Laura E. Akers

17 August 1865–1935 (Age 69)
Bloomington Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States

The Life of Laura E.

When Laura E. Akers was born on 17 August 1865, in Bloomington Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States, her father, Henry Benjamin Akers, was 35 and her mother, Mary Jane Gunter, was 33. She married James Marion Payton on 8 May 1881, in Ringgold, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Decatur, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Long Creek Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States for about 20 years. She died in 1935, at the age of 70, and was buried in Van Wert Cemetery, Van Wert, Decatur, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Marion Payton
Laura E. Akers
Marriage: 8 May 1881
Thomas Austin Payton
Perry Alma Payton
Lula Belle Payton
Jesse Floyd Payton

Spouse and Children

    James Marion Payton



8 May 1881
Ringgold, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Henry Benjamin Akers





    Sarah Ellen Akers


    Elzann Akers


    Nancy Emerine Akers


    William H. Akers


    Lydia A. Akers


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World Events (8)

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 1

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 2

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 19

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone living by a piece of arable land, from the plural or genitive singular of Middle English aker ‘acre’, i.e. arable land.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Laura E Woods in household of John H Woods, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Laura E Woods in household of John H Woods, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Laura E Woods in household of John H Woods, "United States Census, 1910"

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