History of Warren County, Iowa
Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
BABB, R., proprietor of the national Hotel; born in Frederick county, Virginia, in 1810; he was raised in this State on a farm until eighteen years of age; previous to this time he had crossed the Alleghany mountains three times with a six-horse team; in 1828 he moved to Ohio and learned the wagon- making trade, and carried on the business nine years; then moved to Clinton county, Indiana, and engaged in merchandizing; while living here was elected sheriff of the county, and served four years; in 1849 he again changed his location, settling in Bloomington, Illinois, and engaged in selling goods and keeping hotel; he came to this county in 1854, and commenced trading in stock and selling goods; in 1866 he purchased the National Hotel, and has conducted it successfully since that time; he married Miss Elizabeth Anderson, February 2, 1832; she was born in Greene county, Ohio; they have three children living: Martha J., now Mrs. Myers, Mary E., wife of J. H. Whitney, and Hannah M.; they have lost four. .
BAKER, E. D., hardware, stoves and furniture, Carlisle; born in Dodge county, Wis., Oct. 8, 1848, and was raised there; he came to his present home, and has been engaged in his present business ever since; he married Miss L. D. Perrin, Jan. 16, 1871, a native of Ohio; they have a family of three sons and one daughter: Edward, Alva, Addie and Perry. .
BAKER, Dr. E. L., physician and surgeon; son of the late Gen. N. B. and Lucretia Baker; born in Concord, New Hampshire; his father was a former governor of New Hampshire, and came to Iowa in 1856, and was the adjutant-general of the State from 1861 to 1871, being in office during the time of the rebellion, and his name became a household word in every family. The subject of this sketch was educated at Racine, Wis., and the United states Naval Academy; he made choice of medicine as a profession, and received his medical education at the Rush Medical College, Chicago, and the Louisville Medical College, at Louisville, Kentucky; during the winter of 1872 and 1873 he was assistant-surgeon of the Marine Hospital in Louisville; he came to this county in 1875, and has built up a successful practice; he also holds the office of coroner; he married Miss Eva N. Otwell, February 13, 1878; she was born in Bloomington, Indiana; they have an infant daughter. .
BALES, J., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Indianola; born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana; when four years old, his parents came to Jefferson county, this State, where he was raised on a farm; was married in Knox county, April 29, 1864, to Miss Louisa Bales, a native of Ohio; have a family of six children: Jennie, Mary, Charles, John, Emma and Adda; owns 100 acres of land under a good state of cultivation. .
BALL, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Milo; he was born July 24, 1820, in Indiana; he was left an orphan at the age of nine years, and wandered through Ohio and Indiana, peddling and working by the month, to get his start in the world; he came to this county in 1856, and settled where he now lives, in 1857; he owns 120 acres of land; he was one of the first settlers of the township; he was married June 6, 1845, to Matilda A. Wilson, a native of Indiana; they have six children: Sarah J., Ira, Lydia, Nancy, James C., and John; all of them are now living. .
BARKER, M. R., merchant; was born in Gallia county, Ohio, in 1825, and was raised on farm; he came to this State in 1845, and settled in Fairfield, Jefferson county, and lived there five years, and then removed to this county in 1850, and has been selling goods since that time, his being the oldest house in business in the city; he married Miss Rachel L. Cox, in 1850; she was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, and died in 1858; he afterward married Miss Esther A. Cox, a sister of his first wife; she was born in Indiana; their family consists of three children, by first marriage: Arthur W., Alice M., now Mrs. Berry, and Louisa K., now Mrs. C. H. McCune; two by second marriage; George E. and Warren W. .
BARNS, JOHN W., sheriff of Warren county; was born in Madison county, Indiana, in 1841; he came to Clayton county, Iowa, in 1851, and moved to this county in 1857; he was raised a farmer and owns a farm of 300 acres; he enlisted in the 34th Iowa Infantry, during the late war, and served three years and was in fourteen general engagements; he has held various township offices previous to his election to his present position in 1877; he married Miss Cynthia Bundy in August, 1866; she was born in Quincy, Illinois; they have four children: Lora, Walter, Clyde and Charles R. .
BARTHOLOMEW, G. M., merchant, Palmyra; was born in Indiana, in 1825, but was raised in Illinois, from a small boy; his parents died when he was young; he located in this county, in 1852, in October, and that same year he engaged in the mercantile business, and has been connected with it since; October 2, 1878, he was burned out, and his loss is estimated at about seven thousand dollars, but he rebuilt as soon as possible; he married in Illinois, in 1849, to Miss Mary Flesher, of that State; they have seven children: W. N., Ezra, Laura, Noah, James, Joseph and Minnie; he enlisted in the one hundred day service, in Co. A, Forty-eighth Iowa, but served for five months; he owns 142 acres of land, and follows farming to quite an extent; was appointed postmaster at Palmyra, 1859. .
