The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.
Adams, A. A ., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Tranquility; born in Putnam Co., Ind., May 25, 1838, son of Hugh Adams, who was born in Kentucky in 1812; and with his parents came to Putnam Co., Ind., in 1832, where he married Miss Lucinda Jones, daughter of Allen Jones, formerly of Washington Co., Ind.; she died in 1841, leaving three children. He, with his father, came to this county in 1856; is a resident of Adams Co., Iowa; remained in Appanoose, and in September 30, 1858, married Miss Mary A. Moreland, daughter of William Moreland, from Putnam Co., Ind., a resident of this township since 1849, until his death in March 30, 1878; a man highly honored and respected by all who knew him. He left a wife and ten children, all residents of this county, except three in Wayne Co. Mr. Adams owns 120 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Has five children - John H., born Sept. 1, 1856; Lucinda J., born March 2, 1862; Alfred A., born March 15, 1864; Alden T., born Sept. 24, 1867, and Elvin M., born Dec. 6, 1872. Democrat. Has held the office of Supervisor, President of School Board, ,and Director.
Anderson, R. B ., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Tranquility; son of Daniel Anderson, Jr., who was born in Greene Co., Penn., Feb. 13, 1792. Sept. 18, 1812, he married Mary Payne, daughter of Ebenezer Payne; born in same county Oct. 3, 1789; in 1825, removed to Tyler (now Wetzell) Co., Va., and engaged in farming. There she died July 16, 1850 ; he died Feb. 4, 1867 , leaving seven children - four still living - two in Virginia , one in Illinois , and R. B. He was born in Wetzell Co., Va. , in 1832. May, 1857, married Miss Susanna Haines, daughter of Abram Haines, from Greene Co., Penn. , where she was born June 3, 1837 . In June, 1863, they came to this county; remained one year in Bellair Tp., then came to his present residence, where he owns 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Have seven children - Levi L., born Sept. 16, 1858 ; Mary E., born Oct. 8, 1861 ; Elizabeth J., born May 27, 1868 ; Emerson L., born March 11, 1870 ; Emma A., born Sept. 16, 1872 ; William Frank, born Nov. 16, 1875 ; D. A., born June 27, 1877 . Democrat; members of the Baptist Church for twenty-two years. Was Postmaster in Wetzell Co., Va. , for seven years. On coming to Iowa , ,Mr. A. had enough to buy but ten acres of land and $2.50 in money.
Andrews, G. W., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Tranquility.
Baldwin, L. L ., far., grower and dealer in fine stock, Sec. 1; P. O. Walnut City; born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, 1853; his father was born in that county, 1825; was a farmer and stock dealer; married Catharine Orr, 1844; she was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, 1827. L. L. Baldwin came to this county from Ohio , Aug. 9, 1875 , where he owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Dec. 23, 1877 , married Miss Delia Stoner; she was born in Jackson Co., Ohio , 1853. Republican.
Ball, S. K., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Centerville.
Beare, Andrew J ., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Tranquility; born in Mount Morris, Greene Co., Penn., Aug. 30, 1829; located here, 1869; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a member of the Methodist Church , and Republican. His wife, Annie Kleiss, was born in Lancaster City , Penn. , May 25, 1830 , and married May 29, 1871 . Mr. Beare enlisted in Co. F. 12th Illinois Infantry; afterward re-enlisted in Co. F, 57th Illinois Infantry, and served four years and three months; was in the battles at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Miss., Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Allatoona, Paducah, Kenesaw Mountain, Rome, Ga., Atlanta, siege of Vicksburg, and with Gen. Sherman in his famous march to the sea, and at the review at Washington; was mustered out June 7, 1865.
Bear, J. G. F., far., Sec 29; P. O. Tranquility.
