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Patsy Taylor  [email protected] of Salado, TX is looking for:

     My husbands' grandfather was Jim O. TAYLOR (born May 17, 1875 TX), who had a sister Sue Belle  TAYLOR (born Feb-1876 TX)......the children were orphaned(?) at an early age and show up as foster children of Jim O. and Susan EVANS on the 1880 census of Milam County.  On Jim TAYLOR's death certificate his parents are listed as Frank TAYLOR born TN and Belle LANFORD born TN.
     Sue Belle married a Conrad GRAHAM and named her first son "Green". **After Belle was married, she and her husband moved away for a short time. When she returned, she was already dying and asked the EVANS if they would raise her children.  They felt that they were too old to raise more children.  She returned to Lexington in Lee County and found the OAKS and they agreed to take her children and raise them, as there were no other relatives available to help her.  She died in 1899.
     Supposedly they had some GILMORE cousins in the Gatesville area.  Patsy Taylor Salado, TX


Her obituary in the Moscow, Iowa newspaper, August 17, 1897 reads:  OBITUARY OF DIDEMMA HEDDLESTON

     August 17, 1897 "Emma HADDLESTEN, beloved wife of John HIRSCHMAN, was born Jan. 5th, 1838, at Mattomorse, Washington County, Ohio.
     When only 4 years old she was adopted by Ernst RITTER and came to Iowa in the year 1849.  She grew in the home of these good people to womanhood, and was married on the 24th day of May, 1849 to John HIRSCHMAN.
     This union was blessed with nine children, of which two have gone to the better home above and seven are left with a husband and father to mourn their loss.  Frank is living in Minnesota, George is farming in Woodbury County, Iowa, John has bought a farm in Arkansas, Anna, wife of Ernst RITTER (Jr.), is also in Arkansas, and Ella is married to George HEALY; Clara and Ori, the youngest are staying at home.
     Mother HIRSCHMAN, as we loved to call her, has been sick for three years with that dread disease, consumption, but she bore her affliction with Christian spirit and waiting for her Master's call ever cheerful to those around her.  Her life has been a life of serving, as her greatest delight was to serve others.
     Rev. I. B. SCHRECKENGAST, an old acquaintance, conducted the funeral service, and all that was mortal of her was laid to rest in the Moscow Cemetery.
     She died at 7:20 Wednesday evening, August 11, making her age 61 years, 7 months, and 6 days.  All suffering is over, mother is at rest and will met us at the other shore, so let us not be (unreadable) but wear a joyful heart."

      Susie Dent is looking for Didemma Heddleston-Hirschmann.

     She's turned out to be a "lady of mystery" for me because I haven't been able to learn much about her parents. I'm also going to attach a photo of Didemma.  Didemma was born January 5, 1838, Grandview township, New Mattamoras, Washington County, Ohio. She died August 11, 1897, Moscow, Muscatine County, Iowa. She is interred in the Moscow Cemetery next to her husband John  HIRSCHMAN and his first wife Susan WILLIN.
     Didemma had a brother, Demoranith, who later migrated to Ukiah, California and I don't have anything more on him.
     Other family members have Didemma and Demoranith's parents listed as Unknown Heddleston and Cynthia Ann GOOSEMAN I haven't found anything on them either but I know there are lots of HEDDLESTONs and GOOSEMANs in the Washington County area of Ohio.
     Ernst Ritter (Sr) and his first wife, Eleanor (maiden name unknown) lived in Washington County but I don't have anymore information about them. An old family rumor mentions that Ernst (Sr) never formally adopted Didemma and her brother.
     An interesting fact: Didemma's daughter, Anna married Ernst Ritter Jr., Didemma's foster brother.  Ernst Ritter Jr. and Anna moved to Marked Tree, Arkansas and he became a prosperous land owner and businessman. The telephone company was owned by him. His family today owns Ritter Communications including Internet service for the northeast Arkansas area.

     Margie, I believe you mentioned in a previous email that there was a Cynthia HEDDLESTON and 3 children listed in the Jolly township.
     Also, in the old information I had on the HEDDLESTONs that was included in my crashed computer, I think I remember seeing a Cynthia HEDDLESTON and an HEDDLESTON man on a death index. They were in their late 20's and died within a few weeks of each other. I think it might have been in Jan.-Feb. of 1841-42.
     Do you know of an epidemic that might have killed a lot of people about 1842?  They might have had an influenza epidemic at that time.
     I really don't have much to go on but I'm hopeful that more information will turn up.  Look for any family resemblances on the photo of Didemma I'm attaching.

Thanks for your help. Susie Dent

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