Monday, November 06, 2006

John BAYSINGER, Viola, Minnie and children

John BAYSINGER born Dec 1872 Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, died 4 May 1942 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. John was the son of Elias Henry BAYSINGER and Sarah Maria GOOSIC. He and second wife Minnie are buried Laurel Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co IA.

Married 1. Viola STEPHENS born 20 Aug 1874

Marriage license issued 3 Jul 1893. Thomas E. Parker, age 31, attested in an affidavit to John being 22 and Viola being 19, therefore of legal ages (Book H, page 92, Warren County Records).

Warren County Marriages for Certificate #161: John Baysinger and Viola Stephens were united in marriage 3 Jul 1893 by Elder D.W. Shackles at his house, witnessed by Mrs. R. Shakle (not Shackles?) and Ann Jones. Marriage recorded 2 Oct 1893, along with several others performed by Elder Shackles.

Viola filed for divorce Oct. 11 in the District Court of Warren County. Judgment, No. 1149 granted 20 Nov 1893. Viola was represented by attorneys McGarry and Brown. John Baysinger didn't contest the divorce. He paid the various fees connected with filing, attorneys, trial, etc., amounting to $5.50. The final entry on the page indicates that he didn't pay that $5.50 judgment until 24 Nov 1900, however. Copies of these records are in the possession of cousin Terri. Viola married 2. John HANOUSEK.

Their children:
  1. Arthur born 27 May 1894 Otter Township, Indianola, Warren Co. IA, married 5 Jun 1925 Sylvia Viola HANOUSEK in Everett, Snohomish Co. WA, died 12 Aug 1990 Everett, Snohomish County, Washington.
    SSDI: ARTHUR BAYSINGER 27 May 1894-12 Aug 1990. SSN: 535-14-1286, issued Washington.

    Arthur's WWI Draft Registration:
    Name: Arthur Baysinger
    City: Not Stated
    County: Nodaway
    State: Missouri
    Birthplace: Iowa; United States of America
    Birth Date: 27 May 1894
    Race: Caucasian
    Roll: 1683432
    DraftBoard: 0 (Same source info as Carl's, below)

  2. Evada Florence, born to John Baysinger and Viola Stephens on 27 May 1896, died 6 Nov 1967. When she was adopted by Viola's second husband, John HANOUSEK, she became Florence Evada Hanousek. She married Nicholos ANGELOFF.
    SSDI: FLORENCE ANGELOFF, 27 May 1896 - Nov 1967. Last res. Snohomish, Snohomish Co., WA 98290. SSN: 532-24-3535, issued Washington.

Married 2. Minnie Catherine DISNEY born born c1877 in Crawford Co. AR, daughter of William Briggs Disney & Mary C. WALTERS. They married 24 Apr 1894 in Indianola, Warren Co. IA. (Valorie has a copy of this marriage record). Minnie died Apr 1959 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA.

Before Minnie married John Baysinger, they had a child
  1. Carl born Sep 1893 Warren County, Iowa, died 1947 Josephine County, Oregon. Carl married Nellie Myrtle GREGG b: 29 Nov 1886 Palmyra, Warren County, Iowa. d: 13 Apr 1977 Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California.
    SSDI: NELLIE BAYSINGER, 29 Nov 1886-Apr 1977. Last res: Capitola, Santa Cruz Co. CA 95010. SSN: 571-14-7751, issued California.

    Carl Baysinger in 1930:
    Age: 35 years
    Estimated birth year: 1894
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Relation to Head-of-house: Head
    Race: White
    Home in 1930: Johnson, Polk, Missouri
    Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Johnson, Polk, Missouri; Roll: T626_1219; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 0041. He has a wife Nellie, and children Harold, 15, Hellen, 14, Sarah, 12, and Ella May, 6, with him and Nellie. The children are all born in Iowa. According to cousin Dan benDan, "The family moved to southern California for a while and then to Josephine County, Oregon."

    On his WWI Draft Registration, Carl states that he was born 22 Sep 1895, which is Anna's birthday. Was this deliberate deception, or did he believe that he and Anna were twins?
    Name: Carl Edward Baysinger
    City:Not Stated (actually Carlisle)
    County: Warren
    State: Iowa
    Birthplace: Iowa; United States of America
    Birth Date: 22 Sep 1895
    Race: Caucasian
    Roll: 1643361
    DraftBoard: 0
    Source Information: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.

  2. After Minnie married John Baysinger, they had
  3. *Anna born 22 Sep 1895 Otter township, Cool, Warren County, Iowa. Died 12 Feb 1956, buried 16 Feb 1956 in Queen's Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This is my grandmother.

