I do have some limited information about the family of your Josephus Pew. I have him listed with his family in the 1870 U.S. Census for Iowa, Iowa Co., Dayton Twp.; and the 1880 U.S. Census, and the 1885 Iowa State Census, both for Iowa, Pocahontas Co., Swan Lake Twp. His mother was Caroline Laport (may have been spelled "Layport"). Based on her appearance in a sequence of Censuses, I've placed her year of birth about 1845. Her parents were James and Jane Laport. Caroline is listed in their household in the 1860 U.S. Census in Iowa, Iowa Co., Dayton Twp. By 1870, she was married and listed in the household of Daniel Pew. She is listed in the 1880 U.S. Census, but by the time of the 1885 Iowa State Census she is not in the home. She probably died between 1880 and 1885, but I do not have any independent evidence of her death. Daniel remarried in 1889 to Louisa Kinnaman in Iowa, Pocahontas Co., Laurens. I do not have a source for that marriage and I may have picked it up from GenForum. Most of my leads for this information came first from Bill Pugh (see posting #175 in this Forum) and in more recent years from Audrey Sundstrom (see postings #256, #260, as well as some of her other postings). I would be glad to give you more specific information if I have it and if it will help you track your family.