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Prosser Whaley
(s/o Isaac Whaley and Elizabeth)
and Jane Emma Conklin

Prosser Whaley, s/o Isaac and Elizabeth Whaley, was b.October 8, 1812, New York, d.May 27, 1866, Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa, m.1834 Rome, Ondeia Co., New York to Jane Emma Conklin (she b.June 24, 1818, Niagara Co., New York, d.June 10, 1883, Waukon, buried Oakland Cemetery). Their children were:

1-Archie Lorend Whaley, s/o Prosser Whaley and Jane Emma Conklin, was b.September 16, 1835, Onedia Co., New York, d.d.May 6, 1895, Valley Springs, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, m.October 24, 1860, LaCrosse, LaCrosse Co., Wisconsin  to Margaret Drucilla Baker, m.second after September 1866 to Elizabeth Jane Whaley (she b.b.1845 Ontario, Canada, d.Valley Springs, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, d/o Damon Whaley and Jane M. McMullen). Archie and Elizabeth were first cousins. One child born to Archie and Margaret was:

1-Jane Elizabeth Whaley, b.1860 Iowa, d.after 1880 Waukon, m.John Carr (he b.1850 New York, s/o John Carr and Rosetta Whaley, Rosetta d/o David W. Whaley and Sarah Kilbourne). Their children were Edra Roy (1876 Iowa) and Oliver L. (1876 Minnesota).

2-Charlotte Louisa Whaley, b.April 19, 1837, Syracuse, New York, d.April 22, 1913, Zumbro Falls, Wabasha Co., Minnesota, m.first Lewis W. Smith and m.second Samuel Stevens on October 3, 1852, at Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa (he b.1828 Allamakee Co., Iowa). One child born to Charlotte and Samuel Stevens was:

1-Prosser Samuel Stevens, b.December 28, 1853, Makee Twp., d.November 30, 1915, m.Arabella Woods (she b.February 26, 1861, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, d.July 29, 1928). Their children were:

1-Albert Stevens, b.December 1873, Makee Twp., m.Olive M. (she b.November 1876, Iowa). One child was Florence M. (February 1858, Makee Twp.)

1900 Federal Census, Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa, Roll415 Book 2, Page 125a, Household #207:
Stevens, Alfred, Age 26, Day laborer, Born Iowa
Stevens, Olive M., Age 23, Born Iowa
Stevens, Florence M., Age 2, Born Iowa

2-Cora Ellen Stevens, b.July 20, 1874, Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa, d.March 4, 1961, Waukon, m.Julius Henry Snitker (he b.July 21, 1880, Iowa, d.May 28, 1948, Waukon.

3-Perry W. Stevens, b.1880 Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa.

4-Ida M. Stevens, b.August 1885, Makee Twp.

5-George E. Stevens, b.December 1888, Makee Twp.

6-Francis L. Stevens, b.September 1890, Makee Twp.

7-Herbert Stevens, b.August 1892, Makee Twp.

8-Leonard Stevens, b.1896 Makee Twp.

1880 Federal Census, Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa, Family History Library Film 1254325, NA Film Number T9-0325, Page Number 398D:
Prosser STEVENS Self M Male W 26 IA Common Laborer PAPA
Arabella STEVENS Wife M Female W 29 PA Keeping House PA VA
Albert STEVENS Son S Male W 7 IA At School IA PA
Cora E. STEVENS Dau S Female W 5 IA At School IA PA
Perry W. STEVENS Son S Male W 4M IA IA PA

3-Jeanette Whaley, b.1839 Ontario, Canada, d.August 8, 1906, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, m.September 4, 1856, to Sanborn J. Cram (he b.1823 New York). Their children, all born Iowa, were Clarence (1857), Allen P. (1859), Ida M. (1865), Armina Mary (1870). Ida M. Cram m.unknown Heim, and Armina Mary Cram m.unknown Cox. There were three known Cox children, all born Illinois: Stanley (1900), Geraldine (1901), Dorothy (1903).