Buck, William J ., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Tranquility; born in Jackson Co., Ohio, March 9, 1835; his father, Charles Buck, a miller, was born in 1797; his mother, Marion Martin, was born May 15, 1802, and married in 1820 in Jackson Co., Ohio; his father died Sept. 23, 1852, leaving six children - all of whom settled in Iowa - two in Appanoose. William J. passed the winter of 1855-56 in Bridgeport , Monroe Co., Iowa ; thence to Walnut Tp., this county, ,in 1856; thence to Independence Tp. in 1866; settled where he owns 180 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. March 29, 1857, married Miss Nancy Hudson, daughter of John Hudson, who moved from Illinois in 1850; she was born in Bond Co., Ill., May 3, 1838; they have ten children - Thomas J., born Nov. 11, 1857; John L., July 22, 1859; James M., May 15, 1861; William T., March 17, 1863; Charles F., Nov. 29, 1867; Martin L., Jan. 7, 1870; Annie M., March 29, 1872; Jesse M., Oct. 20, 1873; Mary M., Oct. 1, 1875, and Allie J., March 21, 1878. Mr. Buck enlisted in Co. G, 36th Iowa V. I. , in 1862; participated at Helena, Mark's Mill, Little Missouri, Prairie de Ann, Duvall's Bluff and others; mustered out at Davenport , Iowa , in 1865.
Carr, G. G., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Jerome.
Close, Mary , widow of John H. Close; born in Scott Co., Ind. , in 1824; he was born in the same county Oct. 17, 1824, and died Oct. 10, 1873 . They were married in 1846, and located in this county in 1850; own 190 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; they had eight children - Mary Ann, Harriet Maria, Emmeretta, Cornelia, William R., Hannah Catherine, Bethel Joseph and Andrew Jackson.
Cole, C. P., far., S. 1; P. O. Centerville.
Cole, Simeon , farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Tranquility; born in Walpole, N. H., in 1801; when 16 years of age, came to Arlington Co., Vt., where he lived with his father's brother, a tanner; he learned that trade, and remained with his uncle until 25 years of age; then married Miss Nancy Glenwood; she was born in Windham in 1803, and died in Arlington, Vt., Nov. 14, 1862, leaving six children - Warren, born March 7, 1827 (a carpenter and joiner of Arlington, Vt.); Henry, born May 8, 1831 (now Pastor of the Reformed Methodist Church of Syracuse, N. Y.); James, born Feb. 10, 1833 (a resident of Vermont); George, born Dec. 28, 1837, died in 1867; Oscar M. born May 11, 1840 (a resident of New York); John G., born Nov. 21, 1843; Louisa H., daughter of Hial Holden, adopted in 1845, died Aug. 21, 1848. Dec. 25, ,1863 , married Mrs. Philena Andrew, widow of John Andrew, a resident of Arlington , Vt. , from Shaftsburg , Vt. ; born March 1, 1816 , died Oct. 19, 1849 . A member of the Baptist Church since his youth. He left four children - Noel H., born April 23, 1843 ; Dayton W., Feb. 19, 1845 , died Dec. 1, 1876 ; Isadore, born Sept. 9, 1847 ; George H., Jan. 22, 1855 . Soon after their marriage, they came to Kane Co., Ill ; in 1870, came to this county, where he now owns 140 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Is a Jackson Democrat.
Coles, S. S., far., S. 11; P. O. Centerville.
Cumberledge, J ., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Centerville; born in Monongalia Co., W. Va., Aug. 30, 1834; located here in 1868. Owns 213 acres of land, valued at $2,500. He is a member of the Baptist Church ; Republican. His wife, Melissa Ann Haught, was born in West Virginia , in 1843. Married Jan. 1, 1861 , and have six children - Samuel G., Mary Ellen, Isouria, Caklisea, Effie and George F. Mr. Cumberledge enlisted in Co. A, 168th Penn. V. I., Oct. 16, 1862 , and served in the 18th Corps under Gen. Foster; was discharged after six month's service, through disability.
Curtis, Ambrose , farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Tranquility ; born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., Nov. 12, 1833; located here in 1860; owns 200 acres, valued at $25, and 49 3/4 acres valued at $10 per acre. He is a member of the United Brethren Church ; Republican. His wife, Harriet Jane Stone, born in Ashtabula Co., Ohio , in 1837. Married in 1856; have seven children - Mary R., Franklin W., Catherine A., Alfred Byron, Milo , Luella and Altha May.
