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History of Davis County, Iowa
Des Moines: Iowa Historical Company, 1882


Unless noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

John Cammack submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Cammack, John; pages 643 & 644: farmer and stock-raiser, section 21, post office Bloomfield; was born in Park county, Ind., October 24, 1825, where he grew to manhood and acquired his education, and helped his father on the farm.  In 1849, he came to this county and intended to settle here, but returning home, he caught the gold fever, and started for California, by the overland route, being five months on the way; he mined one year, and then returned home by way of Panama and New Orleans.  He became a resident of Davis county, April 7, 1852, and located where he now lives.  His farm consists of 282 acres, well improved, with a good orchard, well watered by a living spring.  His farm is fenced in lots for stock management.  He feeds, and puts on the market annually, three car-loads of stock.  He also owns thirty- two acres of good blue grass woodland pasture.  He was married April 1, 1844, to Miss Catharine Hawkins, a native of Indiana.  She lived but three years after their marriage, dying, January 1, 1847, leaving one child, now deceased.  He was married again March 20, 1848, to Miss Nancy High, also a native of Indiana.  She lived one year after their marriage, dying, March 9, 1849, leaving one child, Tilman A., now a resident of Kansas.  He married again March 1, 1853, to Miss Albina French, a native of Indiana.  This marriage proved unhappy, and they separated four months after, and obtained a divorce.  One child was the result of this union, born after the separation, of whom, Mr. C. granted her the custody.  He was married the fourth time, April 29, 1854, to his present wife Miss Nancy Hale, a native of Illinois.  They have two children: Anna, wife of Miles Shown; and Francis M., of this county.  Mr. C. is one of the most highly respected citizens of the county.

Clyman, Albert submitted by Deborah Barker

Clyman, Albert, farmer, section one, Drakesville; owner of 120 acres. He enlisted in Co D, 3rd Ia Calv, and served four years. He was in the battle of Pea Ridge, and was wounded at Helena, Ark., by a gun shot wound through the right lung.

Conner, R. G., of the firm of Conner Bros., blacksmiths, Pulaski; was born July 24, 1835, in Preston county, West Virginia, and was raised a blacksmith. He came with his parents to Mahaska county, Iowa, in 1848, and to this county in 1850, locating at Troy, and worked in his father's shop seven years; when his father's health failed, and the business was carried on by himself and his brother Amos, till 1874, when they located at Pulaski. They do all kinds of work in their line, having a machine lathe and drill, and guarantee satisfaction. Mr. Conner was married January 12, 1862, to Miss Margaret Montgomery, who died August 20, 1872; he married again October 12, 1873, Miss Elizabeth Spaigh. They have three children, Abbe L., L. L., and Nellie I., two girls, and one boy. Mr. Conner owns a neat little home in Pulaski. 

Coons, Richard P., farmer, section 14, postoffice West Grove, or Drakeville; was born in Shelby county, Indiana, February 25, 1843. In 1851, his parents came to this county, where he grew to maturity on a farm, receiving a common school education. He now owns 121 acres of land, all under fence and in cultivation, on which he moved in the spring of 1866. He was married in Missouri, in 1863, to Miss Sarah Elizabeth Pile, a native of Indiana. They have had eight children: Martha A., Adeline G., Harriet A., Clara M., Emma F., Walter N., John M., and one deceased - Nancy E., at the age of five.

Coons, W. J., postoffice Drakeville; was born December 30, 1833, in Shelby county, Ind.; his father being from Virginia, and his mother from Kentucky. His early life was spent on a farm and in acquiring a common school education. In the fall of 1851, he came to this county, settling in Fox River township, adjoining the place where he now resides. Here he engaged in farming till October 5, 1864, when he enlisted in Company A, Fourth Iowa Infantry, and took part in the battles of Columbia and Bentonsville; was in Sherman's army from Atlanta to the sea; was in the grand review in Washington; was discharged at Davenport, and returned home to this county, and for two years engaged in railroad bridge building. In 1871, he returned home, where he has since resided, mostly engaged in carpentering. He was married October 23, 1856, to Miss Julia Wallace, of Indiana. They have had seven children: Mary Jane, Martha O., Thomas, William W., Nettie E., Charles H., and one deceased. Mrs. c. died February 23, 1871. Mr. C. is an Odd Fellow, and in politics a democrat.

Corrick, W. C. submitted by Sue Simpson

Corrick, W. C. lives on section eight, postoffice Pulaski.  Born in Randolph county, Virginia, March 17th, 1828.  His parents moved to Hawkins county, Ohio, where he lived until 19 years of age, when he came to Wyacondah township, this county.  He was raised a farmer, and educated in common schools.  In 1852, he went to California, mined for two years, and then returned to this county, settling on his present farm; was married in October, 1855, to Miss Francis Ann Dunkin, of this county, and became the father of three children, Theodore, Jasper, and Mandy, deceased.  His wife died in 1862, and in 1863 he married Miss Sarah Duckworth of this county who also died in 1864.  He was again married in 1865, to Amanda A. Yost, who is the mother of nine children: Mattie, Herman, Emma, Clara, Willie, Mary, Albert, Charley and a babe not yet named.  Mr. Corrick owns a fine farm of 220 acres, and plenty of stock.  Mr. and Mrs. Corrick are members of the M. E. Church, and are highly respected."

