The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.
Allen, Lewis, Sec. 9; P. O. Unionville.
Baker, C. C., farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 5; P. O. Unionville; born in Hawkins Co., Tenn., in 1834; when 24 years of age, went to Texas, traveling by water, and was two months on the way, landing at Galveston; thence to Liberty and Livingstone; thence to Sabine Pass, where he remained thirty days; thence to Alexander, La., on Red River; then returned to New Orleans; thence to Keokuk, Iowa, and to Unionville in May, 1857, where he engaged in carpenter work until Dec. 27, 1857, when he married Miss L. J. Bishop, daughter of William W. Bishop (deceased), then living where they now reside; she was born in Lee Co., Va., only five miles from where he was born, in 1839; they have two children - Nancy J., born in 1862, and Martha E., born in 1874. Democratic; Mr. and Mrs. Baker and daughter are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, organized at Unionville in 1852, Mr. Baker being Deacon of same; has held the office of Township Assessor two years; has been on the School Board for ten years; is Township Trustee, a member of A., F. & A. M., 119, Unionville; has 230 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; he with A. J. Morrison, of Unionville, has for five years handled an average of over eighty cars of stock per year; when married, had but a carpet-sack and $400.
Bickford, John H ., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Unionville; born in Udell Tp., this county, in 1853; his father, Charles E. Bickford, was born near Springfield, Ill., in 1825; he married Miss E. H. Shaffer in 1849, in Lee Co., Ill.; she was born in Virginia in 1831; very soon after their marriage, they removed to this county, where he entered the land now occupied by John H., consisting of 241 acres, now valued at $30 per acre; occupied the same farm until his death, ,which occurred in 1874, leaving eight children - P. Moses, John H., Martha L., Sarah A., Charles M., George M. and James B. Republican in politics; Mr. and Mrs. B. had been members of the M. E. Church for fifteen years. Of his children, Moses is now in California ; all the others are in Texas , except John H., now occupying the home farm.
Bishop, Wm., S. 27; P. O. Unionville.
Buckmaster, Richard , farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Dennis; born in Mercer Co., Penn., July 10, 1812; the same year his parents removed to Wayne Co., Ohio, the first settlers in the county; there they remained until his mother died, 1838; after which his father came to Cedar Co., Iowa. In 1855, he came to this county, where he owns 120 acres of land, near Unionville, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Eliza Matocks in 1830; she was born in Pennsylvania in February, 1809; they have six children living, two have died - Solomon L., John, Sophia J., Ebenezer A., Enos H., died in 1858; Rachel, died in 1860; Robert M. and Ruth A. Mr. and Mrs. B., with all their children except one, are members of the M. E. Church. He was a member of the State militia during the late war. In 1857, he engaged in the milling business in Davis Co.; after being connected with it two years, he sold to his partner, who soon after sold out and joined the rebel army without having paid Mr. B. for his interest in the mill.
Carr, Jno., Sec. 13; P. O. Unionville.
Cayler, John , farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Unionville; born in Loudoun Co., Va., in 1800; in 1803, his father went to Ross Co., Ohio - there engaged in farming, distilling and milling. When he was 13 years old, his father moved into the adjoining county of Fayette . There at 19 years of age, he married Miss Rachal Moore; she was born in Kentucky in 1800. They remained there for seven years, then removed to Hendricks Co., Ind., and there engaged in farming for twenty-seven years, or until 1851, when they came to this county, where he has followed his usual occupation since, with the exception of one year, in which with his wife and daughter he went to Idaho for their health, his wife being benefited by the journey. They have had sixteen children, eleven of whom are now living - Elender, Adam, Jane, George W., William R., Rachel, Elsie, Elizabeth, Zekal M., Mahala M. and Marion. Democratic; holds to religious principles, though belonging to no church.
Cayler, Wm ., far., S. 10; P. O. Unionville; born in Hendricks Co., Ill., in 1849; during the same year his parents removed to this county, where he now resides, and owns 150 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. He married Miss A. Whisler in 1867; she was born in Indiana in 1847; they have five children - Elmer A., Irena D., Margaret L., William A. and Lora. Democrat; members of the German Baptist Church .
Chastain, M., Sec. 16; P. O. Unionville.
