One more set of 4th great grandparents would make it into Iowa before Iowa was even a state. Salmon Cowles and wife Polly Miner would also cross into Lee county in 1845 and declared it home. They were just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Out of my sixty-four 4th great grandparents, 6 were here in the state before Iowa became a state and another 14 would move here within the next decade. Only 11 more would would ever come and it took them an addition decade. All told by 1870, 12 of my 128 5th great grandparents and 31 of 64 4th great grandparents would be living or buried in Iowa.
By 1880, all but two of my 32 3rd great grandparents would be in Iowa having been born here or immigrated here from other countries. Those two holdouts, Jessie Luther and Mary Igo would have a son David Luther who most certainly traveled to Iowa or perhaps lived here for a short time because he would marry my 2nd great grandmother Sarah Gordy whose parents moved to Iowa. David and Sarah's son born on May 18, 1894 was my great grandfather and the last of my ancestors to arrive to Iowa.
As I have mentioned before, my goal is to identify all 256 of my 6th great grandparents, a job that is only 34% complete. Likewise, I have only identified 74% of my 5th great grandparents and 91% of my 4th great grandparents. Only when I get to my 3rd great grandparents have I identified all 100% of them. What amazes me most so far in that task is that I have only found ten that immigrated here. Two of them came from Germany, one from Switzerland, two from Ireland, one from Canada and four from England. Five of those are my 3rd great grandparents and five are 4th great grandparents. If you carried that out to my group of 256 6th great grandparents, only 52 or 20% never lived in America. I'm guessing there is still a handful of lurkers out among the ranks of my 5th great grandparents that were immigrants but I haven't found them yet.
All told, I have 100 ancestors buried or still living in Iowa. Although I haven't kept records, I have probably visited the graves of almost half of them leads me to another quest of mine. I would like to visit all 100 graves and pay homage before I become the 101rst person in my great family tree to be buried within this state.