The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Payton, Joseph, City Marshall; he was born Nov. 12, 1836, in Shelby Co., Mo.; in 1844, came to Appanoose Co., in 1877, was elected to his present office. Enlisted in 1862 in Co. D, 6th Iowa V. I.; served till July, 1865; participated in all of Sherman's battles. Married Mrs. Elizabeth Manson, maiden name Swearngen, in 1858; she was born in 1836 in Illinois; have four children - James, Center, Henry and Corse; she has one child by a former marriage - Mary G. Manson. Republican; Baptist.
Pennington, J. A., restaurant and confectionery; born in Brooke Co., Va., in 1841; located in this county in 1860. He married Miss Anna Michaels in 1864; she was born in Indiana in 1846; their children are Venlah and Zelma. Are members of the M. E. Church; he is a Republican. He keeps a general stock of confectionery and fancy groceries, and manufactures crackers, candles, etc.; owns one-fourth interest in the celebrated Smith Patent Metallic Horse-Collar, which is being manufactured in Centerville.
Philby, Elizabeth, Mrs., widow; born in Hadlington, Leicestershire, England, in 1822; came to this country in 1863. Married Mr. Philby in 1842; he died in 1875; they had thirteen children, six of whom are deceased; the living are Samuel, Thomas, David, George, Sadie, John W. and Captain Frances Edenburg, who was born at sea, on the Atlantic Ocean. Mrs. Philby is a Methodist. Her oldest married son David resides with his mother; is a Presbyterian; Greenbacker in politics. By profession a civil engineer; engaged, during the last eight years, as reporter for the press - Chicago Times, Pittsburgh Labor Tribune and New York Advocate. Mrs. Philby owns her residence, valued at $1,500, in Centerville.
Porter, G. D., lawyer; born in Perry Co., Penn., in 1846; moved to Cedar Co., Iowa, in 1851; thence to Richmond, Mo., in 1866, and located in this county in 1870. Married Miss Hannah Rodman in 1871; she was born in Boone Co., Ind., in 1854; their children are Claud R., Sadie L., Northa Iowa, George McCoy. National in politics. Owns improved property in Moulton, in this county, valued at $1,600; 200 acres of coal-land, valued at $10 per acre, and a farm of 160 acres, valued at $25 per acre.