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Charles R. Stivers submitted this extensive History of the Iowa Stivers Family, starting with Johan Stuyvers, born 1678 in Rotterdam, Holland. It includes additional photos.

Leffee M.
Andrews Johns

In memory of our grandmother and
all children who endure separation, adoption and hope of a better life.


James Stivers, Elizabeth Clark
& Their Children
(ca. 1916)

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Emma Luella (Stivers) Story, John M. Stivers, Elizabeth (Clark) Stivers, Elizabeth Angie (Stivers) James. Second Row (Left to Right): Nellie Viola (Stivers) Osborn, Elveria Jane (Stivers) Monroe, Olive Sophronia (Stivers) Glenn, Mary Alice (Stivers) Hayden. Third Row (Left to Right): James Clark Stivers, Daniel Walter Stivers, Charles Douglas Stivers.

James Stivers was born October 20, 1825 in Genesee, NY, and died July 25, 1884. He married Mary Eveline Clark in 1847, she died in 1849. His second marriage was to her sister, Elizabeth Clark, March 5, 1853. Her parents were was John S. Clark and Kathrine Ewing, natives of Virginia.

James had one child with Mary Eveline Clark. His name was Enos Henry Stivers, born June 13, 1846, died 1911. He married Maria Hammond. The picture was taken after Enos had already passed away. Both Enos and Maria are buried in the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

Children of James Stivers and Elizabeth Clark:

Emma Luella Stivers, born July 29, 1861, in Olin, IA, and died February 22, 1939. She married Horace Story. Both Emma and Horace are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

John M. Stivers, born March 13, 1854, in Meigs County, OH. Died September 1, 1921. He married Mary Ann Purcell. Both John and Mary are buried in the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

Elizabeth Angie Stivers, born March 9, 1875, in Olin, IA. She married George "Daniel" James in January 29, 1895. Both Elizabeth and Daniel are buried at the Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa, IA.

Nellie Viola Stivers, born June 13, 1867, in Olin, IA, and died February 28, 1947. She married William Osborn on September 1, 1886. Lived in Kansas.

Elvira Jane Stivers, born June 15, 1855 in Meigs County, OH. Died November 10, 1929. She married Samuel Monroe in 1879. Both Elvira and Samuel are buried in the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

Olive Sophronia Stivers, born February 10, 1860, in Olin, IA. Died September 6, 1933. She married James Glenn in March 12, 1879. Both Olive and James are buried at the Olin Cemetery, IA.

Mary Alice Stivers, born March 18, 1857, in Olin, IA, and died June 17, 1938. She married Griffin Hayden on November 29, 1879. They lived in Kansas.

James Clark Stivers, born April 10, 1872, in Olin, IA, and died January 17, 1957. He married Emma Dade McConkie on October 24, 1895. Both James and Emma are buried in the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

Daniel Walter Stivers, born March 20, 1865, in Olin, IA. He married Susan B. Cullings in 1891. Both Daniel and Susan are buried in the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

Charles Douglas Stivers, born April 24, 1858, in Jackson township and died September 29, 1946. He married Ida Carter on December 27, 1881. Both Charles and Ida are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

Deceased children of James and Elizabeth not in photo are: George M. Stivers, born June 20, 1863, in Olin, IA. Died 1864, and Minnie M, Stivers, born August 31, 1870, in Olin, IA. Died 1879.

Leffee M. Andrews Johns

Leffee M. Andrews was born 1878 in Cedar Rapids. Her father was John Andrews and her mother was Mattie Bishop. Leffee Andrews married Albert K. Johns. He was born December 25, 1859, in Kentucky, and died 1913 in Cedar Rapids, IA of an apparent heart attack. He is buried at the Linnwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Albert and Leffee had two children: Helen Dorothy Johns, born April 11, 1910, in Omaha, NE, and Albert Lester Johns, born August 8, 1912, in Sioux City, IA. Upon the death of her husband Leffee could not support herself and her children as a laundry lady. As the result, she put her children in the Sunshine Mission in Cedar Rapids, IA for care and adoption. Hoping to be joined again with her children some day. She died in 1930.