BARTLETT, E. G., farmer and merchant; lives in Lacona; owns forty acres of land in Sec. 27, and his hotel and store property in Lacona; he was born March 10, 1821, in West Virginia; he moved to Adams county, Illinois, in 1843, and to this county in 1853; he is one of the leading men of the township; has been elected justice of the peace, a position he now holds; has also been township clerk, trustee and county supervisor; he went to Pikes Peak in 1859, and spent two and one-half years, when he returned to this place; he was secretary of the first school board and built the first school-house; built the first frame house and set out the first orchard in the township; he is now postmaster, and keeps the office in his store, where he also keeps a large stock of dry goods groceries, etc.; he also keeps a hotel, where the weary traveler always finds rest and a hearty welcome from the landlord; he is a printer by trade, but has done nothing at it of late years; he was twice married, first, December 18, 1843, to Sarah, daughter of John Potter, of West Virginia; they had seven children: Beatrice A., Rufus J., Eugene C., Izorah, Ediadore S., Horace G., Nettie M.; Beatrice A., Rufus J., Eugene C. and Izorah are dead; wife died December 6, 1870; married again May 22, 1872, Mrs. Eliza J. Coles, daughter of Jonathan Morris, of West Virginia; they have had four children: Lola, Elbridge G., Dale and an infant; E. G. and Dale are dead. .
BASSETT, HENRY, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Sandyville; born in Athens county, Ohio, April 10, 1839; and at the age of sixteen he came with his parents to this county, where he has since resided; he begun life with nothing but stout hands, a brave heart, and energy and industry as a capital, and by this has accumulated a handsome property; he now owns a finely improved farm of 240 acres, and also owns 60 acres of valuable land in Missouri: he was married August 9, 1859, to Miss S. E. Spurgeon, of Washington county, Indiana; they have four children living; Amzi L., Commodore R., Samuel E. and Ida May; has held the office of township trustee for three terms. .
BAUGH, THOS. W., physician and surgeon, Carlisle; born in Highland, county, Ohio, Jan. 31, 1835, and was raised there till eight years old, when his parents moved to Brown county, where he lived till fifteen years of age, and came to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he was educated at the Normal school of that place, and Washington College, at Washington, Iowa; he read medicine with Dr. D. A. Huffman, of Oskaloosa, and graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Keokuk, in 1864; the same spring he went into the service as assistant surgeon, and remained till the fall of 1865, and then came to this place and commenced the practice of his profession; he married Miss Carrie Connell March 1, 1866, a native of Highland county, Ohio; they have one son and two daughters: Minnie A., Wm. L. and Flora M.; during the winter of 1869 he took a course of lectures at Belvue College, New York; he has been very successful in the practice of his profession. .
BAYSINGER, E. H., farmer, and brick-maker, Sec. 4; P. O. Indianola; was born in Breckenridge county, Kentucky, in 1833, and removed to Illinois in 1835, and afterwards to Indiana, and came to this county first in 1852; he is a farmer and owns 90 acres of land; he spent six years in Kansas, from 1854 to 1860, and was in the John Brown raid; after his return to this county, he engaged in brick-making, and has made the largest portion of the brick used in the buildings of Indianola; he has held township offices; he married Miss Sarah Goosic, in 1861; she was born in Ohio; they have eight children: Phebe A., Mary E., Sarah F., Peter A., William, John F., Eda B., James. .
BEAMAN, N. R., builder and wagon-maker, P. O. Sandyville; born in Monroe county, Indiana, January 29, 1836, and in 1854 he came with his father to the county where he has resided since; when twenty-two years of age he, without any instruction, began the manufacture of furniture, which sold in Sandyville and the surrounding vicinity; in 1865 he added house- building to his other occupation, and has been very successful, as some of the best houses and churches in this part of the county bears evidence; he married August 6, 1858, to Miss Mary J. Goss, a native of Indiana; they have one daughter living, Martha Ann, and have lost three, Lizzie May, Gay and Rose; he owns a good residence, five lots, and his shop. .
BEERY, DAVID, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Norwalk; is a native of Ohio; born the 7th of January, 1819, and came to this county in the fall of 1855; was married to Miss Jennie Black, a native of Ohio, in 1842; they have a family of ten children living: Emanuel, Mary, Barbara, Noah, George, Sarah, Rebecca, Jennie, Henry and Ellen; he owns 785 acres of land, divided into three improved farms; his son Emanuel, enlisted in Co. E, 34th Iowa Infantry, August 15, 1862, and served three years.
BELL, JOHN J., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Lothrop, son of Samuel Bell, deceased; was born in Ohio, in the year 1833, and came to this county with his parents in 1853; he was first married to Mary Welsh, a native of Ohio, in 1858, who died in 1869; by this marriage there are three children living: Margaret, Thomas, Mary and J. P.; was married a second time, to Margaret Garvey, a native of Ohio; have four children living: Hugh, Joseph, William and Ellen; has held the offices of township assessor and trustee; owns 170 acres in this county, and 160 acres in Boone county, this State.
