Sunday’s Obituary: William Albert Pewsey, 1925, Buena Vista Co, IA

William Albert Pewsey was a brother to my husband’s great-great grandmother, Rosanna Jeanette Pewsey Hollingsworth.


William Albert Pewsey was born August 6. 1850, at London, Canada, and passed away from this life April 2, 1925, at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 26 days.

He came to this county with his parents in 1869, settling in Buena Vista county, Iowa. In 1873, he married Mary Ellen Robbins.  Buying land in Lincoln township, enduring all the hardships of the early pioneer life and making his home there for many years.  His wife preceded him in death November 12, 1914.   He moved to Storm Lake in March 1919, living here until the time of his death.  He was a firm believer in the Christian faith from early manhood until the call of death.

He is survived by seven children, Charles H. of Sioux Rapids, Carrie B. Leonard, of Clyde N.D.; Alta D. Ratcliff, of Vermillion, S.D.; Elmer G. and Pearl A. of Storm Lake and Rush and Russell, of Rembrandt.  Also nine grandchildren survive him.  Of a large family, only one survives him, a brother, D.C. Pewsey of Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Methodist church.  Interment was made in the local cemetery.

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  • Larry Hollingsworth - March 25, 2012 - 8:36 pm

    Thank You for sharing, this confirms a lot of the material that I have gathered. Locally printed obituaries can sometimes be the hardest things to obtain.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - March 26, 2012 - 4:54 am

    I enjoy reading old-obituaries. The words used to describe someone’s life in a few sentences tell a lot about the person. It looks like William lived a good life–successful pioneer (even if things were sometimes difficult), nice family, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Pewsey - July 7, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    Hi, I came across your blogg while casually looking up my family name, Pewsey. I have a copy of the family tree put together by Pearl Pewsey. You probably have that, but if not I can get you copies of it. She did it all by hand. I am the daughter of Howard Pewsey, who was the son of Elmer George Pewsey and Bertha Hobart Pewsey, etc etc all the way back to Thomas Pewsey (1780) and Joanna Payne Pewsey in England. I liked the article from the newspaper. Hope you don’t mind if I copy it to take to show my mom. I am going back to Michigan next week. Armetta Pewsey is 88 and in poor health, she will like seeing this. Dad, Howard Pewsey, passed away 11 years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Climbing My Family Tree - July 7, 2012 - 11:35 pm

    Jan – I do believe I have the family tree put together by Pearl. If you search under surnames on this site, you will see a few other Pewsey related posts. I posted Thomas and Joanna’s death records a few months back. You are welcome to print out whatever you like. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jan Pewsey - July 7, 2012 - 11:45 pm

    Climbing My Family Tree Thank you so much. I also looked under find a and saw other Pewsey Obits. I didn’t realize that Geri Pewsey had passed away. I let my mom and sister know. Thanks for the information, your blogg is so interesting and you are an excellent photographer!!!

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