Friday, July 09, 2004

John BAYSINGER, wives and children

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John BAYSINGER born Dec 1872 Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, died 4 May 1942 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. John was the son of Elias Henry BAYSINGER and Sarah Maria GOOSIC. He and second wife Minnie are buried Laurel Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co IA.

Married 1. Viola STEPHENS born 20 Aug 1874

Marriage license issued 3 Jul 1893. Thomas E. Parker, age 31, attested in an affidavit to John being 22 and Viola being 19, therefore of legal ages (Book H, page 92, Warren County Records).

Warren County Marriages for Certificate #161: John Baysinger and Viola Stephens were united in marriage 3 Jul 1893 by Elder D.W. Shackles at his house, witnessed by Mrs. R. Shakle (not Shackles?) and Ann Jones. Marriage recorded 2 Oct 1893, along with several others performed by Elder Shackles.

Viola filed for divorce Oct. 11 in the District Court of Warren County. Judgment, No. 1149 granted 20 Nov 1893. Viola was represented by attorneys McGarry and Brown. John Baysinger didn't contest the divorce. He paid the various fees connected with filing, attorneys, trial, etc., amounting to $5.50. The final entry on the page indicates that he didn't pay that $5.50 judgment until 24 Nov 1900, however. Copies of these records are in the possession of cousin Terri. Viola married 2. John HANOUSEK.

Their children:

1. Arthur born 27 May 1894 Otter Township, Indianola, Warren Co. IA, married 25 Jun 1925 Sylvia Viola HANOUSEK in Everett, Snohomish Co. WA, died 12 Aug 1990 Everett, Snohomish County, Washington.
SSDI: ARTHUR BAYSINGER 27 May 1894-12 Aug 1990. SSN: 535-14-1286, issued Washington.

Arthur's WWI Draft Registration:

Name: Arthur Baysinger
City: Not Stated
County: Nodaway
State: Missouri
Birthplace: Iowa; United States of America
Birth Date: 27 May 1894
Race: Caucasian
Roll: 1683432
DraftBoard: 0 (Same source info as Carl's, below)

2. Evada Florence, born to John Baysinger and Viola Stephens on 27 May 1896, died 6 Nov 1967. When she was adopted by Viola's second husband, John HANOUSEK, she became Florence Evada Hanousek. She married Nicholos ANGELOFF.
SSDI: FLORENCE ANGELOFF, 27 May 1896 - Nov 1967. Last res. Snohomish, Snohomish Co., WA 98290. SSN: 532-24-3535, issued Washington.

Married 2. Minnie Catherine DISNEY born born c1877 in Crawford Co. AR, daughter of William Briggs Disney & Mary C. WALTERS. They married 24 Apr 1894 in Indianola, Warren Co. IA. (Valorie has a copy of this marriage record). Minnie died Apr 1959 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA.

Before Minnie married John Baysinger, they had a child 1. Carl born Sep 1893 Warren County, Iowa, died 1947 Josephine County, Oregon. Carl married Nellie Myrtle GREGG b: 29 Nov 1886 Palmyra, Warren County, Iowa. d: 13 Apr 1977 Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California.
SSDI: NELLIE BAYSINGER, 29 Nov 1886-Apr 1977. Last res: Capitola, Santa Cruz Co. CA 95010. SSN: 571-14-7751, issued California.

Carl Baysinger in 1930:
Age: 35 years
Estimated birth year: 1894
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Johnson, Polk, Missouri

Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Johnson, Polk, Missouri; Roll: T626_1219; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 0041. He has a wife Nellie, and children Harold, 15, Hellen, 14, Sarah, 12, and Ella May, 6, with him and Nellie. The children are all born in Iowa. According to cousin Dan benDan, "The family moved to southern California for a while and then to Josephine County, Oregon."

On his WWI Draft Registration, Carl states that he was born 22 Sep 1895, which is Anna's birthday. Was this deliberate deception, or did he believe that he and Anna were twins?

Name: Carl Edward Baysinger
City:Not Stated (actually Carlisle)
County: Warren
State: Iowa
Birthplace: Iowa; United States of America
Birth Date: 22 Sep 1895
Race: Caucasian
Roll: 1643361
DraftBoard: 0

Source Information: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.

After Minnie married John Baysinger, they had

* 2. Anna born 22 Sep 1895 Otter township, Cool, Warren County, Iowa. Died 12 Feb 1956, buried 16 Feb 1956 in Queen's Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This is my grandmother.

