Eliza Georgianna Clift McArthur
1813-1882

Born: 2 July 1813 in Clifton, Gloucestershire, England1
Christened: 1 August 1813 at the Redland Chapel in Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire, England2
Died: 8 October 1882 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa3
Buried: 10 October 1882 at Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa4
FamilySearch ID: LCFM-549
FindaGrave Memorial ID:  37277961

Eliza was the daughter of Robert Clift and Elizabeth Cantle.

Eliza immigrated to the United States with her parents on board the ship Harmony in 1841.5 While journeying from Montreal to Nauvoo, Eliza was married to fellow British immigrant George Gardner Fidler on 6 July 1841 near Utica, Oneida County, New York.6 Their marriage lasted several years.7 While in Nauvoo, the couple lived in the Second Ward.8 According to family records, Eliza became a plural wife of Theodore Turley on 6 March 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.9 Theodore and Eliza were later sealed on 3 February 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple.10 Sometime before August 1850, Eliza and her father, Robert Clift, moved to Scott County, Iowa.11 There, she obtained an official divorce from George G. Fidler.12 She then married George Summerfield on 1 July 1853 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, later divorcing him in 1859.13 Finally, she married John McArthur on 21 August 1862 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.14

Family records traditionally attribute two children to the plural marriage of Theodore Turley and Eliza Clift.15 In 1850, however, Eliza testified that her two daughters (only one then living) were the children of George G. Fidler.16

  1. Henrietta Fidler/Turley (1845-1846)
  2. Emma Georgianna Fidler/Turley (1847-1902) m. Peter Napoleon Littig

Note: many public family trees have three children buried in the Oakdale Cemetery misattributed to Eliza G. Clift and John McArthur. These three boys, Harry G. (d. 16 October 1865), Edward A. (d. 13 January 1869), and James A. (d. 10 September 1870), were the sons of James McArthur and Missouri Jane Moore.17

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Christening record of Eliza Clift
George and Eliza Fidler in the Nauvoo Second Ward census (1842)

[W]hile here we had a Wedding in the Co. a young man George Fidler, and Eliza Clift decide to get Married Eliza began dressing for the Ceremony and then told her Mother she was going to be Married her Mother sent for her Father, and they wept and pleaded with their daughter not to marry the young Man. but she went with him to a Magistrate were Married, and soon repented of it[.]

Transcript of Mary Ann Weston Maughan Journal, Joel E. Ricks Collection of Transcriptions, Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collection and Archives, Utah State University, book 1, page 17, USU Digital History Collections, https://digital.lib.usu.edu/digital/collection/Diaries/id/16984.

OBITUARY.
MCARTHUR.
There died Sunday evening last, at six o’clock, at her home on the Harrison street road, three miles north of the city, Mrs. Eliza G. McArthur, relict of the late John McArthur, aged 60 years. She was born in Bristol, England, and came to Davenport with her parents, the late Mr. and Robert Cliff, in 1847, and has resided the city and township ever since. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. Cliff, who was a well known employe at the Le Claire house for many years, and was highly esteemed by the people of his day here. She was always beloved by her neighbors and in the church to which she belonged, as possessing the admirable traits of the true woman. She liked to do good. She suffered greatly from chronic inflammation of the bowels for more than a year—and that was her ailment when death came to her relief. Her only child is Mrs. P. N. Littig, whose bereavement is great indeed. The funeral announcement is given elsewhere.
Funeral Services at Grace Cathedral tomorrow (Tuesday) forenoon at 11 o’clock. Procession will leave residence on the Harrison street road at 10 o’clock. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

“Obituary of Eliza G. McArthur,” The Davenport Democrat, Davenport, Iowa, Monday, October 9, 1882, p. 1, col. 3, Newspapers.com.