Clancy, J. W ., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Unionville; born in Jackson Co., Tenn., in 1814; removed to Pike Co., Ill., in 1838; thence in 1840, to what is now Schuyler Co., Mo., then a territory; remained three years, and, in 1843, came to this county, where he owns 400 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. He married Miss Malinda A. Martin in 1834; she was born in Monroe Co., Ky., in 1814; died in this county in 1862, leaving seven children - Eliza A., Elizabeth, John W., Mary, George W., M. Jane, Nancy F. Then married Mary Frost in 1863; she was born in Tennessee in 1821; died in February, 1873, leaving two children - Cornelius W., born in 1866; Edward, born in 1868, died in December, 1874. Democrat; member of the Baptist Church . At the time of Mr. Claney's coming to this county, two yoke of oxen were his sole possessions, and for them he was in debt; now he has one of the finest and best improved farms in the county, made by farming alone; was one of the very earliest settlers, and was driven away by the Indians three times before permitted to remain permanently settled.
Clark, F., S. 6; P. O. Unionville.
Clemmens, John , farmer, S. 7; P. O. Unionville; born in Pennsylvania , in 1802. In 1823, he married Miss Katy Loutz, and about a year after, they removed to Montgomery Co., Ohio; there he followed the business of shoemaking until 1834, when they removed to Wayne Co., Ind., where they cleared up a farm and remained until 1852, when they came to this county again to undergo the many disadvantages and privations of pioneer life, but have withstood them all, and now have a fine farm of 240 acres, valued at $25 per acre. They have nine children living - Levi, John, Peggy, Sabina, Elizabeth , Samuel, David (died in October, 1877), Jake, Mat and Leah. Democrat; members of the German Baptist Church .
Coffin, Peter, S. 35; P. O. Unionville.
Connolly, J. G ., proprietor of the inn, Union st., Unionville; born in Guernsey Co., Ohio in 1821; in 1834, he went to Barnesville, Belmont Co., Ohio, to learn the carriage-maker's trade, and worked there until 1841, then returned to Guernsey Co., where he married Miss Elizabeth LaFollott in 1842; she was born in Winchester, Va., in 1821, her parents having removed to Guernsey Co., when she was 10 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. C. remained in Guernsey Co., until 1853, working at his trade at Point Pleasant, and in the spring of that year, they came to this county, where they have since resided at Unionville; he has worked at carpenter work most of the time; in 1873, he erected his hotel, and has since been entertaining the public to the best of his ability; owns his block and two lots. They have five children - Margaret A., Arabella J., Alexander, Addie and Charles H. Copperhead from top down. During Pierce and Buchanan's time he held the post office for eight years; has held the office of Township Trustee and school offices. She is a member of the Christian Church.
Cox, J. C ., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Unionville; born in Jefferson Co., Tenn., in 1846; when but 1 year of age, his father came to Appanoose Co., where he has since been engaged in farming and merchandising; owns forty-five acres of land, valued $25 per acre. Has held the office of Constable. Enlisted in Co. B, 6th Kan. V. C., Capt. Harvey, in 1863; participated at battles of Lone Jack, Mark's Mill and Cane Hill, captured at Mazzard Prairie, Aug. 27, 1864; held ten months at Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas; discharged at the close of the war in 1865; mustered out July 21, 1865, at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Cox, Manson , miller, Unionville; born in East Tennessee in 1817; his parents both died when he was a small boy; lived with a cousin, Wm. Cheeney, a resident of Jefferson Co., Tenn., until he was 7 or 8 years of age; after that had no particular abiding place, and was under the control of no one in particular; never attended school. He married Miss Elizabeth Loyd Oct. 11, 1839; she was born in Jefferson Co., Tenn., in 1819; in 1847, they went to Alabama; remained there on winter, and came to Appanoose Co., Iowa, in the spring of 1848, where he now owns 125 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; they have four children - John C., Mary E., Margaret and Van. Greenbacker; Mr. and Mrs. Cox have been members of the M. E. Church for thirty-five years. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M., No. 119, Unionville. Mr. Cox had but $4.50 when he landed in Appanoose Co., and although he has been very unfortunate, having a great deal of sickness in his family, having lost four out of eight children, has a good farm, well improved, and a plenty for a comfortable livelihood during his natural life.
