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

Wells Township


Biographies submitted by Alice Wayne Daniels.

Adams, B. F., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Moulton.
Awmiller, H. J., far., S. 33; P. O. Moulton.
Awmiller, P., far., S. 3; P. O. Dean.
Awmiller, Wm., far., S. 3; P. O. Dean.
Barr, Wm., far., S. 25; P. O. Moulton.
Baspet, R. H., far., Sec. 13; P. O. Coatsville.
Bowman, Wm., Sr., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Moulton.
Black, Paul, far., S. 20; P. O. Moulton.
Bond, J., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Moulton.

Brough, J. G ., of Cooksey & Brough, dealers in dry goods, boots and shoes, Dean; born in Madison Co., Ohio, in 1844; removed to this county, in 1852, with his parents, his father settling four miles west of Centerville, where he remained until his death, which occurred in 1853; his mother, has since lived in Centerville; he owns a residence in Centerville, and his business at Dean. Married Miss Xenia Stansbury in November, 1866; she was born in Newhope, Brown Co., Ohio, March 31, 1849; they have four children - Beatrice, born in 1868; Selah, in 1870; Blanch, in 1874; Nellie, in 1876. Democrat. A member of I. O. O. F., No. 76, Centerville . Mr. B. is a tinner by trade, having learned his trade at Centerville with J. W. Williams; worked with him five years; then engaged in hardware, stoves and tinware, at Centerville, ,until 1874; thence removed his business to Unionville, Mo., for one year, and, in 1875, bought out Mr. Stansbury, of Cooksey & Co., at Dean, and commenced his present business.

Bridgman, A., far., S. 8; P. O. Moulton.
Bunton, J. M., far., S. 25; P. O. Moulton.
Campbell, J. J., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Dean.
Caughron, G., far., S. 35; P. O. Moulton.
Chamberlain, Robert
Childs, A., far., Sec. 12; P. O. Coatsville.
Childs, J., far., S. 12; P. O. Coatsville.
Coffman, I. , far., Sec. 25; P. O. Moulton.
Cookey, J., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Dean.

Cooksey, William H ., of Cooksey & Brough, dealers in dry goods, boots and shoes, Dean, Iowa; born in Scott Co., Ill., in 1847; removed to this county in February, 1875; owns residence and business and 7 1/2 acres of coal lands. Married Miss Augusta Stansbury Feb. 27, 1874; she was born in Appanoose Co Aug. 20, 1855; they have two children - Lulu B., born Nov. 25, 1875; Maud L., Nov. 30, 1877. Democratic. Is a member of I. O. O. F., Pioneer Lodge, No. 70, Winchester , Iowa . Has held the office of Township Clerk for three years, School Director, Notary Public, Clerk of School Board. Is Station Agent for M., I. & M. R. R. at Dean. Has taught school thirty-one months in Illinois .

Coy, D. M., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Moulton.

Craig, James , farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Moulton; born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1853, and with his parents came to this county in 1856; has 200 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Greenbacker. His father entered the land he now owns and occupies; made all the improvements. Joined the Missouri State Militia in 1861; detailed wagoner, which position he held until mustered out in 1864. Died from chronic disease contracted while in service in 1864, six weeks after coming home. His mother, Lucy Craig (nee Coburn), was born in Morgan Co., Ohio , in 1816. Married Mr. Craig Dec. 24, 1833 ; she has six children, none of whom are living, except the one here mentioned in this county.

Croft, J., far., Sec. 29; P. O. Moulton.
Daniels, Joseph, far., Sec. 20; P. O. Moulton.
Daugherty, J., far., Sec. 20; P. O. Moulton.
Davis, D., Sr., far., Sec. 33; P. O. Moulton.
Davis, D., far., Sec. 33; P. O. Moulton.
Davis, H., far., Sec. 30, P. O. Moulton.
Davis, J., far., Sec. 33; P. O. Moulton.
Davis, Jos., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Moulton.
Dye, E. M., far., Sec. 20; P. O. Moulton.
Edward, William, Jr., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Dean.

