The History of Appanoose County...,
Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.
Ashby, David C ., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Centerville; born in Parke Co., Ind., in 1848; his father, Daniel c., born in Kentucky, his mother born in Fayette Co., Penn.; married in Ohio, her parents being early settlers of Clinton, in that State; afterward went to Parke Co., Ind., thence to Knox Co., Ill.; his father's family from Ashby's Gap, Penn., which was named for them from his grandfather. Ashby having backed a team of six horses and a heavy load of freight off the precipice at that place; when 8 years of age his parents came to this county; fall of 1863, his father enlisted in the 38th Iowa V. I.; died August, 1864, from disease contracted in the army. David C. remained with his mother and married brother until the spring of 1865; went to Knox Co., Ill., and farmed; fall of 1866, returned to this county; spring of 1867, purchased the farm he now owns, of sixty-five acres, valued at $30 per acre, and has cultivated and much improved it since.
Bartlett, J. B., far., Sec. 8; P. O. Walnut City .
Bland, W. B., farmer; P. O. Centerville; born in Appanoose Co., Iowa, 1857; has 180 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre, in Sec. 13, Walnut Tp., which he rents; he is attending school at Centerville, where he has spent the most of his time. Republican; member of the Christian Church.
Bogart, A., far., S. 12; P. O. Dennis.
Brown, Cornelius , farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Walnut City; born in Mercer Co., Penn., in 1839, where his grandfather Brown was one of the earliest settlers, when the only way of traveling was on horseback, as there were no roads and the country heavily timbered; he remained in that county until his death; his father, Daniel, was born in that country in 1795; was a farmer; remained there until his death in 1835. His mother, Mary (maiden name Fry, daughter of George and Mary Fry), was born in that county in 1800; her parents were also early settlers there; she now resides in Crawford Co., Penn.; has eight children - two residents of Iowa, one of Missouri, three of Ohio, and one still remaining in Pennsylvania. Her son, Ezariah, went to California in 1852, at the age of 17; has not been heard from since 1854. When 11 years of age, Cornelius started out to take care of himself; remained in that county four years, and, at the age of 16, went to Trumbull Co., Ohio; one year after came to Clinton Co., Iowa, where he worked by the month farming for three years; then went to Mercer Co., Ill., remained eighteen months, and in August, 1862, enlisted in the 102d I. V. I., Co. E, Capt. Thomas Likely; was at Resaca, Ga., New Hope, Peachtree Creek, and eleven others; with Sherman to the sea coast and return to Washington, and was mustered out as Corporal at Chicago, in 1865. In September following he returned to Mercer Co., Penn., and on Nov. 8, 1866, married Miss Caroline L. Fry, born in that county in 1849; her father, M. J. Fry, still resides there; soon after their marriage, they removed to Trumbull Co., Ohio; remained two years; thence to Crawford Co., Penn., and remained two or three years; thence in April, 1870, came to this county, where he now owns 105 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; has three children - Charles W., born in 1867, Linn L., born in 1868, and Reuben, born in 1872. Recently elected Assessor.
Carter, J. H., far., Sec. 7; P. O. Centerville
Chestnut, Mathew , farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Walnut City ; born in Antrim County , Ireland , in 1816, moved to Pennsylvania in 1846, came to Iowa in 1867. He married Mary Jane Thompson in Ireland in 1837; she was born in Ireland in 1816; they have six children - Thomas, Mathew, Mary Jane, Annie, Margaret and Eliza Ann. John enlisted in the 80th Ind. V. I. in 1862; was wounded in the battle of Resaca, Ga., and died from the effect; his son Thomas was in the same regiment, and was wounded and discharged and re-enlisted in the 17th Ind. V. Cav. They are members of the Reform Presbyterian Church; Republican. He has a good farm which they made by their hard labor and energy.
Comerford, W., far., S. 13; P. O. Dennis.
