The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.
Athy, G. W., blacksmith, Numa.
Arbogast, Michael, farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 17; P. O. Numa; born in Pendleton Co., Va., in 1826; when but 5 years of age, his father, Michael, Sr., a farmer of that county, died. After receiving an education such as was to be acquired at the common schools of that day, at the age of 19 married Miss Mary A. Pierce; she was born in Pendleton Co., Va., in 1826; in 1850, came to this county, having $150, where he entered forty acres of land, for the first two years, and in 1853, with an ox-team, took the overland route to California; there farmed at $65 per month, working fourteen months for one man, mining three months; after two or three years, he returned via New York; on arriving home, he commenced farming, and has added to his farm until he now has 400 acres, valued at $25 per acre. They have twelve children, four being twins - Francis J., Emily K., George M., John and James, S. A. Douglas, Martha E., Elsworth, Columbus, Charley and Eddy, Mary. Members of the Christian Church; he was formerly a member of the M. E. Church; was baptized by that organization in 1866, by immersion; their three oldest children are also members of the Christian Church. Has held the office of School Director for four years; is now Constable.
Baker, Hugh, far.,
S. 21; P. O. Centerville.
Baker, H. C., Superintendent County Poor Farm; P. O. Centerville; born Dec. 16, 1846, in Menard Co., Ill.; in 1849, came with his parents to Appanoose Co.; his father entered 320 acres of land, which is still owned by his mother; he owns 140 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Jan. 10, 1878, he was appointed to his present position; the Poor Farm consists of 180 acres. Married Catherine A. Wakefield in 1869; she was born in 1849, in Bartholomew Co., Ind.; they have one child - Flora E., aged 8 years. Republican.
Baker, Robert C., deceased; born March 2, 1816, in Kentucky; died Feb. 17, 1868. Married Margaret Parks March 5, 1838; she was born Aug. 1, 1815, in South Carolina; in 1849, they came to Appanoose Co.; they own 320 acres of land, which he entered; had ten children; eight living - Hugh H., James W., Harrison, Henry C., Benjamin F., William, Margaret J., and Annie E. James W. and Harrison, served in the 36th Iowa Inf. during the late war. Christian Church.
Baker, M., far.,
S. 33; P. O. Centerville
Banks, W. J., far., S. 8; P. O. Centerville; of English descent; born in Grant Co., Ky., July 28, 1825; related to Gen. Banks, of Massachusetts; his grandfather was a soldier of the Revolution; enlisted when 16 years of age, and served seven years; was among the first settlers of Kentucky; moved to Putnam Co., Ind., where he was also an early settler; was a farmer; his half-brother, Linn Banks, served twelve months in the war of 1812, under Richard Johnson, of Kentucky; had his horse shot from under him; was beside Tecumseh, when he fell. When W. J. was 14 years of age, his father died, after which, himself and elder brother, Daniel P., kept house alone until June, 1846, when he and his half-brother, James R., enlisted for the Mexican war, in the lst Indiana Inf., under Col. James P. Drake; he was Corporal of Co. A; his brother died the first year; he re-enlisted as Wagonmaster, and served until the close of the war; then went with a company of troops to California, as teamster; were six months on the road from the mouth of the Rio Grande, some of the time living on one and one-half crackers a day; after losing the greater part of an extensive and valuable train in crossing the desert, they arrived at Los Angeles; was discharged at Monterey March 31, 1849; he kept livery stable and mined for one and one-half years; returned to Indiana, Dec. 23, 1852. Married Nancy Wells Talbott, who was born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1831; daughter of Thomas Talbott, the youngest son of Edward Talbott, who served in the Revolutionary war; afterward, a pastor of the M. E. Church; at a meeting of the relatives of her father, held at his residence in Indiana, in 1851, there were 180 members of the family; her mother’s maiden name was Rankin; died in September, 1853. In 1864, Mr. Banks settled in this county, where he now resides; owns 270 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; they have five children - William E., a druggist in Russell, Russell Co., Kan.; born in Indiana in 1855; James W., born in 1858; Thomas W., born in 1860; Daniel V., born in 1862; Frank T., born in 1866; all at home, except the eldest. Mr. B. was a Whig; now a Democrat; held the office to Township Trustee; Mrs. B. is a member of the M. E. Church.
far., S. 3; P. O. Centerville.
