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

Lincoln Township


Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.

Adamson, H. W., far., Sec. 11; P. O. Numa.
Anderson, D. N., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Seymour.
Anderson, W. R., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Seymour.
Arrison, Wm., far., S. 17; P. O. Seymour.
Becknel, Wm., Sr., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Jerome.
Benell, A. J., far., Sec. 23; P. O. Numa.
Bollman, W. N., far., S. 9; P. O. Jerome.
Bradley, J. R., far., Sec. 18; P. O. Seymour.
Brown, L. S., far., S. 17; P. O. Jerome.
Buck, J., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Jerome.

Butler , P. T ., farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 8; P. O. Seymour; born in Jennings Co., Ind. , in 1840; his father, John T., was born in Kentucky ; removed to Indiana , where he was one of the early settlers. Married Miss Julia A. Brooks, whose parents were from Virginia; when P. T. was 14 years of age, they came to this county, first settling in Independence Tp.; engaged in farmer; thence to Monroe Co.; thence to Marion Co.; returned to this county; he died here June 21, 1872; P. T., at the age of 16, commenced working out by the month. In August, 1862, he married Miss Lucinda J. Martin; she was born in Putnam Co., Ind. , Jan. 14, 1847 ; they have seven children - William N., Elmer E., Julia B., L., Charles H., Jessie, Viola. Democratic. Has held office of Township Trustee; was School Treasurer for seven years. Owns 420 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. His grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier.

Cummins, E., merchant, Moravia.

Crist, John G ., far., S. 1; P. O. Numa; born in Delaware Co., Penn., Oct. 28, 1819; located here in 1870; 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a member of the Baptist Church and a Republican. His wife, Mary Ann Coffman, was born in Indiana Oct. 22, 1823; married Feb. 20, 1845; their children's name are Sarah Elizabeth, Isaac, Alfred, John, Mary Ann, Emma A., William A. and Minnie E.

Crunch, Joseph M ., far., S. 4; P. O. Jerome; born in Kentucky May 2, 1835 , and settled here in 1855; owns 130 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a Methodist and a Republican. His wife, Sarah E. Fox, was born in Indiana Nov. 7, 1838 ; they married in 1854, and have seven children - Wiley S., Sarah A., Mary M., Ida M., Clarence U., John M. and Lennia L.

Cupple, F., far., S. 20; P. O. Seymour.
Denoon, E. S., far., S.7 ; P. O. Seymour.

Darrah, M ., far., S. 18; P. O. Seymour; born in Monongalia Co., W. Va., in 1833; in 1856, his father, Henry, came to this county where he died in 1864; his mother died in West Virginia in 1847. Feb. 17, 1858, he married Miss Susannah Lawrer, daughter of William and Catherine L., early settlers of this county; her mother died in 1874; her father is a resident of Wayne Co., 83 years of age; she died May 27, 1874, leaving six children - William H., Abraham, C. Sylvester, Stephen E., Ephraim and Joseph. He married Miss Martha E. Straight Feb. 11, 1875 ; she was born in West Virginia in 1842; they have one child - Milo , Jr., born in 1876. Democrat; Mrs. Darrah is a member of the Baptist Church .

Dukes, H. C., physician and surgeon; office, north side public square, Numa; born in Putnam Co., Ind., Dec. 15, 1848; with his parents, Alrearim and Mary D., came to this county in 1850; his father, a farmer, purchased a large tract of land in Bellair Tp., now owned by Furny Moss; afterward sold and purchased the farm now owned by Mr. Bontey, where they died - father, Jan. 9, 1865; mother, October, 1872. His elder brother enlisted as musician with 18th I. V. I. regimental band in 1862; died Dec. 15, 1863 . Dr. D. received an ordinary education, and taught school from 1869 to 1872; then, commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Worthington of Caldwell Tp.; winter of 1872-73, entered the Medical Institute at Keokuk; then, studied and practiced with Dr. Worthington; August, 1874, commenced practice alone, establishing himself in Missouri; April, 1876, removed to his present field of labor where he is a very successful practitioner. March 3, 1870 , married Miss I. J. Shaw, daughter of J. M. and Lucy Shaw, formerly of Southwest Missouri , where they own a large tract of land; but, driven from thence by the rebels, sought refuge in this county, north of Centerville . Her father joined the Gray-Beard Regiment, and died in hospital at St. Louis ; her mother has since lived with her children; they have three children - Charles A., born in 1873; Saidie L., born in 1875; Harry C., born in 1877. Republican; members of A., F. & A. M., No. 313, Numa. Dr. Dukes has taught singing-school for several years; has a well-organized class at Numa.

