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Front row: Alexander Russell and wife Martha Webster Russell (40th wedding anniversary married Knox County Illinois Dec. 19, 1872. Photo taken 1912.) with children from left: Thomas, Henry, David William, Emma, Ezra Raymond, and the my grandfather Marion Arthur Russell.
Martha Webster daughter of Julian Webster and Sarah Ann Wherry. Related to the Websters of Connecticut: Gov. Webster in 1600s. Distant relative of Noah Webster.
Alexander Russell 1843-1917 son of Christian Russel of Richland County, Ohio. Christian Russell lived in Greenfield Township, Bedford County Penn. in 1828/1830. Many Bedford County Penn. people moved to Richland County Ohio. Seeking Christian Russel's parents a long time.
Alexander Russell followed the railroad building across the midwest; settling in Jefferson, Greene County Iowa on a small farm. Later moved to Spirit Lake in NW Iowa.