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  • ID: I291
  • Name: John DeMotte Blue
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 SEP 1844 in Mt. Vernon, Knox, OH
  • Death: 23 FEB 1930 in Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
  • Age: 86
  • Burial: Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
  • Occupation: Farmer (at age 15) 1860
  • Occupation: Dry Goods Clerk 1870 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  • _NOPOR: Y
  • RELA: J.D.B. Testified as to the majority and suitability for marriage of Wm.C.B.
  • Reference Number: NBFA #
  • Change Date: 12 MAR 2009 at 15:40:08

    Father: David Byron Blue b: 5 AUG 1814 in , Northumberland, PA
    Mother: Wealthy Bartlett b: 1 NOV 1822 in Kingston Twp, Delaware, Delaware, OH

    Marriage 1 Nancy Ellen "Ella" Anderson b: 1 OCT 1844 in , Marion, OH
    • Married: 15 AUG 1867 in Marion, OH
    • Note:
      The 1870 census lists John D. Blue's family twice. We assume that they collected the data from him at work and from her at home.

      Blue, Jno 30 M Clerk, store Ohio
      -- Ella 26 F Keeping house Ohio
      -- Ionia 2 F Iowa
      -- Leonard 6/12 M Iowa Feb

      Blue, J. D. 25 M Clerk, Dry Goods Ohio
      -- Ellen A. 24 F Keeping house Ohio
      -- Ionia 2 F Iowa
      -- Leonard 4/12 M Iowa Mar

      We figure that the first entry was taken at the Blue house and that Ella was the source, and the second one is from John D. at work. According to our best information, both John and Ella were nearly 26 at the time. According to the Belle Plaine Biographical directory, Leonard was born in February and would have been 5 months old at the time of the census.

      The census also lists a John Burrows pg 922 17B Sd 5 ED 2 Ward 3. This is probably someone from the other Burrows family.
    • Date: 24 Nov 1999
    • 3 4 5 6
    • Change Date: 2 Sep 2002
    1. Has Children Iona Belle Blue b: 28 JUN 1868 in Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
    2. Has Children Leonard Anderson Blue b: 1 FEB 1870 in Oskaloosa, IA
    3. Has Children Alice E. Blue b: 25 OCT 1871 in IA
    4. Has Children Thomas Chardyvoyne Blue b: 22 APR 1873 in Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
    5. Has Children Robert Bruce Blue b: 3 OCT 1876 in IA
    6. Has No Children John DeMotte Blue jr b: 25 JUL 1878 in IA

    1. Title: 1850 US Census, Morrow Co, OH
      Abbrev: 1850 Census, Morrow OH
      Publication: United States Census Bureau
      Text: <div><pre>
      1850 Morrow County OH
      Gilead Twp.
      p514 Daniel B. BLUE 36 M Carpenter PA (David B.)
      Martha 26 F OH
      Joel S. 9 M OH
      Abram N. 8 M OH
      John O?. 5 M OH
      David L. 4 M OH
      John N. BARTLETT 17 M OH

      This needs to be re-done. Morrow County GenWeb reads the names as:

      Blue Abner (8) GL 514b
      Blue Daniel (36) GL 514b
      Blue David (4) GL 514b
      Blue Joel (9) GL 514b
      Blue John (5) GL 514b
      Blue Weltha (26) GL 514b
      Date: 18 Nov 2006
    2. Title: 1860 US Census, Morrow Co. OH
      Abbrev: 1860 Census, Morrow OH
      Publication: United States Census Bureau
      Text: <div><pre>
      1860 Morrow Co. OH
      Cardington Twp.
      D. B. BLUE 44 M Carpenter 1600 300 PA
      Wealthy 37 F OH
      J. J. 19 M Teacher OH School
      A. W. 17 M Farmer OH School
      J. D. 15 M Farmer OH School
      D. L. 14 M OH School
      Edna 8 F OH School
      Leasa 6 F OH School
      Date: 26 Oct 2002
    3. Title: 1870 US Census, Benton County, IA
      Abbrev: 1870 Census, Benton, IA
      Publication: United States Census Bureau
      Text: <div><pre>
      Belle Plaine:

      Blue, Jno 30 M Clerk, store Ohio
      " Ella 26 F Keeping house Ohio
      " Ionia 2 F Iowa
      " Leonard 6/12 M Iowa Feb

      Blue, J. D. 25 M Clerk, Dry Goods Ohio
      " Ellen A. 24 F Keeping house Ohio
      " Ionia 2 F Iowa
      " Leonard 4/12 M Iowa Mar

      Blue, David 56 M Carpenter Pennsylvania
      -- Wealthy 48 F Keeping house Ohio
      -- David L. 23 M Laborer Ohio
      -- Anna L. 16 F Ohio

      1870 Iowa Census, Benton Co, Belle Plaine, M593-376 p 152

      205 206 Blue, Abner W. 27 M Laborer Ohio
      -- Oliva A. 27 F Keeping House Ohio
      -- Louisa 5 F Ohio
      -- Mary 3 F Iowa
      -- Bartlett 4/12 M Iowa Feb

      1870 Iowa Census, Benton Co, Leroy Twp M593-376 p189

      61 60 Tangeman, A. 31 M Farmer 6000 1750 Ohio Y Y Y
      " Henrietta 28 F Keeping House Prussia Y Y
      " August 5 M Iowa Y
      " Andrew 4 M Iowa Y
      " Emma 2 F Iowa Y
      Myer, Fred 20 M Farm Laborer Prussia Y Y
      Scrantz, Milton 22 M Farm Laborer Luxumburg Y Y
      Thulie?, Sophia 29 F Domestic Svt Luxumburg

      1870 Iowa Census, Benton Co, Leroy Twp M593-376 p190

      70 69 Tangeman, Wm 33 M Farmer 3000 1400 Ohio Y Y Y
      " Louisa 24 F Keeping House Prussia Y Y
      " Margaret 10 " Iowa Y Y
      " Carl 8 M " Y Y
      " John 6 " " Y
      " Lowis 4 " " Y
      " Anna 1 F " Y
      Munt? Jno 24 M Farm Laborer Michlenburg

      1870 Iowa Census, Benton Co, Leroy M593-376 p196

      165 163 Tangeman, Geo 31 M Farmer 6000 1400 Ohio Y Y Y
      " Mary 24 F Keeping House Ills Y Y
      " Edwin 4 M Iowa
      " Fritz 4/12 " " Feb
      Laufenburg, Wm 45 M Farm Laborer Baden Y Y Y

      1870 Iowa Census, Benton Co, Blairstown M593-376 p201

      75 68 Book, John 30 M D. G. Merch. 3500 6100 Hessen Y Y Y
      " Mimie 28 F Keeping House N.Y.
      " Jessie 7 " Iowa Y
      " Frank 4 M Iowa Y
      Tangeman, Wm 18 M Clk. D. Goods Iowa Y

      1870 Iowa Census, Benton Co, Blairstown M593-376 p206 has

      161 148 Tangeman, A. J. 37 M Merchant 9600 8350 Ohio Y Y Y
      " Mary E. 29 F Keeping House Hesse/
      Darmsted Y Y
      " Katie 10 " Iowa Y
      " Georgie 8 M " Y
      " Mary 6 F " Y
      " Realdo 4 M " Y
      " Martha 2 F " Y
      " Lizzie 8/12 M " Y Oct

      162 149 Buck, Jno 63 M Gardner 1000 500 Hesse/
      Darmsted Y Y Y
      " Lizzie 57 F Mechlenburg Y Y

