Hinkletown Family of Leander Thurman

Leander and Elizabeth Glanz Thurman were married at Hinkletown in 1887. They owned land on the Keokuk County side in Liberty Township, adjacent to Harmon Hinkle. Below are two photographs from the 1887 wedding.

Leander and Elizabeth Glaz Thurman

Leander and Elizabeth Glanz Thurman - 1887 Wedding Portrait


The Thurmans had 12 children between 1888 and 1911, and spent their entire married life on the Keokuk County farm at Hinkletown. The children attended Hinkletown's Hickory Ridge School.

The Thurman History

Felix and Frances Young Thurman were originally from Virginia. They moved to Ohio, then Illinois, and next came to Iowa and were early settlers Washington County. Nathaniel Thurman was born May 7, 1829, in Ohio when Felix and Frances Thurman were residing there. Nathaniel Thurman and Mary Ann Waddle were married in 1849 in Knox County, Illinois. Mary Ann lists her place of birth as Indiana in federal censuses.

The 1860 federal census shows they were residing in Lime Creek Township in Washington County near Wellman. The 1870 and 1880 federal censuses show them living in Fillmore Township in Iowa County. Children listed on census records are: Melvin, Arthusa (Susie), Leander, Mariah, Francis, Lily, Lafayette, and Elroy.

Their son Leander was born on February 21, 1856, near Wellman, Iowa. His obituary states that he later moved with his parents to the Hinkletown area where he received his education. Leander Thurman purchased 80 acres of land in Section 1 of Liberty Township in Keokuk County in 1886. According to courthouse records, he purchased 40 acres from Thomas and Elizabeth Carr and 40 acres from John C. and Elizabeth Bennett in that year. Leander and Elizabeth Thurman purchased an adjoining 20 acres from Harmon and Lydia J. Henkle in 1901 .

Leander Thurman married Elizabeth Catherine Glanz in 1887. Her date of birth was January 7, 1868. Her parents were Christian Glanz and Margaret Horning. Christian Glanz immigrated from Germany in 1849. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Glanz was born in the Talleyrand area in southern Keokuk County.

Leander' s obituary states Elizabeth "assisted him in clearing the land of timber and making a happy home for themselves and their children". To this union were born 12 children. They were: Ellsworth (Ed or E.C.), Frank, Ira, Lloyd, Earl, Ralph, Lola, Virgil, Willard (Dad), Leo (Jimmy), Margaret, and Harold (Buster). Ira died at age 5. The other 11 children attended school at Hinkletown.

Leander and Elizabeth Thurman spent their entire married life on the Thurman homestead in Liberty Township in Keokuk County. Leander Thurman died in 1924 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Washington County. Elizabeth Glanz Thurman spent the remainder of her life on the Thurman homestead until she passed away in 1935. She also was buried at Fairview Cemetery.

Back Row: Cora Carter Singleton, Ed Singleton, Verne Singleton

Elizabeth Glanz Thurman

Front Row: Elizabeth Glanz Thurman and Leander Thurman


After Elizabeth's death, the land still remained in the Thurman family. Ellsworth (Ed) Thurman and his wife Margaret returned from Detroit, Michigan, in approximately the early 1940's to take over farming the Thurman homestead. They purchased additional surrounding farmland to enlarge the farm. They built a milking parlor barn and had a herd of dairy cattle. When they reached their senior years, they sold the farm and returned to Detroit. This was approximately 1960. The farm was no longer owned by the Thurman family.

Leander and Elizabeth Thurman had built a large new house in approximately 1912. This house was nicely maintained by Ed and Margaret Thurman when they lived there. After the farm had been sold by Ed and Margaret, a tornado swept through the area and destroyed the house and farm buildings. This was probably in 1984. Today, no trace remains of the buildings which once stood there.

Dennis Thurman's account of the tornado is as follows: "That was some tornado! It first put down west of South English, then went along the South English River north of South English and east of Highway 149. Then it went northeast of Kinross and then to Uncle Ed's place (the Thurman homestead). Next it went over in the vicinity of Mamie Jordan's east of Green Valley. A story in The North English Record told of someone's house being destroyed, and some of their blank checks were found in Wisconsin."

Leander and Elizabeth Thurman's son Willard farmed in the Hinkletown and nearby surrounding area his entire life.

Photographs and Information Courtesy of Phyllis Thurman Ries

Photographic History of the Thurman Farm

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