Appanoose County >> 1878 Index

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

Union Township


Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.

Angel, Jos ., far., S. 4; P. O. Unionville; born in Garrard Co., Ky., Oct. 25, 1808; removed to Putnam Co., Ind., in 1832; there engaged in farming until 1853, when he came to Wapello Co., where he improved a farm and remained until 1865, when he came to Appanoose and settled upon the farm where he now resides, containing sixty acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. He married Miss Lucinda Carter in April, 1830; she was born in Garrard Co., Ky., in 1811; they have ten children - Arthusa, Mary A., Elizabeth, William H., Nancy J., Cynthia A., James N., Fountain H., Leroy, Scott and Catharine. Democratic in politics; members of the Missionary Baptist Church .

Angel, L. Scott ., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Unionville; born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1847; with his father, James Angel, came to Wapello in 1853; there engaged in farming until 1865, when they came to this county, where he (Scott A.) owns 193 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. He married Miss Virginia McEntire in 1869; she was born in Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1849; her father, Hiram McE., being one of the early settlers of that county; they have four children - Edward E., Carrie, Loonetty and Willey. He is a member of the U. B. Church. Although still young, Mr. Angel has accumulated a desirable property, all made by his own labor and good management; during the year 1864, he crossed the plains to California, including in his travels, Washington Territory, Idaho, etc.; engaged in freighting; returning in 1867, around the Cape.

Bishop, W. W., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Unionville.

Baldridge, J. H., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Unionville; born in Hickman Co., Tenn., Feb. 4, 1850, and in April of the same year, although but 3 months of age, he emigrated to Appanoose Co., where his father settled, and where he improved three farms, and although he only had his land warrant and $50 in money, at his death, which occurred in 1865, ,he left his family 425 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre, and $3,000 in money; he was buried on the farm last occupied by him, and there also his mother still lives, that being her dowry. At the age of 26, or, in February, 1877, J. H., married Miss Susan M. Roberts; she was born in Boone Co., Ind. , in 1859; they have one child - Gertie, born Dec. 28, 1877 . Mrs. B. is a member of the M. E. Church Democratic.

Borland, J., far., S. 23; P. O. Unionville.

Buckmaster, E. A., proprietor of Union Tp. grist and saw mills; P. O. Unionville; born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1837; came to Appanoose Co. in 1852. In 1867, he married Miss R. E. Stanley; she was born in Jefferson Co., Iowa, Jan. 1, 1846; daughter of Moses Stanley, who was among the early settlers of that county; her mother's father, Berk Hoffman, was among the earliest settlers of that county; removed there from New Albany, Ind., when she (her mother) was but 12 years of age, or, in 1831; her mother learned to talk the Indian language of the Indians. They have three children - Frederick H., born Nov. 4, 1867 ; Jessie O., born June 11, 1869 ; and Mary, born June 26, 1875 . Republican; members of M. E. Church. Enlisted in 2d V. I., May 27, 1861 ; skirmishing along the H. & St. Joe R. R. until Dec. 21, 1861 , and then mustered out that regiment at Benton Barracks; then enlisted in the 3d I. V. C., Co. I, as Corporal, in March 1862; took part at Vicksburg, Pea Ridge, Arkadelphia, Helena, Clarendon; there he was wounded; afterward he participated at Yazoo River, Knoxville, and on the march from Balesville, Ark., to Helena, and others; mustered out at Keokuk, Sept. 19, 1864, at expiration of service.

Caldwell, James, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Moravia.
Coltrain, S. L., far., S. 8; P. O. Moravia.
Cox, J. D., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Unionville.
Cross, W. S. far., Sec. 27; P. O. Unionville.
Cummings, William H., far., Sec. 6; P. O. Moravia.
Darby, S. C., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Unionville.
Darby, Wm., far., S. 17; P. O. Unionville.
Dorathy, Arch., far., Sec. 12; P. O. Unionville.
Drake, M. A., far., S. 27; P. O. Unionville
Good, Peter, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Unionville.

