Joseph Mowry and Mary Maude Blood Mowry
Married 1887.

50. Joseph Carl Mowry. (1841-1910)

The following information is from The Two Families of Joseph Carl Mowry by Wanda Steffensmeier Mowry. 1983.
(daughter-in-law to Henry Mowry.)
Transcribed by Sandra Lee Keyser

1841 - Joseph born near Pittsburg PA in either Beaver or Alleghany Co.  Joseph was the second of 5 children. John was oldest, then Joseph, Tillinghast 'Till' (1845), William (1849) and Elizabeth was the baby.

Grew up on family farm.

Was in the Civil War --- Company F 46th Regiment Penn. Volunt. Infantry.

1861 - Entered at Pittsburg, on 23 Aug., when 20 yrs. old.

His military records said he was 5'7" tall, light hair, grey eyes and
light complexion.

He served much of his time as a teamster and dispatched ammunition.

1862 - His brother, Till, enlisted. He was wounded in both thighs at the
Battle of Gettysburg.

1864 - Joseph was discharged 18 Sept. at Atlanta GA.

1867 - After his marriage to Eunice Terry, he was a farmer and also worked in the coal mines around Erie, PA.

They were living around Pennline PA when their four children were born.
1867 - George born
1869 - Edwin Elem born
1871 - Bert born
1873 - Grace born

1880 - Eunice died 11 July.

1884 - While mining near Erie, decided to go to Iowa where his brother Till lived. Brother - (Tillinghast Mowry later of Drexall Mo.)

Left his daughter, Grace,11, with Eunice Terry Mowry's brother and
sister-in-law.Took the three sons, George, 17, Edwin, 15, and Bert, 13, with him.

Couldn't find land in Iowa because there were many immigrants from
eastern U.S. and Europe.

1887 - Moved to Crawford Nebraska.

Worked for a while as a stable man at Fort Robinson.

Land became available for homesteading. At Chadron filed a claim on
S39 T32 R 52 of Dawes county Nebraska.

Made trips to Fort "Bob" and Crawford for supplies and entertainment.
Met the Blood family, Adorno, his wife, Hannah, son Henry, daughters Mary and Etta there.

1887 - Joseph,46 and Mary,18 were married Sept. 21, in Crawford.

"Fort Robinson had been established in 1876 to keep peace with the Indians. The Red Cloud Agency was near and there were many disputes among Crazy Horse, Spotted Tail Chief and others to keep the settlers in fear of outbreaks. The Tragedy of Wounded Knee was the last encounter with the Indians in the spring of 1888. Often called a tragedy because of a lack of understanding and coommunication. It seems the indians were having a religious meeting and looking for a Great Spirit when their activity was reported as an uprising and
dangerous. The call of war went out and women and children of the settlers from all around went to the Fort for protection and to help guard the Fort. Joseph Mowry and Adorno Blood joined the group. It was later reported that some settlers set fire to their own buildings and ran to the Fort making it appear as dirty work of the 'red-skins'."

Mowry children born on the homestead near Fort Robinson,
1888 - Alice May
1889 - Martha Jesse
1891 - Arlo Crail
1892 - Adorno Ray
1896 - Carl Joseph

Mowry homestead was mostly grass and timber terrain as it lay near the buttes north of Fort Robinson. They raised potatoes, grains, and corn. Alice, the oldest daughter, remembers them loading corn into a wagon, going to Fort Robinson and selling it. She enjoyed trips to town but never to the Fort. She was fearful of the soldiers.

Supplies for the homestead were purchased in Crawford. Fort "Bob" was south of a range of buttes and it was necessary to go through or near the town of Crawford on the way to and from the Fort.

Dry years and poor crops caused Joseph to mortgage the homestead.

1896 - Joseph and son George went to North Platte valley near Minatare to work.  1897 - Sold the homestead to adjoining neighbors and moved his family to Minatare.

