Seidenstricker/Silknitter Family

Solomon Silknitter = Catherine Carter

We are grateful to Doneva Shepard of Portland, Oregon, for this research report about Solomon Silknitter and Catherine Carter and their descendants.

Doneva has been unable to identify the ancestors of Solomon Silknitter.  She would be grateful for any information or suggestions from our readers.  Her e-mail address is:

Ancestors of Benjamin F. Silknitter

Generation No. 1

1. Benjamin F. Silknitter, born March 15, 1845 in Indiana (Source: son's birth cert); died July 4, 1925 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA. He was the son of 2. Solomon Silknitter and 3. Catharine Carter. He married (1) Sarah Elizabeth Bell September 14, 1876 in Appanoose co,. Iowa. She was the daughter of David S. Bell and Nancy Jane ??.

Notes for Benjamin F. Silknitter:

Appanoose County Iowa Genealogical Society
1601 South 16th st
Centerville, IA 52544-3040

Benjamin Franklin Silknitter has made a creditable record as an official and businessman. He is now engaged in handling live stock and is the owner of valuable farming property near Centerville. At different times he has put aside business cares to perform the duties of office and in other connections has proved faithful and loyal to the trust reposed in him. He was born in Indiana, March 15, 1845, and is a son of Solomon and Catherine (Carter) Silknitter, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Maryland. In the year 1850 Solomon Silknitter came to Appanoose County which was still a frontier district in which the work of development and improvement had scarcely been begun. Much of the land was still in possession of the Government and he entered one hundred and sixty acres to which he afterward added from time to time until his holdings embraced six hundred acres. After obtaining his original claim he at once began to clear and cultivate it and devoted his remaining days to his agricultural pursuits. He died in March 1865, while his wife passed away in 1897.

Benjamin Franklin Silknitter was a lad of but five years when brought by his parents to Iowa, and was reared upon the home farm in Appanoose County, while the public schools afforded him his educational opportunities. After his textbooks were put aside he devoted his entire time to the farm until elected to the office of sheriff in 1876. He filled that position for three terms, his reelection being incontrovertible proof of the confidence reposed in his ability and faithfulness. On his retirement from office he turned his attention to the coal trade and operated a mine at Brazil and another at Mystic for a number of years, or until 1894, when he was again elected sheriff, serving for one term. He has since been engaged in the livestock business, handling a large number of cattle each year. His property holdings embrace a farm of four hundred and ten acres west of the town on which his son resides, while Mr. Silknitter makes his home in the city where he also owns considerable property. Whatever he has undertaken he has carried forward to successful completion, for his energy and industry enable him to overcome all difficulties and obstacles and gradually advance him to the goal of prosperity.

In September 1877, Mr. Silknitter was married to Miss Sallie Bell, a daughter of David and Nancy Bell. Her father was a carpenter by trade and followed that pursuit in Centerville for many years, and later retired, continuing, however, to make his home in this city to the time of his death. Mr. And Mrs. Silknitter became the parents of five children: Jennie, the wife of H.S. Phillips, of Texas; George F., who is employed by the Union Meat Company at Portland, Oregon; Robert M., employed by Crane & Company at Portland, Oregon; Roscoe C. Residing on his father's farm; and Richard, also making his home in Portland, Oregon. The wife and mother passed away in February 1909, after a short illness, and her death was deeply regretted by many friends who entertained for her warm regard.

In the life record of Mr. Silknitter is a creditable military chapter. On the 5th of May, 1864, when he was but nineteen years of age, he offered his services to the country for one hundred days, enlisting as a member of Company B, Forty-seventh Iowa Infantry. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian Church and he has ever been loyal to his professions. He gives his political allegiance to the Democratic Party and in addition to serving as sheriff he has been chief of police of Centerville and a member of the town council. The Masonic fraternity finds in him an exemplary member and a well-spent life has gained for him the warm regard of all with whom he has been associated. For more than six decades he has lived in this county and has been an interested witness of its growth and development. He has cooperated in many movements relating to the general welfare and his influence has ever been on the side of right, justice and progress.

