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Samuel Marquart

Samuel Marquart
b. 17 April 1839, Perry County, Ohio, to Jonathan and Catherine (Bashore) Marquart
d. 22 May 1923, Lake Arthur, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

m. 17 February 1861, Fontanelle, Adair County, Iowa
Susanna Emerson Miller
b. 7 August 1845, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, to George and Mary Jane (Histe) Miller
d. 23 November 1902, Lake Arthur, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

Children with Susannah Miller:

  • Ida A. (b. 16 August 1863) married George B. Baker
  • Samuel Lorn (14 May 1867–18 July 1870)
  • Oran Glen (b. 16 November 1869) married Edith Mae Segrist
  • Emerson Lavern “Vern” (b. 5 September 1886) married Lelia Vencent August

Samuel immigrated to Marion Township, Allen County, Indiana, with his parents when he was four or five months old, in the fall of 1839. He moved to Marshall County, Indiana, in 1850 but soon afterward moved back to Allen County, Indiana. He joined the George Miller family in moving to Fontanelle, Somerset Township, Adair County, Iowa, in the summer of 1857.

In 1866, Samuel’s brother, Frederick and his son Daniel W. Marquart, joined Samuel in Fontanelle, where Daniel married Sam’s wife’s sister, Mary Etta Miller, on 18 March 1868.

In February 1898, Samuel, with his nephew Daniel W. Marquart, and ten other men, organized a party to go to the Klondike gold fields. They tried to get through to Dawson by way of White Horse Pass, but snows in the mountains proved too great an obstacle. They returned without reaching the gold fields.

Submitted by:
Virgil V. Marquart
Fort Wayne IN

Daniel Whitaker Marquart

Daniel Whitaker Marquart
b. 16 February 1848, Marion Township, Allen County, Indiana, to Frederick (1820–1886) and Anna Marie (Whitaker) Marquart
d. 11 September 1900, Louisville, Kentucky

m. 18 March 1868, Fontanelle, Adair County, Iowa
Mary Etta Miller
b. 7 August 1847, Columbiana County, Ohio
d. 11 June 1932, Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Children with Mary Etta Miller:

  • Gertrude Eve (1870–1931)
  • Vide Alma (1872–1956)
  • Webb E. (1875–1880)

Daniel was nearly four months old when his mother died in June 1848, and he was raised by his two grandmothers. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 16 by falsifying his age and served during the Civil War in Company H, 91st Regiment, Indiana Infantry. He was 5 feet 3/4 inches tall when he enlisted and had black eyes, brown hair, and dark complexion.

In 1866, Daniel and his father left Allen County Indiana to join his uncle Samuel Marquart in Fontanelle, Adair County, Iowa, where Daniel married Mary Etta Miller, who was the sister of Daniel’s Uncle Samuel’s wife.

A biography in an 1884 history of Guthrie and Adair counties, Iowa, states that Daniel “followed school teaching and various other occupations for several years, after which he assisted his father in the post office.” His father was postmaster from 1868 to 1870 and from 1872 to 1882. Daniel then operated a general merchandise store until he moved to Greenfield in January 1878 to serve as Adair County auditor from 1877 to 1883.

When President Harrison declared the Oklahoma Indian Territory open for settlement in 1889, Daniel, with his uncle, Samuel Marquart, and cousins, Oren and Eugene, were in the crowd waiting to enter at noon. Eugene developed a terrible thirst and patronized a man who was selling water from barrels on his wagon at twenty-five cents per cup. After several cups, the others talked Eugene out of his thirst.

In October 1889, D. W., then postmaster, was unanimously elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma. In February 1898, D. W. and his Uncle Samuel, along with ten other men,
organized a party to go to the Klondike gold fields. They undertook to get through to Dawson by way of White Horse Pass, but snows in the mountains proved too great an obstacle, and they were forced to return without reaching the gold fields.

While visiting a doctor in Louisville, Kentucky, in September 1900, D. W. Marquart died, not having reached the age of fifty-three, but having held many positions of honor during his short life span.

Submitted by:
Virgil V. Marquart
Fort Wayne IN