Margaret Marshall Gwin,
Ephraim Moore,
John Dillon,
and

Dr. Benjamin F. Parker




Page updated 24 Mar 2014


Page updated 16 Feb 2013
with the discovery of the Moore Family in the 1870 census


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An Outline of the Known Family So Far

21.00--Richard Gwin m. Sarah Chesley
22.00--Isham Gwin, b. ca. 1764; d. ca. Dec 1830 ca. age 66; m. Mary Canterbury (b. ca. 1770; d. aft. 1850; d/o Samuel Canterbury {s/o John Canterbury and Elizabeth Harper} and Elizabeth [nee unk])
23.01--Polly Gwin, m. Thomas Walker, Jr.
23.02--Elizabeth Gwin, m. David Denton
23.03--William Gwin, m. Susanah Beard
23.04--John Gwin, m. Jane Walker
23.05--Virginia Jane Gwin m1. Mr. Tipton; m2. Benjamin Weathers
23.06--Isham Gwin II m1. Mary Likens; m2. Betsy Snowden
23.07--unk. (dau.?) Gwin (son Chesley Gwin?)
23.08--Richard Walton Gwin m. Nancy Elizabeth Watkins
24.01--Mary Gwin, m. Gideon Bear 
24.02--Elizabeth Gwin, d. 1826; m. never
24.03--William Watkins Gwin, m. Catherine Bush {PHOTOS}
24.04--Jane Gwin, m. Jehu William Haigler
24.05--Sarah Gwin, m. Enoch Haigler
24.06--Martha Gwin, m. William W. Snyder
24.07--John H. Gwin, m. Mary Jane Thompson
24.08--Eliza Louisa Gwin, m1. Henry Lane, m2. Ezra T. Wells  {PHOTOS}
24.09--Nancy Gwin, d. 1843; m. never
24.10--Elizabeth Gwin, m1. Moses Adams; m2. William S. Bartholomew
YOU ARE HERE----->  24.11--Marguerette Marshall Gwin, m1. Ephraim
Moore; m2. John Dillon; m3. Dr. Benjamin F. Parker
24.12--Caroline Chamberlain Gwin, m. John H. Dunn
24.13--Anna Bear Gwin, m. William Beck Freeman {PHOTOS}
24.14--Richard W. Gwin, (Jr.?), m. Mary E. Thompson {PHOTOS}
24.15--Martin Van Buren Gwin, m1. Mary C. Butcher; m2. Isabella (nee unk.)
24.16--Silas Walton Gwin, m. Cora A. (nee unk.) {PHOTOS}
23.09--Nancy Gwin m. Squire Houston
23.10--Sarah Gwin m. William Houston
23.11--Minerva Gwin m. Elijah Wright
23.12--Mahala Gwin m. John B. Houston

Now here they are again in more detail...




24.11
--Margaret Marshall Gwin
, b. 17 Apr 1842 in IA; d. 29 Jan 1924; bd. Mount Washington Cem., Independence, Jackson Co., MO--Find A Grave Memorial# 99081686; m1. Ephraim Moore (b. ca. 1815 in OH; d. 1878; bd. unk.); m2. John Dillon (b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.); m3. ca. 1898 (md. 12 yrs. in 1910 census) to Dr. Benjamin F. Parker (b. 1833 (from gravestone); Orley Bush Gwin's Notes say that in 1906 they were living in Independence, MO; d. 1916; bd. Mount Washington Cem., Independence, Jackson Co., MO--Find A Grave Memorial# 99081666); two of two ch. reported as lvg. in 1910;
[Margaret, age 8 in 1850 census];
[
listed as Margaret Gwin, age 16 in 1856 Iowa State census of English River Twp., Washington Co., IA];
[listed as Margaret Moore, age 28, b. IA, in the 4 Jun 1870 census of Olathe, Olathe Twp., Johnson Co., KS]
[listed as Margaret G. Parker, age 50 and b. IA/TN/KY, in the 18 Apr 1910 census of Blue Twp., Independence, Jackson Co., MO]

[listed as Margaret Parker, widowed mother-in-law, 68, b. IA/VA/KY, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Independence, Jackson Co., MO, lvg. w/her dau. Isabelle]

[listed as Ephriam Moore, carpenter, age 55, b. OH, in the 4 Jun 1870 census of Olathe, Olathe Twp., Johnson Co., KS]


[listed as Benjamin F. Parker, age 76 and b. IL/GA/IL, in the 18 Apr 1910 census of Blue Twp., Independence, Jackson Co., MO]

[Sharon Rae Gwin Day-Marts Note: This data is from the handwritten notes of Orley Bush Gwin, my g-grandfather: Margaret Marshall Gwin - born April 17, 1842. She married Ephraim Moore and he abandoned her. She divorced him and married John Dillan (Dillon). On John's death she married a Dr. Parker, and in 1906 they were living in Independence, Mo.]