Elliott, A. M., far., Sec. 7; P. O. Seymour.
Elliott, W. W., far., S. 13; P. O. Numa.
Farmer, E., far., S. 24; P. O. Numa.
Fox, W., far., Sec. 13; P. O. Numa.
Hagan, J., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Jerome.

Handlin, James S ., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Seymour; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1835; at the age of 10, having lost his father, he went to live with Mr. Sheridan, a farmer. Six years afterward, he enlisted in the 74th Ohio V. I. , Co. C, Capt. Owens; was at Stone River , Atlanta , Chickamauga , Mission Ridge, in the Savannah campaign, and with Sherman all through, and mustered out at Camp Dennis , July 18, 1865 . Spent two years in Ohio , farming, and one year on the Cincinnati & Marietta R. R.; thence to Bloomfield, Davis Co.; engaged as foreman on the N. I. & M. R. R., for six years. In October, 1871, he married Miss Saphronia Cochran; she was born in Missouri , in 1855; have three children - May, born in 1873; George F., born in July, 1877, and an infant. In the spring of 1875, he came to this Township, where he owns 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Democrat; is a member of the Catholic Church.

Harper, J., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Numa.
Henderson, W. T., far., Sec 24; P. O. Numa
Hickman, J. L., far., S. 3; P. O. Jerome.
Hill, J., far., Sec. 17; P. O. Seymour.
Holshouser, M. A., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Numa.
Houser, far., S. 6; P. O. Seymour.
Hudson, G., far., S. 21; P. O. Seymour.

Inman, E. W., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Seymour, Wayne Co.; born in Ohio in 1849; at the age of 5, his father, Nathaniel, came to Appanoose, locating in Franklin Tp., and engaged in farming. Being of a patriotic turn of mind, he enlisted in the 36th Iowa V. I. in 1862; participated in several battles, and served his time within twelve days, and, while out scouting, was taken sick and died. E. W. remained at home until 15 years of age, or 1864, when he commenced to do for himself, and now owns eighty acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Mary J. Lowry in 1875; she was born in this county, where her father, J. Lowry, now resides, in 1858; they have one child, not named, and have lost one, a bright boy, born in 1876, died in June, 1877. Republican.

Jackson, C. R ., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Jerome; born in Indiana, in Feb. 2, 1820; located here in April, 1854; owns 110 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. H is a Methodist and Republican. His wife, Ellen Watkins, born in Clarke Co., Ind. , in 1825. They were married Nov. 1, 1844 ; have eight children - Thomas G., Martha J., Nancy H., Isham E., Eliza A., Barbara D., Mary E. and Victoria I.

Keith, Francis, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Jerome.
Keller, A., far., S. 22; P. O. Numa.

Kinney, Eve , farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Jerome; daughter of Daniel and Eve J. Jentis, residents of Ohio, on the Ohio River, near Cincinnati; her father a native of Germany; her mother from Hagerstown, Penn.; they formed a part of a colony who were among the earliest settlers of Ohio, having at that time to gather in the strongest cabins for mutual protection against the Indians; removed to Clark Co., Ohio, where he died in 1846, in his 85th year; she in 1848, being thirteen years younger than her husband. July 4, 1822, the subject of this sketch married Jacob Kinney; he was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, in 1799; married in Clark Co., Ohio; fifteen years after, they removed to Champaign Co., Ohio; thence, in 1844, to Van Buren Co., Iowa, and, in the spring of 1845, to Davis Co., where he purchased his first land; in 1870, having improved 120 acres, he sold it and came to this county, where he owned 120 acres of land; he died here in March, 1876, leaving six children - Mary A., John, Elizabeth, Jesse G., Rebecca M. and Harriet S. Members of the M. E. Church, having joined in 1843; he was Steward of the Church during their residence in Ohio ; their children, except the youngest, are also members.

