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History of Mahaska County, Iowa
Des Moines: Union Historical Company, 1878.


EATON, ISAAC, blacksmith, New Sharon; born in Monroe county, Ohio, in 1835; came to this county in 1864; he married Miss Lydia A. Adams in September, 1861; she was born in Ohio; has four children, William, Nathan, Laura, and Clara; has served as a member of the school board and of the city council.

EDGERTON, A. H., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Oskaloosa; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Oneida county, N. Y., in 1834; came to Iowa in 1865; married Miss L. Robb, in 1864; she was born in Warren Co., Ills., in 1842; they have three children: Ettie F., A. R., and S. E. Mrs. E. is a member of the Baptist Church.

EDMUNDSON, WILLIAM.  As has been stated, the organizing sheriff of the county and the bailiff of this first court was Wm. Edmundson. This gentleman has a history quite intimately connected with early times in Mahaska, and of considerable interest in and of itself.

Mr. Edmundson was a Kentuckian, born in Harrison county, in that State, October 7, 1805. Here he spent his boyhood, and enjoyed a good common school education, but never attended college. When a young man of 22, he removed with his father's family to Putnam county, Indiana, and subsequently to Rockville, in that State. From this place in 1832, he enlisted with a company, raised in Park and the adjoining county, for the Black-Hawk war. The company reached the scene of trouble, but we believe was not actively engaged. The most celebrated event in the expedition was the ridiculous fright of a boasting captain over a sham ambush prepared by his own party. The Expedition lasted about three month.

After his return, Edmundson took a boat-load of provisions to New Orleans. Here he sold these to a speculator, who took them to Texas, and Mr. Edmundson went with him to secure his pay. This speculator proved to be a sharper, and Mr. Edmundson staid with him some eighteen months before he recovered the price of his cargo. During this time Edmundson's people in Indiana knew nothing of his whereabouts, as he had determined not to write home, nor return until he could come back with a good report of his expedition. He was in Texas at the home of the revolution in that State.

In 1836 young Edmundson's father having died in Indiana, the entire family removed to Des Moines county, Iowa, where William engaged in farming. Here he served several years as justice of the peace, and one year as county commissioner. January 25, 1838, he married Miss Priscilla Depew, of Park county, Indiana. This wife died May 31, 1843, leaving two children, James D. and William.

Leaving the little boys with their sister, Mr. Edmundson removed to Fairfield, and in the same year, 1843, to Mahaska county, where he made a claim and commenced "keeping bach" on the same, not far from what was known as Auburn.

His appointment as first sheriff and justice of the peace in Mahaska diverted his attention from farming, and after serving in these capacities some six years, in 1850, he, with his brother David, went to California, and remained there until the spring of 1855, from which time he made his home in Oskaloosa. It should have been mentioned that Mr. Edmundson represented the county in the Iowa legislature during the session of 1847-8, being elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John W. Smith. He died at Albia, Monroe county, September, 1862, where he had gone on a business trip.

In Mr. Edmundson's character there were many things to admire, and some things unfortunate. He was an honest and upright citizen, and inspired the confidence of his friends. He was fine looking and intelligent, fond of reading, and of good attainments. He was a dreamer, and somewhat visionary. To some extent he lacked decision and executive force, though he made a good sheriff. He was not a man of strong affection, nor eminent social qualities, though when in the spirit was an excellent talker.

EDRIS, EDWARD, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Oskaloosa; born in Berks county, Pa., August 5, 1828, and was brought up there; in 1848 he removed to Ohio and lived there and in Indiana for six years; he then came to Iowa and located in Oskaloosa in December, 1854, and engaged in the coopering business until 1866, then engaged in farming; owns a farm of 60 acres; has held school offices; married Miss Mary M. Imus, from Ohio, in 1855; they have four sons, Charles H., Perry F., Edward A., and Frank M.

EFLIN, A. J., farmer and raiser of Poland-China swine, Sec. 29; P. O. New Sharon; born in Northumberland county, Pa., in 1839; came to this county in 1866; owns 80 acres of land; has held office of school director: he married Miss Jane A. Scott, in 1861; she was born in Fulton county, Illinois; has 6 children, Ida M., Edson A, Lewis I., Eleana, George P. and Baby.

