Winder Surname Project: Winders from Washington County, Maryland Who Emigrated to Ogle County, Illinois

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Five Winders males and two females from Hagerstown, MD and environs migrated west to Ogle County, Illinois in the 1850s and 1860s. They were brothers John and Elias Upton Winders (sons of Jacob and Sarah Landis Winders); their cousins Hiram Winders (son of George and Jane Burns Winders) and John N. Winders (son of Samuel and Susan Newcomer Winders; and John M. Winders, whose exact connection to the rest of the Washington County clan remains unresolved as of this writing (November 2013). The two women were Hiram’s sisters Elizabeth and Nancy.

John (1825-1900) and Lydia (Shoop)(~1830-1899) Winders

John Winders (b. about 1825-died 1900), who married Lydia Ann Shoop (1830-1899) on 27 Dec 1848 in Washington County, MD), prepared to move west with his family of 8 sons and 3 daughters (one son, John, died in infancy in 1857, and one daughter, Carrie, was born after the move) by selling his farming implements and livestock in a public sale held at his residence on the road from Witmer’s Store on Beaver Creek to Smoketown (just southeast of present day Hagerstown, MD) on 22 February 1869. Items listed in the sale bill (as advertised in the Hagerstown Herald and Torch Light) included 20 horses, 20 head of cattle, 40 sheep, numerous hogs, 70 acres of land in grain and implements commonly associated with a farming operation of such scope (plows, harrows, blacksmith tools, wagons, etc). Evidently, all went well at the sale, because by the time of the 1870 census, John and Lydia and their five younger children (except for Edward) were living in Polo (family #304, enumerated on 11 Jun 1870), while the older kids (plus Edward, who was only 2) were living in the household of a John and Mrs. Sullivan (family #334, enumerated on 12 June), also in Polo. By 1880, the family had moved to Pine Creek Township, just south of Mount Morris and east of Polo. John Winders’ date of death is unknown, as is that of Lydia (Shoop) Winders, his wife. The last information about John is in the 1900 census when, widowed, he was living in Dixon, Illinois (just south of Pine Creek Township, across the Ogle County line in Lee County) with his youngest son Edward, and another son, Charles, living next door. This means that Lydia died sometime before 1900, but our latest information about her is from the 1880 census, when the family was living in Pine Creek township. John worked as a farmer all his life, both in Washington County, MD and in Ogle County, IL, but interestingly in the 1870 census he was listed as a ‘horse doctor’, and in the 1900 census, after he had retired from farming life and was living in the town of Dixon with his son (a grocery salesman), he was listed as a ‘veterinary surgeon.’

Descendants of John and Lydia (Shoop) Winders

John and Lydia Winders’ family consisted of nine sons (one of whom, John, died at 3 months of age in 1857) and four daughters. In order of birth, they were William R. Winders (1849-1930), Jacob O. Winders (1851-1939), Sarah Alice Winders (1852-1905), Samuel W. Winders (1854-1940), Kadora ‘Dora’ Winders (1855-unk), Katharine Amelia Winders (1858-1947), Daniel E. Winders (1860-1948), Harry Winders (1862-1942), Charles Winder (1863-1940), Benjamin F. Winders (1867-1948), Edward Winders (1868-1930) and Carrie Winders (1871-1951).

1. William R. Winders was born in Washington County, Maryland 19 Mar 1849 and came as a boy with his family to Ogle County, Illinois in 1869 or 1870. In the 1870 census he was enumerated in the household of a John and Mrs. Sullivan (along with his siblings Jacob, Alice, Samuel, Edward and Dora), where he was working as a farm hand. In 1876, he married Harriett Letitia Newell (1858-1934, daughter of William and Martha J. Corbin Newell) in Ogle County, and they had two sons, Charles Rowe Winders (1876-1945) and Fred Newell Winders (1881-1954). In his younger years he farmed in Pine Creek township, but around the turn of the century he moved to Dixon, Illinois where he and his family lived at 741 N. Crawford Street for many years and William worked as a coal deliverer (1900 census), a laborer in a mill (1910 census) and as a flour and feed miller (1920 census). William died 17 Dec 1930 at the age of 81 in Maywood, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where his son Fred Newell Winder was living) and his wife died on 15 Jun 1934. Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery (aka Pine Creek Christian Cemetery), Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, Illinois.

--Charles Rowe Winders (1876-1945) was born in Pine Creek township on 7 Dec 1876 and probably moved to Dixon, Illinois (just south of Pine Creek township, across the Rock River into Lee County) in the 1890s. In 1899 he married Carrie B. Moyer (1878-1949), a native of Ogle County, in 1899. The couple lived in Dixon, Illinois (1900 census) and then moved to Los Angeles and lived the rest of their lives in southern California, where Charles worked as a produce salesman and grocery owner. Charles died 28 July 1945 in Los Angeles, and Carrie died on 21 Sep 1949, also in Los Angeles; the couple had no children.

--Fred Newell Winders was born in Pine Creek township on 2 February 1881 and, like his older brother Charles, probably moved to Dixon, Illinois with his family in the 1890s. As a young man he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad at its Freeport (Illinois) office, and later spent his career as an agent for the St. Louis and Southern Railroad in its Chicago office. He married Ruth Victoria Long (1881-1972) in Freeport, Illinois on 22 March 1906. The Freeport Journal-Standard reported that the bride was a “very popular young lady in this city”, a “young lady of marked domestic tastes, and is a model housekeeper” and had been employed at the Freeport Telephone Exchange for the last four years. The groom, an employee of the Illinois Central Railroad in the dispatcher’s office, was reported to be “regarded as a young man of sterling worth and varied capabilities.” Immediately after the wedding ceremony, Ruth’s niece, 5-week-old Carolyn Schwartze was baptized, after which all involved retired to a “handsomely appointed dinner”. The couple lived at 1117 6th Avenue in Maywood Village (Proviso township, Cook County) and had four children: Clayton Winders (1907-1991), Genevieve Winders (1912-2004), Mildred Ruth Winders (1914-1995) and Robert Wilfred Winders (1918-2005). Fred Newell Winders died 25 October 1954 and funeral services were held in Maywood; Ruth Long Winders died 26 December 1972.

Descendants of Fred Newell and Ruth (Long) Winders

----Clayton Winders (1907-1991) was born in Cook County, Illinois 3 Feb 1907, grew up in Maywood Village, Proviso Township, Cook County (in the 1100 block of 6th Avenue) and in the late 1920s married Annabelle Blyth (1907-1998), who had grown up in the 800 block of 20th Avenue in Maywood. By the time of the 1940 census, Clayton and Annabelle had moved to the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, where Clayton was managing the stock room for a wholesale merchandiser. The couple eventually retired to Florida and died at a senior living facility in Hudson, Florida: Clayton on 18 Oct 1991 and Annabelle on 22 Feb 1998. The couple had one child, Charles Harold Winders (1933-2009), who was born when they were still living in Maywood and went to high school at Proviso Township High School, graduating in 1951. He then attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he majored in pharmacy studies and eventually set up Sun Dial Drugs, Inc. in Naples, Florida in the mid-1970s, with his wife Shirley serving as president of the company. Charles died on 26 Dec 2009 in Demorest, Georgia and Shirley is still living in Naples, Florida.

----Genevieve Winders (1912-2004) was born in Maywood Village (Cook County), Illinois on 21 Jul 1912, graduated from Proviso Township High School in the class of 1929 and married Waddell A. Most (1906-1968) on 2 April 1930. Waddell Most was born and raised in Oak Forest, Illinois, the next suburb to the east from Maywood. After their marriage, the couple moved to Maywood, and remained in the area for the rest of their lives. Genevieve died 3 Dec 2004 and Waddell (or Dell as he was commonly called) died 16 Aug 1968.

----Mildred Ruth Winders (1914-unk) was also born (6 Oct 1914) and raised in Maywood, and was a member of the Proviso Township High School class of 1932. Other than that, we know little of her life—a Mildred Ruth Winders died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 23 Feb 1995, and if that is the correct Mildred R. Winders, then she never married, but moved to Milwaukee for some reason during her life. In addition to that record, FamilySearch shows two Maywood (Illinois) Herald newspaper obituary index cards for Mildred Winders, one in 1932 and one in 1947.

----Robert Wilfred Winders (1918-2005) was born (22 Jun 1918) and brought up in Maywood and attended Proviso Township High School, where he was named by the faculty as one of the outstanding school athletes in basketball in his sophomore year and graduated in 1936. He attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where he played on the freshman football team and lettered in track. He married Ella Jane Evans (1919- ) about 1939. She is the daughter of Volney Luverne Evans (who grew up around Emerson, Iowa) and Dorothy Josephson Evans; her father died before she was born (8 Dec 1918, she was born 15 Mar 1919), possibly of the flu epidemic of that year, although the only notice of his death, a brief item in the Spirit Lake (Iowa) Times merely said that he had passed away, without elaborating on the cause. The widowed Dorothy Evans lived with her mother, Ellen Josephson, in LaHarpe, Illinois until she married Isaac Newton Mealey (in Knox County, Illinois on 18 Aug 1920); at that point, Jane remained living with her grandmother Ellen Josephson at 413 E. Main Street in La Harpe, Illinois, as reflected the 1930 census. After World War II, Robert and Jane moved to Mills County, Iowa, where Robert managed the family farms until his retirement. Robert died 30 May 2005 at his home at the Lodge of Ashworth, a senior independent living community in West Des Moines, Iowa. His wife Jane (aka Ella Jane) survives, along with their two sons.

