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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Monday Mystery

My Monday Mystery is about my 3rd Great-Grandfather John Edgar Robertson. Who was born 10 March 1804 possibly Kentucky according to census. Died 1876 in Washington, Adams, Iowa. He married on 20 Jan 1831, place unknown. His wife was Abigail Cowen born 13 Nov 1812 place unknown. Died 22 Jul 1938 place unknown.

There is a Robert Robertson living with them in 1850 in Ohio census he could be John's brother, he was 59 years old.

The census records I have are 1850 Clinton township, Knox County, OH and 1860 Morning Sun Township, Iowa. My goal is to try and find death records but haven't had much luck with the court.

The only documents I have found are the two census records I have posted here. One is 1860Iowa census Morning Sun is the township. The other is 1850 Ohio census, Clinton township.

I have been looking for both their parents as well as their Birth and Marriage places. So far I have hit a brick wall. I have been working on this for the past several years without even a promising lead.


  1. Didn't find anything for Abigail and nothing I found answers any questions about parents. Maybe searching the rest of the family group will help. Death records weren't kept in Washington County until 1880 but perhaps the cemetery has some type of record or maybe you can find a probate record. I'm confused on the Mary vs. Abigail.

    WPA Iowa Graves Survey

    John Robertson died 2-26-1879, buried Washington, Washington, Iowa.

    Mary S Robertson died 8-1-1867 same lot as John.

    Robert, also same lot. Alex & Margaret same cemetery.

    1870 census Franklin, Washington, Iowa. page 2

  2. Yes I am also confused maybe it's her middle name..not sure. Thanks so much for the insight ans help.

  3. Here they are in the 1870 census, living in Franklin Twp, Washington County, IA:
    1) John Robertson, age 66, male, white, farmer, real estate valued at $7000, personal estate valued at $1300, born in KY, male citizen
    2) Mary Glenn, age 38, female, white, keeping house, born in KY
    3) Zeldia Glenn, age 15, female, white, born in IA, attended school
    4) Alx C Robertson, age 32, male, white, farmer, personal estate worth $400, born in KY, male citizen
    5) Elizabeth, age 27, female, white, keeping house, born in PA
    6) Elmer, age 6, male, white, born in IA, attended school
    7) John E, age 4, male, white, born in IA
    8) Charles, age 1, male, white, born in IA

    I went to Washington county a number of years ago and have a picture of his gravestone.