Gilliland, G. W., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Unionville; born in Bartholomew Co., Ind., in 1848, his parents came to this county in 1854, where he owns twenty-one and a half acres of land, valued at $10 per acre. He married Miss Malinda Cate in 1867; she was born in Appanoose Co. in 1850; they have two children - Emma E. and Clara May. Democrat; members of the Christian Church.

Gilliland, J. J ., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Unionville; born in Union Co., Ind., June, 1824; when 4 years of age, his parents removed to Decatur Co., Ind., and, in 1840, ,he removed to Bartholomew Co. in the same State; during the year 1854, he came to Wapello Co., Iowa, and to Appanoose in 1857; owns forty-eight acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. He married Miss Susan Dudley in 1847; she was born in Kentucky in 1829; her father, Wm. Dudley, and early pioneer to this county in 1855, died in 1863; her mother still lives among her children, being an old lady of over 80 years of age, of good health, but total blind; they have one child - G. W. Democrat. Holds the office of Constable; has been Justice of the Peace, Trustee, President of School Board, etc.

Graham, A. F ., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Unionville; born in Highland Co., Ohio, in July, 1843; with his parents, J. W. and Margaret H., came to Troy, Davis Co., Iowa, in 1845, where they settled and remained on year, and then came to this county, Union Tp., where they now live; he owns 80 acres of land, valued at $600. Married Miss Mary J. Hopkins in 1864; she was born in Hancock Co., Tenn., in 1843; have seven children - Charles M., John W., Eliza A., James L., Benjamin F., Latecia and Winfield Scott. Democrat. Has held the office of Constable.

Graham, J. W., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Unionville.
Hammond, C. H. far., Sec. 11; P. O. Unionville.
Hard, H., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Unionville.
Henderson, G. W., far., Sec. 5; P. O. Unionville.

Hicks, J. F., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Unionville; born in Lee Co., Va., in 1827; at the age of 7, his father, William H. Hicks, removed to Hawkins Co., Tenn., where he remained until 1850, when he came to Jefferson Co., Iowa; there they improved a farm, and remained until he (J. F.) came to this county, in 1864, where he owns 200 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Miss Elizabeth Rodgers in 1849; she was born in Tennessee, in 1828; her father, Rial Rodgers, a resident of Van Buren Co., there engaged in cabinet-making and farming until his death, ,which occurred in 1850; have eight children - John J., Lorinda J., Mary L., William L., Charles H., Houston R., Emma F. and Minnie A. Democrat; Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Missionary Baptist Church . Holds the office of Justice of the Peace, in his township; has been township Trustee, County Supervisor , Township Assessor, etc.; member of A., F. & A. M., No. 119, Unionville.

Hopkins, C., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Unionville.
Hogue, Jas., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Unionville.
Hopkins, Adam, far., S. 29; P. O. Unionville
Hopkins, T. E., far., Sec. 15; P. O. Unionville.
Hogue, H. G., far., Sec. 29; P. O. Unionville.
Hogue, J. P., far., Sec. 29; P. O. Unionville.

Hunt, A. W ., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Unionville; born in Catskill, N. Y., in 1825; in 1835, his father, Joseph Hunt, removed to Harrison Co., Ohio, there engaged in farming, his former occupation having been that of a miller; he died in November, 1853. A. W. Hunt, at the age of 24, or during the year 1849, married Miss Elizabeth Stiles, born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, in 1830, died in 1863, leaving four children - Joseph, Wyman, Mary, Franklin; her father, John Stiles, was among the early settlers of this county, coming here in 1852, now living in the Indian Territory. Four years after marriage, the subject of this sketch came to this county, where he engaged in millwrighting until 1870, when he purchased and settled upon the farm he now occupies, consisting of 120 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; then married Mrs. Lydia Parker, in 1868; widow of the late John P., who died at Centerville in 1856. They have three children - Minnie, Jennie J., Ellie B. Greenbacker; members of the Christian Church. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace several terms, school offices, etc.; member of the Vigilance Committee.