    She married 1. 22 Aug 1914 in Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa - Harvey McBEE, b. 6 Oct 1891 in Cainsville, Harrison Co. Missouri, d. 4 Jun 1964 in Fillmore, Saskatchewan, Canada, buried Jun 1964 Queens Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. At the time of the 1920 Census, she and Harvey and their little ones lived with John and Minnie in Warren Co. Iowa. By 1930, they were on their way to Saskatchewan, but made a stop in Des Moines to visit with John and Minnie one last time. My mother Lola was not yet 2 years old. The entire family came down sick, and had to stay in Des Moines some months, spending quite a bit of the money they had made selling their house in Indianola, Warren Co. John and Minnie are a few pages away.

    Name: Harvey Mcbee
    Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa
    Age: 35
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
    Birthplace: Missouri
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's name: Amma
    Race: White
    Household Members: Name Age
    Harvey Mcbee 35
    Amma Mcbee 38
    Kenneth Mcbee 14
    Katherine Mcbee 12
    John Mcbee 10
    Bettie Mcbee 7
    Hollis Mcbee 6
    Nancy Mcbee 3 2/12
    Lola Mcbee 1 9/12

    Anna divorced Harvey 13 Mar 1945 in Calgary. She married 2. 22 Sep 1951 Paul Peter POROSKY at Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alberta. His occupation: Butcher, at Packing House. Widower, age 50 in 1951, Greek Catholic, living at 622 8th Ave. East, Calgary, Alberta. Born in Velkilazi, Czechoslovakia. Son of Andy Porosky, born in Czecheslovakia, and Mary Zeller. He could read and write.

  4. Leonard M. Baysinger b: 25 Apr 1897 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa d: 2 Feb 1898 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa.

  5. William L. b. 20 Nov 1898 Otter twp d. bef. 1900 census

  6. *1900 Census reports Minnie had 4 children, 2 living (Carl & Anna)
  7. Iva E. b: 20 Jan 1901 Otter Township, Warren Co. IA d: 13 Oct 1979 Runnells, Polk Co. IA. (Otter twp has dob 20 Jan 1900 AND 1901!)
    SSDI: IVA NORTHWAY, 30 Dec 1900-Oct 1979. Last benefit: Carlisle, Warren Co. IA 50047. SSN: 485-22-1586, issued: Iowa.

    Iva married Fred NORTHWAY, had 5 children.
    SSDI: FRED NORTHWAY, 20 Dec 1899-Apr 1975. Last res: Runnells, Polk Co. IA 50237. SSN: 484-05-0635, issued Iowa.

    Fred's WWI Draft Registration:
    Name: Fred Clarence Northway
    City: Not Stated
    County: Polk
    State: Iowa
    Birth Date: 20 Dec 1899
    Race: White
    Roll: 1643347
    DraftBoard: 0 (Source same as Carl's)

  8. Ernest Paul b. 3 Sep 1902 Otter twp d. 1936 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA

    1930 Census: Paul Baysinger
    Age: 27 years
    Estimated birth year: 1902
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Relation to Head-of-house: Head
    Race: White
    Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa
    Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa; Roll: T626_675; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 0620.

    He is enumerated with his wife Loretta, and son Clarence, 3, and daughter Lois, 1.

    SSDI: CLARENCE R BAYSINGER, 12 Oct 1926-2 May 1995. Last residence Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317, Last benefit: Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317. SSN: 484-18-7054, issued: Iowa. Obituary:

  9. Ralph b. 1909 d. 1958 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA

    Ralph in the 1930 Census: Ralph Baysinger
    Age: 24 years
    Estimated birth year: 1905
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Relation to Head-of-house: Head
    Race: White
    Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa

    Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa; Roll: T626_677; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 70; Image: 0613.

    He is enumerated with his wife Lovey, and sons Kenneth & Roland, ages maybe 2 & 9mos and 1 & 9 mos? Lovey b. Missouri, sons b. Iowa

    SSDI: KENNETH L BAYSINGER, 14 Sep 1927-27 Apr 1995. Last res: Roseville, Placer Co. CA 95747. SSN: 480-20-6312, issued Iowa.

    After Ralph's death, Lovey married an UMPHLEET. See the thread starting here: I think I might have mis-interpreted this, and Lovey was born UMPHLEET, married Ralph, then a DENNIS?

    Yes, I was wrong. Here she is with her family in Grundy Co. Missouri in 1910:

    Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Lincoln, Grundy, Missouri; Roll T624_783; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 149.