Crawley , S. E., Sec. 34; P. O. Unionville.
Crow, William , farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Unionville; born in Jefferson Co., Tenn. , in 1819; removed to Farmington, Lee Co., Iowa , in 1842; thence to this county in 1843. He owns ninety acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Melinda Riggs in 1839; she was born in Granger Co., Tenn., in 1822; they have seven children - John, J. N., William, Samuel, Sarah J., Addie and Franklin. Republican; she is a member of the M. E. Church. Has held the offices of Constable, Justice of the Peace, Trustee and County Supervisor ; member of the A., F. & A. M., 119, Unionville. Mr. C. is practicing law in his own immediate vicinity; after having studied and acquired all the knowledge possible within himself, he was admitted to the bar in 1870; as the date of his coming will show, he was among the very earliest settlers; there were but seven voters in the county when he came; he voted the first Whig ticket voted in the county, the occasion being the running of Geo. T. White, the present Senator, then running for Territorial Delegate for Congress.
Cummins, E., Sec. 11; P. O. Unionville.
Dean, L ., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Unionville; born in Mercer Co., Ky., March 14, 1814; removed to Randolph Co., Mo., in 1830; thence to Adair Co., Mo., in 1831; was with the Rangers in time of the Black Hawk war; in 1834, he removed to Schuyler Co., Mo., where he remained ten years, and, in 1844, came to Wapello Co., Iowa; in 1845, he returned to Schuyler Co., Mo., and, in 1846, came to this county, where he now owns 491 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Missouri A. Evans in June, 1834; she was born in Kentucky, Aug. 12, 1817; when a child, her father, Loverance Evans, removed with his family to Howard Co., Mo.; he died in 1834, her mother having died previous to that; they have five children - George W., Sarah A., Mary E., Martha J. and Erastus L. Republican; Mr. and Mrs. Dean, and their four eldest children, are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Dean has held the office of Township Trustee several terms; also school offices; has made most of what he has since coming to Appanoose Co., having never owned land until after coming here.
Denny, A. A., far., S. 35; P. O. Unionville.
Fletcher, H ., of Strunk & Fletcher, proprietors of Udell Mills; born in Vinton Co., Ohio, Jan. 5, 1850; removed to Davis Co., Iowa, in 1866; where he engaged in milling until 1867, when he went to Hancock Co., Ill., where he engaged in selling patent rights through the State until 1871; then returned to Davis Co. and again engaged in milling until 1`872, when he came to Udell Tp., this county, and purchased a half interest in the above mill, where he has since been as attentive to the wants and requirements of the public as possible. He married Miss Catharine L. Johnson in 1872; she was born in Davis Co., Iowa , in 1854, where her parents, John and Elizabeth J., were early settlers from Indiana , near Danville , having settled there in 1848. They have three children - Clement, born in 1873; Bertha, born in 1876; Ranaldo, born in 1878. Democratic. Member of the A., F. & A. M., No. 86, Drakeville, P. O. Unionville.
Good, D., S. 18; P. O. Unionville.
Good, Abraham , farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Unionville; born in Hampshire Co., Va. , 1779. When about 8 years of age, his father removed to Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, where he lived until 32 years of age; came to this county in 1851; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; formerly owned over four hundred acres, but has divided with his children. Married Miss Fanny Funkbouer in 1826; they have had ten children, only three of whom are now living - Jane, Nancy and Joseph H. Mr. and Mrs. Good are members of the Protestant Methodist Church . Has held the office of School Treasurer.
Good, J. W., S. 6; P. O. Unionville.
Hicks, R. M., of Morrison & Hicks, dealers in general merchandise, Union street, Unionville; born in
Hogue, J. P., Sec. 29; P. O. Unionville.
Hopkins, J. F ., farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 1; P. O. Unionville; born in Claiborne Co., Tenn., in 1827; removed to this county in 1849, where he owns 330 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. Married Miss Maria Styles in 1853; she was born in Ohio in 1833; they have ten children - Allen, Albert, Joseph, Charles, Alice, Laura B., Amanda, Marshall, Alpheus and Frank. Democratic. Has been dealing in stock for six or seven years past, shipping an average of fifteen cars per year.
