JULY 22, 1821 TO FEBRUARY 25, 1894
Tombstone for Abial and Mary Healy in the Healy Cemetery near Moscow, Iowa.
This building in Wilton, Iowa, housed the General Store owned by Abial Healy later in his life.
The building has been converted into an apartment house.
THE STORY OF MY GRANDFATHER.
BY KEITH WOODHOUSE
On July the twenty-second, eighteen hundred and twenty-two, in the town of Dudley, Massachusetts, a son was born to Daniel Lyon and Triphena Kidder Healy. This boy was named Abiel Lyon. He grew to boyhood in the town of his birth - a typical New England village.
He, in company with his father, mother, brothers, and sisters, then moved to Connecticut. In this state several more years of his life were spent.
While still in his early teens, Abiel with the rest of the Healy family joined the ever increasing migratory movement toward the west. Taking all of their possessions they started west in a covered wagon. For many days the Healys journeyed westward, over the Catskill mountains on to the grassy plains. They traveled until they came to the Mississippi River, the great Father of Waters. Then over that river into Iowa - Iowa of the undulating prairies. Iowa the beautiful. They settled in our great state among the other early settlers, casting their lot with the rest. Land near Moscow in Cedar County had been purchased so here they started life in the West.
After a few years the Healy family was operating a tavern, which, because of its position on the Muscatine - Iowa City Road, was called the "Half-Way Tavern." Guest entered the tavern by a vestibule at the side of the house. In the wall of the vestibule was a cubby-hole where the mail was left by the stage coach which stopped over night. A door to the left opened into the parlor. At one end of this room was a large fireplace, and adorning the wall a hand-carved molding of black walnut. This was the wood throughout the house.
Opening from the vestibule to the right was the living room, a combination kitchen, dining, and living room. This room was immense, constituting most of the lower floor. An old-fashioned fireplace occupying one side of the room joined an oven room, which was the size of a modern closet, where the family baking was done. At the opposite side, stairs ascended to the second story where there were three spacious bedrooms with low windows. The house was situated on a farm of typical Iowa prairie land.
The Healy family was living among these pleasant surroundings, when on the twenty-second of September, eighteen Hundred and forty-two, a covered wagon stopped at the tavern. In this wagon were Mary Adams, her invalid brother, and her parents coming from Grass Lake, Michigan, seeking health for the sick brother and son.
The Healy family ran out to meet the newly arrived guests, when to their surprise and delight, they found them to be old acquaintances. They had lived near each other in Massachusetts, but the children had never met. Abiel, then a young man of twenty years fell in love with Mary at once. When he helped her from the wagon, he turned to his mother and exclaimed, "This is the girl for me."
The family did not go on the next day, nor the next, but for ten days shared the hospitality of the Healy family. Those ten days were days of happiness, friendship, and understanding. Abiel hastily finished his numerous daily farm duties and every spare movement was spent with Mary. She likewise accompanied Abiel when he went about his work. Thus a true love developed in those long, short days.
On the tenth day, October the second, Abiel led Mary, his acquaintance of ten days, to the altar. Autumn leaves decked the walls of the parlor and garlands of flowers covered the fireplace. Here, with the Healy and Adams families and a few neighbors as witnesses, Mary and Abiel were united in Holy Wedlock.
The newly wed couple started housekeeping in a house about a mile from the tavern and lived in that house for about sixteen years. Seven children were born to Mary and Abiel in this same house. Austin Adams, one of the children became my Grandfather. While the children were still young a new house was built a short distance from their former residence and was then considered to be a fine, large house. Both this house and the "half-Way Tavern" are still standing.
Mary and Abiel lived happily on this farm for about ten years with their children who were one by one leaving the home of their childhood to form homes of their own. In eighteen hundred and sixty-seven they moved to Wilton Junction, Iowa, where Abiel operated a General Store until his retirement a short time later. Fred Maurer of Wilton now operates this same store. Mary and Abiel lived in Wilton for the rest of their lives sharing each other's joys and sorrows, living each others lives as truly as if the two had been made one in reality as well as figuratively, when standing before the fireplace in the tavern parlor many years before.
On February the twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, Abiel died. He was seventy-two years old. Abiel was nursed by his ever faithful wife until the end. Three months later on May the twenty-fifth of the same year, Mary joined her husband at the age of seventy-eight. They had lived together for fifty-two long, happy years. Few marriages of today formed after ten days of acquaintance would last so long and happily. Even in death they were united.
Mary and Abiel were buried in the Healy cemetery, newly formed, which was located between the tavern and the second Healy home. Many relatives are now buried there.
Note: In April of 2004, Liz and Don Healy stopped in Moscow, Iowa to seek information on the location of the "Half-Way Tavern and the house owned by Abial and Mary. Mr. George McCoy, an old-time resident of Moscow informed us that both had been torn down many years ago.