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1813
July 2: Eliza Clift was born at Clifton, Gloucestershire, England.18
August 1: Eliza, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Clift, was baptized at the Redland Chapel of Westbury on Trym Parish in Gloucestershire, England.19

1841
May 13: Members of the Clift family, including Eliza, departed Bristol on the ship Harmony with other British Latter-day Saints led by Thomas Kington.20
June 25: The ship Harmony arrived at the quarantine station at Grosse Isle in Quebec. Unfortunately, no passenger list has been found for this voyage, but Canadian government documents stated there were 83 passengers on board: 23 adult males, 33 adult females, 7 male children between the ages of seven and fourteen, 4 female children between the ages of seven and fourteen, 7 male children under seven years, and 9 female children under 7 years. Comments from the week ending 26 June included, “The emigrants arrived during the past week are in good health and consist of farmers and labourers; the great majority intend settling in Upper Canada, where they have friends…. In the barque Harmony from Bristol, were a party of Mormons, going to settle in Illinois; they report that two other vessels are expected from the same port this season. Three families are going to the Newcastle district.”21
July 6: While en route to Nauvoo, Eliza Clift married fellow British convert George Gardner Fidler near Utica, Oneida County, New York.22
September 3: George Fidler signed a petition for a street in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.23
November 18: George Fidler lodged a complaint against Anson Matthews in the Nauvoo Mayor’s Court for “disorderly conduct and abusive language towards the said Fidler.” At the hearing on 1 December, Fidler and the witnesses failed to appear. Matthews was discharged.24
December 4: George Fidler signed a petition calling for the removal of Dimick B. Huntington as Marshal.25

1842
Early 1842: Eliza was enumerated with her husband, George Fidler, in the 1842 Nauvoo census living in the Second Ward.26
February 3: George Fidler signed a petition complaining about “unruly swine” on the streets of Nauvoo.27
March 23: George Fidler wrote a letter to Joseph Smith apologizing for lack of payment on debts. George mentioned the destitute living conditions of his mother, his wife, and in-laws.28

1843
March 11: George Fidler signed a petition asking for the extension of Ripley Street in Nauvoo.29
February 27: George Fidler’s and John Eagle’s houses were searched in Nauvoo for a box of stolen shoes. An notice posted later in the Warsaw Message explained, “STOLEN OR LOST from a wagon driven by Geo. G. Fidler, on or about the 16th of February last, a box containing MEN’S FINE SHOES, marked and directed as follows: ‘(D) No 1, Eben’r Rand Esq. Carthage, Ills.’ Whoever shall recover or give information of the same to the subscriber, or to J L Kimball of Warsaw, shall be liberally rewarded. FRANCIS DIXON. Hancock county March 6.”30
May: George Fidler sued Robert D. Foster in the Hancock County Circuit Court.31

1844
January 13: The Iowa Territorial Gazette and Advertiser published a list of letters remaining in the Burlington post office as of 31 December 1843. One letter is addressed to “Fiddler Mrs. or G G Fiddler,” suggesting Eliza and George may have been residing in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Territory at the time.32
March 6: Traditional date of plural marriage for Theodore Turley and Eliza Clift in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois(?)33

1845
January: Twins Henrietta and Emma Georgianna possibly born in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois(?)34
February 15: George G. Fidler abandoned his family in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois.35

1846
February 2: Eliza Clift received her endowments in the Nauvoo Temple.36
February 3: Eliza Clift was sealed as a plural wife to Theodore Turley in the Nauvoo Temple.37
March 6: While on the exodus out of Nauvoo, Eliza’s daughter, Henrietta, died at the Lick Creek Camp in Van Buren County, Iowa(?)38

1850
August 26: In the 1850 U.S. census, Eliza and her daughter, Emma, were enumerated with Robert Clift living in Scott County, Iowa. Eliza and Emma’s surnames were both given as “George.”39
August 29: Eliza filed for divorce from her first husband, George G. Fidler, in Scott County, Iowa.40
September 5: From 5 September through 17 October, seven weekly issues of The Davenport Gazette publish Eliza’s notice of divorce. “PETITION FOR DIVORCE. State of Iowa, Scott County, District Court, October Term, A. D. 1850. Eliza C. Fidler, v. vs. George G. Fidler. THE defendant is hereby notified that the complainant has filed in the Clerk’s Office of said County, a petition praying to be divorced from the bonds of matrimony from said defendant, and whereas the Sheriff of said County of Scott has returned on the subpoena sued out against the defendant in said suit, that said defendant is ‘not found’ in said County of Scott. Now unless the said defendant shall appear at the October Term of the Court aforesaid, to be begun and held in the Court House in Davenport, in said county, on the fourth Monday in October, A. D. 1850, to plead, answer or demur to the petition of said complainant, said petition will be taken as confessed, and the prayer of the petitioner will be allowed. JAS THORINGTON, Clk. Dis Court. Brackett & Waite, Sol. for Comp’lt. August 29th, 1850.”41

