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The History of Appanoose County..., Iowa
Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1878.


Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Gedney, J. B., farmer, Sec. 7; born Dec. 10, 1825, in Dearborn Co., Ind.; in 1838, came to Lee Co., Iowa; in 1854, to Appanoose Co.; owns 155 acres of land. He was commissioned Captain, in 1862, of Co. I, 36th I. v. I.; served in this capacity three years, and was honorably discharged; was in the battles of Helena, Ark.; Elkins' Ford, Prairie de Ann, Little Rock, Camden and Mark's Mills, where he was captured and held a prisoner for ten months; he also participated in several other battles. In 1870, he was elected a member of the Board of Supervisors, and, by re-election, held this position six years; then resigned; has held about all the township offices; was eight years President of the County Agricultural Society. Married Sarah Lynch Feb. 1, 1848; she was born May 28, 1828, in Hamilton Co., Ohio; have six children - Julia C., Charles H., John J., Manford H., Samuel H. and Maggie I. Republican; she is a member of the Christian Church.

GLADFELTER, WILLIAM, farmer and stockgrower, Sec. 24; P. O. Moravia; born in York Co.' Penn., in 1809; at the age of 18, with his father, Casper G., native of the same county, removed to Guernsey Co., Ohio; his mother, Mary, (nee Amig), was also born in York Co.; she died three years after their arrival in Guernsey Co.; his father remained there until his death. At the age of 22, he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked for twenty years. In 1834, Married Miss Mary Cline, from Shenandoah Co., Va., in 1813, daughter of John Cline who was born in Virginia in 1761; a blacksmith by trade; removed to Guernsey Co., Ohio, with his family in 1818, where he died in 1841; her mother, Catharine G., nee Black, was born in Virginia in 1771; they were married in 1794; she died in Guernsey Co., Ohio, in 1847. In 1853, came to this county and settled on the farm he now owns, consisting of 277 acres, valued at $25 per acre. They have five children Ñ Lydia A., George, John C., Susan and Thomas. Republican; members of the M. E. Church. Held the office of Township Trustee in Ohio. member of the Sons of Temperance.


GRAHAM, J. S., farmer and blacksmith, Sec. 11; P. O. Iconium; born in Ashtabula Co., Ohio, in 1834; son of Benjamin Graham, a farmer, born in Canada, fifteen miles from Niagara Falls, in 1808; settled in Ohio in 1824; removed to Lee Co., Iowa, where he now resides; his mother, Mary (nee Large), was born in Pennsylvania in 1811; they were married in that State, near the Ohio line, in 1830; came to Lee Co., where she died in 1841; his father again married, and is still a resident of Lee CO. In 1856, J. S. married Miss Maria Denover; born in Guernsey Co., O., in June, 1836; daughter of J. W. and Elizabeth D., of Lee Co., Iowa; she died in May, 1862, leaving two children - James H., born in 1858, died in 1873; James A., born May 2, 1862; he married Miss Hannah M. McKerr, daughter of John and C. C. McK.; she was born in Henry Co., Iowa, in 1846; have two children Ñ John W., born in 1865; Gillie G., born in 1874. Soon after first marriage, they came to this county, where he now owns 132 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; in 1864, was drafted and, with others, participated at Nashville, Kingston and in following Hood through Georgia and Alabama, thence by water to Goldsboro, N. C., where they joined the 13th Iowa Infantry, and were mustered out at Louisville July 22, 1865. Greenback; members of the Christian Church. He holds the office of Tp Trustee.