Helen Dorothy Johns was adopted by Dr. Frank W. and Alice Port of Olin, IA, in March 24, 1917. Helen graduated from Olin High School and married Dr. Samuel Coy Benadom. They moved to California to begin his medical practice. Helen died April 19, 1987, and her husband died July 21, 1969. Both Helen and Samuel are buried at the Inglewood Cemetery, Inglewood, CA. Surviving is a daughter Portia Kay (Benadom) Beebe, and grandchildren.

Leffee married Charles Losey and moved to Dutton, Montanna. She continued to write Dr. Frank Port during their school years. She often expressed the desire for Helen to join her after graduation from high school.

Albert Lester Johns was adopted by Ray and Lilia Stivers of Olin, IA, on April 4, 1916. During the adoption his name was changed to Emmet Leroy Stivers. Emmet graduated from Anamosa High School in 1931 and married Leola M. Miller June 29, 1933. They lived in Cedar Rapids, and later in Morley, IA. Emmet died May 2, 1992 in Phoenix, AZ and is buried with his current wife Hildred (Carter) Stivers at the Phoenix Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ. Surviving is his ex-wife Leola (Miller) Stivers Wiese, three children; Charles R. Stivers, Ronald L. Stivers and Richard A. Stivers, and grandchildren.

Both Helen (Johns/Port) Benadom and Emmet (Johns) Stivers were eventually told about their adoption. Both adopting parents kept them apart during their school years. Emmet was sent to Anamosa for his schooling to make it difficult for them to meet.

Our father told us later in his retirement years that he found ways to meet with his sister. When he moved to Phoenix he traveled to California several times to visit his sister and her family. Helen would make periodic visits to Iowa to visit his children. Both made a trip to Dutton, Montana to visit their mother's grave and to install a marker.

The children of Emmet and Helen hold their adoption papers, the letters their mother wrote to the adopting parents, and pictures of their grandmother.

The Iowa Stivers Family Record

STIVERS ANCESTORS

Johan Stuyvers, (or Staivers, Stuyverszler, Stuyverse: John Stivers), born 1678 in Rotterdam, Holland, died March 22, 1740, Mendham, Morris County, NJ, buried Dutch Church, Parsippeny, NJ. His father's name was, Johann Stuyvers. His mother's maiden name was, Metja (Martha) Ariens. His first marriage was to Annetje Ariens about 1698. His second marriage was to Jeanette (Jean or Janet) Campbell of Perth Amboy, NJ, near the city of New Brunswick, April 16, 1720. She was born about 1687, baptized September 16, 1723, died, October 12, 1745 in Parsippeny, NJ. Her father was Colin Campbell. Her mother's maiden name was Jeannet Scott. Together they had eight children.

Johan Stuyvers (John Stivers) and his wife Annetje Ariens came to Philadelphia from Rotterdam, Holland, in 1714, where they joined with members of the Lutheran Church. Annetje died in 1720.

The children born to the first marriage with Annetje Ariens were: Jacob Stivers, born about 1699; Peter Stivers, born about 1700, Johan (John) Stivers, born about 1701, baptized May 17, 1716, and a daughter, Anatze (or Anjenat), born about 1702, baptized June 11, 1718.

The children born to the second marriage with Jean Campbell were: Daniel Stivers; Alexander Stivers; Jenntje (Janet) Stivers), baptized September 16, 1723; and Randle Stivers (Randel, Randal or Randall), baptized January 20, 1725, died 1820. The family moved to near Mendham, NJ, in Morris county, and joined with members of the Dutch Church at Parsippeny, NJ. There may be other children belonging to Johan (John) Stivers.

Randle (Randel, Randal, Randall, Randolf) Stivers, son of Johan Stuyvers and Jane Campbell, was baptized January 20, 1725. Family tradition holds that he served during the French and Indian Wars. He was a weaver of fine cloth and fancy goods. He was also a farmer, owning property near Metuchin, New Jersey. Randall's patriotic service for nine months during the Revolutionary War was making blue uniforms for the Continental Army until the British destroyed his looms. During the revolution his house was taken by the British and his looms, orchards and stock destroyed by them. He probably moved from that section of the state to Morris or Sussex Counties, during the early part of 1778, as the state records relating to the war services of his sons, John, Randall and Daniel, all indicate that they served in the Sussex County Militia at dates after June 30, 1778.