1851
Eliza and Emma were likely two of the four individuals enumerated in the household of Robert Clift for the 1851 Iowa state census in Scott County, Iowa.42
April 1: According to a list of letters published in 10 April 1851, there were two pieces of mail addressed to “Miss Eliza C. Fidler” at the Davenport post office.43

1853
July 1: Eliza married George Summerfield in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.44

1854
Eliza and Emma were likely the two females enumerated in the household of George Summerfield in the 1854 Iowa state census.45

1856
Eliza and Emma were enumerated in the household of George Summerfield in the 1856 Iowa state census.46
January: George Summerfield abandoned his family and left the state according to Eliza’s 1859 divorce filing.47
May 20: Eliza began advertising her home as a boarding house: “A f W genteel men can be accommodated with boarding at North Davenport, one mile from the River, on Brady Street, at Mrs. E. G. SUMMERFIELD’S.” The ad ran in both the 24 May 1856 and 28 May 1856 issues of the Daily Iowa State Democrat.48

1859
August 5: Eliza filed for divorce from George Summerfield. In her affidavit, Eliza testified that her first husband was deceased.49
November 18: Robert Clift swore an affidavit in Eliza’s divorce case from George Summerfield, testifying that he was present at their marriage in the summer of 1853.50

1860
June 20: Eliza and Emma “Sumerfield” were enumerated living in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, for the 1860 U.S. census.51

1862
August 21: Eliza married John McArthur in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.52

1870
August 15: Eliza and John McArthur were enumerated in the 1870 U.S. census living in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.53

1874
November 4: John McArthur died at his home in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.54
November 5: John’s death notice was printed in The Davenport Democrat: “DIED. At his residence 3 1/2 miles north of Davenport, on Wednesay evening, JOHN McARTHUR, in the 53d year of his age. Funeral services at his residence tomorrow at 10 o’clock. Friends are respectfully invited.”55
November 6: John McArthur was buried at Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.56

1880
June 3: Eliza McArthur was enumerated living in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Also in her household was her twenty-four-year-old half-brother, William, and a female boarder.57

1882
October 8: Eliza died at her home in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.58
October 9: Eliza’s obituary was published in The Davenport Democrat: “There died Sunday evening last, at six o’clock, at her home on the Harrison street road, three miles north of the city, Mrs. Eliza G. McArthur, relict of the late John McArthur, aged 60 years. She was born in Bristol, England, and came to Davenport with her parents, the late Mr. and Robert Cliff, in 1847, and has resided the city and township ever since. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. Cliff, who was a well known employe at the Le Claire house for many years, and was highly esteemed by the people of his day here. She was always beloved by her neighbors and in the church to which she belonged, as possessing the admirable traits of the true woman. She liked to do good. She suffered greatly from chronic inflammation of the bowels for more than a year—and that was her ailment when death came to her relief. Her only child is Mrs. P. N. Littig, whose bereavement is great indeed. The funeral announcement is given elsewhere. Funeral Services at Grace Cathedral tomorrow (Tuesday) forenoon at 11 o’clock. Procession will leave residence on the Harrison street road at 10 o’clock. Friends of the family are invited to attend.”59
October 10: After a funeral at Grace Cathedral, Eliza was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, next to her husband, John McArthur.60

