Edward and Adela West

In 1870 Wapello County Michael Heckart is a carpenter, 48, Mary 42, both born Pennsylvania.  They have John 20, Missouri, Mattie 16, Libbie 14, Mollie 12, Willie 10, Rebecca 8, Joseph 5, Stella 2, all born in Iowa, with Sarah Moyer, 72, Pennsylvania.

In 1885 Wapello County, Iowa, Adala Heckart is 17, with Michael , 62.  Rosa and Mattie are both 30, Rebecca 22, Joseph E. 20, Charles 14, and Sarah Moyer, 86.

MICHAEL HECKART, a prominent and successful farmer of Green Township, has been a resident of this locality since the fall of 1850, and the possessor of a valuable homestead of 200 acres located on sections 22 and 28. He purchased it from the Government when first coming to the township, and since that time has been continuously engaged in its improvement and cultivation. Under his wise and judicious management it has become one of the handsomest and most valuable bodies of land in this section, and with its fine residence, good barns and out-buildings and valuable domestic animals, presents one of the most attractive spots in this section of Iowa.

The subject of this biography is a native of Dauphin County, Pa., and was born in 1822. He is the son of Jost and Mary E. (Schneider) Heckart, both natives of Dauphin County, Pa. The former served as a soldier during the War of 1812, and departed this life in 1858. The mother of our subject survived the partner of her youth for a period of twenty-three years, and folded her hands for her final rest in January, 1882, at the advanced age of eighty-seven years, having made her residence with our subject during the latter part of her life. Jost Heckart was a farmer and millwright, and carried on these joint occupations successfully and profitably. Both parents were connected with the Presbyterian Church, and were highly esteemed members of society.

Michael Heckart, at the age of sixteen years, in 1838, moved with his parents to Ralls County, Mo., where the father purchased a farm. He was an enterprising and ambitious youth, and had been trained to habits of industry by his careful and conscientious parents, consequently he was well fitted, even at that early age, to begin the struggle of life for himself. He at once engaged at carpenter work, at which he served a thorough apprenticeship, and when not occupied at his trade accepted employment at farming pursuits. He remained in Missouri for a period of twelve years, and then went up North into Iowa, making his location in Green Township, Wapello County, which has been his home since that time.

April 6, 1848, while living in Ralls County, Mo., Mr. Heckart was united in marriage with Miss Mary M. Moyer, a daughter of Adam Moyer, a native of Pennsylvania, where Mrs. H. was also born, April 7, 1828. Mr. and Mrs. Heckart became the parents of eleven children, the record of whom is as follows: John A. is a carpenter by trade and a resident of Adams Township; he married Sadie Spangler; Frances became the wife of Frank Price, and after his death she married J. Sproal Randolph, of Adams County, Iowa; Mattie E. is at home; Libbie married Marion Higdon, of Colorado; Mollie became the wife of Charles Richey, also of that State; William is engaged as a carpenter and farmer in Nebraska; he married Carrie Howk; Rebecca is the wife of Charles Reinhard, of this county; Joseph is also a resident of this county; Adala and Charles are at home. Mrs. Mary Heckart departed this life May 14, 1883, lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and her remains are interred in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

For his second wife Mr. Heckart, in September, 1884, married Miss Rosa, daughter of F. L. Backman, of Green Township, and of their union there has been born one child, a daughter--Ruth. Mr. Heckart is a member of the Presbyterian, his wife of the Protestant Methodist Church, to the support of which they contribute liberally and cheerfully. Mr. H. is a Democrat in politics. In addition to his general farming operations he is devoting considerable attention to the breeding of fine stock, which includes horses, cattle and hogs. He has two fine stallions. "Temberline" and "Blackhawk," which are models of symmetry and beauty, and all his animals are high grade, among them being some of the finest and most valuable exhibited by any stock-breeder in this section of the Hawkeye State.

"Both Mary Eve Schneider Heckart (Michael's mother) and Sarah Hutchison Moyer (Mary's mother) resided in the household of Michael Heckart. Sarah stayed there even after her daughter had passed away and Michael had re-married. It was a large household. Michael and Mary Moyer Heckart had 10 children (my great-grandfather Joseph Elder was one of them); Michael and Rosa Backman Heckart would have 6 more.

Michael's older brother Joseph was taken prisoner during the civil war and sent to Andersonville prison. His wife, Mary "Polly" Brashear Heckart, and her 7 children lived adjacent to Michael. When Joseph did not return from the war, Michael served as the patriarch for that family as well. His brother Henry was wounded, and later died from his injuries, during the battle of Lone Jack, near Lexington, MO. His wife died two weeks before he was wounded, leaving their 4 children without parents. Michael took in two of these children and his sister Lucy took in the other two."


In 1885 Larimer County Chas Riches, 28, and Mary 27, farming, both Iowa, have Arthur 5, Hubert 3, Carrie 2, and Ines newborn.

Mary is widowed in 1910 Albany County Wyoming, with Charles 14, eight lodgers, and sons Atha A. Richie 30,  Hubert 28, and Douglas D. 19.


Sarah E. Higdon in 1885 Weld County is 28, born in Iowa.

In 1900 they're in Fremont County, Colorado, James 48, Sarah E. 44, Chester W. 17, Ethel M. 13, John E. 11, and Frank 6.

