1848 - 1913 (64 years)
||Martha J. McKowan |
||13 Oct 1848
||Waukesha County, Wisconsin 
||Iowa State Census, Clear Lake Township, Webster County, Iowa 
||McKowan, Edward P. household, 1856 Iowa State Census, Clear Lake Township, Webster County, Iowa
Edward P. and Lucinda McKowan; Lucinda's sons (Gustavus S. Kendall; Franklin Morgan), Lucinda's daughters (Helen Kendall; L. A. Morgan), and Edward's children (George and Martha McKowan). A very mixed family.
||Clear Lake township, Hamilton County, Iowa 
|Age: 13 |
||McKowan, Edward P. household, 1860 U. S. Federal Census; Post Office Lakins Grove, Clear Lake Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. [EMP 04.]
Edward P. McKowan and wife, Emeline (Whitney) McKowan; children from more than one marriage: George, Martha, Franklin (Morgan), Eveline, and Emeline McKowan; and, Gustavus S. Kendall, stepson of Edward from his marriage to Lucinda Lakin Kendall Morgan McKowan.
||Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa 
||Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa 
||1711 10th Street, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa 
||4 Feb 1913
||Marshalltown, Iowa 
||6 Feb 1913
||Graceland Cemetery, Block L, Lot 3, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa 
||14 Mar 2009 |
||Henry S. Lee, b. 27 Jul 1836, Trenton, Oneida County, New York d. 14 May 1924, At the home of his son, Dr. Vern Lee, Marshalltown, Iowa (Age 87 years) |
||16 Jun 1875
||Baptist Church, Hamilton County, Iowa 
| ||1. Mina Lee, b. 15 Jan 1878, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa d. 4 Oct 1892, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa (Age 14 years)|
|+||2. Vern R. Lee, b. Jun 1882, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- In the 1856 Iowa State Census, Martha McKowan is an eight year old, white, single female. She was born in Wisconsin and has lived but one year in Iowa. She lives with her father, Edward P. McKowan, a step mother, Lucinda Lakin Kendall Morgan McKowan, two half brothers (Gustavus S. Kendall and Franklin Morgan) from marriages of Lucinda Lakin to William Kendall and Delatus Morgan, and two half sisters from the same marriages (Helen Kendall and L. A. Morgan) in Clear Lake Township, Webster County, Iowa. [DPM 17.]
In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Martha McKowan is an 18 year old female. She was born in Wisconsin, ca. 1842. She has attended school within the past year. She lives with her father, Edward and a stepmother, Emeline, a brother, George, two step brothers (Franklin Morgan and Gustavus Kendall), and two step sisters (Evaline and Emeline McGowan). [EPM 04.]
In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Martha is a white, married, 38 year old female. She lives in Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa, with her husband, Henry S. Lee, and a daughter, Mina. She is keeping house. She was born in Wisconsin of parents who were born in Canada (father) and Ireland (mother). [HSL 03.]
In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Martha [McKowan] Lee is a 51 year old, white, married female. It is not possible to read the month when she was born, but she was born in 1848. She has been married for 25 years. She gave birth to two children, one of whom, Mina, is not longer living. She lives with her husband, Henry, and a son, Verne, in Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. She was born of parents who were born in Nova Scotia [New Brunswick] (father) and Ireland (mother). She reads, writes, and speaks English. [HSL 04.]
In the 1910 U. S. Federal Census, Martha [McKowan] is a 61 year old, white, married female. She has been married for 33 years. She has given birth to two children, one of whom is living [Verne]. She was born in Wisconsin of unknown parents [actually born in Canada - father; Ireland - mother]. She speaks, reads, and writes English. She has no employ outside the home. She lives with her husband [Henry S.], her son [Vern], Vern's wife [Mabel], two grandsons [Robert E. and Howard A.], and two boarders [ Ina Herron, and Anna M. Smith] in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. [HSL 05.]
In the Webster City Freeman of 04 February 1913, the following article was printed [MJMc 02]:
SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. H. S. LEE
Found Dead in Bed Early This morning in Apartments at Soldiers Home in Marshalltown
Relatives and Friends in This City are Shocked over Receipt of Message
"A telephone message was received here this forenoon by relatives of Mrs. Henry S. Lee, bringing the sad and startling intelligence that Mrs. Lee was found dead in her bed this morning at about 4 o'clock by her husband in their apartments at the soldiers home in that place. The message said that Mrs. Lee had not been ill and the news of her sudden taking away comes as a great shock to them.
