The known children of Lafayette and Eliza:
The following men served from Henry County during the civil war:
Lafayette’s fellow soldiers were Robert Thorp Piatt (I do not have placed) and James Piatt. Is James his uncle, John Piatt’s, son who was born c1850 in Henry County, Illinois (very young to be a soldier). Or, Lafayette's brother, James A Piatt, who was somewhat old to have been a soldier.
Lafayette’s mother, Jane Piatt, was living with his sister, Eliza Stewart, in Coal Valley PO, Colona Township, Henry County, Illinois in 1870 and 1880. I believe Lafayette was already in Iowa during the 1870 census. By the 1880 census he was in Beaver Township, Guthrie County, Iowa, as follows:
According to Nancy Bellzona's "The Brewer's - Land of Jacob Fletcher Brewer, Father of John W. Brewer":
Maranda Clark was the daughter of William Clark and Rachel Starkey. She was born in Ohio on August 16, 1834. Jacob [Fletcher Brewer] and Maranda were married in Polk County Missouri on December 15, 1855 not long after the family migrated there. They are listed on the 1860 census still in Polk County with three of their children plus Jacob’s daughter Julia. According to the place of birth of several of their children they were in Nebraska from 1866 to 1868. Jacob Jr. and family are found in Nodaway Co., Missouri on the 1870 census where Jacob Jr. is listed as a shingle maker. From there they moved to Monona Co., Iowa where Jacob Jr. died of Typhoid fever on Nov.15, 1878. He is buried in the Belvedere Cemetery in Monona Co., Iowa. Jacob Jr’s widow, Maranda, and family remained in Monona Co., Iowa. Two of their sons, William and Sylvester, would eventually marry sisters Dora and Libbie Piatt. They were the daughters of Lafayette Piatt and Eliza Cole. William and Sylvester’s brother, George, was engaged to Katie Piatt. She was said to already have the wedding dress when it was called off. Supposedly George was not well liked by Lafayette. Sylvester and Libbie would eventually divorce which was uncommon for the time. Will and Dora remained in Monona Co. and are both buried there along with their son Aaron and daughter Maude. Sylvester lived with Will and Dora at the time they were expecting their son along with a farm hand named Aaron. They both told Dora if she named the baby after them they would buy the baby’s first outfit. So she named their son Aaron Sylvester and both had to live up to his word.