Mother: Anna Bonham
Spouse: Lydia W. Hockett - b: 3/Sep/1841 - Salem Twp.,
Henry Co., IA
d: 19/Mar/1931 - Redfield, Dallas Co., IA - bur: East Linn Cem.
m: 23/Sep/1860 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
Child-1: Eugene - b: 11/Jun/1861 - Salem Twp., Henry Co.,
d: 7/Oct/1862 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA - bur: Old Quaker Cem.
2: Adalate (Addie) - b: 27/Oct/1862 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
d: 20/Dec/1923 - Des Moines, Polk Co., IA - bur: East Linn Cem., Dallas Co.
m: Wayne Parker - 12/Apr/1882
3: Elbert - b: 16/Apr/1864 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
d: 9/Apr/1942 - Pomona Co., CA
m: Rowena Harden Richardson - 5/Jun/1899
4: Joseph - b: 18/Apr/1866 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
d: 30/Jun/1956 - Dexter, Dallas Co., IA - bur: East Linn Cem.
m: Jennie Wyckoff - 28/Sep/1890
5: Edgar (Eddie) - b: 4/Jan/1871 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
d: 12/Mar/1952 - Redfield, Dallas Co., IA
m: Almera B. Tate - 8/Dec/1895
6: Effie - b: 22/Oct/1874 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
d: 15/Mar/1964 - Redfield, Dallas Co., IA - bur: East Linn Cem.
m: Dorance Brown Clark - 24/Dec/1899
7: Henry - b: 5/Jan/1877 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
d: 2/Feb/1959 - bur: East Linn Cem., Dallas Co., IA
m: Jennie Hatten - May/1920 - div - m: Winnie Keefer - 1934
8: Sarah (Sadie) - b: 29/Sep/1878 - Salem Twp., Henry Co., IA
d: 18/Sep/1953 - bur: East Linn Cem., Dallas Co., IA
m: William Marshall - 18/Feb/1900 - m: John A. Reynolds - 3/Mar/1919
9: Lizzie - b: 3/Nov/1882 - Redfield, Dallas Co., IA
d: 5/Jan/1968 - Perry, Dallas Co., IA - bur: East Linn Cem.
m: Charles Clarence Hill - 3/Jul/1903 - Dallas Co., IA
10: Ralph - b: 13/Sep/1885 - Redfield, Dallas Co., IA
d: 23/Jul/1948 - bur: East Linn Cem., Dallas Co., IA
m: Grace May Cave - 26/Feb/1908
Evidently, Stephen Russell was the first child of William and Anna Bonham Russell born after they settled in Illinois Indeed, it is stated in his obituary that he was born in Bureau County, Illinois, on September 2, 1835.1 However, this cannot be correct since Bureau County did not exist in 1835 and was not organized from the northern part of Putnam County until February 28, 1837. Therefore, it seems clear that he was born in Putnam County, although it would seem probable to have been in the portion which later became Bureau County. Indeed, when it was formed in 1825, Putnam County covered a large area of northeastern Illinois including all of what is now metropolitan Chicago. Over the following fourteen years the area of Putnam County was steadily reduced by the formation of new counties, so that by 1839 it was only the small remnant that still exists at the present day. Of course, as a child and adolescent Stephen moved with his family from Illinois to Texas and Missouri before they finally settled in Henry County, Iowa, in the year 1855. Stephen Russell and Lydia Hockett were married on September 23, 1860, probably in Henry County. Members of the Hockett family were early Quaker settlers of Salem Township and Lydia was the only daughter of William and Sarah Hockett. According to her obituary, she identified as a Friend throughout her life; however, it does not appear that Stephen ever embraced Quakerism or became a member of a Friends meeting. The household of Stephen Russell was listed in the population schedules of the 1870 and 1880 US Censuses for Henry County. Likewise, according to the History of Henry County, Iowa published in 1879, Stephen Russell was a farmer living in Section Eleven in Salem Township, i.e., about two miles north northwest of the town of Salem. Even so, other sources state unequivocally that in 1880, Stephen and Lydia Hockett Russell, along with their children, moved to Dallas County, Iowa, and settled six miles north of the village of Redfield. Therefore, they must have moved after June of 1880 when the census was taken, but before the coming of the new year. Within this context, it is likely that they migrated to Dallas County in the fall of 1880 after the growing season, but before winter. This is further supported by the population schedule of the 1885 Iowa State Census for Dallas County, which indicates that the family was resident in Linn Township. The motivation for this relocation is not known; however, as a farmer, Stephen likely wished to obtain better land in the prodigiously fertile region of central Iowa. Subsequent federal census records of 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 and state census records of 1905 clearly indicate that Stephen and Lydia Hockett Russell remained in Dallas County for the rest of their lives. Apparently, they moved off of the farm into the town of Redfield about 1912. Stephen Russell died in Redfield on October 26, 1920. Lydia Hockett Russell survived until March 19, 1931, and in her last years lived in the household of her son-in-law and daughter, John A. and Sarah Reynolds.Source Notes and Citations:
1. “Stephen Russell, son of William and Anne Russell, was born in Bureau County, Illinois, Sept 2, 1835, and died at his home in Redfield, Iowa, Oct 26, 1920, at the age of 85 years, 1 month, and 24 days. He was married to Lydia Hockett Sept 2, 1860. To this union was born ten children. The eldest, Eugene, dying in infancy.
