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William Robert Heath

Born:Apr 10 1835 In:
Died:Oct 11 1913 (at age 78)
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Rachel Heath (born Shenkle)
His wife
Clara May McNew (born Heath)
His daughter
Sarah Etta Heath
His daughter
Edith Belle Fowler (born Heath)
His daughter
John Marion Heath, Dr.
His son
Halleck Floyd Heath
His son
Infant Heath
His child
John A. Heath
His father
Sarah E. Heath (born Glass)
His mother
Hiram Heath
His brother
Caroline Heath
His sister
Polly Ann Yaryen (born Heath)
His sister
Samuel Flecher Fletcher Heath
His brother
Elizabeth Kimberland (born Heath)
His sister
Corydon. A. Heath
His brother
Sarah Heath
His sister
Eliza A Brandon (born Heath)
His sister
Sylvester S. Heath
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Biography

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In 1878, William Heath came to Story County and he and his wife bought a 240 acre farm. He was born in Hamilton County, Indiana on April 10, 1835. He was educated in the little log schoolhouse of the neighborhood and after he had advanced as far as possible in his studies, his father purchased a scholarship in the United Brethren College at Hartsville, which he urged his son to make use of. But instead, at the age of 18, he was apprenticed to cabinet-maker. He did this for 14 years, also becoming the undertaker and making all the coffins himself. In 1866 he turned to farming and rented the old homestead, farming this for 12 years.

Three years after he came to Story County, he bought the Benjamin Shenkel homestead and moved to it in 1881.

On December 9, 1855, he married Miss Rachel Shenkle, and they had six children: Etta, Belle, John M. Halleck and the rest unnamed.

Sylvester S Heath was born in Hamilton County, Indiana on 20 March 1847 and died on 10 October 1925 in Seattle, King County, WA.

(I have a copy of his Spokane, WA obituary that inclures a photo and a three page bio extracted from the Spokane and the Inland Empire Book.)

He lived in Walla Walla, WA in 1878 and moved to Spokane, WA in 1879.

He was considred a founder a pioneer of Spokane.

He married Ida E Ellis (daughter of Asbury E Ellis) in Spokane on 4 June 1882.

His mothers name was Sarah Glass.

His mother and father were natives of Clark County, Indiana.

His dad died in 1897. Sylvester's brothers include Robert H of Collins, Iowa; and C A Heath of Indianapolis, Indiana.

His sisters include Eliza A wife of Marion Brandon of Noblesville, Indiana;

Elizabeth the wife of J W Kimberland of Holcomb, Kansas; and

Polly Ann widow of Andrew Yaryen of Fortville, Indiana.

Sylvester lived in Indianapolis from 1870 to 1878.

Sylvester S Heath was the third Postmaster of Spokane.

He served in the Civil War as a member of the state guard but saw no action.

He entered as a private and mustered out three years later (1865) as a 1st Lieutenant. I have his unit number (I think it was the 77th Illinois Calvary) but I will have to verify it.

A home he built in 1899 at 1017 E. Mission in Spokane still stands and is registered as a historic home. It is a Queen Anne style.

He donated the land and provided other financial support for development of the Heath Branch of the Carnegie Library at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

WILLIAM ROBERT HEATH

Thirty-three years ago William Robert Heath,' a descendant of good pioneer American stock, came to Story County, and as be and his wife now own a beautiful farm of two hundred and forty acres in Collins township, he sees no cause to regret taking up his home in Iowa. He was born in Hamilton County, Indiana, April 10, 1835. a son of John A. and Sarah (Class) Heath, the former of whom was a native of South Carolina and the latter of Clark County, Indiana, where they were married After their marriage the young couple were conveyed by the father-in-law to a portion of Hamilton County, Indiana, which up to that time had not been settled. Their household goods were unloaded in the midst of the virgin forest and there Mr. Heath built a log cabin in which he and his bride took up their residence. He cleared away the timber and as the years passed became the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres in Hamilton County, Indiana, where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father was born June 16, 1803, and departed this life September 20, 1888, at the age of eighty-five years. The mother was born July 5, 1806, and passed away January 8, 1864, being about fifty-eight years of age. Mr. Heath was originally a whig and upon the organization of the republican party became one of its stanch supporters. Through his high character and unselfish interest in the welfare of others he made a lasting impression upon all who knew him. He and his wife were devout Christians and were active workers in the United Brethren church.

