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Roger Evans
1 post
Oct 27, 2014
11:35 PM
Hi My name is Roger Evans. I live in Aurora, Colorado. I am researching the Renslow Family and associated lines.

Amanda Renslow is my 2nd great grandmother. The 1870 Federal Census for Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois states that Amanda is 9 years old and was born in Illinois. Her sister Ellen is listed as 14 years old and was born in Illinois. This would indicate that the Renslow Family arrived in the area about 1855.

The Renslow Family is from Alfred, Allegany County, New York. I noticed the Foy Family are from Centerville, Allegany County, New York. A Foy family member married a Renslow family member. My guess is the family traveled from Allegany County, New York to Whiteside County, Illinois together.

I am trying to locate a Bapitsmal Record for Amanda Renslow. Her obituary stated that she was born in Prophetstown which matches the 1870 Census birth state of Illinois.

Amanda's father, Philo Renslow is listed as a Farmer. Did he own farm land?

The family moved to Decatur County, Iowa. I find the same family on the 1880 Federal Census. Amanda Renslow marries Edgar Terpenning on 03 July 1880 in Decatur County, Iowa.

The Renslow family seems hard to track down. The Terpenning family for me was easy to trace.

In fact, the Terpenning's descend from Catalina Trico Rapalje who arrived in New Netherland in 1624. Her daughter Sarah Rapalje was the First White Christian Female Child born in New Netherland on 09 June 1625. That would make Catalina Trico Rapalje The First Mother of New Netherland.

I wonder if this family knew any of this history?

Can anyone help me with Amanda Renslow?


Roger Evans
981 posts
Oct 29, 2014
9:53 AM
Hi Roger, I got your phone message, but this message answers most of the questions I had. It was too much info on the phone for me to get it all written down! I do have a couple of questions: Who were Amanda's parents (Philo & ___?); what was their religious affiliation? If you email me at tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com I can let you know of any updates, etc. This message board does not notify you of any responses, so you need to check back periodically & manually. I'll post on our Facebook page also, with link back to this message. We have a Foy family on there - they have done extensive genealogy research on their family.

NOTE: I listened to your phone message again and now know that Philo's wife was Rachel Shepherd. Are you familiar with Larry Renslow? He has a RENSLOW family website as posted on Genealogy.com: http://genforum.genealogy.com/il/whiteside/messages/34.html

Last Edited by Guest on Oct 29, 2014 11:40 AM
988 posts
Oct 29, 2014
12:23 PM
Roger, I sent you a copy of an obit of a FOY married to a RENSLOW who is buried in our Tamico Memorial Cemetery:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2BY7meZr6uANkpMalJRNmU3cjg/view?usp=sharing This is the link to it, in case you didn't receive the email sent directly from my Google Drive.
989 posts
Oct 29, 2014
1:12 PM
Roger, Are you familiar with the Gazette Index online?

