The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.
Adams, Nathan, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Caldwell; born in North Carolina, in 1827; removed to Keokuk Co. 1852, then to this County in the fall of 1853. Have 105 acres of land valued at $10 per acre. Married Miss Mary S. Sheik in 1853; she was born in North Carolina in 1836. They have eleven children - H. C., Nancy C., Martha J., George E., Jasper N., John W., Margaret E., William H., James F., Bishop and Thomas. Democratic; members of M. E. Church. Held the office of Constable two years.
Baker, Benjamin, M., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Caldwell.
Baughman, Christian, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Exline; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in November, 1814; removed to Van Buren Co., this State, 1852, thence to this county in 1862. He has 234 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. Married Miss Sarah Dehl in 1835; she was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., April, 1817. They have eight children - Cornelia, Elizabeth, Martha M., Rachel J., Mike, Margaret J., Wm. C. and John H. Mr. B. has always held to Democratic principles, but was forced by the Republicans to vote their ticket while living over the line in Missouri during the war. He is a member of the Lutheran Church; Mrs. B. of the M. E. Church. Has held the office of Township Treasurer for eleven years and six months.
Beard, Elisha J.,
farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Exline.
Caldwell, Jeremiah, far., Sec. 18; P. O. Exline; born in this county, this township, Aug. 11, 1847; is now 31 years of age, and has never been out of the county but once, then only to Ottumwa, and never was more than fifteen miles from where he was born but once; his father, Anderson C., were among the earliest settlers of the township, it having been named for them. Mr. Caldwell owns 130 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. Married Miss Lucinda Cline in 1867; she was born in Ohio in 1848; they have three children - Bertha Alice, born in 1868; William C., born in 1870; Lewis, born in 1872. Democrat; she is a member of the Christian Church. He is School Director in his district.
Castor, N., far.,
Sec 16; P. O. Exline.
Davis, J., far.,
Sec. 14; P. O. Dean.
Ervin, N. N., blacksmith, P. O. Exline; born in Vinton Co., Ohio, in 1842; removed to this county in 1854; owns his shop and residence, and ten acres of land. Married Miss Emanda Buck in 1864; she was born in Meigs Co., Ohio, in 1843. Republican. Enlisted in the 6th Iowa Inf., Co. D, Captain Walden, 1862; participated at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, all through Jackson, Miss., Atlanta, Snake Gap, Mission Ridge, ,and others; mustered out at Davenport in 1864. Mr. Ervin has the only blacksmith-shop between Cincinnati and Centerville, and has an excellent run of custom.
Exline, David, dealer in general merchandise, Main st., Exline; residence same; born in Jackson Co., Ohio, in 1826; removed to this county in 1865; first settled in Orleans, where he engaged in merchandising until August, 1866, when he removed to Robley’s Mills, purchased an interest in the mills, and also engaged in merchandising; in 1868, ,he sold out his business there, and came to Caldwell (so-called at that time); engaged in farming and merchandising; during 1872, he commenced to plat and lay out the village of Exline, still continuing to sell goods, and is now running a branch store at West Grove, Davis Co., in charge of J. Mincks; Mr. E. is also engaged in buying and shipping live-stock and grain, and largely engaged in buying railroad ties; he owns 165 acres of land in this township, forty-four lots, with three residences, store and store-room, a set of Fairbanks’ scales, with granaries for 5,000 bushels of grain, cooper-shop and other property. Married Miss Sarah Hartley Aug. 16, 1849; she was born in Pennsylvania July 23, 1830; they were married in Ohio, where her parents settled at a very early date; they have had ten children, seven of whom are still living - Charlotte, born in July, 1850, died Aug. 31, 1850; Milton, in November, 1851; Harriet, born Dec. 17, 1853; William A., born Sept. 4, 1855; Mary A., born Feb. 23, 1858, was murdered on the night of Aug. 26, ,1877; John W., born April 8, 1860; George W., born July 29, 1862; Isaac D., born Nov. 6, 1864; died Sept. 30, 1865; Joseph E., born Sept. 2, 1866; Benjamin F., born July 29, 1869. Democrat. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace for eight years; a member of the A., F. & A. M. Trowel Lodge, at Jackson, Ohio.
farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Caldwell.
farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Dean.