(returning to descendants of John and Lydia Shoop Winders:)

2. Jacob O. Winders (1851-1939) was born in Washington County, Maryland, the second son of John and Lydia Ann (Shoop) Winder, in January 1851. He moved with this parents and his siblings to around Polo, Illinois (in Ogle County), probably in the summer of 1869. By the summer of 1870, he, along with all the other members of the family, was enumerated as a resident of Ogle County; as a matter of fact, in Jacob’s case, he was counted there twice: once in June as a farm laborer in the household of John and Mrs. Sullivan (along with several of his siblings) and in July as a farm hand in the household of John H. Stuff in Buffalo Township, Ogle County. He married Parmelia ‘Minnie’ L. Hildebrand (daughter of Simon and Ann Amelia Gantz Hildebrand) in Ogle County, Illinois on 10 January 1877. The Hildebrands had migrated to Ogle County from Washington County about 1856. In the 1880 census, Jacob Winders was farming in Pine Creek township, Ogle County, Illinois, but by 1885 he and Minnie had moved to a farm near Deep River, in the southeast corner of Poweshiek County, Iowa. By the time of the 1910 census, Jacob and Millie had moved into the town of Deep River and were living on Church Street; Jacob was listed as a carpenter, a trade he continued to ply at least through the 1930 census, when he was listed as a ‘carpenter, building houses’. Jacob died in 1939 and Minnie died in 1932; they are both buried in Goldenrod Cemetery, off School Street, on the east side of Deep River, Iowa. They had two daughters: Odessa ‘Dessie’ Winders (1887-1939), who married James Edmund McLain (1886-1960) and lived in the Deep River area all her life; and Mildred Lois Winders (1895-unk).

3. Sarah Alice Winders (1852-unk) was the oldest daughter of John and Lydia Shoop Winders, born 26 Jun 1852 in Washington County, Maryland. Like Jacob Winders, she was enumerated twice in the 1870 census, once in the household of John and Mrs. Sullivan in the city of Polo, Ogle County on 12 June; and once in the household of John Ganty, a 63 year old farmer in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, on 10 September. Shortly thereafter (29 Feb 1872), she married Benjamin Kauffman (1840-1925), son of John and Magdalena Martha Seachrist of South Middleton Township (Boiling Springs area), Cumberland County, PA. They had one daughter, Ida K. Kauffman (1875-1943) who grew up in Ogle County, married Oliver G. Strock (1872-1934) in Ogle County, and died and was buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. Ida and Oliver Strock had a son, Reeve Orno Strock (1900-1973), who married Catherine Barnhizer (1901-1977) and moved to New York City and became a sound director in the movie business there. Reeve and Catherine had a son (Richard Strock, born about 1925, died unknown) and a daughter (Jeanne Strock, born about 1927, died unknown).

4. Samuel Wesley Winders (1854-1940) was born 4 February 1854 in Washington County, MD making him about 15 the summer he emigrated with his family to Ogle County, Illinois. He married Jane Caroline ‘Jennie’ Johnson (1859-1922) on 5 December 1878; she was variously known as ‘Carrie J. Johnson’ (marriage license from DeKalb County), ‘Clara J. Johnson’ (1860 census), ‘Jennie C. Winders’ (1920 census, grave stone) and ‘Jane Winders’ (1921 Santa Barbara City Directory). The couple resided in Sycamore, Illinois (DeKalb County) until around 1918, when they retired to Santa Barbara, California. Samuel was a baker’s apprentice as early as age 16 (1870 census), a confectionery baker by the time of the 1880 census, and a wholesale grocer in 1900. In 1910 he was listed as a ‘farmer’, even though he was living in Ward 2 of Sycamore city (probably because he still ran a farm to supply some of the products needed in his fruit and vegetable store/restaurant) and in 1920 he was named a ‘retired merchant’ in the census. Samuel died 1 Jan 1940 in Santa Barbara, aged 85; Carrie/Jennie died 19 April 1922, and they are both buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery, California (Carrie under the name “Jennie C. Winders”). They had two children, Frank Rae Winders (1881-1939) and Bess W. Winders (1883-1944).

--Frank Rae Winders (1881-1939) was born 20 Jun 1881 in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois and grew up there, attending Sycamore High School and going from there to the University of Illinois, where he received an electrical engineering degree in 1903. He worked as an electrical engineer and a structural engineer for various companies in Louisville, Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin before becoming a senior electrical engineer and then vice president of the Cleveland Electrical Illuminating Company in the late 1920s. He married a Canadian girl named Maud E. Nacbeagh (1878-1928) on 4 Sep 1909. Shortly after Maud died on 18 Mar 1928, Frank married another Canadian, Constance D. Withycombe (1899-1992). Frank died in Lakewood, a suburb of Cleveland, on 17 December 1939.

--Bess W. Winders (1883-1944) was born 17 December 1883 in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois and grew up there, attended the University of Illinois for two years (1901-1903) and then on 25 Aug 1909, married John B. Laskey . In the 1910 census the couple were living with her parents in Sycamore, both listed as “Occupation: none.” They had a daughter, Ruth W. Laskey, who was born on 4 July 1910 in Sycamore, but apparently the marriage did not prosper, since by 1918 Ruth was living in Santa Barbara with her parents and her daughter, but without John Laskey. For awhile she ran an ‘auto livery’ service and in the 1930 census she was listed as a chauffeur working for a private party. Bess died 18 April 1944 and is buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery, as is her daughter Ruth (died 26 August 1987).

5. Dora Winders (1855-1914) was born in Washington County, Maryland on 29 September 1855, moved to Ogle County, Illinois with the rest of her family in 1869/70 and married Jacob Marteeny (1855-1903), a native of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in Dixon, Illinois on 7 Feb 1878. The couple lived in Lee County (the next county south from Ogle), Illinois (in 1880 Jacob was farming there) and then moved to Freeport, where Jacob worked as a locomotive engineer (1900 census.) Jacob died 15 January 1903, and Dora eventually moved in with her daughter and son-in-law (Oscar and Anna Marteeny Schwartz), who were also living in Freeport. She died 11 July 1914. Jacob and Dora had two daughters: Anna (1880-unk), who married Oscar Schwartz; and Ada D. Marteeny (1884-unk), who was a milliner living with her widowed mother at 154 Liberty St in Freeport in 1905.

6. John Winders (1857-1857) was born 30 Jul 1857 in Washington County, Maryland and died on Christmas Day of that year. He is buried in Beaver Creek Cemetery outside Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.

7. Catherine Amelia Winders (1858-1947) (commonly known as Kate, variant spelling ‘Kathryn’) was born 15 October 1858 in Washington County, Maryland and was 12 years old when the family moved west to Ogle County, Illinois. She moved with her brother Samuel to Sycamore, Illinois (in DeKalb County, to the east of where the Winders had originally settled around Polo, in Ogle County) and worked in the bakery that he ran there, and then married Abraham J. Delp (1857-1897) sometime in the mid-1880s, with whom she had three daughters: Lila Moselle Delp (1889-1930); Hazel Delp (1891-1963), married Harry M. Donichy (1888-1952) and had one son, John Robert Donichy (1920-1994); and Ruth Delp (1893-unk). After Abraham died, she married George F. Shuler , a substantial famer with a 530-acre farm north of Sterling, Illinois. She died on 23 May 1947, and is buried in the Mennonite Church cemetery in Sterling.

8. Daniel E. Winders (1860-1948) was born 28 August 1860 in Washington County, Maryland and came west to Ogle County with the rest of his family when he was around nine years old. He grew up in Polo, Illinois and at the age of 19 joined his brother Samuel in running a fruit and vegetable business that later included a bakery and restaurant in Sycamore, Illinois. Between 1886 and 1905 he worked as a commercial salesman, but then rejoined his brother in running the Sycamore store, which he continued to operate as sole proprietor after Sam retired and moved to California. On May 26, 1886 he married Amy E. Culver (1863-1960), a native of Toronto, Canada whose parents had moved to Sycamore about the same time as Daniel and his family had arrived in Illinois from Maryland. Daniel died on 1 April 1948 and Amy died on 3 January 1960; they are buried in the Ohio Grove cemetery, on Barber Greene Road south of Sycamore. The couple had four children:

--Frank Lee Winders (1887-1977) was born on 4 August 1887 and raised in Sycamore, Illinois, served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I—reports of his death were much exaggerated, and his family received three letters from him in France dated after the War Department’s notification to his parents that he had been killed, according to reporting in the Sycamore True Republic newspaper. He came home to Sycamore and became a poultry and egg buyer and about 1921, married his wife Gertrude, a Canadian who emigrated to the U.S. about 1913. In 1921, he and Gertrude were living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma according to the City Directory of that year. By the 1930 census, Frank and Gertrude, and their son John were boarding in a house on Chestnut Avenue in Freeport, Illinois. Frank was still in the poultry business, Gertrude was working as a sales lady in a department store, and John was in school. The 1940 census caught Frank staying at a hotel in Lafayette, Indiana, presumably on a poultry buying business trip (but Gertrude and John don’t seem to show up any where in 1940.) His 1942 World War II draft registration card placed him in Rogers Park, the most northerly Chicago neighborhood, working as a buyer for Getz Poultry and Eggs in Chicago. Some time between WW II and 1977, he moved to the west coast, and according to an obituary published in a Spokane newspaper, his (second) wife Anne Baker Winders, died on 8 July 1969. Frank himself died on 11 July 1977 and is buried in The Pines Cemetery, Spokane, as is Anne.

