The Old Booksmith


Ancestors of Ida May Baird






Generation One

1. Ida May1 Baird (A., #2). Born 11 August 1869 in Wapello County, Iowa (Albia Republican, Albia, Iowa, 2 June 1924 (obituary). (Born 12 August 1869, according to Iowa Death Certificate no. 68-673.) Married Wilbur David Smith, son of William H. Smith and Caroline Rowles, 1 September 1885 at Albia, Monroe County, Iowa (Monroe County, Iowa, Marriages, Book I, 1845-1861 (Des Moines: Iowa Genealogical Society, 1981). Died 16 May 1924 at Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, at age 54, of epilepsy (Albia Republican, Albia, Iowa, 2 June 1924 (obituary). Buried in Oakview Cem, Albia, Monroe County, Iowa.

OBITUARY: Ida May Baird was born in Wapello County, August 11, 1869, died at her home on North Eighth Street, Albia Iowa, Monday morning at 2 o'clock, May 16, 1924. She was married to Wilbur D. Smith, September 1st, 1884. two children were born, Arthur D., of San Diego, California, and A. E. of Kenosha, Wisconsin, who survive. One brother, Byron Bair of Dumas, Missouri, and one half-brother, John A. Johns of Chicago and one sister, Mrs. M. E. Silvers of Stockton, Kansas. One granddaughter, Irene Smith, and one grandson, Myers Smith, survive. For some time she has been in failing health and her death was not unexpected, even though it came as a shock to many who had known that she was in a serious condition. She has a membership in the Royal Neighbors of America and Ladies of the G.A.R.






Generation Two

2. A.(?)2 Baird. Married Elizabeth F. Sapp (see #3), daughter of Reason Sapp and Susannah Porter, before 1869 probably in Davis County, Iowa, as her 1st husband.

Known children of A.(?)2 Baird and Elizabeth F. Sapp (see #3) were as follows:






3. Elizabeth F.2 Sapp (Reason, #6). Born November 1849? in Davis County, Iowa (based on the 1850 census). Or, she was born 10 December 1853 Iowa, based on Missouri Death Certificate no. 14442 (Informant: Byron Sapp).

Married 1st A.(?) Baird (see #2) before 1869 probably in Davis County, Iowa. Apparently, she was divorced (or at least legally separated) between March 1869 and March 1870, because she was listed in the 1870 census in her father's household under the name of "Elizabeth Sapp"; if she were a widow, she almost certainly would have retained her married name.

Married 2nd Thomas Johns c1874, in Monroe County, Iowa (Monroe County, Iowa, Marriages, Book I, Bk. 1, p. 117). She was divorced again between 1888 and 1895, as she is shown as "divorced" in the 1895 Iowa State Census.

Married 3rd —(?)— Clifford after 1872. Died 10 June 1921 at Sweet Home, Clark County, Missouri, while visiting her daughter. Buried in Oakview Cemetery, Albia, Monroe County, Iowa (as "Elizabeth Clifford").

Elizabeth appeared on the 1895 Iowa State Census in Albia, Monroe County, 1st Ward, p. 6:

    48/48
    Sapp, Elizabeth A., 45 yrs, b. Wapello Co, Iowa, Divorced, Keeping House
    Johns, Ben F., 19 yrs, b. Appanoose Co, Iowa
                Zella A., 15 yrs, b. Appanoose Co, Iowa
                John A., 7 yrs, b. Monroe Co, Iowa
    McKinney, John, 29 yrs, b. Illinois, Divorced, Laborer






Generation Three

6. Reason3 Sapp (Henry, #12). Born 1826? probably in Muskingum County, Ohio. Married Susannah Porter (see #7), daughter of Robert Porter and Mary —(?)—, c1848 in Iowa. Died after January 1872 in Davis County, Iowa. His name was sometimes spelled "Rezin."