Hopkins, Stephen , farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Unionville; born in Claiborne Co., Tenn., in 1822; removed to the county in 1850, by flatboat down Powels River, thence by steamboat via Alexandria, and by wagon here; owns 100 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Miss Mary Hopkins in 1843; she was born in Claiborne Co., Tenn., in 1827; they have ten children - Annie, Mahela, John M., Allen, William H., Eli, Mary, Sarah E., Jane and George, two of whom are in Kansas, the eldest boy in California, the balance at home or settled in this vicinity. Members of the M. E. Church; Democrat. He has held the office of Township Clerk; Township Trustee several terms; is Treasurer of the School Board.
Hornung, A., Sec. 13; P. O. Unionville.
Koehler, Fred , farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Unionville; born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1835; emigrated to America in March, 1850; and first settled in New Orleans, where he was employed as cart-driver until the following July, when he went to St. Louis, where he engaged to learn the cooper's trade, which he followed until 1854, when his father, Conrad K., came to this country, and with him he came to Nauvoo, Ill., where he again engaged in coopering for a few months, and, in 1855, he started overland for California, arriving in November; there engaged in mining; also visited British Columbia; in 1863, returned to Hancock Co., Ill., where he bought a farm, and then engaged in that very honorable calling until 1875, when he came to this county, this township, where he owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. After returning from California, in 1863, he married Miss Eva Gordelmen, a resident of Hancock Co., Ill.; she was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1843, and, with her parents, came to America in 1855; they have six children - George, Katy, August, John, Sarah and Mary. Republican in politics; members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Koehler enlisted in the 2d Cal. Inf., and was held in quarters for two weeks, then rejected on account of an over supply of men; in 1865, was drafted and mustered in, but not sent forward. Mr. Koehler landed in New Orleans with but twenty-five franc pieces, and by steady industry and attention to business, has accumulated a fine property, and yet paid one hundred cents on the dollar for all that he now has, or has had.
Knowland, J. B., S. 25; P. O. Unionville.
McAdams, James H ., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Unionville; born in Marshall Co., Tenn., April, 1823; removed to this county in 1853; owns 280 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Elizabeth E. Miller in 1846; she was born in Marshall Co., Tenn., in 1824. They have seven children - J. C., Eugenia, Antoinette, Ervin A., Luella, Hazeltine, Emma. An old line Whig, now a Republican; members of the Presbyterian Church. Has held the offices of Township Trustee several years, school offices, etc. Member of A., F. & A. M., 119, Unionville. Volunteered in 36th Iowa V. I., but was rejected in State militia previous to that.
McDonald, A., S. 35; P. O. Unionville.
McHurry, Robert M ., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Unionville; born in Rutherford Co., Tenn., February, 1818; came to this county in 1847; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Miss Caroline Wilder in 1841; she was born in Bedford Co., Tenn., Sept. 23, 1818. They have eight children - George N., David B., John B., Mary P., James H., William M., Martha J. and Louisa P. Republican; members of Presbyterian Church. His two oldest boys, George N. and D. B., enlisted in the late war; George N. in Co. G, 2d Iowa V. I., in 1861; was with Sherman on his march to the sea; participated at Atlanta, Milledgeville, Savannah and others; mustered out in June, 1865; now a resident of Davis Co. David B. enlisted in Co. E, 3d Mo. Cav., in 1861; participated at Pilot Knob, Springfield, Rolla and others; mustered out in 1865; now a resident of Taylor Co., Iowa. Two of his sons, James H. and William M., are firemen on railroads; William M. has followed that occupation for six years, is now on the N. M. R. R. James H. is now on the Little Rock & Ft. Smith R. R.; he formerly fired for the R. I. Co. for several years.
McClain, D. J., far., S. 31; P. O. Unionville.