Darrah, Nimrod, far., Sec. 15; P. O. Tranquility.
Davison, Martin , farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Walnut City; son of R. E. Davison, who was born in Shenandoah Valley, Rockingham Co., W. Va., June, 1815; when 8 years of age, his father having died, his mother with her family removed to Wayne Co., Ind., thence, in 1840, to Tipton Co., Iowa; there she died in 1859, leaving six children, R. E. the eldest. In 1843, he married Miss Leah Summers, born in Wayne Co., Ind. , in 1824. In 1864, they came to this county, where they now reside in Independence Tp. Martin was born in Tipton Co., Ind., in 1845; at the age of 5 months, his parents removed to Hamilton Co.; after receiving a thorough common-school education, at the age of 16, enlisted in Co. G, 39th Ind. V. I.; his father secured his discharge as under age; in August, 1862, he re-enlisted in Co. B of same regiment, joined his regiment at Louisville; thence to Perrysville; on the way was captured by Gen. Smith, paroled and sent to Columbus, Ohio, and soon after went home; was exchanged and sent to the front, where he was foraging and skirmishing until 1864; was veteranized at Camp Douglas; on detailed duty until 1865, when he was mustered out. Came to this county where, Sept. 1, 1866 , he married Miss Nancy Bland; born near Pittsburgh , Dec. 15, 1841 , daughter of Joseph and Elsie B. (nee Church) who removed to Appanoose in 1853; in 1867, they settled on Section 4, where he own owns 260 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Has four children - H. S., born May 12, 1867; J. E., born June 8, 1870; A. O., born Feb. 9, 1872; L. L., born Oct. 14, 1875. Greenbacker; she is a member of the U. B. Church; he is President of the School Board and now Justice of the Peace.
Dooley, Thomas, far., Sec. 26; P. O. Centerville.
Darrah, Elizabeth A ., widow of Nimrod Darrah; she was born in New Jersey May 29, 1833; he was born in Monongalia Co., W. Va., March 30, 1827; they were married Dec. 23, 1858, and had three children - Phoebe C., born July 11, 1862; John J., Jan. 1, 1867; Lindsey C., Dec. 31, 1869. Mrs. Darrah owns 170 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. P. O. Centerville.
Dutton, Jeremiah L ., far., Sec. 6; P. O. Tranquility; born in Sussex Co., Del., Jan. 16, 1827; located here, 1872; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. His wife, Nancy Baker, born in Maine , 1829. They were married, 1850; have four children - Fidelia, Dike, Lincoln, John. Mr. Dutton enlisted in Co. I, 4th I. V. I. , Aug. 18, 1862 , and was at the siege of Vicksburg and battle at Arkansas Post, etc.; was discharged Oct. 28, 1864 . Mr. Dutton has his farm under a high state of cultivation; he is an industrious and enterprising man.
Elam , A. S., far., Sec. 11; P. O. Walnut City .
Ferren, Moses A., far., Sec. 30; P. O. Promise City; born in Fayette Co., Penn., Aug. 7, 1825; located in this county, 1853; owns 600 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a Baptist. His wife, Nancy Ross, born in the same county, 1828. They were married March 21, 1852 ; have five children - Hannah Ann, Sarah Dorcas, John Marion, William W., Anna M.
Freedly, R. L., far., Sec. 8; P. O. Promise City .