Important Places

Gloucestershire, England: Eliza was born in Clifton, Gloucestershire, a suburb of Bristol close to the River Avon. She was christened in the nearby Redland Chapel, traditionally assigned to the parish of Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol. Her family later moved 46 miles north to Dymock, at the edge of the County of Gloucestershire, which was only five miles south of Ledbury, Herefordshire. It was there that members of the Clift family were likely part of the United Brethren, led by Thomas Kington. In 1840, the group was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Wilford Woodruff and other missionaries. In 1841, Eliza departed from the port of Bristol with her parents (and likely other siblings) on the ship Harmony to sail to Quebec, Canada. Their group was led by now-Elder Thomas Kington.
New York: While enroute from Quebec to Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, Eliza was married in July 1841 to fellow British Latter-day Saint George Gardner Fidler near Utica, Oneida County, New York.
Illinois: Eliza and George resided in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois by September 1841. They lived in the Second Ward. It’s likely the couple lived outside of Nauvoo sometime between 1843-1845, residing for a time in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. After Eliza was abandoned by George in early 1845, she returned to Nauvoo. There, she was sealed as a plural wife to Theodore Turley in February 1846.
Mormon Trail in Iowa: According to family tradition, one of Eliza’s two children died in March 1846 at Lick Creek in Van Buren County, Illinois, during the exodus from Nauvoo. It is not known how far Eliza traveled with the other members of the Turley family along the Mormon Trail, or whether she ever made it to Winter Quarters. At some point between 1846 and 1850, she and her father, Robert Clift, separated from the main body of Latter-day Saints.
Scott County, Iowa: By 1850, Eliza and her father, Robert Clift, went back to the Mississippi River and settled in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Eliza remained in Davenport for the rest of her life. She married there first to George Summerfield and then to John McArthur. She died at her home there and was buried in 1882 in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport.