Morrison, C. W ., dealer in hardware, Unionville; born in Mercer Co. April 30, 1837; removed to this county in 1846, where his father engaged in farming. Remained on the home farm until 1863, when he enlisted in the 8th I. V. C., Co. F, Capt. Cummins, of Moravia, Iowa; skirmishing until July 30, 1864, when they were captured and taken to Andersonville Aug. 3; held there two months; thence to Charleston and Florence; mustered out Dec. 11, 1864. On his return, went to farming until 1870; went to butchering, and, in 1871, commenced his present business; owns his business building and residence and a good line of goods. Married Miss Harriet S. Boyles in 1859; she was born in Barbour Co., Va., Feb. 11, 1844. Republican; members of the Presbyterian Church; member of A., F. & A. M., 119, Unionville, and Chapter at Centerville.
Morrison, H. S., Unionville.
Morrison, J. B ., of Morrison & Hicks, dealers in general merchandise, Union st., Unionville; residence, same; born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, in 1839; in 1846, came to this county with his parents, Andrew and Mary Morrison, who biography we publish elsewhere; he remained with his parents until during the late war. He enlisted with the 8th I. V. C., Co. F, Capt. E. Cummins, as Orderly, June 16, 1863; was all through the campaign in Georgia, fighting nearly every day until the 30th of July, 1864, when his regiment of 600 men were captured forty miles southwest of Atlanta; they were taken to Andersonville, held until the 2d of September following, and removed from place to place until paroled at Charleston, S. C., and sent to Annapolis, Md.; mustered out as Second Lieutenant in August, 1865, at Clinton, Iowa. After returning home, engaged in farming; he owns his place of business, residence and farm on Sec. 23, containing 200 acres, valued at $6,000. Is Notary Public. Married Miss Maria Morris in 1868; she was born in Ohio in 1840; they have three children - Charles G., born in 1869; Henry E., 1871; John R., 1877. Republican; members of the M. E. Church; he is a member of A., F. & A. M., Lodge No. 119, Unionville.
Morrison, M., Mrs ., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Unionville; born in Mercer Co., Penn., in 1811; her maiden name being Mary Byers. She married Andrew Morrison in 1832; he was born in Ireland in 1803; died March 30, 1873; emigrated to America with his mother when he was 9 years of age; landed at Quebec, and first settled near Brookfield, Ohio, and remained in that vicinity until 1846, , when he, with his wife, came to this county by water to Keokuk, then with team. The people here, supposing them to be Mormons, refused them a drink of water or a place to sleep; had barely enough to get here, but now has 124 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; a part of their land having been used for railroad purposes, and for building up the village of Unionville.
Mounts, Frances M., Sec. 28; P. O. Unionville.
Payne, Rufus , farmer, residence Unionville; born in Litchfield Co., Conn., in 1792; removed to Marietta, Ohio, in 1811; there cleared up a farm on which he lived for thirty years; thence to Portage Co., Ohio, in 1844, and to this county in 1857; owns eighty acres of land in the vicinity of Unionville, and residence. Married Miss Mary Perkins in 1814; she was born in Allegheny Co., Penn., in 1795; died in Salem, Washington Co., Ohio, in 1840, leaving ten children, two of whom have since died - Elizabeth, Selden M., Lewis C., Mary, Louisa, Charles H. (died in 1865), Olive, Rhoda A., Julia (died in 1857), and Maria. His son, Charles A., took the census of the county the same year he died.
Peterson, S., Unionville.
Phillips, J. H ., of Phillips & Sons, dealers in dry goods and general merchandise, Union st., Unionville; residence, same; born in Montgomery Co., Ky., Aug. 19, 1820; when 1 year of age, his father removed to Jefferson Co., Ind.; engaged in farming until 1831, when he removed to Jennings Co., Ind., where he engaged in merchandising; in 1854, he came to this county and again entered into business in this village, until his death, ,which occurred in 1875; at the age of 21, Mr. Phillips, with his next younger brother, went into business at Lexington, Scott Co.; during the year 1854, his brother died; he then wound up his business there, and taking his next younger brother, in 1856, they went to Hardin Co., Ky., where they built four miles of the L. & N. R. R., at the same time they established a business, merchandising at what is now known as Molintha; their business having been the first established there, but has since made a good-sized place; in 1860, they came to Eddyville, Iowa, and established themselves in business; in 1862. Mr. Phillips purchased his brother's interest in the business, and came to Unionville, where he and his son has since been in business; he owns his business building, a heavy line of goods, and his residence. He married Miss Elizabeth Robertson in 1843; she was born in 1823 in Jefferson Co., Ind.; was the youngest daughter of one of the oldest pioneers of Indiana, they having often to resort to the block-house to protect themselves from the Indians; he raised a large family there; they have four children - Henry T., born in 1844; Mary E., born in 1847; Emma J., born in 1850; Eddy M., born in 1866. Mr. and Mrs. P. are members of the M. E. Church. Has had the post office since first coming to Unionville, with the exception of two years removed to Mr. Riggs' store. His father was a member of the Legislature, both in Indiana and Iowa; his mother died in 1876, having made her home with him.