(Source; History of Appanoose County, circa 1913, page 335-337)

Ben Silknitter owned and managed 4 Coal Mines at Centerville Iowa and vicinity

Those coal mines are mentioned in an antique book called "Leaves of Iowa" ************************************



The Forty-seventh Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry was organized under the proclamation of Governor W. M. Stone, bearing date April 25, 1864. The ten companies of which it was composed assembled at the designated rendezvous, (Camp Kinsman, near Davenport, Iowa,) and there, on June 4, 1864, were mustered into the service of the United States, by Lieutenant A. A. Harbach, of the Regular

Army. The muster rolls contain the names of eight hundred eighty-four men-rank and file. Immediately after its muster into the service the regiment received orders to proceed to Helena, Ark., and was conveyed to that place, where it was assigned to garrison duty. It was attached to the Seventh Army Corps, Department of Arkansas. It remained on duty at Helena and in the Military District of Eastern

Arkansas during its entire term of service. The climate was unhealthful and the regiment suffered greatly from sickness. In this respect it had the same experience that had been encounterd by many other Iowa regiments in that same field of operations. The death list of Iowa soldiers at Helena and at other places among the lowlands of Arkansas grew to frightful proportions. It was fortunate for the Forty-seventh Iowa that its term of service was short, and that it was not kept longer in that malarious region. Short as was the time, however, nearly seven per cent of the regiment were fatally stricken, while an equal or larger number returned to heir homes with health greatly impaired, some of whom subsequently died of the ailments with which they were afflicted, and many more were never fully restored to health.

Disease was the most insidious foe with which the soldiers had to contend. On September 1, 1864, the regiment received orders to return to Davenport, Iowa, at which place it was mustered out of the service of the United States, September 28, 1864. The record of the regiment is altogether a creditable one.

It faithfully performed the service to which it was assigned, and relieved other and more experienced troops, who were, thereby, enabled to proceed to the threatre of actual warfare, and assist General Sherman in dealing the last crushing blows to the rebellion. Its history comports favorably with that of the

other one hundred day organizations from Iowa. It accomplished all that was expected of it, and takes its rightful place in this record of the achievements of Iowa soldiers.


Total Enrollment.....................................................945



Died of wounds.........................................................---

Died of disease.......................................................57

Discharged for wounds, disease or other causes....2

Buried in National Cemeteries................................43




Contributed by:
Lynn (Sellers) Mack

Iowa in the Civil War

The Forty-Seventh Iowa Infantry

Abstracted from History of Louisa County 1878

THE FORTY-SEVENTH INFANTRY (100 DAYS) was mustered into United States service at Davenport, June 4, 1864, with James P. Sanford, of Oskaloosa, as Colonel; John Williams, of Iowa City, as Lieutenant Colonel; and G.J. Wright, of Des Moines, as Major. Company A was from Marion and Clayton Counties; Company B, from Appanoose County; Company C, from Wapello and Benton Counties; Company D, from Buchanan and Linn Counties; Company E, from Madison County; Company F, from Polk County; Company G, from Johnson County; Company H, from Keokuk County; Company I, from Mahaska County; Company K, from Wapello.


More About Benjamin F. Silknitter:

Comment 1: 1876, Elected to office of Sheriff of Centerville, IA

Comment 2: Owned and operated 4 coal mines w/his name on them

Comment 3: May 5, 1864, Member Co B, 47th IA Infantry

Comment 4: Oakland cemetery, Vermillion, 116

Ethnicity/Relig.: German/Presbyterian/Democrat/Masonic

Occupation: Farmer/Sheriff/Coalmine owner/operator

Residence: Centerville tsp., Appanoose co., Iowa


Children of Benjamin Silknitter and Sarah Bell are:

i. Jennie B. Silknitter (Source: 1900 Census, Centerville, Appanoosa co., IA.), born April 1877 in Centerville, Appanoose co., Iowa (Source: 1900 census, Appanoosa, Iowa, Center twsp.); married (1) Oscar Fleak August 16, 1893 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; married (2) W.G. Hicks 1900 in Iowa (Source: 1900 census, Appanoosa, Iowa, Center twsp.); married (3) H.S. Phillips Bef. 1913.

