Joseph (Pulse) Pultz from Virginia to Iowa 1807-1873

Iowa Cornfield

Joseph (Pulse) Pultz is my third great-grandfather, and he was born on May 15, 1807, in Berkeley County, Virginia. His parents are John Pultz and Margaret Phoebe Grantham. Joseph married Eleanor Ann Wilson Cole (1817-1880) on November 3, 1832, in Berkeley County. They were the parents of ten children.

I started to follow Joseph and Eleanor through the Census records. I watched how their journey unfolded from Virginia to Iowa.

The 1840 Census finds the family in Berkeley County as farmers raising their family. The 1850 Census shows that they are now in Miami, Greene, Ohio, and Joseph’s father is now living with the family and is ninety-two years old. Joseph is still working the land as a farmer.

In 1856 Joseph and his family were living in Lockridge, Jefferson, Iowa. The 1860 Census has them living in Hale, Warren, Illinois, and Joseph was still farming. The 1870 Census shows that they had traveled and settled in Washington, Warren, Iowa. In 1872 we find Joseph and his family living in White Oak, Warren, Iowa. He had forty acres on which he farmed.

1872 White Oak, Warren, Iowa J. Pultz (Pulse)

Knowing that he was near death on February 10, 1873, he drew up his last will and testament.

February 10, 1873, Joseph Pultz (Pulse) Will and Probate

On February 22, 1873, Joseph Pulse died he was sixty-five years old. He was laid to rest in the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) Cemetery in Indianola, Warren, Iowa.

Eleanor was now a widow and the 1880 Census shows she remained in Warren County along with her two sons, Joseph C and William Pultz. Eleanor died on September 18, 1880, in Spring Hill, Warren, Iowa. She is buried in the same cemetery with her husband. She was sixty-three years old.

They had the same struggles that all families had during that time but overall lived a prosperous life surrounded by a large family.

Their children:

John Wilson Pultz (my 2nd great-grandfather) was born on April 12, 1836, in Virginia. He married Jemima Susan Lozier on June 24, 1858, in Henry County, Iowa. They had two children: George Edward Pultz (my great-grandfather) 1859-1928 and Susan Anna Pultz 1861-1963. John died November 24, 1860, in Henry County, Iowa. Jemima remarried Samuel Newton Marquis in 1865 and they had six children: John W, Mary Josephine, Calvin C, James Albert, Simon N, and Clark Marquis. Jemima died on January 31, 1928, in Woodburn, Clarke, Iowa.

Elizabeth Ann Pultz was born on August 8, 1837, in Berkley County, Virginia. She married Henry M Black (1833-1910) on December 23, 1863, in Warren, Illinois. They had one child Bertha Ann Black (1875-1958). Henry died on August 22, 1910, and Elizabeth died on September 18, 1925. Both are buried in IOOF Cemetery Indianola, Warren, Iowa.

Maria Elen Pultz (Pulse) was born on October 27, 1839, in Berkley County, Virginia, and died on November 25, 1848, in Virginia. It is not known what she died of; she was only nine years old.

Private Lewis Alexander Pultz was born on September 13, 1841, in Berkley County, Virginia. He died on February 8, 1868, in Columbia, Monroe, Illinois. Enlisted in Company H, Illinois 47th Infantry Regiment on March 6, 1865. Mustered out on January 21, 1866, at Selma, Alabama. He is buried in Monmouth Cemetery, Monmouth, Warren, Illinois. He was never married and was only twenty-six years old.

Joseph Cornelius Pultz was born on May 8, 1843, in Berkley County, Virginia. He married Florence H Studley on September 8, 1880, in Warren County, Iowa. They had three children: Edith E 1881-1937, Elsie Minerva 1884-1947, and Leslie Donald Pultz 1894-1970. Joseph died in February 1919 in Colorado and Florence died on March 4, 1936, also in Colorado. They are both buried in the Hayden Cemetery, Routt County, Colorado.

Margaret Virginia Pultz (Pulse) was born on December 28, 1844, and died at fifteen years old on November 5, 1860.

Moses Grantham Pultz (Pulse) was born on June 23, 1847, in Virginia. He married Martha Smith on May 15, 1894, in Morgan County, Illinois. I have not found anything on him or Martha since they got married. I do not have any death dates or if they had any children.

Samuel Smith Pultz was born on September 3, 1850, in Ohio. He married Elizabeth Jane (Jennie) Easter (1852-1931) on December 24, 1874, in Indianola, Warren, Iowa. They were the parents of eight children: Alva Lester (1876-1944), Claude Leroy (1879-1931), Maude Arlie (1882-1975), Rexford Cecil (1886-1955), Ralph Clifton (1888-1964), Trueman Dell (1891-1930), Elizabeth (1893-1985), and Ethel Waneta Pultz (1893-1974). Samuel died on November 24, 1923, in a motorcycle accident and Elizabeth died on March 21, 1931, both are buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa.

William Edward Pultz was born on August 6, 1853, in Ohio. He married Phebe Jane Gregg (1860-1930) on August 17, 1882, in Ottawa, Clarke, Iowa. Two children were born into this union: Daisy Olive (1883-1900) and Mabel E Pultz (1891-1917). William died in 1910 and Phebe died in 1930, both are buried in Osceola, Clarke, Iowa.

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