Kewley, T. P., far., S. 24; P. O. Numa.
Krewson, L. S., far., S. 11; P. O. Numa.

Kinney, Jesse G ., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Jerome; born in Champaign Co., Ohio, 1841; at the age of 3 years, his father, Jacob K., removed to Union Tp., Davis Co., this State, where he engaged in farming; improved a farm of 360 acres; came to this county in 1870, where he died in March, 1876. J. G. received a common-school education. Enlisted Capt. Wilson's Co A, 3d Iowa V. C., in January, 1864; was in the battles of Selma , Columbus , Guntown, and many skirmishes; mustered out at Atlanta , Ga. , in August, 1865; returned home and resumed farming. In January, 1869, married Miss Louisa Enoch, who was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1850, daughter of George and Percy Enoch; her father is a carpenter; moved to Hancock Co., Ill.; in 1860, to this county; now in Ellsworth Co., Kan. Mr. and Mrs. K. were married in Davis Co.; soon after, came to this county, where he owns 215 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. They have three children - Osta, born in 1871; Errietta, in 1873, and Ovea, in 1877. Republican; members of the M. E. Church. Held the office of Constable and Supervisor.

Larimer, D. S., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Jerome.
Leak, Francis, far., Sec. 24; P. O. Numa.

Lindsey, W. J ., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Jerome; born in Crawford Co., Penn., in 1835; with his parents, James and Lydia L., came to Lake Co., Ill., in 1846; engaged in farming; moved to Morgan Co., Ill. In 1857, married Miss Emma Farrand, daughter of William and Phoebe F., then residents of Lake Co., now of Bremer Co., Iowa, farmers; she was born in State of New York in 1839; in 1859, he with three others journeyed to Salt Lake, where they joined a company of 300 people, with sixty teams, well equipped, officered, etc., and started for California; six months after, arrived there after several skirmishes with the Indians, and having their stock captured, most of which they recovered; mined four years in California; returned in 1864, by water, via New York, crossing the Isthmus. Enlisted the same fall in 96th Ill. Inf., Co. B, Capt. Burnet; was at Nashville , but mostly engaged in skirmishing; mustered out in Texas in 1865. Soon after his return from the army, removed to Bremer Co., Iowa, where he had land; after one year, sold out and came to this county; settled on the Chariton ; rented land; afterward purchased his present property of fifty acres, valued at $20 per acre; they have two children - Leroy A. and Ralph. Member of the M. E. Church; Republican.

Lowrey, J., far., S. 20; P. O. Seymour.

Lowry, Robt. S ., farmer and stock-grower, S. 20; P. O. Seymour; born in Montgomery Co., Ind., in 1832; came to Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1847; there followed the occupation of laborer until 1853; when he came to this county and located where he now lives; own 1,006 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre, all inclosed except twenty-four acres with five miles of find hedge and one and a half mile of wire fence - a large orchard, good buildings, and a farm which, as to general appearance, will average with any in the county; also owns one fifth interest in the Allerton Bank, mostly made in handling stock. He, with another man, paid the Rock Island Road during its first year $17,000; now has on his farm 150 head of cattle, with a proportionate amount of other stock. He married Miss S. A. E. Saunders in 1853; she was born in Rutherford Co., Tenn. , in 1835; her father, George S., came to this county with Mr. Lowry; stayed one night, and being disgusted with the general appearance of the country, returned to Illinois , where he still resides; her mother died while Mrs. L. was quite small. They have seven children - Margaret E., Luella J., Mary E., James L., Robert E., John T. and Harley. Republican; members of the M. E. Church. Has held school offices - Treasurer six years; Township Trustee and Township Assessor, Is a member of the A., F. & A. M. at Seymour . Enlisted in the 36th I. V. I., Co. I, Capt. Gedney; participated in the engagements at Columbus, Ky., Memphis, Helena, Barmeter and Little Rock; discharged as Corporal July 2, 1865; by reason of disability.