BELL, THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Lothrop, son of Samuel Bell, deceased; was born in Ohio, October 20, 1835, and came to this county, with his parents in 1853; was married to Miss Margaret Sims, in the year 1859, and have a family of six children living: James, Thomas, Annie, Dell, John, Samuel; he owns in this county 173 acres of land.
BERGEN, ULYSSES, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Indianola; was born in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, October 9, 1817, and lived there till the spring of 1830, and emigrated to Henry county, Indiana, with his parents, and lived there till 1845, then to Andrew county, Missouri, and came from there to this county in 1846, and has lived here since; married to Miss Margaret Waddell, November 11, 1841, a native of Indiana, born February 15, 1820; have a family of two sons and five daughters living: Samuel W., Mildred T. (wife of Samuel Reddish), Sarah J. (wife of Edward Swarts), John D. (deceased), Elizabeth N., (wife of James Hedrick), J. M., Mary F. (wife of Henry Griffith), Oliver H. (deceased), Robert M. (deceased), and Sinai G.; he was one of the first two justices of the peace elected in the county; owns a farm of 412 acres. .
BERGER, H., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Indianola; born in Orange county, New York, in 1830, and lived there till seven years of age, then moved to Rochester, with his parents, and remained till about eighteen years of age; emigrated from there to Indiana, and worked on the Michigan Central Railroad, the first one that ever run into Chicago; left there in 1839, and went overland to California, and remained there for one year, and returned to New York; was married there to Miss Lucinda Wild, a native of Virginia, in 1852, and came to this county in 1857, and since that time has lived fourteen years in Indianola; has a family of three sons, and three daughters: Herbert, Charles, Lonnie, Elfraid E., Jennie E. and Lydia; owns a farm of eighty-five acres. .
BERRY, Capt. B. C., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 18; P. O. Indianola; born in Orange county, Va., in 1823, and was raised there till about 10 years old, when he emigrated with his parents to Morgan county, Ills., where he remained till he came to this county, in December, 1867; he was raised on a farm and chose that as an occupation through life. He was married in Illinois, in 1848, to Miss Isabel Van Eaton, of Hamilton county, O.; they have five children: W. H., Joseph V., Mary E., Franklin C., and Martha B. He enlisted in the late was in Co. D, 114th Ills. Vols., Aug. 15, 1862, and served as Captain till February, 1865. He owns an improved farm of 400 acres; he was elected a member of the board of supervisors in 1871, and served three years. .
BERRY, Rev. T. S., President of Simpson Centenary College; was born in Cass county, Ill., in 1841; his early life was spent on a farm; he enlisted in the 114th Illinois Infantry during the late war, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Company D; he was wounded at Guntown, Miss., and taken prisoner and held in the hands of the enemy eleven months; after his discharge from the army he attended Garrett Biblical Institute, at Evanston, Ill., and graduated in 1870; he also graduated at the Northwestern University, in the same place, in 1872; his first charge was at Carlisle in this county; he was for a time pastor of a church in Des Moines, and later in Indianola; in July, 1878, he was elected President of Simpson Centenary College, and under his leadership it has been eminently successful; President Berry has pursue his ministerial calling with untiring zeal, energy, and with a success which has earned for him no inferior rank among the clergy of the State; he is a man of strong sharp intellect, untiring ambition and an attractive speaker; the success that has crowned his efforts, and the prominence he has attained, while yet so young, is a monument which might satisfy an ordinary ambition; he married Miss Lou A. Van Eaton, a native of Cass county, Ill., in 1865; their family consists of two children: Hattie and Mary. .
BERRY, W. H., attorney; of the firm of Henderson & Berry; was born in Cass county, Illinois, in 1849, and removed with his parents to this county in 1867; he was educated at Simpson Centenary College, and graduated in the class of 1872; he read law and was admitted to the bar before Judge Maxwell in 1873, and has been associated with J. H. Henderson in the practice of his profession since that time; he married Miss Alice M. Barker, daughter of M. R. Barker, Esq., one of Warren county's early settlers, in 1875; she was born in Indianola, and educated at Simpson Centenary College, and graduated in the same class with her husband. .
BILBO, ELIJAH, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Indianola; born in Boyle county, Kentucky, March 3, 1826, and when three years of age was brought by his parents to Park county, Indiana, where he was raised a farmer, and divided his time between duties on the farm in summer and teaching school during the winter months; he came to this county in 1853 and entered the land on which he now resides; he owns a good farm of 155 acres, well improved, and with good buildings; he has a choice orchard of selected fruit; Mr. Bilbo was one of the organizers of the township, and has held various township offices during almost the entire time since; he also taught the first school taught in the township, and the first in the county south of Indianola; in his religious preferences he is a Methodist, and a local preacher in that denomination; he is a man of sterling honesty and integrity, and possesses in a high degree the confidence of his neighbors and acquaintances; he has been closely identified with the interests of this township, as well as the county, and we are convinced it were well for Warren county if she had more of such citizens; he has been twice married: first to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Albert Randolph, Esq., Nov. 17, 1853; she died Feb. 18, 1857; he married for his second wife Miss Elizabeth Bellamy, May 6, 1858; she was a native of Indiana, but a resident of Marion county, Iowa.
