The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.
Alspaugh, Ewan, farmer, S. 30; P. O. Confidence.
Chadwick, E., farmer and stock-raiser, Milledgeville; born in Frankfort Co., Ky., in 1831; moved to this county in 1841; he followed merchandising in 1864 and 1865, keeping general store in Milledgeville; then bought a flouring-mill which he run three years; and then opened a store again and carried on farming, feeding and dealing extensively in the stock business; he closed his store and gave his whole attention to farming; has 200 acres, valued at $30 per acre. He married Martha Warford in Iowa, Dec. 25, 1851; she was born Indiana in 1836; they have ten children - Adam, F. M., Wm. R., J. N., Cyntha A., Lucy Jane, Rosa, J. T., Mary E. and Sarah; Amanda, died in infancy. Members of the Christian Church; a Greenbacker.
Clark , Wm., far., S. 34; P. O. Griffinsville.
Cozad, E. J., farmer and school teacher, Sec. 29; P. O. Griffinsville; born in Lewis Co., W. Va., in 1845; owns 80 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; he came to Iowa in 1850. Married Margaret McGuffey in 1876; she was born in Missouri in 1858; they have one child - Yonka Bell. Mr. C. has followed school-teaching the most of his time; is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge; Democrat.
Cronin, R., far., Sec. 5; P. O. Milledgeville.
Elam , M. J ., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Confidence, Wayne Co., Iowa ; son of Joel Elam, who was born in Tennessee in 1790. Married; his wife died, leaving three children; he then moved to Bond Co., Ill. , and married Frances Smith; had ten children, seven now living, mostly settled in the West. M. J. was born in Bond Co., Ill., July 14, 1840; in 1846, his father moved to Appanoose Co.; a pioneer of Johns Tp.; there were but three families in the township at the time; there he died in January, 1867; his mother died before their removal from Illinois; both members of the Baptist Church; his father was Deacon. At the age of 20, he married Miss Harriet Cross, daughter of M. H. Cross, of this county, from Virginia; she was born in Monongalia Co., Va., in 1836; soon after their marriage they settled at their present place of residence, where he owns 255 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; have seven children - Theodore D., born June 11, 1861; Pernecia, born June 11, 1865; Thomas C., born Dec. 11, 1867; Dora A., born Dec. 11, 1870; James, born Dec. 18, 1872; Ollie R., born May 30, 1875, and William, born Dec. 22, 1877. Democrat; members of the Mission Baptist Church .
Elgin , J. H., far., Sec. 15; P. O. Milledgeville.
Fenton, John , far., Sec. 16; P. O. Milledgeville; born in Ashland Co., Ohio, in 1835; came to Iowa with his father in 1851. He enlisted in the 36th I. V. I. , August, 1862; was in all the principal engagements with his regiment; was in Arkansas under Gen. Steele, and served until the close of the war. He married Thersey Eli in Iowa , in 1858; she was born in Indiana , in 1837; they have six children - Harriet E., Susan Emma, Ellen, Charles, Anty and Edward. Owns an half-interest in 160 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; he lost three children - George died at the age of 18 months, and two died in infancy. They are members of the Baptist Church .
Fenton, T. K., far., Sec. 16; P. O. Milledgeville.
Harmston, Jesse , farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26; P. O. Griffinsville; born in Lincolnshire, England, Aug. 22, 1831; he came to New York in 1861; remained three years, and moved to Ohio; remained two years; thence to Illinois; stayed two years, and thence to Missouri; remained seven years, and thence to Iowa in 1863; was engaged in farming in each State. He enlisted in the Missouri State Militia and served three years. He has a good farm, pleasantly located, with all its comforts of life, of 120 acres, valued at $30 per acre; has a good bearing orchard of choice fruit, and considerable Osage hedge. He married Cynthia Rogers in Illinois Nov. 29, 1835 (the year is wrong); she was born in Franklin Co., Ohio , in 1827; they have five children - Ellen, Marian, Edgar, Caroline and Clara. He keeps some graded stock. They made their property by their energy. He has invested well in books, by which his family has acquired a good education.
