|John and Margaret Mathers Grim|
They left in a covered wagon date unknown and got as far as Mansfield in Richland county, Ohio before pulling over to let nature take its course. By nature, I mean the birth of their third child Mary on October 31st, 1863. My 2nd great grandfather William 'Billie' James Grim wasn't quite two years old at the time and his older sister Martha was a few months past three years old so I'm guessing my 3rd great grandfather had his hands full.
When they got going again a few months later, they caught a boat and rode it down the Ohio river to St. Louis where they came across a lot of soldiers waiting to be transferred to various destinations. Billie was two years old by then and evidently got lost among the mob of soldiers on the boat and had my 3rd great grandfather John looking worriedly for him. He eventually found him (I know because I am here now typing this) cracking eggs with the army cook in the galley. The road the boat north up the Mississippi to the Port Louisa on the Iowa side of the river. From there, it is unknown their final mode of transportation but they ended up on the Woodruff farm north of Morning Sun, Iowa.
John eventually found work at a grist mill, the occupation of his grandfather, and moved near Cairo, Iowa for a couple years. For reasons unknown, my theory he just loved farming better than running a mill, he hired onto the Darius (Dunk) Key farm and worked that farm for the next fourteen years. If you recall, that is the farm that I visited last year and wrote about here.
When he was too old to farm, he moved back to Morning Sun and lived to the ripe old age of 82. He was still going strong when he fell and broke his hip and after growing weaker for a week, finally passed away.