Returning to John & Lydia Spracklin’s Children: Olive Elizabeth Spracklin Merrifield: Iowa to Nebraska

Daniel D. Spracklin, a son of John and Lydia Spracklin, caused a long diversion on this blog. I shared about his connection to the Keller family with his marriage to Elizabeth Keller a daughter of John and Mary Keller in 1852.

Today I am returning to the children of John and Lydia (Goss) Spracklin.  There are three more children of this couple that need to be posted about: 1.) Olive, 2) John the son, and 3.) Lydia.

Olive Elizabeth Spracklin is special to me because she took in little Henry Spracklin, Amarilla’s older brother.  In the 1860 U.S. Census Henry appears with the William Merrifield family.  This was when Daniel was in a transition after the death of Elizabeth Keller Spracklin in February of 1859.

Olive was born 25 July, 1833 in Knox County, Ohio on land that John and Lydia had settled on in Liberty Twp.

Olive married a Samuel McNutt on 11 March, 1851 in Knox Co., Ohio.  They migrated to Iowa by 1854 and there is a Samuel McNutt in the Iowa Twp. of Benton County, Iowa in the 1854 census.

He is the 13th listed person with 2 males, 2 females, 1 votes, 1 militia, total 4. Under him is Peter Spracklin, Olive’s older brother.

Source:  1854 Iowa State Census, Iowa Twp., Benton Co., Iowa, Samuel McNutt family.

Something happened and Samuel disappears by 1855.  I have tried to find out where he was buried from online sources but have not been able to locate him.

Olive and Samuel had one daughter name Lydia born about 1853.

Olive remarried on 4 November, 1855 in Iowa Twp., Benton Co., Iowa to Wm. P. Merrifield/Merryfield.  I found this on an index but the FHL#988202 was listed with the information. He was listed as William Maryfield and she was Olive Elizabeth McNutt.

They are in the 1856 Iowa State Census. This 1856 Census profiles Daniel D. Spracklin, Olive his sister and the Blackater family living in Iowa in 1856 in Maringo Twp., Iowa County.  (In past posts I may have mistakenly put Benton County for 1856).

Page. 80 – House dwelling 136, family 142 – D____(Should be Daniel), Spracklin, age 36, male, married, been in Iowa one year, born in Ohio, trade is carpenter. Spracklin, Elizabeth, 25 years old, female, married, one year in Iowa, born in Ohio. Henry Spracklin, 2 years old, male, 1 years in Iowa and born in Ohio.

Page 78 House 136, family 160 – Henry Blackater, 36 yrs old, Male, married, born in Kentucky, 3 yrs in Iowa, farmer, native, may have done military service. Mary Blackater, age 34, female, married, resident in Iowa 3 yrs., born in Tennessee. James R. Blackater, 14 yrs old, male, 3 yrs in Iowa and born in Indiana. Thomas I (J) Blackater 12 years old, 3 yrs. in Iowa and born in Indiana. Sarah Blackater is 3 yrs old, 3 yrs in Iowa and born in Indiana. Susan Woods? 14 yrs old living with them and in Iowa 7 yrs., born in Ohio (Could be Sarah’s brother? and the Susan Woods the sister?)

Page 80: House #135, Family 161, Wm. Merrifield 26 yrs old, male, married, residing 6 yrs in Iowa, born in Ohio, farmer native, some military service. Olive Merrifield, 32 yrs., female, married, 5 yrs. residence in Iowa, born in Ohio. Lydia Merrifield, 3 yrs. old, female, 3 yrs in Iowa, born in Iowa. John Kelly(Keller – hard to read), 22 yrs old, looks like 4 yrs in Iowa?, born in Ohio and a carpenter by trade. 

Source:  1856 Iowa State Census, Marengo Twp., Iowa Co., Vol. 48, film #1021301, pg. 78 (no info on pg 79) to 80 (81 no info), State Historical Society, Des Moines, Iowa. Also at

William and Lydia appear in the 1860 U.S. Federal census and this is where Henry Spracklin is found, Daniel’s son and Amarilla’s brother. Amarilla is with another family along with her sister Mary.

William and Olive had another daughter named Calista Ellen born 25 September, 1858 in Benton Co., Iowa.

Merifield, W.P. 29 farmer 800, 300, born in Ohio
Olive 27 yrs. born in Ohio
Lydia 7 yrs. born in Iowa
Corista 2 yrs born in Iowa
Spracklin, Henry 7, born in Ohio

Source:  1860 U.S. Federal Census, W. P. Merifield Family, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Leroy Twp., Benton County, Iowa, Reel No M653, # 311, Page 162.