Haver, G., far., S. 27; P. O. Griffinsville.
Lain, Joseph L ., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Walnut City; born in Bartholomew Co., Ind., July 26, 1825; he came to Iowa in 1854, and bought 160 acres of land; returned to Indiana, and came and improved his land each year; he finally settled on the present farm in 1860; built a house worth $2,000, and other good buildings; has a good bearing orchard of all kinds of choice fruit, three and a half miles of good Osage hedge and 510 acres of good land, valued at $40 per acre, and 215 acres in Kansas, valued at $10 per acre. He married Emily Brunson in Iowa in 1864; she was born in Iowa in 1845; they have five children - Cora, Lillie, Nancy, Winnie and a baby not named; Mary died at 4 years of age. Mr. Lain has a good property, with all the comforts of life surrounding him, which they made by their own energy. Democrat.
Lloyd, G. W ., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Iconium; born in Oneida Co., N. Y.; in 1837; son of Isaac P. Lloyd, who was born in Oneida Co., Feb. 14, 1804; in January, 1832, married Miss Electa Risler; she was born in 1804; in 1838, they removed to St. Joseph Co., Ind., where, in 1839, his mother died; his father removed to Grundy Co., Ill., in 1855; thence to Eddyville, Wapello Co., Iowa, in 1870; came to Appanoose, where he died in 1872, leaving two children. G. W. is the youngest; he was born in Oneida Co., N. Y., in 1837; in October, 1855, he engaged with the Western Stage Co. at Decatur, Ill., his route lying east of that place; in January, 1856, the Company removed their stock to this State and established three routes west from the Mississippi, through the State; his route was from Albia to Stacyville until 1859, ,then from Centerville to Bloomfield. July 2, 1861 , he enlisted in Co. B, 4th Iowa V. I. ; was at Pea Ridge, Blackburn , Arkansas Post, siege of Vicksburg , Chattanooga , Lookout Mountain , Missionary Ridge , Ringgold, Resaca; was commissioned Lieutenant at Havana ; mustered out at Louisville , Ky. , Aug. 2, 1865 . In the spring of 1864, went home on furlough; married Miss Mary F. Neil, daughter of Barnet Neal, who was born in Greene Co., Penn. , Sept. 5, 1810 ; married, in 1831, Miss Margaret Kincaid, daughter of William K., came to Appanoose, Johns Tp., where they now reside, in 1857. Soon after G. W.'s discharge from the service, they removed to Albia, where he was employed in the office of the Stage Co. for two years; then run a dray until January, 1870; removed to this township, where he now owns fifty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Republican.
Lowrey, John , miller, Griffinsville; born in Beaver Co., Penn., May 22, 1804; went to Pittsburgh, where he kept a general store and worked in a machine-shop four years; thence to Belmont Co., Ohio; and there bought a grist-mill and saw-mill; followed the milling business nineteen years; thence to Iowa in 1856; has now a flouring-mill and saw-mill valued at $4,000, and seven acres of land with two houses and bearing orchard. He married Amelia Calhoun in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1835, she was born in Washington Co., Penn., in1813; they have six children, Christy Ann, James, Margret, Albert, Edwin and McIver; his son William was killed by an explosion of his mill April, 1869; James enlisted in the 36th I. V. I. August, 1862; was taken prisoner on the march in Arkansas and taken to Tyler, Texas; held ten months and discharged with his regiment; held the office of Orderly Sergeant. Democrat. His son Edwin married Miss Stewart in Iowa ; she was born in Indiana ; they have one child - Claude. He is Postmaster at Grififnsville; he holds the office of Township Clerk; he is in business with his father in the mills. Mrs. Lowrey's father, James Calhoun, was in the war of 1812.
Lynch, P., far., S. 4; P. O. Milledgeville.