--Irma M. Winders (1892-1973) was born and raised in Sycamore, Illinois and married Boyd E. Wright on 25 Oct 1916 in Cook County, Illinois. They lived in Illinois, raised two children (Howard Wright (1919-unk) and Dorothy Wright (1924-unk)) and eventually moved to San Diego, California. Irma died 22 Sep 1973, Boyd on 22 Nov 1975 and they are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, San Diego.

--Genevieve Winders (1899-1986) was born, raised and spent her life in Sycamore, Illinois, except for a brief period after her marriage to William M. Organ (1892-1966), when the couple lived in Twin Falls, Idaho, where William worked as a hotel clerk. Their daughter Marjorie was born in Idaho about 1920, but grew up in Sycamore and married (first) Thomas C. Burke in Sycamore on 22 Feb 1941 and (second) Miles B. Underwood in Sycamore on 30 Jul 1949. Genevieve Winders Organ died on 10 Dec 1986, her husband William died on 9 Aug 1966 and they are both buried in Mount Carmel cemetery in Sycamore.

--Pauline Winders (1902-1988) was born about 1902 in Sycamore, Illinois and grew up there, marrying Theron Brewster Bushnell in the mid-1920s. Pauline died in Sycamore on 21 Jan 1988; her husband Theron died in October of 1964.

9. Harry Winders (1862-1942) was born in Washington County, Maryland on 6 September 1862, moved to Polo, Ogle County, Illinois with his family in 1869/70 and moved to Sycamore, Illinois, where he married Margaret Ahern (1865-1902), an Irish girl from County Cork, on 30 April 1885. Harry seems to have been a rather feckless drifter, engaging in various pursuits ranging from working in a bakery in Chicago (1888), running the Johnsen House hotel in Sycamore (In 1892—that venture only lasted a year), working for the Chicago Great Western railroad (1893), working as the general engineer and mechanic at the Sycamore steam laundry (late 1893), “traveling about the country repairing tinware, pumps or anything else in that line” (1894), clerking in a drug and grocery store in Sycamore (1896), and working as a drayman (1898). Early in 1902 he signed on as one of a number of participants from the Ogle County area in a scheme to develop a “new colony” in Geraldine, Texas. He sold his home on Grant Street in Sycamore and left for Geraldine in mid-February, 1902 but by the end of March he was back in Sycamore, “dissatisfied with the prospects [in Geraldine]”, according to the Sycamore True Republican. In August of the same year, Margaret, who had been an invalid afflicted with chronic kidney disease for nearly two years, died, leaving Harry with two children to care for: Jessie, age 15 and Norbert, age 8. Less than a year later, on May 20, 1903, he married Lizzie Fennell but the couple was divorced 18 months later; Lizzie cited cruelty, drunkenness and desertion as grounds for her suit. Harry moved to Freeport, Illinois after the divorce, then to Cherry Valley, Illinois and eventually to Santa Clara county, California, where he died on 25 January 1942.

--Jessie M. Winders (1888-1957) was born on 24 September 1888 in Sycamore, Illinois and grew up there, then married Harry F. Tice (1886-unk), sometime prior to 1930, in Sonoma County, California on 21 April 1908. She and Harry had one daughter, Margaret Tice (1909-1988), who married Carl Ingvar Philip Carlson (1906-1984). Jessie died in Orange County, California on 11 May 1957.

--Norbert H. Winders (1894-1975) was born in Sycamore, Illinois on 9 September 1894 and served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War I, after which he moved to California and lived with his sister Jessie and her husband in San Jose. Sometime in the 1920s he married Alta H. McDonald (1894-1966) from San Francisco, and worked as a salesman for Standard Oil Company. Alta died in San Francisco on 26 May 1966, and Norbert died in San Mateo County, California on 9 May 1971. They are both buried at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California (based on Norbert’s WW I service). They had one son, Donald Norbert Winders (1926-1980), who was born and raised in California and was living with his parents in San Francisco in 1945. He became a draftsman for Michel & Pfeffer Co. and died on 16 Nov 1980, at the age of 54 in San Francisco, apparently without marrying.

10. Charles Winders (1863-1940) was born on 6 September 1863 in Washington County, Maryland and came with his family to Polo, Ogle County, Illinois in 1869/70. He grew up In Polo, married Clara B. Grim (1867-1930), worked in a clothing store all his life (started as a clerk and became the owner of his own store) and died on 10 May 1940. Clara died on 12 May 1930, and they are both buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Charles and Clara had two children:

--Fred William Winders (1888-1946) who was born in Polo, Illinois, grew up there, and married Mabel Wasser (1890-1974) in Ogle County, Illinois on 29 Sep 1910. The couple moved to Milwaukee, where Fred worked for the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. Fred died at home of a heart attack on 7 May 1946, while Mabel survived him and eventually moved to Orange County, California (where their youngest daughter lived) and died there on 9 Mar 1974. The couple had three daughters: Lois A. Winders (1912-1972) who married Lee M. Olendorf and lived in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin; Lorraine Winders (1915-1998), who married Edward C. Manthei, Jr and lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Eleanor Winders (1920-2012), who married Harvey L. Flaherty (1918-2004), a minister.

--Annabel(le) I. Winders (1907-1998) was born 2 Jul 1907 in Polo, Illinois and grew up there. The 1940 census enumerated her as a 32-year old single lady living with her parents and working as a clerk in a clothing store. According to the Dixon (Illinois) Evening Telegraph of 19 May 1955, a marriage license had been issued to George A. Kopp, 48, of Mt. Carroll and Annabel Winders of Polo; however, there is no confirmation that the marriage ever took place, and both the Florida Death Index and the Social Security Death Index list Annabelle under her maiden name. She died 22 Feb 1998 in Hudson, Florida.

11. Benjamin Franklin Winders (1867-1948) (known as Frank) was born in Washington County, Maryland in May 1867 and came to Polo, Illinois (in Ogle County) when only two years old. At the age of 13 he was working as a servant in the household of John and Cleo Powell in Wysox Township, Carroll County (just to the west of Polo). He married Mary J. Johnsen (1868-1934) on 27 Aug 1890 in DeKalb County, Illinois. (She was the daughter of Peter Johnsen, the original proprietor of the Johnsen House hotel that Frank’s brother Harry had tried to run for a year in 1892.) His job as a claim agent for the Chicago Great Western railroad had him moving between the Chicago area and Minneapolis-St. Paul; eventually he took a job as a claim agent for the Minneapolis Street Railway Company and he and Mary settled in Minneapolis. They had two children: Russell J. Winders (1892-1915), who died at 23 in a car accident; and Lois J. Winders (1897-cir 1987), who was born on 23 Apr 1897, grew up in Sycamore, Illinois, and married James D. Craig (1901-1977). They had three children: James Russell Craig (1920-1981), Jane Craig (1923-unk) and Jack F. Craig (1926-1999).

12. Edward Winders (1869-1930) was born on 26 July 1868, the last of John and Lydia’s children to be born in Washington County, Maryland. He grew up in Ogle County and married Carrie Leona Rhodes [25262] in Lee County, Illinois in early March, 1892. They lived in Dixon (Lee County) for the rest of their lives, where Edward worked as a pharmacist. They had one daughter, Esther Winders (1914-unk), who married Carl A. Hasck (as reported in the Dixon Telegraph newspaper). Edward died in Dixon on 10 Apr 1930, and Carrie died 21 March 1937.

13. Carrie Winders (1871-1951), the last of John and Lydia Shoop Winders’ children, was born in Polo, Illinois on 21 December 1871 and married Benjamin F. Barnhizer [21521](1867-1946) in Dixon, Illinois in February 1892 (according to reporting in the Dixon Telegraph.) She and Benjamin farmed near Polo for more than 50 years, and after he died in 1946, she went to live with her youngest daughter, Nina Barnhizer Gillott, in Drexel Hill, Pa. until her death on 15 July 1951. She and Benjamin are both buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. They had four children: Fred Ross Barnhizer (1893-1975), a resident of Dixon State Hospital (for epileptics and the developmentally disabled); Neva Barnhizer Witmer [22432] (1893-1963); Edna Mae Barnhizer Jones Regusci [25429] (1898-1983); and Nina Barnhizer Gillott (1901-1978).