EISENHART, JACOB S., prop. Fishville coal mine; P. O. Leighton; born in Clark county, Pa., in 1834, and was brought up there; came to Iowa in 1856 and located in Cedar county; lived there until the war and enlisted October 3, 1862, in the 27th Regiment Iowa Infantry, Co. F; was aid-de-camp for James I. Gilbert for two years, and was in fourteen hard fought battles; was in the service three years to a day; mustered out October 3, 1865; after the war was in the coal business at Boonsboro and Des Moines; came here in 1870 and opened this mine; he ships 500 to 600 cars yearly; married Miss Ella C. Smith, from Pennsylvania, October 14, 1858; they have three children, Dessie R., George G., and Ernie W.

ELLIOTT, NATHAN, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Oskaloosa; born in Pasquotauk county, North Carolina, August 22, 1817; was brought up and lived there until 1854 and removed to Indiana, and came to Iowa in the fall of the same year, and located in this county; lived in Oskaloosa for twelve years, and came to his present location and engaged in farming; owns ninety-four acres of land; has held office of the president of the school board and road officer; married Mary Ann Pritchard, from Pasquotauk county, North Carolina, in April, 1837; they have seven children, Abbie, Lurania, Joseph J. G., William P., James W., Margaret S., and Emma F., and have lost four children.

ELLIS, E. E., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. New Sharon; born in Orange county, Indiana, in 1842; came to this county in 1856; owns 160 acres of land; has held offices of township trustee and school director. He married Ellen Shotwell, in 1869; she was born in Washington county, Ohio; has two children, Lucien W. and Mamie Maud.

EDRIS, EDWARD, farmer and miner, Sec. 5; P. O. Oskaloosa; born in North Carolina in 1810; came to this State in 1852, and to this county in 1853; owns 70 acres, and 10 acres in Sec. 9; he has opened a valuable coal bank and as far as worked, the vein shows a thickness of 6-1/2 feet, and of unusual quality; he married Sarah Frazier in 1830; she was born in North Carolina; they have 10 children, Daniel, Mary, Angeline, Jesse, Abagail, Elizabeth, Linza, Louisa, Sarah A., Clarkson. Frank M.

ELLSWORTH, C. W., groceries and provisions; born in Cooperstown, New York, July 15, 1831; when 4 years of age removed to Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania; lived in Pennsylvania 10 years and then came to Iowa, to Washington county; they started in May and got ice bound at Quincy; there was five families, and they had to leave one family there, as they could only get wagons to carry four families; they arrived in Washington county December 24, 1845; he broke prairie with 4 yoke of oxen at $6.00 a month; he and his brother had a contract for carrying the mail from Wapello, Louisa county, to Ellen Grove, 18 miles, west of here, 110 miles; it was all the mail they had in the several counties through which they passed, until 1850. He then went to California, was there two years and returned; he was in the army, enlisted in the 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Co. E, and was in many battles and skirmishes; after the war he came to this county in June, 1865; he has held the office of Justice of the Peace, town clerk and other town and school offices; he married Miss Helen E. Maxson of Louisa county, September 16, 1852; they have seven children, three sons and four daughters.

ELLSWORTH, L. F., physician and surgeon, Sec. 7; P. O. Mauch Chunk; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Gurnsey county, Ohio, in 1823; came to Iowa in 1864; married Mary Oglebay in 1846; she was born in Pennsylvania, in 1829; have twelve children, Celesta J., Sarah V., Caroline, James, William, Sevellen H., Mary P., Le Roy W., Elmer E., Clara C., Laurian C., Thornton F., Albertta A.; Mr. E. was elected Representative in 1871. Republican.

EMMERT, THOS. B., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Cedar; was born in Boone county Indiana, July 24. 1846; he lived there about twenty-one years, and then moved to Warren county, Ills., lived there three years, and then came to this county in 1870; he married Miss Martha Higgason, a native of Indiana, in 1867; they have one son and two daughters, Wm. A., Avis B., and Mary M. They have a farm of 320 acres.

ENDICOTT, J. N., P. O. Cedar, general store, Cedar Chapel; born in Posey county, Indiana, in 1841; came here 1874. He enlisted in Co. B, 58th Indiana Infantry, in October, 1861, and was mustered out in August, 1865. February 6, 1866, he married Cornelia Boyle, a native of the same county; she died January 10, 1871; left one son Alfred R.; he married again to Mary L. Kinsman, June 6, 1875; she was born in Oskaloosa township, this county, in 1854; one son and one daughter, James N. and Baby.

