Sunday, May 3, 2009

Harriet Dyball Johnson Wilson, 1836-1914

  Harriet Dyball was born 23 June 1836 in Lincolnshire, England, daughter of Edward Dyball and Elizabeth Keel, died 20 April 1914 in Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa and was buried in the Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour.  Harriet married, first, on 5 June 1860 in England George Johnson who was born 10 May 1824 in England, died 1 April 1876 in Numa, Appanoose County, Iowa.  Nine children were born of this marriage, four dying in infancy and five growing to adulthood: (1) Ida Louise Johnson was born 5 June 1863 near Racine, Wisconsin, married on 13 October 1885 at her parents home in Numa, Iowa, Benjamin Alva Murphy, and died 22 February 1938 at her home near Numa, Iowa;  (2) Minnie S. Johnson was born c1864 in Wisconsin and married in Appanoose County, Iowa, c1883 Samuel Yarnell who was born c1862 in Illinois, son of Richard Yarnell and Emma Cooper; (3) Harris Longthorn Johnson was born 27 February 1867 at Union Grove, Racine County, Wisconsin, married 22 September 1895 in Numa, Iowa, Celia Russell, died 2 March 1940 and was buried in the Numa Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa; (4) Laura Hattie Johnson was born 6 June 1871 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married 1 July 1891 Alexander Inman, died 22 April 1957 in Ardmore, Fall River, South Dakota, and was buried in Crawford Cemetery, Dawes County, Nebraska; and (5) Fred Johnson.  Harriet married second on 8 December 1882 M. M. Wilson who died 10 September 1910.  No children were born of this marriage.
Obituary of Harriet Dyball Johnson Wilson
  Harriet Dyball was born June 23, 1836, in Framton, Lincolnshire, England and died April 20, 1914, at her home in Seymour, Iowa, being 77 years, 9 months and 27 days of age. June the 5th, 1860, she was married to George Johnson and on June 10th they sailed for America, settling near Racine, Wisconsin.
  In 1868 they came to Appanoose County, Iowa, settling at Bellair, which is now called Numa. Here she lived until three years ago when she moved to Seymour.
  To this union mentioned above there were born 9 children, 4 dying in infancy, the five living being Ida Murphy, Laura Inman and Harris Johnson of Numa and Minnie Yarnell and Fred Johnson of Seymour.
  On April 1st, 1876, Mr. Johnson died leaving his wife with a family of small children in a new country with no relatives. She nobly became master of this trying situation. She was married to M. M. Wilson, December 8, 1882.  To this union no children were born. Mr. Wilson died September 10, 1910.
  She united with the Christian church at Numa in December, 1872, and later brought her membership to the Seymour Christian church. In addition to her children she leaves 21 grand children, 2 great grandchildren, one brother, Robert Dyball and one sister, Mrs. E. D. Henderson both of Pasadena, Calif., together with a multitude of friends to mourn her loss.
  Mrs. Wilson has had a remarkable life.  She has had many trials together with her many joys. She has not only seen this section of the country develop but has had an important part in its development. She had an exalted ideal of womanhood and motherhood and lived her ideals. She believed in the usefulness of woman. Her faithfulness to the church was a dominant factor in her life. She held a life membership in the Christian's Womans Board of Missions. After her death her Bible was found open with her glasses near by where she had been reading only a short time previous.
  Funeral Services were held at the Christian Church on Wednesday, April 22, 1914, at 1:30 p.m. conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. O. Hawley, assisted by Rev. C. E. Burton.  Internment in Southlawn.
          "Fold her, O Father, in thine arms
            and let her henceforth be
            a messenger of love between
            Our human hearts and Thee.
            Still let her mild rebuking stand
            Between us and the wrong,
            And her dear memory serve to make
            Our faith in goodness strong." 
  Transcribed from Soldiers Buried in Appanoose County, Iowa Before World War II and Some Obituaries of Early Settlerscompiled by Osee Johnson Knouf [S.I. Daughters of the American Revolution, La-Grange-Illinois Society, 1977] on FHL Film #1703828, Item #3 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

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