Elias U. (1833-1906) and Elizabeth (Eyerly)(1831-1917) Winders

Elias Upton Winders (1833-1906) followed his brother John’s scenario: he held a public sale to divest himself of his personal and farm property at his residence one-half mile west of Funkstown, Maryland on 5 March 1869, and by the time of the 1870 census enumeration, he and his family (wife Elizabeth Ellen Eyerly, daughters Catherine and Mary Alice and sons Henry, Jacob and George Eyerly Winders) were living in Polo, Ogle County, Illinois and Elias was working in a lumber planing mill. By September 1876, however, Elias and family had moved on to Sedgwick County, Kansas, where he was farming half a section of land (320 acres) four miles northeast of Wichita. According to his own account, by the fall of 1877 he had plowed 225 acres and put it in winter wheat, built two houses, dug two wells, set out twelve hundred fruit trees, and made 40 tons of hay. By 1900, with the kids grown, Elias and Elizabeth were living in town on South Topeka Avenue in a house that is now part of the Winders Historic District of Wichita. Elias died on 16 January 1906, and his wife continued to live in Wichita (she was enumerated there, on South Topeka Ave age 79 in 1910 and the City Directory for 1916 listed her as a resident), and when she died on 25 September 1917, she was buried in Highland Cemetery in Wichita, next to her husband.

Descendants of Elias and Elizabeth Eyerly Winders

1. Eliza Kate Winders (1855-1940) was born on 1 July 1855 in Washington County, Maryland and came to Ogle County, Illinois with her family as a teenager; she was variously known as (a) ‘Kate Eliza’ in the Maryland Births and Christenings Index, (b) ‘Elva K’ in the 1870 census as transcribed by one indexer and ‘Elon K.’ by a different indexer, and (c) ‘Elvine K.’ on her wedding license from Ogle County. She moved with her parents to outside Springfield, in Clark County, Ohio when she was quite young, and was enumerated there in the 1860 census. By 1870, the family had returned to Polo and she married George E. Miller (a native of West Virginia, born there in 1852) in Ogle County, Illinois on 24 November 1874. By the time of the 1880 census, the couple were living in Minneha Township of Sedgwick County, Kansas (on the eastern edge of Wichita) with their two sons, Ross (aka Louis B.) and Ray H. Miller. Continuing her tradition of baffling census takers, she was listed as “Alba Miller” in the 1880 census. Sometime before 1920, Elva and George moved to California (they are missing from the 1900 and 1910 census), appearing in 1920, living on 16th Street in Los Angeles, where George was working as a cabinet maker. George Miller died in 1937 (according to a family tree on Ancestry—no official records could be found to verify) and Eliza Kate/Elvine/Elva K. died in 1940 (again, no official records were found to verify). The couple had two sons: Louis B. “Ross” Miller, born 11 Nov 1875 in Polo, Illinois and died 30 May 1954 in San Francisco; and Ray H. Miller, born 1 Nov 1878 in Wichita, Kansas and died 24 Oct 1955 in Groveland, Tuolomne County, California.

2. Henry Jacob ‘Harry’ Winders (1858-1932) was born in Clark County, Ohio on 22 February 1858 before his parents moved back to Polo, Illinois some time before 1870. He then moved with his family to Wichita, Kansas and was enumerated there in the 1880 census. On 4 October 1881, he married Matilda Ann Long in Wichita and the couple lived there the rest of their lives. Harry opened a business known as the Wichita Wet Wash Laundry in 1904, operating out of a building on the back of his house lot at 1044 S. Topeka Avenue that faced onto East Morris Street. They had two children: Earl E. Winders, who died in infancy (1883-1885); and Ira Dixie Winders (1885-1976). Ira was born and raised in Wichita, married Minnie Marie Cooper (1890-1976) in Wichita on 26 April 1911 and operated the Wichita Wet Wash Laundry until 1943, when the business was sold. He then worked for many years as a printing press operator at McCormick-Armstrong. Ira died in April 1976 and Minnie died in January of 1977. They had three children:

--Elvin C. Winders (1916-1921) who died young of diphtheria.

--Loren H. Winders (1920- ), born about 1920 in Wichita, served in the Army during WW II, married Rebecca Darrow (1920-2013), and worked as a press operator at McCormick-Anderson. As of late 2013, Loren was still living in the Winders Historic District.

--Eldon I. Winders (1928-2011) was born and grew up in Wichita and served in the Navy during WW II. He worked as a machinist at Carlson Company. He married Stella Isoble (LNU). Eldon died on 25 January 2011.

3. Mary Alice Winders (1860-1936) was born on 12 March 1860 in Clark County, Ohio (like her older brother Harry Winders) but raised in Polo, Illinois and Wichita, Kansas. She married Clark Kinkaid in Sedgwick County (Wichita), Kansas on 15 Jan 1879 (Book A, page 391 of Sedwick County marriage records) and lived the rest of her life on the family farm in Gypsum Township, Sedwick County (just southeast of Wichita). She died 20 March 1936. The couple had three children: Mary A. Kinkaid (1881-unk), Roy C. Kinkaid (1883-1973) and Lee E. Kinkaid (1885-1946).

4. George Eyerly Winders was born 12 August 1863 in Funkstown, Maryland and moved with his family to Polo, Illinois and then on to Wichita, Kansas. He married Mary Margaretta Watkins (1858-1944) on 23 February 1887 (Book C, page 594, Sedgwick County marriage records) and the couple lived with her parents at least through 1895 (according to the 1895 Kansas state census). By 1900, they had moved to Ottawa, Kansas (northeast of Wichita, nearer to Kansas City), where George worked as a real estate agent. By 1905, however, Mary had returned to Wichita and was living with her parents, Theodore and Hannah Watkins and her 11-year old daughter, Florence, but without her husband George. The 1910, 1920 and 1930 census data show Mary as ‘divorced’, and she continued to live with her mother and daughter in Wichita. By 1940, Mary was listed as ‘widowed’, but in fact, George didn’t die until 27 March 1941; at the time he was a resident of the Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City) Home for the Aged and Indigent, where he had been since at least 1935. According to his death certificate, he had been a resident of the Kansas City area for 30 years and his usual occupation was ‘broker.’ George and Mary had one daughter, Florence Olivia Winders (1893-1988), who lived with her mother (after her mother’s separation/divorce from George Winders) at 1336 N. Lawrence in Wichita and worked as a photographer as early as 1916. She died on 12 May 1988, and is buried in Highland Cemetery, Wichita, along with her mother.

Hiram (1836-1910) and Hettie Tice (1837-1927) Winders

Hiram Winders (1836-1910) was born 6 June 1836 in Boonsboro, Washington County and preceded his slightly older cousins in moving to Ogle County by about 10 years, arriving there sometime prior to 1860. In March of 1860 he married Hettie Tice (born 1 Jan 1837 in Ohio, died 16 Dec 1927, in Toledo, Iowa) and the couple eventually had 6 sons and 3 daughters, whom they raised on the big family farm (720 acres) in Tama County, Iowa, where they moved in 1868. So even before his cousins John and Elias arrived in Illinois, Hiram and his family had moved on further west, to Tama County, Iowa.

According to a biographical sketch published in 1910, Hiram “worked at wagon making” in Maryland and as a carpenter after he moved to Ogle County, and then moved to Iowa in 1868, becoming a full-time farmer in Highland Township, Tama County (about 150 miles northwest of Ogle County, Illinois.) As mentioned, Hiram and Hettie had a large family: daughters Lucy J. (1863-1889), Carrie Belle (1871-1964), and Blanche Maud (1877-unk); and sons Charles S. (1861-1933), William R. (1867-1950), Walter S. (1873-1963), Chauncy C. (1875-1943), Earl H. (1880-1966) and Ray L. (1883-1960). Hiram died on 26 August 1910 in Toledo (Tama County), Iowa and Hettie died in Toledo on 16 December 1927.

Descendants of Hiram and Hettie Tice Winders

1. Charles Sherwood Winders (1861-1933) was born in Ogle County, Illinois on 5 May 1861, and moved with his family to Tama County, Iowa when he was a boy of seven. He grew up there and married Babetta Grau (1863-1955), the daughter of German immigrants, in 1882 (according to ‘A History of Tama County, Iowa, Vol II’; the 1900 census says 1884). Charles raised purebred Shorthorn cattle and Duroc Jersey hogs on their 160 acre farm in Highland Township, and served as a county supervisor, as well as treasurer of the school board. He and Betta raised a large family: four daughters (Bertha, Dora, Leta, and Anna) and eight sons (Orville, Harold, Dale, Raleigh, Russell, Basil, Chalmers, and Charles, Jr.)

--Bertha E. Winders was born on 7 January 1885 in Tama County, Iowa where she grew up and married George Samuel Manfull [25489]on 14 December 1905. Shortly after her marriage, the couple moved to Marshall County, Iowa where George ran a farm, until he retired and moved into town, where the couple resided at 1209 S. 12th Avenue, Marshalltown for several years. They both died in 1965 and are buried together under a single stone in Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. They had no children.