ENGLAND, H. S., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Eddyville; born in Athens county, Ohio, in 1835; came to Iowa in 1856 and located in this township; married Amelia Chilcote in 1856; she was born in Ohio in 1839; have seven children, William, Samuel B., Mary, Emma, Sherman, Laura, and Pearl. Republican.

ENGLE, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Peoria; born in Pennsylvania in 1813; lived many years in Ohio, coming to this county in 1869; owns 320 acres of land; he married Elizabeth Swisher in 1833; she was born in Pennsylvania; have two children, Susan and George; lost three.

ERDMAN, VALENTINE, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Rose Hill; owns 197 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born in Germany in 1846; came to America in 1866; married Katie Eberley in 1874; she was born in Ohio in 1851; they have three children, Wilfred, Charlie and John.

ERGEMBRIGHT, J. A., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Pella; was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, August 9, 1837; he lived there twenty-five years and then came to this county; owns a farm of 80 acres; he married Miss Harriett J., daughter of Fielding Betts, Esq., October 15, 1863, a native of Montgomery county, Indiana; born January, 1843; they have two sons and one daughter, Edward, William and Cora. Is township assessor.

ESPY, R. H., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Granville; born in Franklin county, Penn., July, 1832; came to this county in 1855; owns 87 acres of land; he married Barbara A. Morehead in 1851; she was born in Franklin county, Penn.; have two children, Maria A., and Ellsworth.

EVANS, J. H., farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Ferry; owns 178 1/2 acres of land valued at $25 per acre; born in Maryland, in 1822; came to Iowa in 1853, and located in Jones county, and removed to his present farm in 1869; married Lucy Gerrard in 1844; she was born in Miami Co., Ohio, in 1827; have five children living, Mary J., Jessie A., Eleanora, Edward M. and Ann; enlisted in Co. G, 31st Regiment Iowa Infantry, in 1862, and was discharged in 1865. He received a commission as captain, in March, 1863. Republican.

EVANS, ROBERT, farmer and miner, Sec. 9; P. O. New Sharon; born in Wales, August 25, 1848; came to this county in 1869; owns 82 acres of land, on which he has a vein of coal averaging four feet in thickness.

EVANS, WILLIAM, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 33; P. O. Union Mills; born in Virginia, in 1829; came to this county in 1860; he has taken great interest for years in raising Norman horses and mules, and the growing favor of these horses, and the improvement made in the stock throughout this section, is largely attributed to him; he married Miss Sarah J. Brown, in 1849; she was born in Fayette county, Pa.; has 8 children, Mary E., Albert L., John W. Adam B., Isaac E., Martha A., Emily J. and George; he enlisted in the 33d Iowa Infantry, in the late war, and served 3 years, a greater portion of the time in the detective service in Indianapolis

EVANS, WM. E., farmer and proprietor of Evans' Coal Banks, Sec. 8; P. O. New Sharon; born in Wales in 1822; came to this country in 1849; to this State in 1856, and to this county in 1858; owns 1100 acres of land; he married Mary Jones, in 1856; she was born in Wales; has 8 children, William, Lizzie, Anna, Lilla, Nellie, Grace, Pannie, Evan and Riva; lost 1 daughter, Lizzie.

EVELAND, HENRY, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Ferry; owns 183 acres of land valued at $40 per acre; born in Morgan County, Ohio, in 1828; came to Iowa in 1853, and settled on his present farm; married Haddasah Campbell, in 1857; she was born in DeWitt county, Illinois, in 1838; has four children, Charlie, Mary M., Dick and Nellie; has been township trustee one term. Greenback.

EVELAND, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Ferry; owns 470 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Morgan County, Ohio, in 1818; came to Iowa in 1843, and located in Muscatine county; removed to this county in 1855; married Elizabeth Wilson in 1853; she was born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, in 1828; have four children, Alice, Ida M., Jessie N., and Elmer; he has three children by a former wife, Sarah E., Freeman and Egbert S. He has been justice of the peace two years and trustee ten. Greenback.