Dougherty, J. W ., blacksmith, Walnut City; born in Allegheny Co., Penn., in 1832; his father, James, also a blacksmith, emigrated to America, settled in Pennsylvania; two or three years after, sent for the family, all of whom came and settled in Allegheny Co,, where J. W.'s grandfather died at the advanced age of 80 years; his mother was born in Ireland in 1804; when an infant, her parents emigrated to America, settled in Allegheny Co., Penn., and engaged in farming; moved to Mercer Co., where her father died. They married in Allegheny Co. in 1828, followed his trade until 1856, came to Louisa Co., Iowa, and engaged in farming until 1864, when he, at the age of 60, enlisted in the 11th Iowa V. I.; was with Sherman in his Southern campaign, also his march to the sea; mustered out at Washington in 1865, and returned to his home. He, with his son, moved to Monroe Co.; remained one year; came to this county, where he married Mrs. Patten; in 1874, he died at the advanced age of 73 years. J. W. remained at home with the exception of one year spent in Ireland; in 1856, married Miss Mary McConnell; she was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1836; her father, John McC., was born in Pennsylvania; her mother born in Ireland, ,died in Pennsylvania; her father died in this county, in March, 1868. J. W. engaged in farming for ten years, except in 1862, in North Carolina; was drafted into the service for nine months; spring of 1865, came to Monroe Co., remained one year at his trade; in 1866, came to this county, farmed until 1869, when he removed to his present residence, still retaining his farm of eighty acres, valued at $1,800; also owns his residence and shop and lot, valued at $1,500; they have four children - Mary A. (now Mrs. Patten, a resident of Chariton Tp.), Lydia J., James M. and Sarah A. Neutral in politics; members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, in which he holds the office of Ruling Elder.
Delashment, J. B., far., S. 1; P. O. Dennis.
Dorrah, W. P ., farmer and stockraiser; born in Monongalia Co., W. Va., in 1821; moved to this county in 1856; has 359 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre with two sets of buildings and a bearing orchard, which he and wife made by their hard labor. He married Mary Varner, in Virginia ; they had six children - Lonamy, Margret, Matilda, Phoebe J., Arthela and David E.; Mrs. Dorrah died in Iowa , in 1862, and he married for his second wife Anna Childress, in Iowa , 1864; she was born in Licking Co., Ohio ; they have four children - Alice, Hugh, Charles and Milow. He has held the offices of Coroner, Justice of the Peace, Constable, and Road Supervisor, and all the principal township offices. Members of the Baptist Church ; Democrat. P. O. Walnut City .
Dunn, W. G., far., Sec. 10; P. O. Centerville.
Elgin, George , far., Sec. 6; P. O. Walnut City; born in Abbeville, South Carolina, 1808; moved with his father, James E., to Franklin Co., Ind., near Brookville, two years after the battle of Tippecanoe; he endured the hardships of pioneer life until his death in 1830; George, being the eldest child, remained at home and took charge of work, receiving but two months, schooling, which he obtained in exchange for his 24-cent knife. In 1831, married Miss Mary Hastings, who was born in Monongahela City, Penn., 1813; her parents Job and Keziah H., moved to Morgan Co., Ind.; thence to Franklin Co.; Mr. and Mrs. Elgin married in Franklin Co.; soon after moving to Morgan Co., engaged in farming; in 1847, she died leaving four children - John M., Sarah J., Job H., Jr., and B. F., who enlisted in 17th I. V. I. Co. F; on account of ill-health was discharged and died at Keosauqua, on his way home. In 1854, purchased the farm he now owns, consisting of 160 acres, valued at $40 per acre; he has raised corn enough upon it in a single year to pay for it at that price. In 1860, married Mrs. Phebe Armstrong; she was born in Harrison Co., Ind., March 22, 1826, daughter of Joseph and Jane A., who emigrated to this county in 1856; soon after his mother died; his father was Pastor of the Baptist Church at Moravia, and died while engaged in that work in 1864; they have one child - Mary J., born in 1861. Mr. E. is a member of the Christian Church; Mrs. E. of the Baptist Church . He had held the office of Township Trustee for five years, and school offices.
