invite to dinner: dear 3rd-greatgrandmama eleanor (lemon) noble or is it lemmon or lemmons, the pleasure of your company is requested…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 4 prompt:  Invite to dinner.
Both hands up to the sides of my head, I’m frozen in indecision — just one?!  Invite just one guest to dinner?!  (Oh that it was possible to bring ancestors out of the frieze of time for answers to some questions; brick walls might not exist.)

Two ladies in Great-Grandma Alta Maria (Falls) Greger’s line come to mind most quickly as desired dinner guests:  my 4th great-grandmum Sarah (Showers) Falls and, my 3rd-great-grandmother Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble (February 21, 18111 Kentucky2, USA–March 31, 1895 Iowa; buried Winslow Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa1,3).  They are both longstanding brick walls.  I haven’t a clue as to either’s respective fathers.

It’s Eleanor, I decide.  She’s getting the invitation.  I mentally draft my invite.

Alta Maria (Falls) Greger (Family photo.)

But to fill you in on how the line goes, let’s back up once more to Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble’s granddaughter and, my Great-Grandma, Alta Maria4 Falls (July5 106, 18645 Illinois5–October 13, 1934 Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri6; buried Anderson Cemetery, Anderson East, McDonald County, Missouri6).

Alta first apears in the household of parents “Jarry” & Mary Falls at age seven in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census of Jefferson, Poweshiek, Iowa, dwelling number 86, her forename mistranscribed as “Atta.”  Iowa marriage records tell us that Alta [again mistranscribed “Atta,” although very clearly “Alta” on the original record] M. Falls, father listed as “Geremiah” Falls, mother as Mary Noble, marries “Graurille S Gregor”7 [Granville Smith Greger] on September 28, 1892 in Benton County, Iowa.  This takes us up nicely to my 2nd-great grands Geremiah Falls & Mary Noble.

“Geremiah Falls,” or as he’s more commonly referenced, Jeremiah (Jerry) Falls, took “Mary Margaret Noble” as his second wife on September 14, 1851 in Mercer County, Illinois.8

Grave Marker of Mary Margaret (Noble) Falls (Contributed to by Pat Faulkner.)

We first see “[Mary] Margaret Noble” (February 2?, 18319 Indiana2–February 20, 1899 Polk County, Missouri; buried Greenwood Cemetery (Sec 5 Lot 23), Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri9) at age 19, in the household of [parents] Joseph & Ellen Noble in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census in “Township 14 N R 5 W, Mercer, Illinois,” family number 382.10

We last see Mary M. in the 1895 State Census of Belle Plaine, Benton County, Iowa, as widowed head-of-household “Mary Falls,” age 60, with her widowed mother Ellen Noble — 84 born Kentucky — the only other person in the household.11

And that takes us up to my dinner invitee, 3rd-great grandmum Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble.

Eleanor is visible in the 1850 through 1880 U.S. Federal Censuses in the household of husband Joseph Noble; seen in an (unreferenced here) 1885 Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa State Census again with husband Joseph; is widowed in the January, 1895, household of eldest daughter Mary Margaret; and recorded buried at Winslow Cemetery, Poweshiek CountyIowa.3  But, somewhere in there, Eleanor or Ellen was born.  TO, whom?  What siblings if any, did she have?  Where were her parents from?

Dear Grandma Ellen!  It’s so good to meet you!

I hope you like chicken — I figured baked was a pretty safe choice, and, the Penzey’s Mural of Flavor seasoning I use, with, Himilayan pink salt have gone over so well with previous dinner guests.  If you’d prefer fish, though, I’ve salmon filets waiting in the fridge just in case.  Baked potatoes, salad, & rolls will round things out and, I’ve purchased wonderful mini tarts from Whole Foods Market for dessert.  Would you like some coffee or tea while we chat a bit?

I have to ask first, please, who were your parents and, what siblings did you have?

I cannot find a birth or baptism record naming your mother & father, nor a marriage record with same.  No other genealogy researchers out there — none I’ve seen anyway — has ventured a guess as to your parents and quite frankly this is just driving me nuts.  I’m lost for leads.  Please please:  tell me the answer(s) to this riddle, and then, all about your life growing up and, yours & Grampa Joseph’s together…

Grave Marker of Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble  (Contributed to by “The Locator.”)

1 ” ‘Iowa, Cemetery Records, 1662-1999’ {database on-line}.  Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.  Original data:  Works Project Administration. Graves Registration Project.  Washington, D.C.:  n.p., n.d.;” “Grave Stone Records of Poweshiek, Iowa; Page Number: 536,” at , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
2 U.S. Federal Censuses of 1850:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Township 14 N R 5 W, Mercer, Illinois,” family number 382; 1860:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Township 14 N 5 W, Mercer, Illinois,” family number 1651, dwelling number 1651; 1870:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Jefferson, Poweshiek, Iowa,” dwelling number 62; 1880:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa,” dwelling number 537.  All four give Ellen’s (1850, 1870) / Eleaner’s (1870) / Eleanor’s (1880) birthplace as Kentucky.  Census of 1850 notes daughter “Margaret” as born Indiana.
3, “Eleanor ‘Ellen’ Lemmons Noble,” memorial ID 61418799, at , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
4 Anecdotal family knowledge.
5 U.S. Federal Census of 1900:  “Granvil S Greger” household, “Field, Jefferson, Illinois,” sheet number 12, “number of dwelling in order of visitation” 238, family number 239.  (As of Jan. 31, 2018, at at, .)
6, “Alta M Falls Greger,” memorial ID 31743986, at , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
7 “Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa; Series Title: Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922,” at as “Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940,” at , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
8 “Illinois State Marriage Records. Online index. Illinois State Public Record Offices,” via’s, “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920” at , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
9, “Mary Margaret Noble Falls,” memorial ID 45374884, at ,  accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
10 U.S. Federal Census, 1850, “Joseph Noble” household., at , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
11 ” ‘Iowa State Census, 1895,’ database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 June 2016), Mary Falls, Benton, Iowa, United States; citing p. 55, 1895, State Historical Society, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,021,711;” at, accessed Jan. 31, 2018.