      Father foreign born ----^
      Mother foreign born --^
      Month born ----------^
      Attending school ---^
      Male citizen -----^
      Date: 19 Feb 2006
    4. Title: 1880 US Census, Belle Plaine/Guinnville/Iowa, Benton Co, Iowa
      Abbrev: 1880 Census, Benton, IA
      Publication: United States Census Bureau
      Text: <div><pre>
      1880 IA, Benton Census

      Blue, John Vol 2 ED 31
      sh 40 line 15
      White M 35yrs Ohio
      Benton Iowa Twp
      Belle Plaine

      Blue Ella W 35 O.
      Iona D 11 Ia.
      Leonard S 10 Ia.
      Alice D 8 Ia.
      Thomas S 7 Ia.
      Robert S 3 Ia.
      John jr S 1 Ia.

      336 339 Blue, John W M 35 M Dry goods merchant O
      -- , Ella W F 35 Wife M Keeping house O Vir O
      -- , Iona W F 11 Dau S Scholar Y IA O O
      -- , Leonard W M 10 Son S Scholar Y " " "
      -- , Alice W F 8 Dau S Y " " "
      -- , Thomas W M 7 Son S Y " " "
      -- , Robert W M 3 Son S " " "
      -- , John Jr W M 1 Son S " " "
      Attend school this year?---^
      As recorded at the LDS web site:

      Family History Library Film 1254327
      NA Film Number T9-0327

      Census Place Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa
      Page Number 221D

      Name Rel. MS Gender R Age BP Occupation F.BP M.BP
      ------------ ---- -- ------ - -- -- --------------- ---- ----
      John BLUE Self M Male W 35 OH Dry Goods Merchant --- ---
      Ella BLUE Wife M Female W 35 OH Keeping House VA OH
      Iona BLUE Dau S Female W 11 IA Student OH OH
      Leonard BLUE Son S Male W 10 IA Student OH OH
      Alice BLUE Dau S Female W 8 IA OH OH
      Thomas BLUE Son S Male W 7 IA OH OH
      Robert BLUE Son S Male W 3 IA OH OH
      John Jr. BLUE Son S Male W 1 IA OH OH

      Source Information:

      Also in Benton County:

      Census Place Guinnville, Benton, Iowa
      Page Number 211C

      Name Rel. MS Gender R Age BP Occupation F.BP M.BP
      ------------ ---- -- ------ - -- -- --------------- ---- ----
      David BLUE Self M Male W 34 OH Yardmaster R.R. --- OH
      Carrie BLUE Wife M Female W 32 NY Keeping House NY NY
      Lillian BLUE Dau S Female W 9 IA OH NY
      Daisy BLUE Dau S Female W 5 OH OH NY
      Albert BLUE Son S Male W 3 IN OH NY

      Census Place Iowa, Benton, Iowa
      Page Number 209C

      Name Rel. MS Gender R Age BP Occupation F.BP M.BP
      ------------------ ---- -- ------ - --- -- ------------- ---- ----
      Chileon KITHCART Self M Male W 62 NJ Farmer NJ NJ
      Elizabeth KITHCART Wife M Female W 58 OH Keeping House VA PA
      Burr KITHCART Son M Male W 22 IA Farmer NJ OH
      Moses KITHCART GSon S Male W 12 IA IA MI
      William KITHCART GSon S Male W 10M IA IA MI
      Date: 13 Mar 2005
    5. Title: 1900 US Census, Belle Plaine , Benton Co, Iowa
      Abbrev: 1900 Census, Belle Plaine
      Text: <div><pre>
      1900 IA, Benton, Belle Plaine Census

      Blue, John D. Vol 4 ED 1
      Sh 4 Line 79
      White Sept 1844 55yrs Ohio
      Benton Belle Plain Twp
      Belle Plaine Beech St

      Blue Ella A. W Oct 1844 55 Ohio
      Robert B. S Oct 1876 23 Iowa
      John D Jr S Jul 1878 21 Iowa
      Noble Ernest P S L Mch 1868 32 Pennsylvania
      " Alice E, Mrs D Oct 1871 28 Iowa

