2nd Marriage: Peter Spracklen & Catherine Russell & two of their daughters: Maria and Sabrina…

Peter Spracklen (son of John and Lydia (Goss) Spracklin) married a second time to Catherine Snyder Russell on 25 October 1857, in Benton Co., Iowa.

Source: Benton Co., Iowa Marriage records, 1851-1936, Index 1852-1960, FHL#987633.  FamilySearch.org has Iowa County Marriages 1838 to 1934 an Index online.

Index to Marriages Benton Co., IA

Index to Marriages Benton Co., IA

Catherine and Peter had 9 children of which 8 survived to adulthood.

1860 U.S. Census has Peter and Catherine together in Benton Co., Iowa,

Peter Spracklen 34 yrs. Farmer with value of real estate $1000, personal estate $100, born in Ohio. Wife is Catherine 23 yrs. born in Tennessee. Children listed are Sarah 8 yrs. born in Ohio, Mariah 1 yr. born in Iowa, Ella 1/12 born in Iowa.  1860 U.S. Federal Census, Iowa Twp., Benton Co., Iowa, enumerated August 1, 1860, page. 30, Ancestry.com. 

I am going to start with the first two daughters of this second marriage, and then in the following posts, I will feature one or two more of the children of this couple.  

Peter and Catherine’s children in summary:

  1. Maria Louisa
  2. Sabrina Jane
  3. John William
  4. Clement Leonard
  5. George Andrew
  6. Thomas Russell
  7. Peter Daniel
  8. Nancy Frances
  9. Frank Richard

Please be advised that you need to do your own research on these children such as doublecheck locations and seek out verification of the births, deaths and marriages.  Hopefully what I present will assist you in researching more on these children of Peter and Catherine.  A good portion of what I know about Peter’s children came from a cousin of mine from our line down from Daniel, Peter’s younger brother.

1.  Maria Louisa Spracklen, born 27 Sep 1858 Tama Co., Iowa and died on 15 February 1939 in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., North Dakota.

She married Lucius Edwin Heaton on 11 March 1878 in Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa. He was b. 20 Jul. 1856, St. Lawrence, New York, d. 12 Nov. 1940, Bismarck, Burleigh, North Dakota, buried in McKenzie, Burleigh, North Dakota.  (There is a St. Lawrence in Jefferson Co., NY).

Source:  Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 Index, FamilySearch.org, Maria L. Spracklin m. L. Edwin Heaton, 11 Mar 1878, Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa FHL#1871430.  The film has not been studied and will need to be consulted to verify the information.

His parents were Lewis Heaton b. 18 May 1830, Jefferson Co., New York and Mary Brown b. 15 Jan 1834, Whittingham, Windham Co., New York and died about 1906.  (The location of Mary’s birth is not being accepted by my Legacy Geo Location Database.  I do find a Whitingham, Windham, Vermont however.)

Mr. Heaton is featured in the book:  Cherokee County, Iowa Biographical History, 1889, pg. 625 and 626. Ancestry.com.  You can find it online at the IAGenweb site where you can search it more thoroughly.  I believe Lucius was born in St. Lawrence, Jefferson Co., NY.


LUCIUS EDWIN HEATON, was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, July 20, 1856. His parents, Lewis and Mary (Brown) Heaton, are natives of Vermont and Massachusetts respectively. They were married in the State of New York, and removed to Tazewell County, Illinois in December 1856. After seven years they went to Whiteside County, and after a residence there of three years they came to Iowa in 1867 and located in Tama County. There they founded a new home and are still living on the old place. They have a family of eleven children living, and one deceased: Clara, wife of John Peck; Lucius Edward, the subject of this sketch; Louisa, wife of S. Tompkins; James, who died at the age of eighteen months; William, Alfred, Ward P., Arthur A., Myron C., Bertha C., Charles, and Lewis who owns a farm in Tilden Township.

Lucius Edwin remained at home until his marriage which occurred March 10, 1878 to Miss Maria Louisa Spracklin, a daughter of Peter and Catherine (Russell) Spracklin, who was born in Tama County, Iowa, September 27, 1858. Mr. Heaton was educated in the common schools and in Addison Institute at Irving, Benton County, Iowa. He began to teach at the age of eighteen and for four years was engaged in this profession. After a residence in Story County, Iowa, he removed to Cherokee County in 1882 and bought his present farm. It was wild, raw land, without improvements. He has expended about $4,000 in buildings and other improvements and it is to-day one of the most desirable farms in the township of Grand Meadow. For the past year and a half he has been engaged in shipping stock, in partnership with William Southall, of Pierson. The business averages over 200 cars per annum. During six months of the year 1885 Mr. Heaton was at the elevator of Pierson. 

Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Heaton: Mary E., Rowland, Geneva, Clara, Windsor and Ruth. Mrs. Heaton is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Heaton is a member of Seba Lodge, No, 364, A.F. & A. M., and also of the A.O.U.W. He is prominently identified with the Republican party, often attending conventions and serving on committees. The people of his township have shown the confidence which they have in him by calling him to fill their public offices. He has been clerk for three years and a half and was justice of the peach for two years. He is a live, energetic man, and ranks among the leading farmers of the county.

You can track this couple through the U.S. Census from 1900, 1910, 1930 and 1940 (Maria died in 1939). I did not find them in the 1880 Census.  The 1900 census lists the children:  Geneva C., Clara M., WIndsor B., Ruth, Glen S., L. Edna, Vinton and Lucius E.  If you have a library card you can access the census through Heritage Quest from home.  They have the US census.

Iowa has state census and they are also listed in the 1895 State Iowa Census.  The children are listed as: Marie E., Rowland, Geneva C., Clara M., WIndsor B., Ruith, Glenn, Edna and baby.

This list is slightly different from what I have listed below.

They had 11 children.

    1. Lawrence C. Heaton b. and d. in 1879 in Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa
    2. Mary Ethel Heaton b. 8 Sep 1880 and d. 9 Oct. 1880
    3. Rowland J. Heaton b. 5 Nov. 1881 in Belle Plaine, died 6 May 1948.
    4. Geneva Catherine Heaton born about 1882 in Belle Plaine maybe Cherokee Co., Iowa
    5. Ruth Heaton born about 1883 in Cherokee Co., Iowa and d. 1933, Bismarck, Burleigh, North Dakota.
    6. Clara M. Heaton born about 1884 in Cheroke Co., Iowa and d. about 1942.
    7. Windsor Brown Heaton born about 1886 in Cherokee Co., Iowa.  He is buried in Pleasant View Cemetery along with his parents.  Find A Grave has additional info on this person.  He died 1920 and married Minnie Conley.
    8. Glenn S. Heaton born 17 Jul 1890 in Pierson, Woodbury, Iowa and died 27 Sep 1918
    9. Edna Heaton born about 1892, Cherokee Co., Iowa.
    10. Vinton Heaton born about 1894, Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa
    11. Lucius Edwin Heaton born about 1896 in Belle Plaine, Benon Co., Iowa.  No further information on this child.  His tombstone is listed at Find a Grave under “Lucius Edwin “Jake” Heaton, Jr.  He died on June 8, 1974 and is buried in Saint Marys Cemetery in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., North Dakota.  He married Ethel Mary McKee (1900-1985).

Much to my amazement, the tombstone picture at Find A Grave for Maria and Lucius lists their birth and death dates but also lists the 11 children they had.  They are buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, McKenzie, Burleigh County, North Dakota.

2.  Sabrina Jane Spracklen was born 5 May 1860 in Belle Plaine and died 30 January 1936 in Walterville, Lane, Oregon.

She married Joseph H. Devor on 10 March 1878 in Chadron, Dawes, Nebraska. They are buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Springfield, Lane Co., Oregon and are featured on  Find A Grave.  There may be more children buried in that cemetery.

The 1930 U.S. Federal Census has them living in Camp Creek, Lane Co., Oregon.  A Joseph C. Devor is listed with them as a son and he is 29 years. old.  They are 71 and 70 in age.

I am now curious and I find them in 1920 in Camp Creek, Lane, Oregon and this time they have a daughter named Cora E. age 22.

The 1910 U.S. Census has them living in Camp Creek, Lane, Oregon and with them are Cora E. age 12 and Joseph C. age 9.

Lane County is where Eugene/Springfield, Oregon is located.  I have family living there by the name of Brown but there is no connection to this family.

Going back one more we find them in the 1900 Census and we have for children:  Helen 16, Claude 14, Opal 11 and Cora 2.  I did not have much luck with the 1880 U.S. Federal Census.

Claude Devor

Claude Devor

There is a Claude A. Devor buried in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery in Sheridan with the dates of 1885 to 1973.  I think it is Claude, their son?  The picture of Claude above is half of a full picture of Claude next to Frank Spracklen.  I will share the whole photo when I post about Frank Spracklen in the future.

Maria and Sabrina need a lot more work, like a full census study, obituaries, deeds and probate.  Hopefully, someone has already researched these families and would be willing to share what they know.  Please leave a comment.

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