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William Tennis

William Tennis
b. 30 September 1832, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, to Samuel S. and Jane (Crow) Tennis
d. 14 March 1914, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma

m. 5 September 1878, Forest City, Iowa
Laura C. Westbury
b. 6 July 1860, Forest City, Iowa
d. 15 May 1937, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma

Children with Laura C. Westbury:

  • Lloyd A.
  • Lillie E.
  • Jennie
  • Sam
  • Bertha
  • Mabel
  • Everett
  • Nora
  • Angie

William was the first settler in Norway Township, Winnebago County, Iowa, in 1856. He spent four years, 1860-1864, in Colorado with two partners mining for silver and gold. They were isolated from the world and lived off the land. Arriving in Denver, Colorado, still a tent city, to record and claim their mine in 1864, they discovered that there had been a Civil War but that it was now just over.

William lost the Humboldt silver mine, the largest silver mine in Colorado, when papers were destroyed in a house fire in Forest City, Iowa, in 1892. He and his family then migrated to Kingfisher, Oklahoma, where he again homesteaded during the Oklahoma Land Rush. He never had the chance to return to Denver, Colorado, to renew the burned papers showing his one-third ownership in the Humboldt mine due to his large family of seven children by 1893.

Laura (Westbury) Tennis was a fourth cousin to Gene Stratton, the original “Tom Thumb”. She was the midwife for at least six of her grandchildren. After William’s death in 1914, she made her home with one of her sons.

Submitted by:
Glen R. Tennis
San Angelo TX

Samuel S Tennis

Samuel S Tennis
b. 14 January 1790, Pennsylvania
d. 15 September 1888, Forest City, Winnebago County, Iowa

m. 25 March 1831, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Jane Crow
b. 17 April 1806, Pennsylvania
d. 24 April 1886, Norway Township, Winnebago County, Iowa

Children with Jane Crow:

  • Philip
  • Eliza married B. F. Wellman
  • William (1832-1914) married Laura C. Westbury
  • Joseph Tennis (1837-1909) married Carrie Belle Johnson
  • Mary married J. J. Kewley
  • Harriet Catharine “Kate” (1841-1942) married George Washington Strong
  • Lora married H. S. Botsford
  • Samuel W. (d. 1864)
  • Elsa Ann (1850-1908) married Egbert D. Skinner
  • Margaret

Samuel resided at Eel River Township, Allen County, Indiana, and Union Township, LaPorte County, Indiana. In 1859 he emigrated from Indiana to Forest City, Winnebago County, Iowa, and in 1861 he moved to Norway Township, Winnebago County.

According to family tradition, Samuel had a previous marriage to a woman who was the mother of Philip.

Samuel was elected county judge in Winnebago County, Iowa, in 1863 and re-elected in 1865 and 1867. When that position was abolished in 1867, he became the county auditor for one year.

Samuel’s son, Samuel W., died on 9 June 1864, while serving during the Civil War. He was marching with Company B of the Iowa Volunteers en route to Memphis, Tennessee.

Submitted by:
Kay Shoenwalk Shariff
Casper WY