More About Jennie B. Silknitter:

Burial: bur., Jerome, Lincoln, #3

Comment 2: July 4, 1925, Living in Tyler, TX, m. to Phillips

More About W.G. Hicks:

Occupation: Comm. Traveller

ii. George F. Silknitter (Source: Who was who in America.), born December 12, 1879 in Centerville, IA; died January 28, 1954 in Sioux City, IA; married (1) Elizabeth Ellen Smith September 11, 1907 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR; married (2) Margaret Ellen Reilly July 3, 1926.

Notes for George F. Silknitter:

"Business executive, b. Centerville, Ia., Dec 12, 1879; s/o Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth Silknitter; student pub. schs., Centerville, Ia., m. Elizabeth Ellen Smith (dec.) children-Frances Elizabeth, Marian Marsden (Mrs Charles Cunningham); m.2nd Margaret Ellen Reilly, July 3, 1926; children-Sarah Ellen, George Franklin. Baggageman, C.B.& Q. ry. co., Centerville, IA, 1896-98; Time- keeper and clerk Swift & co., Chgo., 1898-1902, auditor Portland, OR and Chicago, 1906-19; clerical work, Ore. Ry. & Navigation co., Portland 1902-1906; sec. Sioux City (IA.) Stock Yards Co., 1919-25, pres., 1925 ----; pres. Sioux City Terminal Ry Co., Iowa Rendering Co; dir. Live stock Nat. Bank. Mem. C of C Presbyn., Mason, Elk. Clubs; country, Empire, Gun (Sioux City). Home; 2932 Jackson St., Office: 340 Exchange Bldg., Sioux City, IA. Died Jan 28, 1954. (Source: "Who was who in America")



More About George F. Silknitter:

Comment 1: in "Who was who in America"

Comment 2: July 4, 1925, Executor of his father's estate

Occupation: Baggagemaster, business executive

Residence: Iowa and Portland, OR

More About Elizabeth Ellen Smith:

Burial: death certificate #1083, Multnomah Co., OR

iii. Robert M. Silknitter, born May 1881 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; married Maude E..

Notes for Robert M. Silknitter:

In the 1904 Portland City Directory, brothers George F. Silknitter and Robert M. Silknitter roomed at 290 1/2 Morrison. George worked for O.R.& N. (Oregon River and Navigation) and Robert was a clerk at the Crane co. on Portland's old waterfront. Later, Robert M. Silknitter and wife, Maude E. lived in a home at 2170 NE 47th, Ptld., OR.

More About Robert M. Silknitter:

Residence: September 30, 1954, Route West, Box 53, Tillamook, OR

iv. Roscoe C. Silknitter, born November 1883 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; died in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; married Essie B. 1907 in Appanoose co., IA.

More About Roscoe C. Silknitter:

Burial: Name is the same as neighbor in Iowa.

Comment 2: Probably a friend of Ben F.'s.

Comment 3: Inherited family farm from father

Comment 4: bur. Oakland, Vermillion, 116

Notes for Essie B.:

Essie B. (unknown) father was born in Indiana and her mother was b. in KY.

v. Richard Oliver Silknitter (Source: Death Certificate #2754 Los Angeles, CA.), born October 5, 1889 in Iowa (Source: 1900 Census, Centerville, Appanoosa co., IA.); died February 8, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA (Source: California Death Index, obituary and Death Certificate #2754); married Bernetta Marion Wertman June 29, 1916 in Portland, OR (license issued on this date).

Notes for Richard Oliver Silknitter:

Richard O. Silknitter, youngest son of Benj. Silknitter of Centerville, Appanoose co., IA. After growing up in Centerville, he early joined his older brothers in Portland, OR. First mention of Richard O. in the Portland city directory is in the 1912 issue, living with his two older brothers, George and Robert at 952 Laverne., Collinge Addition. Collinge addition was very close to the Sellwood district. Richard O. was working as a plumber for the old Portland firm, the Crane, co., in Portland's waterfront district.