Moore, R. M., Rev ., minister, Sec. 16; P. O. Milledgeville; born in Hampshire Co., W. Va., in September, 1832; he graduated at the Macon College, Randolph Co., Va., in 1857; took the classical course at Hillsboro, Va.; was ordained to preach in the United Brethren Church, which he followed four years, and then enlisted in the 10th W. Va. I. V. I. Nov. 17, 1861; was captured at the battle of Beverly, W. Va., and taken to Libby Prison in 1863; was kept in prison from July 2 to Aug. 15; served until March 17, 1865, and was discharged by reason of expiration of term of service; was in the principal battles of the Potomac army in 1863 and 1864; he held the office of Quartermaster Sergeant and Clerk. Has 110 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He married Maria Myers in Loudown Co., Va. , in 1857; she was born in Loudouwn Co., Va. , in 1831; they have eight children - Hannah, John J., Sarah Ann, Charles W., Ida M., Jemima, Benjamin F., and Thomas R. He continues preaching in the Methodist persuasion; Democrat.
Moreland, Belinda C ., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Confidence; daughter of Wm. Jones, who was born in Casey Co., Ky., in 1797; in 1817, married Miss Abigail Davis, native of the same county and daughter of Robert Davis; in 1819, removed to Washington Co., Ind., thence to Putnam Co., Ind.,; in 1851, to Appanoose; settled in Johns Tp.; entered 1,600 acres, on which he settled with all his children, and died in 1872; his wife died in 1870; had ten children, the eldest being Mrs. Moreland; she was born in Casey Co., Ky., in 1818; with her parents came to Putnam Co., Ind. In 1836, married Mr. Henry Moreland; his father, Elijah M., was born in 1787; married Mary Boutnan; settled in Indiana, where his son Henry was born in1816; came to Putnam Co. in 1833; in 1852, Mr. and Mrs. Moreland came to this county and settled in Lincoln Tp.; in the spring of 1853, they moved to her present place of residence, where he owned 1,000 acres of land, most of which he had divided among his children, and to which they have added 1,500 acres. Mr. Moreland was among the oldest settlers of the county and a prominent man. Was a Democrat and Conservative. Has held prominent offices both in the county and township; was an extensive stock-grower, and during the latter part of his life engaged in merchandising; he died Nov. 22, 1861, much regretted by all the county, and was attended to his last resting-place by a large concourse of the citizens; he left a wife and five children, the eldest of whom is Newton J., who was born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1837; is now a resident of this township. Married Miss Emily Banks, daughter of Charles B., a former resident of this county, now deceased; Mary A., born in Indiana, in the same county, Sept. 3, 1840; her husband's biography appears elsewhere; Louisa P., born in Indiana Dec. 1, 1842, died March 27, 1864; Lucinda J., born in Indiana Jan. 4, 1847, wife of P. T. Butler, whose biography appears elsewhere; William E. L., born in Indiana Nov.9, 1849; married Miss Mary E. Freeman, daughter of W. W. Freeman, a resident of this county; they now occupy the old homestead.
Morlaun, Wm. E. L., Sec. 18; P. O. Confidence.