[John M. Gwin Note: Cousin Sharon Rae Gwin Day-Marts writes that her gg-grandfather, Orley Bush Gwin, recorded that Ephraim abandoned Margaret after which she divorced him. This does not agree at all with the biographical account transcribed below, and I think Cousin Orley must have unknowingly switched Mr. Moore with Mr. Dillon.  However, like Cousin Orley's notes, the biographical account has several obvious errors in it, so we may need to take things with a grain of salt for a while here until the whole truth is discovered!  :-)]

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
PARKER
1833  -  1916
BECAUSE I LIVE, YE SHALL LIVE ALSO.

MARGARET GWIN
PARKER
PASSED AWAY JAN.29, 1924
"I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE"

25.01--Harry Gwin Moore, b. 28 Oct 1861 in KS; d. 10 Sep 1920, according to gravestone; bd. Mount Washington Cem., Independence, Jackson Co., MO--Find A Grave Memorial# 99081714; m. 20 Nov 1888 to Minnie B. Kerr (b. 1864 in English River Twp., Washington Co., IA, to W. E. "Squire" Kerr and Violet Bush; d. unk.; bd. unk.); at least one ch.
[listed as Harry G. Moore, age 10, b. KS, in the 4 Jun 1870 census of Olathe, Olathe Twp., Johnson Co., KS]
[listed as Harry G. Moore, bank cashier, age 38 and b. Oct 1861 in KS/OH/IA, in the Jun 1900 census of Wellman, Washington Co., IA];
[listed as Harry G. Moore, bank cashier, age 48 and b. KS/OH/IA, in the 18 May 1910 census of Wellman Lime Creek Twp., Washington Co., IA]


[listed as Minnie B. Moore, age 35 and b. Sep 1864 in IA/OH/OH, in the Jun 1900 census of Wellman, Washington Co., IA];
[listed as Minnie (L.?) Moore, age 44 and b. IA/OH/ILLGBl., in the 18 May 1910 census of Wellman Lime Creek Twp., Washington Co., IA]

26.01--Myrtle Alzora Moore, b. Sep 1890 in IA; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. 1912 to Robert Shibley Moth, Sr., M.D. (b. ca. 1882; d. aft. 1925; bd. unk.); at least one ch.
[listed as Myrtle A. Moore, age 10 and b. Sep 1889 in IA/KS/IA, in the Jun 1900 census of Wellman, Washington Co., IA];
[listed as Myrtle A. Moore, age 20 and b. IA/KS/IA, in the 18 May 1910 census of Wellman Lime Creek Twp., Washington Co., IA]
[listed as Myrete Moth, age 39 and b. in IA/IL/IA, in the 7 Apr 1930 census of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA]
[listed as Myrtle Moore Moth, age 48 and b. in IA, in the 12 Apr 1940 census of Council Bluffs, Kane Twp. Pottawattamie Co., IA]

[listed as Robert S. Moth, physician, age 48 and b. in IL/WI/NY, in the 7 Apr 1930 census of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA]

[listed as Robert Moth, private-practice physician, age 58 and b. in IL, in the 12 Apr 1940 census of Council Bluffs, Kane Twp. Pottawattamie Co., IA]

Taken from pp. 41 and 42 of Volume IV of
A Narrative History of The People of Iowa
WITH SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSYRY, BUSINESS, ETC.
by

EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa

The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, publishers, 1931

ROBERT S. MOTH, physician and surgeon, has practiced at Council Bluffs since 1910, coming to Iowa after several years of successful experience in his profession in Chicago, where his father was long an honored representative of the medical profession.