He appeared on the 1850 census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa, p. 273:

    Sapp, Reason, 23 yrs, b. Ohio, Farmer (value of real estate = $100)
               Susanna, wife, 23 yrs, b. Ohio
               Elizabeth, dau, 10 mon, b. Iowa

He also appeared on the 1860 census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa, p. 687:

    Sapp, Reasin, 33 yrs, b. Ohio, Farmer (value of personal estate = $100; no real estate listed)
               Susannah, wife, 32 yrs, b. Ohio
               Elizabeth F., dau, 10 yrs, b. Iowa
               Arrina A., 7 yrs, b. Iowa
               George W., son, 5 yrs, b. Iowa
               Reasin J., son, 7 mon, b. Iowa

He also appeared on the 1870 census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa, p. 114:

    Sapp, Reason, 45 yrs, b. Ohio, Works on Farm
               Susan, wife, 44 yrs, b. Ohio
               Elizabeth, dau, 21 yrs, b. Ohio
               Rena, 18 yrs, b. Ohio
               George, son, 14 yrs, b. Ohio
               Reasin J., son, 10 yrs, b. Ohio
               John, son, 6 yrs, b. Ohio
               Harrison, son, 4 yrs, b. Ohio
      [NOTE: This is an enumerator's error, since all children are known to have been born in Iowa.]

Children of Reason3 Sapp and Susannah Porter (see #7), all born at Davis County, Iowa, were as follows:

  • 3 i. Elizabeth F.2 Sapp.

  •    ii. Arena Sapp; born 1852? Davis County, Iowa

  •    iii. George Washington Sapp; born 1856? Davis County, Iowa; married Ida Fisher (daughter of Jesse F. Fisher and Cynthia Penegan), 17 March 1883 in Urbana Township, Monroe County, Iowa (apparently as his 3d wife). He was listed as a resident of Unionville, Appanoose County, Iowa. Witnesses were Mary & W. W. McKim. (Monroe County, Iowa, Marriages, Book I, Bk. 1, p. 28.)

  •    iv. Reason J. Sapp; born November 1859 Davis County, Iowa.

  •    v. John Sapp; born 1863? Davis County, Iowa.

  •    vi. Harrison Sapp; born 1865?

  •    vii. Byron Sapp; born January 1872 Davis County, Iowa; married Mary —(?)— c1893 in Davis County, Iowa; died after June 1921, probably in Missouri.






7. Susannah3Porter (Robert, #14). Born 1826? in Ohio. Died after January 1872 probably in Monroe County, Iowa.






Generation Four

12. Henry4 Sapp (Daniel, #24). Born 1797? probably in Allegany County, Maryland. Married Catherine —(?)— (see #13) c1825 probably in Muskingum County, Ohio. Died 1865-1866 in Davis County, Iowa (Davis County, Iowa, Probate files, Box 83).

He appeared on the 1830 census, Perry Twp, Muskingum County, Ohio, p. 310:

    Sapp, Henry                Males: under 5 - 1                        Females: under 5 - 1
                                                      30-40 - 1                                             20-30 - 1

He appeared on the 1840 census, Harrison Twp, Muskingum County, Ohio [no page number]:

    Sapp, Henry (agriculture - 1)                Males: under 5 - 1            Females: under 5 - 2
                                                                                  10-15 - 1                                 5-10 - 1
                                                                                  30-40 - 1                               10-15 - 1
                                                                                                                                30-40 - 1
He appeared on the 1850 census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa, p. 273:
    Sapp, Henry                            53 yrs        b. Maryland        Farmer (value of real estate = $500)    (cannot read or write)
               Catharine        wife      45 yrs        b. Pennsylvania                                                                   (cannot read or write)
               Angeline          dau      19 yrs         b. Ohio
               Mary C.            dau      13 yrs         b. Ohio
               Pamelia            dau      11 yrs         b. Ohio
               Eliza J.             dau        8 yrs         b. Ohio
               George W.       dau        6 yrs         b. Ohio
               William              son       4 yrs         b. Ohio
               James               son       3 yrs         b. Ohio

He appeared on the 1856 Iowa State Census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa, p. 436:

    21/21
    Sapp, Henry                    6 yrs in Iowa        b. Maryland        Farmer        Married
               Catherine                      "                   b. Pennsylvania                          "
               Mary Catherine            "                   b. Ohio
               Pamelia Cebelia           "                   b. Ohio
               Eliza Jane                     "                   b. Ohio
               George Washington    "                   b. Ohio
               James                            "                   b. Ohio
               William                           "                   b. Ohio
               Hiram                    5 yrs in Iowa        b. Iowa

He appeared on the 1860 census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa, p. 687:

    Sapp, Henry                            62 yrs            b. Maryland        Farmer (value of real estate = $1,000; value of personal estate = $400)
                                                                                                                      (cannot read or write)
               Catharine         wife     54 yrs            b. Pennsylvania
               Mary C.             dau      20 yrs            b. Ohio
               Eliza J.              dau      18 yrs            b. Ohio
               George W.        son      16 yrs            b. Ohio
               Hiram                son      10 yrs            b. Iowa

Henry wrote a will in 1865 which is missing. His will was probated 21 November 1866 in Davis County, Iowa (Davis County, Iowa, Probate files, Box 83). The probate packet contains the following items:

Appraisal: oxen (1 yoke), one milch cow, one calf, 18 hogs, 21 sheep, 1 wagon, 1 plow, 1 fan mill, rye in the stack, corn in the field, hay in the stack, household goods, and kitchen furniture.
                                                                                                            [signed] D. L. Hannah, administrator

Catherine's receipt for all appraised goods "except two hogs and one cowe that was sold for to pay the debts."

Letters of administration for David L. Hannah, 4 December 1866.

Medical bill claim by William Gutch, M.D., of Wapello County, 25 February 1867:
        visit and opening of abcess, 6 September 1865
        visit for Eliza, 10 December 1865
        plus prescriptions and misc. visits.

Executor's bond, 1 November 1866.

Executor's report, 27 February 1868 (includes cash payments to Mrs. Sapp, Dr. Gutch, and Noah Smith.

NOTE: Why a cash payment to Noah Smith? He was the father of another "Hayden Smith," resident in Davis County at the same time my Hayden Smith was probably there. That is, Henry and Catharine Sapp were the great-grandparents of William H. Smith's daughter-in-law, Ida Baird. A tenuous connection, but intriguing. For more on all this, see "The Smith Problem".


Children of Henry4 Sapp and Catherine —(?)— (see #13) were as follows:

  • 6 i. Reason3 Sapp.

  •    ii. Angeline Sapp; born 1830? in Muskingum County, Ohio; married Hiram Clark 27 March 1851 Marshall County, Iowa (Zepania Wood v. Catherine Sapp et al, District Court files, Davis County, Iowa, Box 35; Davis County, Iowa, Marriage records, Bk A, p. 340).

  •    iii. Mary C. Sapp; born October 1839 in Muskingum County, Ohio (Census IA 1900 Davis, Marion Twp, ED 8, p. 3); died 1922 Davis County, Iowa; buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa. Apparently unmarried.

  •    iv. Pamelia Sapp; born 1840? in Muskingum County, Ohio; married John A. Wedmore (Zepania Wood v. Catherine Sapp et al, District Court files, Davis County, Iowa, Box 35).

  •    v. Eliza J. Sapp; born 1841? in Muskingum County, Ohio.

  •    vi. George Washington Sapp; born 1843? in Muskingum County, Ohio.

  •    vii. William Sapp; born 1845? in Muskingum County, Ohio; died 1850-1860 in Davis County, Iowa.

  •    viii. James Sapp; born 1846? in Muskingum County, Ohio; died 1850-1860 in Davis County, Iowa.

  •    ix. Hiram Sapp; born November 1850 Davis County, Iowa; married Malinda Scott 28 March 1880 in Davis County, Iowa (performed by D. L. Hannah, J.P.; Davis County, Iowa, Marriage records, Bk 4, p. 221); buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery (Lot #19), Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa.