ABIEL LYON7 HEALY (DANIEL LYON6, WILLIAM5, NATHANIEL4, JOSHUA3, NATHANIEL2, WILLIAM1)394 was born July 22, 1822 in Dudley, Worcester Co., Massachusetts395, and died February 25, 1894 in Wilton, Iowa. He married MARY ADAMS October 02, 1842 in Moscow, Iowa. She was born October 26, 1816 in Sturbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, and died May 25, 1894.
Children of ABIEL HEALY and MARY ADAMS were;
i. SARAH TRYPHENA HEALY b. August 30, 1843, d.
January 1, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, married November 30, 1864 NATHANIEL
STORY, in Moscow, who was b. April 7, 1844 in Ohio and died November 19, 1907 in
Mitchell, Iowa. They had NETTIE M. STORY b. 8/7/1865 in Fermington Township, Ia.,
m. 1st VOLMER of Quincy, Ill. 1/21/1892; divorced; m. 2nd JAMES A. McKINZIE
3/5/1910 in Bakersfield, Ohio. Res. Neenach, Col. 1913. CHARLES F. STORY
b. 3/29/1869 in Tipton, Iowa; m. HESSIE E. HADLEY 5/28/1892 who was b.
11/24/1872 near Stuart, Ia.; Res. Whittier, Cal. (Had; HAROLD HADLEY STORY b.
12/22/1893 in Stuart, Ia, VELMA STORY b. 9/18/1895, d. 10/7/1895,
DONALD GRIFFITH STORY b. 8/25/1896 in Stuart, DAPHENA HEALY STORY b. 2/5/1900)
AUSTIN D. STORY b. 11/1872, d. 8/23/1873 in Tipton, Iowa. BERTHA H. STORY
b. 10/17/1873 in Cedar Co., Iowa, m. JOSEPH A. BERTRAM 11/14/1894 in Guthrie,
Iowa, who was b. in Toronto, Canada, 11/30/1870; Res. Arapaho, Oklahoma
(Had; ARTHUR STORY BERTRAM b. 2/21/1896 in Adair Co., Iowa, OTTO ALFRED
BERTRAM b. 7/23/1897 in Guthrie Co., Iowa, BEULAH MAY BERTRAM b. 12/3/1899 in
Custer Co., Okla., VELMA NETTIE BERTRAM b. 4/25/1902 in Custer Co., Okla.,
ESTHER VIOLA BERTRAM b. 9/25/1904 in Custer Co., Okla., FLORENCE SARAH BERTRAM
b. 12/21/1908 in Custer Co., Okla. and LUCILE BELLE BERTRAM b. 9/14/1910 in
Custer Co., Okla.)
Mary (Healy) Wise, circa 1870 Samuel Wise, circa 1870
( Photos above courtesy of Lynn Ochiltree, Wilton Archives Collection
They had; MARY SOPHIA
WISE b. 7/18/1868 in Perryville,Mo., m. GEORGE E. ZINN 4/2/1891 in Hominy,
Okla.; Res. Prague, Okla. (Had; LEILA PERCILA ZINN b. 1/16/1895 in Chicago, EDNA
MAE ZINN b. 6/18/1899, d. 9/22/1909 in Hominy, Okla., ORA ELLEN ZINN b.
1/21/1901 in Elkhart, Ind., GEORGE EDWIN ZINN b. 7/9/1904, d. 11/17/1909 in
Hominy) EDWIN ABIEL WISE b. 1/3/1870 in Wilton, Iowa, m. ALMA FARLIES
6/14/1894; res. Chicago, Ill. 1913. No children. GEORGE CHESTER WISE
b. 4/7/1876, m. ISABELIE AILBEE 12/25/1902. Res. Fairfield, Iowa. He was
Asst. Prof. State University, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1923 and at that time
had Major Nathaniel Healy's sword. (Had; GARL SAMUEL WISE b. 11/18/1908 in Salt
Lake City, ERNEST ALLBEE WISE b. 8/22/1911 in Muscatine, Iowa) IDA ELLEN
WISE b. 8/21/1879 in Wilton, Iowa, m. PRESTON M. CONANT 10/8/1903, pastor
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Ainsworth, Iowa, Muscatine Dist, 1913 (had;
PRESTON SAMUEL CONANT b. 11/6/1908 in West Burlington, Iowa) SAMUEL AUSTIN WISE
b. 5/15/1881 in Wilton, Iowa, m. FLORENCE FORRESTER, 9/3/1906. He was a
jeweler in Mitchell, South Dakota. (Had; EVELYN FORRESTER WISE b. 5/10/1909 in