While a small boy Mr. Russell moved with his parents to Texas, where they lived four years, moving from there to Gentry County, Mo. In his early manhood he came to Iowa living nearly 25 years near Salem in Henry county, Iowa. In 1880 with his family he came to Dallas county where he lived on a farm north of Redfield 32 years. Eight years ago on account of declining years he gave up farming and moved to Redfield.
For the past five years he has been confined to the house on account of poor health, but much of this time he has been able to sit by the window where his neighbors, even little children, watched to see a smile and a wave of his hand in friendly greeting.
He was always interested in the welfare of others as well as his own family. During these years of suffering he was tenderly cared for by his wife and children. Besides his wife, who has walked by his side for more than 60 years, he leaves to mourn his death 9 children, Mrs Adda Parker, Elbert of Pomona, Calf., Joseph, Edgar, Mrs. Effie Clark, Henry of Colgan, N. D., Mrs. Sarah Reynolds, Mrs. Lizzie Hill, and Ralph. He leaves 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, also an aged brother in Kansas and other relatives and friends who will miss Grandpa Russell.” (obituary: newspaper unk., Dallas Co., IA; cited by Ramos and Kratz)
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2. “Lydia Hockett, only daughter of William and Sarah Hockett, was born September 3, 1841 in Henry County, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood and was married September 2, 1860 to Stephen Russell.
They moved to Dallas County to a farm six miles north of Redfield in 1880, where they lived until declining years made it necessary to leave the farm and they moved to Redfield. She and her companion lived together happily for a little more than sixty years.
Through sunshine and shadows they were truly companions, until October 26, 1920, when Mr. Russell was carried home. Since then she has made her home with her daughter Sarah and her husband, where she was near her children who were all with her during the last days.
She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom are living. One son Eugene died in infancy. One daughter, Mrs. Adalate Parker, died December 20, 1923.
The other children are: Elbert of Pomona, Calif, Joseph, Edgar, Mrs. Effie Clark, Henry, Mrs. Sarah Reynolds, Mrs. Lizzie Hill and Ralph of Redfield.
She leaves (?)9 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren, and many other relatives who will sadly miss her.
She was a birthright member of the ‘Friends’ and always lived in that faith. She was quite feeble for a number of years so she did not often leave home but was always so cheerful and happy, and loved so much to sing the old hymns. It was always a pleasure to her children and neighbors to come to her home.
She was a quiet woman, not saying much about her religion, but quietly each day living so close to her Savior, that one could even feel her faith.
For the last four weeks she had been confined to her bed, and all was done that doctors and loving hands could do but she slipped quietly into a better world March 19, 1931, at the age of 89 years, 6 months, and 16 days.....” (obituary: newspaper unk., Dallas Co., IA; cited by Ramos and Kratz)
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3. 1870 US Census Population Schedule for Henry County, Iowa, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 312B, (microfilm roll - M593_395; img. 627).
4. 1880 US Census Population Schedule for Henry County, Iowa, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 407A, (microfilm roll - T9_344; img. 376).
5. 1900 US Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, Iowa, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 121A, (microfilm: roll T623_427; img. 397).
6. 1910 US Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, Iowa, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 123B, (microfilm: roll T624_399; img. 733).
7. 1920 US Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, Iowa, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 210B, (microfilm: roll T625_486; img. 425).
8. 1930 US Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, Iowa, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 123B, (microfilm: roll T626_651; img. 248).
9. 1885 Iowa State Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, State Historical Society of Iowa Library & Iowa State Archives, Capitol Complex, Des Moines, IA: pg. 418, (microfilm: roll 1885_171; img. 385).
10. 1905 Iowa State Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, State Historical Society of Iowa Library & Iowa State Archives, Capitol Complex, Des Moines, IA: pg. unk., (microfilm: roll 1905_83; img. 194).
11. Anonymous, History of Henry County, Iowa, Western Historical Co., Chicago, IL, 1879: pg. unk. (“Salem - 1879”, Henry County IAGenWeb Archives, www.rootsweb.com/~iahenry/salemtwp1879.htm, 2007.)
12. Shirley Campbell Ramos and Patricia Campbell Kratz, Descendants of Phillip and Rebecca Russell, Gregath Publishing Company, P. O. B. 505, Wyandotte, OK, 74370, 1997: pgs. 185-96.
13. Russell-Perkins Family Record, unpublished MSS.
14. World War I Draft Registration Cards, National Personnel Records Center, National Archives-Southeast Region, Morrow, GA, (microfilm: roll IA-1642995; img. 2860 & roll ND-1819409; img. 851).
15. Ancestral File: 134F-X2N, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT, continuously updated.
16. Dee Nixon; database - djnixon; worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com, 2002.
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