In 1863 Peter and Daniel, Olive sign a Power of Attorney regarding the estate of their father John A. Spracklin.  I have featured this document in the past but will repeat it hear because it shows the family connections:

Spracklin & Merrifield)
To Power of Atts.)
Peter Spracklin)
No. [50] March 24, 1863
Stamp $1.10)

Know all men by these presents. That whereas heretofore, towit, upon the 6 day of February A.D. 1863 and John Spracklin late of Knox County State of Ohio, died intestate, and leaving a large amount of Personal property and real estate in Knox county State of Ohio and where as said John Spracklin, deceased, as aforesaid, left several heirs some of whom reside in the State of Iowa. To wit. Peter Spracklin, Daniel D. Spracklin and Olive E. Merrifield. Therefore Know ye all that we the said Daniel D. Spracklin of Iowa County and State of Iowa and the said Olive E. Merrifield, and Wm. P. Merrifield husband of the said Olive E. both of the County of Benton & State of Iowa do by these presents constitute and appoint Peter Spracklin of Benton County State of Iowa our true and lawful attorney in fact, for us and in our place and stead to enter into and with possession of all our rights title and interest in and to a certain farm in Liberty Township in Knox County State of Ohio which the said John Spracklin died seized of. Also town property in the town of Mt. Vernon in Knox County State of Ohio and any and all real estate that the said John Spracklin died seized of and to which he was in any wise entitled, and hereby authorizing our said attorney to grant and sell our interest therein for such price and upon such terms as will to him seem meets, and for us to make and deliver good and sufficient deed for the same and until the sale thereof to let the said real estate for the best rent that can be procured for the same and to collect all moneys that may be due us from said sale or lease, giving him full power and authority to receipt for the same. Also to collect and receipt for all moneys that may be due from the administration of the said estate, of the said John Spracklin, deceased as aforesaid. And any and all moneys that may be due us from the sale of this said personal estate, of the deceased, giving unto our said attorney full power to do any and every act in the settlement and adjustment of said estate and to do every act and thing whatsoever requisite to be done in the premises as fully as we might or could do if personally present; with power of substitution and revocation, hereby satisfying all that our said attorney Peter Spracklin, or his substitute, shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof. Witness our hands this 12th day of March A.D. 1863.
Signed Daniel D. Spracklin, Olive Merrifield, W. P. Merrifield
State of Iowa
County of Iowa

I, A. S. Morrison, Clerk of the District Court in & for Iowa County & State of Iowa, do hereby certify that before me personally appeared Daniel D. Spracklin and Olive E. Merrifield and W.P. Merrifield her husband, all of [ ] are personally known to me to be this identical persons who signed the foregoing power of attorney as grantors and they acknowledged the execution of the same to be their voluntary acts and deeds for the purposes therein mentioned. Given under my hand and affixed seal this 12th day of March A.D. 1863. A.S. Morrison, Clerk of the District Courts for Iowa Co., Iowa.

Source: Power of Attorney, Spracklin & Merrifield to Peter Spracklin, Benton Co., Iowa, No. [50] March 24, 1863, written the 6th Day of Feb. 1863 for the Estate of John Spracklin of Knox County.Knox Co., Deeds, Book 51 pg. 317, FHL#0314062, Certified March 12, 1863 by A.S. Morrison, Clerk of the District Courts for Iowa Co., Iowa.

Calista, their daughter, marries on 4 July, 1875 in Table Rock, Pawnee, Nebraska to an Orrin Alonzo Cooper.  He was born 18 November, 1849 in Conquest, Cayuga County, New York.  His parents were Henry Cooper  and Phoebe Jane Wendover.  Henry was born 23 May, 1827 in New York and Phoebe was born 5 April, 1829 in Cayuga Co. They had at least 6 children: Clara, William, Bernard H, Lafayette, Sadie and last Orrin.

The Cooper family appear in the follow excerpt from the History of Muscatine County, Iowa. You see that Orrin marries again to Minne Akers a daughter of Solomon Goss Spracklin and his wife Louisa, after the death of Calista. Solomon is a brother of Olive, Daniel and Peter.

Source: The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County , its Cities, Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879

COOPER, Guy L. Recognized as being one of the most representative business men of Humboldt, Guy L. Cooper has made a record of honorable achievement that stands to his credit, and affords an example that can not help but stimulate others to do likewise. He was born July 3, 1880, a son of Orrin Alonzo Cooper, whose death occurred March 23, 1923, and whose passing was regarded as a calamity by the people of Humboldt, with whom he had been connected for so many useful years, and in so many different ways.

