Visitors and Queries



Eldon Osler from Lewis, Iowa called me and then came to visit to get copies of the Carl “Red” and Ruth OSLER information and photos that we had featured in our April Antique City Roots.  He had read about it in my article in the newspaper about our April meeting.

Janice Brandt returned to our genealogy room to do research on the HAMILTONS.

We received a query via email from Megan McEntire Schnabl of Ohio.  At our website, she had read in our January 2011 newsletter:  “Visitors to our room have been Craig Frampton of Daphne, Alabama and James Nelson of Manilla, Iowa. They were given information about Herbert FRAMPTON and Daniel WARE and shown the Frampton graves at the Walnut Cemetery.”

She had found this in her search for any record of Herbert Marion Frampton or his wife Nellie Mae Ware.  Visitor Craig Frampton is a grandson of Herbert and Herbert’s brother Harvey was Megan’s great-grandfather.

I was able to send obituaries of Herbert and Nellie Frampton, and those of Nellie’s brother Frank D. WARE and of their parents, Daniel and Emma WARE.  We also sent a photo of the tombstone of the Framptons.  I told Megan that Erika Lees had just added the stone of Daniel Ware to  It is leaning significantly and badly needs to be straightened.

We appreciate the various photos that Megan shared with us of Herbert and Nellie Ware Frampton and of their children Hayes and Gladys Mabel Frampton and a photo of Herbert with his 3 sisters and 3 brothers.  Their parents were John Trimble Frampton and Margaret “Maggie” Jane Smathers Frampton.  Megan also sent a copy of the wedding invitation of Herbert and Nellie.

We received an email from Shari Sands of Corvallis, Oregon, requesting information on Sarah (BROWN) ARMSTRONG.  She especially wants to know the names of Sarah’s parents.  Pottawattamie County did not have a death record for Sarah and referred Shari to WGS.

In the1885 Layton Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa census, Sarah was listed as 66 years old, divorced, living with her daughter Harriet (Armstrong) Hoover.

Shari Sands believed that Sarah was buried in the Walnut Cemetery.  She was correct and found her on  Her stone reads “GRANDMA ARMSTRONG, FEB. 1, 1817, NOV. 12, 1893.”   There was an error for the year of death on findagrave, which we were able to correct.  Now there is a nice history of her there.

Shari found that Sarah’s ex-husband, Andrew Armstrong, came over from Tyrone County, Ireland.

We connected Shari with David Dillehay of Council Bluffs, Iowa, whom we have helped with the ARMSTRONG family in the past.  I have also been corresponding with David on the VOSS family from Walnut.  Ben Voss was married to my great-aunt Alma Burmeister.  We just returned from a trip where we visited the grave of Ben Voss in the small rural McCleary Cemetery west of Fairfield, Iowa.

Shari gave us permission to share her contact information with anyone researching the ARMSTRONGS, BROWNS or HOOVERS.