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Transcriptions by Mona Sarratt Knight and placed on this site with her permission, 27 Feb 2003.

Source:  History of Carroll County Iowa, Volume II, Illustrated, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company (1912) Chicago & The Biographical Historical Record of Carroll Co. (1887)

Extracted from The Biographical and Historical Record of Carroll County,
Iowa, 1887, page 634.

ALEXANDER TUEL, of Union Township, was born in Monroe County, Ohio, December 23, 1847, son of William and Margaret (KNIGHT) Tuel, who were the parents of fourteen children. In 1855, the Tuel family removed to Lee County, Iowa, where our subject was reared and educated in the common schools. Arriving at the age of manhood, he was married in 1872 to Martha C. Bagley, who died in 1876. Mr. Tuel came to Carroll County in 1866, first locating in section 16, Union Township, where he lived three years. He then sold and bought a portion of his present farm of fifty-four acres. He has since added to that amount until he now owns 294 acres of as good land as can be found in the township. He married his present wife September 16, 1877. She was formerly Miss Almira Chevalier of this county. They have five children: Leonard, Geneva, Oscar, Anna and Ottie. Politically, Mr. Tuel is a Democrat. He is also a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 197. He started in life a poor man, but by industry and good management has secured a fine property. (end)

Mona Sarratt Knight


The first bio I sent was from the 1887 book; this one is from the 1912 History of Carroll County, Iowa, by Paul Maclean, Vol I, page 160:

ALEXANDER TUEL. Alexander Tuel, who passed away on his farm on section 20, Union Township, on the 8th of December 1908, was successfully identified with general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career. His birth occurred in Monroe County, Ohio, on the 23d of December 1847, his parents being William and Margaret (Knight) Tuel, both of whom were natives of West Virginia. The father was born on the 26th of September, 1824, while the mother's natal day was February 14, 1828. They were early settlers of Ohio and came to Lee County, Iowa, about 1861, while the year 1865 witnessed their arrival in Carroll County. They took up their abode in Union Township and William Tuel here followed farming until called to his final rest on the 27th of December 1902, when seventy-eight years of age. His widow still survives him and resides with her son William at Coon Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. William Tuel had a family of thirteen children, namely: Alexander, of this review; Malissa and Eli,, both of whom are deceased; Ezekiel; Mary E.; Almira, who has passed away; Brookens; Andrew, likewise deceased; Luther; Viola; Richard; Margaret, who has passed away; and William Henry.

Alexander Tuel lived in Ohio until about fourteen years of age and grew to manhood in Lee and Carroll Counties of Iowa. He obtained his education in the district schools and after putting aside his textbooks, turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits in which he was actively engaged throughout his entire business career. In the work of the fields, he met with success, annually gathering bounteous crops which found a ready sale on the market.

Mr. Tuel was twice married, his first wife bearing the maiden name of Mattie C. Bagley. On the 23rd of September 1877, he wedded Miss Almira Chevalier, who was born in Mahaska County, Iowa, on the 4th of August, 1858, her parents being John F. and Elizabeth (Hetzer) Chevalier, natives of Meigs County, Ohio. They became early settlers of Mahaska County, Iowa, and subsequently removed to Colfax, Washington. John F. Chevalier, who has now attained the age of eighty years, still resides at Mount Hope, Washington, where his wife passed away in November 1910, when seventy-six years old. They were the parents of twelve children, as follows: Cyrinthia; Mrs. Almira Tuel; Philena and Philura, twins; Elizabeth; Arizona; John Franklin; Vernile; Martha Belle; Homer; and Minnie and Seldon who are deceased.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Tuel were born thirteen children, as follows: Leonard, who wedded Miss Muzetta House and has two children, Reginald Clayton and Howard Arnold; Geneva, who died when about nine years of age; Oscar, who married Miss Ethel Bell by whom he has one child, Hildah; Anna, who died when but six years old; Ottie, who died at the age of four; Eugene, who married Miss Elsie Knight and has three children, Kenneth, Velma and Beulah; Ina May, who gave her hand in marriage to Earl Johnson, by whom she has two children, Gerald and Clara; Nellie Fay, who is the wife of Albert Carpenter; and Reece, Edna Opal, and Venus, all at home; Hildah Ethel, who died in childhood; and Charles, also at home.

Mr. Tuel gave his political allegiance to the democracy for many years but subsequently became a republican. He was a stanch friend of the cause of education and served as school director for a number of yeas. Fraternally, he was identified with the Masons, belonging to Charity Lodge, A. F. & A. M. His demise, which occurred on the 8th of December 1908, when he had attained the age of sixty-one years, was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he had won an extensive circle of friends throughout the community. His widow is also widely and favorably known here, her many excellent traits of heart and mind having endeared her to all with whom she has come in contact. (end)

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