--Orville J. Winders was born on 26 December 1886 in Highland Township, Tama County, Iowa and married Ida N. Tvedt (1889-1963, daughter of Norwegian immigrants) on 12 Feb 1913. Orville farmed in Tama and Marshall Counties until at least 1930, but by the 1940 census he was working as a driller in a rock quarry in Gilman (Marshall Co), Iowa and in 1951 the Marshalltown (Iowa) city directory listed him as a laborer at Marshall Canning Company. (Perhaps he lost his farm as a result of the Depression?) In any case, he and Ida lived out the rest of their lives in Marshalltown (Orville died 21 September 1961, Ida died on 10 September 1963) and are both buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Montour, Iowa. The couple had seven children:

----Wendell N. Winders was born 28 July 1913 in Tama County, Iowa, attended the University of Iowa, taught school and became the principal of West Union High Shool in Fayette County, Iowa. He married a fellow University of Iowa graduate, Viola L. Petzel, on 29 May 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. The couple had two daughters.

----Carson R. Winders was born 11 June 1915 in Tama County, Iowa, served in the Army in WW II and married Lenora D. Shank (1924-1979). They ran a dairy farm in Chickasaw County, Iowa until the mid-1950s, when they moved to a new farm south of Grundy Center, Iowa. Lenora died in April 1979, and Carson died on 11 November 1994. He is buried in Garwin Union Cemetery, Garwin, Iowa, but there is no record of Lenora’s burial. The couple had three children.

----Shirley Winders was born about 1918 in Tama County, Iowa. She appears in the household of her parents in the 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses. In 1940, she appears twice: on 5 April she was enumerated in Gilman, Iowa (Marshall County) in her family’s household; on 13 May a Shirley Winders, 22 years old, is enumerated as “insane”, an inmate of the Marshall County Home and Asylum in Lamoille, Marshall County, Iowa. Her death is given as 1951 in a family tree on, but no confirming documents were found.

----Orville Dale Winders was born in Montour (Tama County), Iowa on 10 February 1920 and grew up around Gilman (Marshall County), Iowa. He enlisted in the Navy in March of 1941, and from Great Lakes Training Center (north of Chicago) he was sent to Southampton, where he was assigned to the Navy Amphibious Assault Group. He spent the entire war there, and met Ilene Hibdige there. She later came to the U.S. (1947) shortly after Orville was discharged from the Navy (as an electrician’s mate chief), and they were married and Orville went to school in Ames (presumably at Iowa State, although he does not appear in any yearbooks of the time.) Orville and Ilene then moved to California, where they appear on the voter registration rolls in San Bernardino County in 1952. They lived for many years in Upland, California, but their life there remains completely undocumented, except for the birth records of their three children. Orville died on 18 Dec 2002; Ilene on 17 July 2001; they are both buried in the VA National Cemetery in Riverside, California. The couple had three children.

----Lillie Pearl Winders was born in Tama County, Iowa on 20 September 1922, grew up near Gilman (Marshall County), Iowa and married Thomas Slayton Morton on 24 April 1944. The couple later moved to the west coast (she was living in Gardenia, California when her father died in 1961), and Lillie died on 12 Jun 2005 (Oregon Death Index says she died in Multnomah County, Oregon; SSDI lists Lillie Morton, with same date of death, SSAN obtained in Iowa prior to 1951, as having died in Missouri City, Texas, a suburb of Houston). No records exist of any children from this marriage.

----Marguerite I. Winders was born in Tama County, Iowa on 11 October 1925, grew up around Gilman and married Corwin V. Dooley, an FAA air controller from Montana. They lived in Great Falls, Montana, and Spokane, Washington before ending up in Seattle. They had two children.

----Fern C. Winders was born 22 Oct 1932 in Tama County, Iowa and grew up there, marrying Richard Bennett on 21 April 1951. They lived in Marshalltown, Iowa where Richard worked at Marshalltown Instruments Company, eventually becoming a plant manager and moving to Oshkosh, Nebraska when the plant moved there. They had two children.

--Harold A. Winders was born 24 Mar 1887 in Tama County, Iowa, the second son of Charles Sherwood and Babetta Grau Winders. According to the 1910 census he ran a pool hall in Howard, Iowa and he was still in the same business when the 1915 Iowa state census was conducted. On 4 September 1918, he married Pearl Chelf (a native of Sangamon County, Illinois) in El Paso, Texas. It is not clear what happened to that marriage, but some time before 1930 he married his second wife, Neva Mae Corns. In both the 1930 and 1940 censuses Harold is shown as married to Neva M. (Corns) Winders and he is employed as a stock buyer. The couple continued to live in Tama, Iowa at least through 1961 and probably through Harold’s death in December of 1963; Neva died in October, 1987 while residing in Northwood, Iowa. There is no record of either burial. They had a son, Harold Winders, who was born in Iowa on 20 January 1935, enlisted in the Air Force in 1954 and was discharged in 1956 and died in April, 1976 apparently without having been married.

--Dale C. Winders was born in Montour, Tama County, Iowa on 13 August 1888 and raised there. He married Edna Mae Skinner, a native of Maine, in Red Lodge (Carbon County), Montana on 9 March 1910, where he was working as a farm laborer. At the time of the 1915 Iowa state census, he and Edna were back in Tama County, and they were also there for the 1920 U.S. census. Edna died in 1921, and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Montour, Tama County, Iowa. She and Dale had two children: Clifford Winders (b. 14 Jul 1910, m. Ruth P. McCoy, no children) and Marjorie Winders (b. 6 April 1919, m. (FNU) Talley, two children, lived in Denver, CO in the 1980s). Edna died young and Dale married a woman named Leta A. (maiden name unknown), probably in the late 1920s. When Dale and Leta died (1956 and 1990 respectively) they were buried under a single stone in Rockingham Cemetery, a block west of US 63 (Main Street) just north of Traer, Iowa.

--Dora B. Winders was born in Tama County, Iowa on 6 June 1890, grew up there, and on 28 Feb 1911 she married Monte Merle Miller, also a Tama County native. Monte farmed and then worked for Marshalltown Canning Company in Marshalltown for awhile, before opening a lunch counter (1934 Marshalltown City Directory); later he was a driver for the dairy cooperative and eventually went back to farming again (1940 census). Dora died in October of 1983, and Monte in July of 1987. There are no records of their burial. They had son, Merle D. Miller, born 17 May 1918 in Montour (Tama County), Iowa, who attended the University of Iowa and the London School of Economics and worked as a Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia Record newspaper. During WW II he served as a war correspondent and editor for Yank Magazine. After the war he was an editor at both Harper’s and Time Magazine, and reviewed books for the Saturday Review of Literature. He wrote several novels and works of non-fiction, including a best-selling biography of Harry S. Truman “Plain Speaking”. He was black-listed during the McCarthy era. He died in Danbury, Connecticut on 10 June 1986.

--Raleigh W. Winders was born on 4 March 1892 near Montour, in Tama County, Iowa. He went to Montour High School and Coe College, and then farmed in the Montour, Traer and Toledo areas before moving into Toledo and becoming a salesman for Beem Implement Company in Toledo. He married Grace E. Branson at her home near Montour in Tama County on 2 September 1914. He died at his home in Toledo on 22 February 1975; Grace pre-deceased him in 1966 (exact date unknown). The couple had three daughters.

--Russell G. Winders was born in Tama County on 4 Mar 1892, the same day as his twin brother Raleigh. He grew up in Tama County, married Nellie M. Gray on 11 Feb 1914 in Tama County and farmed there all his life. He died in February of 1954; Nellie died in May of 1918. They had two children: Helen M. Winders (b. 24 Dec 1914, m. Edward C. McIntyre, d. 14 Nov 2008, one son Edward C. McIntyre Jr) and Robert R. Winders (b. 10 Jul 1920, m. Norma Ruth Weller in May 1947 in Adair County, Iowa, worked for Soil Conservation Service, had one son Gregory who pre-deceased him, d. 25 Aug 2009).

--Basil B. Winders was born 23 December 1893 in Highland Township, Tama County, Iowa , grew up there, and married Gladys H. Kellogg on 2 Aug 1916 in Tama County. The couple farmed in the area of Tama, Iowa until 1945, when they retired and moved to Montour. Basil died in Montour on 26 February 1978; Gladys survived him and lived until 3 November 1996. The couple had three daughters.

--Chalmers Winders was born in Tama County, Iowa on 17 July 1897, went to high school there and when he registered for the draft in World War I he was working at the First National Bank in Toledo (Iowa). He married Mary K. Goodall (1895-1982) in Tama County on 3 November 1920 and got into the car business, managing an auto garage (1930 census) and managing a retail auto business (1940 census). He died in Los Angeles county, California (possibly while visiting his son) on 17 March 1969; Mary lived on in Belle Plaine, Iowa until her death in August of 1982. They are both buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Belle Plaine. The couple had three children.