Garretson, John C ., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 36; P. O. Seymour; born in York Co., Penn., in 1830; descendant of Hollanders, who immigrated to this country before the Revolution; the farm now owned and occupied in that county by the family was entered from the Government; he was the son of William and Mary G. (nee Hooks), daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth H. They were married May 13, 1795, at London Grove Meeting, Chester Co., Penn., by the Friends' ceremony; had five children; next to the youngest was Daniel, father of J. C., ,born Feb. 6, 1802. After his father's death, he removed to Washington Tp., same county. May 28, 1839, by the Friends' ceremony, he married Miss Annie Cook; she was born in that county Sept. 25, 1806; daughter of John and Hannah Cook; her father was born March 29, 1782; her mother May 1, 1785. They were married by the Friends' ceremony at Warington Meeting-house Nov. 19, 1805 ; they had seven children, the second of whom was Annie; remained in that county until his death, , June 15, 1878 . Daniel Garretson had ten children - the eldest, John; Mary, a resident of Promise City, Wayne Co., Iowa , wife of Joshua Ball, a blacksmith; Hannah, a resident of Madison Co., Ind. , wife of Asahel Cook. John C. remained at home, farming in the summers and teaching school in the winters; at 25 years of age, he came to Van Buren Co., Iowa . In 1860, he went to Pittsburgh , Penn. , where, Dec. 12, 1860 , he married Miss Mary E. Ditner; the ceremony was performed at the U. B. Church by a converted Jew, Dec. 12, 1860 ; she was born in York Co. Dec. 22, ,1841 . In March, 1862, they came to Van Buren Co., Iowa, and settled on J. G. Vail's farm as renters; four years after, he purchased forty acres in Lee Co.; this he exchanged in 1869 for one hundred and sixty acres, which he now occupies, to which he has added forty acres, all valued at $30 per acre, of well-improved and well-cultivated lands; built a house costing over $800; has from four to five hundred rods of hedge and other fencing, and fruits, such as can be grown in this climate, in abundance. They have eight children - Jacob Vale, born March 16, 1863; Mary A., Nov. 21, 1864; Hannah C., Jan. 19, 1867; Henry H., June 14, 1868; Daniel, Jr., Aug. 17,1870; Ira, Aug. 2, 1873; Rex, Aug. 3, 1875; Melinda, Jan. 3, 1878. Republican.
Glover, E. S., far., S. 8; P. O. Tranquility.
Haines, David , farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Walnut City ; born in Marion Co., W. Va. ; located in this county in 1856; owns 190 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. He is a member of the Baptist Church , and a Greenbacker. His wife, Sarah Hudson, was born in Bond Co., Ill., April 23, 1840; they were married June 3, 1858; have four children - Benjamin F., born Aug. 17, 1861; Arthela Ann, May 13, 1864; Minnie F., Aug. 17, 1866; Irene May, Jan. 21, 1871
Haines, S., far., S. 19; P. O. Promise City .
Hixenbaugh, John , farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Griffinsville; born in West Virginia Jan. 8, 1831; came to this State in 1852; own 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; also 20 acres of timber land, valued at $10 per acre. He is a member of the United Brethren Church . His wife, Elizabeth Bland, was born in Greene Co., Penn., Sept. 22, 1827; they were married Oct. 5, 1851, and have eight children - Eliza Virginia, Barzillia B., Charles E., David L., Sarah F., John E., Francis M. and George I.
Hoagland, T. J., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Centerville.
Hudson, John , far., Sec. 1; P. O. Walnut City; born in North Carolina, Oct. 19, 1808, and located in this county in 1849; owns 125 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a member of the Baptist Church , and a Democrat. His wife, Ann E. Harris, was born in the same State, March 10, 1817 ; they were married Aug. 14, 1834 ; their children's names are Nancy, Sally, Martha Ann, Eliza, John, Elizabeth, Joel, Benjamin and William.
Inskip, J. H., far., Sec. 11; P. O. Centerville.
Jones, Newton J ., far., Sec. 7; P. O. Promise City; born in Putnam Co., Ind., Nov. 26, 1847; located here in 1851; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. He is a Greenbacker. His wife, Missouri Emoline Horton, was born in Missouri in October, 1817. Married in 1866, and have seven children - Ida May, Matilda A., George B., William R., John W., Newton J, and Silvia F.
Jones, N. M., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Tranquility.
