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3 posts
Jun 19, 2011
4:39 AM
I am trying to find out "Who is Abe West"? The newspaper clipping from the West family bible says Abe died Dec. 31, 1886 and is buried beside his wife. Abram West who is listd in the Tampico Cemetery also died Dec.31 but is listed as died in 1856. Also how could he be buried by his wife (which the closest date is Anne) when she didn't die until 2-23-1887???
740 posts
Jun 19, 2011
10:21 PM
Gazette has the following: West, Abram Mrs. obituary 28 Feb 1884;wStandard;8;1

1870 Tampico Census:
West, Abram, age 65, farmer, b. Conn.
West, Anna, age 47, keeping house, b. Canada
West, Mary, age 18, at home, b. NY

1880 United States Federal Census about Abram West
Name: Abram West
Home in 1880: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Age: 73
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1807
Birthplace: New York
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Anna West
Father's birthplace: New York
Mother's birthplace: New York
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Occupation: Retired Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Abram West 73
Anna West 56

Obviously, he is still around for the 1880 census. It may be a typo. I have the original records and will double check them.

I'll check it out further for you.

Last Edited by on Jun 19, 2011 10:40 PM
4 posts
Jun 24, 2011
1:10 PM
Thanks Denise. I am trying to make the connection of Abe West and my great grandmother Lovina West McKenzie.
749 posts
Jul 16, 2011
7:29 AM
I was at Historical yesterday and looked through the 1886 Tornado. It is in very fragile condition. I could not find an obit. I'll check more when I get over there again, probably this weekend. I have some other resources to check.
628 posts
Jul 18, 2011
6:11 PM
I did some searching of the various Tampico Tornado newspapers I've transcribed and found this one article from 1886 through 1900:

February 29, 1896
Frank BALDWIN and his sister Miss Jennie BALDWIN have bought the Abe WEST farm. It contains 80 acres. Miss Jennie has the north forty and Frank the south forty.
750 posts
Jul 19, 2011
4:38 AM
Thanks Les!, I know the 1856 date cannot be right, so this article sort of confirms the dod is 1886. Thanks!
Sandi Hartnell
6 posts
Aug 20, 2011
12:47 PM
I have Lovinia West married to R.H. McKenzie in my Lyon family tree. One of Lovinia's brothers was DeWitt West, whose son, Frank E., married Lottie B. Lyon. Lottie and my grandmother were sisters.

I have Lovinia and Dewitt's parents as Isaac West and Charlotte (no surname) from New York.

DeWitt West married Anna Verbeck, she also from New York. Of the 3 children I know about, they were all probably born in Tampico; Frank E., Ethel, and Darlene.

If any of this seems wrong, please let me know, Connie.
Sandi Hartnell
5 posts
Aug 22, 2011
7:51 PM
THis all looks correct as far as I know. Charolettes maiden name was Stocking. She had a brother, Ransler, who lived in Prophetstown and Morrison and he had a son, Lafayette, who was an attorney in Morrison. I am trying to figure out how Abe West is related and why he is in the family bible.
I have several pictures of who my grandmother identified as Aunt Lottie B. Would you recognize her?
765 posts
Aug 23, 2011
7:46 PM
West Family Album

Subject Description Date Location
West, Abram Mrs. obituary 28 Feb 1884;wStandard;8;1

West, Abraham obituary 6 Jan 1887;wStandard;8;4
West, Abraham obituary 8 Jan 1887;wGazette;1;1

1920 United States Federal Census about Lottie West
Name: Lottie West
Home in 1920: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Age: 47
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Frank West
Father's Birth Place: Ohio
Mother's Birth Place: Indiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members: Name Age
Frank West 49
Lottie West 47
Martin Farris 21

Last Edited by on Aug 23, 2011 8:02 PM
9 posts
Oct 07, 2011
10:16 AM
I wouldn't recognize Lottie B. West unless she looks a lot like her sisters (twins) Mina and Minerva. Their photos are in the Lyon Photo Album. I would appreciate receiving a scanned image if you can do that. Send to hartnellsl (at) comcast (dot) net
Sandi Hartnell
837 posts
Mar 12, 2012
11:41 AM
Here is a photo of his gravestone in TMC:
From CEMETERY Tampico Memorial Sect G
Click on photo to enlarge, read detail

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