Iowa, Brooklyn, Poweshiek County Obituaries, also Victor and Davenport


Research by Deloris Dietrich, Iowa, with contributions by Joyce Allen-Luopa [Notes 1, 2]


This set of newspaper obituaries shows how one McAninch line, in Iowa, can be traced back across Indiana and Ohio, to Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. They are presented in chronological order.


Jan. 1894, (James) Lewis McAninch [1850 census, Note 3; John Alfred McA., Note 4]


Died at his residence on Des Moines street, Saturday, Jan. 13th, 1894, Mr. Lewis McAninch, aged 75 years, 4 months and 4 days. The deceased was born in Huntington [sic, Huntingdon] Co., Pa., Sept. 10, 1818. He was twice married, first to Miss Elizabeth Barto in 1839, who died April 27, 1862; the second time to Mrs. Phoebe Simerson, April 26, 1863, who survives to mourn her loss. Lewis McAninch was the father of sixteen children, twelve of whom are living. For many years in Ohio Mr. McAninch was an active member of the M. E. [Methodist Episcopal] church, but on coming west drifted away from that communion and remained out of the church until one year ago he again united with the church and though a great sufferer from cancer -- ultimately the cause of his death -- his christian fortitude was always manifest, till his release came on Saturday evening. The funeral was held from the M. E. church Monday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. Peterson and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends. Brooklyn Chronicle, Brooklyn, Iowa, 19 Jan. 1894


Dec. 1904, Phobe McAninch, second wife of (James) Lewis McAninch


Mrs. Pheby McAninch was born in Ohio in 1838. Her parents were John and Lovina Lyons. There were six girls and three boys in the family. She was married to a Mr. Simmerson, they had one son, Oliver Simmerson, who now resides in Blackhawk county. Mr. James McAninch and Mrs. Pheby Simmerson were married the 26th of April, 1863. They moved to Iowa in the fall of 1867 where they have since resided. Mrs. McAninch was the mother of seven children, three boys and four girls; five of these children survive to mourn the loss of their mother. Funeral services were conducted at Grace M. E. church of which she is a member, Saturday, December 31, 1904, at 2 p.m. Brooklyn Chronicle, Jan. 1905


Oct. 1912, Wesley Scott McAninch [Note 5]


Wesley Scott McAninch, third son [sic] of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis McAninch was born in Pennsylvania Sept. 7, 1849, and died in Brooklyn, Iowa, October 10, 1912 at the age of 63 years, 1 month and 3 days. While yet a babe he moved with his parents to Ohio where he grew to manhood. He came to Brooklyn in the fall of 1869 where he has resided since [except] a few years spent in West Liberty. He was married in Brooklyn, Feb. 23, 1876, to Rebecca Hancock, who with his seven brothers, three sisters and a host of friends survive to mourn his loss. Thirty years ago he was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church and has lived an exemplary life since. He was a kind and loving husband, a faithful neighbor and friend and a good citizen.

On the 18th of Feb. 1903 he began working for the city of Brooklyn as city engineer and for nearly ten years he has served the town faithfully.

The funeral service was held in the M. E. church in Brooklyn, Sun., Oct. 13, 1912 at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. F. C. Edwards, pastor of the church. The fraternity of which Mr. McAninch was a member, the IOOF attended in a body, and took part in the burial service at the grave. Six brothers of the deceased were the pall bearers. The body was interred in the IOOF Cemetery.


McAninch Family History NL, IX -1  January 2001  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2001-03


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