In 1923, Richard O. worked for Jno. Bollman co. and rented living quarters at 3-449 Morrison in Portland. He had moved from his home w/wife and son.

In 1925, Richard O., worked for Liggett & Myers tobacco co as a slsmn. and lived at 449 Morrison. That was the last time Richard O. was mentioned in any Portland directories. Richard moved to California and I don't know any more about him until his death. He had a small obituary in the Los Angeles newspaper that read; "SILKNITTER, Richard O., 71, of 7003 Goldcrest St., died Thursday. Surviving is son, Ben. Service Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Dilday Family Funeral Directors." On the death certificate it says he had lived in CA for 30 years. He must have moved there in 1932, so he could have lived somewhere else for 7 years.

The death certificate lists his employment as a salesman for "The Examiner" newspaper in LA. A woman, Marian L. March also lived at the address 7003 Goldcrest st., LA. She was the person listed as informant on the death certificate.

More About Richard Oliver Silknitter:

Burial: SS #563-18--0158

Cause of Death: Cardiovascular collapse due to Septicemia due to Acute and chronic parotitis.

Comment 2: Burial WestminsterMem. cem., Westminster, CA

Occupation: Plumber/slsmn. Crane co & Liggett-Myers

Residence: Portland, OR and Long Beach, CA

Notes for Bernetta Marion Wertman:

Obituary in Portland newspaper dated 18 Dec 1985

Bernetta M. Richter a longtime southwest Portland resident died Sunday in a local hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Richter was born in Bloomsburg PA., and moved to Portland in 1904. A homemaker, she was a member of the Valiant Chapter of the order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are a son, Benjamin F. Silknitter of Portland; a grand-

daughter; and a grandson.

Mrs. Richter's body was donated to the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. No services will be held.

The family suggests rememberances be contributions to a favorite



When Bernetta applied for her Social Security card, she claimed she was born in "Lightstreet" (yes, a town in PA), Columbia County, PA. She applied for her Social Security card on Dec 14, 1953 (she was already a great grandmother and didn't know it). She was going to work at Lipmans, in Portland. I wonder what department. ???

In 1965, Bernetta was working as a stenographer at Foster Sporting Goods, and living at 1127 SE Lambert. In the 1965 directory there was also a Bertha M. Richter, Production Wkr for Product Engineering. Her residence was in Milw. Another year she was Ofc. Mgr. Oregon Baptist convention in Or. City.



More About Bernetta Marion Wertman:

Burial: S.S.# 541-40-5276

Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Comment 2: Was it Alzheimer DISEASE or just old age?

Comment 3: Born in Bloomsburg, Columbia co., PA

Comment 4: Death Cert. says parents "unknown"

Event 1: 1904, Moved to Portland

Event 2: 1911, hairdresser in downtown Portland, OR

Medical Information: Heart disease, High blood pressure, Alzheimer's

Occupation: Hairdresser/secretary/homemaker

Personality/Intrst: Member of Valiant Chapter Eastern Star

Residence: 4636 SE Milwaukie ave. Ptld. OR.



Generation No. 2


2. Solomon Silknitter (Source: Early Pioneer stories, published by Appanoose County Genealogy Society, Pg21.), born October 17, 1816 in Pennsylvania (Source: 1850-60 census); died March 4, 1865 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA (Source: 1870 missing from 1870 census). He was the son of 4. (Unknown) Silknitter. He married 3. Catharine Carter 1842 in Montgomery co., Ohio (Source: Internet/Ohio vital records).

3. Catharine Carter (Source: Obit of Catharine (Carter) Silknitter, included in 'notes'.), born August 5, 1818 in Maryland (Source: Early Pioneer stories, published by Appanoose County Genealogy Society, Pg 21.); died August 10, 1899 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA.

Notes for Solomon Silknitter:

In the year 1850, Solomon brought his family to Appanoose co., IA from Indiana. Born in PA and his wife, Catherine (Carter) Silknitter born in MD, he came to Appanoose co when it was still a frontier district in which the work of development and improvement had scarcely begun. Much of the land was still in possession of the Government and he entered one hundred and sixty acres to which he afterward added from time to time until his holdings embraced six hundred acres. After obtaining his original claim he at once began to clear and cultivate it and devoted his remaining days to his agricultural pursuits. He died in March, 1865, while his wife passed away in 1897.