Payne, George M ., farmer and fine-stock raiser, Sec. 2; P. O. Iconium; son of Benj. Payne, a fuller, who was born Aug. 4, 1772; married Catharine Harrison, born May 20, 1787; they first settled in Fayette Co., Penn.; moved to Brownsville, where his son George was born, in 1828; in 1832, his father died of the cholera; his mother removed to Fairfield Co., Ohio; there they engaged in farming for a time, removed to Pickaway Co., Ohio, where his mother died Sept. 19, 1846, a member of the M. E. Church; she left six children, only two now living - George W. and his eldest brother Jesse, of Davis Co., who came to Appanoose in 1855 and settled in Sharon Tp. George remained in Pickway Co., Ohio, engaged in farming; in 1851, married Miss Sarah Argo, daughter of Abijah and Mary Ann Robinson; he was born in Pennsylvania, she in Virginia; her father died in 1843, her mother in 1866; were married before receiving their license, that document being presented to the bride immediately after the ceremony; July, 1856, arrived in Appanoose, settling on a rented farm; four years after, he purchased, where he now resides and owns, sixty-three acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; had eight children - John W., born in Ohio July 25, 1852, a successful teacher; Arthur E., born Nov. 2, 1853, died Oct. 4, 1871; Milton L., born June 20, 1855, died Oct. 4, 1871; William A., born Nov. 1, 1856; Ruth J., born April 18, 1858; Alexander, born Nov. 28, 1859, died Dec. 4, 1867; Henry, born March 20, 1863; Parthenia M., born Feb. 11, 1869. Greenbacker; members of the M. E. Church. He is a member of the Grange, a strong believer of same; says that the most profitable business he has found is growing pure Poland-China hogs; has done much toward securing a good stock of that kind in the county.
Penfield, John S., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Iconium; is of New England descent; his grandfather, Seth P., was a native of Connecticut, where he married Naomi Staples; during the year 1841, the family removed to Crawford Co., Penn., there he followed the trade of blacksmith until his death in 1871, at the age of 80 years, his wife having died in 1864. The father of John S., went to New York; there married Miss Eliza McCan, daughter of John and Elizabeth McCan, of Irish and German descent; removed to Erie Co., Ohio, where her father died of cancer in 1854, and her mother in June, 1874. After their marriage, he returned to Pennsylvania and purchased a farm on which they still reside. Have four children, all settled in Pennsylvania except John S.; he was born in Crawford Co., Penn. , April 3, 1842 . He joined the 2d Ohio Ind. Battery of Light Artillery Aug. 3, 1861; was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, siege of Vicksburg, siege of Jackson and Middle Bayou; mustered out as Sixth Sergeant Aug. 9, 1865, at Columbus, Ohio; this Company was organized at Ashtabula Co., Ohio, July 20, 1861; mustered in at Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 6, 1861, and re-organized at Plaquemine, La., Feb. 22, 1864. Mr. Penfield returned to Pennsylvania Sept. 11, 1868 . Married Miss Helen N. Duncan, daughter of Charles and Thida D.; her father was born Aug. 6, 1818; was a miner; her mother (nee Lampson), was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, where they were married in 1842; raised a large family of children, and still resides in that State; Mr. Penfield came to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in February, 1869; Dec. 25, 1869, came to Appanoose and purchased his present property of 145 acres of well improved and cultivated land, valued at $30 per acre; they have one child - Walter W., born Aug. 17, 1869. Republican. Has held the office of Secretary of School Board; is Treasurer.
Phillips, G. W., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Milledgeville.
Peppers, Wells , farmer and proprietor of Lake-Shore Mills, S. 16; P. O. Milledgeville; son of Reuben Peppers, who was born in Kentucky in 1800, where his father, Robert, was an early settler, and died when Reuben was but 18 months old; when he was 8 years of age, his mother removed to Ashe Co., N. C. At the age of 23, he married Catharine Blevins, born in Ashe Co., N.C., in 1803; had one child - Wells, was born in Kentucky July 25, 1826; at 19 years of age, he received a common-school education, and, at the age of 19, he removed to Miami Co., Ohio, and lived in several counties in that State, working in the iron works until 1850, when he came to Iowa; first came to Wapello Co., where he married Miss Margaret R. Northcutt; born in Clarks Co., Ohio; her parents, Willis and Sarah N., since removed to Oregon; after marriage, they removed to Iowaville, Van Buren Co., where he purchased property and engaged at milling; in 1851, on account of the flood in that country, he removed to Davis Co., and in company with Andy Dun, built a mill at Pleasant View, also kept the post office; in 1855, removed to this county and settled where Milledgeville now stands and erected a mill for his brother and Jerry Anderson; two years after built the mill at Griffinsville; four years after, purchased a farm and one-half interest in the mill at Milledgeville; in 1868, purchased the farm where they now reside and own 140 acres, valued at $30 per acre; have kept the post office at Milledgeville since 1875; he also has to contract for carrying the mail to and from Walnut City. They have eight children - Winfield S., born in 1851, now a resident of Cherokee Co., Kan.; Sarah C., born in 1854, married and living in Wayne Co.; Reuben W., born 1857, a resident of Colorado; Chloe A., born in 1860; Charles B., born in 1862; Edwin, born in 1864; Frankie M., born in 1868; Mary A., born in 1870. Republican. A member of the I.O.O.F., at La Grange, Monroe Co. Members of Christian Church. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace for sixteen years; now Notary Public.