Dr. Moth was borh in the Chicago suburban community of Winnetka, December 26, 1881, son of Dr. Morris J. and Lora (Shibley) Moth.  His father was born on a Wisconsin farm and his mother in the City of Albany, New York.  Dr. Morris J. Moth was a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago and for several years a member of its faculty.  He practiced his profession in Chicago
for a quarter of a century. He was a Republican in politics, a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Congregational Church. There were three children:  Harriett, wife of Willis S. Hilpert, a doctor of philosophy and a chemical engineer living at Winnetka, Illinois; Dr. Robert S.; and Margery, wife of Dr. James P. McCormick, a physician at Edmonton, Canada.

Robert S. Moth attended school in Chicago, for two years was a student in the University of Chicago, and in 1905 graduated M. D. from the Hahnemann Medical College.  He was engaged in practice in that city, and from 1906 to 1910 practiced at New Orleans. In the latter year he came to Council Bluffs, where he has built up a fine reputation as a man of ability in the field of general practice. He is a member of the Pottawattamie County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations.

Dr. Moth married in 1912 Miss Myrtle A. Moore, who was born in Iowa and educated in the State University. Her father, Harry G. Moore is an Iowa banker.  Dr. and Mrs. Moth have one son, Robert S. Moth, Jr., born in 1920.  Mrs. Moth is a member of the Episcopal Church, while he belongs to the Congregational Church and is a York and Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, both being members of the Eastern Star.  He also belongs to Lodge No. 531, B. P. O. Elks.

Special thanks to Debbie Clough Gerischer, Iowa History Project, Scott Co., IA, who transcribed this document in 2008
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/IOWA/2008-11/1225747865


27.01--Robert Shibley Moth, Jr., b. 30 May 1920 in Council Bluffs, IA; d. 4 Jul 2003; bd. unk.; m. 26 Dec 1946 in Council Bluffs, IA, to Hilary Chappell (b. in England; d. unk.; bd. unk.); unk. ch.
[listed as Robert S. Moth, Jr., age 9 and b. in IA/IL/IA, in the 7 Apr 1930 census of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA]
[listed as Robert S. Moth, 19 and b. in IA, in the 12 Apr 1940 census of Council Bluffs, Kane Twp. Pottawattamie Co., IA]

Name: Robert Shibley Moth [i.e., Jr.]
Birth Date: 30 May 1920
Birth Place: Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Iowa
Father's Name: Robert Shibley Moth
Mother's Name: Myrtle Alzora Moth
FHL Film Number: 1479597



MRS. ROBERT MOTH
     In simple church rites, Miss Hilary Chappell, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Chappell of Stourbridge, England, and Mr. Robert Moth, son of Mrs. Moth and the late Dr. Robert Moth of Council Bluffs, were married December 26 [1946] in St. Paul's Episcopal church, Council Bluffs.
     The single ring ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Albert Baker, in the presence of 50 guests. Nuptial music was furnished by Miss Gertrude Wieth, who played an organ prelude, and Miss Marion Hansen who sang "O Perfect Love."
     Miss Chappell was given in marriage by the Rev. C. Carson Bransby, a former fellow-countryman. Her suit of white wine wool was accented with a shell- pink chiffon ascot, and a toque of pink and rose flowerets. She wore a corsage of orchid and white heather from England.
     Her matron of honor. Mrs. J. B. Petrus, Jr., of Council Bluffs, wore a suit of pastel mint green, with a dark green hat trimmed in white roses. Her corsage was pink carnations. Mr. Daryl R. Mason of Omaha was best man.
     Mrs. Robert Moth, Sr., entertained the guests at a reception at Hotel Chieftan, following the ceremony. The couple will make their home in North Liberty.
     Mrs. Moth received an A. R- C. A. degree from the Royal College of Art in London.   Mr. Moth, who is a student in the State University of Iowa, is affiliated with Sigma Nu fraternity. He recently was discharged from the service after three years, spent mostly in England with the Office of Strategic Service.  Mrs. Moth worked in the same office for eight months, and also did camouflage work for the British.


