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Carrie Elder Trumbell Bio

Carrie Elder was known as Caroline and Cora Kelly Elder. She was born September 16, 1872 at the Elder farm in Avery, Hancock County, Iowa. She was living with her parents and siblings per the 1880 Federal Census and 1885 Iowa State Census. She married James Abiah Trumbell, who was born in 1867 at Black Creek, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, August 11, 1891 per his obituary in the Hancock County, Iowa newspaper dated, 1949. In 1891 he lived in Belmond, Wright County, Iowa. Carrie and James had a son, James Sumner who was born April 1, 1894 at Goodell. According to the 1900 Iowa Census, Carrie and James were living at Rodman, Fern Valley, Palo Alto, Iowa, on a farm that they purchased in 1896.  Another son, Harry Elder, was born June 22, 1898. The family farmed in Rodman for 6 years before buying Carrie’s mother and father’s farm in Avery, Hancock, Iowa. The 1905 Iowa State Census lists the Trumbell’s located in Goodell. They had a daughter, Florence M. born December 26, 1906 at the family farm. The 1910 Federal Census has the Trumbell’s still living at the former Elder farm. Sumner is 16 years of age and listed as a farm laborer. The family have a servant living in the household with them.

On the 1920 Federal Census, the Trumbell’s were still farming the former Elder homestead. Sumner had moved out and was married to a woman named Frances. Harry is listed as a farm laborer, age 21 years old and living on the family farm. Florence is still at school. Per James’ obituary, the Trumbell’s moved to Mason City in 1921 where they remained for the rest of their days. The 1925 Iowa State Census confirms the Trumbell’s had moved to Mason City. Harry had left home and married Nettie Johnson. Florence was still single, living at home at 18 years old. James and Carrie were 57 and 52 respectively. James and Carrie were not found in the 1930 Federal Census. Sumner and his wife, Frances are living in Ell, Hancock County, Iowa in the 1930 Federal Census. Harry Elder was found at Avery, Hancock County, Iowa farming, probably taking over the farm after his mother and father moved to Mason City. He is living with his wife and daughter. In 1930, Florence had just married Harry Pringnitz  and they were living at Liberty Township, Hancock, Iowa and farming. After 1930, Carrie attended a family reunion at a Clear Lake, Iowa park with 6 other siblings about 1935.

James Trumbell died at Mason City January 25, 1949, just days before his 82nd birthday. He is buried at the Amsterdam Cemetery, Goodell, Hancock County, Iowa. Carrie died at home September 27, 1956 after a long illness, according to her obituary at age 84.


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