Orrin Alonzo Cooper, former miller and grain buyer of Humboldt, was a resident of Richardson County from 1869 until his demise, and was regarded as one of the pioneers of his community. He was born at Conquest, Cayuga County , New York, November 18, 1849, and was of German descent. His father, Henry Cooper, was born in New York, May 23, 1827, a son of German parents, but lately established in this country when he came into the world. They moved from Branch County , Michigan, in 1869, settling on a farm north and west of Table Rock, Nebraska, and there Henry Cooper died April 18, 1900. His wife, mother of Orrin Alonzo Cooper, and grandmother of Guy L. Cooper, was Phoebe Jane Wendover before her marriage with him. She was born in Cayuga County , New York, April 5, 1829, and died September 15, 1912. Henry and Phoebe Cooper were the parents of the following children: Orrin Alonzo, who was the first born; Mrs. Clara Lane, who resides in Table Rock; William, who is a resident of Wymore, Nebraska; Bernard H., who resides in Beaver City, Nebraska; Lafayette, who is a resident of Saint Joseph Missouri; and Mrs. Sadie Redman, who is a resident of Denver, Colorado.
Orrin Alonzo Cooper attended the public schools of Branch County , Michigan, and after the removal of the family to Nebraska in 1869 he attended school in his home neighborhood in Pawnee County for a time, and also assisted his father in developing the homestead for four years, after which he was engaged in the grain business on his own account. The first grain and stock buyer at Table Rock after the completion of the Atchison & Nebraska Railroad was built to that city, he was in the employ of Mr. Norton for about two years, and then bought the business and conducted it for a year under the firm name of Cooper & Norton. For another year he was alone, and then formed a partnership with J. L. Linn, under the name of Cooper & Linn, and established a lumber yard in Table Rock, adding the handling of lumber to the grain interests.

During the two years that this firm was in existence….(covers his business interests)

Twice married, Orrin Alonzo Cooper’s first wife was Calista Ellen Merrifield, to whom he was united at Table Rock, July 4, 1875. They had the following children born to their marriage: Mrs. Grace MacMurray, who is deceased; Cary K., who resides in San Bernardino, California; Mrs. Eva Stanley, who resides in Norfolk, Virginia; Guy L., whose name heads this review; and Mrs. Ena Seabury, who resides in Omaha, Nebraska. The first Mrs. Cooper was born in Benton County , Iowa, September 25, 1858, a daughter of W. P. and Olive ( Spracklin ) Merrifield, and she and her sister, Lydia, were the only children of their parents. The death of Mrs. Cooper occurred October 20, 1905. On June 18, 1907, Mr. Cooper married Mrs. Minnie Akers, a daughter of Solomon G. and Louisa J. (Avitts) Spracklin .

Very active in the Republican party, he served Humboldt as mayor for seven years. In 1877 he was made a Mason, and for nearly fifty years he belonged to that fraternity. He affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. During the World war he had charge of the drives for the American Red Cross in Richardson County…etc. 

The 1880 Census suggest that they migrated to Nebraska sometime before Calista was married.  I have not been able to find them in the 1870 U.S. Census.

Line #’s cut off – 22, Merrifield, W. P. male, white, age 51, married, Butcher, born Ohio. Parents births left blank. Merrifield, Olive E., female, white, age 48, born about 1832, birthplace Ohio, wife of head, fathr born in England, mother in Ohio, keeping house, married. Miller, Lydia, white age 29, servant, widowed, born in Wisconsin, parents born in New York.

Source: 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Table Rock, Pawnee Co, Nebraska, Pg. 8, SD 1, ED 25, 2 June, 1880.

1885 Nebraska Census William and Olive are on their own in Table Rock.

O.E. Merryfield, age 55, born in Ohio, Merryfield, W. P. age 36(?) born in Oho,

Source: O.E. Merryfield Family, 1885 Nebraska State Census Index, Table Rock Precinct, Pawnee Co., Nebraska, June 1, 1885, ED 605, pg. 1, Locality Midway Borough.

Olive and William Merryfield are buried in the Table Rock Cemetery in Pawnee Co., Nebraska. Find A Grave has photos to their shared tombstone.  Olive’s sister Lydia Kenner is also buried there.

Calista Ellen Merrifield Cooper died 20 October, 1905 in Humboldt, Richardson County, Nebraska.  She and Orrin are buried in the Humboldt Cemetery.  Find A Grave has a picture of their very large tombstone.


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