John & Mary Ann Shellabarger
JOHN AND MARY ANN SHELLABARGER
John Shellabarger was born 25 July 1832 in Pennsylvania. He married Mary Ann Cross on 1 Dec 1854. They farmed in the Cranston and Letts, Iowa, areas. They were parents of nine children, all born at home: Martin Luther, Clara Ellen, Kathryn Isabel, Elizabeth Martha, William Allison, Walter Levi, Emma, Frances and Jetta Lorene Shellabarger.
After retiring from farming, they moved to Letts, Iowa, across the street from the United Brethren Church. John was a diabetic and had his leg amputated. He was in ill health for may years before his death 16 Feb 1916.
Mary Ann Cross was born in Feb 1835 in Pike County, Ohio; she died 8 Jan 1927. Her father was Levi Cross, born 1 Jan 1806 in Adams County, Ohio. His parents were James and Epsey Cross; they settled in Adams County, Ohio, about 1788. James Cross' father was a native of Ireland.
Levi Cross came to Muscatine County from Ohio in 1846. He located in Lake Township. He bought a farm in 76 Township in September 1849. He married twice; first Mary Foster, a native of Ohio and second, Elizabeth Chatham. He had seven children, all born in Pike County, Ohio: Perry, John B., Mary Ann, Nancy, Levi Hannah and Michael Cross.
Both John and Mary Ann (Cross) Shellabarger are buried in the Letts Cemetery. John and Mary Ann were parents of nine children: Martin, Clara, Kathryn, Elizabeth, William, Walter, Emma, Frances and Jetta Shellabarger.
Martin Luther Shellabager, son of John and Mary Ann Shellabarger, was born 7 May 1860. He married on 10 Oct 1900, Susan L. Verink, who was born in February 1865. He was known for his popcorn wagon in Muscatine at Second and Cedar Streets. They had a daughter, Dorothy (Shellabarger) Jensen, who was born 10 Feb 1907, and a baby who died in infancy.
Clara Ellen Shellabarger was born 3 Sept 1861 in Cedar Township. She married John Elsworth Elder 25 Dec 1882. Their children were Earl Ray, Charles Wesley, Mary Ruth, Icy Mable and Walter Freeman Elder.
Kathryn Isabel Shellabarger, daughter of John and Mary Ann Shellabarger, was born 25 April 1856. She married Eldridge Pace on 10 Dec 1885. They lived on Orchard Avenue in Muscatine.
Elizabeth Martha Shellabarger, daughter of John and Mary Ann Shellabarger, was born 11 Aug 1857; she married D.W. Hidlebaugh on 26 Dec 1883. They farmed in Canada. Their children, all born in Canada, were Edgar, Jay, Lola, Mark and Estelle Hidlebaugh.
William Alison Shellabarger, son of John and Mary Ann Shellabarger, was born 16 Oct 1863. He married Mary Altenbernd on 12 March 1896. They farmed near Muscatine. They were parents of four children: Helen, Ruth, Crete and Gladys Shellabarger.
Helen Laree (Shellabarger) Danz was born in 1905 and lives in Muscatine.
Ruth M. Shellabarger, daughter of William and Mary Shellabarger, was born 15 Aug 1900. She married Chester McConnaha. They farmed for many years near Muscatine.
Crete Shellabarger, son of William and Mary Shellabarger, was born 8 Oct 1888. He married on 22 Feb 1910 June Spring. He was a car salesman and lived in Muscatine. His daughter is Jane (Shellabarger) Mollenoff of Des Moines.
Gladys Shellabarger, daughter of William and Mary Shellabarger, was born 4 Dec 1897.
Walter Levi Shellabarger, son of John and Mary Ann Shellabarger, was born 26 Dec 1870 in Muscaitne. He married Rosella Mae Alterkruse who was born 22 May 1877. Their son is Clark Shellabarger. He and his wife Mildred, live on the home place; their children are Mary Alice and Dick Shellabarger.
Emma Shellabarger was born 16 Oct 1859. She married William H. Ellis on 17 March 1887. They had four children. Hazel Ellis was born 2 Sept 1890. Golda Ellis was born 5 May 1897. Rex Ellis was born 12 Jan 1893. Bruce Ellis has children, Jean, Betty and Tom Ellis.
Frances Shellabarger, daughter of John and Mary Ann Shellabarger, was born 29 Nov 1868. She married John Eliason, and they farmed northwest of Letts, Iowa. Their children were Allen and Roscoe Eliason.
Allen Eliason, son of John and Frances Eliason, married Grace Beryl. She was born 2 Feb 1895 and died 24 Oct 1966. Their children are Mary Pat Eliason and Allen Eliason Jr.
Roscoe Eliason, son of John and Frances Eliason, married Peg; they farmed at Letts, Iowa. Their children are Ann Eliason and Kay Eliason.
Jetta Lorene Shellabarger, daughter of John and Mary Ann Shellabarger, was born 26 July 1874. She married Sam Turkington. They lived at Columbus Junctin and Letts, Iowa. Sam and his brother, Clyde Turkington, were partners in cattle buying and selling at the auction barn at Columbus Junction, Iowa.