Samuel T EAST Mary MORRIS A Benjamin Scott EAST Theophilus H EAST Mary Isabel EAST Emma F EAST Margaret Jane EAST Alvis Hertsell EAST Esther EAST George I EAST Lucy Lavanda EAST Jane RAWLINGS Mini tree diagram
Alvis Hertsell EAST

Alvis Hertsell EAST1,8,2,8,9,10,5,2,7,11,3,12,13,14,4,2

about 18201,2,3,4,2 - 13th Sep 18722,2,6,2

Life History

about 1820

Born in North Carolina.1,2,3,4,2

2nd Sep 1841

Married Mary MORRIS in Lincoln County, Missouri.9

7th Nov 1842

Birth of son Samuel T EAST.2

27th Nov 1844

Death of Mary MORRIS in Briscoe, Lincoln, Missouri.2

4th Feb 1846

Married Jane RAWLINGS in Clinton County, Iowa.2,11,6

31st Dec 1846

Birth of son A Benjamin Scott EAST in Iowa.1,1,15,14,2


Birth of son Theophilus H EAST in Davis County, Iowa.16,17,2,1,18,19

about 1853

Birth of daughter Mary Isabel EAST in Clarinda, Page, Iowa.3,1

about 1854

Birth of daughter Emma F EAST in Clarinda, Page, Iowa.3,1

15th Jun 1855

Land Purchase: Bought 40 Acres in Taylor County, Iowa

about 1857

Birth of daughter Margaret Jane EAST in Iowa.3,1


Birth of son Alvis Hertsell EAST in Clarinda, Page, Iowa.2,3,1

about 1862

Birth of daughter Esther EAST in Iowa.3

17th Sep 1862

Military service: Union, Enlisted in 23rd Iowa Infantry, as Surgeon in Clarinda, Page, Iowa.5,2,6

11th Apr 1863

Military: Discharged from service in the Union forces in Iowa.2

16th Jul 1866

Birth of son George I EAST in Iowa.2,3,6

12th Mar 1869

Birth of daughter Lucy Lavanda EAST in Iowa.3,6


Resident 1870 census record for A H and Jane (Rawlings) East and most of their children.  Living nearby in separate households were their sons Theophilus and Benjamin (Scott). in Union, Nodaway, Missouri.4

13th Jul 1870

Resident This was their P O address reported in the 1870 census.  Home address was on a farm in  Union township. in Maryville, Nodaway, Missouri.4

13th Sep 1872

Died in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.2,2,6,2

after 13th Sep 1872

Buried in Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Page, Iowa.7

(less likely)

after 13th Sep 1872

Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, Pickens District, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.2

(most likely)


  • Missouri Marriages to 1850
    Albis H. East
    Spouse Polly Morris
    Marriage 2 Sep 1841 Lincoln County

    The Voelker Family Tree on Ancestry has Alvis' middle name as Hertsell.  There is no documentation, and since I have found no record to this extent, I would conclude Voelker is reporting insider family knowledge.

    In 1855 Alvis bought land in Taylor County, Iowa.

    U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
    Alvis H East
    15 Jun 1855
    40 Acres
    5th Prime Meridian
    Taylor County, Iowa, Township 69-N, Range 35-W, Section 28
    Kanesville Land Office
    Authority April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
    Document #5012

    1860 Federal Census, Page County, Iowa, 18 June, Nodaway Township, PO Clarinda, page 26 (scan 936), Hse/Fam #205
    A H East 40 M Farmer & Physician $4000 Real Estate $300 Personal b North Carolina [abt 1820]
    Jenny East 31 F b Illinois [abt 1829]
    Scott East 11 M b Iowa [abt 1849]
    Theopolus H East 10 M b Iowa [abt 1850]
    Mary I East 8 F b Iowa [abt 1852]
    Emma F East 6 F b Iowa [abt 1854]
    Margaret J East 4 F b Iowa [abt 1856]
    A H East Jr 3mos M b Iowa [abt Feb 1860]
    Hannah Cumming 27 F Domestick b Ohio
    May Wall 19 F School Teacher b New York

    There are Civil War records of Alvis' service for the Union in two different states.

    U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
    Alvis H. East
    Union, Phelps' Regiment, Missouri 10th Infantry (6 months, 1861)
    Companies F & S
    Rank Staff Surgeon, Lieutenant/Surgeon

    American Civil War Soldiers
    Alvis East
    Residence Clarinda, Iowa
    Enlistment 17 Sep 1862
    Served Union, Iowa
    71 Sources

    1870 Federal Census, Nodaway County, Missouri, 13 July, Union Townahip, PO Maryville, page 32, Hse #253, Fam #250
    East, A H 60 M W Farmer $9000 Real Estate $1000 Personal b North Carolina [b abt 1810]
    East, Jane 39 F W Keeping House born Illinois
    East, Isabel M 17 F W No Occupation born Iowa
    East, Emma F 15 F W No Occupation born Iowa
    East, Jane M 13 F W No Occupation born Iowa
    East, Hertsell A 11 M W born Iowa
    East, Ester [sic] 8 F W born Iowa
    East, George 4 M W born Iowa
    East, Lucy 1 F W born Iowa

    Living next to Alvis and Jane is their 19-year-old son Theophilus with his 17-year-old wife Mary.