Johnson, Joshua, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Unionville

Johnson, J. G., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Unionville; born in Sullivan Co., Tenn., in 1819; in 1850, he came to Davis Co., Iowa; remained there until 1853, when he took an overland trip to California; there engaged in farming until 1858, and returning, settled in this county, where he now owns 380 acres of land, valued at $10 per acre. Married Miss Edna Powell in Sullivan Co., Tenn. , where she was born in 1821; died there in 1848, leaving five children, all of whom have since died, leaving the husband and father alone in the world. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M., No. 119, Unionville; Democrat.

Jones, Joseph, far., S.4; P. O. Unionville
Kirby, George, far., Sec. 25; P. O. Unionville
Knight, Jas., far., Sec. 29; P. O. Unionville
Lockman, G. S., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Unionville

Lewis, Andrew , farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Unionville; born in Mason Co., W. Va., in 1812; at the age of 12, his father, Andrew L., removed to Jackson Co., Ohio, among the pioneers of that State; cleared up a farm there. At the age of 21, or in 1833, he married Miss Louisa Maddox; she was born in Culpeper Co., Va., in 1817; died in 1860 leaving eight children - James M., Polly A., Rozzell, Rebecca J., George, Minerva, Lucinda and William; in 1861, he married Mrs. Delila Ireland, widow of the late Thomas Ireland, who died in this county in 1857; she was born in Culpeper Co., Va., in 1809. Democrat; she is a member of the New Lights. Mr. Lewis had three sons and three sons-in-law in the late war, all enlisted in Iowa regiments; his sons James M. and Rozzell were prisoners for ten months; his son George lost his health and lived only three weeks after reaching home.

Lockman, J. J., Sr., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Unionville.
Lockman, J. J., Jr., far., Sec 9; P. O. Unionville.
McCoy, H., far., Sec. 17, P. O. Unionville.
Miller, L. G., far., S. 19; P. O. Unionville.

Miller, Claudius B ., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Unionville; born in Hickman Co., Tenn., in 1824; removed to this county in 1848, where he owns 267 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. Married Miss Martha J. Baldridge in 1846; she was born in Davidson Co., Tenn., in 1822; daughter of Andrew and Margaret B., residents of that county; died in October, 1874, leaving seven children - Benjamin G., James D., Laura J., Amanda A., Sarah E., William C., Rosa B. She was a member of the M. E. Church. Then he married Miss Dorcas E. Jennings in April, 1877; she was born in Greene Co. (where her parents still reside), in April, 1842. Republican in politics; members of the M. E. Church. Now holds the office of County Supervisor ; was a member of the State Legislature two terms; member A., F. & A. M., No. 119, Unionville. Enlisted in the 36th I. V. I., Co. C, Capt. Dr. S. Sawyers, as private; participated at battle of Helena, Little Rock, Prairie de Ann and Little Missouri; me home recruiting; he, with some assistance, raised half a regiment; promoted to Orderly, and afterward to First Lieutenant and Quartermaster; was mustered out at Davenport in 1865, or a close of the war.

Milliman, J., far., S.9; P. O. Unionville.
Norton, Amos, far., S. 13; P. O. Unionville
Roberts, John J., far., S. 23; P. O. Unionville

Rodgers, Z. F., far., S. 12; P. O. Unionville; born in Franklin Co., Ohio, in 1836; during the year 1846, his father, Zephaniah R., with his family, removed to Pittsburg, Van Buren Co., Iowa, , and opened a hotel there, which he retained and controlled until 1849, ,when he came to this county, Union Tp., and took up a claim; located and improved the farm now owned by John Clous, which he occupied until his death, which occurred in 1870, at the advanced age of 99 years, lacking six days; his mother died in 1867. At the age of 22, or in 1858, Z. F. married Miss Martha A. Tate; she was born in Winchester, Ky., in 1836; her parents, Wady and Ruth Tate, were early settlers of Davis Co., Marion Tp., where they were married; her mother died there, and her father afterward removed to Macon Co., Mo.; they have six children - Mary F., Euphaine, Orange B.; Emma, Lottie and William. Dem.; Mrs. R. is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church . Has held the offices of Township Clerk, Township Trustee and school offices; is a member of A., F. & A. M., No. 119, Unionville.

