The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.
Allen, Asa, farmer,
Sec. 11; P. O. Centerville.
Benge, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Kirkwood; born Oct. 20, 1826, in Madison Co., Ky.; when a boy, came with his parents to Indiana; in 1841, came to Des Moines Co.; in 1844, came to Davis Co.; in 1846, to Appanoose Co.; owns 173 acres land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Ellinor Caylor Feb. 28, 1851; she was born in 1822, in Ohio; had three children, two living - Martha J. and Sarah E.; lost Rachael M., aged 1 1/2 years. Republican; Baptist.
Black, R., far.,
S. 34; P. O. Centerville.
Cochran, Harvey, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Centerville; born Nov. 4, 1843, in Van Buren Co.; when an infant, came with his parents to Appanoose Co; he owns 120 acres land. Married Rebecca McCoy Jan. 28, 1866; she was born in Monroe Co., Ohio; had eight children, six living - Ellen, (Ann and Houston are twins), Isabel, George and Lillie. Enlisted in 1862, in Co. F, 17th Iowa V. I.; served to the end of the war; was a prisoner in Andersonville six months. Has been Township Trustee. M. E. Church; Republican.
Deahl, Silas, farmer,
Sec. 33; P. O. Centerville.
McCoy, Peter, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Centerville; born April 17, 1837, in Monroe Co., Ohio; in 1849, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 324 acres of land. Has been President of the School Board and Township Trustee. Married Nancy J. Fitzgerald in March, 1860; she was born in 1840, in Missouri; have five children - Charles, Sarah Ann, Amos, Evaline and Edith.
McCoy, William M., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Centerville; born Aug. 25, 1833, in Monroe Co., Ohio; in 1849, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 130 acres of land. Has been Justice of the Peace about five years; also Township Clerk, Assessor and Trustee. Married Elizabeth Laughton March 10, 1859; she was born in 1837 in Monroe Co., Ohio; died April 2, 1862; have two children - Francis and Clark. Second marriage to Alvia Walter Oct. 16, 1862; she was born in 1840 in Jackson Co., Ohio; have one child - Ethel.
McCune, James B.,
far., Sec. 27; P. O. Centerville.
Shilts, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Centerville; born July 2, 1818, in Harrison Co., Ohio; at an early age, he was apprenticed to the cabinet and carpenter trade; has followed this business about forty-three years; Mr. Shilts is one of the most honored and highly respected citizens of this county, and, through strict attention to business, has acquired a competency; he came to this county in 1854; owns about 600 acres of land. Married Miss Hannah Fisher in 1838; she was born in 1822 in Harrison Co., Ohio; her parents afterward removed to Vinton Co; they had ten children, seven living - Catharine, Sarah Jane, George, Margaret, Mandana, Lovina and Levi. Are members of the U. B. Church.
Smith, Milton, farmer, S. 11; P. O. Centerville; born July 15, 1826, in Ohio; in 1866, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 140 acres of land. In March, 1865, he married Mrs. Martha Allen, daughter of Reuben Hawk; she was born Feb. 6, 1837, in Ohio; her first marriage was to Asa Allen Aug. 16, 1855; he was born Dec. 2, 1831. Enlisted in November, 1861, in Co. F, 53d Ohio V. I.; died at Memphis Aug. 2, 1862. She has one child by first marriage - Eli Allen; lost Joel N. in infancy.
Sparks, D., Sr.,
Sec. 9; P. O. Centerville
Thomas, Levi, far., Sec. 36; P. O. Kirkwood; born Oct. 5, 1848, in Indiana; in 1858, came to Appanoose Co. with his parents; has been a resident of this county since, with the exception of seven years spent in Kansas; he owns 175 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Lucy J. Thomas Jan. 25, 1869; she was born Nov. 15, 1852,in Appanoose Co; have four children - Ida B., E. W., D. E. and L. M. M. E. Church.
Van Dike, Martin, far., Sec. 15; P. O. Centerville; born July 24, 1841, in Boone Co., Mo.; in 1848, came to Appanoose Co.; owns eighty acres of land. Enlisted in1862, in Co. K, 1st M. S. M.; served six months. Married Rachel McCoy in 1869; she was born in1843,in Ohio; have two children - Matilda and Julia. Democrat.
White, R., far.,
Sec. 22; P. O. Centerville
Wright, John C., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Centerville; born May 16, 1811, in Greene Co., Penn.; when an infant, came to Monroe Co. with his parents; in 1847, came to Appanoose Co., he being one of the oldest settlers of this county; owns 124 acres land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Margaret McElroy in 1833; she was born in 1816, in Ohio; died in 1845; they had five children, three living - Melissa, William and Reuben. Second marriage to Lucinda McElroy in 1845; she was born July 9, 1827, died July 24, 1862, in Iowa; have four children - Isaiah, Milton, Sarah and Elizabeth. Third marriage to Mrs.. Elizabeth Cochran March 8, 1863; she was born Sept. 9, 1816, in Hamilton Co., Ohio; she came to this county with her husband in 1845; he died Sept. 30, 1855, in this township. Democrat.
Zellers, John, far., Sec. 23; P. O. Centerville