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In memory of Mahala Jordan, my Paternal 4th Great-Grandmother on the DYKEMAN branch.


  • Iowa Genweb burial index (see Mahala Fordice).
  • "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 November 2017), John Fordice and Mahala Hovey, 11 Sep 1878, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, United States; citing reference Bk.F, P. 286 #1, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 969,380.
  • The Book of Daniel Hovey and His Descendants, page 417 Archive
  • 1850 Census Candor, Tioga, New York Ancestry
  • 1855 NY State Census, Jasper, Steuben County, New York Ancestry
  • 1856 Census Newton, Buchanan, Iowa
  • 1860 Census Cono, Quasqueton, Buchanan County, Iowa
  • 1870 Census Cono, Quasqueton, Buchanan County, Iowa
  • 1880 Census Buchanan, Jefferson County, Iowa
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Mahala Jordan

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New York


Tioga County, New York



1887 or later

Berry Cemetery or Peterson Cemetery

Lockridge, Jefferson County, Iowa




Mahala (or Mahalia) was reportedly born in New York in 1815. She married Samuel Torrance Hovey in Tioga County, New York. He died in 1871 in Quasqueton, Buchanan County, Iowa, and Mahala remarried on Sept. 11, 1878, to John Fordice (1811-1887). The wedding took place in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa. He was 67 and she was 63. She was his third wife. He died in 1887..


Her maiden name was found on the marriage record of her son, Willis. E. Hovey.


John Fordice's obituary was printed in the Fairfield Ledger, Aug. 24, 1887, and transcribed by Joey Stark (no relation) here as follows: "SUDDEN DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN. The report was circulated Saturday about noon that a man had fallen dead on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Swayne's residence. Inquiry developed the fact that John FORDICE was the name of the dead man. Coroner Evans was notified and empanelled a jury of W. K. Alexander, B. A. Mikesell and J. W. Schafer.... The remains were taken home for burial. Mr. FORDICE was quite a fleshy man, weighing nearly 200 pounds, and was about 78 years of age. He had been a citizen of Jefferson County for many years, and for a long time was postmaster at Salina. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church and an exemplary citizen in all respects. In their bereavement the aged wife and the children have the earnest sympathy of many friends."


Mahala Jordan & Samuel Torrance Hovey were the parents of my ancestor,

  1. Helen M. Hovey (1835-)
  2. Mahala Augusta Hovey (1838-1898)
  3. Sarah A. Hovey (1841- )
  4. Edgar Hovey (1843- )
  5. Sophronia Hovey (1845- )
  6. George Hovey (1848- )
  7. Alzina A. Hovey (1851- )
  8. Willis E. Hovey (1858- )
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