Fanny E. Dyer

In 1865 Clinton County, Illinois, page 4, heads of families are George Bailey, James Dyer, A.J. Entriken, Eliza Entriken

  Thurston Family

The Thurston book says Jerusha's father  Joseph Thurston and mother Charlotte Loofborrow, died in Wisconsin July 1, 1885.

One tree said "Jerusha  married John HIPPLE, son of George HIPPLE and Nancy LEONARD, on 7 Feb 1864 in Delaware Co., Ohio, USA. (John HIPPLE was born on 24 Jun 1842 in Pennsylvania, died on 7 May 1923 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA and was buried on 9 May 1923 in Bellefontaine, Logan, Ohio, USA.)"

The stone in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Castle Rock says "Rusha - wife of S.M.Dyer - born Dec 4, 1841, died June 4, 1877"

Fanny proved up a quarter in 10, 7N 48W in 1893.  That's the same time as Sarah Geyer in the adjoining section.

Louise M. Dyer proved up a quarter in 5, 10N 54W in 1895 - about 40 miles away from Fanny.

Samuel M. Dyer married Esther E. Alexander June 2, 1881 in Castle Rock.

In 1885 Castle Rock, Douglas County, Colorado Fannie F. Dyer is 17, with father Saml. M. Dyer 42, a druggist, Illinois and Esther A. 41, New York.  Stepdaughter Willie E. Alexander is 7, born in Colorado.

Jno. L. Dyer is a nephew of the Charles B. Streeter and Elizabeth family in Castle Rock in 1885, a student, age 11?, born in Colorado.  Charles is 50, farming, born in Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth 44 is born in Illinois.  Isaih? O. 22, is a cattleman, born in Missouri ?

The biography of Father Dyer, Look for Me in Heaven tells that his daughter's family, the Charles Clinton Streeter family moved to Glenwood Springs in 1886. Later they moved back to University Park in Denver to care for her aging father.

Elizabeth J. Streeter died May 15, 1926 in King County, Washington, father John L. Dyer, mother Harriett Foster.

Grandfather Dyer spent the last eleven years of his life in Denver with his daughter and son-in-law, "Abbie" and Clinton Streeter.  Abbie was the only Dyer child to survive their father.

In 1895 at the Castle Rock school John Dyer attained a percentage of 100 in the examination for physiology.

Sam, Esther, and Willie are in Cripple Creek in 1900.

John L. is also in Cripple Creek in 1900, a roomer with the Yelesid couple.  He was born Nov 1875 in Colorado.Om 1930 he's a cook in a restaurant in San Francisco, one of dozens of lodgers in a rooming house.In 1940 he's a hotel janitor in San Francisco.


1901 "John Dyer, a grandson of the Rev. Father Dyer, and whose home is in Cripple Creek, attended the funeral in Denver on Wednesday and that evening came to Castle Rock to be present at the interment here."

Samuel M. Dyer, born May 12, 1843, died July 12, 1902 in Castle Rock, buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

John Dyer's eldest son Joshua, a prisoner of war of the Confederate States of America, died in 1865 at the age of thirty-one in a steamship explosion off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. His youngest son, Samuel, returned from the American Civil War in 1865 with a foot missing and died thereafter in California.[3] Second son Elias, the former store clerk, became a probate judge in Chaffee County in central Colorado and was murdered in Granite by a mob in his courtroom in 1875. Judge Dyer's death was part of a general conflict called the Lake County War; his killer was never apprehended. He was first buried in Granite.[

Harold Warren oral interview:

Did Bailey, Colorado have a post office ?

Oh, Yah.  They've had one since '79—'78. I don't know, I've got it all downstairs.  A record of it.  But, yah, they had a post office that came up here with the railroad and Helen Tatum, her father and her grandfather, who died about a year after Allenson McGraw died, her grandfather was the father who fathered the first white child in Bailey.  Her grandmother stayed down there in Bailey and ran the commissary and stuff for the Halliken-Howard Lumber Company.  And this was the main reason they built the railroad up here, was to tap the timber resources.  And Mrs. Entriken took up land on the upper end where the church and all that is, that meadow through there and Bailey took up the land down below where Farmers' Union is.  And they didn't know it, but in between, and of course, they came in here in '64 when there was no surveying done, anyway.  This was all still Indian land, reservation, which could bring us back to the Sand Creek Massacre if we ever get that far.

Of course, you're talking 1864 now.

Yah.  And so what they did, when they finally got squared away on the two properties down there—Mrs. Entriken by the way was Bailey's sister-in-law.  Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Entriken were sisters.  And they were sisters of Father Dyer, you've probably heard of him.  And Father Dyer's father died down here in Bailey.  Father Dyer's son, the one that was killed that was judge over there on the Arkansas below Leadville, he was killed by unknown people when he was a judge over there and buried over there.  In the meantime, Mr. Dyer, the old man, had died and was buried over here.  So Father Dyer, he took up some land down by Castle Rock there, and he decided this wasn't a fit place for his relatives up here, so he bought a family plot in the cemetery at Castle Rock. 