Taken from the 7 Jan 1947 edition of the Iowa City Press-Citizen
http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/16051651/



25.02--Phenia Moore, b. ca. 1862 in KS; d. unk.; bd.unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Phenia Moore, age 8, in the 4 Jun 1870 census of Olathe, Olathe Twp., Johnson Co., KS]

25.03--Isabel M. Moore
, b. 30 Aug 1879, according to gravestone, but Aug 1865 per the 1900 census, in KS; d. 22 May 1926, according to gravestone; bd. Mount Washington Cem., Independence, Jackson Co., MO--Find A Grave Memorial# 99081739; m. ca. 1890 (md. 10 yrs. in 1900 census) Richard W. Barger, "prominent Chicago attorney" (b. 11 Nov 1848, according to gravestone, but Nov 1850 per the 1900 census, in IL/KY/TN; d. 11 Feb 1927 according to gravestone; bd. Mount Washington Cem., Independence, Jackson Co., MO--Find A Grave Memorial# 99081729); no known ch. (0 of 0 ch. lvg. after 10 years of marriage in 1900 at age 34)
[listed as Isabel M. Barger, age 34 and b. Aug 1865 in KS/IA/OH, m. 10 yrs w/0 of 0 ch. lvg., in the 1 Jun 1900 census of Hyde Park, Chicago, Cook Co., IL]
[listed as Isabelle M. Barger, 44 (sic), b. KS/IA/IA, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Independence, Jackson Co., MO, her widowed mother lvg. w/them]

[listed as Richard W. Barger, age 49 and b. Nov 1850 in IL/KY/TN, m. 10 yrs., in the 1 Jun 1900 census of Hyde Park, Chicago, Cook Co., IL]
[listed as Richard W. Barger, lawyer with his own office, 68, b. IL/VA/KY, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Independence, Jackson Co., MO, his widowed m-i-l lvg. w/them]
RICHARD W. BARGER
NOV. 11, 1848
FEB 11, 1927

ISABEL M. BARGER
AUG. 30, 1879
MAY 22, 1926


Harry G. Moore
Harry G. Moore, founder and promoter of the Wellman Savings Bank, and a prominent representative of financial interests in Washington County, has, in an active and useful life fraught with success, manifested much of the spirit of the initiative.  He has quickly recognized opportunities and moreover, has displayed ability in coordinating forces whereby practical results have been achieved and business enterprise has been advanced.

Mr. Moore is a native of Leavenworth, Kansas, born October 28, 1860.  His father, Ephraim Moore, was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, and was of German descent.  He learned and followed the carpenter's trade, being thus identified with building interests in Iowa in early manhood.  He had come to this state in his childhhod days with a brother, settling in Burlington, and it was there that he acquainted himself with carpentering.  He afterward spent ten years in the mines of California and was quite successful in his search for gold on the Pacific coast.

Returning by way of New York, he again made his way westward to Burlington, where he remained until 1858, when he went to Kansas, where he met and married Miss Margaret Gwin. For a number of years he continued a resident of the Sunflower State, but in 1875 returned to Burlington, where he spent his remaining days.  He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and an active worker for its growth and upbuilding.  In his fraternal relations he was a Mason and in his political views was an earnest republican.  He held minor civil offices and was a member of the border militia at Leavenworth at the time of the Civil War.  His life was one of activity, and his enterprise and determination were the salient features in the success which he enjoyed.  He died in Burlington in 1878 at the age of fifty years.
His wife was born in Washington County, Iowa, in April 1845, and is a daughter of Richard Gwin, *a native of England, who came to the United States when a young man and first settled in Virginia.  Subsequently he became a resident of Tennessee.  He married Miss Nancy Watkins, of English descent, who lived in Kentucky at the time of her marriage.  Mr. and Mrs. Gwin, removing to Iowa in 1840, settled in Washington County, their home being in English River Township.  He entered a tract of land there from the government and although not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made thereon at the time, he transferred the wild land into productive fields and resided there for eighteen years.  He then went to Kansas, where he spent his remaining days.  He and his wife were among the earliest settlers of Washington County and of the state were closey connected with the substantial development of southeastern Iowa. Their daughter Margaret became the wife of Ephraim Moore, and they traveled life's journey together until separated by his death in 1878.  There were two children of that marriage:  Harry G. and Isabel, now the wife of R. W. Barger, one of Chicago's prominent attorneys.  Since the death of her first husband, Mrs. Moore has become the wife of Dr. B. F. Parker, to whom she gave her hand in 1892.  They now reside in Independence, Missouri.

In the public schools of Olathe, Kansas, Harry G. Moore acquired his early education and continued his studies in the public schools and in the business college in Burlington.  He afterward spent two years in the State University and for one year engaged in teaching school.  During the periods of vacation he learned and followed the upholsterer's trade in Burlington, working in that line for some time in Burlington and in Des Moines.  In 1885, however, he entered into active relations with the banking business, becoming connected with the Merchants National Bank of Des Moines in the capacity of clerk.  His close application and the ability with which he discharged his duties won him promotion from time to time until he became assistant of that institution. 
 