1860 Federal Census, Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa, Roll 310 Book 1, Page 210, Household #1015:
Cran, Sanborn, Age 27, Carpenter, Born NY
Cran, Jenette, Age 21, Housekeeper, Born Canada
Cran, Clarens, Age 3, Born Iowa
Cran, Allen, Age 1, Born Iowa

1880 Federal Census, Wilson, Osceola, Iowa, Family History Library Film1254358, NA Film Number T9-0358, Page Number 325B:
Sanborn CRAM Self M Male W 57 NY Carpenter NH NH
Jennette CRAM Wife M Female W 40 CAN Keeping House NY NY
Clarence CRAM Son S Male W 23 IA Farmer NY CAN
Allen P. CRAM Son S Male W 21 IA Farmer NY CAN
Ida M. CRAM Dau S Female W 15 IA At School NY CAN
Armina CRAM Dau S Female W 10 IA At School NY CAN

1900 Federal Census, Holman Twp., Osceola Co., Iowa, Page246, Household #8:
Cram, Sanbin J., Age 69, Carpenter, Born NY
Cram, Jenette, Age 62, Born NY
Cram, Clarence, Age 41, Carpenter, Born Iowa

1910 Federal Census, 6-WD Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, Roll246 Book 1, Page 92a, Household #178:
Cram, Sanborn, Age 77, Born NY
Heim, Ida M., Age 48, Department store, Born Iowa (daughter)
Cox, Mary, Age 40, Department store, Born Iowa (daughter)
Cox, Stanley, Age 10, Born Illinois (grandson)
Cox, Geraldine, Age 9, Born Illinois (grand daughter)
Cox, Dorothy, Age 7, Born Illinois (grand daughter)

4-Adeline Julia Whaley, b.April 9, 1843, New York, d.June 7, 1920, Allamakee Co., Iowa, m.June 11, 1862, Lucius L. Hastings (he b.May 7, 1847, Canton, St. Lawrence Co., New York, d.July 2, 1901, Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa). One child was Charles (July 1863, Iowa).

1900 Federal Census, Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa, Roll 415 Book 2, Page 115, Household #142:
Hastings, Lousie, Age 63 (MAY 1847), Farmer, Born New York
Hastings, Edeline, Age 50 (APR 1850), Born New York
Hastings, Charles, Age 36 (JUL 1863), Day laborer, Born Iowa

5-Mary Jane Whaley, b.1845 Wisconsin, m.September 27, 1861, Allamakee Co., Iowa to William H. Hill (he b.1840 New York, d.before November 1873 Iowa). Children born to this marriage were Adelbert W. (1864 Iowa), Charles H. (1868 Iowa). Mary Jane Whaley m.November 20, 1873, Iowa to Phillip E. Miller (he b.about 1840). Mary Jane Whaley m.June 10, 1878, to Enoch C. Jenkins (he b.1844 Indiana). Children born to Enoch and Mary in Iowa were Fred (1879) and Archie (1880).

1870 Federal Census, 1-WD Iowa City, Johnson Co., Iowa, Roll 400 Book 1, Page 347b, Household #133:
Hill, Henry, Age 30, Carpenter, Born NY
Hill, Mary, Age 25, Keeping house, Born Iowa
Hill, Willie, Attending school, Born Iowa
Hill, Charlie, Age 2, At home, Born Iowa
These people fit with Mary and Willie in the 1880 census, although Mary's birth place is given as Iowa, not Wisconsin.

1880 Federal Census, Holman, Osceola Co., Iowa; Family History Library Film 1254358, NA Film Number T9-0358, Page Number 317B:
E.C. JENKINS Self M Male W 36 IN Farmer OH VT
Mary J. JENKINS Wife M Female W 35 WI Keeping House NY NY
Fred JENKINS Son S Male W 1 IA At Home IN WI
Archie JENKINS Son S Male W 3M IA At Home IN WI
Adelbert W. HILL SSon S Male W 16 IA Helps On Farm MA WI

6-Margaret Whaley, b.1860 New York.

