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


Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

McDANEL, NATHANIEL, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Moravia; born in Beaver Co., Penn., in 1829; received a common-school education; in 1849, went to Ripley Co., Ind., where he was employed by the month farming; in 1853, returned to Ohio, Ashland Co., and married Miss Louisa Keller, daughter of Henry and Mary Keller (nee Kring); in 1855 returned to Indiana; in the fall of 1856, came to this county and settled on the section where he now owns 120 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Have seven children - Abram H., Dean R., Charles G., Mahlon E., Johnnie, Lilian C. and Harriet. Democrat; members of the Christian Church. Has held office of Township Trustee and school offices; Constable.


Murdy, A. J., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Beetrace; born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1830; at the age of 10, with his father, removed to Greene Co., Penn., where he lived until 1872, when he came to this county, Washington Tp., where he owns 320 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. He married Miss Christa McCosh in 1852; she was born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1830; died in 1852, leaving one child. Then married Miss Eliza Clendening, who was born in West Virginia in 1832; died in 1871, leaving eight childres - Winfield, F. S. (now resident physician of Moulton, this county), Alice J. (now Mrs. Geo. Stockwell, of this township), John A., William C., Isabel, Andrew C., Robert L. and Albert, who is now a resident of West Virginia; then married Mrs. Sarah L. Shelton in 1873; she was born in East Virginia in 1840; they have three children - Minnie, Robert D. and Loa. Was a Republican; helped to organize the party; now a Greenbacker. Mrs. M. is a member of the Christian Church. Enlisted in the 1st W. Va. Cav. in 1863; participated at Gettysburg, through Sheridan's campaign, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fisher's Hill and in all twenty battles; mustered out in July, 1865, at Wheeling, Va.

Murdy, W. F. S., M. D., physician and surgeon; office Main street; boards at R. b. Carson's,  corner Fourth and Elm; born in December, 1854, in Greene Co., Penn.; removed to this county in 1872; graduated at the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, in 1872, and commenced practice in this village in March, 1878; entered college at the age of 19; took his entire course at St. Louis, graduating at the age of 23.