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John William MARCHANT

Male 1860 - 1934  (~ 73 years)

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  • Name John William MARCHANT 
    Born Dec 1860  Toledo, Lucas County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Burial Millerburg Cemetery, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 27 Sep 1934  Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Millersburg Cemetery, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, OH, Baptisms, Marriages & Burials; Also Confirmations & Communicants (1858-1874):

      John MARCHANT was "b" [baptized].

      (2) Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, OH, Baptisms, Marriages & Burials; Also Confirmations & Communicants (1874-1891):

      John William MARCHANT was confirmed on 05/14/1876 at age 15; his confirmation was no. 275 in this church.

      (3) The compiler has not found John W. MARCHANT in the 1870 census.

      (4) John W. MARCHANT is listed in a household headed by his father, William MARCHANT, in the 1880 census of Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, IA.

      According to the 1880 census, John W. was then 18 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1862. According to the 1880 census, he was born in OH.

      (5) Graden, Debra, ed., Hoye's City Directory of St. Joseph, Missouri, for 1890 [database online], Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999:

      Surname: Marchant
      Given Name: John
      Occupation: Helper K. C. St. J. & C. B. R. R. [Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad] shops
      Business Address:
      Page: 334

      (6) Letter dated October 2, 1979 from Marcia Lange, R.R.A., Medical Records Administrator of St. Joseph State Hospital, 3400 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64502, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry L. Porter, regarding John MARCHANT:

      We have received your request for information on your great uncle, named above. Our records show that a John Marchant was admitted on May 25, 1891. He was 31 years old at the time of admission and was a resident of Buchanan County, Missouri. No date of birth, place of birth, or relatives names were given. The record states that he was single. I'm sorry I don't have any more information to give you, but I hope this will be of some benefit to you in tracing your family tree.

      (7) Record of St. Joseph State Hospital, St. Joseph, MO:

      Name, John Marchant.
      Admission No., 41
      Private or County, Buchanan
      County, Buchanan
      Date of Admission, May 25, 1891.
      Date of 1st Discharge, August 31, 1892.
      Sex, Male.; Age, 31.; Civil Condition, Single.;
      Occupation, Laborer.; Religion, Protestant.
      Education, Common school.; Duration of Insanity, One year.
      No. of Attack on First Admission, 1st;
      Age at First Attack, 30.
      Date of First Attack, May 90.;
      Heredity, Negative.
      Previous Asylum Treatment, None.
      Causation, Sun-stroke.
      History Previous to Admission, Patient says he had a sun-stroke some four years ago & has never been well since. Has done nothing for the past year. His insanity has shown itself in depression, fear of personal injury, inability to apply himself to business & a general lack of interest in life.
      Form of insanity, Simple melancholia.
      Physical Examination and Clinical History,
      June 1st. In good general health - eats well, sleeps fairly well.
      June 17. Has been no particular change since admission. He is taciturn & moody, imagining he ought to take medication. Says he has been a masturbator & it has ruined his mind. He is lazy and takes no interest in anything.
      June 27. No improvement; he is listless, mildly depressed & apparently perfectly satisfied with asylum life.
      Aug. 21. No change.
      Sept. 25. No change.
      Oct. 26. He is a taciturn, good natured fellow, who never talks unless interrogated, obedient & industrious, works in the Laundry.
      Nov. 25. No change.
      Dec. 30. No change.
      Jan. 23, 1892. Has suffered from a prolonged & severe attack of influenza. Been in bed for past 3 weeks. Gave him [illegible], [illegible] & [illegible] as indicated, broken doses of [illegible], followed by saline, whiskey [illegible] & [illegible] for cough. He is still in bed on account of weakness.
      Feb. 22. La Grippe left him in a state of great nervous & physical prostration. Is just begin [sic] to be himself again. Has taken acid sal [illegible] for past 3 weeks.
      March 28. In usual condition working in the Laundry again.
      April 26. The same.
      May 30. No change.
      June 28. No change.
      July 30. Seems to be in as good mental condition as he is capable of getting.
      Aug. 30. No change.
      Aug. 31, 1892. Discharged. Imp.
      Condition at 1st Discharge, Imp.

      (8) In the 1900 census of the Iowa State Hospital for the Insane, Mt. Pleasant, Center Township, Henry County, IA, John MARCHANT is listed as a patient who was born in December 1861, and who was then 38 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in MN, and both of his parents were born in Germany. [The compiler believes that the information about the place of his birth and the place of his parents' birth is incorrect.]