BISHOP, A. C., attorney; was born in Warren county in 1850, and raised here; he was educated at Simpson Centenary College, and Des Moines University, and graduated in 1874; he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1876; he is associated in the practice of his profession with W. F. Powell, under the firm name of Powell & Bishop.
BLACK, GEO. G., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Norwalk; was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, Dec. 21, 1828, and made that his home till he came to this county, in April, 1867, except two years that he served in the late war; he was married in Ohio to Miss Amelia Ann Keller, a native of Portage county, Ohio, September 19, 1850; they have a family of seven children living: Isabella, Euphemia, Rebecca, John W., Clara E., Cora and James Arthur; Mary J., deceased; Mr. Black enlisted in Co. G, 114th Ohio Infantry, and served two years and two months.
BLACK, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Summerset; born in Scotland Oct. 8, 1824, and came to the United States and settled in Columbiana county, Ohio, in 1854, where he lived until he came to this county, in April, 1870. He was married in Scotland, to Miss Margaret Pilmer, of that country, April 22d, 1870; they have a family of five children living: Margaret, Jeanett, John, James L., and Selena, and one deceased: Ida May. His present homestead consists of 126 acres which he bought in 1859, but has only lived on it for the past eight years; he was raised on a farm but followed railroading for 12 years previous to his coming to this country, and since he came to America he was in the employ of the Cleveland & Pittsburg R. R. Co. for 16 years, and since he came West has followed his present occupation.
BLACKFORD, THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Indianola; owns 175 acres of land; born May 25, 1819, in Clark county, Ohio; here he lived till he was seventeen years of age, when his parents moved to Delaware county, Indiana; in 1840 he came to Warren county, Indiana; he came to Iowa Territory, and settled in Davis county, in 1843; helped to organize that county, and came to this county in September, 1847, and settled where he now lives; was at the organization of the county, and also helped to organize Otter township; his first vote in the county was cast at the Ginder school- house, east of Ackworth; he was married twice; first, October 12, 1843, to Anna Scott, a native of Indiana, who died March 19, 1865; no children; again, September 28, 1866, to Nancy J. Brown, a native of Indiana; they have two children: John t. and and Martha E., both living; he got his start by splitting rails, at fifty cents per hundred; walked three miles and boarded himself.
BLAIR, C. C., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Felix; he was born August 21, 1837, in Hendricks county, Indiana; parents came to this county in 1852, and he has lived here since; has been school director and road supervisor; was married February 22, 1861, to ____; they have five children: Joel O., Jane A., Becca, Wm. E., and Almus; all living; he owns 160 acres of land.
BLAIR, GEORGE J., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Bevington; was born January 25, 1834, in the state of Kentucky, and lived there till the spring of 1866, then came to Warren county, on the 4th day of May, 1866; was married to Miss Mary A. Hamilton, a native of Kentucky, in the year 1856; has a family of three sons and four daughters: Sarah (now Mrs. E. Kannard), Luella (now Mrs. Geo. Hedrick), John C., Clawell, Lenard, Parthenia M., and Mary E.; owns a farm of 103 acres; has held the office of treasurer of school board.
BLAKE, JAMES D., Physician and Surgeon; P. O. Palmyra; born in Olive county, Ohio, November 25, 1838; he was educated at Marietta College, and studied medicine at Columbus, Ohio, Starling Medical College, whence he graduated M. D., in 1869; he settled first at Lowell, Ohio, in partnership with Dr. Echelberry, and moved to his present location at Palmyra in October, 1870; his practice is general, surgery however, and diseases of the eye being his specialty: he has performed nearly all the Capital operations with success; he is a member of the Noble County Medical Society, and has been President and Secretary and also a member of the Warren County Medical Society, of which he has been Vice- President and Treasurer, and a member of the Iowa State Medical Society; his contributions to medical literature have been "Puerperal Fever," its causation and treatment, Richmond and Louisville Medical Journal, December, 1876. "A case of poisoning and death with Veratrum Viride." American Medical Weekly, November, 1874. "Case of a white girl twelve years old, giving birth to a mulatto child weighing nine pounds," American Medical Weekly. "No Humbuggery," Warren Record. Articles contributed to Medical Societies, "Inflammation, its Etiology, "Tubercular Consumption," Typhoid Fever of the West," "Spinal Concussion," "Railway Spine," "A new Cephalus Monster, with drawing," American Bi-weekly Medical Journal. "Abscess of the Womb," &c. In April 9, 1863, he married Miss Hannah E., daughter of James Kelley, Esq. of Banesville, Ohio; they have a family of two sons and one daughter; Eugene Lind, Byron Storer, Luna May.