Price, A. McC ., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Unionville; born in Kings Co., N. Y., in 1847; his father, Joseph Price, was born in England; by trade, an upholsterer; died when he was only 6 months of age; his mother afterward married William Tell Zollicoffer, who afterward removed to Shelbyville, Bedford Co., Tenn., where he engaged in the dentistry business until June, 1863, when he was driven away by the Confederates; he then went to Florence, Boone Co., Ky., where he engaged in the same business until his death, which occurred in 1866; his mother then removed to Cumberland Co., Ky., where she lived two yers, then removed to Nashville, Tenn., where she died in 1869. At the age of 22, the subject of his sketch married Miss Susan Zook, who was born in Wayne Co., Ind., in 1852; her father, Abraham Zook, formerly a merchant of Moulton, this county, is now engaged in the same business at Shenandoah, Page Co., Iowa; they have three children - Mry S. C., born March 15, 1872; Sarah E., born Oct. 29, 1873; Martha E., born May 18, 1875. Republican; members of the German Baptist Church.
Randle, J. B., Unionville.
Replogle, Martin , far., S. 10; P. O. Unionville; born in Wayne Co., Ind., in 1830; removed to this county in 1852; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Annie Hearter in 1850; she was born in Henry Co., Ind., in 1828, her parents being early settlers there fromVirginia; her mother still lives there; her father, Joseph H., died in 1872; her mother's name was Catherine. Soon after being married and starting in life for himself, they came to Appanoose Co., upon reaching which he had just enough to enter his land upon which he now has fine improvements, good buildings, fences and plenty of fruits of all kinds. They have had nine children - Elizabeth, born in 1852, died in 1862; Abraham, born in 1853, died in 1854; Amanda, ,born in 1855; Catherine, born in 1857; Annie, born in 1858; Joseph, born in 1859; Aaron, born in 1861; Mary, born in 1863, and Martha, ,born in 1864, died in 1866. Mr. and Mrs. Replogle are members of the German Baptist Church.
Riggs, J. N ., proprietor of Udell Mills, residence Unionville; born in East Tennessee Aug. 1, 1829; when but 15 years of age, with his mother and two sisters, he came to this county; at the age of 28, he purchased the mill here; in 1867, he entered the mercantile business, which he continued until 1876; he now owns four mills, three saw and one grist mill, 250 acres of land, eight lots in Unionville, with buildings, one business house on the main street, his residence, etc., all valued at $12,000. Married Miss Malinda Boyles in 1859; she was born in Virginia in 1839; daughter of Rev. T. T. Boyles, Pastor of M. E. Church, once on this circuit. Republican; she is a member of the M. E. Church. He is a member of A., F. & A. M., No. 119,Unionville. His mother, who accompanied him to this State, died in 1869.
Sawyer, E. H., Unionville.
Sawyer, S. H ., physician and surgeon, office and residence Main street, Unionville; born in Tennessee Jan. 18, 1832; at the age of 15, in 1847, his father came to this county and settled a few miles west of what is now Unionville, and there engaged in farming. Dr. Sawyer commenced the study of medicine in 1850, graduated at Keokuk Feb. 28, 1854, since which he has practiced here, except three years which he passed with the army during our late war; went out as Captain of Co. C, 36th Iowa V. I., having raised the company of 135 men in three days, but before they had fairly entered service was appointed Surgeon of his regiment; afterward Division Surgeon, which position he held the greater part of the time he remained out. In consequence of ill health, he resigned in January, 1865. He married Miss Mary F. Miller in October, 1855; she was born in Tennessee in 1834; her father, John Miller, who was one of the early settlers of this county, built the first business house in Unionville and was among the first in mercantile business there; he died in 1865, during a severe epidemic of erysipelas which prevailed here that year. They have eight children - John L., a graduate in medicine at Louisville in 1875, at the head of his class, bearing away the gold medal; also a graduate of Chicago in 1877, now resident physician of Cook Co. Hospital; Mary L., S. H., Jr., Emma, Clyde, Mott, Ada, Zelma. First a Whig, now a Republican; members of Presbyterian Church; Master of Lodge, 119, A., F. & A. M., at Unionville and member of Chapter and Commandery at Centerville.