  1. Nauvoo and sealing record “A”, 1846-1857, p. 523-524, entry for Eliza Clift, FHL 183374.
  2. Bristol, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1918, Gloucestershire, Wesbury on Trym, Redland Chapel, Eliza daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Clift, 1 August 1813, Ancestry.com.
  3. Scott Co., Iowa, Death records, physician’s certificates of death, Eliza G. McArthur, 8 Oct. 1882, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1683264.
  4. Scott Co., Iowa, Death records, physician’s certificates of death, Eliza G. McArthur, 8 Oct. 1882, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1683264.
  5. The diary of Mary Ann Weston Maughan mentions Eliza and her parents as among the passengers on the Harmony. Transcript of Mary Ann Weston Maughan Journal, Joel E. Ricks Collection of Transcriptions, Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collection and Archives, Utah State University, book 1, page 17, digital images online at USU Digital History Collections, https://digital.lib.usu.edu/digital/collection/Diaries/id/16984, accessed February 2021; “Bristol to Quebec 10 May 1841-12 July 1841,” Saints by Sea: Latter-day Saint Immigration to America database, https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/mii/voyage/160, accessed February 2021.
  6. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 967, Eliza C. Fidler v. George G. Fidler, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1643738; Transcript of Mary Ann Weston Maughan Journal, Joel E. Ricks Collection of Transcriptions, Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collection and Archives, Utah State University, book 1, page 17, digital images online at USU Digital History Collections, https://digital.lib.usu.edu/digital/collection/Diaries/id/16984, accessed February 2021.
  7. In her 1850 divorce case, Eliza stated that George abandoned the family in February 1845 while they were living in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 967, Eliza C. Fidler v. George G. Fidler, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1643738.
  8. George Fidler is enumerated directly above “elivia” Fidler. Nauvoo Stake, Nauvoo 2nd ward census, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=2febcd71-25e6-470f-94c1-d1bcb53cdfca&crate=1&index=23, accessed February 2021.
  9. Nancy Romans Turley, The Theodore Turley Family Book (n.p: privately published, 1978), 56.
  10. Nauvoo and sealing record “A”, 1846-1857, p. 523-524, entries for Theodore Turley and Eliza Clift, FHL 183374.
  11. 1850 U.S. census, Iowa, Scott Co., District 4, p. 355, dwelling 154, family 169, household of Robert Clift, image on Ancestry.com.
  12. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 967, Eliza C. Fidler v. George G. Fidler, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1643738.
  13. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 4556, Eliza C. Summerfield vs. George Summerfield, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1665844.
  14. Scott Co., Iowa, Marriage License Record Vol. 1, 1861-1865, p. 200, Marriage of John McArthur and Eliza Summerfield, 21 Aug. 1862, p. 200, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 2069364.
  15. Turley, Theodore Turley Family Book, 56.
  16. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 967, Eliza C. Fidler v. George G. Fidler, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1643738.
  17. Missouri Jane Moore MacArthur’s FindaGrave page has links to a stone dedicated to four named deceased infants: Harry G. 1865, Edward A. 1869, James A. 1870, and Frederic M. 1875. “Harrie” McArthur’s 1865 death notice indicates he was the “only son of James McArthur and M. J. McArthur.” Five-month-old James A. McArthur was in the household of James and Missouri McArthur on the 1870 U.S. census. “Death Notice of Harrie McArthur,” The Davenport Democrat, Davenport, Iowa, October 17, 1865, p. 1, col. 5, Newspapers.com; 1870 U.S. census, Iowa, Scott Co., Davenport, p. 111 (stamped), dwelling 108, family 314, household of James McArthur, image on Ancestry.com.
  18. Nauvoo and sealing record “A”, 1846-1857, p. 523-524, entry for Eliza Clift, FHL 183374.
  19. Bristol, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1918, Gloucestershire, Wesbury on Trym, Redland Chapel, Eliza daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Clift, 1 August 1813, Ancestry.com.
  20. “Bristol to Quebec 10 May 1841-12 July 1841,” Saints by Sea: Latter-day Saint Immigration to America database, https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/mii/voyage/160, accessed February 2021; Transcript of Mary Ann Weston Maughan Journal, Joel E. Ricks Collection of Transcriptions, Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collection and Archives, Utah State University, book 1, page 17, digital images online at USU Digital History Collections, https://digital.lib.usu.edu/digital/collection/Diaries/id/16984, accessed February 2021.
  21. House of Commons, Parliamentary Papers, Vol. 31 (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1842), 16 and 286, digitized at Google Books.
  22. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 967, Eliza C. Fidler v. George G. Fidler, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1643738; Transcript of Mary Ann Weston Maughan Journal, Joel E. Ricks Collection of Transcriptions, Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collection and Archives, Utah State University, book 1, page 17, digital images online at USU Digital History Collections, https://digital.lib.usu.edu/digital/collection/Diaries/id/16984, accessed February 2021.
  23. “Petition from Jeremiah Curtis and Others, 3 September 1841,” Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841-1845, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  24. “Item 1a: Nauvoo Mayor’s Court docket book, 1841 October-1843 February,” p. 17, City of Nauvoo vs. Anson Matthews, MS 3434, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  25. “Petition from George Fidler and Others, 4 December 1841,” Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841-1845, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  26. George Fidler was enumerated directly above “elivia” Fidler. Nauvoo Stake, Nauvoo 2nd ward census, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=2febcd71-25e6-470f-94c1-d1bcb53cdfca&crate=1&index=23, accessed February 2021.