      (9) In the 1910 census of Mt. Pleasant State Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Center Township, Henry County, IA, John MARCHANT is listed as an inmate who was then 41 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, he was born in about 1869. According to the 1910 census, he was born in OH. The spaces on the census form for the places of birth of his father and mother were left blank. According to the 1910 census, his occupation was "scrubbing." [The compiler believes that the information about his age was incorrect.]

      (10) In the 1920 census of Mt. Pleasant State Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Center Township, Henry County, IA, John MARCHANT is listed as a patient who was then 59 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, he was born in about 1861. According to the 1920 census, he was born in OH. The places of birth of his father and mother were originally shown on the census form to have been unknown, but someone crossed out the word "unknown" on the form, and inserted the initials "U.S." in lieu thereof. According to the 1920 census, his occupation was a "scrub man." [The compiler believes that the information about the place of his parents' birth is incorrect.]

      (11) In the 1930 census of Iowa State Hospital for the Insane, Center Township, Henry County, IA, John MARCHANT is listed as a patient who was then 69 years of age; therefore, according to the 1930 census, he was born in about 1861. According to the 1930 census, he was born in OH, and both of his parents were born in England. According to the 1930 census, his occupation was farm worker.

      (12) Letter dated April 18, 1979 from Jacque Riehm, A.R.T., Medical Records Services of Mental Health Institute, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641, to Larry L. Porter regarding John MARCHANT:

      This letter is in reply to your recent inquiry about JOHN MARCHANT. Mr. Marchant was indeed here at the Mental Health Institute. He was admitted on February 15, 1896 from Henry County. His correspondent was listed as Mrs. Frank D. Fall. Her address was listed as Gorin - Scotland, MO.

      Mr. Marchant was a white, male and was 35 years of age at the time of admission. His birthplace was in Ohio. He was single and a laborer.

      At some time prior to his hospitalization here, he may have been in a hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri. No specific institution was listed, so we are unable to give you an address or any further data on the exact location of the hospital.

      In case of illness or death, Mrs. Mattie Hawk was to be notified. Her address was Keokuk County, Martinsburg, IA.

      Mr. Marchant did die on September 27, 1934. His body was taken to D. L. Cookes funeral home in Mt. Pleasant.

      We hope this will be of some help to you. And we do apologize for the lack of concrete information we can give you. As you probably know the charts kept in those days were not very informative. Please feel free to contact us at any time if we can be of further help.

      (13) Record of Mental Health Institute, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641 [formerly Iowa State Hospital for the Insane]:

      John Marchant
      Henry Co.
      Admitted Feby 15th 1896.
      Age 35: Single: Laborer: Native of Ohio:
      Probably has had other attacks and has been in hospital at St. Joseph, Mo.
      Last Wednesday he became depressed and would not talk or do anything. Disease is increasing and variable. He was always peculiar as far as can be learned.
      Mch 10/96. This patient was admitted in a state of active maniacal excitement and disturbance. He was brought under restraint and it was reported that he had made desperate resistance to being arrested and had made several vicious attacks on his conductors. He was taken to No. 15, where he has since remained. He has been intensely restless, disturbed and disorderly, showing a strong disposition to attack and injure others without cause or provocation. He talked a good deal in a rambling and incoherent manner, most of his talk being senseless chatter. After a day or two it became evident that his strength was failing and exhaustion was impending. He was confined to bed and place on supportive treatment. He gradually grew quieter and at present is more orderly and not so delirious and disturbed as he has been, but much mental confusion and disorder remains. He is more or less under the influence of ill-defined delusions as well as hallucinations of hearing.
      Apr 30/96. Patient continued to grow quieter and now is in an opposite condition of depression. He is dull, sluggish and inactive and has little to say to anyone. He can occasionally be induced to answer simple questions addressed to him fairly well, but efforts at more extensive conversation show considerable mental confusion remaining. He has been sleeping better than he did; has gained in flesh and strength and is up and about without discomfort.
      June 10/96. Patient has slowly improved; has gained in mental order and clearness; has become careful and tidy in his personal habits and for some time past has been quite clear and coherent in thought, but it is evident even at best that he is of defective mental organization and it appears that he is subject to recurrant [sic] mania. He says he has been a patient on former occasions in a hospital in Missouri. Bodily health is excellent.
      Aug 6/96. Patient continues to get along nicely and he seemed so much better that he was removed from No. 7 to No. 4. He did very well here for a time but this morning he was so meddlesome and annoying to other patients that his return to No. 7 became necessary. A moderate degree of excitement is noticed in his manner and language.
      Jany 8/97. There has been no important change in this patient's condition since last date and he remains much the same as described in previous notes.
      Sept 15/97. Patient has not changed much on the whole. He is rather variable: has periods when he is quite elated and is restless and uneasy to be followed by one of depression and despondency where he sits about with little to say and taking no interest in matters of ordinary concern. He eats and sleeps well as a rule and is in comfortable bodily health.