BLAKE, JOSEPH, farmer, Sec. 1, P. O. Palmyra; was born in Noble county, Ohio, in the year 1833, January 20, and came to this county, in 1855. and since that time has made it his permanent home; he was married in Ohio, in 1854, to Miss Lucinda Wheeler, of that State, who died May 7, 1873, and left a family of seven sons and five daughters: Andrew N., George N., Eli V., Joseph A., Lydia A., Elmer E., Roselia E., Ulyssus G., Leveretta J., Gentiliska May, Mary J. and Benjamin, who has since died; he was married a second time, December 19, 1877, to Nancy E. Adkins, of Indiana; they have one son: Wm.; he owns an improved farm of 175 acres.
BODKIN, M. V., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Sandyville; was born in Clinton county, Ohio, November 15, 1812, and raised in Clark county, of that State; his father was a native of Virginia, of Irish decent; his mother was of German origin; he came to this county in 1850, and entered his present homestead of 120 acres; he was married February 16, 1837, to Miss Mary Pendry, of Ohio; they have six children living: Lucretia (wife of Thos. Cross), Margaret A., Louisa C. (wife of S. Runyan), Martha J. (now Mrs. Chase), Mary I. (now Mrs. Johns, all of this county) and Francis M., who was born in Clark county, Ohio, in 1839, and came to this county with his parents, and has been identified with the growth and development of this part of the county; he married Eliza J. Lyon, a native of this county, April 2, 1878; they have one daughter, Gertie; he owns forty acres of land, and an interest in 120 acres more.
BOYLES, GILBERT, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. New Virginia; was born March 29, 1813, in Barber county, West Virginia; he married, November 27, 1841, Joanna, daughter of John Felton, of same county; emigrated to this county in the fall of 1856; settled where he now lives; owns two hundred acres of land; was one of the first settlers; has six children: Sarah M., John W., Hudson R., Jas. B., L. A. and Chas. E., all alive and residents of this county; is a member of the M. E. Church.
BRADY, E. D., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Schonberg; born April 16, 1816, in Ross county, O.; parents came to Sciota county, Ohio, in 1825, and to Warren county, Indiana, in 1835; moved to Wisconsin in 1845, and to this county in 1860; settled on his present farm in 1866; been justice of the peace for five years, and holds the office at the present time; was married April 13, 1837, to Elizabeth Allen, a native of Green county, Ohio; have had eight children: Sarah J., Rufus A., Asbury C., M. Catherine, John S., Finley S., Hester A. and Willis M.; Asbury C., John Scott, and Hester A. are deceased; owns a farm of 120 acres of land, upon which he has made all the improvements.
BRAMHALL, E. E., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Spring Hill; born in Ohio in the year 1838, and was raised there; came from that State to this county in February, 1851; was married in this county to Miss Isabel Cummings, of Indiana, in the year 1865; they have a family of two sons: Wm. E. and Perry E.; he enlisted in the late war of the rebellion, in Co. E, 4th Iowa Infantry, July 17, 1861, and was mustered out at Davenport, August 8, 1865, and participated in the following engagements: Pea Ridge, Ark., siege of Vicksburg, Atlanta Campaign and Sherman's March to the Sea; was at Sherman's Grand Review at Washington City, 1865; owns an improved farm of 160 acres.
BRAMHALL, JOHN, stock raiser, Sec. 17; P. O. Carlisle; was born in Derbyshire, England, September 7, 1805, and in the spring of 1831 he came to the United States, and located in Boston, where he worked in a cotton factory, eighteen miles from the city, and while there he married to Miss Elona Smith, a native of Boston, January, 1832; he left there in February, 1833, and came to Carroll county, Ohio, and engaged in farming, till 1850, when he came to this county and located where he now lives; his wife died at Indianola, July 20, 1868, and left four sons, and four daughters: Betsy, Joseph, Eleazer, Emmerson, Harrison, Mary A. M., Hannah, Hellen; he married again to Julia Asbury, September, 1868, a native of England; they have one son, John A; was engaged in the hardware business for about four years, and the balance of the time he has given his attention to stock raising, and that of the best quality.
BRAND, D. C., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Spring Hill; born in Erie county, New York, June 27, I824; and lived there till twenty-five years old; he came first to this county in the fall of 1848, and remained till the fall of 1850; then returned to his old home in New York, and was married to Miss Louisa Ranney in 1850, a native of New York; he then came back to this county in March, 1854, and since that time has lived on the same farm; has a family of eight children living; Alice (wife of Henry Brown), Sarah, George, Minnie, Warren, Mary, Carrie, Nellie; one deceased: Francis D.; owns an improved farm of 166 acres.
BRAZELTON, R. C., justice of the peace ,Summerset; was born in Jefferson county, East Tennessee, May 8, 1813, and was fourteen years of age when his parents moved to Vermillion county, Illinois; was all through the Black Hawk war, from the beginning to the end; in 1834 he went to Wilwaukee, Wisconsin, and was with a surveying party all over the state; in 1865, he came to this county, and located two miles east of Indianola, on a farm; he had all the advantages of the common schools of Illinois, and graduated at New Market College, in Tennessee; studied law, and was admitted to the bar; he began in his profession in 1844, and continued for about fifteen years, until coming to this county; he has been twice married; first to Miss Nancy Lemley, of Vermillion county, Illinois, who died near Indianola, in 1873, leaving a family of nine children; he again married to Margaret, widow of Samuel Snyder, February 13, 1875, a native of Pennsylvania, who has four children by former marriage; Mr. B. has been justice of the peace for four years, and school treasurer for seven years.