Gaughenbaugh, Moses, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Centerville; born in Fayette Co., Penn., June 2, 1825; located here in 1856, and owns 102 acres of land and, valued at $30 per acre. Member of the M. E. Church, and a Greenbacker. His wife, Malsenia Jones, born in Missouri; they were married March, 1859, and had seven children - Fordice, Isaac, Curtis, John, Clark, James, George and Moses - the later was a son by a former wife. Mr. Gaughenbaugh has his farm well cultivated.
Gibson, A., farmer,
Sec. 22; P. O. Centerville.
Gough, James H., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Caldwell; born in North Carolina in 1818; removed to Poweshiek Co., this State in 1852, thence to this county in 1854. Has 135 acres of land valued at $11 per acre. Married Miss Martha Sheik in December, 1842; she was born North Carolina 1822. Democratic; Mrs. Gough is a member of the M. E. Church. Has held the office of Constable eight years; Justice of the Peace, two years; Township Trustee, several years. A member of A., F. & A. M. Lodge, No. 42, Centerville.
Guffey, T. H., far.,
S. 16; P. O. Exline.
Harrel, William, dealer in dry goods and groceries, Main st., Exline; residence same; born in Rush Co., Ind., in 1833; removed with his parents when a boy to Van Buren Co., this State, where his father engaged in farming, and where he remained, assisting in the management of the farm until 1874, when he married Miss Phoebe A. Knight, who was born in Indiana in 1842; they then came to this county, and to this place, where he has opened his house for the purpose of keeping a boarding house, and also has an excellent line of the above goods, which he offers at extremely low low prices for cash.
Harris, E., far.,
Sec. 27; P. O. Caldwell.
Johnson, Alfred, far.; born in Belmont Co., Ohio in 1845; in 1855, his parents came to this county, where they still occupy the farm on which they first settled. He married Miss Maggie Lowry in 1864; she was born in Bridgeport, Ohio, in 1844; they have three children - James E., born Feb. 24, 1865; Trissie L., born March 27, 1867, and Harry E., born Feb. 18, 1870. Democrat. Has held the office of Constable and school offices; now Township Clerk. P. O. Caldwell.
P., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Exline.
farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Centerville; born May 24, 1840, in Monroe Co.,
Ohio; in1849, came to Appanoose Co.; owns eighty acres of land. Married
Serena Eddy Aug. 15, 1867; she was born Sept. 29, 1847, in Monroe Co.,
Ohio; her parents came to this county in 1866; they have four children
- Gilbert A., Ida, Ellda and Melvina. Democrat; she is a member of the
McGuire, Charles, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Exline; born in Clarke Co., Ind., in 1832; in 1845, his father removed to Jefferson, Ind., where he engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1855; his mother died in 1876, on the home farm, where his brother still resides; his mother’s mother died at the same place May, 1877. Mr. McGuire crossed the plains to California in 1853; settled in the Medego Valley, near Petaluma, where he engaged in dairying and farming during his sojourn there. He became acquainted with Miss Amanda Johnson, whom he married in 1856; she was born in Fulton Co., Ill., in 1837; her parents removed to California in 1852, where they died; her father, in August, 1857; her mother in Spetember,1854; in 1860, they came to this county, where he now owns a well improved farm of 150 acres, valued at $20 per acre; their children are Oscar, Margaret M., James W., Rolland E., Frank, Mary V., Charley, Cerula and Ellen; died November, 1873 - William and Lilly. Democrat. Has held the offices of Township Trustee, Constable and school offices.
Maberly, C. A., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Centerville.
