(portrait)

(c. 1884)

Eva Penrose Maris

Individual

Born: 6 Feb 1868 in Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, USA

Died: 23 May 1937 in Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA

Father: George Jenkins Maris (1841 – 1915)

Mother: Mary Elizabeth Smith (1847 – 1931)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: David C. Spear (1862 – 1940)

Married: 3 Apr 1890 in Wichita, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA

Child: Kenneth Maris Spear (1891 – 1975)

Child: Lyle Gilbert Spear (1893 – 1894)

Child: Mary Anna Spear (1896 – 1986)

Child: George Emmor Spear (1898 – 1991)

Child: David Chester Spear (1908 – 1920)

Notes:

Eva, along with her parents and siblings, were early members of the Wichita Methodist Church (built and dedicated in June 1898 with pastor Andrew H. Dove). Eva was responsible for organizing the first Ladies Aid society in the church, soon after its dedication. They raised money through church suppers and bazaars. They also created a name quilt in 1902, sponsored by the sale of quilt block with people's names. The quilt was sold at auction to Steve Gilson for $20. (As of 1976, it was in the possession of his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Weigel.) [BayardNews1976]

Eva and her family were still living in Linn (Dallas County, IA) in 1900, but they moved to Wessington Springs (Jerauld County, SD) about 1903, traveling by covered wagon. At the end of April 1906, they moved to their homestead about 30 miles from Presho (Lyman County, SD), in Lincoln Township, to the immediate west of Draper Township.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 11 Jul 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1880 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to birth, death, marriage]
Gravestone or Grave/Crypt Marker
[applies to birth, death]
History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa
Springfield, IL, USA: Continental Historical, 1884. [applies to name]
Interview (Cora Ethel Spear)
Inteview, letter, notes, etc. [applies to name]
Private (Spear Birth and Death Dates Notebook)
Handwritten pages, many hands, many inks. Fragile binding and paper, but with numerous names and dates of birth or death. [applies to name, death]
Proving Up: Jones County History
Book and Thimble Club; Murdo, S.D., 1969 (Printed by Pischel Yearbooks, Inc.) [applies to death, notes]
The Maris Family in the United States
by George L. & Annie M. Maris; 1885. [applies to name]
Web: Ancestry Database (South Dakota Death Index, 1905-1955)
ancestry.com [Original data: "Index to South Dakota Death Records, 1905-1955"; South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, SD, USA. The original record can be requested from information in the index. (contains index images, but no original document images)] [applies to death]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Eva was born a Quaker, but is reported to have joined the Methodist Church when she was 14 (1882 or 1883) after her family moved to Guthrie County, IA. (From a transcribed copy of her obituary in an unnamed Pennington County, SD newspaper, May 1937.)

This was likely a family change, as the "History of Gutherie and Adair Counties, Iowa" lists her father as a member of the M.E. (almost certainly meaning Methodist Episcopal) Church.