Elgen, J. S., far., S. 32; P. O. Walnut City .
Everman, Michael , farmer and stock grower, Sec. 13; P. O. Centerville; born in Montgomery Co., Ky., in 1825; his father, Andrew E., a farmer, was born in West Virginia in 1780; his mother, Nancy A., born in North Carolina; were married in Kentucky, their parents settled in that State. His grandfather, born in Germany ; rest of the family in the South. Michael obtained a good common-school education. Married Miss Abagail Lookabill; she was born in North Carolina , in 1828; her parents, George and Elizabeth L., were early settlers of Putnam Co., Ind., farmers. His father a hatter; an expert at his trade; formerly engaged in business at Lexington and other cities; in 1846, came to Monroe Co., Iowa; purchased land near Bremen P. O.; in 1850, came to this county, Center Tp.; in 1866, removed to this present farm; owns 156 acres, valued at $30 per acre. Had nine children - William F., born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1845; Mary E., born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1847; Martha A., born in Monroe Co., Iowa, in 1849; Nancy E., born in Appanoose Co., in 1851; Amanda J., born in Appanoose Co., in 1852; Neaty M., born in Appanoose Co., Iowa, in 1854; Barton S., born in Appanoose Co., Iowa, in 1856; Laura R., born in Appanoose Co., Iowa, in 1858; Jessie M., born in Appanoose Co., Iowa, in 1864; died in 1868. Mr. and Mrs. E., William F. and Mary E. are members of the Christian Church; mother of Mr. E. joined that Church in Old Barton Stone's time; then called New Lights; his father was a member of the M. E. Church.
Foster, Elihu, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Walnut City .
Harmon, W. A ., far., Sec. 18; P. O. Centerville; born in Ohio in 1842; the same year, his parents George and Juda H., removed to Wapello Co., Iowa; were extensive farmers; he died there in 1864; she in 1872. W. A., in 1865, married Miss Rachel Ellen Carter; she was born in Indiana in 1847; daughter of John H. and Rachel Ellen Carter, from Indiana ; farmers; settled in Walnut Tp. in 1866. Came to this county, where he purchased the farm he now owns, of 136 acres, valued at $20 per acre; in the fall of 1867, ,he went west to Boise Valley, Idaho, where he engaged in farming for three years; then returned. They have four children - John S., born in 1866; Marietta , born in February, 1872; William H., born in May, 1875; Marion H., born Sept. 20, 1877 . Democrat.
Harmon, W. H., far., Sec. 18; P. O. Centerville.
Huston, Thomas, Jr., far., Sec. 16; P. O. Centerville; born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, April 10, 1827; his parents, Thomas H., Sr., and Mary H. (nee Glazier), came there from Pennsylvania; in 1837, moved to Jackson Co., Ohio; settled upon the farm where they lived until death; he died in 1867; she in 1868. Thomas, Jr., had no educational privileges. Remained at home until 23 years of age, when he married Miss Elizabeth Ruse; she was born in Perry Co. in 1834; daughter of Frederick and Mary R.; he from Virginia, she was a native of that county; farmers; removed to Jackson Co., where Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H., Jr., were married, and remained until the mother's death, in 1844 - the father's in 1860. Mr. H. commenced farming by renting, until 1861, when he came to this county and purchased land one-half mile east of his farm, where he now owns 117 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Has five children - Hiram, born in 1853; Frederick, born in 1855; James, born in 1858; Rosella, born in 1865; George, born in 1872. Democrat; members of the M. E. Church.
Jackson, Geo., far., Sec. 2; P. O. Walnut City .
