|Lurana Butler Bowker|
The census enumerator found them there in 1850 when Charles, at 38, was a successful farmer with $2000 in real estate. He and Lurana had children - Marian, 11, Sherman, 9, and Homer, 1, at that time. Again in 1860, they were there with the addition of Charles C., their last child.
In 1860, they were still in New York farming when their son, Sherman, turned 20. He enlisted in the Union Army just a few years later and came to an early death as described in the previous post.
At some point, Charles also served for the Union, but it has been difficult to zone in on the unit in which he served. Researchers at the Farmer Cemetery where he is buried have him on their list of veterans as a member of the National Guard. He would have been over 50 years old, so that could be a good assumption.
The family moved to Center Township, Williams County, before the 1870 census with their remaining son, Charles Jr., 13, and Etta, 26, perhaps a boarder, who taught music. Charles, at 58, had been denied voting due to insanity. He had real estate worth $550 and person effects worth $200. He died just about six months after the census taker's August visit, on February 3, 1871.
Lurana Bowker Stackhouse lived in Farmer in 1900, 85 and a widow and a landlord. Born December, 1814, she had had four children, but only one was living. Charles C. had died, and Lurana lived next to his widow, Mary Ann Bowker, a capitalist, now 45. Two of Mary Ann's children lived there also: Louis, 25, a teacher, and Neal, 15, a grocery salesman.
Thirty-seven years after her first husband's death, Lurana died in March, 1908. Her obituary appeared in the Defiance Crescent-News on March 19, 1908, in local news. Her son-in-law (husband to deceased daughter, Marian) had come to assist.
"Mr. Hiram Weldon, formerly of this city but of late years a resident of Elyria, was called to this place Saturday of last week on account of the death of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Stackhouse of Farmer, who departed this life at the ripe old age of ninety three years.
Mrs. Stackhouse had resided in Farmer for a number of years prior to her death and during her sojourn in life, had made a host of friends. She was a christian lady and devoted to her church.
The body was brought to this place by undertaker Charles W. Miller of this city Monday of this week and laid in state until Tuesday last. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Miller of this place; interment in the Farmer Cemetery Tuesday last."