John Edward Meader (gg-grandfather on my mother’s side)
– He was born in Henry County, Ohio
on December 16, 1848 to Samuel and Sarah Meader. He married Emma Ann Young in Polk County, Iowa in 1869. They had five children. Two years after their marriage they moved to the county of Republic in Kansas
but returned a few years later due to a massive locust/grasshopper plague
in 1874. In 1880 they were back living in Kansas. John Edward and his wife eventually ended up in Dent, Otter Tail, Minnesota
where they both died and are buried. He died July 13, 1919. His second son, Orren Ellis, is my great-grandfather.