BREES, HENRY, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Sandyville; born June 8, 1827, in Washington county, Pennsylvania, where he was raised; in 1846 he moved to Athens county, Ohio, and in 1855 to Greene county, Wisconsin; not satisfied there he came to Linn county, Iowa, in 1860, where he remained ten years, and then came to this county and located where he now lives and owns 200 acres of land; he was married April 16, 1859, to Miss Elizabeth Lisby, a native of Maryland; they have four children: Phoebe E., Mary A., Joseph H., and Elizabeth L.; they lost one child in infancy.
BRISCOE, LUTHER T., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Milo; has a farm of sixty-nine acres of land; born September 4, 1824, in Maryland, and lived there until he was eight years of age, when his parents moved to Ohio, and in 1836 they moved to Fulton county, Illinois, where he remained till 1854, when he came to Indianola, where he lived about eight years; he settled on his present farm in 1867, where he has lived ever since; he was postmaster at Indianola from 1856 to 1861 - about five years; has been town clerk of this township; married, June 9, 1850, Mary A. Huff, a native of Deleware; they have a family of eleven children: Julia Ann, George T., Catharine M., Mollie W., Frederick S., Howard H., Jane H. and Sarah H. (twins) and Elenor E., now living; Zerilla B. and Edward H., deceased.
BROUGHT, DAVID, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Indianola; born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, May 17, 1811, where he was raised; he was married September 23, 1832, to Miss Margaret Marks, a native of Mifflin county, Pennsylvania; by this union there are seven children, now living: F. C., L. N., Josephine (now Mrs. Campbell, of Kansas), C. G., Rosetta M. (now Mrs. James White, living in Kansas), Samuel M. and David E., having lost one daughter, who died when an infant; his son Paterson, at the age of twenty-four years, in 1860, strangely disappeared, without apparent cause, and has not been heard from since, though every effort has been made in his behalf; August 14, 1852, Mrs. Brought died, of cholera, leaving her bereaved husband the care of 7 small children; in the fall of the same year he removed to this county, arriving here Nov. 8, 1852; Mr. Brought had used up all his funds when he arrived at Burlington, but succeeded in effecting a loan of ten dollars, which enabled him to reach his destination; bankrupt in money, but rich in pluck, energy and a noble purpose, he has, by economy and good management, succeeded in surrounding himself and family with a splendid home, where hospitality is extended, not only to friends, but strangers; genial, whole-souled and generous-hearted, he now, in his old days, is loved by all that know him; owns an extensive farm of 640 acres, with a grand old orchard, an extensive grapery and 125 stands of Italian bees.
BROWN, J. R., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Lothrop; born in Laport county, Indiana, March 22, 1837, and came to Butler county, this State, in the spring of 1856, and since that time has lived in Illinois, Missouri and Madison county, this State, and came from there to this county; he was married in this State, in the fall of 1866, to Miss Arminta Casidy, a native of Ohio; they have a family of two sons and one daughter living: Cora Lee, Homer D. and John H., and one deceased, Nina; he enlisted in the late war in Co. G, 32d Iowa infantry, in August, 1862, and served three years under Captain Roselle; he owns an improved farm of 110 acres.
BROWN, THOMAS W., general blacksmith, Summerset; was born in Warren county, Indiana, May 21, 1853; his parents came to this county in 1854; he learned his trade with J. a. Wilson, of Des Moines, and has been engaged in the business here for about two years; he married Miss Orpha Lanning, the adopted daughter of L. f. Wilson, October 3, 1876; born in this State; they have no family.
BROWN, THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Indianola; born Dec. 1, 1801, in Randolph county, North Carolina; here he lived till he was twelve years of age, when his parents moved to Washington county, Indiana, where he lived till 1831, when he moved to Warren county, Indiana, and remained till 1853, when he moved to this county and settled on the farm where he now resides; he was married Feb. 2, 1825, to Martha Marshall, a native of Tennessee, who died June 4, 1860, leaving a family of eleven children: Isaac, Mary a., Nancy J., Thomas J., Sallie Ann, Alva Curtis, living, and Lurena, Joel, Isam, Allen F. and William H., deceased; he is one of the old settlers of the township, and voted at the first election held in the township.
BROWN, W. F., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Hartford; born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, Jan. 14, 1836; he came to this county with his parents in 1853; he owns 563 acres of choice land, well improved; he was married May 23, 1858, to Miss Rachel Biers, a native of Summit county, Ohio; they have five children living: Melissa M., Elizabeth, James F., George W. and Rachel, and have lost three: Martha J., Eva and Cora; he has held various township offices of trust, and makes a specialty of raising fine stock; is quite extensively engaged in short horn grades, having about eighty head on hand; he also raises and feeds stock.
