Sunday, March 11, 2018

Abigail Heyworth

Abigail White Mary Heyworth
Born:  January 1879
Died:  1969
Married:  21 May 1903 to George Crocker Backus

Hiram Heyworth Backus
Louise Howard Backus
George Arnold Backus

Abigail is the daughter of Hiram & Mary "Pet" (White) Heyworth. 
Mary was the daughter of J. B. and Eunice "Abbie" (Arnold) White.
Eunice "Abbie" is a sister to Amos Arnold.

Five Generations

Five generations of Arnolds are buried at Lyman Township Cemetery in Roberts, Illinois.  The first burial being the six-month-old child of Johnson and Beckie (Zwig) Arnold in 1887.  The original Arnold plot was purchased by Amos Arnold the 19th of July in 1887 from the Lyman Township Cemetery Association, two days after the death of his grandchild.  Lot No. 253. 
And Amos Silas Arnold who died the 17th of July, 1887, was buried here.  He was the first child of Johnson and Beckie Arnold.

I think the above photo was taken at the time of the setting of the large Arnold Stone.  I am not sure of the date, but I imagine the stone was placed between 1887 and 1913, the year Amos Arnold died. The photo below I took about ten years ago. This Arnold plot is located near the center of the cemetery. I need to go back and take it again with more of an angle so the views match.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Seward Arnold

--Kendrick Family Album.

Ted Kendrick

Ted's mother is Marguerite (Linn) Kendrick. Marguerite (Linn) Kendrick is the daughter of Frank and Seba (Arnold) Linn. Seba (Arnold) Linn is a daughter of Amos and Lora (Johnson) Arnold. 
The Kendrick family still live and farm near Roberts.

--The News-Gazette. 4 March 2018. Page B-4.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Above photos:  Amos S. Arnold and his wife Lora Ann (Johnson) Arnold.

I am not sure who wrote the following article about the Arnold family's arrival to Illinois, but it is very informative.  It documents a lot of rumors I had heard over the years.  I believe it was written in 1984 for entry in the "History of Ford County" book published by the Ford County Historical Society due to the fact that a large portion is published in that book.  I found this copy in the Kendrick family albums.  I have added some visuals.   

Amos Stukely Arnold left his home in Morrisonville, a small town near Plattsburg, New York in 1866.

--Rand McNally.  1897

Traveling through the Lakes by boat and with a horse and cart aboard, he landed in Chicago at Michigan Avenue (near the present Navy Pier) and started driving southwest. 
Having heard about the Sibley Estate and their huge corn cribs, he wanted to see for himself the good farm land.  He worked for a year with a threshing gang while he looked the country over.  The next year he bought 160 acres of land (Section 9 in Ford County) for $12.00 an acre.

--Lyman Plat Map.  1884. 

(This would be what we in the area remember as the Stamm place.  It was about 3 miles north of Roberts past Bud Otto's farm.  Amos built his home here on this section in 1867.  This photo below was from the Kendrick family album.  Under the photo it states "North Arnold Farmhouse.  Built 1867.")

The next year (October 26, 1867), his wife, Lora Ann Johnson Arnold, and the three oldest children (Harriet, Johnson, and Elma), came to this sparsely settled region -

--Plattsburgh Republican.  5 October 1867.  Page 2.

 - the land being in its mostly primitive condition.  It was a great contrast for the family, who left a pleasant home in the East to live in this unsettled region and bear all the hardships and privations of frontier life.  Roberts was not laid out yet.

Not sure if this is the home they left in the East, but I believe Amos was raised in the home pictured above.  I also think this home is located on Mason Street very near Irish Settlement Road in Morrisonville, New York.  More research to needed.  This photo from the Kendrick family album.

With the growth and development of the county since that time, Mr. Arnold has ever borne his part in its upbuilding.  He was one of the extensive land owners of this community. 
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold had seven children:  Harriet, Johnson, Elma, Mary, Seba, Silas, and Seward who all walked two and a quarter miles to the Smith Grade School north of Roberts.  