William Robert Heath was educated in the little log schoolhouse of the neighborhood in which he was reared and after he had advanced as far as possible in his studies in the district school his father purchased a scholar-ship in the United Brethren College at Hartsville, which he urged his son to make use of. The latter, however, was determined to learn a trade and instead of securing a college education he was at eighteen years of age apprenticed to a cabinet-maker. He applied himself assiduously to the trade for fourteen years, also becoming an undertaker and making all the coffins himself which lie disposed of during that time. In 1866 he turned his attention to farming and rented the old homestead which he cultivated for twelve years. The west presented inducements which Mr. Heath could not well resist and accordingly in 1878 he came to Collins township, Story County, and for three years engaged in farming on rented land. Having prospered in his work, he bought the old Benjamin Shenkle homestead, to which he removed in 1881, making it his permanent place of residence. He has carried on general farming, sparing no pains to secure the best results from his work. Being very thorough in everything he undertakes, he has brought the farm to a high state of cultivation and has one of the model places of the township.

On the 9th of December, 1855 Mr. Heath was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Shenkle, a daughter of Benjamin Shenkle, of Story County, a record of whom is found in the sketch of his son, W. T. B. Shenkle, which appears elsewhere in this work. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Heath six children have been born, four of whom are now living, namely: Etta, the wife of Loren Fowler, of Baxter, Iowa; Belle, at home; John M., of Meridian, Oklahoma; and Halleck F., also at home.

Mr. Heath cast his first vote for John C. Fremont for president of the United States and he has never departed from his allegiance to the republican party, having firm faith that its principles are better adapted than those of any other political organization to advance the prosperity of the entire country. He has never aspired to public office, preferring. the quiet channels of private life to the turmoil of political affairs, and each day he has attempted to perform his duties as they arose according to the best of ability. Mrs. Heath has been a valued assistant to her husband an prominently identified with the social interests of the community, being also an active member of the United Brethren church. Mr. and M Heath have many friends in Story County who greatly esteem them for their genial qualities.

Came to Story County in 1878 and bought Benjamin Shenkle homestead. Educated in log school house and became cabinet maker and then undertaker.

John HEATH b: 1745 in Halifax Co. VA? d: 18 Mar 1824 in Stokes Co. NC m. 1764 to Sarah SCURRY.

12 known children:

Sarah HEATH m John BROOKS. more info. below

Lydia HEATH m Stephen SHELTON.

Elizabeth HEATH m JOHNSON.

Samuel HEATH m Lucy AUSTIN.

Charlotte HEATH m George P. SHELTON.

Sarah Elizabeth HEATH m John BROOKS. more info. below.

William HEATH m. 1st Sarah HEATH (dau. of Martin & Mary Ann (BROOKS) HEATH), 2d Martha ROGERS.

Samuel HEATH.

John HEATH b. 15 Jun 1803, NC, m Sarah.

Hiram HEATH b. circa 1828, IN.

Caroline HEATH b. circa 1830, IN.

Polly Ann HEATH b. circa 1833, IN.

Robert HEATH b. circa 1835, IN.

Samuel Fletcher HEATH b. circa 1837, IN, Civil War: B Co. 2nd Cav. Regt. IN.

Elizabeth HEATH b. circa 1838, IN.

Corydon HEATH b. circa 1841, IN, Civil War: B Co. 2nd Cav. Regt. IN.

Eliza A. HEATH b. circa 1844, IN.

Sylvester HEATH b. circa 1846, IN. more information below.

Lucy HEATH.

Edward A. HEATH m Sarah BROOKS (dau. of Walter & Charlotte (MARTIN) BROOKS).

William HEATH m Margarette LEWIS.

Mary Polly HEATH m Burgess STONE (& or)Edward TAYLOR.

John HEATH m 1st Jane THOMAS, 2d Hannah CANE.

Baxter HEATH m Elizabeth HAWKINS.

Amilia "Milly" HEATH m William THORP.