Randle married Jeanette Skinner, daughter of John Skinner and Eupheme Johnstone, in 1754. She was born in 1725 at Perth Amboy, NJ and died in 1820. Randle and Janet had thirteen children in all, some died young: Hannah Stivers, Oscee Stivers, John Stivers, Daniel Stivers, Mary Stivers, Robert Stivers, Randall Stivers(2nd), Sarah "Sally" Stivers, Elizabeth Stivers, and Benjamin Stivers. He died 1820, in Middlesex, NJ.

Daniel Stivers, born 1763, Menden, NJ, died April 18, 1842, Pomeroy, Meigs County, OH, Occupation: Blacksmith, married Margaret Hobart(Ruppert), August 17, 1786 in Somerset County, NJ, she was born in 1767, died some time between 1848 and March 31, 1850. Daniel enlisted in the Revolutionary War in July 1779 at the age of 16 in the township of Oxford, Sussex County, NJ. Both Daniel and Margaret are buried at the Flatwoods Cemetery, Chester Township, Meigs County, OH. Children born to this union were: Randall Stivers, John Stivers, Peter Stivers, Jacob A. Stivers, Robert Stivers (3rd), Sally Stivers, Benjamin Stivers, Daniel Stivers, Margaret Stivers, James Stivers, Catherine Stivers, and Mary "Polly" Stivers.

Benjamin Stivers, was born December 9, 1796, in Attica, NY and died November 29, 1855, in Tipton, Iowa. He married Sophronia Strong. She was born March 17, 1798, in New York and died March 4, 1864, in Pomeroy, OH, her father was Timothy Strong and her mother was Wealthy Badger. Both Benjamin and Sophronia are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union were: Timothy Stivers, Polly Stivers, George H. Stivers, James Stivers, Benjamin Franklin Stivers, William H. Stivers, Daniel Stivers, Norman Strong Stivers, and Adelia J. Stivers.

Children of Benjamin Stivers & Saphronia Strong:

    Timothy Stivers, was born March 22, 1819 in Livingston or Auburn in Genesee County, NY and died August 6, 1887. He married Elizabeth Frances Baugh in May 20, 1844 in Linn County, IA.

    Polly (Mary) Stivers, born in 1821, died 1905, buried (where?), married Isaac M. Gilmore February 28, 1841. They lived in Oneida, KS. Their son, David Gilmore, was born in 1852. His daughter, Esther Gilmore, was born in Oneida, KS, married LaRoy J. Anderson.

    George H. Stivers, born April 10, 1823, in Owasco, NY, died March 10, 1900, married Nancy Ewing Hamilton in 1844. It was reported that he traveled to El Dorado County, CA in 1850 and returned Meigs County, OH four years later.

    James Stivers, born October 20, 1825 in Genesee County, NY, died July 25, 1884, married Mary Eveline Clark, July 20, 1845, and Elizabeth Clark March 5, 1853. It was reported that he traveled to El Dorado County, CA in 1849 and returned 2 1/2 year later to Meigs County, OH.

    Benjamin Franklin Stivers, born February 18, 1828 in Attica, NY, died July 11, 1898 in Meade, KS, married Elizabeth H. Brine February 27, 1850. Served in the Civil War as a Captain.

    William H. Stivers, born May 18, 1830 in Attica, NY, died September 28, 1896.

    Daniel Stivers, born 1832 in New York State, died 1876, married Alvira Church, April 6, 1854.

    Norman "John" Strong Stivers, born July 1, 1836 in Pomeroy, OH, died April 20,1912 in Newtown, El Dorado County, CA, married Mary Magdelene "Lena" Trexell.

    Adelia Jane Stivers, married William P. Pratt, February 25, 1853. Lived in Kansas.