Lunney, J. L., far., Sec. 17; P. O. Seymour.
McElvain, W. D., far., S. 16; P. O. Seymour.

Maning, John, Jr ., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Numa; born in Clermont Co., Ohio, in 1805; his father, John, Sr., an early settler of that county, was born in New Jersey, and moved to Pennsylvania; when 80 years of age, came to Jefferson Co., Iowa, where he died near Libertyville, aged 93; his mother died in Ohio; in 1856, John, Jr., came to Lee Co., Iowa, and engaged in farming on rented land; in 1854, came to this county; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. In 1826, he married Miss Martha S. Dill, who was born in Clermont Co., Ohio , in 1808; died in 1830, leaving two children - America and Elizabeth. He married Miss Ursula B. Morgan in 1833; she was born in Clermont Co., Ohio , in 1811; they have seven children - William J., Enoch, Joseph, Sarah, Angeline, Artemisia, Amanda. Mr. M. is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Mrs. M. is a member of the Christian Church. Has held the office of Township Trustee. Democrat. His son Harvey enlisted in the 8th I. V. C. in 1863; died with erysipelas at Jeffersonville , Ind. , in 1865.

Miller, G., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Numa.
Miller, J. W., far., S. 24; P. O. Numa.
Miller, L. D., far., S. 14; P. O. Numa.
Mitchell, W. W., far., S. 5; P. O. Jerome.
Moore, J. L., far., S. 2; P. O. Jerome.

Moore, John , farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Jerome; born in Davidson Co., N. C., in 1826; worked for his brother in a distillery until 22 years of age; in 1848, came to this county; owns 140 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. July, 1849, he married Miss Mary R. Elam, who was born in Tennessee in 1830; her father, Joel E., came to his county from Bond Co., Ill., in 1846; a farmer and carpenter; died in Johns Tp., in January, 1866; he was an early settler of this county; they have nine children living - Elijah, Joel E., George R., James A., John A., Frances E., H. Alfred, Mary A. and Lizzie J.; their first son William E. died in 1850. Mrs. Moore is a member of the Baptist Church ; their three eldest children of the M. E. Church; Independent. When Mr. Moore came here there was abundance of game, even buffalo and elk; he killed thirty deer in two weeks, beside attending to his other work; wolves were so numerous that their flocks were in danger; he killed a buck, carried the hams to town, and purchased their first set of cups and saucers; no mill nearer than Des Moines, so they boiled their corn and grated it; ground their buckwheat in a coffee-mill.

Morrison, B., far., Sec. 15; P. O. Numa.
Moss, E., far., Sec. 13; P. O. Numa.
Murphy, J. H., far., S. 12; P. O. Numa.

Murphy, T. A ., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 4; P. O. Jerome; born in Cumberland, N. J., in 1825; his father, William M., a farmer, died when T. A. was 4 or 5 years of age; he was bound to John Hawkins, farmer, with whom he came to Fulton Co., Ill., and remained with him until of age; received a common-school education. In 1847, married Miss M. J. Matthews; she was born in Christian Co., Penn., in 1826; daughter of Charles and Nancy Matthews; both died when she was a child, in Clark Co., near Springfield, Ohio; they have five children - W. S., Edward, William Henry, all residents of Kansas; Charles A. and Mary A.; he engaged in farming by renting; in 1868, came to this county; he owns thirty acres of land, well improved, valued at $30 per acre. Held office of Trustee four years, and was Treasurer of School Board and Director for several years. Republican.