  27. “Petition from Philemon Merrill and Others, 3 February 1842,” Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841-1845, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  28. “Letter from George Fidler, 23 March 1842,” JS Collection, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  29. “Petition from John Workman and Others, circa 11 March 1843,” Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841-1845, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  30. “Stolen,” Warsaw Message, Warsaw, Ill., 18 Mar. 1843, p. 6, col. 3, warsaw.advantage-preservation.com; “Journal, December 1842-June 1844; Book 1, 21 December 1842-10 March 1843,” 27 Feb. 1843, JS Collection, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  31. MS 1443, Hancock County (Ill.) Circuit Court legal documents: 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
  32. “List of Letters,” Iowa Territorial Gazette and Advertiser, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, 13 January 1844, p. 4, col. 4, GenealogyBank.com.
  33. Nancy Romans Turley, The Theodore Turley Family Book (n.p: privately published, 1978), 56.
  34. In the 1850 U.S. census and Eliza’s August 1850 divorce case, Emma Georgianna was noted as about five years old. Emma’s birthplace is later given as Galena, Illinois, on her headstone and a daughter’s death certificate.
  35. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 967, Eliza C. Fidler v. George G. Fidler, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1643738.
  36. Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergara, The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History (Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books, 2005), 554 and 562.
  37. Nauvoo and sealing record “A”, 1846-1857, p. 523-524, entries for Theodore Turley and Eliza Clift, FHL 183374.
  38. User-submitted data on Ancestral File. Do we have a source for this?
  39. 1850 U.S. census, Iowa, Scott Co., District 4, p. 355, dwelling 154, family 169, household of Robert Clift, image on Ancestry.com.
  40. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 967, Eliza C. Fidler v. George G. Fidler, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1643738.
  41. The divorce noticed is published in the 5 Sept., 12 Sept., 19 Sept., 26 Sept., 3 Oct., 10 Oct., and 17 Oct. issues of The Davenport Gazette. “Petition for Divorce,” The Davenport Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, p. 4, col. 4, GenealogyBank.com.
  42. 1851 Iowa state census, Scott Co., Robert Cliff, image on Ancestry.com.
  43. “List of Letters,” The Davenport Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, p. 4, col. 4, GenealogyBank.com
  44. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 4556, Eliza C. Summerfield vs. George Summerfield, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1665844.
  45. 1854 Iowa state census, Scott Co., Davenport, 3rd Ward, Geo Summerfield, image on Ancestry.com.
  46. 1856 Iowa state census, Scott Co., Davenport, p. 568, dwelling 12, family 13, household of George Summerfield, image on Ancestry.com.
  47. George Summerfield’s name in a list of letters suggests he may have been living in Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois by 1 July 1857. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 4556, Eliza C. Summerfield vs. George Summerfield, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1665844; “List of Letters,” Central Transcript, Clinton, Illinois, 9 July 1857, p. 2, col. 7, Newspapers.com.
  48. Boarding advertisement, Daily Iowa State Democrat, Davenport, Iowa, 24 May 1856, p. 2, col. 5, Newspapers.com.
  49. . Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 4556, Eliza C. Summerfield vs. George Summerfield, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1665844.
  50. Scott Co., Iowa, Divorce records, 1837-1940, case no. 4556, Eliza C. Summerfield vs. George Summerfield, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1665844.
  51. 1860 U.S. census, Iowa, Scott Co., Davenport, p. 245, dwelling 2159, family 2066, household of Eliza Sumerfield, image on Ancestry.com.
  52. Scott Co., Iowa, Marriage License Record Vol. 1, 1861-1865, p. 200, Marriage of John McArthur and Eliza Summerfield, 21 Aug. 1862, p. 200, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 2069364.
  53. 1870 U.S. census, Iowa, Scott Co., Davenport, p. 111, dwelling 305, family 310, household of John McArthur, image on Ancestry.com
  54. “Death notice of John McArthur,” The Davenport Democrat, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday, Nov. 1874, p. 1, col. 6, Newspapers.com.
  55. “Death notice of John McArthur,” The Davenport Democrat, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday, Nov. 1874, p. 1, col. 6, Newspapers.com.
  56. FindaGrave.com, memorial page for John McArthur, memorial no. 43239417, citing Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa.
  57. 1880 U.S. census, Iowa, Scott Co., Davenport, p. 555 (stamped), e.d. 274, dwelling 101, family 108, household of Elise McArthur, image on Ancestry.com
  58. Scott Co., Iowa, Death records, physician’s certificates of death, Eliza G. McArthur, 8 Oct. 1882, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1683264.
  59. “Obituary of Eliza G. McArthur,” The Davenport Democrat, Davenport, Iowa, Monday, October 9, 1882, p. 1, col. 3, Newspapers.com.
  60. FindaGrave.com, memorial page for Eliza Georgianna Clift McArthur, memorial no. 37277961, citing Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa; Scott Co., Iowa, Death records, physician’s certificates of death, Eliza G. McArthur, 8 Oct. 1882, image at FamilySearch.org, FHL 1683264.