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


Unless noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

JENNINGS, C. M. submitted by Deanna Pitman

Jennings, C. M., dealer in hardware, Drakeville; was born in Gloucester county, New Jersey, March 25, 1808, being a son of Jos. Jennings. The subject of this sketch remained there until he was sixteen years of age, when he went to Philadelphia, and in 1834, to Rushville, Illinois, and four years later to Fort Madison, Iowa. From there to Burlington, then to Tipton, and in 1843, came to this county, and has lived here ever since. For seven years he kept hotel in Drakeville, and the balance of the time has been in merchantile business. He was married in Philadelphia in 1829, to Miss Hannah Glover, a native of New Jersey. They have eleven children, Mary, wife of A. W. Rankin, of this county; Joseph, Thomas, M. D., Augustus C., Adda, wife of Charles Wilson, and six deceased, mostly in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Jennings have been members of the Christian church for 27 years.

JENNINGS, M. D., T. B. submitted by Deanna Pitman

Jennings, M. D., T. B., physician and surgeon, Drakeville, Iowa, was born in Cedar county, Iowa, February 20, 1843, and when six months old his parents came to this county where he has grown to manhood, being educated at Oskaloosa College. He commenced studying medicine in 1871, with Prof. J. C. Hughes for his instructor; for two years before his graduation he had charge of the hospital of the Keokuk Medical College. He graduated from this college February 18, 1873. Returning at once to Drakeville, he commenced practicing. He was married in this county, in 1864, to Miss Julia Nightingale, a native of Iowa, they have three children, William, Augustus, and Katie.

Johnson, Newton S., grocer, Bloomfield; was born October 4, 1843, in Milwaukee county, Wisconsin.  There he grew to manhood on a farm, and was educated in the common schools, in Milwaukee Academy, and in Beloit Hall, Beloit, Wisconsin.  He enlisted May 17, 1861, in company B, First Wisconsin Infantry, three months men, and enlisted again, in October, 1861, in company E, First Wisconsin Cavalry, and in the spring of 1863 was honorably discharged for disability, returned home until fall, when he clerked in a dry goods store in Raleigh, Illinois, about a year, then formed a partnership with Mr. Hale in the same business, and was also appointed postmaster, receiving his commission unsolicited and without his knowledge until it came.  In the fall of 1866, he sold out and returned home to Wisconsin, on account of his father's death, and three months later came to Bloomfield, Iowa, December 8, 1866, and clerked for M. Monheimer for about eight months, when he went into a commission house in Keokuk, where he remained till May, 1868, and then returned to Bloomfield, and soon after went into the grocery business, and has remained in it ever since.  His is the oldest grocery house in the county, although he has occupied different buildings.  He owns his store building and a nice home, as the result of industry and perseverence, although at the time of the panic he lost from five to six thousand dollars, by the banks and other sources.  He is president of the school board, and always takes a lively interest in education, and the general upbuilding of the community.  He was married September 27, 1867, to Miss Galena Jones, a native of Springfield, Mo., and they have four children:  Edgar B.,  Marian B.,  Ivy E.,  and Daisy E.

Jones, Maston submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Jones, Maston, 45th Ia Inf, Co D. First Lt, commisioned 5-10-1864. Reformed attorney, twp clerk, board of suprv, and district attorney from 1870 to 1874.

JONES, WILLIAM A., farmer, section 13, postoffice Drakeville; was born in Missouri, in 1822, and raised in that State, receiving an ordinary education. He came to this county in 1843, where he has since lived; making all his property by farming. He was married in this county, in 1846, to Miss Mary J. Tigart, a native of Missouri. They have had nine children: Robert C., William A., Julia C., Mary M., Martin M., Nancy J., Henry C., Ulyses S., and one deceased, James Wesley. Mr. J. is a Mason, a member of Jefferson lodge, No. 86.