Thomas Leavenworth
Ruth Johnson
David Straw
(1790-Bef 1870)
Betsey Leavenworth
(Cir 1800-Cir 1849)
Calvin S. Straw


Family Links

1. Sophia Kale

2. Rachel Parson

Calvin S. Straw

  • Born: Jul 1824, Parkman, Geauga County, Ohio
  • Marriage (1): Sophia Kale 25 Dec1844 in Braceville, Trumbull County, Ohio
  • Marriage (2): Rachel Parson between 1870 and 1875 in McLeod County, Minnesota
  • Died: 1 Nov 1903, Seattle, King County, Washington at age 79
  • Buried: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Seattle, Washington

  General Notes:

Probable s/o David Straw; probably named for his mother's brother Calvin Leavenworth; Married: Dec 25, 1844 in: Trumbull Co., OH Spouse: CALE, SOPHIA (could she have been his first wife?) Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film #s 0904260, 0904261, & 0905549.

Rootsweb research of Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Seattle, WA Calvin S. Straw (First_Last) Regiment Name 6 Minnesota Infantry Side Union Company K Soldier's Rank_In Pvt. Soldier's Rank_Out Pvt. Alternate Name Notes Film Number M546 roll 9

Census info: 1850 - Williamsfield, Ashtabula, OH; gives POB as OH Calvin S. Straw c1824 Sophia c1825 Elizabeth c1846 Calvin c1848 Franklin c1850 Also in HH is Wm Smith 1820 OH and Newton Smith 1822 OH

1857 Township 102, Filmore County, MN C S STRAW age 33 OH Sophia age 32 OH Elizabeth age 12 OH Cornelia age 8 OH Ida age 2 OH Gilbert age 13 OH (brother) next door is his brother A(lbert). E STRAW age 24 born OH with wife H(arriet). A. age 19 born NY

1860 - Minnesota > Fillmore > Carimona; gives POB as OH C.S. Straw c1824 Sophia c1825 Betsey E. c1847 Calvin c1849 Franklin c1851 Ida c1855 Eddy c1859

Calvin enlisted 17/AUG/1862 in Carimona, MN; K SIXTH Unit 1155 at age 39; discharged 17 Aug 1864 [??He was Drummed out of service (date not stated) (Drummed out by sentence of general court martial for desertion) Filed Invalid Pension MN 24 Sept 1889 Appears to have gone by name C S Straw

1865 - Winsted, McLeod, MN
Calvin Straw with Sophia and ch: Calvin, Franklin, Ida, Edward and Gilbert

1870 - POB = OH; Winsted, McLeod, MN C. S. Straw c1824 Sophia c1825 Franklin T. c1850 Ida c1856 Eddie N. c1859 Ella May c1866 Gilbert c1863

Name: CALVIN S STRAW Date: 20 Jun 1870 Location: MN, Document #: 471 Serial #: MN0110__.462 Sale Type: HOMESTEAD Acres: 160 Meridian or Watershed: 5TH Parcel: Township 117 N, Range 27 W, Section 19 (Greenleaf, McLeod County, MN)

1875 Winsted, McLeod, MN C S STRAW age 50 OH father born ME; mother born CT Rachel age 44 IN NJ OH Gilbert age 12 MN OH CT Ella May age 9 MN OH CT F(ranklin?) S. age 25 OH Emanda age 24 OH [wife of Franklin] Wm F. STRAW -1 mos MN [s/o Franklin?]

1880 United States Census Winsted, Mcleod, Minnesota C. S. STRAW Self M Male W 55 OH Farmer RI CT Rachael STRAW Wife M Female W 49 IN Keeps House NJ OH Gilbert E. STRAW Son S Male W 17 MN Works On Farm OH OH Ella M. STRAW Dau S Female W 14 MN Attending School OH OH Source Information: Census Place Winsted, Mcleod, Minnesota Family History Library Film 1254625 NA Film Number T9-0625 Page Number 61C Name: C. S. STRAW Age: 55 Estimated birth year: <1825> Birthplace: Ohio Occupation: Farmer Relation: Self Home in 1880: Winsted, Mcleod, Minnesota Marital status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Head of household: C. S. STRAW Father's birthplace: RI Mother's birthplace: CT

1885 Lynn, McLeod County, MN - S. Straw and "Radshel" age 54 born IN
1890 - Ft. Ripley, Morrison, Minnesota - surviving solds etc..CO K; 6th Inf MN; enlist Aug 1862; disch Aug 1864
1900 - Seattle, WA - living with son Gilbert and his family - no wife in HH

-- Funeral notice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Monday, November 2, 1903, page 8, column A STRAW - In this city, November 1, 1903, at the family residence, 4321 Latona Avenue, C. S. Straw, aged 79 years. Funeral services Tuesday at 11 a.m. from Butterworth's chapel, 1921 First avenue. -- Ibid, Tuesday, November 3, 1903, page 10, column A STRAW - Funeral services for the late C. S. Straw will take place today at 11 a.m. from the mortuary chapel of Butterworth & Sons, 1921 First avenue, two blocks above Pike street, under auspices of G. A. R. All friends and old soldiers invited. Interment G. A. R. cemetery.

(Per Sue Phaneuf) If he was born 1824/6 in OH, as he claims, the following Straws were in the 1820 & 1830 OH census records: possible fathers?
1820 OH census for surname STRAW David - Parkman,Geauga,OH
Benjamin - Scioto,Pickaway,OH John - Talmadge,Portage,OH and Census
1830 OH for surname STRAW Daniel - Amanda, Fairfield, Ohio m. Sarah Jane Hendricks
1825 David - Parkman, Geauga, Ohio
Samuel - Franklin, Knox, Ohio m. Christina
1825 John - Green Camp, Marion, Ohio John - Washington, Pickaway, Ohio
Research of Carolyn Farnum; e-mail:

Find A Grave Memorial# 5101849

Calvin married Sophia Kale, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, 25 Dec1844 in Braceville, Trumbull County, Ohio. (Sophia Kale was born on 28 Mar 1826 in Milton, Mahoning County, Ohio and died between 1870 and 1875 in Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota.)

  Marriage Notes:
His father David Straw made application for Calvin who was 20 yrs old.

Calvin next married Rachel Parson, daughter of Mathias Parson and Jane Hillman, between 1870 and 1875 in McLeod County, Minnesota. (Rachel Parson was born on 28 Sep 1830 in Indiana, died on 7 Apr 1913 in Morrison Co., Minnesota and was buried in Pine Tree Cemetery in Hillman, Morrison County, Minnesota.)

  Marriage Notes:

est date and presumed place

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