Maring, T. B., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Exline; born May 17, 1833, in Belmont, Ohio; in October, 1855, came to Appanoose Co; he owns 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Hannah M. Marshall April 11, 1861; she was born March 15,1844, in Harrison Co., Ohio, had six children, three living - Jacob B., William F. and Luella; lost three children in infancy. Ha been a Director in the Agricultural Society several years, also Justice of the Peace, School Director, etc. Republican; Member M. E. Church.
Morgan, Samuel, farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 29; P. O. Exline; born in Greene Co., Ohio in 1815; at the age of 14, he removed with his father to Tippecanoe Co., Ind., where he engaged in his usual occupation - that of farming. His father died in 1843; still occupying the same farm on which he first located. After the death of his father, his mother removed with two of her sons to Pulaski Co., Northern Indiana, where she died in 1846. The subject of this sketch came to Davis Co., this State, in 1845, bought a farm and remained for eight years, or until 1853, when he came to this county, this township, where he owns 412 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He married Miss Susan Morgan, in Indiana, same county; she was born in Greene Co., Ohio, in 1818. They have eight children, all doing for themselves except two - Martha, Andrew H., Samuel W., Daniel C., Francis M., Louisa, Susanna and Artemisha. Raised at Whig, now a Democrat. Has held the office of Township Trustee, school offices, etc. Mr. Morgan has a fine stock farm, to which he devotes the most of his time and attention. A spring occupies a very prominent position upon his farm, watering seven large fields of fine pasture lands; his farm, being well fenced, with fine groves, orcharding and good buildings, will rank with the best in the county.
Mount, W., far.,
Sec. 24, P. O. Dean.
Price, N. Landis, physician and surgeon, office on Main street, Exline; residence, same; born in Hunterdon Co., N. J., in 1819. When only 5 years of age, his parents moved to Northumberland Co., Penn.; at the age of 21, in the year 1840, he entered the Philadelphia Medical College, where he graduated in 1842, having previously studied with his father, who was an eminent physician of long standing. At the age of 24, he married Miss Sarah E. Tunwick; she was born in Northumberland Co., Penn., in 1823, and together they came to Paris, Stark Co., Ohio, where he entered upon his profession, and continued for one year, but his health seeming to fail, he returned to Pennsylvania; did not locate, but for ten years, accomplished by his wife, traveled in the dentistry business. In 1856, located at Bloomfield, Iowa, where he was well appreciated by the citizens of that city, and held in high esteem. In August, 1862, leaving a growing practice, he enlisted as private in the 30th Iowa V. I.; after serving as Hospital Steward for eight months, and one year as Assistant Surgeon, and one year as Surgeon, during which time he was sent to Rome, in charge of 300 sick and wounded soldiers, and there was given charge of 600 invalids and five other surgeons, resigned in May, 1865; in 1877, Mr. and Mrs. Price came to Exline; they found the people of this village going three miles for their mail, the Government having denied the petition for a post office; and, while many thought it not worth the while for a private individual, a lady, at that, to ask favor at the hand of so high an official as a Member of Congress, Mrs. Price sat about corresponding with - Sampson, Representative from this District, which resulted in the establishment of a post office at this place, with this lady in charge. Mrs. Price was correspondent of the I.O.O.F. Banner, formerly published at Bloomfield.
Sellers, Daniel, dealer in dry-goods, groceries, boots and shoes, corner Front and Main sts., Exline; residence same; born in Warren Co., Ohio, in 1833; removed to Southeastern Missouri in 1854, thence to this county in 1864. He owns forty acres of land on Sec. 33, residence and place of business, all valued at $2,000. Married Miss Eliza J. Carhart in 1857; she was born in Jefferson Co., Ind., in 1830. They have four children - Alice J., born in 1858; Anna, born in 1861; Charles F., born in 1868,and George T., born in 1870. Republican; Mr. and Mrs. Sellers and two daughters are members of the M. E. Church. He is a member of A., F. & A. M., at Hartford, Mo. Was enrolling officer for Federal army, art New Madrid, Mo., during the late war.