Sapp, R. A., far., S. 23; P. O. Unionville.
Sawyer, D. A., far., S. 26; P. O. Unionville.
Sawyer, S. H. far., S. 22; P. O. Unionville.
Shunkwiler, F. H., far., S. 3; P. O. Unionville.
Smith, L., far., S.21; P. O. Unionville.
Stocker, H., far., S.3 ; P. O. Unionville.
Strunk, D., far., S. 23; P. O. Unionville.
Tadlock, Elisha, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Unionville .
Tadlock, A. P., far., Sec. 18; P. O. Unionville.
Taylor, A. P., far., Sec. 18; P. O. Unionville.
Taylor, D. B., far., Sec. 17; P. O. Unionville.
Tissue, A., far., Sec. 6; P. O. Moravia.
Tucker, I. , far., S. 22; P. O. Unionville.
Underwood, Joseph, far., Sec. 23; P. O. Unionville .
Vandeventer, Peter, far., Sec. 22; P. O. Unionville.

Vandaventer, Nancy A., farming, Sec. 17; P. O. Unionville; born in East Tennessee, in 1837; came with her parents, in 1851, to Davis Co., Iowa; and to this county in 1853, where she owns 120 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. She married Joseph Eaton at Unionville, this county, in 1861; he was born in Ohio in 1837; died in 1871, leaving two children - Abraham V. and Rebecca.

Voorhees, Richard D ., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Unionville; born in Fulton Co., Ill., in 1842, where his father, John V., was one of the earliest settlers, from New Jersey, settling in Fulton Co. in 1834, there being at the time but one house between his and Chicago, and but three or four houses in Chicago. In 1870, the subject of this biographical sketch married Miss Maggie E. Middleton, at Fairview, that county, where her father, John M., had resided since 1866; she was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1843; during the same year, they came to this county, where he owns 120 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; they have two children - Essie B., born in 1872, and Carrie W., born in 1874. Greenbacker. She, a member of the M. E. Church; he, of the A. F. & A. M., No. 119, at Unionville. Enlisted in 103d Ill. Inf., Co. D, Capt. Wycoff; participated at Vicksburg, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Buzzard's Roost, Atlanta, and battles of the 22d and 28th of June, Savannah, the taking of Raleigh and others; was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., in 1865.

Walden, Mathias, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Unionville
Watters, Lewis W., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Unionville.

Wedmore, Frank , far., S. 2; P. O. Unionville; born in Davis Co., Iowa , in 1849; where his parents had previously settled; in 1850, they came to this county, ,Union Tp., where they still reside. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Elizabeth Maryman in 1857; she was born in Rock Castle Co, Ky., in 1850; daughter of John Maryman, formerly a resident of Kentucky; in 1854, he removed to Indianapolis, Ind., where he engaged in chair and cabinet making; afterward, removed to Columbus, Ind., where he died in 1873; her mother died in 1870. Democratic. He was employed on the Missouri River, from Sioux City to Fort Benton, first as fireman on steamer Nellie Peck; next as watchman on the Benton, and same on Silver Lake and Western; went up the Yellow Stone, on the Key West, on the exploring expedition of 1875, authorized by Government post at the mouth of Powder River, Montana Territory; returned here fall of 1877.

Williams, D. W., far., S. 4; P. O. Unionville.
Woolen, Elias, far., S. 17; P. O. Unionville.