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


Unless noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Lang, Wm. submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Lang, Wm., farmer, postoffice Bloomfield. His early life was spent attending school and helping on the farm. At the age of 21 he came to this county, and the land not being in market, he left money with his brother to pay for his claim. He was here 6 years, then returned to Indiana, and made several trips back and forth. He settled on his farm in 1849, where he has since called home. He has a fine farm of 130 acres, with a good two story residence, a good barn, and orchard, of four acres, of bearing trees. Mr l is a member of the Christian Church, and of the Good Templars.

Leach, Chas. submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Leach, Chas., He came to Van Buren Co., Ia, in 1839, and four years later came to this county and located which was then all timber; the first year clearing away enough to build a cabin and plant a little corn.

Leach, John C. submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Leach, John C., one of the first settlers of this county, and during the war, in Feb, 1864, enlisted in Co D, 3rd Ia Calv: was on the raid in Ark and Mo. He has been a justice, township clerk, and was county supervisor for four years.

Likes, George submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Likes, George, deceased; was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1814, where he lived for ten years, then resided 12 yrs in Cincinnati, Oh, then in Ripley Co, Indiana. until 1855, when he came to this county March 5, where he lived until his death, Aug 30, 1868. Mrs. B E Baker; was born in Pike Co,
Ohio, in 1832. In 1853, her father John Bromley came to this county, where, in Jan 28, 1858, she was married to Geo Likes, and by this marriage had 3 children: Sarah Catherine, Geo Washington, and Columbus B. She was again married to B E Baker.

Likes, Urias submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Likes, Urias, farmer and stock raiser, section 17, postoffice Troy; was born Jan 15, 1817, in Phila, Pa. He came with his parents to Ohio in 1821 and four yrs later to Indiana. When 16, he went to Boone Co, Ky., and worked on a farm, attending school, and flatboating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers; He then spent two years in Versailles, Ind., then farmed in Ill, and Michigan, and arrived in IA in 1853, settling in Van Buren Co, for 3 yrs. Sept 4, 1856, he was married to Miss Elizabeth A Barker, a native of Ohio; they came to this county in the same yr., locating in Roscoe twp, and in 1865 moved to their present farm. His family consists of 5 children, Charles M, Mary J D, Sarah J, Geo W, Margaret E., and 2 deceased, Lucy J and John J.

Eliphas Lister submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Lister, E.; page 672: farmer and stock-raiser, post office Stiles, section 11; was born July 11, 1816, in Ohio.  At the age of twelve he moved with his parents to Park county, Ind., where he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the primitive log school house.  In 1852 he came to Iowa, settling in this township, where he now owns 960 acres of land with a fine house, barn and orchard, the fruit of his own hard labor.  He was married August 20, 1837, to Miss Nancy Crabbe, a native of Ohio.  They have had eight children, Emmet, Minerva, Robt. R. B., Margaret, Caroline and three deceased: Mary Ann, Henry and John.  Mrs. L. died November 6, 1853, and Mr. L. married again, Miss Nancy R. Nixon; they have had eight children, Jasper, W. S., Eliza, Carolina, E. E., Sarah, Melissa, and Josephine, deceased.

Lowe, Daniel submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Lowe, Daniel, stock raiser, section 26, post office Drakesville; was born in Vermilion Co., Ind., in May, 1838, where he lived till 1841, when his father Obediah Lowe, moved to Scotland Co., Mo., to wait for the treaty to be made with the Indians, which took about a year and a half, he then moved into this county when the Indians gave possession, and staked out his claim on the section where the subject of this sketch now lives. Mr. L. was reared a farmer and educated in the common schools, and lived with his parents till he reached manhood. He now owns 650 acres of improved land on Soap Creek, all in cultivation, with good buildings and orchard. Mr. L has more stock than any one else in the Twp. He was married in Dec. 1863, to Miss Sarah A Mounts, a native of Ross Co., O. They have three children.

Lynch, J K submitted by Lois G. Cossel McMillin

Lynch, J K, farmer and stock-raiser, section 15, post office Eldon.