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      Millersburg Cemetery, Pleasant Grove Township

      [Note by Compiler: According to the Geographic Names Information System of the U.S. Geological Survey, the name of the cemetery is Millerburg, not Millersburg.]

      MARCHANT, JOHN 1860-1934

      (15) The following article about the Iowa State Hospital for the Insane appears in Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa, Chicago, IL: Acme Publishing Co., 1888, pp. 658-664:

      FEW persons visit Mt. Pleasant without taking a look through the magnificent buildings for the insane of the State. Gov. Grimes, in his message to the Fifth General Assembly called attention to the necessity of the State providing some place for the care of its insane. Agreeable to his suggestion, the Legislature appointed a commissioner and appropriated $50,000 for the erection of a suitable building. On the 17th of March, 1855, the valuable tract of land now occupied by the asylum, containing 123 acres, was purchased for $25 per acre. The Commissioners, Edward Johnson of Lee County, and Dr. Charles S. Clark of Henry County, authorized by the act, proceeded to visit the best hospitals and asylums in other States, and also procured a plan from Dr. Bell, of the McLean Asylum at Somerville, Mass., which was afterward substantially followed in the erection of the hospital. The act establishing the asylum and appropriating $50,00 0 for the erection of the building, advised that the plan determined on by the board should be one that would admit of future enlargement. From the information obtained, it was readily seen that the $50,000 appropriated would be insufficient, and the Commissioners determined to erect such a building as the experience of others had proved best, trusting to the good sense and liberality of the Legislature to sustain them in their course.

      Henry Winslow, who had been connected with the Insane Hospital of Maine, was appointed to superintend the erection of the building, and entered upon the discharge of his duties Oct. 22, 1855. The building was completed and formally opened on the 6th of March, 1861, though one patient had been admitted one week earlier. While the cost of the hospital was much more than the original appropriation, there being $400,000 expended in its erection, it was so constructed that additions have since been made that have not detracted from the orginal beauty of design, but rather added to it, and to-day the building presents a most magnificent appearance, while the grounds are handsomely kept.

      The first officers of the hospital were as follows: Commissioners, Hon. James W. Grimes, Hon. Edward Johnstone, Hon. Ralph P. Lowe, Dr. Charles S. Clark, Hon. Samuel J. Kirkwood, W. H. Postlewaite; Treasurer, Presley Saunders; Clerk, M. L. Edwards; Trustees, Harpin Riggs, Samuel McFarland, D. L. McG1 ugin, J. D. Elbert, Joseph M. Merrill, John B. Lash, Lincoln Clark, Timothy Stearns, G. W. Kincaid, Thomas Hedge; Superintendent, R. J. Patterson, M. D.; Assistant Physician, D. C. Dewey, M. D.; Stewards, Henry Winslow, George Josselyn; Matrons, Mrs. Catherine Winslow, Mrs. Anna B. Josselyn.

      From the third biennial report of the Trustees the following extract is taken:

      "The act for the incorporation and government of the Hospital for the Insane, appointed seven Trustees, two for two years, two for four years and three for six years. The longest term, six years, has not elapsed, yet in this brief space four of the seven have died?CoL Samuel McFarland, Dr. John D. Elbert, Dr. D. L. McGugin and Mr. Harpin Riggs. The survivors feel with deep sensibility this fatal and admonitory incursion of death into their narrow circle; they participate in the grief of the bereaved families of their late associates, and they lament the loss sustained by Iowa of so many citizens whose virtues pointed them out for the work of putting in operation this greatest of the charitable institutions of the State. They cannot refrain from paying some tribute, slight indeed, to the memory and worth of their departed colleagues. Col. McFarland was the youngest member of the board, yet he had attained the foremost rank among the legislators and politicians of the State. He was the author of the law under which we are now acting, and prepared the code of by-laws by which the institution is now governed. No member of the board had more weight or influence than he. When his country summoned him to arms, he obeyed her voice with alacrity, and led his regiment to the field of battle, where he fell, gallantly fighting at its head.

      "Dr. Elbert was a pioneer in the settlement of the State; he had been a member of the Territorial Legislature, and President of the Council.. His generosity, kindness of disposition, and his public spirit, made him a suitable guardian of an institution of charity, and .his cordial good humor made him an agreeable companion in every circle.

      "Dr. McGugin occupied the highest rank as a physician, and he devoted his fine talents with zeal to the advancement of medical science and to the improvement of medical education. He gave the first impulse to the movement which resulted in the establishment of this magnificent institution. He made a journey in the winter to the capital of the State, to deliver an address before the Legislature, on the necessity of erecting a hospital for the insane.