Norris, Jacob , farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Numa; born in Franklin Co., Penn., in May, 1830; in 1834, his mother died, leaving a family of small children, who were taken in charge by the county, as his father was poor and intemperate; at 10 years of age, he was bound out to William Cressler, a farmer in that county; at 21, with not even respectable clothing, he left his hard master and engaged to work by the month for another farmer; in 1850, he came to Macomb Co., Ill.; was employed by James Head as hostler at his hotel; in March, 1851, came to Burlington, Iowa; worked in McCoslis' livery stable; then on a farm in Des Moines Co. Jan. 4, 1852, married Mary J. Abbott, daughter of Hayes and Elizabeth A.; her father settled in that county from Ohio in 1842; her mother died there when Mrs. Norris was but 9 years of age; in 1852, purchased eighty acres in Louisa Co.; exchanged it for a team and wagon and farmed on rented land; in the spring of 1856, came to Davis Co.; purchased 100 acres; remained there ten years, and, in 1866, came to this county, where he owns 400 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre, well improved and stocked. They have eleven children - Ellen M., Vandora, Phoebe, Jacob A., Iva M., Isaac G., Charles G., James E., Lewis J., Flora F. and Mary M. Mr. N. was a Whig; now a Republican; they and three children are members of the M. E. Church; Mr. N. is Class-Leader and Trustee of the Church.

O'Neil, G. W., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Numa.

Owen, Thomas , farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 5; P. O. Seymour; born in Putnam Co., Ind., 1839, where his father died in 1853; with his mother, he came to McLean Co., Ill., where he engaged in farming; in 1859, came to this county, first settling in Independence Tp., where he purchased land, and engaged in farming. On Jan. 30, 1862, he married Miss Mary A. Morlan; she was born in Putnam Co., Ind., Sept. 30, 1840; daughter of Henry and Melinda M.; from Putnam Co., Ind., in 1851; have six children - William H., born in 1862; John M., born in 1864; E., born in 1867; Elvin, Born in 1871; Samuel J., born in 1874; and Mary C., born in May, 1878. Democrat. Has held school offices; Director and President.

Pendergast, J., far., Sec. 2; P. O. Jerome.

Pendergast, Addison , farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Jerome; born in Ripley Co., Ind., in 1840; in 1847, with his father, Samuel Pendergast (now a resident of Moulton), came to Lee Co., Iowa; farmed there until 1861, and came to this county, where Addison now owns 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. In 1861, he enlisted in Co. B, 5th Kansas Cavalry; was at Prairie Grove, Sandhill, Morristown, and others; in 1864, he was captured and held at Tyler, Tex., for one year; with three others he made his escape by copying a pass; traveled by night 200 miles; were re-captured and taken to Louisville, thence to Magnolia, Ark., and Shrevesport, La.; returned to Tyler, Tex., and held one month; sent to New Orleans for exchange, thence to Leavenworth, Kan., where they were paid off; mustered out at Duvall's Bluff, Ark., in November, 1865. Married Miss Almira Snediker; she was born in Belmont Co., Ohio , in 1840; have two children - Frank E., born in 1869; Clinton B., born in 1875. Republican; she is a member of the M. E. Church.

Pendergast, J. W., far., S. 2; P. O. Jerome.
Pettigrew, A. M., far., S. 20; P. O. Seymour.
Rinker, Frank, far., S. 21; P. O. Numa.

Rinker, Jonathan , far., S. 5; P. O. Numa; born in Mason Co., Ky., in 1810; his father, George R., a native of Virginia, in 1819, moved to Washington Co., Ind.; was an early settler; cleared a farm and remained until his death in 1827; his mother, after her husband's death, came to Lee Co., Iowa, when to Ralls Co., Mo., where she died in 1847; Mr. R. went to Lawrence Co., Ind., in 1830. In 1833, married Miss Elizabeth Flinn; she was born in Kentucky in 1810; her parents were pioneers of Lawrence Co., Ind.; in 1818, made their own roads and crafts for crossing streams;lived in forts for protection from the Indians; a cousin of Mr. R. was killed and an uncle taken prisoner by the Indians; in 1845, came to the Territory of Iowa and settled in Van Buren Co.; cleared a farm; in November, 1851, came to this county and entered land; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; on arriving here, had a yoke of oxen and wagon, $11 in money and eleven in his family; had to go to Des Moines River to mill. Has eight children - Oliver C., Robert F., Franklin, Leander, Walter, Elizabeth, Caroline and Emily. George W. enlisted in the 6th Kansas Cav.; was killed in the battle of Mazzard Prairie; Oliver C. was taken prisoner and held at Tyler , Texas , until the close of the war; Robert F., also in same regiment, served until close of the war. Mr. Rinker was a Democrat; since the rebellion a Republican; member of the M. E. Church. Has held the office of Township Trustee and other offices.