JONES COUNTY STIVERS

Timothy Stivers (BIO), born March 22, 1819 in Genesee County, NY, died August 6, 1887, married Elizabeth Francis Baugh May 20, 1844. She was born April 26, 1826 and died October 21, 1906. Her father was Jacob Baugh and her mother was Nancy Justice. Her sister Emily married Timothy's brother, William H. Stivers. Both Timothy and Elizabeth are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. He came to Iowa in 1840 and settled in Jones County in 1844. He taught the first school in Jones County. Children born to this union were: George Henry Stivers, Frank Wade Stivers, Nancy Adelia Stivers, Adaline "Addie" Price Stivers, and Elizabeth "Libbie" Strong Stivers.

Jacob Baugh, was born in 1776, died September 9, 1845. Nancy Justice, was born in 1798, died July 5, 1864. Both Jacob and Nancy are buried at he Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union in addition to Elizabeth and Emily were: Aquilla Baugh, who married Eunice Emeline Grafft, James Baugh, Jacob Baugh, Jr., who married Haldah E. Barker, and Emaline Baugh, who married Daniel Chaplin.

1850 US Census :
Timothy Stivers, age 30, Blacksmith, real estate value $600, born N.Y.
Elizabeth Stivers, age 24, born Ohio
George H. [Space]"[Space], age 6, born Iowa
Nancy A. [Space]"[Space], age 4, born Iowa
Adaline [Space]"[Space], age 1, born Wis.

1856 Iowa Census :
T. Stivers, age 36, BlackS, 16 years in Iowa, born N.Y.
Elizabeth Stivers, age 31, 14 years in Iowa, born Ohio
G. H. Stivers, age 11, born Iowa
A. A. Stivers, age 9, born Iowa
A. P. Stivers, age 6, born Iowa
E. S. Stivers, age 2, born Iowa (Elizabeth Strong Stivers)
S. Stivers, age 56, widow, 0 years in Iowa, born N.Y. (Saphronia Strong Stivers)

Children of Timothy Stivers and Elizabeth Baugh:

    George Henry Stivers, born March 28, 1845 in Olin, Rome Township, Jones County, IA, died June 25, 1911 in Washta, Cherokee County, IA, married Matilda E. Harrison, April 12, 1868 in Anamosa, IA, she was born about 1845 or 1850, her father was Benjamin Harrison (OBIT), her mother was Jane Jeffries. George and Matilda lived in Washta, Cherokee County, IA. Children born to this union were: Howard Stivers, born about 1869, Gertrude Stivers, born about 1871, Archer Herbert Stivers, Ross Stivers born about 1876, and Birtha Stivers, born about 1879.

      Archer Herbert Stivers, born October 2, 1873 in Washta, Cherokee County, IA, died January 23, 1937 in Alta, IA, married Gera Ethel Whitney, her father was Charles Whitney, her mother was Sarah Warner. Children born to this union were: Blanche Loraine Stivers, born April 24, 1903 in Washta, IA, married Walter Ray Cole November 24, 1921.

    Frank Wade Stivers, born January 18, 1861, died March 29, 1930, married Bessie L. Rollins, she was born January 10, 1869, died February 6, 1893. Children born to this union were: Harry Rollins Stivers, born May 11, 1889, died 1938, married Alice Barber; Helen Elizabeth Stivers, born August 31, 1890, died December 10, 1963, married Burdett Dennon; and Frank Wade Jr., born December 21, 1891, died June 27, 1938, married Jessie Irene Clark.

    After the death of Bessie, Frank married Augusta Klintworth November 18, 1900, she was born January 8, 1873, died September 29, 1922. They lived in Hanover, KS. Children born to this union were: Catherine Marjorie Stivers, born April 6, 1902, died May 10, 1984, Bernice Ethel Stivers, born October 19, 1904, died April 15, 1988, Timothy Birk Stivers, born July 12, 1906, died February 14, 2003, buried at the Willamette National Cemetery, Multnomah County, Oregon , James Lewis Stivers, born May 7, 1908, died November 19, 1988, Edward Clark Stivers, born January 10, 1911, died August 14, 1912, and Theodore Paul Stivers.

