My great-great grandparents are the first line of true unknowns when it comes to my ancestors.
I knew my grandparents very well. I'd heard them talk of their parents and even of my mom and dad tell stories of their grandparents - so the great- grandparent line holds at least a fuzzy memory for me.
My great-great GPs also account for the first real fan out in the family tree - both literally and figuratively. My bother, mom, dad and grandparents were from 3 states total. My great- great grandparents' pivotal moments of marriage, birth, and death covered 13 states! My history is blown wide open with this generation.
And because it's his birthday, I'm going to spend time introducing you to Seth Hubbard. He was my paternal grandfather's maternal grandfather - makes the head hurt doesn't it?
Seth was born on December 10, 1854 in Iowa City, Iowa to Cyrus and Eliza Hubbard who had moved to Iowa from Ohio. In the mid-1850's Iowa had only recently left its bloody indian past behind and saw the first white settlement in Black Hawk Purchase in 1833. When Seth was born the railroad fervor was in full swing and two universities were being founded in Iowa. It was a frontier life.
He was the 3rd of 8 children. The Hubbard family appeared in the 1850 federal census in OH and the 1856 IA state census, Cyrus was a farmer. In 1860, the Hubbards still lived in Iowa city with 3 more children. I am unable to find Seth in 1870. It's so frustrating when someone just seems to disappear into thin air. Mother Eliza and the six siblings were still in Iowa City, but Seth wasn't with them - even though he would have only been about 16. Cyrus was not living with the family either. He was found in Sioux City, Iowa as a "general laborer." Divorce? Desertion? Making an extra buck? So far, the documents don't tell that side of the story. Sadly, Cyrus would die in 1871.
Seth resurfaced in 1880. He was a student, 25 years old, in the city of Vinton, Benton county, Iowa. Interestingly the only educational facility I found there was the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School (originally opened as the Iowa School for the Blind in 1852.) A school that Laura Ingall's sister Mary attended coincidentally. I don't know if Seth was attending this school. I have no record of him being vision impaired. And there may have been other schools nearby. But, a very interesting development. And a great example of why we should dive into the history of the places our ancestors lived.
The next big installment of Seth's life was marriage. On October 1, 1884 in Rock Falls, Iowa, Seth married Rose Lester. He was 30, she was 25. We don't have to wait long to find the newly weds in a census together. The Iowa state census of 1885 (love the state censuses!) show that Seth, Rose and Seth's younger sister Helen lived together. Seth, at least for the time being, was following in his father's footsteps as a farmer. His sister was a teacher. Rose was pregnant during the census. And their one child Carrie Lunetta Hubbard was born on July 14, 1885 in Hampton, Iowa. Carrie would of course become my great-grandmother!
Seth & Rose on their wedding day, 1884.
As usual, 1890 is blank to us. But thankfully Seth was not done with his education. In 1896, at the age of 42, he matriculated from Cotner University in Lincoln, Nebraska from the Medical Department. According to the directory of deceased physicians (I had no idea it even existed!) Seth was licensed in Nebraska in1898 and in Kansas in 1901. The 1900 census still listed the small family in Lancaster county, NE; Dr. Hubbard, wife Rose and daughter Carrie, aged 14. As a side note, I've wondered if Carrie really was an only child. It's possible that between 1885 and 1900 Seth and Rose had more children that either didn't survive or left home young.
Dr. and Mrs. Hubbard were still living in Lancaster in 1910. They had now been married 25 years. Daughter Carrie had married my dashing great-grandfather Floyd Allan Bash Sr. the year before in 1909, so Seth and Rose were empty nesters now.
On August 30, 1911 Seth Hubbard passed away in Lincoln, NE. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Lincoln with wife Rose. She would outlive him 27 years!
I feel like I've grown a little closer to my great-great grandfather after this writing. For one thing I wouldn't be here if he hadn't had that one daughter! Odd to think about. Happy Birthday Dr. Seth Hubbard!
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