Jones, N. M . farmer and stock grower, Sec. 9; P. O. Tranquility; of Welsh descent; his great-grandfather, on his father's side, was from Wales; supposed to have settled in South Carolina, where his grandfather was born, who afterward, during Boone's time, settled in Casey Co., Ky.; there his father, William, was born Aug. 13, 1796. On Dec. 18, 1817 , he married Abigail, daughter of Robert and Sarah Davis; born in Casey Co., Ky. , April 13, 1799 . Soon after marriage, they moved to Washington Co., Ind. , thence to Putnam Co., Ind. , where they improved a farm, and remained until 1851, when they came to this county again. Pioneers; settled on Sec. 7, of this township, where they both died; in October, 1855, he married Miss Eliza Ferren, daughter of William Ferren, from Fayette Co., Penn.; she was born in Allghany Co., Md., Oct. 5, 1830; having passed one year in Van Buren Co., they came to Appanoose and settled in Johns Tp., on what is now the State road. In 1856, was elected Sheriff of the county; in the fall of 1857, while filling that office, he hanged William Henkle for the murder of his wife - the only man ever hanged in the county by legal authority. After their marriage, he purchased land and settled where they now reside; owns 340 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; had three children - William J., born Sept. 22, 1856; Lafayette, born Oct. 22, 1860 (died Jan. 12, 1861), and John L., born Jan. 1, 1863. Democrat; he is a member of the Baptist Church ; Clerk since 1867. Has held the offices of Township Trustee and Assessor.
Jones, Sandy B ., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 9; P. O. Tranquility; son of William Jones, Jr., who was born in Casey Co., Ky., in 1796; he was a son of William J., Sr., who was born in South Carolina April 14, 1748; died in Casey Co., Ky., July 19, 1821. William J., Jr., married Miss Abigail Davis Dec. 18, 1817; she was born in Casey Co., Ky., April 13, 1799; daughter of Robert D.; after their marriage, they removed to Washington Co., Ind.; thence to Putnam Co., Ind., where, Sept. 1, 1828, the subject of this sketch was born; in 1851, they removed to this county, where they died; she Aug. 22, 1870, and he Aug. 9, 1872, having been a life-long member of the Predestination Baptist Church; he was Clerk and Deacon during a greater part of his membership. Sandy B., at the age of 25, married Miss Irene J. Wilcoxson, daughter of David and Elizabeth W.; she was born in Harrison Co., Ind. , March 19, 1832 . He entered the farm on which he, now resides, except 160 acres given him by his father soon after coming to Iowa , total of 320 acres, valued at $30 per acre. they have two children - Elizabeth A., born Sept. 8, 1854 , and William David, Oct. 27, 1857 . Democratic; in 1870, Mr. Jones was received into the membership of the Baptist Church ; in 1873, he was chosen Moderator; in 1876, he was licensed to preach; in 1878, was ordained as minister. Has held the offices of Township Trustee, President of School Board, and other offices
Kinney, Jesse, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Jerome.
Kingsbery, Robert, Jr., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Centerville; born in County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1823; son of Robert K., Sr., who was born in the same county in 1802, and died there in 1858. Robert was employed upon his father's farm until 24 years of age; in 1848, he came to this country, landing in New York June 13; went to Cleveland, Ohio, for one month; thence to Xenia, Ohio, where he engaged in railroading, firing on the Little Miami R. R.; afterward ran a stationary engine for a time; then as an engineer running a switch engine for three years, receiving $4.25 per day. Feb. 26, 1850, married Miss Sarah Mills, a native of his birthplace; she was born Jan. 1, 1828; with her mother, came to this country in 1847; her father, William M., died in 1836; they remained in New York, where her mother died three months after landing; she came to Springfield, Ohio. In February, 1864, he enlisted in Co. K, 184th Ohio V. I. ; did guard duty at Fort Bridgeport and Chattanooga ; mustered out at Camp Chase , Ohio , in September, 1864. In September, 1866, they came to Iowa , having, in 1853, purchased 180 acres of land where he now lives; owns 220 acres, valued at $25 per acre. Have six children - W. D., born June 11, 1852; George, May 26, 1856; Mary, Jan. 7, 1858; Robert, Jr., Oct. 6, 1861; Jennie, Aug. 8, 1865, and Maggie, Aug. 8, 1868; lost two children - Sallie, born in February, 1854, died at Xenia, Ohio, in January, 1856; Martha, born Dec. 23, 1850, died Dec. 12, 1877. Has held the office of Secretary of the School Board; member of A., F. & A. M., No. 133, of Bellair. Republican; members of the M. E. Church.