Luce, Bowen , farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Walnut City ; born in Greene Co., Penn. , in 1824. His father, Henry, was born in New Jersey in 1793, as was also his grandfather, Samuel L.; moved to Greene Co., Penn. , in 1803; all farmers. Married Miss Mary Buckingham, born in Greene Co., Penn. , in 1790; remained there until their deaths; raised a family of seven children; she died in 1845 at the age of 55 years; he died August 15, 1873 , at the advanced age of 80 years. Bowen L. remained at home until 25 years of age, then engaged in farming for himself, renting a part of his father's farm. In 1854, he married Miss Hannah Homer; she was born in Fayette Co., Penn. , in 1828; her father, Amos, a farmer and wagoner, was killed in February, 1848, by his team; her mother died four years previous and left a family of fifteen children, all of whom are settled in the East. In September, 1864, they moved to this county, purchased 300 acres of land, to which he has since added 139 acres, all valued at $25 per acre, and erected a residence at a cost of $2,000. Have three children - Joseph, born Aug. 22, 1855 ; John, born Sept. 20, 1860 , and James Franklin, born Dec. 22, 1863 . Republican; Mrs. Luce is a member of the M. E. Church.
McConnell, D., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Walnut City .
McNeff, D. T., farmer, and stockgrower, Sec. 33; P. O. Walnut City; born in Harrison Co., Ind., in 1825; his grandfather, John T. McN., a dealer in fine horses, mysteriously disappeared in 1802, while away with a drove of horses; supposed to have been murdered; his father, Thomas M., born in Kentucky; went to Corydon, Harrison Co., Ind.; lerned the cabinet-maker's trade; ten or twelve years after, engaged in farming; in 1853, came to this county and township, where he died in 1856, at the age of 56; his mother died in 1844, in Morgan Co., Ind.; she was of German descent; born in Pennyslvania; her parents came down the Ohio River on a flatboat; settrled in Harrison Co., Ind., among the earliest settlers; her father was a blacksmith. Mr. McNeff married Miss Maria J. Glasscock, daughter of George M. and Isabell G.; she was born in Mason Co., Ky.; moving to Morgan Co., Ind., when married; she died May 12, 1870, leaving seven children - Sarah C. (now wife of Newton Harris), (Thomas M., a successful teacher and saleman), John S. (farming), Mary A. (of Ottawa, Kan., also a successful teacher), Franklin P. (who married Miss Phebe J. Hiat in 1871), George M. and Emma A. He and his first wife were members of the M. E. Church; Mrs. McNeff is a Baptist; Republican. Mr. McNeff, while young, was a successful teacher; since coming here has attended much to teaching vocal music, also an auctioneer.
McNeff, Thomas, far., S. 33; P. O. Walnut City .
Myers, William , farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 3; P. O. Walnut City; born in Dearborn Co., Ind., Jan. 29, 1832; moved to Iowa in November, 1852; settled 200 acres of land, has since bought additional, and has now 700 acres, valued at $35 per acre; has three bearing orchards, twenty miles of fenced, and three and one-half miles of good Osage hedge. Married Elizabeth Osburn, daughter of William Osburn; she was born in Pike Co., Ill., in 1835; they have three children - Mary Alice, Manna and Rosia W.; they were born in Iowa. Mr. Myers was left an orphan boy; came here poor, and by his industry has accumulated a large property, free of debt; he has several sets of good buildings, good fruit, and all the comforts of life; he is about the oldest settler in the township; he helped to build the first schoolhouse in the township; ground his first wheat in coffee-mill; labored hard, but never neglected to purchase books and other reading for the benefit of his family. They are members of the Christian Church; he is a Republican. He breeds and deals in thorough-bred short-horn stock.
Neff, J. W., far., S. 15; P. O. Centerville.