      Theodore Paul Stivers married Bonnie Jean Potter. Four living children were born to this union.

    Nancy Adelia Stivers, born April 20, 1847, died February 15, 1865. She is buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

    Adaline "Addie" P. Stivers, born 1849, married a George Colby November 4, 1877, lived in Grand Island, NE.

    Elizabeth "Libbie" Sophronia (or Strong) Stivers, born September 13, 1853 in Jones County, IA, died 1934, married Benjamin W. Lucas November 11, 1880. Both Elizabeth and Benjamin are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union were: Van R. Lucas, and Curtis Lucas.

William H. Stivers (BIO), born May 18, 1830 in Attica, NY, died September 28, 1896 in Tama County, IA, married Emily Baugh in August 22 1852, her sister Elizabeth Baugh married his brother Timothy. William owned and operated a blacksmith shop in Lisbon, IA. He studied law and after passing his bar exam he set up an attorney's office in Marion, Iowa. He moved his office and his family to Toledo, Tama County, IA. He served between 1861 to 1862 during the Civil War attaining the rank of Captain in the 14th Inf. Company K. Both William and Emily are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Tama County, IA Children born to this union were: Emma Sophronia Stivers, born January 14, 1853 in Tipton, IA, married Michael J Boyle of Toledo, IA, Seward J. Stivers born about 1856, George Sumner Stivers, born about 1858, and Lillian "Lilly" Viola Stivers.

George H. Stivers (BIO), born April 10, 1823 in Owasco, NY, died March 10, 1910, married Nancy Ewing Hamilton in May 12, 1844, she was born May 12, 1824, died August 12, 1908. Both George and Nancy are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union were: Charles Gilbert Stivers, Alexander Hamilton Stivers, William Wallace Stivers, Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Walter Curtis Stivers, and Sarah Adelia Stivers.

George moved to Ohio in 1836. He served in the U.S. Army as a Captain and acting Quartermaster in Virginia. He moved to Iowa with his family in October 1864, bought 80 acres near Olin, Iowa, and later sold out, moving to town. He went to work as a road supervisor and trustee. His wife Nancy is a cousin of Alexander Hamilton who was shot by Arron Burr.

Children of George H. Stivers & Nancy Hamilton:

    Charles Gilbert Stivers, born April 16, 1845, married Mary Jane McCarthy, February 21, 1869. Children born to this union were: Sarah Margaret Stivers, born September 9, 1875, married Alec Earl Fowler, June 1, 1898 in Melrose Park, IL. He was born February 13, 1875, died October 10, 1921, in Chicago, IL.

    Alexander Hamilton Stivers, died in infancy.

    William Wallace Stivers, born July 27, 1850, married Marie Louise Vanderslusis September 16, 1899, she was born June 15, 1866. Children born to this union were: Mermine Oville Stivers, born May 13, 1902, married to George W. Larrimore August 26, 1921 (no children) and Frances Nancy Stivers, born March 8, 1904, married William Joseph Zika, July 14, 1925. Children born to this union were: William Joseph Zika, born May 1, 1927, Frances Louise Zika, born August 6, 1921, John B. Zika, born July 26, 1926, and George J. Zika.

    Mary Elizabeth Stivers, born January 2, 1854, married Melvin James McDonough June 30, 1872 from Madison Township, Jones County, Iowa. He was born October 1850 in Scott, Ogle County, IL. His father was Henry Albert McDonough, born February 24, 1824 in Ireland, died October 31, 1903. His mother was Melvina Van Valkenburg or Vossberg, born October 6, 1828, died January 9, 1896 in Wyoming, IA.

    Walter Curtis Stivers, died in infancy.

    Sarah Adelia Stivers, born February 24, 1862, married Leon McDonough October 1, 1882. He was born November 10, 1859 in Scott, Ogle County, IL. His father was Richard McDonough, his mother was Mary Ann Burwell.

      George Richard McDonough, born October 1883 in Rome Township, Jones County, IA.

      Harry Gilbert McDonough, born December 27, 1885 in Davis Junction, Ogle County, IL, died February 21, 1965 in Los Angels, CA, married Opal Merle Fry about 1905.