      "Mr. Riggs was a man of practical and solid sense, and remarkable capacity for the transaction of business. The city of Mt. Pleasant and the county of Henry had employed him in various responsible offices, the duties of which he discharged with exemplary fidelity. It was fortunate for the county to have a citizen so upright and so gifted, and it was creditable to the people to employ him in their service."

      On the 18th day of April, 1876, the rear building of the hospital was burned. From a report made by the Trustees, on Oct. 18, 1877, which report was addressed to His Excellency, Joshua G. Newbold, Governor of Iowa, the following is an extract:

      "The burning of the engine-house of the hospital was a calamity unforeseen and of course unprovided for. It placed upon the Board of Trustees what they felt to be a grave responsibility, and which would admit of no evasion, but must be met. The boilers, engines and machinery, were either destroyed or left without an inclosure or covering. They felt that there was but one course to pursue, and that was to rebuild. It was not a matter of convenience, but of absolute necessity. The erection of a temporary structure was canvassed and rejected, as being impossible to meet the indispensable wants of the hospital during the winter season, as well as being a useless expenditure of money, and as endangering the entire institution. After mature consideration, and advising with Gov. Kirkwood and other State officers, it was determined to proceed at once to rebuild in a substantial manner, leaving the building unfinished, except so far as necessary to finish, to meet the immediate pressing needs of the hospital. The Superintendent, assisted by Mr. George Josselyn, who had superintended the building of the hospital at Independence, prepared plans which were approved by the board, and the work proceeded under the personal supervision of the Superintendent, who consented to assume that great addition to his duties and responsibities, and there has been expended the sum of $32,046.43, the details of which are appended to this report. A considerable amount of the sum was not expended upon the building, but was for repairing and replacing machinery destroyed and damaged, and other items. It is believed that for economy in building, strength and durability, as well as for convenience and safety, this structure will compare favorably with any public work in the State. To complete, it will require an expenditure of $5,500. The estimates for proper hospital accommodations were over $39,000.

      In January, 1882, Dr. Ranney, who for so many years had served as Superintendent of the asylum, died, his death being greatly lamented by every friend of the institution. Dr. H. M. Bassett kindly assumed the duties of Superintendent until the Trustees could secure a successor. This was done in July, and on the 16th day of October following, Dr. H. A. Gilman, long and favorably known as the First Assistant Superintendent of the Hospital for the Insane, at Jacksonville, Ill., commenced his services as Superintendent.

      In his first biennial report, Dr. Gilman urged the erection of additional wings to the building for the accommodation of the increased number of patients for whom admission was sought in the institution. The Legislature wisely heeded the request of the Doctor, made the appropriations and gave him charge of their erection. This additional labor he cheerfully assumed, and in connection with this brief sketch a fine lithographic view of the building and grounds is given.

      In addition to the erection of the wings, erected at a cost of $200,000, the rooms in the old building have been renovated throughout, repainted and redecorated. Elegant pictures are hung upon the walls of each public room, and everything done to make the surroundings pleasant to the patients.

      The following named comprise the officers of the hospital at this writing:

      Board of Trustees - D. A. Hurst, M. D., President, Oskaloosa; J. H. Kulp, M. D., Secretary, Davenport; P. W. Lewellen, M. D., Clarinda; G. W. Cullison, Harlan; G. H. Sharp, Mt. Pleasant.

      Treasurer - C. V. Arnold, Mt. Pleasant.

      Resident officers - H. A. Gilman, M. D., Superintendent and Physician; M. E. Witte, M. D., First Assistant Physician; F. P. Peck, M. D., Second Assistant Physician; P. F. Straub, M. D., Third Assistant Physician; J. M. Aitken, M. D., Fourth Assistant Physician; E. N. Nelson, Steward; Mrs. F. V. Cole, Matron.

      The attention of the reader is called to the biography of Dr. Gilman for an account of his special work for the hospital.
    Person ID I785  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2022 

    Father William MARCHANT, Jr.,   b. Bef 17 Jan 1814, Sevenoaks, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1888, Tecumseh, Johnson County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 74 years) 
    Mother Susannah SMITH,   b. 11 May 1816, Westerham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1891, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 7 Mar 1840  Sevenoaks, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index ®, Copyright © 1980, 2002, data as of March 22, 2010, Batch No.: M012506, Type: Film: William Marchant Male Parents: Father: William Marchant Marriages: Spouse: Susannah Smith Marriage: 07 MAR 1840 Sevenoaks, Kent, England.