Edwards, William , farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 1; P. O. Moulton; born in Kentucky Jan. 29, 1811; removed to this county November, 1849; owns 540 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Miss Marilla Elliott, 1831; she was born in Kentucky Jan. 29, 1916; they have seven children - Elizabeth, James W., Mary A., Louis, Daniel, William, Madison. Greenbacker; members for thirty years of the M. E. Church. Mr. Edwards was among the earliest settlers; entered the same farm he now occupies; found it settled by squatters, and it cost more to buy the squatters out than to enter the land; has followed stock dealing and growing extensively until within about ten years, since which he has fed considerable, but not shipped much.

Elam, S. P ., far., Sec. 16; P. O. Dean; born in Powhatan Co., Va., 1823; removed with his parents to Laurel Co., Ky., 1835; thence to this county, 1850; owns 300 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Miss Elizabeth Edwards, 1850; she was born in Laurel Co., Ky., March 22, 1833; they have six children - Sarah E., Marilla J., Dan H., Lewis S., Madison M., Marcellus. A Republican of long standing; Mr. and Mrs. Elam , and their children - Dan, Sarah, Marilla, and two youngest boys are members of the Christian Church. Has held offices of Constable and Township Trustee; was a member of Border Brigade during 1862-63; when he came to this county all he had was the clothes he wore and a horse, the horse he traded for his first quarter-section of land; made the furniture with which they first commenced house-keeping, namely, bedstead, tables, chairs; his wife knit socks to buy dishes, and he caught a coon and sold the pelt to buy the first bucket he had.

Foster, Thos., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Moulton.

Findley, C. F ., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Dean; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1828; came to Van Buren Co. in 1854, and to this county in 1855; has 80 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. Married Miss Rebecca Pierpont in 1857; she was born in Monongalia Co., Va., in 1824; they have four children - Sarah T., Samuel H., John C. P., and Mary M. Greenbacker. Has held the office of Township Assessor.

Forsythe, Thomas, far., Sec. 2; P. O. Dean.
Fishel, John, far., Sec. 15; P. O. Dean.
Gale, W., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Moulton.
Gregory, D. A., Sec. 24, P. O. Moulton.
Goodwin, J. P., far., Sec. 34; P. O. Moulton.
Gregory, Wilson, far., S. 24; P. O. Moulton.
Guinn, Hardin, far., S. 16; P. O. Dean.
Horn, Aaron, far., S. 2; P. O. Coatsville.
Horn, Isaiah, far., S. 10; P. O. Dean.

Horn, William , farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Dean; born in Estell Co., Ky., in 1826, removed to Randolph Co., Mo., in 1840, thence to Davis Co., Iowa, in 1841, where his father settled, being, to the best of Mr. Horn's knowledge, the second family in the county, except those who came the same spring. But when the subject of this sketch came to do for himself, , which was in 1848, very soon after becoming of age, he removed to this county, where he now owns 595 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Miss Margaretta Cooksy in 1848;she was born in Overton Co., Tenn., in 1829; they have ten children - Cynthia, Clayborn N., Martha E., Samantha A., George W., William D., Elizabeth, Salina, James M. and Edna J. Democratic; members of Christian Church. Has held the offices of Township Clerk, Trustee, etc.

Howell, J. D., far., Sec. 25; P. O. Moulton.
James, John, far., Sec. 24; P. O. Coatsville.
James, Wm., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Coatsville.

Jennings, Timothy , farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 2; P. O. Moulton; born in Ripley Co., Ind., in 1827; in 1852, he went round Cape Horn to California, but finding his health failing, returned in 1854, and settled in Jackson Co., Iowa; thence he removed to Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., in 1855; thence to Eddyville, Iowa, in 1857, and came to this county in 1866; he owns 200 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Adeline Johnson in 1864; she was born in Greene Co., Ohio, 1832; they have seven children-John, Mary D., William E., Ellen M., Fanny, Addie and James. Republican. Has held offices of Tp. Trustee and Road Supervisor. Member of A., F. & A. M., at Andersonville, Franklin Co., Ind.

Johnson, H., far., S. 12; P. O. Coatsville.
Johnson, M., Far., S. 25; P. O. Moulton.
Jordan, S., far., S. 27; P. O. Moulton.
King, D., far., Sec. 10; P. O. Dean.
King, Eli, far., S. 34; P. O. Dean.
Kinsler, Robt., far., Sec. 36; P. O. Coatsville.
Lane, Wm., far., S. 11; P. O. Dean.
Lindsey, C., far., S. 15; P. O. Dean.
Lytton, John, far., Sec. 12; P. O. Dean.
Losey, J., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Coatsville.
Long, Wm., far., S. 22; P. O. Moulton.
Maring, J., far., S. 20; P. O. Moulton.

