Genealogy research brings all of us eventually to

….a brick wall.

Eleanor (Ellen) (LEMMON) NOBLE’s Grave Marker [1]

One of my most frustrating brick walls is, who the hey were the parents of my 3rd-great-grandmum, Eleanor (Ellen) LEMMON (Feb. 21, 1811 Kentucky, USA – Mar. 31, 1895 Iowa; buried at Winslow Cemetery, Jefferson Twp., Poweshiek County, Iowa).

Joseph NOBLE’s Grave Marker [2]

By the 1850 U.S. Federal Census, that Oh Happy Day one where not only heads of households are named but, all household members, Eleanor was already married to my 3rd-great-grandfather Joseph NOBLE (Mar. 21, 1806 either Indiana, or, Ohio – Nov. 27, 1883 Poweshiek County, Iowa; Winslow Cemetery).  Joseph & “Eleanor LEMMONS” were married Jan. 21, 1830, in, Union County, Indiana, when Eleanor was 19 years old.

I’ve only been trying to crack the mystery of Eleanor’s parents’ identities on & off for the past decade & a half, maybe?  Numerous fellow researchers have been at it for much longer…  (This is some comfort. 😉 )

All it takes, though, is for one person to happen on one old box of attic-relegated documents; or, for a birth certificate thought unrecorded to manifest itself; or, for a pertinent newspaper article to be discovered; and, like a row of dominoes falling, numbers of facts could fall in place.  (Perhaps this very blog post may tease out a lead!  I am hopeful.)

So here goes:  together, Joseph NOBLE & “Eleanor LEMMONS“[3] / “Eleanor LEMMON“[4] / “Elenor LEMON“[5] / and even, “Eleanor LERMON“[6], had the following children (gleaned from the 1850 through 1880 U.S. Censuses):

  1. Mary Margaret (NOBLE) FALLS’ Grave Marker [7]

    My 2nd great-grandmother Mary Margaret NOBLE (Feb. 21, 1831 Indiana – Feb. 20, 1899 Polk County, Missouri; Greenwood Cemetery (Section 5, Lot 23), Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri), who married, Sept. 14, 1851, in Mercer County, Illinois, John Jeremiah or Jeremiah John (Jerry) FALLS (Jan. 2, 1815 Botetourt County, Virginia – Jan. 24, 1877 Benton County, Iowa; Chambers Cemetery, Chelsea, Tama County, Iowa).  Jerry, son of John FALLS, Jr., & Elizabeth [JENKINS?], married 1st, Nov. 5, 1835, in Chetopa Twp., Wilson County, Kansas, Elizabeth MARLATT (Nov. 15, 1818 West Virginia – 1849), daughter of Abraham Thomas MARLATT & Elizabeth BELAR.
  2. Mariah Elizabeth (Maria) NOBLE (Dec. 15, 1835 Mercer County, Illinois – June 14, 1910 Belle Plaine, Benton County, Iowa; Oak Hill Cemetery, Belle Plaine, Benton Counry, Iowa).  On Sept. 24, 1856, Mariah married James Ross CUNNINGHAM (July 25, 1830 Fayette County, Indiana – May 2, 1898 Poweshiek County, Iowa; Oak Hill Cemetery), son of John Hays CUNNINGHAM & Margaret (Martha) JACK.

    Mariah E. (Maria) (NOBLE) & James R. CUNNINGHAM Grave Marker [8]

  3. Sarah Elizabeth NOBLE (Feb. 17, 1838 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Oct. 12, 1913; Oaklawn Cemetery, Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa), married Uriah CLARK (May 16, 1835 Beaver County, Pennsylvania – Dec. 6, 1914 Iowa; Oaklawn Cemetery), son of Charles CLARK & Sarah McCREARY, on June 25, 1857, in New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois.

    Sarah Elizabeth (NOBLE) & Uriah CLARK Grave Marker [9]

  4. William B. NOBLE (Oct. 24, 1841 Illinois – June 15, 1920 Poweshiek County, Iowa; Hartwick (aka Union) Cemetery, Hartwick, Poweshiek County, Iowa).  Married Mary Francis REED (Mar. 11, 1848 Eliza, Mercer County, Illinois – July 11, 1902 Jefferson Twp., Poweshiek County, Iowa; Hartwick Cemetery), daughter of Harper REED & Sarah (DELABARRE) CANADA, on Aug. 16, 1866 in Mercer County, Illinois.

    William B. NOBLE & Mary F. (REED) Grave Marker [10]

  5. Nancy Malinda NOBLE (Abt. 1844 Illinois – AFTER July 9, 1860).
  6. Jane Cynthia NOBLE — “Syntha Jane” in the 1850 Census 😉 — (Jan. 10, 1847 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Apr. 9, 1921 Belle Plaine Twp., Benton County, Iowa; Hartwick Cemetery (aka Union), Hartwick, Poweshiek County, Iowa); married, Jan. 7, 1869 in Iowa County, Iowa, Jay WILSON (June 27, 1840 Mercer County, Illinois – Oct. 14, 1896 Belle Plaine, Benton County, Iowa; Hartwick Cemetery), son of Allen WILSON & Henrietta DRYDEN.