Kirkland , B., far., S. 18; P. O. Promise City .
Lyon, John , farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Tranquillity ; born April 5, 1822, in Chautauqua Co., N. Y.; in 1834, came to Kane Co., Ill., with his parents; in 1867, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 187 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Phoebe Miller in 1845; she was born in 1830, in Montgomery Co., N. Y.; have nine children - Esther, Edwin, John E., Henry, Jennie, Mary, Douglas, Grant and Sherman. Has been Constable three years, Treasurer of the School Board, and Director. His father, Joseph L., was born in 1790, in Massachusetts; he was of French origin; his father's father served seven years in the Revolutionary war, after which he married Miss Elanor Davis; they settled in Massachusetts, thence removed to the State of New York, where he died at the age of 84 years; at the age of 20, Joseph L. removed to Madison Co., N. Y., where he was commissioned Colonel in the war of 1812; participated at the battle of Sackett's Harbor and served through the war; he married Miss Betsey, daughter of Ichabod Downing, of Massachusetts; her mother's maiden name was Chase; her parents died when she was but 2 years old; she was taken by her uncle Solomon Chase, to Madison Co., N. Y.; remained with her uncle till her marriage, thence removed to Chautauqua Co., N. Y.; in 1834, came to Kane Co., Ill., where she died in 1849, leaving six children; soon after his mother's death, his father married Mrs. Fannie Isabel in June, 1850;her family were all residents of California; in 1876, he removed to San Joaquin Co., Cal., where they now reside; he has retired from active life, being 88 years of age.
McDonald, Wm., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Centerville.
Nicodemus, William H ., far., Sec. 12; P. O. Centerville; born in Maryland Aug. 23, 1835, and located in this State in 1854, and in this county in 1866; he owns 100 acres of land in Sec. 28, Independence Tp., and he rents and cultivates 55 acres in Sec. 12, Johns Tp. He is a Greenbacker. His wife, Rubia Cozad, was born in West Virginia Nov. 26, 1841; they were married Jan. 19, 1869, and have four children - Martha E., born Feb. 2, 1870; Nicholas P., Dec. 12, 1871; Thomas W., Sept. 25, 1874, and Franklin C., Dec. 26, 1876. Mr. Nicodemus enlisted in Co. G, 11th Iowa V. I., Dec. 7, 1861, and served until Dec. 6, 1863; re-enlisted again at Vicksburg, and served until July 15, 1865; was in the battles of Shiloh, at the siege of Vicksburg and with Gen. Sherman in his famous march to the sea, and on to the Washington review, and was in forty-one battles and innumerable skirmishes.
Pendergast, J. W., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Jerome.
Peugh, David , farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Centerville; born in Virginia Jan. 12, 1819; settled in Indiana twenty-five years, and then located in this county in May, 1854; owns 160 acres of land under cultivation and twenty-five acres of timber land. His wife, Nancy E. Needham, was born in Indiana May 4, 1824 ; married in 1842, and have six children - Lucretia Jane, Nancy Ann, David Preston, William H., Sarah Josephine and Charles Albert.
Pierson, John A ., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Promise City; born in Richland Co., Ohio, May 11, 1825, and located here May, 1856, owns 160 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a member of the M. E. Church, and a Democrat. His wife, Mary Jane Sturgeon, born in Washington Co., Penn. , July 28, 1827 , and they were married April 10, 1855 , and have four children - Ida Belle, Bruce S., Maggie J. L., Robert M. Mr. Pierson has been School Director for six years, Assessor five years, also Supervisor, and was a member of the House of Representatives in 1858 at the new Capitol.
Ratliff, Benjamin, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Centerville.