Martin, Oliver P ., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Dean; born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1842; removed to this county in 1867; owns eighty-five acres of land, valued at $15 per acre. Married Miss Amanda J. Hays in 1866; she was born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1845; they have three children - Willie, born in 1868; Leonard, in 1870; Claude O., in 1875. Members of M. E. Church. Held office of Justice of the Peace six years and School Director three years. Is a member of I. O. O. F., No. 76, Centerville . Enlisted in the 70th Ohio V. I., Co. A, Capt. Brown, in 1861; participated at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg and Mission Ridge; veteran in 1864; from Chattanooga to Atlanta with Sherman, and through Georgia to the coast at Ft. McAlister; enlisted as private and mustered out as 2d Sergeant in 1865.

Mathews, Paul, far., S. 24; P. O. Moulton.
May, J., far., S. 19; P. O. Moulton.
Miller, J. W., far., S. 22; P. O. Moulton.
Mitchell, H. B. I., far., S. 30; P. O. Moulton.
Mitchell, J., far., S. 29; P. O. Moulton.
Mitchell, P. H., far., S. 30; P. O. Moulton.
Moore, A. L., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Moulton.
Morrow, H., far., S. 21; P. O. Dean.
Morrow, J. H., far., S. 35; P. O. Dean.
Morrow, R., far., S. 5; P. O. Dean.

Mowrer, John D ., farmer, S. 33; P. O. Moulton; born in Columbia Co., Penn., Nov. 12, 1838; removed to Dixon, Lee Co., Ill., May, 1844; then returned to his native county in 1860, where he remained until February, 1864, when he returned to Dixon, and in March, 1869, came to this county; has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Mary A. Palmer, at Dixon , Ill. , March, 22, 1869 ; she was the daughter of Elder H. W. Palmer, former Pastor of the M. E. Church of that city, and was born in Franklin Co., N. Y., June 25, 1838 . They have four children - Palmer D., born Feb. 26, 1871 ; F. Derby, Sept. 30, 1872 ; Philip H., Sept. 19, 1873 ; Mary Josinda, Aug. 3, 1876 . Republican; he is a member of the Lutheran and she of the M. E. Church. Philip Mowrer, the father of John D., was born in Luzerne Co., Penn., Feb. 13, 1810; was a gunsmith by trade; during the year 1844, he removed to Lee Co., Ill., there turned his attention to farming; has kept in office a great portion of the time, having been chosen County Commissioner, and held other prominent offices until 1860, when he returned to Pennsylvania, and in 1869, came to this county with his son, where he was appointed Justice of the Peace; during his life in this county, he devoted much of his time to the culture of grapes, planting out at one time 700 vines of Concord, which he discovered to be best adapted to this climate; kept a great many bees; died Aug. 5, 1878. His mother died Dec. 26, 1859 . His brother Henry died Jan. 6, 1853 ; John D., now being the only one of his mother's family living.

Murphy, J., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Moulton.
Niswonger, George R., far., Sec. 23; P. O. Moulton.
Peck, A. J., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Dean.
Probasco, N., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Moulton.
Purdum, B. T., far., S. 8; P. O. Dean.
Rash, William, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Dean.
Robinson, G. W., far., S. 5; P. O. Dean.
Richie, J. D., far., S. 14; P. O. Coatsville.
Russell, J. H., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Coatsville.
Short, J. H., far., Sec. 5; P. O. Moulton.

Scurlock, James Milton , far., Sec. 9; P. O. Dean; born in Jackson Co., Ohio, in 1820; came to this county in 1844, being among the very earliest settlers; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. He married Miss Matilda Cooksey in 1845, daughter of William Cooksey; she was born in Kentucky in 1826; they have four children - Cleopatra, born in 1846, married Elisha Kirby in 1866; Bartholomew C., born in 1852; Grant, born in 1858; Joseph B., born in 1868. Republican. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace for several years, also school and district offices. When he came to this county, he had nothing but what he had in his pocket, which was less than $10, and it was five years before he saw another $10.

