Davis County, Iowa
Des Moines: Iowa Historical Company,
Unless noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
KARNS, WILLIAM J., farmer, section 16, postoffice West Grover; was born June 19, 1817, in Ohio, and there grew to manhood, on the farm with his parents, Lewis and Susanna, until he was sixteen, when he went to work with M. Karns, to learn wagon-making, and worked there five years; then went to Little Rock, Arkansas, and then to Bureau county, Illinois, and worked at his trade seven years; then traded for a farm in the same county. In the fall of 1857, he came to Bloomfield, this county, where he lived till 1873, then came to his present farm, in this township, consisting of 120 acres, with good improvements. He was married in December, 1843, to Miss Delia Richards, of Princeton, Illinois, and they have seven children: William R., was in company I, Twelfth Illinois Infantry, wounded at Atlanta and died in hospital at Jeffersonville, Indiana; Lewis T., Orcelia B., Emily, Emeline, John T. and Ella, and Martha Ann. Mr. K. is a republican, and is highly respected in this community.