      Ethel McDonough, born December 19, 1888 in Davis Junction, Ogle County, IL.

      Marion McDonough, born November 8, 1892.

      Nellie McDonough, born May 5, 1895.

      Leon James McDonough, born May 6, 1898 in Jones County, IA.

James Stivers (OBIT), born October 20, 1825 in Genesee County, NY, died July 25, 1884 near Olin, Iowa. His first marriage was to Mary Eveline Clark in 1847. She died in 1849. His second marriage was to Mary's sister, Elizabeth Clark, March 5, 1853. She was born October 31, 1829 in Virginia, died June 7, 1911, Olin, Iowa. Her father was John S. Clark. Her mother's maiden name was Katherine Ewing. Together they had thirteen children.

Child from the first marriage was:

    Enos Henry Stivers, 46, died 1911. He married Maria Hammond (OBIT), December 25, 1869. She was born 1851, died 1921. Both Enos and Maria are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. They had the following children: Edward Wight Stivers, born 1871, died November 16, 1879, Thadie Stivers, born December 1872, died February 15, 1873, Lonie Alice Stivers, born September 3, 1878, died September 12, 1878, and Stella May Stivers, born September 4, 1895, died December 19, 1897. Maria Hammond's father was George Hammond. Her mother was Sarah S. Sherman. Enos Stivers enlisted 1864 in the Civil War, 5/5 Company F, 7th Calvary, at Dubuque, IA, mustered out August 11, 1865 in Nashville, TN.

Children from the second marriage were (PHOTO):

    John M. Stivers, born March 13, 1854 in Meigs County, OH, died September 1, 1921, married Mary Ann Purcell, she was born 1854, died 1930. She was the oldest child of George Martin Purcell and Mary Luella Brickley. John and Mary farmed near Olin, IA they are buried at the Olin Cemetery. Olin, IA. No children were born to this union.

    Elvira "Vi" Jane Stivers (OBIT), born June 15, 1855 in Meigs County, OH, died November 10, 1929 Olin, Iowa. 1st marriage, Charles Hathaway, January 17, 1874. 2nd marriage, Samuel Monroe in 1879. He was born in 1845, died August 10, 1929. Both Elivira and Samuel are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union were: James G. Monroe, and Clarence Oscar Monroe, born July 21, 1885 in Olin, IA, died October 13, 1918 from the influenza epidemic in Olin, IA. He married Ada Alma Peck March 15, 1906 in Olin, IA. Both Clarence and Ada are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, Jones County, IA. Children born to this union were: Howard (Edward) H. Monroe, Ellyn Elizabeth Monroe, and Seward Otis Monroe.

    Mary Alice Stivers, born March 18, 1857, in Jones County, IA, died June 17, 1938. Married Griffin Hayden, November 29, 1879. He was born May 1, 1854, died January 8, 1933. His father was Anson Hayden, his mother Marietta Mead. Both Mary Alice and Griffin are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

      Ida Hayden, born 1881. She married Elbert Stingley in Olin, Iowa. His father was J. H. Stingley, his mother F. Hammond. Elbert and Ida moved to Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA. Child born to this union was: Lois Stingley, born 1913.

      Fred Hayden.

      James Hayden, born 1891, died 1918 from the influenza epidemic. He married Cora B. (?).

      Zula S. Hayden, born 1895, married Samuel R. Alexander from Olin, IA. His father was William Alexander, his mother Amy Leech. Children born to this union were: Gaylon Alexander, born 1922.

    Charles Douglas Stivers (OBIT), born April 24, 1858 in Newport Community, Jackson Township, Jones County, IA, died September 29, 1946, at the Mercy Hospital in Anamosa, Iowa. His occupation was farming. He married Ida Elma Carter (OBIT), December 27, 1881. she was born October 14, 1861, died April 14, 1950, her father was James Carter (OBIT), her mother Rhoda Jane Benadom (OBIT), born 1839, died 1934. Charles and Ida had one child, Ray C. Stivers.