(Source: History of Appanoose co., pg. 336)

More About Solomon Silknitter:

Ethnicity/Relig.: Presbyterian

Event 1: 1849, Left Indiana, came to Center., App., Iowa

Occupation: Farmer

Notes for Catharine Carter:

First notice printed in the Centerville Daily Citizen, Aug 11, 1899;


Passes Away Last Night at Ripe Age of 81 years.

Mrs. Kate Silknitter, mother of B. F. Silknitter of this city died at the Silknitter home two miles west of town last night about 11 o'clock. She has been ill but a short time from stomach trouble and her advanced age of 81 years made hopes of her recovery from the first very few. The funeral services will be held from the house tomorrow at 2:00 o'clock and interment will be made in Oakland Cemetery. An appropriate obituary of this estimable woman who lived in over four score years and for a long time a resident of this county, will be published later."


Obituary for Catherine Silknitter;

"Catherine Silknitter was born in Maryland August 5, 1818, and died at her home, two miles west of Centerville, August 10, 1899, aged 81 years and 5 days. Her maiden name was Catharine Carter. She married Solomon Silknitter in Ohio in 1836. They moved from Ohio to Indiana in an early day and from Indiana to Iowa in 1850, where she lived until called to her long home.

To Mr. and Mrs. Silknitter eleven children were born all of whom survive save one. The names of the children are as follows;

Henry P., living with his family at Rose Hill, Kas.

Mary J., wife of J. M. Elgin of Centerville

Benjamin F., residing with his famil in Centerville

Rebecca S., wife of R. S. Thompson of Wilcox, MO

Hiram W. of Rose Hill, Kas

Lovina S., wife of Charles Smith of Centerville

John Powell of Centerville

Chloe M., died July 23, 1860

Eli E., of Chicago

Solomon Silknitter died March 4, 1865, aged 48 years.

Mrs. Silknitter was all her lifetime a consistent, earnest member of the Presbyterian church. She was one of the charter members of this organization in Centerville. She had been ill but a few days when death came to her relief at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Smith, two miles west of Centerville, where recent years she had made her home. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, August 12, at 2:00 o'clock, the service being conducted by Rev. C. G. Miller, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Centerville, who took for his text Rev. 14:13. The quartette sang some beautiful hymns expressive of hope and immortality, after which a large concourse of people followed the remains to their last resting place in Oakland cemetery. And, thus has passed from our midst another long and useful life. Of this one it could truthfully be said that she made the world better for having lived in it. The life on earth is ended but its influence for good shall yet continue; for, "she being dead yet speaketh."


More About Catharine Carter:

Burial: 1870, census, Real Estate val $10,000.00

Comment 2: Personal value $ 933.00

Comment 3: 1885, census, living with son, Eli Silknitter

Comment 4: Could not read or write, used a mark "X"

Occupation: Homemaker/widow farmer

Residence: 1870, Appanoose co., Bellair Twp., pg 354


Children of Solomon Silknitter and Catharine Carter are:

i. Henry Perry Silknitter, born Abt. 1841 in OH; died in Rose Hill, KS; married Mary Ann Thornberry.

Notes for Henry Perry Silknitter:

The 1870, Belair twsp, Appanoosa co., Iowa census . . .

Name age M/F color Occup. Real val. b. pers. value

Silknitter, Perry 29 (M) (W) Farmer $5,000. - Ohio - $933.

" " Mary 25 (F) (W) Keeping House Indiana

" " Chas F 5 (M) (W) Iowa

" " John E 3 (M) (W) Iowa

" " Malissa 1 (F) (W) Iowa

Danford, George 20 (M) (W) Farmlaborer Ohio

Silknitter, Hiram 21 (M) (W) Farmlaborer Indiana


More About Henry Perry Silknitter:

Burial: 1870, Appanoose co., Bellair twp, pg. 354 census

Occupation: Farmer-Real Estate val $5,000. Pers. $933.