On the 1st of April, 1888, he arrived in Wellman, where he established a private bank, which was designated as the Wellman Bank, and which had a continuous existence until September 1889.  He has organized a savings bank with a capital of ten thousand dollars and is still engaged in the banking business as cashier of the Wellman Savings Bank  He has had almost a quarter of a century's experience in this field of labor and ranks with the leading financiers of the county, having intimate and comprehensive knowledge of the best methods of carrying on the business and supervising the interests of the depositors, while at the same time he wins success for the stockholders.  In addition to his other business interests, he is connected with the Wellman Telephone Exchange, of which he is the president, and he owns three hundred acres of valuable land in Lime Creek Township.

On November 20, 1888, Mr. Moore was united in marriage to Miss Minnie B. Kerr, who was born in English River Township, Washington County, in 1864.  She is a daughter of W. E. and Violet (Bush) Kerr.  Her father, well known as Squire Kerr, is one of Washington's most prominent citizens.  Unto Mr. and Mrs. Moore has been born one child, Myrtle, whose birth occurred in September 1890.  She is a graduate of the Wellman High School of the class of 1907, and afterward pursued a year's course in St. Katherine's School for Young Ladies at Davenport, while for the past year she has been a student in Oberlin College of Ohio.  She has decided talent for music, which she is cultivating.

In his fraternal relation, Mr. Moore is a Knight of Pythias, while politically he is connected with the Republican Party and religiously with the Baptist Church, being one of the trustees of the last named organization.  His interest in community affairs has been far-reaching and beneficial.  For about twenty years he has been president of the school board, and the cause of education has found in him a stalwart champion.  He was mayor of Wellman for several terms, during which period his championship of various measures proved of decided benefit to the city.  He is a strong advocate of reform and progress, at all times exerting his official prerogatives for the public good, and he is now a member of the town council.  He has always taken a deep interest in political affairs and in everything relative to the city's upbuilding and is now chariman of the finance and water commissions.  He was chairman of the county republican committee for some years and in the connection displayed excellent powers as a manager.  He is president of the Wellman Commercial Club, and in social relations, his position is an enviable one. Energetic, prompt, and notably reliable, he has placed his dependence upon the substantial qualities of unfaltering industry and determination in the acquirement of success and in control of public affairs.  Faultless in honor, fearless in conduct, and stainless in reputation, his record is one which reflects credit upon the history of his adopted county.
*Material underlined, in italics, and in this purple color,
is refuted by evidence and not believed by John M. Gwin
to be true.  Richard was the son of Isham Gwin and Mary
Canterbury, which couple met and married in Montgomery
Co., VA, before moving to their 249-acre farm in what would
become Sevier Co., TN, where Richard was born and raised.
When Isham and Mary moved to the free state of Indiana, Richard
met and married Nancy Watkins of Kentucky before beginning his
westward pioneering ventures into Iowa and eastern Kansas.





From the 1856 Iowa State Census of English River, Washington Co., IA
Res/Fam
Name
Age
Race/Sex
Marr.
Status
Yrs.Res.
in state
POB
Occ.
Other Data
John M. Gwin Comments

68/71
R. W. Gwin
52
wm
m
20
IL
farmer

This enumerator must not have communicated very well, because Richard and Nancy both said they were born in Illinois. The truth is that they had MOVED to Iowa FROM Illinois, but he was born in Tennessee, and she was born in Kentucky.


Nancy Gwin 49
wf
m
20
IL





Margaret Gwin 14 or 16 wf

14
IA


This is our Margaret.


Caroline Gwin 12
wf

12
IA





Anna Gwin 10
wf

10
IA





Richard Gwin 8
wm

8
IA





Martin Gwin 7
wm

7
IA





Silas W. Gwin 6
wm

6
IA




66/69
Gideon Bear
45
wm

17
PA
farmer




Mary Bear 31
wf

19
IL





William Bear 13
wm

13
IA





Elizabeth Bear 11
wf

11
IA




Samuel Bear 8
wm

8
IA




Margaret Bear 7
wf

7
IA




Richard Bear 5
wm

5
IA




Nancy Bear 2
wf

2
IA




Gideon Bear 1
wm

1
IA