    Jane Cynthia (NOBLE) & Jay WILSON Grave Marker [11]

  7. Joseph Edward NOBLE & 1st wife Helen LeVinia (BLAKE) [12]

    Joseph Edward NOBLE (Aug. 24, 1849 Illinois – Oct. 24, 1917 Stilwell, Johnson County, Kansas; Aubry Cemetery, Aubry, Johnson County, Kansas).  Joseph married 1st, Sept. 27, 1871 in Poweshiek County, Iowa, Helen LeVinia BLAKE (Mar. 21, 1855 Iowa – Oct. 28, 1880; Dover Pioneer Cemetery, Koszta, Iowa County, Iowa), daughter of George W. BLAKE & Susan CRITTENDEN.  After Helen’s death at only 25 years of age from consumption, Joseph married Rosella E. (Rose) SHIELDS (Nov. 1, 1856 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Mar. 9, 1937 Stilwell, Johnson County, Kansas; Aubry Cemetery), daughter of Richard SHIELDS & Sarah B. (Sally) WILSON.
  8. Irena Alice NOBLE (Mar. 23, 1851 Illinois – Aug. 1, 1941; Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton, Muscatine County, Iowa).  Irena married 1st, Nov. 30, 1871 in Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, Millard Fillmore BLAKE (Abt. 1851 Illinois – ), son of George W. BLAKE & Susan CRITTENDEN.  Irena married 2nd, in 1899, Alexander C. WEATHERLY (Mar. 19, 1848 Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana – July 31, 1921 Wilton, Muscatine County, Iowa; Oakdale Cemetery), son of Jesse WEATHERLY & Harriet BOWEN.  Alexander married 1st, on Mar. 8, 1866, Evaline LOWE.

    Irena Alice (NOBLE) & Alexander C. WEATHERLY Grave Marker [13]

  9. Charles H. (Charlie) NOBLE (Aug. 28, 1856 Mercer County, Illinois – Aug. 26, 1871 Iowa; Winslow Cemetery, Poweshiek County, Iowa).  Died at only 14 years…

    Charles H. (Charlie) NOBLE’s Grave Marker [14]

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So…  There it is:  among my most frustrating brick walls.  From exactly whom — from where in Kentucky?? — did my 3rd-great-grandmum, Eleanor (Ellen) LEMMON come?

Meanwhile:  I went & spit to the black line, screwed on the top thingie with the blue fluid, and mailed my Ancestry.com DNA kit a couple of weeks back.  I now eagerly await my results, and, who knows?  Maybe my matches will show distant LEMMON LEMMONS LEMON kin…

Hope never dies in genealogy research. 🙂

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ENDNOTES

1. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 61418799, “Eleanor ‘Ellen’ Lemmons Noble,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61418799 , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by The Locator.

2. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 61418096, “Joseph Noble,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=NOBLE&GSfn=joseph&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=14&GScnty=625&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=61418096&df=all& , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by The Locator.

3. Indiana State Library, “Online Resources,” “Indiana Marriages Through 1850,” at https://www.statelib.lib.in.us/INMarriages1850/Marriages_results.asp , accessed June 24, 2016.

4. Ancestry.com, “Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60283&h=161710&tid=79831532&pid=34405383952&hid=64971091480&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC7128&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true , accessed June 24, 2016.

5. Ancestry.com, “Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60283&h=344021&tid=79831532&pid=34405383952&hid=64971091496&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC7128&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true , accessed June 24, 2016.

6. Ancestry.com, “Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60283&h=319637&tid=79831532&pid=34405383952&hid=64971091492&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC7128&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true , accessed June 24, 2016.

7. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 45374884, “Mary Margaret Noble Falls,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45374884 , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by Pat Faulkner.

8. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 50254686, “Mariah Elizabeth ‘Maria’ Noble Cunningham,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50254686 , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by C Vokoun.

9. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 24201404, “Sarah E. Noble Clark,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24201404 , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by Elizabeth Meriwether.

10. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 62356761, “William B. Noble,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=NOBLE&GSfn=William&GSmn=B&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=14&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=62356761&df=all& , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by Colette Harrison.

11. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 79321227, “Jane C. Noble Wilson,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=wilson&GSfn=jane&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1921&GSdyrel=in&GSst=14&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=79321227&df=all& , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by Colette Harrison.

12. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 93420330, “Helen LaVinia Blake Noble,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93420330 , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by The Locator.

13. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 19394642, “Alice Irene Weatherly,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=19394642 , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by Ken Wright.

14. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 61419162, “Charlie H Noble,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=NOBLE&GSfn=charlie&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1871&GSdyrel=in&GSst=14&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=61419162&df=all& , accessed June 24, 2016; photo contributed by C Vokoun.
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