Short, S. B., far., Sec. 32; P. O. Moulton.
Shosts, H. D., far., S. 6; P. O. Centerville.
Sidwell, C. A., far., S. 31; P. O. Moulton.
Sidwell, J., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Moulton.
Sites, Andrew, far., S. 6; P. O. Cenrterville.
Stansbury, A. J., far., S. 27; P. O. Moulton.

Stansbury, G. S ., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Dean; born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1826; removed to Pike Co., Ill., in 1851; thence to this county in 1852; owns 340 acres of land in this township, valued at $30 per acre; 210 acres in Caldwell Tp., Secs. 21 and 22, valued at $25 per acre; 227 acres in Liberty Tp., valued at $25 per acre, with two lots in Dean, with residence and 28 vacant lots, valued at $2,000. Married Miss Amanda Knight, in 1849; she was born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1830; died in this county in 1853, leaving one child - Xenia, born in March, 1850, now Mrs. J. G. Braugh, merchant at Dean. He married Miss Rebecca Cooksey, in September, 1854; she was a daughter of William Cooksey, of this township; born in Scott Co., Ill. , in 1838; they have seven children - Augusta, Daniel C., Ella May, Charles W., Stella, John M. and an infant. Republican. Has held the office of County Treasurer from 1864 to 1868; Township Clerk, school offices, etc.; was Lieutenant of Co. B, Border Brigade, under State law, organized in 1861; made many arrests and returned to the authorities in Missouri. On coming to Appanoose Co., had but 50 cents cash, a consumptive wife, $10 worth of medicines, and a pony worth $25; commenced the practice of medicine at Wells' Mills, this township, which he followed until 1874.

Stansberry, J. M., far., S. 23; P. O. Moulton.
Stansberry, G. S., far., S.10; P. O. Dean.
Stansberry, M., far., S. 5; P. O. Moulton.
Stephen, J., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Coatsville.
Stiles, J. H. P., Sr., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Dean.
Stiles, S., Sr., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Dean.
Stiles, S., Jr., far., Sec. 14, P. O. Dean.
Stober, J., far., Sec. 25; P. O. Moulton.
Strode, T., far., Sec. 20; P. O. Moulton.
Sturgeon, B., far., Sec. 31; P. O. Centerville.
Sturgeon, D. O., far., S. 14; P. O. Centerville.

Sutton, Jonas , farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Moulton; born in Pendleton Co., Va., in 1832, and, while yet a child, his parents removed to Harrison Co., Va., where he remained until 1865, when he came to this county; he owns 170 acres of land adjoining Moulton, 30 acres on Sec. 16, 172 acres near Centerville and 52 lots in his addition to Moulton, 20 acres of coal lands, as well as 170 acres of tax-title lands in Missouri. He married Miss Sarah J. Robinson in 1860; she was born in Harrison Co., Va. , in 1835; they have three children - Florence , born Aug. 14, 1861 ; George W., born June 8, 1865 ; Violetta, March 2, 1869 . Democratic; members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Sutton, supposing his lands, ,like a considerable portion of Appanoose Co., were underlaid with coal, employed W. P. Fox, Geologist for Iowa, to make a special geological examination, and while he says that there is no coal formation in the State so regular and uniform as that of Appanoose Co.; that taking into consideration the solid condition of the land, and the heavy body of coal underlying it on Mr. Sutton's lands, he considers it more desirable than any in that vicinity. Mr. Sutton has his reports locating points most desirable for sinking shafts, substance to be passed through, etc.

Swarts, C. W., far., S. 27; P. O. Moulton.
Swarts, F., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Moulton.
Swarts, H., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Moulton.
Todd, James, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Moulton.
Tull, J. A., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Moulton.
Ulrick, J., far., S. 10; P. O. Dean.
Wahl, G. W., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Moulton.
Wood, D., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Dean.
Wood, G. W., far., S. 30; P. O. Moulton.

Wolf, George , farmer; dealer and grower of stock, Sec. 19; P. O. Moulton; born in Perry Co., Ohio, in 1832; removed with his parents to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1851; thence to this county in 1864; owns 397 1/2 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Married Miss Rebecca Martin in 1851; she was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, in 1828; have three children - John W., born in 1852; Mary J., born in 1855, and Laura R., born in 1867. Greenbacker in politics; he is a member of the Lutheran Church , she of the Presbyterian. He had held the office of County Supervisor four years, Township Clerk, school offices, etc.

Yates, W., far., S. 21; P. O. Dean.