Condon, S., farmer,
Sec. 4; P. O. Centerville.
Garton, Israel, far., Sec. 33; P. O. Centerville; born April 6, 1829, in Madison Co., Ohio; in 1853, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 185 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; has been School Director. Married Martha Harris April 17, 1856; she was born Feb. 15, 1837, in Madison Co., Ohio, have eight children - Ada, Ida, Albert, Harlan, Amanda, Perry, Charles and May. Republican. Members of the Christian Church.
Hall, R. J., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Centerville.
Harmon, J. A., far., S. 28; P. O. Centerville; born June 30, 1852, in Wapello Co.; in 1869, went to Idaho Territory; in 1873, returned to Wapello Co.; the following year, came to his present farm; owns 178 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss M. E. J. Ruckman, May 14, 1873; she was born Feb. 15, 1856, in Wapello Co.; have one child - Harry M. Has been School Director. Greenbacker.
Hoover, A., far.,
S. 16; P. O. Centerville.
Kinion, B., far., S. 22; P. O. Centerville; born March 22, 1832, in Lincoln Co., Mo.; in 1853, he came to Lee Co., Iowa; in 1866, removed to Texas; in 1867, to Appanoose Co.; he rents 555 acres of land; is Township Treasurer. Enlisted in 1863, in Co. E, 19th Iowa Inf.; served to the end of the war; was at the taking of Spanish Fort, Mobile, and other engagements. Married Mrs. Susan Crocker, daughter of Joseph Adamson, in 1854; she was born Oct. 5, 1830, in Ohio; they had seven children; five living - Mary E., now a school teacher; Sarah J., John B., Laura B. and Sherman A.; she has one son by a former marriage - John F. Crocker, a school-teacher. Member of Odd Fellow’s Lodge, No. 76, of Centerville; a member of the Encampment; a Master Mason and a Chapter member. Republican.
Lantz, J., farmer,
Sec. 9; P. O. Centerville.
Shontz, Jacob, far., Sec. 34; P. O. Centerville; born July 8, 1825, in Crawford Co., Penn.; in 1858, came to Appanoose Co. Owns 600 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Nancy Larimer May 4, 1854; she was born in October, 1832, in Mercer Co., Penn.; have eight children - Flora E., Eugene L., John M., Margaret J., William H., Ella B., Charles H. and Frank M. Has held about all the township offices. Presbyterian; Greenbacker.
Silknitter, Solomon, deceased; born Oct. 17, 1816, in Pennsylvania; died March 4, 1865. Married Catherine Carter in 1836; she was born in 1818, in Maryland; in 1849, they came to Appanoose Co.; they own 600 acres of land; they had twelve children, ten living - Henry P., Mary I., Benjamin F., Rebecca S., Hiram W., Sylvenia S., Jno. P., Solomon S., Jacob A. and Eli E. Benjamin F., is now Sheriff of this county, serving his second term. Presbyterian.
Smith, B., far.,
Sec. 3; P. O. Centerville.
Spaulding, Dudley, far., Sec. 33; P. O. Centerville; born Feb. 1, 1838, in Jennings Co., Ind.; in 1865, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 190 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Sarah H. McGuire Sept. 19, 1859; she was born Oct. 2, 1843, in Johnson Co., Ind.; have four children - Mary A., Fannie E., Jno. J. and George A.; lost two children in infancy. Republican.
Spooner, L. W.,
far., Sec. 16; P. O. Centerville.
Stickler, William E., far., S. 27; P. O. Centerville; born Feb. 28, 1820, in Miami Co., Ohio; in 1852, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 265 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Mary J. Delong Nov. 29, 1838; she was born Dec. 15, 1821, in Ross Co., Ohio; died Feb. 27, 1854; had six children; five living - Phebe, Levi, Caroline, George and Elizabeth. John enlisted in 1862 in Co. A, 36th Iowa Inf; died at Helena June 19, 1863. Second marriage to Nancy Thomas March 23, 1855; she was born Dec.13, 1832, in Virginia; now deceased; had fourteen children; nine living - Daniel, Andrew, William, Ann, Rebecca, Amanda, Jacob, Samuel and Ida. Third marriage to Eva Idleman Oct 11, 1874; she was born in 1822 in Virginia. Republican; German Baptist; he has been engaged in preaching the past twenty-one years.