She married 1. 22 Aug 1914 in Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa - Harvey McBEE, b. 6 Oct 1891 in Cainsville, Harrison Co. Missouri, d. 4 Jun 1964 in Fillmore, Saskatchewan, Canada, buried Jun 1964 Queens Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Anna divorced Harvey 13 Mar 1945 in Calgary. She married 2. 22 Sep 1951 Paul Peter POROSKY at Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alberta. His occupation: Butcher, at Packing House. Widower, age 50 in 1951, Greek Catholic, living at 622 8th Ave. East, Calgary, Alberta. Born in Velkilazi, Czechoslovakia. Son of Andy Porosky, born in Czecheslovakia, and Mary Zeller. He could read and write.

3. Leonard M. Baysinger b: 25 Apr 1897 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa d: 2 Feb 1898 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa.

4. William L. b. 20 Nov 1898 Otter twp d. bef. 1900 census

*1900 Census reports Minnie had 4 children, 2 living (Carl & Anna)

5. Iva E. b: 20 Jan 1901 Otter Township, Warren Co. IA d: 13 Oct 1979 Runnells, Polk Co. IA. (Otter twp has dob 20 Jan 1900 AND 1901!)
SSDI: IVA NORTHWAY, 30 Dec 1900-Oct 1979. Last benefit: Carlisle, Warren Co. IA 50047. SSN: 485-22-1586, issued: Iowa.

Iva married Fred NORTHWAY, had 5 children.
SSDI: FRED NORTHWAY, 20 Dec 1899-Apr 1975. Last res: Runnells, Polk Co. IA 50237. SSN: 484-05-0635, issued Iowa.

Fred's WWI Draft Registration:

Name: Fred Clarence Northway
City: Not Stated
County: Polk
State: Iowa
Birth Date: 20 Dec 1899
Race: White
Roll: 1643347
DraftBoard: 0 (Source same as Carl's)

6. Ernest Paul b. 3 Sep 1902 Otter twp d. 1936 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA

1930 Census: Paul Baysinger
Age: 27 years
Estimated birth year: 1902
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa

Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa; Roll: T626_675; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 0620.

He is enumerated with his wife Loretta, and son Clarence, 3, and daughter Lois, 1.

SSDI: CLARENCE R BAYSINGER, 12 Oct 1926-2 May 1995. Last residence Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317, Last benefit: Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317. SSN: 484-18-7054, issued: Iowa. Obituary:

7. Ralph b. 1909 d. 1958 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA

Ralph in the 1930 Census: Ralph Baysinger
Age: 24 years
Estimated birth year: 1905
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa

Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa; Roll: T626_677; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 70; Image: 0613.

He is enumerated with his wife Lovey, and sons Kenneth & Roland, ages maybe 2 & 9mos and 1 & 9 mos? Lovey b. Missouri, sons b. Iowa

SSDI: KENNETH L BAYSINGER, 14 Sep 1927-27 Apr 1995. Last res: Roseville, Placer Co. CA 95747. SSN: 480-20-6312, issued Iowa.

After Ralph's death, Lovey married an UMPHLEET. See the thread starting here:

8. Charles b. 24 Nov 1909, d. 15 Apr 1995.
SSDI: CHARLES W BAYSINGER, 24 Nov 1909-15 Apr 1995. Last residence Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317. SSN: 719-18-3343, Long-time or retired railroad workers

I don't see Charles in 1930.

9. Ray b. 1911 died in infancy

10. Robert b. 12 Jul 1912 Pleasantville (Marion Co. IA?) - was not enumerated with the family in 1920.

11. George b. 1 Nov 1914 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa. d: 27 Jan 1916 Allen Township, Warren County, Iowa.

12. Katherine b. 8 Aug 1917 Hammondsburg, Warren Co. IA d. 1936

The Ancestry index finds no Katherine or Catherine Baysinger in 1930.

Here is the family in 1920: John Baysinger
Age: 47 years
Estimated birth year: 1872
Birthplace: Iowa
Race: White
Home in 1920: Allen, Warren, Iowa (Carlisle town)

Roll: T625_517, Page: 2A, ED: 210, Image: 0207

With John is Minnie, 43, Iva, 19, Paul 17, Ralph, 13, Charles, 10, Catherine, 2. Living with them are my grandparents Harvey McBee & Anna, with Kenneth, 2, Kathleen, 2, and John, newly born. I cannot find John and Minnie in 1930, although they were living in Des Moines by that time.

I would love to correct any incorrect information that I have here.

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