Seals, G. G., Unionville.
Staley, Joel, retired farmer; born in Virginia in 1801; from there his father removed to Jefferson Co., Va., in 1802; thence to Somerset Co., Penn., in 1818. There Joel married Miss Matilda Skinner in 1822; she was born in the same county in 1804; they had eight children - James L., Mary E., Fleming M., John H., Alva, Charles, Martha A. and Daniel W. In 1824, he removed to Perry Co., Ohio, there engaged in salt works and farming. In 1839, he came to Lee Co., Iowa, remained until the Mormons became too numerous, and, in 1841, came to Davis Co; there his wife died in 1849. He then married Mrs. Melvina Bermily, widow of Robert W. Bermily, who was born in Dutchess Co., N. Y., in 1801, died in Washington Co., Ind., in 1842. Mrs. S. came to Iowa with five children in 1847. They had six sons in the late war. Republican. When he came to this county, there were only three of his party in politics in it. Mr. Staley formerly followed milling; he erected a fine mill near Albia, Monroe Co., and afterward owned a half interest in a mill here. P. O. Unionville.
Stanley, B. A., S. 35; P. O. Unionville.
Strunk, A. J ., of Strunk & Fletcher, proprietors of Udell Mills; born in Mifflin Co., Penn., in 1835; with his parents, he came to Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, in 1851, where his father, Daniel S., engaged in farming, but afterward came to this county, Union Tp., where he now resides; at the age of 21, Mr. Strunk came to this county, where he now owns one-half interest in the mills mentioned above and ninety-three acres of land on Sec. 1, this township, all valued at $3,000. He married Miss Margaret Hopkins in 1858; she was born in Hancock Co., Tenn., in 1837; died in May, 1875, leaving nine children, eight of whom are now living - Jennie, Clara Hellen, Josephine, Mary C., John H., Alice, Lola, Jessie F.; then married Mrs. Orlena Martin, widow of Robert M. and sister of his first wife, in 1877; she was born in the same county in 1834. Democrat. Held the office of Assessor of Union Tp. for six years, and other offices in this township. P. O. Unionville.
Streepy, Ed., Sec. 8; P. O. Unionville.
Swank, William , farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Unionville; born in Warren Co., Ohio, in 1819; at the age of 12, he removed, with his parents, to Warren Co., Ind., where his father engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1869, his mother having died three years previous; in 1844, he married Miss Elizabeth Etmire, born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, but a resident of Warren Co. since 10 years of age. Two years after their marriage, they came to Appanoose Co. and settled on the farm where they now reside, with not a house on the prairie between them and the State line; started from Indiana with less than $250 and two yoke of oxen; he now has the premium farm of the county, containing 645 acres, valued at $30 per acre. They have nine children - David, John, Cyrus, Flavius M., Sarah A., H. Clay, Mary C., Martha A., William Sherman. An old line Whig; now a Republican.
Taylor, E., S. 1; P. O. Unionville.
Taylor, David , farmer and stock dealer, S. 12; P. O. Unionville; born in Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1825; removed to this county and this township in 1847; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Frances McLaughlin, daughter of Ed McL., who came to Appanoose in 1850 and died in 1876, aged 75; his widow is still living at the advanced age of 81 years; they were married in 1851; she was born in Virginia in 1833; they have four children - John J., Eli W., Maria E. and George Ralph. Democratic in politics; members of the M. E. Church; he is a member of A., F. & A. M., No. 119, Unionville. Was formerly engaged, for a short time, in the mercantile business with Robert Frost, at Hilltown, this county.
