I have been puzzling about when John Bailey’s parents, Johnathan and Malinda arrived in Iowa and where they might have lived. I had scoured the only Mahaska County Census record, which was in 1854 with no success.
Some things I did know. John Bailey was born in Indiana in 1844 or 1845 (conflicting dates found).
His older brothers Samuel and William enlisted in Co D, 33rd Iowa Infantry on Sep 6, 1862 in Mahaska County Iowa. William died in St. Louis on Dec 21, 1862 (no cause of death, but not a battle casualty .. they were on guard duty and moved out on Dec 21st. Could it have been an accident during the troop movement?) Samuel was severely wounded in a battle at Jenkin’s Ferry in 1864 and was discharged due to the wound in 1865. John Bailey apparently did not enlist with his brothers, (may well have waited till he was 18 and thus enlisted in 1863) but he is listed on a roster of Co D, 33rd Iowa Infantry.
33rd IOWA INFANTRY
The following information was extracted from the book,
“History of the 33d Iowa Infantry Volunteer Regiment,
Des Moines: Mills & Co., 1866.
Submitted by Heather Jenkins
JOHN LOFLAND, Captain.
DENNY M. GUNN, First Lieutenant.
RILEY JESSUP, Second Lieutenant.
|Adams, George||Hines, Ezra F.||Reeder, Pemberton|
|Atwood, Moses F.||Houser, Jacob||Rockwell, Alanson|
|Adams, David||Hughes, Jared||Reams, Vincent|
|Appleton, Clark||Hilliard, William||Randall, Jefferson|
|Atwood, Stephen||Hopkins, Abraham C.||Stephens, David|
|Bennett, Charles G.||Hiner, Jesse||Slater, Elisha W.|
|Brower, David M. C.||Hiner, David||Roberts, James M.|
|Bass, Andrew J.||Hiner, Wm.||Rice, Eugene W.|
|Berkey, Albert G.||Hiatt, Amos||Schwalm, Albert W.|
|Brewster, Philander||Hull, Benjamin||Stevens, Hugh|
|Batterson, Edwin B.||Heaverlo, Andrew||Sandiland, Wm. A.|
|Brundedge, Levi E.||Hewson, Samuel||Sandiland, Alexander|
|Boyer, Wm. E.||Hull, Ahalial||Shannon, John A.|
|Brown, Nathaniel H.||Jones, John W.||Stout, Thomas C.|
|Burris, Stacey||Kindig, Wm. H.||Shelley, Benjamin F.|
|Bupp, Frank||Killough, John H.||Smith, Wm. F.|
|Blackstone, Thomas J.||Kirkpatrick, George N.||Tracy, Wm.|
|Crawford, John R.||Leighton, Henry C.||Tracy, Marion|
|Counsel, Oran||Locke, Wm. G.||Totman, Nathaniel|
|Champ, Thornton||Lacey, John F.||Thompson, Joseph|
|Coe, Alven H.||Likens, Wm.||Talbot, Wm. H.|
|Cope, Henry||Lafollett, John W.||Trobridge, Wm.|
|Collins, John C.||Larkins, J. W.||Thompson, David R.|
|Clark, Henry M.||Moore, Eliphaz||Vickers, Sandford|
|Darrow, James E.||Middleton, Jesse H.||Vickroy, Lewis F.|
|Doughman, Samuel H.||Mahaffey, John||Williams, Thomas J.|
|Doughman, Andrew J.||McKinsey, David P.||Winder, Hugh W.|
|Deweese, Wm. J.||Michener, Henry P.||Widows, James H.|
|Deweese, Samuel L.||McNeal, Henry P.||Wood, David J. M.|
|Deweese, John B.||Mitchell, George R.||Warner, James M.|
|Donelson, Amos W.||Needham, David L.||Williams, John D.|
|Dixon, Harvey M.||Newton, Henry||White, Wm. L.|
|Dilley, David M.||Pope, Washington C.||Windsor, Joseph|
|Ewing, John N.||Peckover, Wm.||West, Isaac W.|
|Ellis, Adelbert L.||Peters, Wm. C.||Young, John C.|
|Evans, Wm. L.||Proctor, Jefferson||Zane, Wm. L.|
|Enos, Wm.||Proctor, Wm.||Thorp, Wm.|
|Fagan, Wm.||Packer, Isaac W.D.||Mendenhall, Wm.|
|Flanders, Nathan N.||Peckover, John||Barr, Pinckney F.|
|Garden, Thomas J.||Quaintance, Morris A.|
|Grey, Amos||Ramey, John H.|
The 1880 census does list a John Bailey Deweese in Madison TWP, Mahaska County Iowa. It also lists the household with wife Sarah, Son Elonza age 8 and mother Malinda age 81. This is my great grandfather!
I then rechecked the 1905 plat book.To show the relationship of this farm to Oskaloosa:Checking out a 1913 plat book I find that this location is no longer in John Bailey’s name, but I did find that he had property in Monroe TWP.In the 1912 plat book for Keokuk county I found that J.B. also owned the property immediately east of this land.
These two parcels were then sold to my grandfather, Sam, and J.B. apparently retired to live in Delta, Iowa.
Couldn’t find Jonathan Deweese in 1854 census, indicating that they had not moved from Indiana.
Enlistment records indicate that the family was in Iowa on Sept 6, 1862.
1905 plat map shows that J.B. Deweese owned property north of Oskaloosa.
1912 and 1913 plat maps show that he had relocated with some property in Mahaska and more in Keokuk counties.
He then sold his Keokuk county farm to my Grandpa Sam and retired to Delta, Ia. in 1914, living with his daughter Ida and her husband Charles Phipps. (This explains the relationship between my folks and Phipps and Renee Phipps living with mom and dad for a few years.) The following is from the 1920 census. A year later he sold the Mahaska county property to Sam and Fern.