Harriet married Eli McNeil, a farmer of Ford County. The had four children:  Pearle, Lora, Ellen, and Robert. 
The McNeil family photo below. Left to right: Eli, Lora, Bob, Ellen, Pearle, Harriet or "Hattie."  Eli and Harriet are buried at Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Illinois.

Pearle married Chester Dillon.  She died of flu while carrying their first child. Photo below.  Pearle is buried at Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Illinois.

Lora married A.V. Smith - lived in Ohio - had one child, Joan. Lora and Arthur Smith photo below.  Arthur and Lora are buried at Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Illinois.

Ellen married Merton West and had twins Ellene and Merlene. (I believe  the twins are adopted.) She ran a musical kindergarten in Crete for many years.  Photo below Ellen (McNeil) West.
Bob married Geraldine Cutler, a teacher.  He was Ford County Superintendent of Highways for 30 years.  They had Susan and Margaret.  Bob and Geraldine photo below.  Bob and Geraldine are buried at Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Illinois. 

. . . to be continued.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hiram E. Heyworth Family

Mary L. "Pet" White, daughter of J. B. White and Eunice "Abigail" (Arnold) White, married Hiram E. Heyworth 25 April 1877.
Eunice "Abigail"(Arnold)White is a sister of Amos S. Arnold.

--Genealogical & Family History of Northern New York.  Vol I.  1910.

New York

--Rand McNally.  1897.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Maida Backus

Maida Libbey Backus, 104
Centerville — Maida Libbey Backus, 104, died May 8, 2008.
Mrs. Backus was born in Revere and grew up in Roxbury. She began her art studies in 1922 and graduated from the Massachusetts Normal School of Art, now known as the Massachusetts College of Art, in Boston.
She married former Barnstable County Commissioner H. Heyworth Backus in 1926 and moved to Centerville. He predeceased her in 1976.
She was a well-known Cape artist and a member of many art associations. From the 1950s until the late 1990s her work was on exhibit in shows and galleries on the Cape and in Boston and Vermont. She was a painter, printmaker, metalsmith, sculptor and weaver of tapestries.
She was particularly active at the Cape Cod Conservatory, where she was invited to have several one-woman retrospectives, including “In the Nineties” to celebrate her 90th birthday. A final memorial exhibit will be on display this summer.
She was part of the Boston University New England Centenarian Study.
She is survived by her son, Heyworth G. “Buddy” Backus and his wife Margaret and her daughter Virginia B. Upham of Centerville; four granddaughters, Caryl Steward and Donna Backus of Centerville, Debra Hennessy of East Falmouth and Linda Hogan of Montpelier, Vt; six great-grandchildren, Catherine McMahon of West Barnstable, Wesley Harris of Baltimore, Md., Justin Hogan of Makawao, Hawaii, Nicholas Steward and Samantha Steward of Centerville, Brian Schlegel of Marstons Mills and Marc Schlegel of Depew, N.Y.; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours and service were held at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home in Marstons Mills.
Donations can be made to the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Arts, 2235 Iyanough Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668, or to the Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.
--Barnstable Patriot.  May 2008.
Maida is the wife of Hiram Heyworth Backus.  Hiram is the son of Abigail (Heyworth) and George Backus.  Abigail (Heyworth) Backus is the daughter of Mary "Pet" (White) Heyworth.  And "Pet" is the daughter of Eunice "Abigail" (Arnold) White.  Abigail Arnold is a sister of Amos S. Arnold.
Stukely & Lovicy Arnold
   Eunice "Abigail" & J. B. White
      Mary "Pet" & Hiram Heyworth
         Abigail & George Crocker Backus
            Hiram & Maida Backus

An artist and a baker. 
--Delta Democrat-Times.  Greenville, Mississippi.  7 January 1960.  Page 7.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

1996 at the New Schuyler Falls Cemetery

Our 1996 trip to New York. 
We visited the cemetery where Stukley and Lovicy Arnold are buried.  Also their daughters:  Mary, Samantha, and Harriet are buried in the same area of the same cemetery. 
In the above photo (L to R):  Jackie Arnold Allen, Olive Lewis, Janice Arnold Dowell, Lisa Arnold Fancher, June Runyon Arnold (kneeling), Olive's daughter (Joyce ?), Frances Arnold Stephens. 

Irish Settlement Road