Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Barbara Butcher (#46938122)
 member for 7 years, 1 month, 5 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
Bio Photo I kept putting this short bio off, but after doing photo requests for people and "meeting them" through their bios, I decided it was time. I am a retired school teacher who loves doing genealogy work and exploring cemeteries. I love the concept of Find A Grave where people in different areas are so willing to help each other with photos. When my husband and I are fulfilling photo requests, we sometimes add more stones to a cemetery. I am always willing to "give these up" to family members who can add more information. Just ask.
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 1,123 Memorials Added
 • 1,126 Memorials Managed
 • 3 Memorials/Week
 • 4,303 Photos
 • 1 Photo Request
 • 755 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 19 Virtual Flowers
 • 10 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 4 Fame Ratings
 • 13 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
Adams County Iowa Civil W... (225)
Avoca Civil War Veterans (70)
Avoca Civil War Veterans ... (5)
AvoHa Class of 1961 (9)
Barb School Friends/Teach... (15)
John's Dad's Side (27)
John's Mom's Side (69)
Newtown Cemetery Near Avo... (37)
Together Again . . . Dad'... (65)
Together Again . . . Mom'... (65)
Find A Grave Friends
Blue Rose Of Ca..., Goldie, Jennifer Drawbo..., joseph haller, Karen Hansen, Karla Tschannen, Larry Haller, Linda Linn, Lois, Lois Frahm, Michael Wood, pam schroder pa..., Rev. David Smit...
Messages left for Barbara Butcher (527)[Leave Message]
Carl Bennett
RE: Jennie Elwell
Looks to be beyond reasonable doubt to me.
Thank you so much for conferring with me!
Best wishes,
Carl Bennett
Added by Carl Bennett on Oct 21, 2014 1:08 PM
Carol Lynn White
Hi Barbara:

Thank you so much for all of your edits and photos.
Yes, George married Anna Maria Gustafsen. To my knowledge, they had no children.

A transfer would be nice, although not necessary. I love the new editing system, for the most part, if the contributors see that they have edits, it works pretty well.

Thank you again, the photos are wonderful.

Carol Lynn
Added by Carol Lynn White on Oct 18, 2014 12:30 PM
Carol Lynn White
Sarvis in Newtown
Thank you for the info, very interesting. If you think of anything else, please let me know. In the meantime, I have started some edits, and links.

Thanks again,
Carol Lynn White
Added by Carol Lynn White on Oct 02, 2014 5:53 PM
Carol Lynn White
SARVIS in Newtown Cemetery
Hi Barbara:
Thank you for getting back to me.What a shame about the damage to the cemetery.
I am just getting started on the Sarvis line, wrapping up the "White" line, which is huge.

Henry Madison and May Preston Sarvis, along with their 7 children, were all living in Dade County, MO in the 1850 census.

By 1853, it appears both of George's parents were dead, and the children scattered. Iowa is where George settled.

I do not have names and dates of the babies who died. It appears that baby Henry Madison Sarvis was their first, being born in 1871. Harriet next in 1872. Then there is a gap between children, with the next living child, Harry, born 1885. The rest came every two years, with Azella the last in 1891.There may have been some after her, but no more by the 1900 census.

Ten total, five living, according to the census, and this article.
Perhaps you have this, or have access to it.

"Excerpt from "Avoca Iowa-Celebrating 125 years-1869-1994 by Harriet Larson, contained in Jill and Ray Family Tree. "George M. Sarvis
George Madison Sarvie (Marr) and Susan Donaldson were married in 1869 and farmed around the Newtown area until they moved to Avoca. They had ten children, five of whom died in infancy and are buried in the Newtown Cemetery.
Hattie was born in 1872 in a log cabin near Avoca. She married Henry Blust. They both became licensed morticians in the early 1900s and retired in 1946.
Harry Sarvis married Josephine Gross. They farmed near Avoca. Harry later had a trucking business called Iowa-Nebraska Transportation Company, a well known firm in the Midwest. They had on child, Maxine Sarvis, who lives n Omaha.
George married Lettie Meggers who died at the birth of their child, Lettie Meggers Sarvis. Later he married Anna Gustafson. They lived in Avoca most of their lives.
Bert Sarvis married Fern Ward of Walnut. Fern died at the birth of their child, Pauline Von Glahn, who lives in California. Bert married Alma Parre in 1920. They had two children: Delbert Sarvis who is deceased, and Harriet Larsen who lives in Avoca.
Zella Sarvis, the youngest child, married Peter Anderson, a farmer near Avoca. They adopted Beilliam Alphonse. They had two daughters, Darlene and Wilma, both of whom live in California."

I have found nothing to support this adoption of "Beilliam Alphonse", not even a mention of this child in any census.
They did however, adopt Zella's niece, Pauline Pearl Sarvis, after her mother died in childbirth, and she is listed with them in census records.
Any information from you would be wonderful. Thank you again, Carol Lynn.
Added by Carol Lynn White on Oct 02, 2014 9:29 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Barbara, I can't thank you enough for the time and effort you've put into the Fowlers' memorials. That shaving cream is a neat trick!!! Great photos, and your fast turnaround is much appreciated. Thank you for making time to do all this. --Debbie
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 11:38 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Barbara, I got started in this because a direct descendant contacted me, and she knows more than I. But yes to the Mary Seymour connection--their marriage seem to have broken up within months, but there was a child, Elizabeth. Mary remarried, to William Moore, buried in Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois. Strangely, she's not buried with him. It must have been complicated. :)
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 8:46 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
I suspect it is. Did you happen to find cemetery info for Frank or Sophronia? I see that Juno and George have Find A Grave memorials. I'm only related distantly by marriage, but I like these 'tough nuts' and the challenge of getting them a place on Find A Grave, all linked up to family members. :)
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 8:28 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Grateful for your help and sleuthing. Yes, the Illinois fellow is the one we're looking for. It seems that his family decamped for the Dakotas, but it wasn't clear whether it was before or after he died. From what you've found (or rather, not found), he made the trip with the rest. Wishing you success today!
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 8:01 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
P. S. Thanks for the dates for the Fowlers, and I don't know about that Manilla Fowler you found--intriguing!
Added by Debbie B on Sep 13, 2014 10:29 PM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Barbara, thanks so much! I'll make memorials and put in photo requests now.
Added by Debbie B on Sep 13, 2014 10:17 PM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service