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(c. 1886)

George Jenkins Maris

Individual

Born: 17 Jun 1841 in Chesterhill, Morgan County, Ohio, USA

Died: 10 Nov 1915 in Utah, USA

Father: Owen Maris (1799 – 1875)

Mother: Rachel Jenkins (? – 1841)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Mary Elizabeth Smith (1847 – 1931)

Married: 2 Jun 1865 in Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA

Child: Emmor Bonsall Maris (1866 – ?)

Child: Eva Penrose Maris (1868 – 1937)

Child: Lillie Clarissa Maris (1869 – ?)

Child: Emily Rebecca Maris (1872 – ?)

Child: Walter Scott Maris (1877 – 1901)

Child: Florence Louise Maris (1883 – ?)

Notes:

George stayed in Morgan County until the age of 17, when he moved to Keokuk County, Iowa. He remained there three years, then returned to Ohio, then to Cedar County (IA) in 1862, and finally to Gutherie County (IA) in 1872, where he was a farmer.

His father, Owen, was living with George and his family in 1870. In addition, a 17-year old boy named Edward (Maris?) was also living in the household.

In 1876 he started a term in the state legislature for Iowa. At least part of his platform was the "temperance" issue. I don't have any information on what his stance was on this, though because of his Quaker heritage, he was almost certainly with the movement.

By 1878 he had moved back to Cedar County either as a farmer or dairyman.

He moved back to Guthrie County in 1881 and started a term as County Treasurer in 1884. He won the Sep 1883 election by a narrow margin of 34 votes (1750 to 1716) over J.D. Lenon. (The sheriff's race was even closer, 1736 to 1719.)

He was still in Gutherie County through at least 1900, when he was enumerated in Seely Township for the U.S. Census and was still farming. By this time his father-in-law Gilbert Smith was also living with him, shortly before Gilbert died.

George and Mary, along with their children Emmor, Eva, Emily, Lillie, Walter and Florence were early members of the Wichita Methodist Church (built and dedicated in June 1898 with pastor Andrew H. Dove). [BayardNews1976]

By 1900 he also had a 14 year old servant by the name of Willy Whitehead (born in Illinois) who lived in the house. Interestingly, the same census shows Earle Whitehead (13 years old, a brother?) working next door.

He was a member of Ancient Order of United Workingmen.

Change Date

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

Primary and Secondary Sources

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1850 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1880 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, notes]
1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
1925 Iowa State Census
[applies to name, birth, marriage]
1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa
Springfield, IL, USA: Continental Historical, 1884. [applies to birth, marriage, notes]
Newspaper Article ("Wichita Church Bicentennial Honors Past, Present Members, Friends")
The Bayard News; Bayard, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA; 10 Jun 1976; page unknown, columns 1-3. [applies to notes]
Private (Family Register, Gilbert P. Smith)
[applies to name, marriage]
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, birth]
The Maris Family in the United States
by George L. & Annie M. Maris; 1885. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

George was born into a Quaker family, but converted to the M.E. (almost certainly Methodist Episcopal) church around 1882/3, according to a transcribed copy of an unnamed newspaper obituary for his daughter, Eva.

George Jenkins may have been a Friend in the Orthodox Quaker tradition, while Mary was of the "Hicksite" (rural or evangelical) Quakers. This forced the couple to be disowned(?) for marrying out of unity.

Gutherie Cemetery Records may erroneously give his middle name as Jacobs.

He may have moved to Green River Valley (Elgin, UT) in 1907 where he was a director of the Fruit Growers State Bank, and vice president of the Elgin Power and Water Company.

The 1920 U.S. Census gives George's birth place as Virginia.