In 1910 Sarah, John E. 21, and Frank D. 16 are in Long Beach, California, and James Marion is a conceree mixer in Garfield County, Colorado, living with son Chester.


Her half-sister Ruth Servilla married John Karl Wilson, and they're in Washington County, Colorado in 1910

John K. Wilson proved up two quarters in 20, 3S 53W in 1917 - this is about twenty miles south of Akron.

In 1920 John and Ruth have Helen P. 5 and Rosa L. five months.

Ruth died in 1921, and is buried in the Abbott Cemetery, Washington County.18528404.  So are their two children - Gladys born and died in 1916, John Karl in 1921.

In 1925 Wapello County, John K, Rosa, and Helen are living with brother-in-law L.L. Heckard and family.  John and Liddie Wilson


Pictures and Additional Information From Cindy Halcomb Wyant, Michael's 2nd great-granddaughter:

Back - Left to Right: Milda Alice, Ruth Servilla, Rosa Bachman Heckart, Michael Heckart

Front - Left to Right:  Michael Henry, David Earl (On Rosa's Lap),  Lillie May (On Michael's Lap)


Sylvanus Paul McBeth -1890-1973 and Milda 1888-1984 are buried in Akron. 75371415


So Adala had four sisters in Colorado.

Edward, 22, son of Levi West and Martha Willis, married Adala Heckart, 22, daughter of M. Heckart and Mary Mayer, December 1, 1889 in Wapello, Iowa.

Levi born March 23, 1831 in New Jersey, served in the 36th Iowa, died Jan 4, 1912. Husband of Martha Willis. Father of Almedia, William, David J., John Frank, Charles, Lauretta A., and Edward West.   Levi and Martha 1833-1884 are buried in Jay Cemetery, Wapello County  7270830

Sister Rebecca A. Heckart married Charles H. Reinhard Feb 5, 1885 in Wapello County.

Edward timber-claimed a quarter in 22, 6N 48W in 1896.

 Edward West buried in Loveland  1867-1956- - and an Adala S. West there 1867-1954

December 10, 1956 - Edward West, 89, of 916 Fifth street died Sunday morning at Weld County General hospital. He was known as Daddy West and had lived in Colorado most of his life. He homesteaded in eastern Colorado and lived for a time at Salida. For the past 50 years, he had resided in the Loveland and Greeley communities.  Surviving are five sons and five daughters, Sankey West of Glenwood Springs, Paul, of Boulder, Willis of Baldwin Park, Calif., Orville of Montesano, Wash., and Moody West of Estes Park,-Mrs. Stannie Jones of  Estes Park, Mrs. Edna Burkard of Montesano, Wash., Mrs. Lela McGrew and Mrs. Esther Williams, both of Angeles, and Mrs. Edith Hadley of Loveland.   Also surviving are a sister and a brother, Mrs. Ocie Phelps of Loveland and Will West of Guernsey, Wyo.   Funeral services will be held st 2 o'clock .Tuesday afternoon from the Kibbey Funeral Home, Loveland with interment at the Loveland cemetery.


Thanks to Trudy Finn, who wrote "Osie West-Phelps and John Leeper "Lee" Phelps with their 2 sons, my cousins Ray and Howard."

John L. Phelps 1874-1932 and Osie W. Phelps -1877-1961 are buried in Loveland Burial Park. 33916413

John L. Phelps was the son of Absalom Phelps, who homesteaded at Bryant, dying there in 1887.


One tree said she was Adala Heckart.

John F. West timber-claimed a quarter in 21, 6N 48W in 1895.

In 1900 Chaffee County Edward West, born Feb 1867 has no occupation, with Adla" Jan 1868.  They have Frank May 1890 and Fannie Sept 1892, Orville Nov 1893, Nellie Apr 1895, Esther Mch 1898, and Edith, 1899, all kids born in Colorado.

In 1910 Larimer County an Edward West, 43, born in Iowa, is farming, with Adala S. 43, also Iowa.  They have Sankey H. 19, Stannie R. 19, Orville O. 17, Willis 15, Ester E. 12, Cora E. 10, Lelah E. 8, Moody 6, and Paul 2 - all kids born in Colorado.

Sankey Herbert West registered with a Loveland address, working in a garage, born March 16, 1891 in Yuma, Colorado.

Orville Edward West registered for WWII in Washington state, saying he was born March 31, 1893 "East of Denver"

Willis West registered in Reno County, Kansas, born Nov 28, 1894 at Salida Colorado.

In 1920 Larimer County Edward and Adala have Lela, Moody, Paul, and have added Everett and Edna, both 9.

Adala S. West and Edward West divorced in 1921 in Larimer County.

Adela is widowed in 1930 Larimer County, with Paul 21 and Edna 19.

Sankey West died in July 1970, and his funeral was in Canon City - dying in a hospital at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his wife Vada McKeenan West.  The notice said he was born at Haxtun and worked for a time in the Estes Park area.

Vada Esther McKeenan is in Appanoose County, Iowa in 1900, born March 1893 in Iowa to Peter and Amanda  They're in Larimer County in 1910, Vada E. 17

Stannie R. West married Walter L. Jones, and they're in Larimer County in 1920, 1930, and 1940  SSSDI has her born March 16, 1891, dying April 5, 1994, last residence Boulder.