      Ray Stivers (OBIT), born February 11, 1883, occupation, farming, died February 11, 1965 at his home in Newport community, Jackson township, Jones county, Iowa. Buried at the Olin Cemetery, February 15, 1965. He married Lila McMurrin (OBIT) December 18, 1907. She was born October 14, 1885, died December 26, 1972. Her father was James McMurrin,. Her mother's maiden name was Mary Catherine Johnson. Ray and Lilia adopted two children, Emmet Leroy Stivers (formerly, Albert Lester Johns) and Evelyn Irene Stivers.


        Emmet Leroy (Johns) Stivers (OBIT), born August 8, 1912 in Sioux City, Iowa, died May 2, 1992 in Phoenix, Arizona, he married Leola M. Miller, June 29, 1933. She died November 14, 2003. Her father was Clifford I. Miller; her mother Jennie Lorena Hughes. Three living sons were born to this union.

        Divorced, Emmet married Hildred Bernice Carter (OBIT), October 27, 1976 in Las Vegas, NV., she was born September 17, 1908 in Wyoming, Iowa, died January 10, 1987 in Phoenix, AZ. Her father was Henry A. Carter, and her mother was Tressie Luella Nichols. Both Emmet and Hildred were cremated and buried at Phoenix Memorial Cemetery (Deer Valley), Phoenix, AZ. No children were born to this union.

        Emmet and Hildred were cousins. Sarah Elizabeth Mandigo married William Nichols and their daughter was Tessie Nichols. Tessie married Henry A. Carter and their daughter was Hildred Bernice Carter. Divorced, Sarah Mandigo married Charles E. Johns who was Emmet's uncle.

        Evelyn Irene Stivers (OBIT), married James Whitmore, divorced, she married Vivian "Victor" Carlough and lived in North Miami, Florida until her death July 22, 1996. Her husband preceded her in death. Neither marriage had children. Both Evelyn and Vic are buried in Florida.

    Olive Sophronia Stivers, born February 10, 1860 in Jones county, IA, died September 6, 1933 in Olin, IA, married James W. Glenn March 12, 1879. He was born in September 1856. Children from this union were: Edgar H. Glenn, born January 1880, died 1953.

    Emma Luella Stivers, born July 29, 1861 Olin, Iowa, died February 22, 1939, married Horace Story, April 7, 1880. He was born 1852, died November 1912. Children born to this union were: Frank Story, Grace Story, and (?) Story.

    George M. Stivers, born June 20, 1863 in Jones County, IA, died 1864 (14 months) in Olin, IA.

    Daniel Walter Stivers, born March 20, 1865 in Olin, Iowa, died January 5, 1950, married Susan B. Cullings in 1891. She was born in 1865 in Wisconsin, died 1925. Her father was George Cullings and her mother Juliette Appleton. Both Daniel and Susan are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union were: Etta Elizabeth Stivers, Leon D. Stivers and Mabel Louise Stivers. After the death of Susan, Daniel married Ethel (Eye) Fairley. She was born 1883, died 1967.

      Etta Elizabeth Stivers, born June (?), 1892, died 1992, married Harry Wilbur Taylor. He was born 1891, died 1970. Both Harry and Etta are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union were: Keith Wayne Taylor, living daughter, Clyde Richard Taylor and Clifford J. Taylor.

        Keith Wayne Taylor, born 1917. Keith is buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. He married Margaret (?) Means. Two living children.

        Clyde Richard Taylor married Charlene Ione Lyon. Six living children were born to this union.

        Clifford J. Taylor married Doris Ann Scott. Five living children were born to this union.

      Leon D. Stivers, born April 1898 Olin, IA, died January 20, 1969 Veteran Hospital Iowa City, IA, married Nellie Blanche Dillavou November 29, 1923 in Olin, IA by her father, she, died March 25, 1992, her parents were Rev. C. C. Dillavou and Murtia Stroll. Both Leon and Nellie are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. After Leon died Nelli married Herbert H. Laufer from Olin, IA, June 27, 1954, he was born March 17, 1900 in Iowa, died July 10, 1988 Sun City West, AZ. Children born to this union were two living children.