 Samuel M. Dyer, John's youngest son, fought in the Civil War and lost a foot in the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.

After his discharge from the army, he returned to Wisconsin and got married. In 1871 Samuel moved his wife Jerusha and 3 year-old daughter Fannie to homestead the quarter section next to his father's ranch in Douglas County, Colorado. Soon John's daughter and son-in-law, the Streeters, arrived from Minnesota and laid claim to another quarter-section adjoining Father Dyer's.

Rusha died in 1877. Four years later Samuel married Esther, the widow of Dr. W.J. Alexander, one of Castle Rock's first physicians. They moved into 208 Cantril Street, which still stands. In the late 1880s, Samuel's family went to Pueblo. In 1891 he followed the gold rush to Cripple Creek where, in addition to running a drug store, he and his son John sold real estate and became undertakers. In 1902 Samuel died after falling down a flight of stairs.


Fannie is teaching in Douglas County, mentioned a dozen times in newspapers 1886-1888 - but not 1888-1891

In 1892 

In 1905  Dr W S Knight, president of the Carthage Collegiate Institute, ex-pastor of First Presbyterian church and one of the oldest Carthage residents, was stricken with apoplexy about noon today and died two hours later without regaining consciousness.
Father: George Knight (1810-1892)
Mother: Keziah Jane Boggs (1815-1891)

1897 "Mrs. Fannie (Dyer) Knight of Pueblo was visiting Judge Triplett's family and other friends last week."


George L. Knight b. July 25, 1853 in Millersburg Ohio m. Fannie Dyer (have pictures)
> Mary Elizabeth Knight b NOv. 19, 1845
> Maria Jane Knight b. Dec 3, 1850 m. Joshua Richardson
> Margaret Ann Knight b. Sept 18, 1837 m. Luther Martin Belden
> Any one who would be interested in the pictures I will be glad to send them.
> I have a lot of information on George Lorenzo Knight and Fannie Dyer and their
> descendants
> Sincerely,
> Jim Lindell

In 1900 Pueblo George L. Knight, a lawyer, born July 1853 in Ohio has been married eight years to Fannie born March 1868 in Wisconsin.  His daughter Mary E. was born April 1873 in Colorado, Ida F. August 1895 and Anna M. Dec 1899 all born in Colorado.. 

Anna M. Knight died Feb 3, 1904, and is buried in Mountain View, Pueblo - the FindAGrave 62466913 notes an age of 3 yrs 19 days.

In 1910 Montezuma County Colorado, George L. 56 is farming, with Fannie 42, Mary E. 17, Ida 14, and George D. 5.

Ida T. Knight, 23,  married Jacob N. Swenk, 27 in Cortez December 25, 1918.

In 1920 Cortez, Colorado George F. Knight, 66, born in Ohio, and Fanny F. 57, Wisconsin, are farming.  George D. 16, Eleanor V. 8, and Mary E. 26 were all born in Colorado.   One tree said Ida (Thurston) Knight married Jacob Neely Swenk.

The household preceding George and Fanny in 1920 is Jacob and Ida Swink, with Lucile M. four months.

In 1930 Alamosa, Colorado Jacob N. Swenk is 36, Ida K. 34, with Lucile M. 10, Dorothy K. 8, and Jacob N. 6.

  1954 Eugene, Oregon.

In 1930 Worcester County Maryland, George L. is farming, with Fannie D. 62, Mary E. 37 - a teacher -  and Elona V. 19.

Eleanor Virginia Knight died June 20, 1988 in Rockville, Maryland, per one tree.

Fanny and George are in Washington D.C. in 1940 in a boarding house on 14th St NW

One tree said he died Dec 4, 1943 in Washington, D.C., and that he married Frances Foster Dyer.

Another said Fannie was born March 7, 1868, and died Feb 24, 1946 in Washington.

Memorial services for Dorothy K. Higman , a lifelong resident of the Cortez area will be held Friday , Dec. 10 , 1999 , at the Cortez Church of Christ beginning at 2 p.m. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will officiate.
Dorothy was born the second child of Jacob Swenk and Ida T. Knight on Sept. 30 , 1921 , in Dolores , Colo. She passed away in Cortez on Dec. 7 , 1999 at the age of 78.
She was raised in Dolores , attending school there and graduated from Dolores High School in 1939.Then on Dec. 24 , 1939 , Dorothy married Ronald W. Higman.
Dorothy worked along side her husband in the early 1950's in their grocery store known as Ronnie's Grocery. After the grocery closed , Dorothy worked for Safeway Stores , Cortez Credit Bureau , and for 26 years she worked in the Montezuma County Clerk's Office. She retired in 1986.
On May 13 , 1993 , her grandson , Craig Tullis , baptized Dorothy into Christ. She was a faithful member of the Cortez Church of Christ.
Those surviving Dorothy are her children and their spouses , Herbert G. Higman and his wife , Betty , Allen W. Higman and his wife , Gloria , Carol Tullis and her husband , Don , and step-daughter , Carol Reynolds and her husband , Ed. Dorothy also leaves behind a sister , Lucille Holloway , of Lynchburg , Va. ; sisters-in-law , Colleen Swenk , Kate Asa and her husband , Ace ; seven grandchildren , Sonja Foley , Paul Higman , Kristen Westbrook , Ronald Higman , Teresa Blair , Scott Tullis , and Craig Tullis ; one step-grandson , Brandon Reynolds ; eleven great-grandchildren , one step-great grandson ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her husband , parents , a brother , Neeley J. Swenk ; and one step-grandson preceded her in death.
Memorial contributions can be made in Dorothy Higman's name with Hospice of Montezuma , 1345 S. Broadway , Cortez , Colo. 81321.


