Old Wapello County Roots

Many of my friends know that I spent my early years in Ottumwa, Iowa which is the county seat of Wapello County.

Chief Wapella, Chief of the Mesquakees, Ottumwa, Iowa, Wapello County, Iowa History, native americans, American IndiansWapello County was created in February 1843 and was named for Wapella or Chief Wapello who was a chief of the Mesquakees. He was born in 1787 in what is today Wisconsin and died on March 15, 1842 after getting sick on a hunting trip near Ottumwa, Iowa.

wapello county iowa, ottumwa, iowa, GenealogyHere you can see where Wapello County is in Iowa.

google maps, wapello county, Iowa counties, Ottumwa IowaLike many county seats Ottumwa is in the middle of the county. I was not born in Ottumwa, but my parents moved back there not too long after I was born and we lived there until I finished 5th grade.

Pleasant Township, Wapello County Iowa, Ancestors, Census, 1854However, I have some very old family roots in Wapello County. My 3rd great-grandfather Silas Calvin Ramsey lived in Pleasant Township back in 1854. The entry below him in the census is his father-in-law Adam Sears, who is of course my 4th great-grandfather.

Adam Sears was a Restoration Movement preacher which is quite interesting as almost a hundred years later a Restoration Movement Bible school was founded in Ottumwa which is where my parents met.

Pleasant Township, Wapello, Iowa, Ottumwa, AbingdonPleasant Township is in the eastern part of Wapello County. You can see that it is near Abingdon where my 4th great-grandmother is buried across from the Abingdon Church of Christ.

Competine, iowa, Wapello County, OttumwaIn the 1856 census they have a Competine, Iowa address. The tiny village of Competine is where the red flag is on the map. I don’t know exactly where they lived, but since they lived in Pleasant Township it would have been to the south.

chillicothe, Iowa, Braman, Wapello CountyI also have a Braman ancestor who lived in Wapello County in the early days. In 1873 my 2nd great-grandfather Joseph Harvey Braman was living in Chillicothe, Iowa. He did not live there long as by 1880 his family was living in Hamburg, Iowa.

It is always interesting for me to see how my ancestors moved across the country. Wapello County was definitely a very significant place for my family.


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