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Yeah I have a lot of this information. Have been corresponding with Dotty for a couple of weeks. We have the Anamosa prison records showing that he was there. I have also contacted Anamosa to see if there are other records there that they will share with me. He was put in prison for incest. We are trying to establish for sure which of his daughters it was and if his youngest son listed with Agnes is really the child of the incest. George Washington Anderson's birth date make a strong case that it is him.
wow, then I see why the papers didn't run it..even then they would(the courts) have done their best to protect the child and family...in 1886 the family probably would have had to leave the area, which for the wife and children might not have been easy $ wise
was there a birth cert for the child? have you a copy and did it have anything about parents?
It's hard to say if the records still exist for that far back, when towns and court houses expanded often they did a clean out and just tossed /destroyed old records,as everything was hand written and as you can imagine took up reams of space. Have you tried asking the Historical Society in that area if they know what happened to old court records? I think I would contact them and Local Library and ask ?? about them
I did notice poking around that some of the Court work back then was handled i Cass Co have you tried there? Not every township had Courts early on, many were taken to the nearest Court of Record, for Criminal trails .
a few emails to the State Historical Records might not hurt
ARCHIVES AND RECORDS
Name Position Phone Email
Jerome Thompson Interim State Archivist 515.281.4221 Jerome.Thompson@iowa.gov
Jeffrey Dawson Archives Supervisor 515.281.7801 Jeffrey.Dawson@iowa.gov
Sharon Avery Archivist 515.281.6863 Sharon.Avery@iowa.gov
Meaghan Christensen Archivist 515.281.0310 Meaghan.Christensen@iowa.gov
Bruce Kreuger Archives Technician 515.281.4192 Bruce.Kreuger@iowa.gov
Mary Messinger Warehouse Operations Worker 515.321.0372 Mary.Messinger@iowa.gov
Yeah actually I have and I keep hitting brick walls. Everybody says someone else does it. And the birth records list Agnes Anderson as the mother of George Washington, but I wonder if they were falsified. I am hoping that Anamosa might turn something up.