Nash, Noah H ., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 35; P. O. Walnut City; born in Jackson Co., Mo., in 1837; in 1845, his father, Noah N., Sr., removed to this county and settled in Chariton Tp., among the very earliest settlers, and experienced all the disadvantages of pioneer life; wolves were troublesome, and notwithstanding all precautions, frequently killed their pigs and sheep; a neighbor lost eleven of the latter at one time; one great inconvenience was the want of money, $3 being the entire sum in his possession, a very limited amount for the maintenance of a family of ten, until something could be produced in the way of a crop, and, as he was lame, he was incapable of performing very hard work; hadn't even a team, having hired his family and good transported from Alexandria; it required all the men within a circuit of six miles to erect a log cabin; they broke a farm, and remained until 1860, when his wife died, leaving a family of eleven children; after which he married a widow lady, by name Hixon, having one child; lived with her until his death, in 1874; on arriving at Appanoose, Noah Jr. was 8 years of age; he remained with his father, doing all in his power for the maintenance and support of the family, the cultivation and improvement of the farm, until 20 years of age, when he engaged in farming for others, working land on shares, etc., until 1862, when he purchased his farm, consisting of sixty-five acres. Sept. 25, 1858, he married Miss Rosana Darrah, daughter of Henry D., of this county; she was born in Monongalia Co., Va., in 1838; have five children - Delilah, born in June, 1860; Cornelius, born Nov. 15, 1861; Charles H., born in May, 1864; died Feb. 14, 1870; James A., born Feb. 14, 1866; Louisa D., born Sept. 18, 1867. Has added to his real estate until he owns 255 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Greenbacker. Has held the office of Constable, and school offices; now elected Supervisor.
Needham, B. W ., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Centerville; born in the barrens of Kentucky, in April, 1813, while his parents, John and Nancy N., were moving from North Carolina to Indiana; attempted to settle in Indiana, but were driven back by the Indians, and returned to Kentucky, but in 1815 made a permanent settlement in Jennings Co., Ind. The settlers built a blockhouse, and often fortified themselves within it for protection. They cleared a farm near where the village of San Jacinto now stands, where he died in 1851, she in the fall of 1855. B. W.'s grandfather was a soldier of the Revolution; two Tories were killed in his own house; himself and B. W.'s father buried a boy who was executed for informing the enemy where the Whigs were encamped. His mother's brother, Harry Bland, also a soldier of the Revolution, while leaving his house was killed by Tories, who first tried to run him through with a sword. Her father, Moses B., was a resident of North Carolina . At 23, B. W. married Miss Zerilda E. Holman; she was born in Kentucky in 1815. Her parents, William and Mary, early settlers of Kentucky , afterward emigrated to Ohio ; pioneers of that State. The father served as Judge, for a term; his father and oldest brother were killed as rangers in Ohio . In November, 1837, moved to Bartholomew Co., Ind. , engaging in farming; in December, 1838, his wife died, leaving one child - George M., now a resident of Decatur Co. He married Miss Nancy Blair, daughter of Benjamin and Ruth Blair, of Clarke Co., Ind. , from North Carolina , afterward of Jackson Co., where he died when she a 6 years of age; her mother died three years previous. She lived with a sister who moved to Jefferson Co., thence to Jennings Co., where they were married, after which they removed to Bartholomew Co.; thence, in 1854, to this county, where he owns 200 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. They have two children - Zerilda, born Dec. 21, 1843 , and Silas M., born July 16, 1848 ; they have lost five. Republican; Members of the M. E. Church. He has been since December, 1831; she joined when 17 years of age.
Osborn, A., far., Sec. 16; P. O. Centerville.
