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Pioneer: Lewis Blessing
Place Homesteaded: Dakota County
Year: 1856

Warner's History of Dakota County, p. 184

"Louis Blessing, on the 20th of March 1856, while attempting to cross the Missouri river on the ice, broke through and came very near being drowned, but he did not give up. He tried another place and reached Dakota County in safety, which, since that eventful day he has called his home. Located on a claim just west of Homer, where he resides at the present time. He was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, August 11, 1825, and was married to Catherine Riddle at Sioux City, Iowa, July 28, 1860. He has two sons and three daughters - George C. and William; Christina E., Ella R. and Anna M."


North Nebraska Eagle, March 19, 1896, page 4

Died - At his home just west of Homer, Saturday morning March 14, 1896 of congestion of the lungs Lewis Blessing, aged 70 years, 7 months and three days. Rev. J.H. Hapeman conducted the funeral services. Lewis Blessing was born at Wurttemberg, Germany August 11, 1825. He grew to manhood in his native place. He served his county in the military service six years, and then was honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer. He came to this country in 1852. He became a resident of this county, where he lived ever since, in 1856 March 20th. In 1860 July 28th he married Mrs. Catherine Riddle of Sioux City. Of this union were born five children, two boys and three girls. George, the eldest son, is residing in Texas, and could not attend the funeral. Besides these, one brother and one sister live to mourn his loss, John Blessing of this county and Mrs. Trube of Dixon County. He was baptized in the Lutheran church in infancy, and at the age of accountability confirmed his baptismal vows. At the time of his death he was on of the most loyal members of St. Paul's Lutheran church of Homer and a deacon of the church. His last work was done in helping to repair the church. Mr. Blessing had accumulated a goodly portion of this worlds' goods and was in most prosperous circumstances. He was blessed in his family life and indeed in all his relations of life he was most happy. He did well his duty as a husband, father, friend, neighbor, citizen and exemplified a noble manhood that could not but have a wholesome influence on all with whom he came in contact. "His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say "there was a man"".

1870 United States Federal Census (available to members of Ancestry)
Post Office: Omadi, Dakota, NE
Roll: M593_828
Page: 278
Image: 557
Year: 1870

Lewis Blessing
Age in 1870: 45
Estimated Birth Year: 1824
Birthplace: Germany
Home in 1870: Omadi, Dakota, Nebraska
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate:

Nebraska Census, 1854-70 (available to members of Ancestry)
Year: 1856
Page: 053
Database: NE 1856 Territorial Census Index

State: NE
County: Dakota County
Township: Omaha Creek Prct

Note: Alternative for 1856 Census Dakota County, NE from "Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record" as reproduced for NEGenWeb Project Resource Center - On-Line Library (see Journals).

Submitted by Dave Nichols <> 14 Jan 2004


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