Sherck, John, far.,
S. 4; P. O. Caldwell.
Simmons, Richard, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Caldwell; born in Ohio in 1818; when a boy but 4 or 5 years of age, his father removed to Delaware Co., Ind., and followed the occupation of farmer; died in 1834; about three years after, his mother died on the farm where they had first settled, leaving him an orphan at the age of 19. He then had to depend upon himself. At the age of 20, he married Miss Nancy McConnell; she was born near Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1817; they remained in Delaware Co., farming, until 1835, when they removed to Polk Co., this State, but only remained there a short time, and came to this county, being among the first, if not the first, settlers of this county, settling upon the farm he now occupies, which contains 130 acres, having recently sold 80 acres to his son-in-law. They have five children - Peter, Elizabeth, William R., Eliza J. and Emma, all settled in this immediate vicinity except Eliza J., who married Silas Marion, of this township; they have gone to Kansas. Greenbacker; Mr. and Mrs. S. are members of the Christian Church.
Sitz, Andrew, far.,
S. 2; P. O. Caldwell.
Wood, George, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Exline; born in Clarke Co., Ind., April 27, 1819; removed to Davis Co., Iowa, in November 1850; engaged in farming until 1855; then went to Wayne Co., this State, where he built a mill, which he controlled until 1860, when he sold a half-interest, and soon after exchanged the balance for a farm near Promise City, Wayne Co., to which during 1861, he moved, and engaged in farming for two and a half years, when he removed to this county, where he owns 219 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. He married Miss Emily E. Spencer in 1850; she was born near Norwich, Conn., in 1831; died in February, 1877, leaving five children - C. H., born in 1852; Gilbert G., born in 1856, died may, 1878; Charles S., born in 1866; Emma E., born in 1868; George G., born in 1871. Greenbacker. Has held the offices of Township Assessor, Trustee and Clerk in Wayne Co., and school offices here. Was a member of the Border Brigade in 1862; selected the men for that purpose from his township.
Worthington, J. H., physician and surgeon, Exline; born in Shelby Co., Ky., in December, 1822; when but 2 years of age, his father, Edward W., removed to Marion Co., Mo., after which he went to Galena, Ill., to look for a location to settle and was there taken sick and died in1828; his mother died at his home in 1874, at the advanced age of 87 years. The Doctor owns a large tract of land in this county and Missouri, having 200 acres on Sec. 8, this township and 200 acres on Sec. 7, with 418 acres in Putnam Co., Mo. He married Miss Martha S. Kirby in 1847; she was born in Howard Co., Mo., in 1823; she was daughter of William and Matilda Kirby, late residents of Putnam Co., Mo.; they have had ten children, eight of whom are still living - Matilda E., born in December, 1849,died in August, 1864; William P., born in August, 1852; Drucilla J., born in February, 1855; Cordelia C., born in December, 1856; Cerula M., December, 1858; Jefferson B., born in May, 1861; Henry L., born in October, 1863; Anna A., born in May, 1866; Lutricia, born in September, 1869; died March 5, 1872; Millie F., born in July, 1871; she lost her hearing when only two years of age; their two oldest daughters living married practicing physicians; Cornelia married H. C. Michaels, traveling in the interest of Fairbanks Morse & Co., scales. Commenced the practice of medicine in this county in 1846; was the first practicing physician in the county; graduated at Keokuk in 1877, having practiced thirty years and more; thirty-three of his family connections are practicing medicine; he had five brothers, four of whom are practicing. He joined the Baptist Church in Clark Co., Mo., in 1838; was licensed to preach in 1842; ordained in this county in 1873; Mrs. W. has been a member of the same Church since October, 1849. When a boy, in his 11th year, the Doctor was sent around to inform the early settlers, then living near Keokuk, of a meeting to be held in their vicinity supposed to be the first sermon ever preached in Iowa; this was in 1833.
Wood, G. W., far.,
S. 25; P. O. Moulton.