The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Farley, J. W., Hon., Mayor of the city of Centerville; born in Hancock Co., Ill., in 1838; moved to Washington Co., Iowa, in 1839, with his parents and located in this county in 1871. Married Miss M. E. Badger in 1865; she was born in Ohio, in 1832; their children are Effie M., Mamie M., Roy E. and J. W. Members of the M. E. Church; Republican. He was elected Mayor in 1875. Enlisted in the 13th Iowa V. I., in August, 1861; wounded at Shiloh and discharged through disability, the effects of wounds; mustered out at Cincinnati, Ohio, July 22, 1862.
FREE, JOHN, farmer and stockgrower, Sec. 8; P. O. Iconium; born in Randolph Co., N. C., in 1830; his parents, Wm. and Sarah, both natives of that county, and married there, were farmers; in 1835, emigrated to Hendricks Co., Ind.; his father died two years after; his mother lived with her children until 1852, when she died; soon after, John came to this county with but a horse, saddle and bridle, now owns 884 acres, valued at $20 per acre. In 1854, married Miss Harriet E. Sheeks, daughter of Samuel S., a resident of this county since 1850, from Lawrence Co., Ind., where she was born in 1835. They have eight children - Henrietta C., Cora M., Ida M., William H., Sarah P., Ira H., Matilda E. and John I. Mrs. Free is a member of the Christian Church. He has held the office of Township Trustee and several other offices. He enlisted in 1862 in Co. F, 36th Iowa V. I.; was at Helena, Little Missouri, Prairie de Ann, Mark's Mill, there captured and taken to Tyler, Tex., for nine months; thence, after being exchanged, to the mouth of Red River; thence to New Orleans, and home for thirty days, and returned to his regiment at St. Charles in 1865; mustered out in September, 1865, at Duvall's Bluff.
Frowd, Thomas, meat market; born in Durhamshire, England, in 1833; came to this country
in 1867; located in Henry Co., Ill., and in this county in 1870. Married Salina Hartford in 1865; she was born in Devonshire, England, in
1836; they have one boy - Thomas L.; she has one daughter by a former marriage - Minnie De Silver. He is a Democrat. They own three houses
and nine lots and forty acres of land, valued at $4,000.