Mrs. and Mrs. Lee are old-time residents of this city, Mrs. Lee being a daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. E. P. McKowan, now both deceased, pioneer settlers of Hamilton county. The bereaved husband is a brother of E. R, Geo. W.,and John H. Lee. She was very well known in this community, having spent nearly all of her life her and her sudden death will be mourned by a large number of friends. John H. Lee left today for Marshalltown and will accompany the remains to this city for the burial service. It is probably that the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Chritian church, the deceased having been an active and prominent member of that society for many years."
In the Webster City Freeman, 11 February 1913, there is an obituary for Martha Jane McKowan, which is transcribed below [MJMc 01.]:
Mr. H. S. Lee
"Martha Jane McKowan was born in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, October 12, 1848, and died at her home in Marshalltown, Feb. 4, 1913. She came with her father's family to Hamilton county in the year 1855. On June 16, 1876, she was married in Webster City to Henry S. Lee, who survives her. There were born to this union two children, a daughter Mina, who died in 1892 and a son, Vern R., who with his wife and two little sons, are in Spokane, Washington. A step-mother, four brothers and three sisters with numerous other relatives are also left to mourn her sudden death.
During the days of her young woman hood she confessed faith in her Savior and was baptized and joined the church. At the time of her death she was a loyal and faithful member of the Central Church of Christ at Marshalltown. She was also an active worked in the W. R. C. and was much loved by the old soldiers and their wives who had gained her acquaintance during her residence at the home and these were numbered among her best friends. She was a true Christian, a good wife and mother, and a loyal friend.
The funeral service was held at the Christian church Thursday afternoon and was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends, including members of the W. R. C.
The sermon was preached by Rev. A. J. Martin and was based on Rev. 21:1, using as a text the words "And the sea was no more." He said the book of Revelation was highly figurative and that John evidently meant that the things which the sea symbolizes would not obtain in the new Jerusalem. The sea is always agitated, never at rest, and the same is true of the great sea of humanity. Perfect rest is not be found in the imperfect present order. In Heaven there will be no sin and therefore no unrest. the sea suggests the dark and mysterious and not until the end of the present order will its million mysteries be revealed. The same is true of human experience for in this life we are all the time facing the mysterious, things which we cannot now understand, but which will finally be fully revealed. to John the sea was a boundary line and limited him to the lonely Isle of Patmos. In this world all men have their limitations, and not until we pass to the larger, fuller life will they be removed.
The sea separated John from the many friends with whom he had labored and whom he longed to see. The sea of death separates us from loved ones and even while living there are many things which make perfect fellowship and association impossible. In John's vision he saw the home where separation would be unknown and where "the sea was no more."
In closing Rev. Martin said that these great and precious promises should soothe and sustain us to the end. In this world we find unrest, mystery, limitations, and separation, but in the higher life these things shall all be changed, giving place to perfect rest, knowledge, freedom and companionship."
- [S3395] Edward P. McCowan household, 1860 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Clear Lake township, page 595, dwelling 275, family 242; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 323. [EPM 04.].
- [S3396] Edward P. McCowan household, 1860 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Clear Lake township, page 595, dwelling 275, family 242; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 323. [EPM 04.] See also Martha Jane McKowan, obituary, Webster City Freeman, 11 February 1913, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [MJMc 01.].
- [S8111] Edward McKowan household, 1856 Iowa State Census, Webster County, Clear Lake Township, line 26, family 5; Iowa State Census micropublication, roll IA_68. [EPM 17.].
- [S3398] Edward P. McCowan household, 1860 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Clear Lake township, page 595, dwelling 275, family 242; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 323. [EPM 04.].
- [S3399] Henry S. Lee household, 1880 U.S. Census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Webster City, Boone Township, ED 102, SD 4, page 7, dwelling 68, family 73; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 342. [HSL 03.].
- [S3400] Henry S. Lee household, 1900 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Webster City, Boone Township, ED 99, SD 10, sheet 4A, dwelling 78, family 82; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 435. [HSL 04.].
- [S3401] Henry S. Lee household, 1910 U.S. census, Polk County, Iowa, Des Moines, ED 109, SD 7, sheet 8A, Dwelling 98, family 106; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 419. [HSL 05.].
- [S3397] Martha Jane McKowan, obituary, Webster City Freeman, 11 February 1913, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [MJMc 01.].
- [S3402] Martha Jane McKowan, obituary, Webster City Freeman, 11 February 1913, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [MJMc 01.].
- [S7346] Edward P. McKowan, Descendants of Nicholas and Margaret Bailey of Westchester, NY and Allied Families, contact pmcmanusix.netcom.com, 2/26/2005, Ancestry.com, World Tree. [EPM 14.].
- [S7466] Henry S. Lee, marriage record, 1875, page 173, Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa. [HSL 01.].