The newspaper started publishing in 1854. They have indexed the papers back to early 1880's, which is later than your people were here. Here is a listing of news articles starting in 1886. Perhaps you'll recognize some of the names/families:
Subject Description Date Location
Paith, William David (Florence Renslow) obituary 15 Nov 1957;8;2
Renslow, Clarence W. funeral 13 Dec 1944;5;1
Renslow, Clarence Wesley obituary 12 Dec 1944;7;3
Renslow, Ralph funeral 14 Feb 1944;5;4
Renslow, Ralph C. obituary 10 Feb 1944;6;3
Renslow, Lucille obituary 6 May 1977;4;1
Paith, William David (Florence Renslow) obituary 15 Nov 1957;8;3
Renslow, Lucille obituary 6 May 1977;6;1
Renslow, Harriet Eva (Wesley) obituary 11 June 1929;5;6
Renslow, Harriet Eva (Wesley) obituary 13 June 1929;14;6
Renslow, Ralph did not steal diamond ring 8 Jan 1914;2;1
Renslow, Elmer (Laura Pannell) obituary 9 Dec 1915;3;3
Renslow, Elmer (Laura Pannell) funeral rites 10 Dec 1915;3;1
Renslow, Elmer (Laura Pannell) funeral rites 11 Dec 1915;6;2
Renslow, Eva weds Shirley S. Shultz 21 Dec 1915;2;1;6;1
Renslow, Laura Mrs. weds Edward Tyndall 18 Feb 1916;6;1
Renslow, LeRoy 5 obituary / Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Renslow 3 May 1918;8;2
Renslow, LeRoy funeral rites 4 May 1918;1;4
Renslow, Charles E. weds Laura M. Pannel 24 Aug 1900;twGazette;3;4
Renslow, C. E. scalded at Sterling Mfg. Co. 16 Oct 1907;Standard;1;4
Renslow, C. E. Mr. & Mrs. son born in Oct 8 Oct 1907;Standard;8;1
Renslow, son Infant obituary/ Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Renslow 10 Dec 1906;Standard;6;5
Renslow, son funeral rites / Mr. & Mrs. Elmer C. Renslow 11 Dec 1906;Standard;6;4
Renslow, Vergin Wayne Infant obituary/ Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Renslow 10 Jan 1908;Standard;1;7
Renslow, Vernon Wayne 3, obituary/ Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Renslow 21 April 1908;6;2
Renslow, Vernon Wayne funeral rites 23 April 1908;6;1
Renslow, Carrie Preby (John) obituary 20 Dec 1894;wStandard;12;1
Renslow, Mrs. obituary 13 Aug 1891;wStandard;5;3
Renslow, John weds Lizzie Brandt 15 Aug 1895;Standard;5;3
Renslow, John weds Lizzie Brandt 22 Aug 1895;wStandard;B8;5
Renslow, John Mr. & Mrs. daughter born May 28 30 May 1896;6;1
Renslow, J. C. weds Carrie Prebie 16 Dec 1886;3;2

If you are interested in any of the articles, contact Marilyn Anderson at the Sterling Public Library where these are archived on microfilm. SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net.
990 posts
Oct 29, 2014
1:58 PM
This is the obit of a RENSLOW buried in our cemetery. Perhaps she connects to your family line.
Sterling Daily Gazette (Sterling, Illinois) · Thu, Jun 13, 1929 · Page 13
TAMPICO – (Special) – Funeral services for Mrs. Harriet Eva Renslow, were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Baptist church, Rev. Theo. C. Meyer, pastor, in charge.
Three hymns, “The Beautiful Garden of Prayer,” “Good Night and Good Morning,” and “Safe in the arms of Jesus,” wsere sung by Mrs. N. E. Denison with Miss Dorothy Smith accompanist. Friends and neighbors who acted as pallbearers were Lloyd Pratt, Nels Pierson, Earl Smith, Harry Maxfield, Frank Gerber and Roy McKenzie. The R.N.A. camp, of which she was a member, attended in a body and had charge of the burial services at the Tampico Cemetery.
Harriet Eva Renslow, a pioneer of Whiteside county and most highly respected citizen of Tampico passed away Tuesday, at about 7:30 a.m. after a long illness, during which she was a cheerful and uncomplaining sufferer.
She had been in poor health for the past two years or more and in spite of all that could be done for her relief; she failed steadily until the end came.
Harriet Eva Foy was born near Yorktown, Nov. 21, 1857, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Paith, June 11, 1929, at the age of 71 years, six months and 20 days. She was the seventh child of Daniel and Matilda Foy. Ray, Austin and Wesley preceded her in death. Sarah R. Burdick, Irene Emmons, Morrell and Milton Foy of Tampico, and Mrs. Jennie McKenzie of Smith Center, Kansas, still survive her.
In 1873 she was married to Wesley Renslow and to this union were born six children, two dying in infancy and Elmer preceded her serveral years ago. Fred of Canada, Clarence of Sterling and Florence Paith of Tampico are left to mourn her departure. They made their residence in this community for a number of ears, finally moving to Belle Plaine, Iowa. In 1890 her husband passed away after a long and lingering illness and she was left with four small children to take up the burden of life alone. She remained in Iowa several years and then came to Tampico to be near relatives and old friends.
She was a faithful member of the Tampico Baptist church for 50 years and took special interest in attending the Aid society and Missionary meetings as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Renslow was a woman of energetic spirit. Being left with her small children she bravely met and overcome all obstacles, keeping her family together till grown and always having time to lend a helping hand to any one in need of assistance. ‘
In addition to the near relatives above mentioned, she leaves to mourn her passing seven grandchildren, four great grand-children and hosts of friends.

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