sentimental saturday: 50th wedding anniversary photo, nathan noble & alida pruyn

Alida (PRUYN) & Nathan NOBLE 50th Wedding Anniversary [1]

Nathan NOBLE (June 17, 1851 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Sept. 15, 1928 Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota; buried Eventide Cemetery, Woonsocket, Sanborn County, South Dakota) — a 1st cousin four times removed to me — son of David Johnson NOBLE[2] & Sarah Elizabeth RADER[2], married Alida PRUYN (Nov. 7, 1851 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Sept. 13, 1929 Vayland, Hand County, South Dakota; Eventide Cemetery), daughter of Walter Van Vechten PRUYN[2] & Sarah Nancy KIBBEY[2], on October 17, 1872; 50 years later, in 1922, the above photo was taken in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

About Nathan & Alida:

Nathan NOBLE

“Nathan NOBLE, banker and ranchman, controlling important business interests and a citizen whose interest in all progressive movements finds tangible expression, was born in Mercer county, Illinois, June 17, 1851, a son of D. J. and Sarah (RAEDER) NOBLE, both of whom are now deceased. The father was a native of Indiana but the ancestral line is traced back to Ireland, whence came the great-great-grandfather of Nathan NOBLE, who settled in South Carolina in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

“In the public schools of his native county Nathan Noble acquired his preliminary education and later became a student in Hedding Seminary, a Methodist school at Abingdon, Illinois. In early manhood he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for a short time, and in 1872, when twenty-one years of age, he came to Dakota, settling on a homestead claim in Lincoln county. On his removal here he was the first to ship goods over what was then known as the Dakota Southern Railroad, now the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, and paid the first freight to that road and still has the receipt for the same in his possession. The road permitted Mrs. Noble to ride in the cab of the engine, as it was a construction train, no regular train having been put on the road at that time. This was the first railroad built in what is now South Dakota.

“For nine years Mr. Noble followed farming and then removed to Canton, where he established a lumberyard which he conducted successfully for ten years. At that time the Northwestern Railway was built and the town of Centerville was founded. He removed to that place, having there acquired a homestead and other lands that aggregated eight hundred acres. He continued for five years in the lumber business there and then engaged in general merchandising and also did some drainage engineering. In 1913 he removed to Woonsocket and became president of the Citizens National Bank, which had been founded in 1902. In 1914, when the institution became a member of the Federal Reserve, the name was changed to the First National Bank. It is capitalized for thirty-five thousand dollars and a general banking business is conducted along legitimate lines, the policy of the officers being to carefully safeguard the interests of depositors, so that the course of the bank has been such as has won public confidence in an unusual degree. In whatever business Mr. Noble has engaged he has displayed adaptability and enterprise which, combined with close application and keen sagacity, have won for him a most gratifying measure of success. He has a large ranch in Hand county comprising twelve hundred acres, on which he raises Hereford cattle.

“On the 17th of October, 1872, Mr. Noble was united in marriage to Miss Alida PRUYN, a daughter of Walter and Sarah (KIBBIE) PRUYN, of Mercer county, Illinois. They have five children, as follows: William P., who is a ranchman of Hand county and a breeder of blooded cattle; D. Walter, of Chehalis, who is president of the Chehalis National Bank; Harriet, the wife of Fred D. Henderson, who is conneatcd with the Security National Bank of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Edith, the wife of R. A. Carhart, who acts as agent for the Methodist Book Concern at Mexico City, Mexico; and Ralph C, who is a graduate of the Dakota Wesleyan University and also of Purdue University of Indiana. The last named formerly served as engineer under Samuel H. Lee and is now cashier of the First National Bank of Woonsocket.

“Mr. Noble votes with the republican party nor does he regard lightly the duties of citizenship. He served as a member of the councils of Canton and Centerville and was mayor of the latter place at the time of his removal to Woonsocket.

“He has also been county commissioner of Lincoln county, was county surveyor of Turner county for six years and is now filling the position of deputy state surveyor. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp, and both he and his wife are active members of the Methodist church. He is serving on its board of trustees and does much to further and promote its work. He is a contributor to and member of the board of trustees of the Dakota Wesleyan University and stands for all that is progressive and helpful. His wife is very active in the Ladies Aid Society of the church and also in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Mr. Noble possesses scholarly tastes and devotes considerable time to the study of current events which indicate the world’s advancement. He is interested in all progressive movements and keeps in touch with the vital and significant problems of the day that have to do with the upbuilding and development of city, state and nation. He believes that it should be a matter of personal concern to every public-spirited citizen to aid in the work of general improvement and he actively indorses [sic] those projects which are a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.”[3]


1., memorial no. 90716696, “Alida Pruyn Noble,” at , accessed July, 2016. Photo contributed to FindAGrave by Trudy Lindaman.

2. GREENE, Richard Henry; STILES, Henry Reed; DWIGHT, Melatiah Everett; MORRISON, George Austin; MOTT, Hopper Striker; TOTTEN, John Reynolds; PITMAN, H. Minot (Harold Minot); DITMAS, Charles Andrew; De FOREST, Louis Effingham; MANN, Conklin; MAYNARD, Arthur S; New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (New York, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1886).  Page 272 online at , accessed July, 2016.

3. George Washington KINGSBURY; George Martin SMITH, History of Dakota Territory (Volume 5) (Chicago, IL, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915); pages 470-473. Online at , accessed July, 2016.