Robison, James E ., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Centerville; born in Montgomery Co., Va., in 1830; his father (of German descent) was born in that county; grandfather moved there from Pennsylvania; his mother, Nancy R. (nee Christman), of Irish descent, born in same county, and remained until her death, in 1836 or 1837; his father died in 1858. James E. remained at home, allowed the most limited advantages for education, until 18 years of age, then worked at the carpenter's trade, learned before leaving home; visited Tennessee and worked for a time in Knoxville, Nashville and other cities in Tennessee; in 1849, went to Peoria, Ill., and followed his trade. August, 1852, married Mrs. Lavina Smith, daughter of Amos and Ruth Brown; her first husband was William Smith, of Belmont Co., Ohio, at the time of his death a farmer near Peoria; a man much loved and esteemed by all who knew him, for his strict honesty and integrity, which won him the name of Honest Billy; left three children - Sarah H., Robert B. and Eliza J.; Sarah H., now Mrs. J. B. Sommers, of Centerville, married May 8th, 1863; resides in Derby, Lucas Co.; Robert B., a resident of Cherokee Co., Kan., a farmer, enlisted in Co. G, 36th Iowa V. I.; was at Mark's Mill and other battles; taken prisoner and held at Tyler, Tex., ten months; mustered out at close of war; Eliza J., married, April 19, 1869, C. M. Man, of this county, a blacksmith; served through the war in Co. B, 6th Iowa V. I.; afterward died in Reno Co., Kan., June 26, 1876. His father, of English birth, came to this country when a boy, an early settler of Maryland; moved to South Carolina, laid out and owned the town of Snowhill; thence to Kentucky; was an early settler of that State in the time of Boone; some of his sons served in the Revolutionary war; her mother (nee Nelson), born in Kentucky, the youngest of ten children, died at the remarkable age of 110 years; Her brothers were Charles, Nathaniel, Samuel, John and Joseph, all died in Indiana; her sisters are Mrs. Polly Hutchinson, Mrs. Sarah Keith, Mrs. Jane Drake, and Rebecca, unmarried, all died in Indiana between the ages of 70 and 90. September, 1852, Mr. and Mrs. Robison came to Centerville , where he worked at his trade; fall of 1857, moved to his present farm in Walnut Tp., of fifty-five acres, valued at $30 per acre. They have five children - Lucy M., Frances E., Mary, George M. and Henry. Republican; Mr. R. is a member of the M. E. Church; Mrs. R. is a member of the Christian Church.
Scott, A. R., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Walnut City
Scott, Nancy , farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Walnut City ; born in Lincoln Co., Ky. , in 1819. Her father, Joseph Ray, was from Virginia ; her mother, Grace Ray (nee Lang), was born in Pennsylvania , both near the division line of the two States. Soon after marriage, moved to Kentucky; engaged in farming; in 1826, moved to Ripley Co., thence to Morgan Co.; cleared a farm and remained until their deaths, in 1848. After teaching school for some time, at the age of 22, Miss Ray married David Scott; he was born in Indiana, in 1817; was a farmer of Morgan Co., Ind.; in 1853, came to this county and settled in Walnut Tp.; purchased land of the Government; engaged in farming and stock dealing until 1862; while on business in Kansas, he died, leaving seven children - Noah M., now Clerk of the Court of this county; C. R., who died of the disease contracted in the army; B. M., died at Davenport, Iowa, of disease contracted in the army; Dayton O., Thomas, Clayton and Milton. Owned over 700 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; well stocked and improved. Members of the Christian Church.
Scott, N. M., far., S. 5; P. O. Walnut City .
Scott, R. B ., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Centerville; born in Wayne Co., Ky., Jan. 13, 1816; he went to Morgan Co., Ill., in 1829, moved to Iowa in 1837, and thence to Missouri, and returned to Lee Co., Iowa; came to this county in 1857; he followed brick-making while in Missouri, followed farming the remainder of his time; also followed the ministry and exhorting twenty years in M. E. persuasion. Has 145 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; formerly owned 600 adjoining his present farm; has held the offices of Constable and Deputy Sheriff in Lee Co. He married Vashti Smith in Lee Co., Iowa, in 1846; she was born in Licking Co., Ohio, in 1824; they have three children - Lavina, Nevada Bell and Charles Harvey; and a daughter died at the age of 18 years; Mrs. Scott died in Iowa in 1874. He married for his second wife Mary Conger, in Iowa , in 1875; she was born in Ohio ; he has been a Class-Leader and Superintendent of Sabbath school; they have one child - Alma Luella. Republican.