    1870 Federal Census, Nodaway County, Missouri, 6 July, Union Townahip, PO Maryville, page 33, Hse #255, Fam #251
    East, Theophiles H 19 M W Farm Laborer $0 Real Estate $250 Personal b Iowa [b abt 1823]
    East, Mary 17 F W Keeping House born Indiana

    Some genealogies, like the Maschewski genealoy, report the family and provide Jane's last name of Rawlings.

    Theophilus H. EAST
    Birth 1849 in Iowa
    Death 1910 in Chickasaw [error copied from Ancestry for Chickasha], Grady, Oklahoma
    Alvis H EAST 1820-1870
    Jane RAWLINGS b 1825
    --  Maschewski,

    Alvis Hertsell East moved from North Carolina, via Iowa, to Indian Territory in the late 1800s when homesteaders raced West to claim their own plot of land. A few years later Parts of nearby Oklahoma Territory were opened up for a land run. Alvis died in Chickasha, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, just on the edge of Chickasaw Nation, across from what was then the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache tribal reservation.  These all became part of Oklahoma State in 1907.  Chickasha is now in Grady County, Oklahoma.

    His wife Jane applied for a military pension base don Alvis's service in the Union Army in the Civil War.

    Jane Rawlings East Request for Widows Army Pension
    30 July 1880
    Mrs Jane East, age 49
    Residence near Dexter, Grayson County
    Widow of Alvis H East, married on Feb 4, 1846 in Clinton County, Iowa
    Maiden name Jane Rawlings
    Enlisted Page County, Iowa 17 Sept 1862, as a Surgeon
    Commanded by Capt George in the 23rd Regiment of Iowa Infantry Volunteers in the War of 1861
    "Contracted a disability, which afterwards caused his death"
    Died Chlarinda [sic], Iowa 13 Sept 1872
    Declaration made the County Clerk, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas
    Children under 16 in the home Lucy Lavanda East born 12 March 1869, George East born 16 July 1866

    Dr Alvis H. East
    Birth 1820
    Death Sep 13, 1872
    Mary Polly Morris East (1824 - 1844)
    Jane Rawlings East (1829 - 1898)
    Samuel T East (1842 - 1880)
    Theophilus H East (1852 - 1917)
    Alvis Hertsell East (1859 - 1900)
    George I East (1866 - 1896)
    Burial Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, USA
    Created by MillieBelle Oct 19, 2008
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #30680618,

    There are two memorials on Find a Grave for Alvis, one in Chickasha, Oklahoma (Chickasaw Nation), where his second wife and at least one child are also buried.  The other is in their former home area of Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, from which they moved to Missouri then Indian Territory.  Both memorials have the same date of death.  The Iowa marker has no dates.

    Alvis served the Union under two enlistments in the Civil War, first in the Missouri 14th Regiment for 6 months in 1861.  Then he joined the 23rd Iowa Infantry, in September 1862.  He served in both cases as staff surgeon.

    I note that the Iowa memorial reports he died in Iowa.  This appears to be part of his military records.  This is strange, since his wife Jane and their sons Alvis H Jr, and George died and are buried in Chickasha, Oklahoma.  Another son Theophilus H East also lived there for many years before he went to Western areas and Mexico to serve as a doctor his last few years, before passing away in Colorado.

    Alvin Hertsell East
    Birth 1820
    Death Sep. 13, 1872
    23rd Iowa Infantry & 14th Missouri Infantry (Phelps Reg.) [1861] Entered Service 09-17-1862 in Des Moines, Iowa, Discharged 04-11-1863
    Served with 23rd about a year & compelled to Resign. He came to Page County in 1851. When War came he became assistant Surgeon of the 4th Iowa Infantry.
    d. 09-13-1872 in Clarinda, Iowa. Age 53
    Burial Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Page County, Iowa
    Created by Bev Sep 09, 2006
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #5671526,

    The Iowa site has a military marker.

    Iowa, Cemetery Records, 1662-1999
    A H East
    Burial Clarinda, Page
    Military Stone 23rd Iowa Inf
    Clarinda Cemetery
    Source 43462 Gravestones copied by Graves Registration Project, WPA


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