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STYLES, Mary Turner

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STYLES, Mary Turner. (Orleans County, NY, Sept. 26, 1814--Dubuque, IA, June 19, 1913). Related to Pilgrims who sailed to the New World on the second ship, missing passage on the Mayflower only because they were late in obtaining passage, Vermont's first governor and George Turner, a Revolutionary War hero, Mary lived in Buffalo, New York until she was twenty-two years of age. She then traveled with her brother to Monticello, Iowa where he was involved in the construction of the first flour mill.

By her own accounts, she was the only white woman in the area for several years. She married Levi A. STYLES on October 26, 1843. They lived in their farmhouse near Cascade where he was the first postmaster for several years.

Moving to Dubuque around 1853, they joined FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST. He operated a thriving real estate and insurance business. Their daughter, Mary, became the wife of Reverend Herman Ficke. Mary Turner Styles was the oldest member of the church at the time of her death.



"Mary Turner Styles, Nearly 99 Years of Age, Passes Away in Dubuque, Telegraph Herald, June 19, 1913.