Sedgwick, S. R ., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Walnut City; born at Rice's Landing, Greene Co., Penn., Sept. 1, 1837, and located in this county in 1871; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. He is a Democratic Greenbacker. His wife, Mercilla Williams, born at Mount Morris, Greene Co., Penn. ; they were married Sept. 1, 1875 , and have one child named Frank L. Sedgwick.
Sidles, Peter, far., Sec. 34; P. O. Jerome.
Shoemaker, Margaret, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Centerville; daughter of John and Margaret C. Bishop, who were born in Hanover, Germany - he in 1787, and she in 1792. Married in Hanover , Germany , where Mrs. S. was born in 1831. When she was 14 years of age, they came to this country; first settled in Jackson Co., Ind., near Brownstown, and engaged in farming; there he died in 1867, aged 70; her mother died in 1872, aged 75; had four children - Margaret is the only one living. Three years after arriving in this country, she married Mr. Henry Cross, a farmer from Hanover, Germany; he died in 1850, leaving one child - Henry C., born Dec. 18, 1850; three years after, she married Henry Frank Shoemaker; he was born in Germany, in 1811, and there married Miss Mary Ranky, in 1840; they came to this country in 1847. She died April 2, 1852 , leaving four children - Catherine M., born Jan. 24, 1841 ; Frank H., born Dec. 13, 1843 ; Mary S., born Nov. 16, 1846 , and Mary E., born Nov. 7, 1849 . In October, ,1854, Mr. S. and his second wife came to this county, and settled where she now resides, and owns 513 acres, valued at $30 per acre. June 1, 1878 , he died, being at the age of 67 years, a useful, thrifty, and highly esteemed citizen. Soon after coming to Appanoose County , they united with the M. E. Church, of which he was Steward and Trustee; formerly Lutheran; her first husband and her parents were Lutherans. He left six children, had lost two - William F., born Oct. 15, 1853, died in April, 1865, John L., born April 29, 1856; Daniel T., born July 8, 1858; Augustus B., born March 7, 1861; Christopher D., born Jan. 13, 1864; died in July, 1865; Josephus E., born May 14, 1866; Rufus C., born Dec. 1, 1868, and Martin L., born Oct. 14, 1871.
Smith, T. W., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Centerville.
Stone, Alfred C ., farmer, Secs. 10, 14, and 15; P. O. Centerville; born in Ohio April 23, 1844 ; located here in 1859; owns 170 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a member of the M. E. Church; Greenbacker. His wife, Annie Thurman, was born in Indiana May 8, 1844 ; they were married in 1865, and have two children - Eliza, born Aug. 9, 1869 , and Walter J., May 25, 1874 . Mr. Stone enlisted in Co. I, 36th Iowa V. I. , in the spring of 1864, and served to the close of the war; mustered out in September, 1865.
Stone, J. M., far., S. 3; P. O. Centerville.
Stone, James L ., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Centerville; born in Ashtabula Co., Ohio, June 6, 1835; owns 220 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a member of the M. E. Church, and a Greenbacker. His wife, Xenia A. Dodge, was born in the same county June 4, 1839; they were married Feb. 4, 1855, and have nine children - Almeron J., Franklin L., James L., Florella A., Aurelius U., Charles A., Alice R., Birddine F. and Susan B. Mr. Stone enlisted in Co. I, 36th Iowa V. I., in August, 1862, and was in the battles of Helena, Little Rock, Prairie de Ann, Saline River, Ark.; was taken prisoner and detained ten months, until the close of the war.
Swan, G. W., far., S. 8; P. O. Promise City .