Scott, Thos. C., far., S. 8; P. O. Walnut City .
Sherrard, S. T ., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Walnut City; born in Lawrence Co., Penn., in 1840, attending district school until at 18, when he entered the academy; remained for two years, alternately teaching; in 1860, married Miss Eliza Mathews, daughter of Joseph and Jane M.; she was born in Lawrence Co., in 1838; her father died when she was six weeks old, her mother two weeks later; raised by her uncle, Elijah Mathews; she was educated at Elizabethtown, Washington Co., Penn.; were married by Rev. R. A. Browin, President of Westminster College, Wilmington, Penn. Her only brother, Dr. David Mathew, is a missionary to Syria , 100 miles north of Jerusalem , where he has been for fourteen years. Mr. S. taught school during the winter months and farmed during the summer; in 1872, they came to this county, where he has since engaged in farming; owns 18- acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. The father of Mr. S. is an extensive farmer of Henry Co., Ill. ; his mother, Elizabeth S. (nee Baldwin ), died there in 1865; his father married Mrs. Angeline Cunningham. Have three children - Ella, born Feb. 1, 1864 ; Albert L., born Nov. 20, 1865 ; John Elmer R., born in April, 1871. Republican; regular attendants of the Baptist and Reformed Presbyterian Church, and Sunday school. He has held school offices since coming to this county; was Assessor two terms, also Justice of the Peace; is Representative to the State Legislature.
Smith, C. L., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Centerville.
Sweetman, Jacob , far., Sec. 35; P. O. Centerville; born in Delaware Co., Ind., in 1828, and moved to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1844, with his parents, and then to this county in 1850; he improved the present farm; he followed milling until the last three years; had both a flouring and saw mill; has now 200 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Mary E. Pierce in Iowa in 1861; she was born in Schuyler Co., Ill. , in 1844; they have three children - David D. D. C., Elmira M. and Thomas H. Democrat.
Thompson, W. R., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Centerville.
Van Dike, D. M., carpenter and builder, Sec. 16; P. O. Centerville; born in West Virginia , May 11, 1841 ; moved to Iowa in 1852; he has principally followed carpentering and building; recently sold his farm. He married Mary F. Bacus in Iowa in 1862; she was born in Ohio in 1841; they have six children - Ora Bell, Charles W., Clara Alice, George F., Cora A. and Orila N. They are members of the Baptist Church ; a Greenbacker.
Vohlmer, J. H., far., S. 2; P. O. Walnut City .
Williams, M. M ., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Centerville; born in Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 23, 1833; his parents, William and Lucretia W., settled in Oneida Co., in 1832; his father was born at West Point; died in Oneida Co., in 1860; his mother was born in Oneida Co.; died in this county in 1876. At the age of 14, Wm. M. went to work on the canal, first as driver, then steersman; afterward Captain; followed that nine years, then learned the trade of boat-builder on North Oneida Bay; was employed at that for five years, after which he followed the lumber trade at same place for two years. Oct. 22, 1862, married Miss Cordelia D. Sheldon; she was born in Oneida Co., N. Y., in 1842; her father, Orlando W., a tanner and currier by trade, was born in Massachusetts; died from the effects of gas in a hotel in Springfield, Mass; her mother, Mary W. (nee Linn), was born in that county and died in Oswego Co., N. Y., in 1868. Came to this county and purchased a quarter-section of land in Chariton Tp., and engaged in farming; September, 1872, sold his property and removed to this present place of residence; owns seventy-six acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; they have one child - Ida M., born in 1866. Republican. Has held the office of Township Trustee; was School Director four years, and holds the office of Justice of the Peace.
Wood, A., far., S. 13; P. O. Centerville.