by Bob Krepps
J. Sheridan – (1830 – 1895) Emigrated to U. S. in May 1855. He was born
Easky, county Sligo, Ireland, March 30, 1830, and died in April 20, 1895, in Rutland Township, Humboldt County, Iowa. The following obituaries appeared in the April 30, 1895, Humboldt Republican Newspaper:
First Resident of Rutland, Iowa - Patrick Sheridan - by S.H.Taft
By the death of Patrick Sheridan, which occurred on Monday, April 20, Humboldt County has lost one of its most worthy citizens and the Christian church a conscientious and devoted member. Mr. Sheridan was one of a large family, eight of whom, five brothers and three sisters, survive him. Two of his brothers are Baptist ministers. He was born in Eskey county, Ireland, on March 23, 1830, where he lived until twenty-five years ago, when he came to the United States and settled in Cascade, Iowa, in 1855, from which place he came to Humboldt county in 1857 and took up a prairie farm on section twenty in what is now known as Rutland township, where he has since resided. He put up a small log house and proceeded alone to break up and cultivate his farm. When I came to Iowa in 1862 I found him the only resident of what is now the village of Rutland. The wild unbroken prairie extended on every side of his lonely dwelling with nothing to break the monotony of the scene except one deserted log house not far off and the old dragoon trail which passed near his farm over which the general government had marched its soldiers and sent its supplies to its forts in the far west. The larger game, elk and buffaloes, had, with the Indians, gone farther west, but muskrats, minks, foxes, and wolves were numerous and the furs of these animals which bore a high price during the war, helped keep hunger from many a pioneer's humble home during those early days. Besides which wild ducks, geese and cranes were to be seen in countless numbers. In the midst of this solitude I found Mr. Sheridan full of hope and cheer, the secret of which I soon learned, for on remarking to him one day that he was in as much need of a companion as was Adam in the Garden of Eden, he replied, "I know that well, and am soon to go back to Dubuque county for a wife." In 1863 he married Miss Margaret L. Barton, of Cascade, Iowa, and brought her to transform his lonely house into a loving home. Eight children, four sons and four daughters, were born to them, all but one of whom are living; Maggie when but fifteen years old, passed on to the spirit world. Mr. Sheridan did well his part as a pioneer and will ever be held in kindly and grateful remembrance by all who have known him. He was a man of sterling integrity, with strong moral and religious convictions to which he ever sought to be true. He took a deep interest in those questions, which pertain to the social and moral well being of society. He took an active part in the organization of the Free Will Baptist church in Rutland, and in the building of its house of worship. While a devoted member of that church, his Christian sympathy and fellowship were not bounded by theological lines but went out freely to all, of what ever name, who possessed the spirit of love and sought to bring in God's kingdom of righteousness and peace. The light of the Heavenly Father's love as revealed by Jesus of Nazareth gave to our brother strength and peace to the last. His funeral was held in the Free Will Baptist church and was largely attended by old settlers from all parts of the county. Very few of the pioneers who came to Humboldt County, prior to1860, are now living. Soon the last one will have passed away, but the influence for good of a truly Christian life like Mr. Sheridan's will never pass away.
DIED SHERIDAN-At his home in the village of Rutland, Humboldt County, Iowa, on Monday April 20th, 1896 of complication of diseases, Mr. Sheridan aged 66 years - 27 days. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon April 22nd and the remains were laid away in Union Cemetery at Humboldt. Mr. Sheridan came to Humboldt in 1857 and took up 160 acres of Rutland township and his home has been upon the same land ever since. He was at the time of his death the oldest resident of his township as well as one of the very few remaining oldest settlers of the county. He has seen the county grow from a thinly settled strip along its three beautiful streams to its present populous and prosperous state. He was the soul of honor and in all his business transactions and public duties in which he bad been called to serve, he was conscientious in the extreme. It is the life of the likes of himself that in a new country makes a broad and deep foundation of good citizenship. He was born in Sligo parish of County Esaky, Ireland. In May 1855, he came to America and after living in Minnesota and Cascade Iowa; he came here in the year above noted. He was married to Margaret L. Barton, June lst 1868 at Cascade and together they have reared a large family who are a credit to them and to the town and county they call home. Mr. Sheridan was for many years an important factor in the township of Rutland and held the office of trustee fifteen years, was Justice of the Peace five years, was township clerk at various times and a member of the school board, in all of which positions he honored the office. The funeral service was held at the Free Will Baptist Church, of which he was a member, in Rutland, and a large concourse, of old settlers and friends accompanied the funeral cortege to the place of interment yesterday.
William H. Davenport (1843 – 1928) – William Davenport was born on September 9, 1843 in Westchester County, New York. He was the son of William A. and Harriet (Losse) Davenport. During the Civil War he was a Corporal in Company E, 105th Illinois Volunteers. He married Sarah Jane Dodd in 1866 in DeKalb, IL. William and Sarah had five children. Sarah died on December 30, 1876. On October 14, 1885, he married Mary Alice DeGroote Oxborow, the widow of James Oxborrow. William died on December 16, 1928, in Humboldt County, Iowa. Mary Alice died on January 31, 1935.
Wesley T. Davenport (1867 – 1950) – Obituary
from the Humboldt Republican Newspaper reads as follows:
T. Davenport, the son of William H. and Sara Dodd Davenport, was born July 24,
1867, in DeKalb County, Ill., and passed away after an illness of only a few
days, March 27, at his home in Fort Dodge.
He had attained the age of 82 years, eight months and three days.
boyhood years were spent in the community of his birth in Il., coming in 1881 at
the age of 14 to Humboldt County. March
27, 1889, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Esther Sheridan by Rev. John
Frith. This union was blessed by
the birth of 10 children, six of whom are still living.
Davenport was held in high esteem by his many friends who recall his years in
our midst, not only as a neighbor, but also as a farmer, carpenter and rural
mail carrier for 15 years. He was
for many years a member of the Modern Woodman of America. His wife passed away, Feb. 21, 1935, and a short time
afterward he has since made his home with the exception of a few years in
He is survived by five sons and a daughter: Clifford William, Raymond Sheridan, Earl Wesley, Fay Milton, Floyd Arthur and Mrs. Margaret Esther Thayer. Also morning his departure are three step-brothers, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other more distant relatives. A host of friends express deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.
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 Rev. S. H. Taft in 1863, the Rev. Stephen H. Taft led a colony of his Christian Union church members from Martionsburg, New York to found a town and a college on the frontier of Iowa. That town is Humboldt, Iowa. The college no longer exists. (Some of our family members attended the college.) He left in 1895 to join his son Judge Fredrick H. Taft in California. Rev. Taft died in 1917 after founding the town of Sawtelle, California.
 Humboldt Republican Newspaper, April 30, 1895
 Pension Records, William H. Davenport, National Archives
 Death Certificate, William H. Davenport
 Death Certificate, Mary A. Davenport