--Leta Pearl Winders was born 30 March 1901 in Tama County, Iowa, grew up there and married Herman R. Freet , who ran an insurance and real estate agency in Marshalltown, Iowa. Herman had a son by his first marriage, but Leta and Herman apparently had no children of their own. Leta died 24 December 1966; Herman died 20 October 1982, and they are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Tama County, Iowa.

--Charles Sherwood Winders, Jr. was born in Montour, Tama County, Iowa on 21 March 1908, went to Coe College (with his sister Karline), lived with his widowed mother in Toledo (1940 census) while serving as the deputy county treasurer, served in the Army during WW II and moved to California after the war. He died in Ventura County on 8 September 1991, apparently without ever having married or had any children.

--Anna Karlene Winders was born in Montour, Tama County, Iowa on 10 February 1910, attended Coe College for a year in 1929 and the next year married Kenneth L. Puffer (29 May 1930) in Tama County, Iowa. He was an engineer and worked for a time in Marshalltown, before moving to Houston, Texas in the mid-1920s.The couple lived the rest of their lives there. Kenneth died on 31 March 1988 and Anna on 3 March 2004. They are both buried at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston. They had no children.

2. Lucy J. Winders was Hiram Winders’ oldest daughter, born in Ogle County, Illinois on 9 December 1863. The family moved to Tama County, Iowa when Lucy was about 5 years old (1868), and she married the brother of her big brother Charles’ wife, Leonard Grau, Jr. on Christmas Day, 1884. She died 5 years later on 14 March 1889 in Ireton (Sioux County), Iowa and is buried there in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. She and Leonard had two children: Clarence Grau (b. 11 Oct 1885, married Matilda A. Voss (1887-1961), ran a farm implements dealership in LeMars, Iowa, died 1 Nov 1972, no children); and Grace Grau (b. in February 1889; her mother died shortly thereafter, and her father re-married, “adopting her out” to a family named Post, according to information on, she died 21 Dec 1982 in Pasadena.)

3. William R. Winders was born in August 1867 in Ogle County, Illinois a year before his family moved to Tama County, Iowa. He grew up there and married Mary E. Manfull (1872-1961) in Montour, Iowa on 22 March 1894. He farmed in Tama County for a few years, but by the 1910 census he was an agent for a farm implement company, and then ran a garage and a car dealership in LeMars. In 1932 he sold his garage, but continued to rent space in it for his Nash agency (LeMars Sentinel, 3 May 1932). William died in 1950 (no more specific information available) and Mary died 22 Jan 1961 in Los Angeles. They are both buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton (Sioux County), Iowa. They had four daughters and a son:

-- Hazel Grace Winders was born 21 Dec 1894, grew up in Le Mars, ended up in California as Grace Galloway Hardgrove (according to California Deaths Index) and died on 4 Sep 1981 in Pine Grove, California. Apparently, she was married to Walter Scott Hardgrove (1902-1982) when she died, but there are no records concerning any children, or indicating where she got the “Galloway” part of her name.

--Ethel Irene Winders was born in Tama, Iowa on 28 July 1896 and married Oscar D. Hart in LeMars, Iowa (Plymouth County) on 10 September 1919. Oscar had served in the Army during World War I and been a farmer before their marriage, and the couple farmed in Plymouth County during the 1930s; by the time of the 1940 census, they were living in LeMars itself (214 Central Ave SE) and Oscar was working at the Elks Club and Ethel was an Executive Director of the Red Cross. According to her obituary, she was the Plymouth County Red Cross director for 20 years, including the World War II years. She also served on the LeMars Library Board for 34 years. Ethel died on 4 January 1980, Oscar on 16 August 1983. They are both buried in the LeMars City/Memorial Cemetery. The couple had two sons: Claude Eugene “Jack” Hart (b. 4 Jul 1920 in LeMars, Iowa, served as a private in the US Army during WW II, moved to California and died 4 Jul 2000, no information regarding spouse or children); and Larry Glenn Hart was born 6 December 1932 in Los Angeles, raised in Le Mars, Iowa after his parents returned there from a brief stay in California, earned B.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacology from University of Iowa, was a senior researcher at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program and adjunct assistant professor of pharmacology at UNC/Chapel Hill, retired in 1999 and died 22 October 2012. Larry was married to Martha (LNU) and they have three children.

--Glenn Orin Winders (aka ‘Oran Glenn Winders’) was born 2 Jul 1898 in Tama County, Iowa, married Viola Hope Morehouse [25343] in Dakota City (Dakota County), Nebraska on 26 September 1920. He was a photographer in Harlan, Iowa until November 1957, when he sold his studio and home and moved to the Seattle area, where two of his sons were living. Glenn died in June of 1974 in Seattle; Viola died 6 March 1968, also in Seattle. They had three children: 1. William Wilbur Winders (b. 31 October 1921 in LeMars, Iowa, served in the Army Special Forces Training Group at Ft. Lewis, Washington during WW II, stayed on the west coast, married Betty Jean Wentworth in Seattle on 28 April 1947, d. 30 November 1984, no information on any children); 2. Gordon Robert Winders was born on 2 Feb 1924 in Plymouth County, Iowa, served as an aircraft mechanic aboard the USS Hornet during WW II, got an engineering degree from Iowa State University, worked for Babcock & Wilcox designing nuclear power stations, ended up in Raleigh, NC where he died on 28 Feb 2002. His wife still lives in Raleigh (as of 2013). They had three children.

--Lucy E.Winders was born in Iowa on 19 Jun 1900 (1901 according to the California Deaths Index; 1900 according to SSDI and her tombstone) and raised in Plymouth County. Sometime between 1920 (residence: LeMars, Iowa, marital status: single) and 1930 (residence: Los Angeles, California, marital status: married) she met and married Paul Clement Wilson, Sr. (1903-1985) and they moved to Los Angeles, where he served as an LAPD police officer until he retired. They eventually ended up in Orange County, where Lucy died on 12 March 1982, and Paul died in October, 1985. They are both buried in Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, California (Orange County). They had two children.

--Lois Bernice “Billy” Winders was born on 7 April 1915 (15 years after her sister Lucy) in Le Mars, Iowa and grew up in Plymouth County and some time prior to 1940, married John D. Pauley (1912-1991), a native of Sioux City, Iowa. She worked as a stenographer and he was an insurance salesman; shortly after WW II they moved to California and lived in Arcadia (Los Angeles County). Her husband died on 11 May 1991 and she died on 4 February 2002. There are no records of any children.

4. Carrie Belle Winders was born 27 March 1871 in Tama, Iowa, Hiram and Hetta Winders’ second daughter. She married William Jackson (1867-1934), also a Tama native, in 1896 and they farmed in Tama County before moving to Lincoln, Oklahoma (1910 census) and then to Bates County, Missouri (1920 and 1930 census). Will Jackson died in Butler, Missouri 27 March 1934 and Carrie died in Butler on 12 January 1964. They are both buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. They had four children.

5. Walter Samuel Winders was born on 3 July 1873 in Toledo (Tama County), Iowa and attended Montour High School, Western College (Toledo, Iowa) and the Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines. He taught school and was a salesman (a Fuller brush man) before he met and married Mae E. Bates [24600] (1882-1918) in Mason City, Iowa 23 September 1903. After his marriage, he founded the Iowa Tea Company in Mason City, one of Iowa’s earliest tea, coffee and china stores (“exclusive dealers in fine teas and coffees, extracts and spices, baking powder, chinaware and Japanese goods,” according to the 1923 city directory.) Mae died young (age 35) on 16 January 1918 (possibly a victim of the great influenza epidemic, although I have no hard evidence that such was the case.) Walter carried on with his business and raised their two children; he died in Mason City on 20 March 1963; they are both buried in Elmwood/St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City. They had two children: Kenneth B. Winders (b. 4 Jun 1905 in Mason City, married Leta (maiden name unknown), worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad as a materials clerk in North Little Rock, Arkansas, died 20 December 1964, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City. He had no children. Jeanette Mae Winders, born 1 Mar 1912 in Mason City, Iowa and married Maxwell B. Hight (1912-1995) in Mason City in June 1937. They moved to Minnesota before WW II, where Max worked as a bond revenuer for a trust company and later for the Mayo Clinic. They had two daughters.

6. Chauncy Chambers Winders was born in Tama County, Iowa on 25 November 1875, grew up and lived all his life there, never married and died in July 1943.

7. Blanche Maud Winders was born in November of 1877 in Tama County, Iowa. She grew up there and taught school in Toledo, Iowa until she married Frank D. Miller [24597] (1879-1927) on 26 October 1904. The couple moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa. Dates of the couple’s deaths are not known. They had two daughters: Margaret Miller (b. about 1905 in Iowa, no further information) and Leah Blanche Miller (b. 23 Dec 1906 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City and worked as a stenographer in Cedar Rapids, according to the 1930 census. (No further information).