Residence: Belair tsp, Appanoose co., Iowa

ii. Mary Jane Silknitter (Source: Susanna Elgin Lingross.), born 1843 in Indiana; died December 31, 1917; married John M. Elgin September 1, 1866 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA.

Notes for John M. Elgin:

John joined the Union forces during the Civil War and was enlisted in the 36th IA Volunteer Infantry, Company "F". He was wounded and hist entire Company was captured and interned at Mark Mills, Arkansas. They were released and discharged on June 25, 1865, about 2 months after General Lee's surrender at Appomatox, VA. (Source: ELGIN family tree)

1 iii. Benjamin F. Silknitter, born March 15, 1845 in Indiana; died July 4, 1925 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; married Sarah Elizabeth Bell September 14, 1876 in Appanoose co,. Iowa.

iv. Rebecca S. Silknitter, born 1847 in IN; married John S. Thompson September 9, 1865 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA.

Notes for John S. Thompson:

JOHN THOMPSON memoirs from the Centerville, IA newspaper.


Old Timer tells how pigs went to market when he was a boy in the fifties (That's 1850's)

"Shipping troubles? Transportation problems? The farmer nowadays doesn't know anything about it," says John S. Thompson, 83 year old survivor of pioneer days in Iowa.

I remember well how my father..he was plain John Thompson, without the S.--used to drive hogs and cattle and sheep across the county from Centerville, Iowa, to Alexandria, MO., there to be shipped on to market by Mississippi river boats. Later the railroad came as far as Ottumwa, but even then the stock had to be driven forty miles.

"The Iowa farmers in those days had no way to market their corn and other grain except to feed it to stock and then drive the stock to market. Some of it, of course, they had ground into meal."

Mr. Thompson's father was a stock buyer and shpper, and the youth often accompanied him on the long drives. Many times, he said, the elder Thompson had from 1,000 to 2,000 hogs under his care in a single consignment.

"We hired about sixteen helpers", the former pioneer continued. "As the heavier hogs fell behind, they were separated and the faster ones were hurried along. Four miles was a good day's progress with the heavy hogs, and many days we could look back at the end of the day and see the place we started from in the morning. We had a wagon and team along with us, and when one of the hogs would break down, we would load it up and take it on as far as we thought we would make that day, and then return for another."

Hogs then sold at $2.50 to $3.00 per hundred pounds.

One year, Mr. Thompson said, corn was scarce in Iowa and his father drove more than 600 head of hogs to Eagleville, Mo., and fed them there for a time. Then they were started on to Chillicothe, the nearest railroad point in Missouri, but a storm commenced and snow was piled six feet deep. Then began a struggle to rescue the hogs from the deep drifts.

Arriving at Chillicothe the men found that all trains had been stalled by the snow and they continued driving the hogs along the railroad, hoping to come to a point where the trains were in operation. Failing in this, they drove them all the way to Quincy, Il., and sold them there, the hogs weighing less than when they were pu on feed. The heavy snow also covered Iowa, burying all the fences, and a heavy crust formed on it, over which both men and animals walked and wagons were driven until the following March, according to Thompson.

In contrast to this snow storm the veteran recalls great prarie fires that cast so bright a glow that he could sit in his yard and read at night. Barriers were erected to protect the settler's houses and farms.

Religious services in the pioneer times in Iowa were held only when a travelling preacher, a "circuit rider", came along, Mr. Thompson said.

"When the circuit rider came, we boys would mount horses and ride along the creek banks--that's where most of the settlers' houses were located, and spread the news that there was to be preaching. These services were held in the various homes, usually in my father's, as it was the largest and finest in Appanoose county. It was built entirely of walnut and it stood until a few years ago, when it was destroyed by fire. (Circa; 1926)

The occasion for the aged pioneer's reminiscences was the sixty first anniversary of his marriage to Miss Rebecca Silknitter at Centerville. Both born in Indiana, they came to Iowa as small children with their parents. The girl's family, seven of them, came by covered wagon, being ferried across the Mississippi. The Thompson's came by boat, down the Ohio and up the Mississippi to Keokuk, where they disembarked for the trek inland. The two families settled about two miles apart. They "entered" land at the Government office, broke the raw prarie, fenced it, built crude log houses, carried water from running streams.