Taylor, M. L., Mrs .; born in Giles Co., Tenn., Nov. 26, 1818; her maiden name was Margaret Stinson, daughter of Alex Stinson. She married Mr. Phineas Taylor, in 1843; he was born in Crittenden Co., Ky., Sept. 20, 1819; in 1850, they removed to this county, Centerville, where he engaged in the mercantile business until March, 1854, when they removed to Unionville, where he continued in his business, and assisted in platting, laying-out and building-up the town; he continued in business until his death, March 24, 1865, leaving three children - Ward C., born in 1853; Campbell C., born in October, 1855, died April 20, 1878, and Mary P., born Oct. 16, 1859; lost three sons in the army - Malcolm A. S., born July 18, 1844, enlisted in the 36th Iowa Inf., in September, 1862, died April 24, 1863; James W., born Sept. 7, 1846; enlisted in May, 1864, in the 47th Iowa Inf.; died Aug. 20, 1864; Udell H., born Jan. 2, 1850, enlisted May 2, 1864, in the 47th Iowa Inf., died Sept. 3, 1864, having enlisted when but 14 years of age; all died from disease contracted in the service; Campbell C. was a commercial traveler; has traveled extensively over all the States but seven; last traveled for Byron, Robb & Co., of Cincinnati; started on the road when but 16 years of age. Mr. Taylor was buried by the A., F. & A. M., attended by a large concourse of people, Rev. John Fisher, Pastor of Presbyterian Church at Centerville, officiating, Mr. Taylor having been Elder in that church while living.
Taylor, S., Sec. 13; P. O. Unionville.
Tucker, Wiley , retired farmer; P. O. Dennis; born in Stokes Co., N. C., in 1809; removed to this county in 1860. Married Miss Hulda Swim in 1848; she was born in Stokes Co., N. C., in 1819; they have four children - Eli, Cyntha J., Elizabeth and Pheba. Independent in politics; he is a member of the Baptist Church.
Ullrich, John, Sec. 6; P. O. Unionville.
Wall, J. J ., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Unionville; born in Rutherford Co., N. C., in 1831; his father removed to East Tennessee in 1833; at the age of 18, he went to St. Clair Co., Ill., where he taught school two years, and for three years attended the McKendry College at Lebanon, after which he went to Carrollton, Mo., where he was appointed County Surveyor, which office he held for five years, when, in 1862, he enlisted in the 65th Mo. State Militia as Major; served one year, and was mustered out in 1863. In 1864, he came to this county, where he now owns 210 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Miss Emmaretta Gibson in 1867; she was born in Floyd Co., Ind., in 1848. Formerly a Republican. Has held the office of County Surveyor for six years; Township Trustee. Members of the Christian Church.
Walmer, J., Sec. 18; P. O. Unionville.
Whisler, Miranda (nee Leavell), farm., Sec. 10; P. O. Unionville; born in Henry Co., Ind., in 1827, and there married Samuel Whisler, in 1846; he was born in Rockford Co., Va., in 1822; after they were married they remained in Henry Co. about three years, after which they came to this State, Jefferson Co., where they remained for a year and a half, and, in 1856, came to this county, where he entered a quarter-section of land, but has since added to it until it now contains 206 acres, valued at $30 per acre; Mr. Whisler died in 1870, leaving nine children - William H., Martha E., Mary J., Columbus E., Louis C., Annie C., Sarah A. and Miranda E., Samuel W. Was Republican in politics; members of the German Baptist Church .
Williams, Alex., Unionville.
Zook, Daniel , farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Unionville; born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1824; when 4 years of age, his parents removed to Wayne Co., Ind.; at the age of 7, his father died. Nov. 17, 1844 , he married Miss Margaret Hardman, who was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio , in 1823. In 1855, with his own family, his mother and two brothers, he came to this county, and had, on reaching here, all told, $200, but on taking of last census, ,his property was appraised at a few dollars less than $10,000; he now has 107 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre, all made at grain and stock growing. Mr. and Mrs. Zook are members of, and he the Pastor of the German Baptist Church in their township; has been in the ministry for twenty-three years, and has been Pastor of the church here for eight years.
Zook, Joseph, Sec. 7; P. O. Unionville.