8. Earl Hiram Winders was born 2 February 1880 in Tama County, Iowa, grew up there and moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa in the early 1900s, where he married Martha Beatrix Olson [24598] (1892-????) on 18 Jun 1913. Earl worked at a variety of jobs, including running a tea and coffee store as his brother Walter did in Mason City, but he finally found his niche when he became the Secretary of the Fort Dodge Masonic Temple Association about 1934. In 1943-1944 he served as the Grand Commander of the Iowa Knights Templar, and he continued to serve as the Masonic secretary until well into his 70s, perhaps right up until his death, in December 1966. He and Martha had two children:

--Gordon E. Winders was born in Webster County, Iowa on 8 February 1916. He grew up there and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1930, going on from there to University of Iowa and its law school, from which he received his law degree in 1940. He worked as the in house counsel for the Employers of Wausau Insurance Co. in Chicago from 1940-1947, and from 1947-1984 he engaged in private practice, representing injured workers seeking workers compensation. He was active in the Illinois Bar Association, the Association for Retarded Citizens of Rock Island County, Easter Seal Foundation, and Skills, Inc., a local rehabilitation center. He married (1) Margaret Mary Hennessy (1919-2001) in Chicago, Illinois on 25 November 1942 and (2) Leisla M. Weber on 27 October 1979 in Rock Island. Leisla had worked for Gordon as a paralegal from 1965 to 1983. He died 10 October 1993; Leisla died on 10 Jun 1994 and Margaret out-lived both of them, died 9 December 2001. Gordon and Margaret had two children.

--Elizabeth Anne Winders was born 12 December 1921 in Wahkonsa, Webster County, Iowa and was raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa where she graduated from high school and went to work as a telephone operator for the Fort Dodge Telephone Company (1940-1941). NFI

9. Ray L. Winders was born in Tama County, Iowa on 29 December 1883, grew up there, and married Mabel Oliva Edwinson [24599] (1890-1973) in 1917. During the 1920s and ‘30s he ran an automobile tire dealership in Marshalltown, Iowa; by the 1940 census he had become a real estate salesman. He died sometime before 1960 (the 1960 Marshalltown City Directory lists Mabel as ‘widow of Ray L. Winders’); Mabel died in Marshalltown in August 1973. They had two children:

--Ray L. Winders Jr. was born in Marshalltown (Marshall Co), Iowa on 28 March 1920, grew up there and went to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In about 1945 he married Mary Ann Kurtz, a fellow University of Iowa graduate. Ray worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber, including a three-year tour in Brussels, Belgium (1963-1966). In 1966, they returned to the States and settled in Hudson, Ohio, where they remained for the rest of their lives. Ray died in January of 1984 and Mary Ann died 15 December 2011. They had two children.

--Betty Marie Winders was born about 1925 in Marshalltown, Iowa and grew up there. In 1945 the city directory listed her as living with her parents and brother, Ray L. Jr. NFI

John N. (~1829-1897) and Susan Powell Winders (1832-1905)

John N. Winders (born about 1829 in Washington County, MD and died 1897 in Silver Plume, Colorado) may well have moved west to Ogle County with his cousin Hiram in the early 1850s. The Illinois census of 3 July 1855 enumerated John N. Winders as a resident of Buffalo Township in Ogle County, in a household consisting of two males aged 20-30 (John N. and possibly Hiram?) and one female aged 20-30 (probably John’s wife Susan Powell (born 18 Nov 1832 in Washington County, Maryland and died 28 May 1905 in Polo, Illinois). John N. and Susan (Powell) Winders were married in Mountain View, Washington County, Maryland on 14 Dec 1850, according to the 1 Jan 1851 edition of the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom newspaper. According to ‘Past and Present of DeKalb County, Vol. 2’ they moved west to Illinois and settled in Polo, but after two years, they moved on to St. Joseph, Missouri, where they settled for a year and a half, before moving west to Nevada City (or Nevadaville), Colorado. John N. Winder was trained as an engineer and gained mining experience in Colorado, where he developed a gold and silver mine that he eventually sold to an English syndicate. He remained in Nevadaville (now a ghost town) until 1875, and then moved on to Silver Plume, Colorado, where he lived until his death in 1897. Life in the boom towns of Colorado apparently held little fascination for John’s wife Susan, and within a few years of the birth of their son Thomas Jefferson Winder in 1863, she and Thomas had returned to Polo, where they were enumerated in the 1870 census as residing in the household of her father, Upton Powell. She remained in Polo for the rest of her life (she died 28 May 1905) and is buried in Polo’s Fairmount Cemetery.

--Thomas Jefferson Winders was born 20 Jan 1863 in Nevadaville, Colorado, but grew up in Ogle County, Illinois, having returned there from Colorado with his mother sometime prior to the 1870 census, which enumerated the two of them living in Polo, in the household of his maternal grandfather, Upton Powell. He attended school in Polo and went on to the Northern Illinois College in Fulton, Illinois and spent a year at Northern Indiana Normal College in Valparaiso. In 1894, after working in Chicago for a few years, he moved to Malta, Illinois, where he became the editor-in-chief and eventual owner of the Malta Record and Creston Observer. In addition to the printing plant in Malta, he also owned a house there and 320 acres of land in Thomas county, Kansas, according to a biographical sketch published in ‘Past and Present of DeKalb County, Volume 2’. Thomas married Mrs. Alice Anna Baldwin Chapell (b. 3 Nov 1861 in South Egremont, Berkshire county, MA) on 10 July 1896 in Malta. Thomas died on 6 March 1939 in Chicago; Alice had died the previous year, on 8 January 1938 in Malta. They had no children.

John M. (1825-1864) and Elizabeth Knodle Winders (1832-1920)

John M. Winder (1825-1864) was the fifth Washington county Winders to move to Ogle County, Illinois. His exact connection to the rest of the Washington county Winders clan remains unclear. He married a Washington county girl, Elizabeth J. Knodle (or Ann Elizabeth Knodle) (1832-1920) in Ogle County on 15 Aug 1854, making the time frame for his move west approximately coincidental with that of John N. and Hiram Winders. A John M. Winders is documented as one of the charter founding members of the I.O.O.F. chapter in Waynesboro, PA (just across the border from Washington County) on 1 Jan 1850, but it has not been established that this is the same John M. Winder who then moved to Ogle County and married Elizabeth Knodle. He is enumerated in the 1860 census as “John A. Winders”, working as a marble cutter in Whitewater Township, Dubuque County, Iowa (with wife Elizabeth A. and children Catherine and Bayard Taylor, age 4 and 2 respectively. Since Bayard was born in Iowa, evidently the family had been there since at least 1858. In any case, the John M. Winder under discussion here died in 1864 at the early age of 39 in Mount Morris, Ogle County, Illinois, leaving his widow Elizabeth with four young children: Catherine Floy Winders (1855-1917), Bayard F. Winders (born ca. 1858), Elbert Winders (born about 1861) and John Melvin Winders (born November 1862).

1. Catherine “Kitty” Floy Winders was born 19 September 1855 in Illinois, probably Ogle County. She was 4 years old when the family was living in Iowa, but spent most of her childhood in Ogle County. She married Clinton Elmer Price (1854-1937) on 31 Dec 1885 in Ogle County—he started out as a hardware merchant and eventually became a plumber and then a plumbing and heating contractor. After Kitty died on 2 May 1917, Clinton married Lula Barber in Mount Morris on 12 November 1923. Clinton died on 12 July 1937 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, as is Kitty. They had one daughter, Pauline Price, born 1 August 1896 in Mount Morris, married John Wilbert Metzger on 27 November 1919, and died in March of 1981 in Decatur, Illinois.

2. Bayard Taylor Winders was born October 1857 in Dubuque County, Iowa but grew up in Mount Morris, Illinois. Eventually he ended up in Philadelphia (the city directory first lists him there in 1886), and in 1887 he married Sarah Margaret Smith (1857-1925) in Camden, New Jersey. (Sarah had been married first to John M. Campbell, a Canadian immigrant, who died in 1881 from small pox.) In 1891, Bayard and Sarah took up residence with Sarah’s mother at 4202 Ludlow St.; Bayard worked as a clerk and Sarah as a dressmaker. Bayard’s date of death is unknown, Sarah died 12 February 1925. They had two children: Bayard Leo Winders, Sr (1888-1971) and Clinton Price Winders, Sr (1891-1983).

--Bayard Leo Winders, Sr. was born 20 Jun 1888 in Philadelphia, grew up there and married Gertrude Macy Black (1892-1981) in 1911. He worked at various jobs (“manager, talking machine” in the 1920 census, salesman in 1930) and ended up working for J.G. Brill Company, a Philadelphia company that produced railroad and trolley cars and buses. He died in November 1971 in Philadelphia and Gertrude died in April 1982 in Newtown Square (probably at their son Bayard L Winder Jr’s house). They are both buried in the Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hills, PA. They had three children: Bayard Leo Winders Jr. (b. 2 Jul 1912, m. Ruth E. Quaintance in Philadelphia in 1938, worked at the Atlantic Oil Refinery, d. 18 April 1995 in Newtown Square, PA . He and Ruth had 3 children.

