his home in this city Monday, Sept. 18, 1905. MR. NOBLE was a cabinet maker by trade and came to Fairfield in 1846. He was married in 1849 to ZILPHIA K. REES and to this union were born eight children. Three of them survive their parents, the mother having died in 1886. The surviving children are: MRS. LAURA SMEATON of this city; MRS. LILLIE GRACE OSWALD of Albia, AND U. S. G. NOBLE of Davenport, Washington. In 1890 MR. NOBLE was again united in marriage to MISS LENA PAINE, who survives him.

In early life MR. NOBLE was an active politician and in 1856 was elected a member of the Lower House of the Iowa Legislature. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in the district court of Oskaloosa in 1881 and entered upon the practice of his profession in Fairfield…M. E. Church. He helped to organize the Old Settlers’ Association, drew the first draft for a constitution for that body, and was elected a vice-president of the society. He also helped to form the first library association in Fairfield and was its first secretary…Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Christian church…Members of the I. O. O. F., of which he was a member, attended in a body and had charge of the services at the grave.

The Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 3, 1933
Page 4 col. 3

HOMES OF FAIRFIELD. 203 South Main Street, CAMPBELL Funeral Home. Original house built by C. E. NOBLE, rebuilt by D. B. WILSON in 1873, and later by C. D. LEGGETT. The first county jail stood on this lot, but of course that was away back in the early 1840’s.

Tombstones on West Half, Lot #58:
Born Mar. 4, 1831, Died July 8, 1867.

520. NOBLE: “Our Loved Ones” – Children of J. S. & E. NOBLE.
GEORGE O. (no dates)
Infant Dau. (no dates)

521. NOBLE: ELIZA, wife of J. S. NOBLE,
Died July 28, 1867, In the 45 year of her age.

The Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 25, 1864
Page 3 col. 2

MARRIED—On Feb. 7, 1864, at the residence of the bride’s father, by REV. HENRY HARDIN, MR. JOHN N. FORGRAVE, of Co. E. 2d Iowa Infantry, and MISS. DORINDA COVALT of Richland, Iowa.

The Fairfield Ledger
Oct. 10, 1894
Page 3 col. 8

MRS. HARRIET FORGRAVE died in Oskaloosa the 29th ult. in the eighty-third year of her age. Deceased, with her husband and family, was a resident of Fairfield in the ‘50’s. Since that time her home had been at Richland, where the remains were taken for interment.

The Fairfied Ledger
May 13, 1896
Page 3 col. 2

JOHN H. FORGRAVE, a former resident of this city and a drummer boy in Company E, Second Iowa Infantry, the first company raised in this county for the war of the rebellion, died at Des Moines last week. His age was 53 years.

Portrait & Biographical Album (Pub. 1890) Page 274, shows JOHN S. NOBLE was a son of JOHN NOBLE (1796-1871) and his wife ELIZABETH CRANE (1797-1871). JOHN S. NOBLE was 66 years of age in 1890; resides in Arkansas; married for his first wife ELIZA J. BECK, and after her death wedded MARY NORDICK. CHRISTIAN E. NOBLE was a brother of JOHN S. NOBLE.

The Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 16, 1898
Page 3 col. 2

DIED IN ARK. MARY E. NORDYKE, wife of JOHN S. NOBLE, at DeWitt, Ark., the 6th inst…The husband and five children survive the wife and mother.

Jefferson County Republican
Nov. 6, 1903
Page 1 col. 2

DEATH OF JOHN S. NOBLE. Departed this life at his late residence near DeWitt, Arkansas County, Ark., on the 26th of October 1903. He was born in Blair County, Penn. in 1822, on a farm now covered by the city of Altoona, where he resided until the fall of 1846, when he was married to ELIZA BECK, with whom he moved to Fairfield, Iowa, and soon after he bought a farm of JOSEPH KNOTT, on which he lived until his departure from this county. Three children were born to them, all of whom are now living: FRANK NOBLE, residing in Fairfield, Iowa; WILSON, residing at Stuttgart, Ark.; and CHARLES at Lamoille, state of Nevada. His wife ELIZA died July 27, 1867. He was married again to MARY E. NORDYKE, and unto them were born six children, three of whom are living. In March, 1888, having sold his farm in this county, he moved with his family to the state of Arkansas. His second wife died in 1897….Since the death of his wife he has made several visits to this county, among his old friends, and to his old home; his hope and ambition was to spend the remaining years of his life here among the scenes of his earlier days….He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and one of the main, if not the most energetic member who pushed to completion the McDowell chapel near his home in Penn township…

The Fairfield Tribune
Fri. Oct. 1, 1909
Page 2 col. 5

News has been received in the city of the death of FRANK NOBLE, which occurred at his home in Ogden, Utah on Sat., Sept. 25…..He has resided here during the greater part of his life, until he went west only four years ago. Several of his relatives still live here, among them his daughter, MRS. FUQUA. MR. NOBLE will be remembered by many as the proprietor of the “Windsor Inn” which formerly stood upon the present site of the Court Hotel, and as landlord of the Windsor he endeared himself to many patrons of the hotel as well as to other friends. The body will arrive in the city sometime today and arrangements will be made for the funeral.

The Fairfield Journal
Thur. July 27, 1916
Page 3 col. 4


*Do not know if the surname "Forgrave" ties into the "Noble" surname or not. Just wanted to share. Check the Jefferson County, Iowa board to see if there is more on these people.


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