Porter, B., far., S. 28; P. O. Milledgeville.
Printy, R. I ., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Milledgeville; son of Israel Printy, who was born in Ohio previous to 1800; in 1819, he married Margaret Cooper, who was born in Virginia in 1800, daughter of Robt. C. Cooper and Elizabeth Mead, who had three children - the youngest, R. J., was born in Vermilion Co., Ind., Nov. 5, 1826; his father died in 1827, after which his mother removed to Greenup Co., Ky., thence to Scioto Co., Ohio; in 1833; to Ripley Co., Ind., when 15, he went to Kentucky; was engaged on the river, and a portion of his time in the iron works of Southern Ohio. Dec. 3, 1850 , he married Miss Harriet J. Davis, daughter of Joshua Davis, of Jennings Co., Ind. ; she was born Jan. 27, 1829 ; the fall of 1851, they removed to this county; reached here with but 37 1/2 in cash. Aug. 29, 1852 , his wife died, leaving two children - Israel and Harriet, born Aug. 21, 1852 . March 13, 1853, he married Miss Cynthia A. Baker, daughter of Wm. Baker, of Davis Co., from Indiana in 1848; she was born in Jennings Co., Ind., in 1826; her father was born in Kentucky in March, 1797; her mother in Glasgow, Nov. 24, 18--. Mr. Printy first settled in Washington Tp.; in the fall of 1853, he came to this township, where he now owns 160 acres of well-improved land, valued at $5,000. They have six children - William, born Aug. 8, 1855 ; Margaret E., March 15, 1857 ; Louisa Americus, Oct. 24, 1858 ; Samuel M., May 15, 1860 ; Jas. C., Jan. 30, 1863 ; Sarah M., March 19, 1865 . Democrat. Trustee and school officer.
Printy, Wm. C., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Griffinsville.
Sheeks, Samuel , farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 2; P. O. Iconium; born in Wayne Co., Ky., in 1812; son of George Sheeks, who was born in North Carolina; married Elizabeth Canote; were early settlers of Kentucky in 1816; were among the very earliest settlers of Lawrence Co., Ind., where he died in 1843, and she in 1853. Samuel, at the age of 21, married Miss Elizabeth Murray, born in North Carolina in 1816; they engaged in farming in that county until the spring of 1850, when they came to Appanoose Co., then in a wild state, and almost uninhabited; they went to Alexandria and Keokuk for their marketing and milling; settled where he now resides, and entered 320 acres of land, now owns 240 acres, valued at $25 per acre; have nine children - Harriet E., born Oct. 21, 1835; John T., born Oct. 6, 1837; George W., born Sept. 15, 1839; Isaac H., born Sept. 6, 1841; Alexander Q., born March 7, 1844 (died in Keokuk, Nov. 27, 1862, having enlisted in the 36th Iowa V. I., Co. F, in September, 1862), Denton P., born July 21, 1846; Lydia J., born Oct. 14, 1848; Martin B., born Nov. 10, 1851; Mary S. E., born Feb. 5, 1856, and Samuel G., born April 9, 1860. Republican; members of the Missionary Baptist Church since arrival in the county. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace two years, Township Trustee and Assessor three years, Township Clerk two years, and school offices.
Showalter, H., far., S. 23; P. O. Griffinsville.
