History of Butler and Bremer Counties,
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Henry Eveland was born in Ohio, in 1814. His parents soon after moved to Fulton county, Illinois, where his father was one of the pioneer settlers. In 1854 he came to Bremer county, and located on section 28, Lafayette township. In September, 1835, he was married to Lorena Miller. Eight children were born to them, seven of whom are still living - Samuel, Jacob, John Mason, James Duncan, Harriett, wife of John Scott, living in Nebraska; Anna, now the wife of Thomas McRoberts; Indiana, now the wife of George Elliott. His wife died March, 1870. He was married in the spring of 1873, to Martha Bingham, born in Greene county, Indiana, January 31, 1832, and daughter of John and Levisa (Bays) Burch. She was married to Wm. Bingham in February, 1850. One daughter was the result of this union - Nancy Jane, now the wife of Nelson Ross, of Lafayette township. Mr. Eveland died May 12, 1878. Nelson Ross and Nancy Jane Bingham were married in 1865; he is a native of Indiana, born in 1843. They have seven children living - James, Henry, Albert, Alva, Loraine and Mabel.
Jacob M. Eveland, second son of Henry and Aurenna (Miller) Eveland, was born in Fulton county, Ill., April 21, 1841. In 1854, his parents moved to Bremer county, and settled in Lafayette township, where Jacob has since resided, excepting two and one-half years spent in Davis County, Iowa. His educational advantages were very limited, as he had to assist his father in preparing their future home. In 1875, he bought his present farm, on section 10, on which he has since resided. In January, 1868, he was married to Miss Angeline Stufflebeam, daughter of Joshua and Polly Stufflebeam, one of the pioneers of Bremer county. Seven children have been born to them, four of whom are now living - Nellie Alavanda, Jacob Clarence, Bertha Aveline Aurora, Elfie.
Mason Eveland, the oldest living settler in LaFayette township, and son of John and Elizabeth (Jones) Eveland was born in Calhoun county, Illinois, January 18, 1817. His father was a native of Virginia, while his mother was born in New York State. In 1823 his father moved to Fulton county, Illinois, and was the second white settler in that county. His father died in 1832 and his mother followed in 1851. As his father was constantly in advance of civilization, young Mason had but very few advantages of education. In September, 1851, soon after the death of his mother, he came to Bremer county, arriving here October 3. He located in Jackson township on land now owned by J. K. L. Maynard, where he entered a farm, but in 1852 sold it and took a claim of 320 acres in LaFayette township, and in January, 1853, located on this farm, 237 acres of which he still owns. February 5, 1836, he was married to Miss Lucinda Stufflebeam, a native of Kentucky. Of the ten children, Henry, Charles, John, James, Austin, Lucinda, now Mrs. John W. Ferguson, and Robert Boone, are living. Mr. Eveland was the first white child born on the military tract in Illinois, between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.