Simon Benjamin Dexter

Brief Life History of Simon Benjamin

When Simon Benjamin Dexter was born on 22 July 1836, in Amboy, Lee, Illinois, United States, his father, John B Dexter, was 32 and his mother, Margaret McQuarrie Dudgeon, was 23. He married Isabella Wood on 30 January 1865, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Mason Township, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States in 1905. He registered for military service in 1862. He died on 27 August 1907, in Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States.

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Simon Benjamin Dexter
Isabella Wood
Marriage: 30 January 1865
Alice Maude Dexter
Perry W Dexter

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  • Simon B Dexter, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Simon B Dexter, "Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910"
  • Simon B Dexter, "Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992"

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1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English (East Midlands): occupational name from Middle English dexter(e), dei(gh)ester, deyster ‘dyer’ (Old English deaʒestre, deʒ(e)stre). The word originally denoted a female dyer, but came to be used for dyers of both sexes. Compare Dyer .

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

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