Rinker, R. F ., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Numa; born in Lawrence Co., Ind. , in 1839; in 1845, his parents, Jonathan and Elizabeth R., came to Lee Co., Iowa , engaged in farming; in 1851, came to this county. In 1861, R. F. enlisted in Co. B, 5th Kan. Cav.; April, 1862, transferred to the 6th Kan. Cav.; was in battle at Morristown, where their Colonel and several of the company were killed; for over eighteen months their company was detached from the regiment, engaged in guerrilla warfare, fighting Quantrell over the year; mustered out Second Sergeant, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Nov. 18, 1862. April, 1866, married Miss Julia N. Brinkley, daughter of W. D. Brinkley, of Linn Co., Mo. ; she was born in Fayette Co., Ohio , in 1846; they have six children - William J., Charles Homer, John E., Frank, Tommy, George. Republican. Held the office of Township Trustee for several years, Constable, member School Board, Secretary, etc.; member of the A., F. & A. M., No. 133, at Numa. Owns 180 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.

Ruby, H. F., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Seymour.
Speers, Irwin, far., Sec. 19; P. O. Seymour.

Sidles, Peter, Jr ., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Jerome; born in Clinton Co., Ohio, in 1823; his grandfather, Peter Sidles, a native of Germany, came to this country during the Revolution; enlisted at 16 and served in that campaign; settled in Pennsylvania on the Alleghany River. Peter's father married Miss Nancy Morrison in Clinton Co.; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1801; daughter of Galvin and Catharine, of that county. His father died in January, 1865; mother still resides on the old farm where Peter, Jr., was born, and which she has owned for fifty-seven years. In 1846, Peter married Miss Susan Crossman, who was born in Clinton Co., Ohio, in 1824; her father, a farmer and stock dealer, one of the first settlers of that county, is a native of New Jersey; her mother died in 1826; father in 1853; were highly respected members of the Baptist Church. Soon after marriage, Mr. Sidles bought 100 acres of wild land, farmed it for seven years; but the labor of clearing a timber farm proving too great for his health, he sold and came to Appanoose during 1859, to his present home; owns 470 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre, well improved with good buildings, his residence cost $3,000, and an extensive orchard. They have six children - Maria A., Mary M., Hannah E., John A., George I. and Susan A.; those married are in business; Mary - a successful teacher for eleven years. Republican; members of twenty-two years' standing in the M. E. Church; he is a Class-Leader. Member of A., F. & A. M., of thirty years' standing, now belonging to Lodge No. 133 of Numa; held the office of Justice of the Peace for eleven years, and of Township Trustee and Assessor. August, 1861, enlisted in 5th Kansas Cavalry; transferred to 6th Kansas Cavalry; taken prisoner at Mazzard Prairie; held at Tyler, Texas; escaped and reached Capt. Gedney's Co., 36th I. V. I.; had seven months' prison fare, five weeks sick with fever, but was so fortunate as to have one of his own company's men, James Asher, to care for him, and whom he greatly esteems for his kindness; accompanied Capt. Gedney's Company to Cairo, Ill.; at Leavenworth, Kansas, mustered out April 18, 1865.

Squire, J., far., S. 7; P. O. Seymour.
Squire, S., far., S. 7; P. O. Seymour.
Steele, M., far., S. 11; P. O. Numa.
Stoner, N., far., S. 4; P. O. Jerome

Stewart, James , farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Numa; born in Montgomery Co., Ky., Sept. 22, 1807; settled in Indiana in 1825; located in this State in 1849; owns 172 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. His wife, Dicy Wright, was born in North Carolina Aug. 25, 1811 ; married Dec. 24, 1829 ; have seven children - Nety, Elizabeth, Amos, Melinda, Rity, Isaiah and Nancy Jane.