  • Hiram appeared on the 1900 census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa (Census IA 1900 Davis, Marion Twp, ED 8, p. 3:

        Sapp, Hiram                                    b. November 1850 Iowa
                   Melinda            wife             b. August 1849 Iowa
                   Senia(?)           son              b. July 1882 Iowa
                   Elizabeth         dau              b. February 1885 Iowa
                   Carey               dau              b. Jul 1886 Iowa
                   Vina                  dau              b. April 1889 Iowa
                   Sylvester         son              b. March 1892 Iowa
                   Arthur               son              b. March 1896 Iowa
                   Mary                sister            b. October 1839 Ohio






    13. Catherine4 —(?)—. Born 1805? probably in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Died 26 August 1890 in Davis County, Iowa (Davis County, Iowa, Probate files, Box 82).

    She was involved in a chancery suit brought by Zephaniah Wood, filed 13 April 1869.

    Zephaniah Wood v. Catherine Sapp, Resin N. Sapp, Angeline Clark, Hiram Clark (her husband), Permelia Wedmore, John A. Wedmore (her husband), Mary C. Sapp, Eliza Jane Sapp, and Hiram Sapp, all heirs of Henry Sapp.

          Hiram Sapp is a minor; H. C. Traverse appointed guardian.

          Zephaniah Wood owns the NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 5 and the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 4, Township 70, Range 15.

          Complaint: Wood says that Henry Sapp originally owned the land. In 1853, he sold it to C. l. Jones, who sold it to Mr. Whiteman, who sold it to Wood (who has had it for more than 16 years). His title is confirmed and defendant's claims in and to the same are dismissed.

          Process server's report: Read notice to all defendants, "(except Resin N. Sapp who I served by leaving a copy with his wife, Susan Sapp, a member of his family over 14 years of age at their dwelling home . . . in Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa)." Service was accepted by Hiram Sapp and refused by all the others. 20 April 1869.

    She appeared as head of household on the 1880 census, Marion Twp, Davis County, Iowa, ED 40, p. 16:

        Sapp, Catharine                      73 yrs    b. Pennsylvania (parents, b. Pennsylvania)    (cannot read or write)
                   Hiram            son          26 yrs    b. Iowa (parents, b. Pennsylvania)                    Farmer
                   Malinda        dau/law    24 yrs    b. Iowa (father, b. Maryland; mother, b. Pennsylvania)

    Catharine died intestate. Her estate was probated 16 February 1891 in Davis County, Iowa (Davis County, Iowa, Probate files, Box 82):

    Statement of heirs:    Hiram Sapp (son)
                                         Reason Sapp (son)
                                         Mrs. Leonard (dau)
                                         Mrs. Wetmore (day)
                                         "other heirs unknown."

    Application for appointment of administrator [abstract]: Catherine Sapp died in Davis County, Iowa, 26 August 1890, and left property. Personal property will not exceed $75 in value. Left no husband. I am her son. Peter Kimble is a suitable person to act as administrator.

                                                                         his
                                                                 Hiram Sapp
                                                                        mark

    Admistrator's bond filed, 2 April 1891.

    Letters of administration granted, 26 April 1891.

    Claim of J. P. Gaston, 29 June 1891:    $20 for "coffin and box."
    Several small claims for groceries, cloth, articles of clothing, etc.

    Appraised estate: one dark bay or light brown mare about 8 or 9 years old, valued at $60.
    Application to sell personal property worth $60-$75 [i.e., the mare].

    Order to sell & Statement of sale.

    Claim by Mary C. Sapp, 8 April 1891, for "careing for said deceased for 26 years, at $40.00 per year = $1,040."

    Final report by administrator, 26 November 1892: ". . . only property coming into his hands as administrator was a mare . . . , she was barren . . . and was in bad condition besides, that I could hardly find a purchaser for her, and put in considerable time finding some one to whom to sell her. . . ."

        coffin  =  $20.00
        burial cloths  =  $3.25
        administrator's expenses, including 18 mile trip to Bloomfield for several days  =  $7.15






    14. Robert4 Porter. Born 1800? in Pennsylvania. Married Mary —(?)— (see #15) c1825 in Ohio. Died after 1856 probably in Monroe County, Iowa.

