Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Henry Frazer & Mary "Polly" Otwell, Cedar Creek Cemetery, Mt Pleasant, Iowa

This is the tombstone of my great X3 grandparents HENRY FRAZER b Aug 20, 1793 Guilford, North Carolina and his wife MARY "POLLY" OTWELL b Dec 13, 1798 Guilford, North Carolina. The grave is located in the Cedar Creek Cemetery, Mt Pleasant, Henry Co Iowa.  They were Quakers.

Excerpt from an article in Marshalltown Iowa Times-Republican Newspaper on Henry Frazer and Mary Polly Otwell, written for the Second Annual Frazier Reunion in 1931, byline missing.

Old Log House Moved

When Henry and his wife Mary came from N. Carolina to Indiana with their six oldest children, in 1826, they bought a log house and tore it down to move it to an acre of timber land Henry had bought in Boone County IN. This log house was the birthplace of the other five children. After Henry had left this house, his oldest daughter, Ann married Henry Way, and the Ways lived in the old home. The third daughter, Matilda, married William Brown (this is an error; MATILDA FRAZIER married JOHN CROSBY/CORSBIE) and occupied the house.  When the Browns were visiting in Indiana in 1905 they found the place still standing. They had it photographed and a log taken from the structure from which a replica of the building was made and both the picture and the miniature of the cabin were displayed Sunday at the reunion.

To Iowa in 1855

Henry and Mary Frazier came to Iowa in the spring of 1855 and made their entry into the state by fording the Mississippi, as there were no bridges. They located in Henry Co, where Mary died on Oct 11 that year. She was buried in the Cedar Creek cemetary. Henry lived until Aug 3, 1863. He too was buried in the Cedar Creek burying grounds.

(Photo and newspaper article sent to me by Elizabeth Frazier Cole in 2001)

Have a great day!


1 comment:

Teresa said...

I have a copy of an 1884 letter from my great-great grandfather, Wyke Elliott, that mentions Gideon Frazier living in his house for the winter. Elliott was a Quaker living in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa at the time.