In those surroundings, John Thompson and Rebecca Silknitter grew up, attending a log school house a few weeks in the year, but for the most part helping their parents, he with the farming and she with the spinning and other household tasks.

The schoolhouse not only was of logs but the seats were made of split logs, and there was a puncheon floor in which rags were stuffed to keep out the snakes. School lasted only three months a year but there sometimes was a summer school for the small children maintained by subscription.

On Sept 9, 1865, at the close as Mrs. Thompson puts it, of the "Lincoln war", the youth, then 21, and the girl 18, went to Centerville and were married at the courthouse by Squire Tannehill. Ministers in those days were few and far between. Their honeymoon was a visit to a Dunkard church, not far from Centerville.

The wool which Mrs. Thompson spun was sheared from the backs of their own sheep, washed, picked, and carded. Some of the wool was taken to Bonaparte, a mill center on the Des Moines river, about sixty miles east of Centerville, and there was exchanged for cloth. Turkeys were driven forty miles to Ottumwa.

In the early days candles furnished their light, Mrs. Thompson said. She did not see a coal oil lamp until she was 16 years old, and Iowans were much afraid of this new invention for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have lived in Maryville for twenty-three years. The former is the only surviving member of a family of six, but Mrs. Thompson has four brothers living; John and Jacob Silknitter of Centerville, Iowa and Hiram Silknitter, Rose Hill, Kansas.


More About John S. Thompson:

Burial: Of Wilcox, MO

v. Susanah R. Silknitter, born 1847 in Iowa.

vi. Hiram W. Silknitter, born 1849 in Iowa; married Anna M. McNeal March 28, 1883 in Appanoosa co., IA.

More About Hiram W. Silknitter:

Burial: 1870, Appanoose co., Bellair Twp, pg 354

Comment 2: "Of" Rose Hill, Kansas

More About Anna M. McNeal:

Event 1: August 11, 1885, died at 28 y 8 m 26 d. bur. Elgin cem., IA

vii. Lovina Silknitter, born 1851 in Centerville, IA; died in Centerville, IA; married Charles Smith.

More About Lovina Silknitter:

Residence: Two miles west of Centerville, IA

viii. John Powell Silknitter, born October 11, 1853 in Appanoosa co., IA (Source: #3763 Appanoose co., IA Birth Certificate, BirthCertificate of John Silknitter, age 39 in 1889.); died Aft. 1935 in Appanoose co., IA; married Harriett Amy Delay February 11, 1877 in Appanoosa co., IA.

Notes for John Powell Silknitter:

John received "old-age" assistance in 1934-35.

In the Felkner Cemetery, 4 miles west of Centerville, IA., there is an "Effie Silknitter" born to J.P. and H. Silknitter, she lived 10 days.

More About John Powell Silknitter:

Burial: bur., Oakland, Vermillion, 45

Event 1: 1853, I have birth certificate for John Silknitter

Occupation: Farmer

More About Harriett Amy Delay:

Burial: bur. Oakland Cemetery, Vermillion, 45

Comment 2: Both parents born in OH

ix. Sylvenia L. Silknitter, born 1855 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; married C.E. Smith February 15, 1882 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA.

x. Sherman L. Silknitter, born 1856.

xi. Solomon L. Silknitter, born April 1856 in Appanoose co., Iowa (Source: 1900 census Bellair tp, Appanosse co Iowa); died February 11, 1928 in Excelsior Springs, MO; married Mary Alice Murphy 1882.

More About Solomon L. Silknitter:

Burial: bur. Oakland Cemetery, Vermillion 133

Occupation: farmer

Notes for Mary Alice Murphy:

This is probably Mary Ann Gott b. ca 1849 in Crawford, IN d/o William Gott and L. Turley. More research needs to be done. The mother of Mary Ann was Lovina Turley d/o Sampson Turley and Sarah Stovall. She m. William Gott and they lived in Crawford co., IN. Mary Ann Gott died in 1923 in CA. Perhaps Solomon was friends with Sampson Turley and that's why Solomon Silknitter named one of his daughters Lovina. It is not a common name.