    He migrated to Iowa in 1843 (Census IA 1856 Monroe, p.1104), and entered land in Section 5, Township 72, Range 16 and Section 6, Township 72, Range 16, c1848, Monroe County, Iowa (Monroe County, Iowa, Deed Records, Original Entries).

    He appeared on the 1856 Iowa State Census, Monroe Twp, Monroe County, Iowa (Census IA 1856 Monroe, p.1104):

        __/45
        Porter, Robert                             56 yrs        13 yrs in state        b. Pennsylvania        Farmer
                     Mary                                 53 yrs        13 yrs in state        b. North Carolina
                     James                              20 yrs                  —                                —
                   "Evaline & Catherine"    15 yrs                  —                                —
                     Elizabeth                         12 yrs                  —                                —
                     William                               8 yrs                  —                                —
                     Nathan                             23 yrs        13 yrs in state        b. Ohio                       Carpenter

    He appeared on the 1860 Iowa census, Mantua Twp, Monroe County, Iowa, p. 363:

        998/926
        Porter, Robert                             60 yrs           Farmer (real prop = $4,450, personal prop = $1,800)    b. Pennsylvania
                     Mary                                 57 yrs           Domestic Work                                                                   b. North Carolina
                     Catherine                        18 yrs                     "                                                                                  b. Ohio
                     Elizabeth                         16 yrs                     "                                                                                  b. Iowa
                     William                             13 yrs                                                                                                         b. Iowa

    Children of Robert4 Porter and Mary —(?)— (see #15) were as follows:

    • 7 i. Susannah3 Porter.

    •    ii. Jane Porter; born 1830? in Ohio.

    •    iii. Mary Porter; born 1832? in Ohio.

    •    iv. Nathan Porter; born 1833-1834? in Ohio; may have married 1856-1860, since he's not listed in his father's household in the 1860 census.

    •    v. James M. Porter; born 1836-1837? in Ohio; may have married 1856-1860, since he's not listed in his father's household in the 1860 census. He served in Company H, 2d Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded six times in the Battle of Corinth (Mississippi).

    •    vi. Catherine Porter; born 1841-1842? in Ohio.

    •    vii. Evaline Porter; born 1841-1842? in Ohio; may have married 1856-1860, since she's not listed in his father's household in the 1860 census.

    •    viii. Elizabeth Porter; born 1844? in Iowa.

    •    ix. William Porter; born 1846-1848? in Iowa.






    15. Mary4 —(?)—. Born 1803? in North Carolina.






    Generation Five


    24. Daniel5 Sapp (George, #48). Born 1775? near Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland. He and Mary Robinson (see #25) obtained a marriage license 1 Oct 1796 in Allegany County, Maryland. Died 1842 in Ohio.

    Children of Daniel5 Sapp and Mary Robinson (see #25) were as follows:

    • 12 i. Henry4 Sapp.

    •      ii. William Robinson Sapp; born 4 March 1804 at Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio; died 3 January 1875 at Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio; buried in Mound View Cemetery, Knox County, Ohio.

    •      iii. John Sapp; born after 1807 at Knox County, Ohio; married Elizabeth Myers at Knox County, Ohio; died December 1833 in Knox County, Ohio.

    •      iv. S.W. Sapp.

    •      v. Dr. Enoch Sapp.

    •      vi. Dr. Silas Sapp.

    •      vii. —(?)— Sapp; married —(?)— Wauls.

    •      viii. —(?)— Sapp; married —(?)— Stover.

    NOTE: I have recently been in communication with some other SAPP researchers who tell me that Daniel's will (which I have not been able to locate a copy of) makes no mention of a son named "Henry"—which means my working theory may be entirely wrong. Henry was born in Allegany County, Maryland at a time when Daniel appears to be the only male SAPP available who was of the right age to be his father ( . . . whom I have identified, that is). And they were both in Knox County, Ohio, at the same time and lived rather near each other. If they weren't father and son, they must have been some sort of close relations—so I continue to include the Daniel Sapp lineage below.