Jane HEATH m David BANKS.

Martin HEATH m Mary Melinda BROOKS (sister of John BROOKS).

Sarah HEATH m William HEATH.

Elisha HEATH m Rachel COMBS.

John HEATH m Mary BROWSHER.

Julia Ann HEATH m John BLOXOM.

Walter HEATH.

Tamar HEATH.

William R. HEATH.

John Jackson HEATH.

The following information was given to me by Ed Revell.

Further research to be done at:

http://www.genealogy105.com/brooks.html

Listed Sylvester's background in an ebook at: http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/nelson-wayne-durham/history-of-the-city-of-spokane-and-spokane-county-washington--from-its-earlies-hru/page-69-history-of-the-city-of-spokane-and-spokane-county-washington--from-its-earlies-hru.shtml

Thirty-three years ago William Robert Heath, a descendant of good pioneer American stock, came to Story county, and as he and his wife now own a beautiful farm of two hundred and forty acres in Collins township, he sees no cause to regret taking up his home in Iowa. He was born in Hamilton county, Indiana, April 10, 1835, a son of John A. and Sarah (Glass) Heath, the former of whom was a native of South Carolina and the latter of Clark county, Indiana, where they were married. After their marriage the young couple were conveyed by the father-in-law to a portion of Hamilton county, Indiana, which up to that time had not been settled.

Their household goods were unloaded in the midst of the virgin forest and there Mr. Heath built a log cabin in which he and his bride took up their residence. He cleared away the timber and as the years passed became the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres in Hamilton county, Indiana, where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father was born June 16, 1803, and departed this life September 20, 1888, at the age of eighty-five years. The mother was born July 5, 1806, and passed away January 8, 1864, being about fifty-eight years of age. Mr. Heath was originally a whig and upon the organization of the republican party became one of its stanch supporters. Through his high character and unselfish interest in the welfare of others he made a lasting impression upon all who knew him. He and his wife were devout Christians and were active workers in the United Brethren church.

William Robert Heath was educated in the little log schoolhouse of the neighborhood in which he was reared and after he had advanced as far as possible in his studies in the district school his father purchased a scholarship in the United Brethren College at Hartsville, which he urged his son to make use of. The latter, however, was determined to learn a trade and instead of securing a college education he was at eighteen years of age apprenticed to a cabinet-maker. He applied himself assiduously to the trade for fourteen years, also becoming an undertaker and making all the coffins himself which he disposed of during that time. In 1866 he turned his attention to farming and rented the old homestead which he cultivated for twelve years. The west presented inducements which Mr. Heath could not well resist and accordingly in 1878 he came to Collins township, Story county, and for three years engaged in farming on rented land. Having prospered in his work, he bought the old Benjamin Shenkle homestead, to which he removed in 1881, making it his permanent place of residence. He has carried on general farming, sparing no pains to secure the best results from his work. Being very thorough in everything he undertakes, he has brought the farm to a high state of cultivation and has one of the model places of the township.

On the 9th of December, 1855, Mr. Heath was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Shenkle, a daughter of Benjamin Shenkle, of Story county, a record of whom is found in the sketch of his son, W. T. B. Shenkle, which appears elsewhere in this work. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Heath six children have been born, four of whom are now living, namely : Etta, the wife of Loren Fowler, of Baxter, Iowa; Belle, at home ; John M., of Meridian, Oklahoma ; and Halleck F., also at home.

Mr. Heath cast his first vote for John C. Fremont for president of the United States and he has never departed from his allegiance to the republican party, having firm faith that its principles are better adapted than those of any other political organization to advance the prosperity of the entire country. He has never aspired to public office, preferring the quiet channels of private life to the turmoil of political affairs, and each day he has attempted to perform his duties as they arose according to the best of his ability. Mrs. Heath has been a valued assistant to her husband and is prominently identified with the social interests of the community, being also an active member of the United Brethren church. Mr. and Mrs. Heath have many friends in Story county who greatly esteem them for their genial qualities.

History of Story County, Iowa Volume 2

by William O. Payne, 1911 pg 236-240

http://iastory2.dyndns.org/1911/1911Index.mv?Heath

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