More About Mary Alice Murphy:

Burial: 4 children born, only 3 living

Comment 2: Father b. NJ., Mother b. PA

Occupation: Housewife

Residence: Appanoosa county, Bellair twsp, Iowa

xii. Jacob A. Silknitter, born 1857 in Appanoosa co., IA; married Jennie Feugria September 3, 1881 in Iowa.

Notes for Jacob A. Silknitter:

On the 1910 Federal Population census for Bellair Twp., Appanoose co., IA, Jacob is listed as living with Charles E. Smith age 61, wife and their son, Frederick. Jacob is listed as "son-in-law", but no wife is listed. He must have been a widower at the time. He lists his mother as having been born in OH when in fact his mother and father were 'married' in OH but his mother was born in MD.

More About Jacob A. Silknitter:

Burial: Did not read or write, used a mark "X"

xiii. Chloe M. Silknitter, born 1860 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; died July 23, 1860 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA.

xiv. Eli E. Silknitter, born 1863 in Appanoosa co., IA; married Etta M. Robb March 28, 1884 in Iowa.

More About Eli E. Silknitter:

Burial: bur. Oakland Cemetery, Vermillion 116

Comment 2: In 1899 was in Chicago, IL


Generation No. 3

4. (Unknown) Silknitter.

Children of (Unknown) Silknitter are:

i. John Silknitter, born 1814 in PA; died Abt. 1864 in Probably Centerville, Appanoose co., IA.

Notes for John Silknitter:

Document filed; State of Iowa, Appanoose County, "We the undersigned, John K. Allen and Robert Henderson, being duly sworn say they are acquainted with John Silknitter and that from their knowledge of him they are of opinion that said Silknitter is insane and is incapable of managing his affairs and ought to have a guardian appointed by the County Court to take charge of his property." Signed by John K. Allen and R. Henderson. Sworn 8th day of June AD 1859.

June 8, 1859, it was determined John Silknitter was insane and he was put in the guardianship of Solomon Silknitter.

The Personal Property of John included;

1st Note given by Solomon Snyder to John Silknitter for $5.

2nd A Judgment obtained Sept 14, 1858 against Beal & Mark Allen for Five Hundred and Twenty Seven dollars and ninety cents.

3rd 1 Stallion

4th A lot of chattels now in the Tremont House in Centerville consisting of the following; 1Clock, 1 Desk, two dining tables, an undivided third of one coal stove, 1 Parlor Stove, one map, Nine bedsteads, five feather beds, eight covers, fifteen chairs, eleven straw ticks, Eighteen pillos, five plows, one mower

5th 1 hog (running at large)

The Liabilities of Jno. Silknitter as far as ascertained;

1st Note given by said Jno Silknitter to T.D. Brown for $5,000.

2nd Notes given by Jno Silknitter to Robert Biely for say $150.00 not yet due.

3rd Note given Squire Bates for Seven & 50/100 Dollars

4th Judgment in favor of Sol. Walker for $100.00

5th Judgment from Joseph Gep for $3.00

6th Rent of farm due J. H. Shields, amounting to Eighty Five dollars

7th Bal. due C. H. Headle on note given by Jno. Silknitter say twenty two dollars and fifty cents.

Signed at Centerville, Iowa, by C. H. Howell, June 10th, 1859, Guardian

(Source: The above found in Appanoose co., IA - Probate records, estates, guardianship and trusts - file #176 for Silknitter, John)

More About John Silknitter:

Burial: 1856 census, living with Solomon

Comment 2: 1859, Determined insane

Comment 3: 1859, Solomon Silknitter appointed guardian of John by court

Comment 4: March 1865, No mention of John in papers re; death of Solomon

Residence: 1850 Huntington Co., PA, Barree twsp

2 ii. Solomon Silknitter, born October 17, 1816 in Pennsylvania; died March 4, 1865 in Centerville, Appanoose co., IA; married Catharine Carter 1842 in Montgomery co., Ohio.

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