Information Pertaining to Prosser Whaley and Jane Emma Conklin:

1850 Federal Census, Allamakee Co., Iowa, Roll 182 Book 1, Page 6a, Household #96:
Whaley, Posser, 39, M, farmer, born NY
Whaley, Jane, 32, F, born NY
Whaley, Archy, 14, M, born NY
Whaley, Louisa, 13, F, born NY
Whaley, Jannet, 12, F, born U. C. (Upper Canada)
Whaley, Adaline, 8, F, born NY
Whaley, Mary, 6, F, born NY

1854 Census Year, Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa, Filed Aug. 1, 1854:
Prosser Whaley, Males 2, Females 4, Voters 1, Militia 2, Total 6

1856 State Census, Allamakee Co., Iowa, Microfilm Number at the Family History Center, #1021290/J-59925 (051-018):
Prosser, Whaley, 43, born N.Y., Farmer
Jane, Whaley, 37, born N.Y.
Archer, Whaley, 20, born N.Y., Farmer
Janette, Whaley, 17, born Canada
Adaline, Whaley, 13, born N.Y.
Mary J., Whaley, born Wis.

1860 Federal Census, Makee Twp., Allamakee Co., Iowa, Roll310 Book 1, Page 210, Household #1019:
Whaley, Prosser, Age 46, Farmer, (looks like born PA)
Whaley, Jane E., Age 31, Housekeeper, Born NY
Whaley, Archa L., Age 24, Farmer, Born NY
Whaley, Adaline, Age 17, Housekeeper, Born NY
Whaley, Mary J., Age 15, Housekeeper, Born Wisconsin
Brown, Henry, Age 18, Farm laborer, Born PA

Excerpts from Chapter 18, Past & Present of Allamakee County, 1913, The Pioneers , Judge Dean's Narrative, D.B. Raymond's Recollections, North of the Oneota:

“The next white settlers were Geo. C. Shattuck and Prosse Whaley, who came in August, 1849. Mr. Whaley made his claim on section 32, cut and made hay enough to keep his stock over the winter, and returned to Wisconsin for his family, bringing them here in October of the same year. He made a house for them by putting a pole from one tree to another, then setting shorter poles around it with one end on the ground, the other resting against the main pole and covering the whole up with hay. In this house they lived about six weeks, cooking at a fire outside, the cooking utensils being a long-handled frying pan, iron dinner-pot, and a tin bake-oven. The coffee mill was nailed to one of the trees.

“During this six weeks Mr. Whaley built a house 16 X 18, and after moving into it the hay house was set apart for a stable. This log house was a general stopping place for newcomers until the settlement grew so that other accommodations were provided, and it has sheltered as many as thirty-two persons of a night; on such occasions it was necessary for the men to make toilet each in the morning before the women were awake, and the women to make their toilet after the men had gone out to see what the weather was likely to be for the coming day. Every old settler understands from personal recollection that a cabin is like an omnibus or street car in this, that there is always room inside for one more. This house was the second one in Makee township, on the farm now the property of August Meyer, just east of Waukon.

“In the spring of 1850 Mr. Whaley cultivated the three acres of land that Mr. Keenan broke up on the poor farm before abandoning it, by putting it into corn, and raised a good crop, notwithstanding the fact that it was not fenced, and this was the pioneer corn crop of the settlement. This crop was very acceptable to the family, and Mrs. Whaley commenced to cook it soon as it was roasting ears, and after it was glazed she prepared it for cooking by grating it. If our women now-a-days had to go through this, they would agree with the Hoosier emigrant woman, that a new country was powerful hard on women and horses, and powerfully easy on men and dogs.

“During the winter of ’49 and ’50 Mr. Whaley killed seventeen wolves, and venison enough to keep the family in meat, and being blest with new country appetites they put away full rations of it.