Van Dorn, A. S ., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Numa; born in Licking Co., in 1819; his parents, Joseph and Hanna V., were early settlers of that county from New Jersey . At 16, commenced learning the trade of blacksmith; served an apprenticeship of four years; worked at journey work two years; in 1839, he came to Farmington, Van Buren Co., this State. In February, 1843, he married Miss Minerva Vito; she was born in Ohio in 1826. Worked at carding; returned to his trade; followed it until 1850, when he, with two others, went to the Missouri River, joined a company and went to California; engaged in mining for four years, with moderate success; in 1854, returned via the Nicaragua route; reached Van Buren Co., after a journey of three months, in October, 1854; in the spring of 1855, came to this county; engaged in farming; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. Have six children - Josephine, Maryette and Mary (twins), Stephen Douglas, George B. and Virginia M. Greenbacker.

Vanness, S. C ., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 16; P. O. Seymour; born in Lycoming Co., Penn., in 1819; his father was of Holland descent, and his mother of English; they were married in New Jersey; his father was a blacksmith; moved to Pennsylvania; thence to Columbiana Co., Ohio; were early settlers, and so poor that they wore wooden shoes; thence to Trumbull Co., Ohio; returned to Pennsylvania, where his parents died - his father at the age of 86 years, his mother at 84. In December, 1842, he married Miss Mary Cronk; she was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio (afterward Mahoning Co.), in 1823; her parents, Isaac C. and Margaret (nee Deal), were born in Pennsylvania ; they moved to Ohio , where her father died, the family removing to Indiana . In 1857, came to this county; owns 340 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Have five children living, lost one - Madison M., born in 1845, died in May, 1848; Addison M., born in 1851; Canfield B., in 1853; William C., in 1855; Peter M., in 1856, and Abraham L., in 1863. The father of Mrs. Vanness, Isaac Cronk, was a lawyer; admitted to the bar, and practiced in Mahoning Co., Ohio ; a highly educated man; for many years taught school, but from ill-health left it for other pursuits. Republican; have been members of the Baptist Church at Livingston for twenty-five years.

Wilson, A. F., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Numa.

Ware, M. L., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Seymour; born in Orange Co., Ind., in 1839; in 1847, his father, William W., came to Lee Co., Ind.; engaged in farming; in 1849, came to Davis Co., and, in 1851, to this county, where he now resides, one mile south of Centerville. July, 1861, M. L. enlisted in Co. D, 6th Iowa V. I., Capt M. M. Walden; an account of ill-health, was discharged at Tipton, Mo., in 1862. April 1, 1863 , married Miss M. J. Hamilton, daughter of A. H. Hamilton; she was born in Hendricks Co., Ind. , in 1844; died July 14, 1873 . After marriage, settled in Centerville ; in 1875, moved to his present farm; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. February, 1876, he married Miss Harriet Putnam, a resident of Fremont Co., where they were married; they have one child - Chloe, born in August, 1877. Republican.

Wilson, H., far., S. 3; P. O. Jerome.
Wilson, J., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Jerome.
Wilson, R. P., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Numa.
Wilson, P., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Numa.

Wright, William H ., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Centerville; born in Miami Co., Ind., in 1848; in 1854, his father, Zebida W., moved to Putnam Co., Ind.; farmed for two years; in 1856, came to this county; purchased a farm of 240 acres in Bellair Tp.; now resides at Seymour, Wayne Co. In 1866, married C. A. Mills; she was born in Putnam Co., Ind. , in 1849; her parents, Henry and Rebecca, were early settlers of this county; her mother died here in 1853; her father Jan. 1, 1877 . They have three children - Ettie B., born in 1868; Oliver P., born in 1871; Z. H., born in 1875. Owns eighty acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Republican; members of M. E. Church.