      They lived on Beach Street, Belle Plain (Benton), IA on 1 June 1900.
      (where they owned the house free and and clear).
      Date: 2 Sep 2002
    6. Title: 1920 US Census, Belle Plaine , Benton Co, Iowa
      Abbrev: 1920 Census, Belle Plaine
      Text: <div><pre>
      1920 IA, Benton Census

      Blue, John D. Vol 4 ed 1
      sh 7 line 97
      White 75 Ohio
      Belle Plaine 8th Avenue #1701

      Blue, Ella A. W 75 Ohio
      Noble, Alice B D 45 Iowa
      Robert J GS 19 Iowa
      Date: 2 Sep 2002
    7. Title: Belle Plaine Biographical Directory, 1897
      Abbrev: Belle Plaine Directory, 1897
      Text: Blue J D Insurance no 68 and 70 N Beech ME ch born in Mt. Vernon O Sep 16 '44 Ella Anderson his wife born in Marion O Oct 1 '44 ME ch Mar Aug 15 '67 Children: Mrs Iona Burrows; Leonard A. born Feb 1, 1870 Oskaloosa Ia; Alice E. born Oct 25 '71; Thomas C born Apr 22 '73 res in Storm Lake Ia; Robert born Oct 3 1876; Jon D Jr born July 25 1878

      Burrows Wm H, W H Burrows & Co clothing no 37 Main St Res no 36 N Maple ME ch K of P AF & AM st B Com KT born July 25 1865 Iona Blue his wife was born in Belle Plaine June 28 1868 ME ch mar June 11 '89 children: Lowell A. born Nov 9 '91; Alice Iona born Nov 7 '94,

      K of P = Knights of Pythias
      AF & AM = Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
      ME ch = Methodist church

      SNYDER Charles W E. Atty at law. No 41 N Maple. ME Ch. IOOF K of P Woodmen Redmen. Born in Belle Plaine May 22 1868. Jennie Furnas his wife born in Iowa Co Ia May 25 1869. Married Sept 2 1891. Children: Lois born June 22 1892; Edward born Dec 15 1893; Donale born Mar 17 1896.

      SNYDER F E. Furniture and coal. No 64 Main St cor Maple. Res No 26 N Beech SE cor 3rd Ave E. ME Ch. ILH. Born in Germany Jan 1 1834. Angeline Monsmith his wife born in Ohio Dec 24 1838. Married Nov 6 1858. Children: Mrs Ella Ferguson born May 29 1863, res in Perry Ia; Charles W E (see); Adaline born Nov 3 1873, died May 3 1884.


      Mount Horeb Chapter No. 45. Royal Arch Masons
      Organized in 1868. Charter members 18. Present membership 50.
      Meets Monday on or before full moon, in Masonic Temple.
      M.E.H.P. S.P. VanDike
      E.K. E.P. Willey
      E.S. J.B. Cox
      Treasurer C.A. Blossom
      Secretary W.C. Scrimgeour
      C. of H. S.H. Brown
      Prin. S.J. R. Rippin
      R.A. Cap. T.F. Murray
      M. 3rd V. John Speer
      M. 2nd V. Wm. Burrows
      M. 1st V. TomOgilvie
      Sentinel John Holland

      St. Bernard Commandry. No. 14 Knights Templar
      Organized Dec. 16, 1869. Charter members unknown. Present membership 72.
      Meets in Masonic Temple 2nd Thursday every month.
      Eminent Commander J.J. Dayton
      Generalissimo O.F. Allen
      Capt. General S.H. Brown
      Prelate Robt. Rippin
      Treasurer C.A. Blossom
      Recorder Thomas Lawrence
      Sr. Warden L.M. Johnson
      Jr. Warden W.H. Burrows
      Standard bearer Thos. Ogilvie
      Sword bearer W.W. Elliott
      Warder E.P. Willey
      Sentinel Wm. Lester


      The First Methodist Episcopal Church
      Board of Stewards: A.J. Hartman, Pres., Louis Grossman, W.H.
      Burrows, Robert Nicholson, W.J. Guinn, Fred W. Browne, Mrs. L.W. Hartman,
      E.E. Dwyer, W.D. Barnard, Miss Anna Bangs, Mrs. Dr. Vincent, Walter
      Robinson and W.Donovan.