The move took 3 days and the children remember camping and sleeping under the wagons at night. Alice was 9 and remembered the wagons getting stuck in the sand and the double tree breaking. The children helped with the horses and other wagon duties.

Joseph purchased land northeast of Minatare. There were no buildings so they rented a nearby house while their house was being built. Hay was shipped from the farm out of Alliance NE.  The farm was about 2 miles north of the Grout school, on the hillside.  The children attended Grout school, a soddy school house, one mile east of Minatare.

1902 - Son Henry C. born.

1907 - Sold homestead stock and property at public auction, moved into Minatare.

1908 - Bought a new top buggy of Clough & Wright and started business as Minatare Livery Barn, according to Apr. 16, 1908 Minatare Free Press newspaper.

Later that year neighbors barn burned and took the livery stable with it.
Joseph's horses and buggies were saved, per article in Minatare Free Press 14 Oct. He than set up business temp. at his home.

1909 - was hauling freight between Minatare and Alliance.

Had stroke and heart attack. His sons continued to run his business.

At one time owned a butcher shop but sold it to his son-in-law, Elmer

1910 - Died heart attack/stroke.

Was an active veteran - was Commander in Chief of G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) post of Gering and Minatare and he took part in many of the Old Soldiers reunions held annually in Minatare and Gering.

His funeral was held in Minatare Methodist Church, internment in the Minatare cemetery.

In his younger days-a member of the Church of Christ, at Connetsville,PA in 1867.

In later years brother William Mowry lived in KA and his sister -
Elizabeth Wells - live in Crescent,ID."

Courtesy of Carolyn Mowry at FindAGrave

51. Mary Maude Blood (1869-1951)

The following information is from The Two Families of Joseph Carl Mowry by Wanda Steffensmeier Mowry. 1983.
(daughter-in-law to Henry Mowry.)
Transcribed by Sandra Lee Keyser

"Mary Maude (Manda?) Blood Mowry Hood - 'Grandma Hood'

1869- - Born August 24 in Malvern, Ohio - Carrol County, SE of Canton, Ohio. This was 30 miles south of Portage where her father was born. Her parents were both of English and Irish decent.

1884 - Moved with parents to Nebraska - was 15 years old at that time.

1887 - Mary married Joseph Mowry in Crawford, Nebraska on 21 September. They probably met at a social function at the Fort Robinson which was a center for social events as well as a protection from the Indians in the frontier territory.

1888 - Alice May born
1889 - Martha Jesse born
1891 - Arlo Crail born
1892 - Adorno Ray born
1896 - Carl Joseph born
1902 - Henry C. born

Her brother - Henry C. Blood
Sister - Amy Maryette (Etta) - later married Clarence Yoey.
Etta died when she was only 37 years old.

1910 - When Mary was widowed, she received a veteran's pension for Carl and Henry of $16.00 - until the boys were 16 years old.

1919 - Married James Edward 'Ed' Hood in Melbeta. He was a widower with two married children.  His son Eddie was killed in France during WW I and daughter Winnie Hood Zemanek Williams died in 1918. Ed Hood took grandson, Dale Zemanad to raise and Harvey Harward raised the Williams children.

1934 - Ed Hood passed away and Mary moved to Minatare.
Her son 'Spike'Arlo Mowry and family, daughter Martha Jessie Mowry Wright and family, and son Henry, lived in or around Minatare at the time. Arlo was Minatare's Town Marshall.

Mary, in later years, was called Grandma Hood by grandchildren,
relatives, and friends. She played gin rummy with her

1951 - She became ill and unable to care for herself. Her possessions were auctioned and she was moved to the Powell Rest Home in Scottsbluff, NE.

1951 - October 27 Mary died and was buried beside her husband Joseph in the East Lawn cemetery, Minatare, NE."


Children were:
1888 - Alice May
child25 i.  Jessie Mowry 1889-
1891 - Arlo Crail born
1892 - Adorno Ray born
1896 - Carl Joseph born
1902 - Henry C. born  (His daughter-in-law wrote the Mowry book)

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