Thomas, Michael W ., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 31; P. O. Seymour, Wayne Co., Iowa ; born in Lawrence Co., Ind. , in 1845. In the fall of 1851, his father, Henry L., came to Appanoose and entered 1,000 acres of land, which he settled on the following spring, of which his son Michael owns and occupies 172 acres, valued at $30 per acre; the balance divided among this other children previous to his death Jan. 1, 1861, in Centerville; after the death of his father, he, with his mother, removed to the farm he now occupies. At the age of 18, he married Miss Malinda Pendergast, who was born in Ripley Co., Ind., Aug. 24, 1845; daughter of Samuel P., also an early settler of this county, now a resident of Moulton; they have four children - Oren M., born May 1, 1866; Otto, born March 6, 1869; Mary Ettie, born Feb. 24, 1871; Harley, born July 20, 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, his mother and his father, previous to his death, were members of the M. E. Church. Has held the office of Township Clerk. Democratic. Is a member of I. O. O. F. Is a Representative of the Grand Lodge of Iowa of that society, Fifth District.
Thomas, W., far., S. 31; P. O. Promise City.
Wailes, George N., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Tranquility; born in Bartholomew Co., Ind., July 26, 1834, and located here in 1854; owns 245 1/2 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a Greenbacker. His wife, Elizabeth Ellen Mitchell; born in Indiana; they were married in 1855; have eight children - Samuel M., Levin C., Mary Ellen, Rebecca Jane, James Andrew, William Selby, Ann Eliza and Josephus.
Wailes, J. P., far., Secs. 22 and 25; P. O. Tranquility.
Wailes, L. C., physician and surgeon, Sec. 23; P. O. Tranquility; son of Samuel P. Wailes, who was born in Maryland; at the age of 24, married Miss Mary S. Wilson, a native of Maryland; soon after, removed to Kentucky, thence to Bartholomew Co., Ind., where L. C. was born, March 29, 1828; in 1849, came to Davis Co., Iowa, in 1854, to this county, where he now owns 240 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Married Miss Lucinda Wailes, daughter of Leonard Wailes, of this county; she was born in Bartholomew Co., Ind., in 1833; her parents were early settlers of Appanoose, where her father died in 1872; her mother still resides here; Mrs. Wailes died in 1873, leaving eight children - Mary E., Margaret E., George W., Lloyd A., Benjamin F., Flora A., Albert N., Tyler T. Dr. W. married Mrs. Lucinda Friedley, a native of Licking Co., Penn.; her father Benj. Jennings, died in Fulton Co., Iowa, in 1854. In 1862, Dr. Wailes commenced the study of medicine, continued until 1872, read up $120 worth of medical books during the winter of 1873-74, took a course of lectures at Keokuk, since which has had a steadily increasing and extensive practice. Was for eight years a Democrat, previously a Republican, now a Greenbacker; members of the M. E. Church, as was also first wife. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M., Bellair Lodge, No. 133; has held the office of Justice of the Peace.
Wailes, Lloyd, far., Sec. 16; P. O. Tranquility.
Wells, F. M ., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 21; P. O. Tranquility; born in Greene Co., Penn., in 1832; his grandfather, James Wells, of English descent, was a resident of Greene Co. at the time of the French and Indian war, and was present at Braddock's defeat. The father of F. M. was born in Greene Co., Penn. , in 1803. Married Miss Sophia Coon, a native of the same county; daughter of Jacob Coon, of German descent; he also participated in the French and Indian war, and drew a pension until his death, at the age of 99. F. M. having acquired a limited education, served an apprenticeship of two years at the millwright's trade, after which he worked in Pennsylvania and Virginia for five years; in 1855, came to Bureau Co., Ill., and in that and adjoining counties followed his trade until the winter of 1857. Married Miss Christina Anderson, daughter of Levi Anderson, of Bureau Co., Ill. , from Greene Co., Penn. , where she was born in 1837; they settled in Livingston Co., Ill. ; in 1867, came to this county, and settled on the farm he now owns, containing 200 acres of land, valued at $30. His wife died Sept. 12, 1871 , leaving four children - Henry C., ,born in 1858; Emeline M., born in 1861; Sarah E., born in 1863; William S., born in 1866. Married Miss Lydia Hinegard, of Sullivan Co., Mo.; born in Rockingham Co., Va., Oct. 29, 1833; they have one child - Daniel R., born in February, 1876. Republican; members of the Christian Church. Member of the I. O. O. F. at Tiskilwa , Ill.
Wilson, HJ., far., S. 33; P. O. Jerome.