“Mr. Whaley, or Uncle Prosser as he was generally called, died in May 1866, but lived long enough to see a flourishing settlement spring up around him with its churches, schoolhouses, and other conveniences of civilized society. Mrs. Whaley is till living in Waukon and from her personal recollections we gather many of these particulars. [Mrs. Whaley died June 10, 1883.-Ed.]

“The next white settler was Mr. Geo. C. Shattuck, who came in the same time Mr. Whaley did and made a claim on sections 30 and 31, where Waukon now stands, and like Mr. Whaley he cut and made hay enough to feed his stock and went back after his family, bringing them in November of the same year. He built a hay house for his family and occupied it until himself and boys could build a log house, when they moved into it. This was built near a fine spring on what is now the field of Michael Deveny, in town, and lies between the residences of Mr. Duffy and Samuel Peck. This house stood until within a few years, and was the nucleus around which the town gathered, and like Uncle Prosser’s was often filled to its utmost capacity. Mr. Shattuck was born September 9, 1787, and died near Platteville, Wisconsin, April 6, 1876.
“At this time Prairie du Chien was the trading point for the settlement, but there was however a small grocery in what is now Monona, kept by one Olmstead, but it was very small, and one was not certain of getting supplies there.

“When these two families came in, the nearest settlers were Wm. C. Thompson on the east, Tim Fuller about ten miles west, Pat Keenan on the south, Mr. Post [Postville] on the southwest, and Mr. Haney [Lansing] on the northeast. There was at Columbus, on the Mississippi, an Indian trader by the name of Stevens, but he soon followed the departing Indians.

“The early settlers were generally men of limited means, and as soon as they secured some land, and made a place for themselves and families to live in, they broke up some of it and the first crop was generally buckwheat, sod corn, ruta-bagas, turnips, potatoes, and if the breaking patch was large enough some spring wheat and oats were sown; but buckwheat was the staple, and buckwheat pancakes baked on a griddle was a standard dish. In many families there was not fat enough to grease the griddle and the women soon learned that by rubbing it with a rag between every griddle full they could give if a polish that would prevent the sticking and burning of the cakes. In 1850 there was a small pair of burrs near Decorah for grinding, but no bolt attached, and our settlers from this locality with their ox-teams hauled their little grists up there; but soon after one Ellis put in a small pair of burrs, without a bolt, on Paint creek, just around the bend below where Waterville now stands, and this settlement then went there to mill, where they waited with patience the slow process of flouring the grist. The remains of this first mill in the county still stand just around the bend of the stream below the town. [1880.]

“In the spring of 1850 the following families came into the settlement, and perhaps other that we have failed to note. Seth Patterson, Darwin Patterson, Archa Whaley, William Niblock, James Gillett, Horace Gillet, Christopher McNutt, James Conway, David Whaley, David Whaley, Jr., Richard Charles, and Robert S. Stevenson, of whom the following settled in what is now Makee township.

“Archa Whaley on section 33, on the farm now owned by Mr. Bronsmeier; Mr. Whaley now lives on Village creek, and is the proprietor of Whaley’s mills.

“Mr. Niblock on section 32, on which he built a log house near a spring and near the south line of the farm, which is still standing but used of late years as a slaughterhouse. In the spring of 1851 he sold this claim to Thomas A. Minard, who sold to James Maxwell, who lived and died there and it is known as the Maxwell farm to-day. [Now the Petit farm.]

“David Whaley made a claim on section 20, but soon after sold to C.J. White, and he to Mr. James Hall, who owns it to-day. Mr. Whaley after selling this entered the land that is now the farm of Balser Fultz, just north of town and after selling this removed to Minnesota where he died about 1867. David Whaley, Jr. made a claim near his father’s which he sold to Almarin Randall and he to James Nichols, and it is owned by Mrs. Nichols to this day. [Now by C. R. Williams.] Randall lives in Minnesota at this time, and Mr. Whaley lives in Waukon at this date. James Conway made a claim on section 28, where he still lives. [Now owned by L. L. Meier.]