Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Jacob George and Martha Cantwell. Our 4th Great Grandparents

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Above is a new picture I found of our 4th Great Grandparents,  Jacob George and Martha Cantwell.
The Relationship Chart is given below.  Jacob George was born on November 4, 1800.  He died on the 22nd of November 1869.  Martha Cantwell was born on September 8, 1802 and died on February 27, 1879. 

Our 4th Great Grandparents
 Martha Cantwell and Jacob George

Francis George and Henry Fiddler


Eldora Fiddler and Edwin Sherman Pierce


Walter Edwin Pierce and Vesta Dennis


Violet Pierce and Walter Mattson


Luella, John, Linda and Marvin



I've posted information on our Cantwell relatives in many previous posts.  You may search for those posts by using the blog's search feature on the right side bar.   A brief summary of their lives is given below.

In his boyhood Jacob George went to Baltimore and learned masonry. He helped lay the foundation for the Washington Monument at Mr. Vernon Place, Baltimore (see photo above) with Sater Stevenson as Master Mason. Later he learned shoe making with his brother at Harrisburg, PA. He came to Ohio about 1820.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. George lived on a farm near Spring Mills, just across the road from Wm. Cantwell's place. In the fall of 1853 they moved wth all of their family in covered wagons to Iowa, spending the winter at Crawfordsville. In the spring of 1854 they settled on a large farm near Iowa Falls.

Mr. and Mrs. George and their family were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. When they came to Iowa Falls there were no Methodists and no church building of any kind. Mr. George organized his own family into a class, and with the help of his boys and his son-in-law, Henry Fiddler (who married his daughter Francis), built a church at Iowa Falls and gave it to the Methodists. Martha and Jacob had 11 children.


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