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William James Garland was born about 1842, Ilogan, Cornwall, England, son of John Garland and Martha Gill Garland
His father was a mining engineer who worked in Cornwall, and later at the Isle of Man, England. Available records in England indicate that the Garland family lived in the area of Truro, Cornwall, from as early as 1739, and perhaps earlier.
William came to the United States, the exact dates and ship name have not yet been discovered. But he made his way to Jasper County, Iowa, where he was married on 20 May 1866 to
Henrietta Elizabeth Rees, daughter of Thomas Rees and Mary Ann Prouty
- born 25 Mar 1849, the first white child born in Palo Alto Township, Jasper County, Iowa
- died 17 Jul 1913
- buried Haines Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa

William and Henrietta had the following 4 children:

  • A. Stillborn infant Garland, born/died 26 March 1867, buried Palo Alto cemetery, Jasper County, Iowa

  • B. William Franklin Garland, born 29 July 1869.
    William F. Garland and wife Esther (Mendon) were living in Madison County, Iowa, Patterson Township, in 1920. He was a teamster. In 1930 William and Esther were in Des Moines City, Polk County, Iowa, and he was a miner.
    William and Esther had three children:
    1) a Child, born about June 1892, died 31 Jan 1894 at the age of 20 months.
    2) Ferne Olive Garland, born 18 Feb 1894, Berwick, Polk county, Iowa; died 25 Jan 1988 in Des Moines, Polk,Iowa
    - married 17 Jan 1917, Polk County, Iowa, to Hoyt Manbeck, born 25 May 1891, Des Moines, Iowa; died 17 March 1979, Des Moines, Iowa
    Ferne and Hoyt had one son, William Garland Manbeck. born, 1 Nov 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa, died 25 June 2007, in Florida
    3) Lester Garland, who lived from 1896 to 1911.
    William, Esther, and Lester are buried at Berwick Cemetery, near Des Moines, Iowa.

  • C. Minnie Mary Garland, born 29 June 1872, Jasper County, Iowa, died 3 March 1944, Alamosa, Colorado
    - married 28 Jan 1897, Dallas County, Iowa
    Thomas Wilmot Houser, born 3 June 1871, died 14 August 1960

  • D. Ethel Garland born about 1874, died 16 Sept 1881

    In about 1876, William, Henrietta, and the children joined a wagon train to California. The marriage failed, either on the way, or after they arrived in Sonoma County, California. William moved to San Francisco, where he was a mining engineer for many years. So far, I have been unable to positively identify him in any records after 1899.

    Henrietta married (2) Harry McVeigh on 25 Nov 1876, in Sonoma County, California. They had one child in California, and then returned to Iowa, where Harry was a coal miner. Coal mining in Appanoose County.

      Children of Henrietta and Henry McVeigh
      1. Winnie McVeigh, born 28 December 1877.

      2. Henry McVeigh, born 8 December 1879.

      3. Tomas McVeigh, born 20 March 1882.

      4. Tomas McVeigh, born 4 June 1883.

      5. Charlie McVeigh, born 9 June 1885.

      6. Emmitt McVeigh, born 23 July 1888.

      7. Estella McVeigh, born 25 September 1889.

      8. Henrietta McVeigh, born 23 February 1891.

      Henrietta and Harry McVeigh were living in Palo Alto Twp., Jasper County, Iowa, at the time of the 1880 census. According to Henrietta's brother's articles in various historical and biographical publications, the McVeighs were in Keb, (Wapello County) Iowa in 1901, and in Rathbun, (Appanoose County) Iowa, in 1912. Henrietta died in Appanoose County in 1913, and is buried in the Haines Cemetery near Rathbun, next to Harry.

      Also buried near Harry and Henrietta McVeigh were Robert E. (1888-1964) and Mary E., (1887-1977) McVeigh.


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