Davis County, Iowa
Des Moines: Iowa Historical Company,
Unless noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Eckard, W. S., of the firm of Hill & Eckard,
butchers, Bloomfield; was born April 29, 1844, in Huntington county,
Pennsylvania. Here he grew up, being educated in the common schools, and learned
the plasterer's trade. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in company D.
Twenty-second Pennsylvania Cavalry and served in the Shenandoah valley, and was
mustered out in March, 1864; again enlisting July 4, 1864, in company B, Two
Hundred and Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry, in the ninth army corps, army of
Potomac; with which he participated in the siege of Petersburg, in the charges
of Fort Steadman, and fort "Hell;" being the first man into the works
of Fort Steadman. Was in pursuit of Lee, and at the grand review, and mustered
out in June, 1865. He returned to Pennsylvania, plastered a while, then, in
1871, worked as car inspector on the Pennsylvania Central R. R.; came to Iowa in
1876, worked at butchering at Grinnell till November, 1880, when he came to
Bloomfield and engaged in the same business. He was married December 25, 1868,
to Miss Mary Kennedy, a native of Pennsylvania; they have four children, Emma,
Aldis, Eliza and Blanche. Since writing the abbove Mr. E. has sold out his
business and is engaged in plastering. He is a man of energetic habits, and has
a good record.
ELLIOTT, JOHN, lumber and grain dealer, Drakeville, is a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, born September 30, 1837; where he lived until fifteen years of age. His parents then moved to this county, where he grew to manhood, a farmer's son, receiving a common school education. He enlisted, in 1861, in company A, third Iowa Cavalry and served four years, being mustered out at the close of the war. He was in the battles of Pea Ridge, the White River campaign, Vicksburg, Wilson 's Cavalry raid through Alabama and Georgia, and in all the battles with his regiment in that campaign. He was married in this county, in 1866, to Miss Nannie Morgan; they have had four children, Allie, George C., Stella, and the oldest, Jennie, deceased, in September 1873, aged six years. Mr. E. is a member of the M. E. Church.
ELLIOTT, JOHN, farmer, section 13, postoffice, Coatsville, Missouri; was born in November 1840, in Antrim county, Ireland. When quite young his father, James, died, and his mother, Jane, came to America with her three children, first settling in Jefferson county. In 1862, he went to Morgan county, Illinois, and May 10, 1863, he enlisted in Company C, 145th Illinois Infantry for one hundred days; returned home, and February 10, 1864, he enlisted in Company A, Tenth Infantry, Colonel Gillaspy. He came to this county, July 4, 1865, and settled in Perry township, where he resided for five years, then sold out and bought his present farm, consisting of 80 acres of land. He was married April 29, 1866, to Mrs. Cynthia Ann Freeman, of Van Buren county. He is a member of the Congregational Church, and of Sincerity Lodge, No. 317, A. F. and A. M. at Moulton. In politics he is a democrat, and has held the office of township trustee two terms, and has also been township clerk.