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Benjamin WICKHAM Jr.
(Abt 1809-Bet 1866/1868)
Mary Elizabeth RIDDLE
(Abt 1830-Aft 1885)
Francis "Frank" Edward CONKLIN
(Abt 1851-Abt 1900)
Jerusha Anna WICKHAM
(Abt 1857-Bef 1900)
Ada "Margaret" CONKLIN


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1. David John TAMMEN

Ada "Margaret" CONKLIN 1

  • Born: 19 Apr 1890, NE 2
  • Marriage (1): David John TAMMEN

bullet  General Notes:

MARCIA JOHNSON provided much information on Ada and her family.

NAME: Ada Margaret was listed in census records as Ada "Margaret" Tammen. However, it appears likely that her father was actually Frank Conklin instead of Johann Tammen since the birth records of her 2 children lists the mother's name as Ada Conklin. It appears that Ada Margaret Conklin married, or lived with, David Tammen, her step-father's son by a former wife. Ada Margaret was listed as Margaret Dillion while living in Des Moines, IA, so could she have previously married a Dillion?

FAMILY HISTORY FROM PAT ZUPAN: Ada was placed in an orphanage in York, York Co, NE but ran away; last known address was Holdredge, Phelps Co, NE.

1900 NE CENSUS, York Co, Lockridge Twp, Mother's Jewel's Home:
"Aha Tamon", inmate, 10, b. 1890 in NE.
(Listed nearby on census were "Ona Tamon", Elizabeth "Tamon" and David "Tamnen".

MOTHER'S JEWELS ORPHANAGE, York Co, NE: Ada, "after many trials and failures, her incorrigible disposition" was sent to a home in Omaha on Sept. 1, 1905.

1910 NE CENSUS, Douglas Co, Omaha city, House of the Good Shepard: Margaret "Fammen", 20 single, inmate, seamstress.
(Note: Parents' birthplaces were not provided by mother superior for any of the inmates.)

1915 IA STATE CENSUS, Shelby Co, Panama town:
Dave J. Tammen (Dane Jammen?), 38, married, RR section laborer, 8th grade education, b., Germany, parents b. Germany, no church affiliation, 37 yrs in US, Na, 2 yrs in IA;
Ada Tammen, 25, married, 2 yrs high school, b. NE, father b. Germany, mother b. KS, no church affiliation, 1 yr in IA;
John Tammen, 1, b. IA, father b. Germany, mother b. KS.

1920 IA CENSUS, Polk Co, Des Moines Twp:
David "Tammel", 43, div., to US in 1877, naturalized 1888, b. Germany, parents b. Germany, laborer for a contractor;
half-sister Margaret Dillon, 30, wd, b. NE, father b. Germany, mother b. Ireland;
nephew John Dillon, 5, b. IA, father b. IA, mother b. NE;
7 lodgers.

1922 David J. Tammen rms 1210 High

1928 David "Tamal" r 517-8th

1930 David "Tamman" lab r 517-8th
Margt "Tanner" hlp Sandy's Coffee Shop r 517-8th

1932 John Dillon watchman Pres-O-Lite Co r 303 Racoon
David Tammen lab 4 1031-6th Ave
Thomas Tammen r 1031-6th Ave
Margt L. "Tanner" clk Unio Mut. Lt Co r 1088 W. 27th

1934 David Tammen r 244-2nd

1936 John Dillon driver Salvation Army r 244-2nd
David J. Tammen custodian trades Assembly Hall r721-3rd

1939 David Tammen carp r 2347- 338th

1940 John Dillon solr. Salvation Army r 224-2nd Ave
David J. Tammen (Margt) lab WPA r 620 E. 12th

1842 David J. Tammen (Margt) lab h 1128 Army Post Rd (Ft. DM)
(Note: Ft. DM is probably Fort Des Moines, a military training facility on the south edge of Des Moines.)

1930 CENSUS - no record of Ada/Margaret; her son, listed as J. D. Tammen, was living with David Tammen in Des Moines, IA.

1941 LETTER WRITTEN BY ADA (portion of letter):
"May talks about our mother but of know if she could of lived we girls would of been a lot better off no matter what she done in her life. and many a nite I cryed for her when we were in the Orphans home all alone." (transcribed as written)
(submitted by Lana Buford)


Ada married David John TAMMEN, son of Johann Harms "John" TAMMEN and Yte Davids "Etije" WIARDS. (David John TAMMEN was born on 13 Feb 1877 in Larrelt, Ostfriesland, Germany 2 and died after 1942 in probably Des Moines, Polk Co, IA 3.)



1 Info from Patrica Conklin Zupan.

2 Info from Marcia Johnson.

3 Des Moines, IA City Directories.

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