BRYSON, JESSE, proprietor of the Novelty Mills; was born in Lancaster county, Penn., May 3, 1837, and was raised there in the milling business; he came to Muscatine, Iowa, and lived there one year; and in 1856 settled in Iowa City, and lived there until 1869, when he removed to this city; in 1876 he built the above named mills as a cost, including ground, of $15,000; it is fitted up with the latest improved machinery, and the demand for his flour often necessitates the running of his mills day and night; he married Miss Eliza Hagens in 1855; she was born in Lancaster county, Penn.; they have six children: Frankie, now Mrs. Shepherd, Charles L., Millie, Harry, Joie and Jessie.
BUDD, C. W., Station Agent at Carlisle; born in Mill county, Illinois, in the year 1853, and has been a resident of Iowa for the past six years; has been station agent at this point for two years; he was married November 5, 1877, to Miss Lizzie Kopp, of Winterset, a native of Pennsylvania.
BUFFINGTON, C. A., druggist; was born in Madison county, Ill., in 1841; he was raised in this county and St. Louis, where he learned his present business; he lived in Quincy eight years, and Indianapolis three years, previous to his coming to this county in May, 1876; he married Miss Lydia Lane in 1875; she was born in Pike county, Illinois.
BUNDY, J. W.; P. O. Ackworth; the grandfather of John W. Bundy came from England in the year 1765, and settled in North Carolina, where his son, the father of the subject of this brief sketch, was born the following year; and at the age of sixteen enlisted and served with distinction in the two last years of the Revolutionary War; after our Independence was gained he settled in North Carolina, where John W. Bundy was born Feb. 29, 1816; thirteen years after his father removed to Wayne county, Ind., and to Quincy, Ill., in 1833; comprehending the future prospects of this promising land, young Bundy crossed the Mississippi in 1844, to be identified thereafter with this State, and located in Van Buren county, where he remained until 1852; when he went to Oskaloosa, living there until he came to this county in 1855; Mr. Bundy went into the milling business early in life, which he was followed with success; is now owner and operator of the "Ackworth Mills," which is a fine steam grist and saw-mill combined; in personal appearance Mr. Bundy recalls the memory of the pioneer; plain in dress, straightforward in speech, blunt and honest in manner, yet warmhearted and sympathetic in nature; he is a fair specimen of the better class of men who have made Iowa what it now is - one of the best States in the Union; on the 6th of May, 1838, Miss Sarah Delamater, of Rensselaer county, New York, became his wife; although for many years an invalid she was one of the most amiable of her sex; she died June 19, 1873; she was the mother of eight children, six of whom are living: Cythia is the wife of J. W. Barnes, now sheriff of this county, Emma, wife of E. R. McKee, a prominent citizen of Indianola, Jane, now Mrs. Joseph Thomas, of Missouri, Effa, wife of Wm. P. Lucas, of Indianola, Geo. A. and Martin L.; Mrs. Mary Peck died May 17, 1869, and William E. April 6, 1879; he married for his second wife, Sept. 13, 1874, Miss Sally Maloy, a most estimable lady, who has borne him one daughter: Iva.
BURGESS, GEO. W., merchant, P. O. Milo; born October 5, 1836, in Hancock county, Ohio; came to Marion county in 1854, and to Indianola in 1856, and began the mercantile business in 1866, and moved to Hammondsburg in 1876, and moved his store and stock to Milo in July, 1879, where he keeps a full line of general merchandise; was First Lieutenant of Co. A, Sixth Kansas Militia; was ordered out by the government when Price made his raid through Missouri; was only out about two months, when they were ordered back by the governor; was deputy sheriff for six years in this county; has been town treasurer, constable and is nnow justice of the peace; was under-sheriff in Kansas, and is now postmaster, with office in his store; was married June 19, 1862, to Abba, daughter of Eli Jewell, of Bourbon county, Kansas; have two children, Jennie and Eddie.
BURKET, JOHN F., harness-maker; lives in Lacona; he was born July 14, 1854, in this county, and was raised in Indianola, where he learned his trade, with E. P. Vance; came to Lacona in 1875, and established his shop; he has a good trade; he was married November 30, 1876, to Matilda E. Cool, step daughter to Mr. E. G. Bartlett, of Lacona; they have no children.
BURLINGAME, JABEZ, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Lothrop; is a native of Morgan county, Ohio; born September 3, 1826, and lived there till he came to this county, May 6, 1855; was married to Miss M. A. Tutle, a native of Ohio, in the year 1855, August 27; have a family of one son and three daughters: Dorathy E., C. C., S. J., and E. F.; was justice of the peace for eight years; owns a farm of sixty-five acres.