Michael Cossel submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Cossel, Michael; pages 669-670:  farmer and stock-raiser, owns a fine farm of 340 acres.  He was born March 4, 1822 in Washington county, Western Virginia.  When seven years of age his father moved to Illinois were he lived thirteen years, then coming to Des Moines county for one year, then to Jefferson county until 1853, when he came to his present home.  He was married December 31, 1845 to Miss Martha McCord, a native of Indiana.  They have seven children, Thomas, Isaac, Rachel, William, Asa, Sarah, and Rebecca, deceased.  Mr and Mrs. C. are members of the United Brethren Church.  Mr. C. went to school in his life just nineteen days.  He stands high in the neighborhood.  His post office is Stiles.

Note from submitter: Michael Cossel (buried in the Barker Cemetery, Scotland Co, MO, just across the state line from where Michael had his farm for many years), was my paternal 2nd gr-grandfather. 

COX, ENNIS, farmer, and stock-raiser, section twenty-eight, postoffice Troy; was born June 10, 1822, in Adams county, Ohio. At the age of sixteen, he moved with his parents to Bartholomew county, Indiana, where he spent his youth, helping on the farm, and attending the district school in winter. He was married August 3, 1843, to Miss Lucy a. Belle, a native of Indiana, living happily till she died, November 7, 1849, leaving three children: James H., John A. and Benjamin F. Mr. C. married again February 7, 1851, Miss Rebecca Kirk, a native of North Carolina. They came to Iowa in 1854, locating in Wyacondah township, and became a resident of this township in 1856; living on section 34 till 1873, when he bought the fine farm and residence he now owns, known as the Arney property farm, of of 240 acres, well improved; his house is a mansion, without doubt the finest in the township, if not in the county; it was erected in 1868, at a cost of $6,000; the location, surroundings, and conveniences being perfect. He bought property in Troy, in 1873, and moved there to educate his children, and there his wife died, July 30, 1878. She was a kind and indulgent mother, a good wife, and a member of the M. E. Church for many years. She left four children: Maria, Milliard, Edward and Amy. Mr. C. married again July 1, 1880, Lucinda E. Shook, daughter of John Corrick, of this county. Mr. C. is an active member of the M. E. Church, and is highly respected in the community.

COX, J. H., merchant, Troy; was born in Bartholomew county, Ind., July 25, 1844, and at the age of ten came with his parents to Wyacondah township, in this county, where they lived two years, then moved to Union township. He received his education at the common schools, with a finishing course at Troy Academy. He did good service for his country during the war, enlisting in November, 1863, in company F, 30th Iowa Infantry; he was in the grand review at Washington, their banner having on it,"23 engagements," Mr. C. having been in seventeen of them; among others, Kenesaw Mountain, Marietta, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta, Lovejoy Station, Macon, Jonesborough, Beaufort, S. C., Columbia and Mill Creek, where they received news of the surrender of Lee, having been with Sherman in his famous march to the sea. The war over, he returned to Iowa, and received his discharge the day he was twenty one; he went to work with his father on the farm, and was married December 28, 1866, to Miss Isabella Wiley, a native of Missouri; they have six children: Irene, Bernard, Augusta, Olive, Lucy and Guy. Mr. C. was several years engaged in the stock business, and went into his present business in March, 1881. He handles dry goods, groceries and provisions, making a specialty of farm produce; he has been township clerk; is an Odd Fellow, and member of the Christian Templars, and takes an active interest in temperance work.

COX, W. F. C., farmer and stock-raiser, section 24, postoffice Troy; was born in Benton county, Missouri, December 15, 1840; When eight years old he came with his parents to Appanoose county, where his father died in January, 1850; two years after, the family, he being the eldest of three children, moved to Mahaska county, where his mother married again; they moved to Adair county, Mo., in 1855, and he went to Illinois in 1860; he followed farming, and when the war commenced he enlisted in company H, sixty- eighth Illinois Infantry, which regiment was mustered out in October, 1862. In 1864 he came to Iowa and located on his present farm in 1869, which was then all brush, which he cleared away, making a nice farm of 70 acres. He was married in Illinois , in June, 1862, to Miss Mary Crawford. They have had eight children: Eva J., Amanda E., Ardilla M., Wm. T., Mary B., Owen, Harrison B. and one deceased, Hiram B. Mr. C. is a man of more than ordinary pluck and energy, and has the respect of everybody; he is a Mason, a member of Troy lodge.

CUNNINGHAM, A. T., stock-raiser, section 36, postoffice West Grove; was born September 8, 1834 , in Giles county, Tenn. , where he lived till he grew to manhood. His early life was spent on the farm and attending the common schools. In the spring of 1853, he arrived in this county, settling in West Grove township, then called Fox River township. He came on his present farm in 1864, which he has now finely improved. It consists of 330 acres of prairie and 65 of timber. He is engaged in stock-raising. He was married in September, 1857, to Mary A. Ramsey, of Appanoose county. They were blessed with five children, Walter R., Chas. J., Jessie M., Frank, and Arthur. Mrs. C. died September 3, 1876 , and Mr. C. was married again August 28, 1877 , to Mrs. Mary Jones, of Marion township. They have two children, Edith M. and John T. Mr. C. is an Odd Fellow, and in politics is a republican.