    Ancestry has her as: Name: Lovie Umplaflet
    [Lovie Umphfleet]
    Age in 1910: 9/12
    Estimated birth year: abt 1909
    Birthplace: Missouri
    Relation to Head of House: Daughter
    Father's Name: James
    Father's Birth Place: Missouri
    Mother's Name: Kittie D
    Mother's Birth Place: Missouri
    Home in 1910: Lincoln, Grundy, Missouri
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: White
    Gender: Female

    Household Members:
    Name Age
    James Umplaflet
    Kittie D Umplaflet 28
    Claud Umplaflet 21
    Della Umplaflet 14
    Uguene Umplaflet 14
    Delbert Umplaflet 13
    Roy Umplaflet 10
    Rinda Umplaflet 8
    Lovie Umplaflet 9/12

  10. Charles b. 24 Nov 1909, d. 15 Apr 1995.
    SSDI: CHARLES W BAYSINGER, 24 Nov 1909-15 Apr 1995. Last residence Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317. SSN: 719-18-3343, Long-time or retired railroad workers

    I don't see Charles in 1930.

  11. Ray b. 1911 died in infancy

  12. Robert b. 12 Jul 1912 Pleasantville (Marion Co. IA?) - was not enumerated with the family in 1920.

  13. George b. 1 Nov 1914 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa. d: 27 Jan 1916 Allen Township, Warren County, Iowa.

  14. Katherine b. 8 Aug 1917 Hammondsburg, Warren Co. IA d. 1936

    The Ancestry index finds no Katherine or Catherine Baysinger in 1930. My mother remembers her mother getting a black-edged envelope when she was very young, and then Anna either fainted or broke out in violent grief. She thought it might have been the announcement of her littlest sister's death. She had already lost so many brothers, and to lose her baby sister must have been heart-breaking. Mom had no memory of Katherine, but Auntie Kathleen had been best friends with her while they still lived in Iowa. What a sad loss.

The John Baysingers in the Census

  • No wonder I couldn't find any of them in the 1930 Census! Look how Ancestry indexed them! I found them first, and then tried to bring them up in the index:
    Name: John Bayesger
    Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa
    Age: 68
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1862
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's name: Winnie
    Race: White
    Household Members: Name Age
    John Bayesger 68
    Winnie Bayesger 53
    Charley Bayesger 26
    Katherine Bayesger 12

    Charlie was home for the census. :-)

  • Here is the family in 1920: John Baysinger
    Age: 47 years
    Estimated birth year: 1872
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Race: White
    Home in 1920: Allen, Warren, Iowa (Carlisle town)
    Roll: T625_517, Page: 2A, ED: 210, Image: 0207

    With John is Minnie, 43, Iva, 19, Paul 17, Ralph, 13, Charles, 10, Catherine, 2. Living with them are my grandparents Harvey McBee & Anna, with Kenneth, 2, Kathleen, 2, and John, newly born.

  • 1910 Census:
    Name: John Baysinger
    Age in 1910: 38
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1872
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: Kentucky
    Mother's Birth Place: Iowa
    Spouse's name: Minnie
    Home in 1910: Indianola Ward 1, Warren, Iowa
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    John Baysinger 38
    Minnie Baysinger 34
    Carl Baysinger 16
    Anna Baysinger 14
    Iva Baysinger 9
    Paul Baysinger 7
    Ralph Baysinger 4
    Charles Baysinger 5/12

    Sorry for the dreadful image, which is from Heritage Quest. The Ancestry page is even worse quality!

  • 1900:
    Name: John Beysinger
    Home in 1900: Otter, Warren, Iowa
    Age: 27
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Relationship to head-of-house: Head
    Spouse's name: Minnie K
    Race: White
    Household Members: Name Age
    John Beysinger 27
    Minnie K Beysinger 23
    Carl Beysinger 6
    Annie Beysinger 4

    Elias & Lydia, John's father and step-mother, are just up the page.

I would love to correct any incorrect information that I have here.

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At 8:56 AM, Blogger chrysoseraphim said...

Hi there. My name is Christopher Winter. My maternal grandfather is Kenneth Baysinger. I grew up knowing him very well, and was in a monastery when he died of brain cancer, surrounded by his two daughters and two of his grand-daughters. The way my mom (Karen Baysinger, his second daughter) tells the story, Lovey's first husband went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back. Do you have evidence of this man's death? Also, it is rumored that my great-grandfather, Kenneth Baysinger's father, is half Native American. I am new to genealogy, and do not know how to look things up. i will check back as often as I can. Take care.

At 2:26 AM, Blogger Valorie Zimmerman said...

Hi Christopher, it's always good to hear from a cousin! I don't recall where I got that date of death, but probably the SSDI. Do you still live close to Iowa, where this family lived for so many generations? The Warren Co. Genealogy Society is really helpful, near or far. Also, the Rootsweb lists and message boards are a good way to connect with information, family stories, and cousins.


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