Teator, C. C., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 36; P. O. Walnut City; born in Garrard Co., Ky., June 7, 1804; in 1779, his grandfather Teator, of Maryland, settled in Lincoln, now Boyle Co., Ky., in a fort, where his father, Harris T., was born; March, 1785, the family removed to Garrard Co., Ky., to the farm where his father remained until his death, in 1867, at the age of 85, having been for 49 years Pastor of the M. E. Church; at 22, he married Miss Rebecca Totten, who was born on Long Island in 1781; after the death of her father (who was murdered for his money), the family removed to Tennessee, thence to Kentucky, where she married; remained until her death at the old homestead, where his father died at the advanced age of 83 years. C. C. received a limited education; married Miss Ellen Davis who was born in Garrard Co., Ky., in 1807; her parents, both of Southern birth, pioneers of that county from Virginia, farmed by renting, then purchased a farm; in 1845, came to Jefferson Co., Iowa, and extensively engaged in stock-farming; sent to Farmington and Keokuk the first droves of hogs butchered there. In 1853, removed to this county, settled on present farm; owns 343 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; had fifteen children, nine living; have sixty-five grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren - Cyrus, the eldest, Pastor of M. E. Church; the youngest a farmer in Lucas Co.; four sons served three to four years in the army; Cyrus was in prison ten months at Tyler, Tex.; one died at Mapleton, Kan.; another, during a battle, jumped his horse over a stone wall and captured a rebel flag, which he still retains. Of the descendants of his grandfather, there were seventeen in the late war; his great-grandfather Teator was in the French war, also in the Revolution; was at the battle of Ft. Duquesne , and, although wounded, was one of eight saved from a company of 200. Members of the M. E. Church over forty years; their children, except two, members of same church; he was a Whig, now Republican.
Teator, G. C., fr., Sec. 25; P. O. Griffinsville.
White, Horatio, Jr ., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Milledgeville; born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1824; son of Horatio White, Sr., who was born in Prince George's Co., Md., in 1772; in 1820, married Miss Sarah Roberts, born in Maryland in 1786, but then, a resident of Washington Co., Penn.; they have three children - the eldest, Horatio, when he was 3 years of age, with his parents, removed to Columbiana Co., Ohio. Received a good common-school education, and, at the age of 26, with his parents, emigrated to Jefferson Co., Iowa; there his father died in 1852, aged 80 years; in 1855, he removed to this county, where he now owns eighty acres of land, valued at $3,000. In 1860, he married Miss Ellen Wilson, who was born in 1831; daughter of Andrew W., of Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Iowa , from Indiana ; born in North Carolina ; a pioneer of Henry Co., Iowa ; she is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. White has two children - Frank, born Jan. 14, 1861 ; Harry, born in November, 1864. He is a member of the Congregationalist Church ; has been Township Clerk and Supervisor. Greenbacker.
Woolf, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Walnut City; born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1830; acquired a common-school education; in 1851, went to Pickaway Co., Ohio; engaged in farming; in 1852, came to Illinois near Marshall; thence to Delaware Co., Iowa; engaged in farming by renting; in 1864, went to Dubuque Co.; employed in the lead mines for four years. Married Miss Josephine Gerrard, daughter of Henry and Mary E. G., natives of Belgium, who emigrated to this country in 1849; died here, ,she, in 1859; he, in 1868. Mrs. Wolf was born in Belgium , in 1843; have nine children - Sarah M., Ida M., Mary E., Laura B., Henry H., Nancy J., John M., Stella and Esther. In 1867, came to Appanoose, settled three miles south of Centerville , renting and farming; in 1869, moved north of Centerville , and remained five years, when they purchased their present property, consisting of eighty-two acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Mrs. W. had four brothers in the late war, two of whom were killed; her youngest brother served one year in the latter part of the war, after which he enlisted in the regular army, and was sent to the frontier; is now a resident of Kansas . One of her older brothers returned from the army with a ball in his neck.