BURLINGAME, S. L., farmer and carpenter, Sec. 3; P. O. Lothrop; was born in Ohio, February 17, 1825, and lived there till about twenty-six years old; came to this county in the fall of 1850, and settled on what is known as the six mile strip, which then belonged to Polk county; was married in this county, to Miss Rhoda Tuttle, December 31, 1850, a native of Ohio; have five sons and six daughters: Josiah T., T. J., A. L., Sarah N., Adaline F., S. C. Perry, Dora A., Frank L., Lillie and Nellie (twins), and Rhoda E.; was in the late war in Co. R, Second Iowa Infantry; mustered in September 28, 1864, mustered out June 12, 1865; was in the battles of Savanah, Georgia; Bentonville, North Carolina, and the taking of Raleigh, North Carolina; has been surveyor two terms, and justice of the peace, in 1857.
BURNET, R. B., farmer, lives of Sec. 8; he was born August 22, 1820, in La Fayette county, Pennsylvania; parents moved to Jefferson county, Indiana, in 1831; he moved to Knox county, Illinois, in 1856, and to Henry county, Iowa, in 1865, and to this county, in 1868; settled on present farm in 1870; he owns eighty acres of land; he was married March 21, 1844, to Lydia, daughter of John Stonebreaker, of Ashland county, Ohio; they have eleven children: Elisha, John E., Aniza N., Mary C., Marion D., Emma J., James L., Sarah M., Rachel, Cora and Ada; Elisha, Aniza N. and Mary C., are dead.
BURRIS, J. W., carpenter and farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Indianola; born in Belmont county, Ohio, April 3, 1822, and lived there until eleven years of age, when he emigrated, with his parents, to Butler county, the same State and remained there till twenty-four years of age; he married Miss Mary Woodruff, a native of Ohio, January 24, 1847; then emigrated to Indiana in 1848, and came from there to Des Moines in the spring of 1860, and from there to this county February 24, 1865; has a family of three children living: Luther L., Catharine A. (wife of George Hensel), and Mary J.; has a fine farm of 120 acres.
BURSON, C. H., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Felix; born December 25, 1841, in Louden county, Virginia; his parents moved to Belmont county, Ohio, in 1859, and came to this county, in 1866; he enlisted in September, 1862, in Co. G, Seventieth Ohio Infantry as a private, was promoted to Corporal; was discharged October 9, 1864; was in the battles of Ft. Fisher, Wilmington, and many skirmishes in which the regiment was engaged; he married December 20, 1866, to Miss Anna, daughter of Abner Gregg, of Ohio; they have two children: Alice and Maggie.
BURTCH, I. H., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Indianola; born in Herkimer county, New York, in 1811, and came to Indiana when seven years old, and lived there till he came to this county in the fall of 1859; was married in Indiana in 1834, to Miss Silora Malissa Thomas, who died in 1854; she left a family of seven children now living: Elijah, Nelson, Ruth, Rebecca, John, Thomas and Elnora; was married again in 1857 to Mrs. Martha Winchell; they have two children: Minnie and Sarah; he owns a farm of 180 acres.
BUSSELLE, J. T., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Indianola; born in Montgomery county, Indiana, Sept. 29, 1837, and raised there until sixteen years of age, when, in company with his mother, he removed to this county; owns 160 acres of land, well improved and in good state of cultivation; he married Miss Martha A. Latimer Nov. 6, 1857; she was born in Indiana; they have one son, Wiley W.; he has one of the best orchards in the township.
BUTLER, W. H., retired farmer; was born in Virginia in 1815, and came to Indianola, with his parents, in 1821; he was engaged in stock trading, in Wisconsin, for about fifteen years; he came to this county in 1864, and bought the land that he now owns, which consists of 335 acres, and also owns a nice residence in town, which he occupies; he was married in Indianola, in 1858, to Miss S. E. Truitt; they have a family of two sons: William F. and Edward P. He was through the Northern part of the state as early as 1845, but did not locate; since he came to the county his occupation has been that of a farmer.
BUTLER, WM. H. H., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Cool; born May 14, 1813, in Gallia county, Ohio; was educated in common schools; moved to Warren county, Illinois, in 1841, and came to this county in 1874 and settled on his present farm; owns 200 acres of land; married Aug. 17, 1835, Julia A., daughter of Benj. Burrage, of Gallia county, Ohio; has ten children: William W., Louisa, Henry, Thomas, Elizabeth, and five dead, that died in infancy.
BUXTON, WILLIAM, farmer, and stock raiser, P. O. Carlisle; born in Derbyshire, England, May 16, 1830; when twenty-one years of age he came to the United States, and went with his brother to Shelby county, Indiana, where he remained till Nov. 1852; he rode from Shelbyville to this county, on horseback; he married Miss Betsy, daughter of John Bramhall, (who came to this county in 1850), on April 28, 1858, a native of Massachusetts; he lived in an old log-house for about seventeen years; has a family of one son and four daughters: Elizabeth A., Sarah E., William Jr., Clara and Agnes; he owns about 2000 acres of land, nearly all improved: is interested in the stock business quite largely, and also owns a woolen mill at Palmyra, one of the oldest in Central Iowa; he bought out Simpson Hargis, one of the first settlers.