    25. Mary5 Robinson; born c1775-1780? in Maryland. Her surname sometimes appears as Roboson.






    Generation Six

    48. George(?)6 Sapp. Born before 1746 probably in Maryland. Married Christine Texter (see #49) c1765 in Maryland. Died after 6 January 1811 in Knox County, Ohio.

    In the earliest documents yet found, he appears as "Georg Zap," which is strong evidence that he was German — not English, as some other Sapp lines apparently are. He was living in Washington County, Maryland, before 1776.

    WILL OF GEORGE SAPP
          The State of Ohio, Knox County. In the Name of God Amen. I, George Sapp, of the State of Ohio and Knox County, Union Township, being sin sound mind, memory and understanding but in a decaying state of health do make constitute this my Last Will and Testament. furst I Bequeath my Body to the Earth to be burried in a plan and decent manner in humble hope of the Blessed Resurrection heareafter through the Merrit of my Gloroius Redeemer Jesus Christ. first I will and Bequeath my son Daniel Sapp the One Forth part of the Lot or Quarter Section I now am in possession and wich is known by Range Number Ten, Township Number Seven, Section Number five, the South East corner and I also Bequeath unto my son Joseph Sapp the fourth part of the aforesaid Lot wich is lying in the South west corner. I also Bequeath unto my son William Sapp the forth part of the aforesaid Lot mentioned wich is lying in the North East corner of said Quarter Section. I also no distinguish the price of each corner aforesaid mentioned. the corner that I have Bequeathed unto my son Daniel Sapp I vallue at Nnety Dollars, the corner that I have Bequeathed unto my son Joseph Sapp I vallue at Eighty One Dollars, the corner that I have Bequeathed unto my son William Sapp I vallue at Eighty Dollars. I also will and Bequeath unto John Sapp, Margaret Critchfield, Catherine Critchfield, Mary Myers, Elizabeth Wade, George Sapp an equal part to be raised and levied out of my goods and chattles. It is my wish and desire that all my children shall bare an equal part one with an other without partiallity to any one of them. It is my wish and desire that those that I have Bequeathed the land to that is in case my personable property should not amount to the valluation of the land, that each of my children would not be satisfyd, those that has the land must pay to those that has not an Equal Share with them. I have hereunto set my hand and Seel this 6th Day of January 1811.

          Witness present
          John Green is for georg zap [. . . meaning that this was signed for him?]
          William Robeson (Seel)

          It is also my wish and desire that Joseph Sapp and William Sapp shall have the other forth part of the aforesaid Lot mentioned, it being the North West Square, by giving Eighty Dollars within the term of four years, then the said Joseph and William Sap is to have a Lawful Title. I hereunto set my hand and Seel this 6th Day of January 1811.

          John Green is for georg zap
          William Robeson (Seel)

    Children of George (?)6 Sapp and Christine Texter (see #49), all born probably in Maryland, were as follows:

    •      i. John5 Sapp; born 16 August 1767; married 1st Hettie Barkus; married 2nd Charity Hays Putnam.

    •      ii. Elizabeth Sapp; born 1769; married 1st James Wade as her; married 2nd Kirk White.

    •      iii. Joseph Sapp; born 1771; married Elizabeth Starner 1802 (in Maryland?). All or most of their children reportedly moved to Illinois — but did the parents go with them?

    •      iv. Catherine Sapp; born 1773; married Joseph Critchfield before 1811 in Knox? County, Ohio.

    •      v. Margaret Sapp; born 1774; married 1st Ebenezer Barkus; married 2nd William Critchfield before 1811 probably in Knox County, Ohio.

    • 24 vi. Daniel Sapp.

    •      vii. George Sapp; born 17 April 1777; married Catherine Arnold 1797 probably in Allegany County, Maryland.

    •      viii. Mary Sapp; born 1779; married —(?)— Myers.

    •      ix. William Sapp; born 1781.






    • 49. Christine6 Texter. Born before 1750?probably in Maryland. Died 1809 or 1810 also probably in Maryland.