Lemuel Harvey Arledge
Lemuel Harvey Arledge, born about 1808 in or around Hopkins Co., KY was the
son of Jonathan and Sarah Arledge who were married August 10, 1802 in Montgomery
Lemuel Arledge married Jane Rodman April 14, 1826 in Hickman Co. Ky. In
the 1830 census of Graves Co. KY Jonathan and Lemuel "Aldridge" are
listed together. They also appear together in the 1827 to 1833 tax lists
For Graves Co. A female child under five years of age, name unknown, is
listed with Lemuel "Aldridge" in the 1830 census of Graves Co. The
known children of Lemuel and Jane Arledge are Minerva D. Arledge [probably
born about 1832 in Graves Co.], Alexander Arledge [said to be born about 1836 in
or near Henderson, Knox Co. Illinois], and Emily Adeline Arledge born January
24, 1842 in Fayette Co. Illinois.
Lemuel and his family apparently moved to Mercer or Knox Co. Illinois from
Kentucky in about 1834. In 1839 they acquire land in Fayette Co.
Illinois where they appear in the 1840 census records [under
"Aldridge"] with one male under 5, one female under 5, and one female
under 10. They sell their land in Fayette Co. in 1846 and next appear in
the 1850 census of Knox Co. IL as follows; L. H. Arledge [42, b. in Ky], Jane
[46, b. in Va.], Manerva [18 KY], Alexander [12 Ill], and Emily [9 Ill.].
In October 1852 Lemuel sells land in Fayette Co. that he purchased in 1851.
In September 1853 "Dr" L. H. Arledge arrived in Maynes Grove in
Franklin Co. Iowa after selling a claim near Ackley, Iowa to Thomas Downs. His
family had apparently followed Jacob and Minerva [Arledge] Rice [they were
married February 5, 1851 in Knox Co. Illinois] to Hardin and Franklin Co. Iowa.
Jane Rodman Arledge died July 1, 1854 and was buried in the Maynes Grove
cemetery in Franklin Co. Iowa.
Lemuel "Arlege" married Lydia Johnson July 27, 1855 in Hardin Co.
Iowa. She was born June 28, 1831 in Berlin VT and was the second daughter
of William and Lydia Johnson. The 1856 census of Franklin Co. Iowa lists
Lemuel H. Arledge [48 KY] with Lydia Arledge [24 VT], E. A. Arledge [14 IL], and
Sarah P. Arledge [1 IA]. [note: Alexander Arledge married Julia Peters
July 8, 1855 in Hardin Co.]
Lemuel Arledge and his family moved to Mankato, Minnesota in 1856 and
acquired land in Blue Earth Co. MN in 1856 and 1857. In " The History of
Blue Earth Co. MN" the family is involved with the Indians moving north
into Minnesota after the Spirit Lake massacre in Iowa in 1857. Emily Adeline
Arledge married John "Doke" [Doak] in Vernon Center MN on November 9,
1856. In any event Lemuel and Lydia Arledge sold their land in Blue Earth Co. in
1859 and returned to Iowa where they appear in the 1860 Hardin Co. census as
follows; L. Arledge [51 KY], L. Arledge [24 NY], and S. Arledge [1 IA]. The 1860
census record is rather confusing but no other record has been found that places
this family in Hardin Co. at that time. However, L. H. "Arlege" was
rejected in 1862 for service in the Civil War by the mustering officer of Co. H,
32nd Regiment of Iowa Infantry. I have not found any member of this family in
the 1870 census records.
The Franklin Co. Iowa history book states that Dr. Arledge remained in
Franklin County for several years after returning from Mankato MN before going
to Nebraska where another source identified Dr. Arledge as an "itinerant
Methodist preacher along the Republican river in Nebraska". This history
book indicates that Dr. Arledge was killed when he fell from the top of a load
of logs but I have not found any record giving the date or place of his death or
the place of his burial. The history book also identifies Dr. L. H.
Arledge as the first practicing physician in Franklin Co. with an extensive
practice for that day. It is also said that he had a common school
education, a limited medical education, and that he was a first rate preacher in
the M. E. church.
Known children of Lemuel and Lydia Arledge are Sarah Permelia Arledge [b.
April 21, 1856], Caroline Louise Arledge [b. December 27, 1862 in Maysville,
Iowa], and Albert J. Arledge [b. ca. 1866]. Sarah Arledge married William
Whitesell September 24, 1872 in Hardin Co., Caroline married William Whitesell
November 12, 1884 [after her sister died in 1884], and Albert Arledge [as far as
we know] never married [he died in Iowa City, Iowa March 23,1914]. Several
additional children of Lemuel Arledge are mentioned in the obit of Caroline
Arledge Whitesell in 1920 [these were Rosa, Lillie, Estella, Silas and William].
It is said that several of these additional children are buried with Lemuel's
first wife in the Mayne's Grove cemetery.
Lydia Johnson "Aldridge" married Oliver Hazard Perry Bird April 8,
1874 in Hardin co. Iowa. Guy Clifford Bird [b. August 20, 1876] was a product of
this marriage. Oliver Bird died April 3, 1894. On December 29, 1894 Lydia
Johnson Arledge Bird married Peter Eagle. Lydia died February 22, 1897 in
Winnebago Co. Iowa and was buried in the Buffalo Center cemetery on February 24,
1897. Her obit stated that she was the mother of seven children by Dr. Arledge
and one child by O. H. Bird.
Thanks to Pam Wilson,
Arledge Family History Project