Lucille M. Holloway, 91, of Bedford Virginia  and formerly of Lynchburg died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.  She was the wife of the late Ned Alvis Holloway.
    Born Oct.17, 1919, in Dolores, Colorado, Lucille was a daughter of the late Jacob Swenk and Ida Knight Swenk King. 
    In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister, Neely Swenk and Dorothy Swenk Higman.
    Lucille is survived by her son, Robert Lee Holloway and her special friend, Hiram Gerber both of Lynchburg.
    Lucille and her husband owned and operated Holloway Furniture Co. in Albuquerque, New Mexico for over 35 years.  Lucille was employed by the Federal Government in 1964 and worked for Kirkland Air Force Base and the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) for 18 years.
    Lucille loved animals of all types and had many pet dogs, cats and birds during her lifetime.
    Lucille was a member of Bedford Baptist Church, moving her membership from West   Lynchburg Baptist Church and a member of the former Piedmont Club.
    Lucille will be laid to rest beside her husband with a graveside service being conducted in Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, NM.     A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced in Lynchburg.
    Donations in memory of Lucille may be given to Bedford Baptist Church, 11516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA 24523 or Bedford Humane Society, P.O. Box 1293, Bedford, VA 24523.
    To send condolences online please visit  Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford (540)-586-3443.



 Farmington, New Mexico - on Pearl Harbor Day:  Troyetta Batley, then 13, whose father, Troy King, ran more than 400 cattle from Farmington to Dolores, Colo., the summers before World War 11 began.  Batley and her family lived oh a farm where Westland Park now sits "and it was hay, apples, pears, corn and just a general farm area;" Batley said.  "We were at Sunday dinner when it came over the radio. My stepmother, she did a lot and from then on it was like we were mobilized."  Batley's stepmother Ida Swenk, who was from Dolores, Colo., and Troy King were married 11 months prior to the Dec. 7 attack

Troy and Ida King were Methodists if I recall correctly. Of course Troy King Road was named for him. The ranch went all the way down to the river and they ran cattle on the ranch. I recall as a child (about 45 years ago) going to the King Ranch for a Methodist Vacation Bible School. Marge Black was in charge if I recall correctly and they had made shelters in the bosque with fallen cottonwood trees and leaf branches. It was a nice break from summer heat. We made plaster of paris casts of tracks down by the river and had an excellent Creation Story theme. It think that was about 1969.  FROM ANDREW HUNTER

On a stone in Greenlawn, Farmington are Troy H. King 1886-1972 - and Ida K. King 1898 -1991



Payette Enterprise (Thursday, May 17, 1934)


John Samuel Thurston, son of Dr. Wilson B. and Rachel Dyer Thurston was born in Argyle, Wisconsin, Dec. 14, 1857. After finishing the work of the public schools of that village he attended Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.

In 1875 he went to Colorado, and spent two years in mining camps and on cattle ranches in various parts of the state. Some time was spent with his Uncle, Rev. John L. Dyer, who was one of the first Methodist preachers in Colorado.

Upon his return to Argyle, he was employed in his father's drug store and studied pharmacy under the supervision of his father who was a physician.

On March 27, 1879, he married Miss Lizzie Middleton who was also a native of Argyle. To this union six children were born of whom five are still living; the eldest son, Irwin, and the wife preceeded him in death.

In the spring of 1889 he went with his family to a farm near Central City, Nebraska. After losing one crop by drought and a second by hail storms, he came to Payette, Idaho, in November 1890. The family followed in August, 1891.

In Payette he way first employed by Mark B. Palmer as a pharmacist, then in 1891 he bought the business. He continued in the drug business here until he retired a few years ago and was succeeded by his second son, Clyde.

Early in life he joined the Methodist church and was always active in the work of that denomination. He served many years as clerk of the local school board and during the early days of Payette, he was Justice of the Peace for several terms. He always showed a deep interest in political questions and in the welfare of the community but never aspired to any political office.

In October, 1929, he married Sarah Elizabeth Jenney of Woodburn, Oregon, who survives him. Besides the widow he also leaves two sisters, Mrs. F. A. McDonald and Miss Bertha Thurston of Missoula, Montana; two sons, Clyde W. and Ralph V. of Payette; three daughters, Mrs. Bessie Buckley of Eugene, Oregon, Mrs. Rachel Filer of Santa Ana, Calif., and Mrs. Helen Brainard of Inglewood, Calif., and ten grandchildren.