      Mabel Louise Stivers, born February 11, 1901, died 1969. Married Melvin John Ramsey. He was born 1895, died 1988. Both Mabel and Melvin are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA. Children born to this union were: Living Son, and James Stivers Ramsey.

        James Stivers Ramsey, born February 10, 1924, died February 16, 1995. James never married.

    Minnie M. Stivers, born August 31, 1870 in Jones County, IA, died 1879 (8 years old), Olin, IA.

    Nelli Viola Stivers, born June 13, 1867 Olin, Iowa, died February 28, 1947. She married William Osborn, September 1, 1886 and moved to Sedgwick, KS with Fred and Hazel Hayden. Nelli and William had one son, George Enos Osborn. George Enos Osborn married Blanch (Carnahan) Adaonson(?), born June 30, 1897. Children born to this union were: Robert George Osborn, Howard Raymond Osborn, William Oscar Osborn, and Georgia Jean Osborn. William Osborn was adopted by his father, George E. Osborn, and mother, Mary E. Slyla?. George and Mary lived near Wyoming, IA. William came to Iowa on a trainload of orphan children.

    James Clark Stivers, born April 10, 1872 in Jones County, IA, died January 17, 1957 in Olin, IA. He married Emma Dade McConkie, October 24, 1895. Her parents were Thomas McConkie and Elizabeth Overly. Thomas was born in 1828 and Elizabeth was born 1830 in Pennsylvania. Children born to this union were: Margarie E. Stivers, born December 1897, died 1976, never married (she was a teacher in the Anamosa school system), and James Eugene Stivers, born February 22, 1902, died 1982, married Helen M. (?), Both Eugene (as he was known) and Helen are buried at the Olin Cemetery, Olin, IA.

    Elizabeth Angie Stivers, born March 9, 1875, married George "Daniel" (L.) James, January 29, 1895. His parents were Walter James and Mary Sherman. Walter and Mary were married February 24, 1864. Children born to this union were: Harvey James, James James, Esther James and Edith James.

BIRTH FAMILY OF EMMET LEROY STIVERS
(ALBERT LESTER JOHNS)

Emmet Leroy Stivers was adopted by Ray and Lilia Stivers, April 4, 1916. His name prior to his adoption was Albert "Buster" Lester Johns. His father was Albert Kirkland Johns, born December 25, 1859 in Kentucky, died March 18, 1913 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His mother was Leffee M. (Andrew) Johns (PHOTO), born 1878 in Cedar Rapids, IA, died 1930. Her father was John Andrew, her mother Mattie Bishop.

Albert Kirkland Johns father was Alfred K. Johns, born 1830 in Ripley County, Ohio, died 1895. Alfred married Sarah W. Thompson, July 8, 1855, in Boone, Kentucky. She was born 1833 in Rising Sun, County, IN (OH?), died 1905. Her father was Albert Thompson, her mother Sallie. They were from Indiana.

Leffee M. (Andrew) Johns married Charles Losey after the death of Albert Kirkland Johns in 1913, and moved to Dutton, Montana where she died in 1930. She is buried in Chouteau, Montana.

Albert Kirkland and Leffee M. (Andrew) Johns had a daughter, Helen Dorothy Johns, born April 11, 1910 in Omaha, Nebraska, died April 19, 1987 in Los Angels, CA. Helen was adopted by Dr. Frank W. and Mary Alice (Dalbey) Freeman Port of Olin, Iowa. She was born August 5, 1862, died April 12, 1935. Helen D. (Johns) Port married Dr. Samuel Coy Benadom, he was born April 10, 1910, died July 21, 1969. He was from the Newport area and neighbors to Ray and Lilia (McMurrin) Stivers. Samuel and Helen moved to Los Angeles, California, where they lived until their deaths. Both were buried at the Inglewood Cemetery, in Inglewood, CA. Helen Dorothy (Johns/Port) Benadom had one child.

Written by: Charles Raycliffe Stivers
132 Circle Dr., Springville, IA 52336
Tel: (319) 854-7432 E-Mail: Charles R. Stivers

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