      Trustees: A.J. Hartman, J.D. Blue, D.C. McCormick, C.W.E. Snyder,
      E.A. Palmer, John Robinson and M.V. Foote.

      Sec. of Official Board, J.D. Blue; Sunday School Supt., S.B.
      Montgomery; Asst. W.H. Burrows; Secretary, Bert Coffin; Treasurer, C.H.
      Date: 25 Nov 2007
    8. Title: Obituary -- John D. Blue, Belle Plaine Gazette-Republican, 24 FEB 1930
      Abbrev: John D. Blue obituary
      Publication: Belle Plaine Gazette-Republican
      Text: BELLE PLAINE, Feb 24.--John D. Blue, 86, Belle Plaine's oldest resident, died at his home here at an early hour Sunday. Mr. Blue had been prominent in business affairs and church work all during his sixty-five years of residence here....

      A son of Wealthy and David Blue, he was born in Knox county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and followed the telegrapher's trade during the Civil war. In 1865 he came west to Illinois, making his headquartes at Bloomington for a time. Later that year he came to Iowa, arriving at Belle Plaine Nov. 11, at the age of 21. His first job was husking corn but in a short time he accepted a position at the Steigle hardware store. The following year he went to the E. G. Brown dry goods store and a year later became a clerk in the Thomas Lawrence store. In 1877 he went into business for himself with E. G. Swem as a partner. Five years later J. M. Furnas bought out Swem's interest. Mr. Blue bought Furnas' interest six years later and became sole owner of the dry goods business which he continued until July 28, 1894, when his store and stock were destroyed in "the Belle Plaine fire," leaving him at the age of fifty with nothing but debts.

      He obtained a position with the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance company of Milwaukee and started out anew. He soon cleared up his debts and prospered, continuing with the insurance company for thirty years, until ill health forced his retirement in recent years.

      Two years after coming to Belle Plaine he went back to Ohio and was married to Miss Ella Anderson at her home near Marion, Ohio, August 15, 1867, and they came immediately to Belle Plaine and began housekeeping.
      Date: 24 FEB 1930
      Date: 2 Sep 2002
    9. Title: Burrows/Blue gravesite Oak Hill Cemetery
      Abbrev: Oak Hill Cemetery
      Author: Jim Burrows
      Text: <div>
      I have twice been to the family grave site in Belle Plaine. There is one large central stone. On one side (the North?) is carved the name Burrows. On the other side the name Blue is carved above the name Noble. There are three smaller stones to the North? and four in the opposite direction. All of the stones but that of Dr. Noble are of the same style. His is larger and simpler.
      The cemetary records indicate that there are two unmarked graves in the plot--those of Thomas C. Blue and his wife Winnie Taylor Blue. It would appear that neither was cremated. Records indicate that Lowell, Wm H. and Alice were cremated, but Alice's grave is marked with wire as if her body were buried there.
      The stones are arranged thus:
      The inscriptions read:
      Dr. E. P. Noble / 1868 - 1904 / At Rest<br>
      Alice Blue Noble / 1871 Peterson 1962<br>
      Father / John D. Blue / 1844 - 1930<br>
      Mother / Ella A. Blue / 1844 - 1939<br>
      Iona Blue Burrows / 1868 - 1936<br>
      William H. Burrows / 1865 - 1946<br>Lowell A. Burrows / 1891 - 1938<br>
      Iona's grave is also marked by two metal markers--one for the DAR, and one for the PEO.
      We have since buried my grandmother, Grace, in her husband Lowell's plot.</div>
      Date: 12 MAR 2009
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