Charles Edwin Colwell

Brief Life History of Charles Edwin

When Charles Edwin Colwell was born on 8 March 1851, in Maine, United States, his father, Charles Colwell Sr, was 33 and his mother, Delia Ann Morgan, was 27. He married Lillie Sarah White on 28 March 1882, in Webster, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Wahkonsa Township, Webster, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States for about 15 years. He died on 29 April 1928, at the age of 77, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States.

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Charles Edwin Colwell
Lillie Sarah White
Marriage: 28 March 1882
Merton E Colwell
Augusta Colwell
Eva May Colwell
Augustus W. Colwell
Martha Delia Colwell

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  • Charles Colwell in household of Charles Colwell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • B. E. Colwell, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"
  • Chas Edwin Colwell, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

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In 1856 six new townships were established: Wahkonsa, Yell, Clear Lake, Boon, Cass and Humboldt. Wahkonsa and Yell were in what is now Webster county. Wahkonsa township as first organized had the following boundaries: commencing at the northwest corner of said county, thence east on said county line to the range line between ranges 27 & 26, thence south to the correction line, thence south to the northeast corner of section 12, township 88, range 27, thence west to the Des Moines river, thence down said river to the south line of section 8, thence west to county line, thence north on said line to place of beginning. These boundaries were changed March 24, 1857 and the township then embraced all east of the Des Moines river & north of the line between sections 12 & 13,11 & 14. 10 & 15, 9 & 16, 8 & 17, 7 & 18, township 88, range 27. Badger township was taken from Wahkonsa township in 1865; in 1872, its boundaries were reduced to township 89 and range 28. Wahkonsa now embraces only the city limits of Fort Dodge.


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Name Meaning

English (southern England and West Midlands): habitational name from any of the places in Northumberland and Devon named Colwell. The former is named with Old English col ‘(char)coal’ or cōl ‘cool’ + well(a) ‘spring, stream’; the latter has as the first element a Celtic river name, Coly, apparently meaning ‘narrow’. Alternatively, a habitational name from Colwall (Herefordshire), or Colwell House in Wivelsfield (Sussex).

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

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