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Hannah Celestia Newens

Hannah Celestia Newens

Female 1879 - 1970  (90 years)

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  • Name Hannah Celestia Newens  [1, 2
    Nickname Lessie 
    Born 17 Aug 1879  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Mar 1970  Tiburon, Marin Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Buried Mt. Tamalpais Cem, San Rafael, Marin Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I157  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2020 

    Father John Newens,   b. 17 Aug 1846, Tipton, Cedar Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1914, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Ellen Wilkinson,   b. 14 Nov 1843, Lock Haven, Clinton Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1933, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 6 Sep 1874  Tipton, Cedar Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Family ID F46  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rudolph Ernest Shank,   b. 19 Apr 1887, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1975, Mill Valley, Marin Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1913  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Nadine Annellen Shank,   b. 22 Aug 1915, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1998, Sun City, Maricopa Cnty, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F47  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1880 census shows "Hanna E," 10 months old, living with her parents in Pottawattamie County. «i»1880 U.S. Census, «/i»Walnut, Layton Twsp, Pottawattamie Cnty, IA (T 9, Roll 361, p. 195).«i»
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      «i»Cedar Rapids Gazette«/i» (?) (no date; abt 1909):
      «tab»"Mr. and Mrs. William D. Snouffer gave a dinner Tuesday at one o'clock, in honor of the sixtieth birthday of Mrs. Snouffer's uncle, Mr. I. Newens of Nome, Alaska, who came to Cedar Rapids to spend Christmas with his brother, Mr. John Newens. Covers were laid for eight and the dinner was served in five courses.
      «tab»"Mr. and Mrs. Snouffer's guests were Mr. I. Newens, Mr. and Mrs. John Newens, Miss Lessie Newens, and Mr. and Mrs. Silas Miller of Mt. Vernon."

      On 4 Mar 1946 Bertha (Newens) Snouffer wrote a letter to her granddaughter Barbara Nelson about homesteading days in Colorado:
      «tab»"It was Christmas 1909 ... when my [father's brother] Uncle Isaiah Newens came to Cedar Rapids to visit us. He had been living in Nome Alaska for many years.... Uncle Isaiah was my fathers brother, and another brother Uncle Dick [Richard Newens] and his wife came from southern Iowa, and a cousin [Charlie Newens] who was a son of another brother ["Uncle Ned" or Edward Newens] of theirs came from Chi[cago]..... Uncle Dick got all of us interested in going to Colorado to 'take up homestead land.' He told of land that the government was opening up to homesteaders. So Grandpa Newens, Aunt Lessie [Newens] (who was not married), Uncle Art [Snouffer] and your Grandpa [William D.] Snouffer all decided they would go out [to Colorado] and investigate.
      «tab»"They left here [Cedar Rapids, IA] in Jan. 1910 and were quite enthused about the prospects, so with the help of a cousin (Uncle Dick's son) who was already located there they picked out the land they would like to have, and then they went to the Government Land Office in Sterling Colo and filed a claim for their land; each one had 160 acres. Then they came home and we prepared to move....
      «tab»"Grandpa Newens arranged for a [railroad] box car and in it all the furniture was packed on one side of the car, and on the other side was a buggy, a wagon, a team of horses, and Uncle Arts dog Fanny, and a crate with about 24 chickens....
      «tab»"*** Grandpa Snouffer was the carpenter, Great Grandpa Newens helped him, and Uncle Art made the trips back and forth to town for lumber, more of the household goods, groceries, etc.
      «tab»"Great Grandma Newens, Aunt Lessie, Your mother (who was my little baby not two years old yet) and I stayed here in Iowa for about two weeks, then we decided we would go also.***
      «tab»"*** [When a range fire threatened them] Grandpa Newens was wise enough to start a fire and burn a strip about 10 feet wide ... around our household goods ... then we went over to where the house was being built and new lumber piled near, and built a similar fire break. [In an earlier draft of the letter she then wrote: "Our house was soon finished.... Aunt Lessie's house was built next, then Uncle Art's and finally Great Grandpa & Grandma Newens house was finished. *** We lived on the farm for three years, then proved up and got a government deed.... The land is still ours and has been farmed every year -- although we only lived there the three years. *** "] [Most of the group returned to Cedar Rapids after the required three years.]

      The 1910 Colorado census shows that the extended Newens family was living in Morgan County. "Lessie" Newens was listed as a 31-yr old farmer. Living nearby were her parents John and Ellen Newens, Arthur J. Snouffer, and her sister Bertha I. Snouffer, who was living with her husband William D., a 26-yr old farmer and their 2-yr old daughter "Blanch N." [sic]. «i»1910 U.S.Census«/i», Prec. 12, Snyder, Morgan Cnty, CO (T 624, Roll 123, stamped p. 294A).

      According to the Social Security Death Index, Hannah Shank (SSN 480-56-3431; issued in Iowa) was born 17 Aug 1879 and died in Mar 1970 while living in Tiburon, Marin Cnty, CA.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S103] FindaGrave, (www.FindAGrave.com), 155437362.

    3. [S88] Barbara Pavan|, Barbara Nelson Pavan, Email and other Reports, (Barbara Nelson Pavan, bpavan@verizon.net ).

    4. [S471] Social Security|, U.S. Social Security Admin., Social Security Death Index, (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693).

    5. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), (Apr 1914).

    6. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), (28 Oct 1933).

    7. [S6] IA Census 1930, Cedar Rapids|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 665, ED 47, p. 2B).

    8. [S7] Cem - Linwood, Cedar Rapids, IA|, Genealogical Soc'y of Linn Cnty, IA, "Linn County, Iowa Cemeteries, Linwood, Cedar Rapids", (Genealogical Society of Linn Cnty, IA, PO Box 175, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 : 2001), p. 87.