--Clinton Price Winders, Sr. was born 24 June 1891 in Philadelphia, grew up there and married a fellow Philadelphian, Agnes Robinson Patton (1887-unk) in Manhattan on 11 February 1913. Clinton worked as an insurance broker and eventually a claims adjuster. He died in Cape May county, New Jersey in July 1983; Agnes’ date of death is unknown. They had four children: Clinton Price Winders, Jr (b. 13 February 1914, d. 5 April 1914); John Patton Winders (b. 12 Mar 1916 in Philadelphia, d. 15 June 1960 in Los Angeles, CA, NFI); Alice Campbell Winders (b. 7 November 1918 in Philadelphia, d. February 1992, NFI); Barclay Boles Winders (b. 24 September 1920 in Philadelphia, served in the Coast Guard during WW II, m. DeLoris Brewer, owned a real estate company in Cape May county, New Jersey, d. 3 June 1997.) They had two children.

3. Elbert E. Winders was born 14 April 1861 in Ogle County, Illinois and was educated in the Mount Morris public schools and the Rock River Seminary. He was a school teacher in Forreston, Ogle County as early as 1870 and eventually became the principal of Mount Morris Public School, in which post he served from 1894 to 1897, until ill health forced him to retire. He married Elizabeth E. Miller, a daughter of John Mumma Miller, one of the early pioneers of Ogle County, on 10 April 1895 in Ogle County. They had been married only two years (and were childless) when he died on 1 (or perhaps 2) November 1897. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Morris; no information of what became of Elizabeth Miller Winders.

4. John Melvin Winders was born in Ogle County, Illinois in November 1862 and grew up there, marrying Mary Ann Allen (1857-1916), who had been married previously to John Morrison, on 9 November 1894 in Marion (Linn County), Iowa. John Winders ran a boarding house as early as 1898 in Oelwein, Iowa. In the 1900 census he was enumerated as a “landlord”, and the 22 June 1898 edition of the Oelwein Register carried a hair-raising story about an attempted murder-suicide that took place “at the residence of J.M. Winders, in South Frederick Street”, involving a couple who were boarding there. John Melvin does not appear in the 1910 census, although his wife and two children do, living with her mother in Zearing, Iowa; his wife Mary Ann described herself as widowed, which would be a good reason for John M. not to have been enumerated. However, there is a John Melvin Winder (with a November 1862 birth date) buried in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, together with wife Anna (18 Jan 1869-28 Jan 1927). So either this is a different John Melvin Winders, or he and Mary Ann Allen split up and Mary Ann said she was widowed rather than divorced when the census taker asked in 1910. Likely the Pawhuska John Melvin Winders and the Oelwein John Melvin Winders are one and the same—this is the assumption that this narrative works under, meaning that John Melvin Winders married (first) Mary Ann Allen (as noted above), then married (second) Anna (LNU), who ended up with him in Pawhuska and lived from 18 January 1869 to 28 January 1927. John and Mary Ann had two children: Carl Elmer and Eva M. Winders, and John and Anna had one son, Hiram Abiff Winders.

--Carl Elmer Winders was born in Oelwein (Fayette County), Iowa on 28 January 1897 and lived there until his mother moved him and his sister Eva to Zearing, in Story County, where they lived with his maternal grandmother. He married Gladys Ethel Marshall (1898-1977) in Ames, Iowa on 18 December 1916. Shortly thereafter they moved to Des Moines, where Carl eventually came to work for the school district as a painter. Their presence in Des Moines is reflected in the City Directory through 1944; in the 1945 edition of the City Directory, Carl is still listed as ‘painter’, but his wife is now ‘Florence M.’, and that continues through 1959. At some point Carl and (presumably his second) wife Florence M. moved to Cass Lake, Minnesota, where he is buried under a stone that he shares with “Florence May Winders” (1907-1967). Carl died on 10 October 1972 in Cass Lake, while his first wife, Gladys, died on 27 April 1977 in Des Moines. Carl and Gladys had four children:

----Donald Delos Winders was born in Des Moines, Iowa on 11 July 1918, grew up there and married Elizabeth J. Mitchell about 1938 or 1939. Donald worked for many years at Iowa Concrete Block and Material Supply in Des Moines and he and Elizabeth had at least two children.

----Dorothy Bernice Winders was born 28 March 1921 in Des Moines, grew up there and married Oscar William Sparland (1915-1987), a commercial artist, around 1941. Dorothy died 10 February 2010 in Des Moines. She and Oscar had five children.

----Marshall Carl Winders was born in Des Moines, Iowa on 17 April 1924; he married Helen B. Robbins (1925-2008) on 30 November 1942. They lived in Des Moines until around 1960, when Marshall’s employer, construction contractor Fane F. Vawter Co, moved him to Iowa City and placed him in charge of the construction of new buildings on the University of Iowa campus. Marshall died in Des Moines on 5 January 1991; Helen died in Ankeny, Iowa (just north of Des Moines) in February 2008. Another family tree on Ancestry indicates that they had one child, but no further information is available.

----Living son

--Eva M. Winders was born 18 March 1900 in Oelwein, Iowa and moved with her mother and brother Carl to Zearing, Iowa and then to Pasco, Washington in 1920, where she lived with her half-brother John Morrison and worked as a stenographer in a railroad office( not surprising, since her brother was working in Pasco as a locomotive engineer.) Very shortly thereafter (their first child was born in early 1921), she met another railroad man, Thomas A. Galloway (1894-1930) from British Columbia, and married him. They had four children before Thomas died at age 36. Later in life, Eva married another railroad man, George W. Jernberg. He died on 10 April 1968, and Eva died in Monterey, California on 8 November 1987.

--Hiram Abiff Winders was the son of John Melvin Winders and his second wife Anna (maiden name unknown) and was born in Oklahoma on 19 October 1904. Like his parents, he is missing from the 1910 and 1920 census tabulations, but in 1930 he was living in a boarding house in Pawhuska, Oklahoma and working as a salesman in an auto garage. Shortly afterwards he met and married Madge E. Barton (1905-1987), another Oklahoma native. By the mid-1930s they were living in Oklahoma City and Hiram was working as a foreman on a WPA project. When Hiram died on 30 March 1988, he was living in Tulsa, and he was buried in the Pawhuska City Cemetery, alongside his parents. Madge had died shortly before (12 December 1987), and she is buried in Rose Hill Memorial Park in Tulsa, next to the couple’s first daughter, Kay Ann, who died in infancy (b. 10 Aug 1933, d. 1 May 1934). Hiram and Madge had three other children.

Elizabeth (1831-1903) and Nancy Winders (1834-????)

Two Winders women also came west to Ogle County: Elizabeth Winders and Nancy Winders, both sisters of Hiram Winders (daughters of George and Jane [Burns] Winders). The older of the two, Elizabeth Winders (1831-1903) was already in Ogle County by the 1850 census, when, at the age of 19, she was enumerated as a member of the household of Henry and Maria Artz. Two years later (8 March 1852), she married Nelson Tice in Ogle County who, presumably, died not too long afterwards, because in 1857, she married John Henry Myers (b. Washington County, Maryland, 2 November 1835). John and Elizabeth (Winder Tice) Myers lived out their lives in Mount Morris, Illinois and had six children: John H. (1853-1870), Ellen Lydia Myers (1859-1948), Nancy D. Myers (1861-unk), Mary J. Myers (1863-unk), George Henry Myers (1866-1921), and Charles M. Myers (1869-1940).

The younger sister, Nancy Winders (1834-unk), lived most of her life in Washington County and married twice there: first (date unknown) to Elias D. Funk (1836-1860) with whom she had two children, Lewis H. (1858-1947) and Elias D. (1860, died in infancy); secondly, on 8 Nov 1869, to Samuel C. Kinsey (1844-1911). As late as the 1880 census, Nancy and her second husband Samuel Kinsey were enumerated in Beaver Creek, Washington County, Maryland, but in 1900 they were living in Mount Morris, Ogle County, Illinois. Most likely they were there somewhat earlier than that, since Nancy’s son by her first marriage, Lewis, married Adeline Amick in Mount Morris, Illinois on 25 Feb 1886. Nancy had two more children by her second husband, Samuel C. Kinsey: Nettie M. Kinsey (NFI) and Thomas Benton Kinsey (1874-1947), who married Cecelia E. Baker in Chicago 28 Jul 1902 and lived his entire life in Chicago.

Jacob Alvey Winders (1873-1939)

One other Washington County Winders emigrated to Ogle County, but not until almost 1900: Jacob Alvey Winders , born 24 November 1873 in Funkstown, Maryland, the son of Jacob and Sarah Ellen Welty, married Bertha Hawkins in Washington County on 23 December 1896. The couple were counted as residents of Pine Rock township (Ogle County), Illinois in the census of 1900, although according to Jacob’s obituary, they were residents of Oregon, Illinois until 1912, when they moved to Emmetsburg, Iowa, where he ran a butcher shop and grocery in partnership with Ed Alm for 20 years. Jacob died 10 February 1939 at his home on Lawler Street in Emmetsburg; Bertha died in Emmetsburg on 4 February 1952 and they are both buried in Evergreen Cemetery there. The couple had no children.

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