Louisa County Biographies (continued)
Louisa County Genealogical Society
Prepared by Norma F. Jennings
Copyright 1997, 1998
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Parsons, Abe (p. 130)
Abe Parsons was born in Louisa County on 2 October 1861, the son of
T.M. and Mary (Hale) Parsons. The father was a native of Virginia and the
mother of Ohio. He came to Iowa in 1835 and she in 1840. The father died
2 May 1902 and the mother 23 October 1906.
Parsons, Joseph J. (p. 98)
In 1908, Mr. Parsons married Mrs. Jessie L. (Hook) Parsons, the widow
of D.D. Parsons. She was also a Louisa County native, born 26 August 1861.
Her parents were G.W. and Emily B. (Trask) Hook and were natives of Virginia
and Illinois, respectively. Her father died 13 November 1895 and her mother
on 31 January 1910 at the age of seventy three. In her first marriage Mrs.
Parsons had three children: Talmar, born 6 July 1882, married John Diehl;Mary
Pearl, born 23 January 1885, married R.R. Hunt; and Dean H. born 7 June
Joseph Parsons was born in Hardy Co., West Virginia on 19 November
1819, son of Jonathan and Agnes (Nevill) Parsons, also natives of West
Virginia. Four children were born to them: H.J. N.; Joseph J.; Mary C.,
m. M.T. Denison; and Asdrubel S.
Mr. Parsons married three times: 1) Martha A. Smith, a native of Kentucky
in 1851. She died four years later in 1856 and he married her sister 2)
Sarah E. Smith, who died the following year. On the 27 October 1859, he
married Mary E. Coleman, who ws also a native of West Virginia, the daughter
of Fleming and Lydia A. (Smith) Coleman. Her father was a native of Virginia
and the mother of Ohio. They came to Iowa in 1852 where the mother died
in 1860. Later Mr. Coleman married Mrs. Mary E. Crane of Muscatine Co.
Mr. Coleman died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Parsons, 13 January
1898 at the age fo eighty four.
Eleven children were born to Mr. Coleman's first marriage, three still
surviving in 1912: T.B.S. Coleman; ;Mary E. (above); D.F.; Luella m. C.G.
Terry, of Muscatine.
Mr. and Mrs. Parsons had four children: Douglas D., b. 1 December 1861,
d. 12 January 1904; Olive T. married William C. Smith; Asdrubel H.; and
Walter F., born 7 July 1870, d. 4 February 1872.
Pearsall, P. L. (p. 19)
P. L. Pearson was born 12 December 1886 in Linn Co., the son of J.H.
and Susan (Shaffer) Pearsall, who were born in Indiana and Iowa, respectively.
The mother died in 1907 at the age of fifty nine. There were seven children
in their family: Cora, married W.T. Clark, of Sherwood, North Dakota; Ella
married W. M. Brown, of Walker, IA; Lewis, Center Point; Edith, m. H.J.
Crosmer of Tripp, S.D.; Agnes, m. O.D. Church, of Conde, S.D.; P.L. of
this review; and Lotta m. Frank Routh of Wapello.
On 15 April 1907, Mr. Pearsall married Lena Davis,daughter of Oscar
and Inez (Battleson) Davis, in whose family there were two children, the
other was Mamie.
Pease, Harry O. (p. 219)
Harry O. Pease was born 14 April 1866. His parents, Henry S. and Fernanda
(Jackson) Pease, natives of Maine and Pennsylvania, respectively, came
to Louisa County at an early day. In their family were the following
children: Harry O.; Eugene H.; and Henrietta, married W.B. Kemp, of Washington,
On the 24th of September 1902, Mr. Pease married Clara Archibald, who
was born in Louisa Co., the daughter of Rufus and Martha Archibald. She
was one of seven children. Mr. and Mrs. Pease had two children by 1912:
Sharon A. and Lola M.
Pemble, James (p. 144)
James Pemble was born in the town of Biddenden, Kent Co., England,
on 5 November 1831, the son of Daniel and Anna (Breakfield) Pemble, both
natives of England, who emigrated to the United States in 1840, first locating
in New York. The father died a year later. There were eight children in
He married at the age of twenty three to Marian Wyman, born in Peru,
Vermont, on the 5 June 1838, the daughter of Oliver and sallie (Aldrich)
Wyman, also natives of Vermont, who moved to Peoria Co., Illinois in 1852.
They were the parents fo six children.
Mr. and Mrs. Pemble had nine children, six sons and three daughters
as follows: Charles E., Peoria, Illinois; Frank D., Wapello; Fannie M.,
m. F.L. Kennedy, of Peoria; James G. died in infancy; J.D. and Erminia,
twins, the former lived in Idaho and the latter married William Lieberknecht
of Louisa Co.; Ada L. m. C.W. Johann, of Wapello; Ray H., Lillian, Idaho;
and Earl M. b.rn 14 April 1874, d. 15 Janaury 1894.
Peters, Richard (p. 287)
Richard Peters was born in Wales on the 2nd of April 1853, the son
of Lewis and Jane (Humphrey) Peters, who spent their entire life in Wales.
They had seven children.
In 1876, Mr. Peters married Gwen Davis, who ws born in Wales, and to
them were born nine children: Jane, married Arthur Williams, Nebr.; Anna,
married John Arthur; Lewis; Ruth m. E. Arthur; R.J.; Elizabeth; Isabel;
Mary ; and Daniel.
Pine, A.F. (p. 447)
A.F. Pine was born in Virginia on 13 November 1861, son of Floyd and
Virginia (Kelley) Pine, who spent their entire lives in Virginia. They
had six children. Mr. Pine was an orphan by the time he was six years old.
He came to Louisa Co., in 1879 at the age of eighteen.
In 1886, he married Mary E. Skipton, a native of Louisa Co, and a daughter
of Joseph and Mary (Devore) Skipton, who were born in Ohio and Virginia,
respectively, and came to Iowa at an early day. Our subject and his wife
had twelve children, as follows: Ethel G., m. Alfred Schibilion; Ernest
A.; Gertrude M., m. Harry E. Spaethe, of Eldon, Ia; Floyd J.; Walter L.;
Herbert H.; Virginia J.; William T.; Dollie DImple; Helen E.; Ralph H.;
and Halley R.
Porter, J.A. (p. 506)
J. A. Porter was born in Louisa County on the 5 February 1857, the
son of Hugh and Lydia (Maloney) Porter, both natives of Ireland. They first
located inNew York and came to Louisa Co. in APril 1855. The father died
on the 19th of January, 1895. His wife died 12 June 1879. They had eight
children: Isaac T., S.D.; J.A., our subject; Annie, m. R.H. Wheeler; John
D., Orange, Calif.; Isabel; James; Mary; and an infant, the eldest, died
On 31 December 1885, Mr. Porter he married Olive C. Thompson, daughter
of Andrew and Elizabeth (Willis) Thompson, to whom were born ten children:
Mary Harkness, of Creston; a dau. d. in infancy; nancy J., m. J.H. Armstrong,
Texas; Robert N.; William L., resident of Central Point, Ore.; Ella, m.
Dr. Grimes of Wapello; Lois, m. W. D. Garmoe, of Winfield; Olive and Oliver,
twins; and Jay F.
Mr. and Mrs. Porter had three daughters: Frances; Mary L.; and Hazel
Preston, Sylverius S. (p. 351)
Sylverius S. Preston was born in Licking Co., Ohio, 24 October 1872,
the son of Benedict and Rachel (Fringer) Preston, both natives of Ohio,
in which state they married and lived for thirty years and then moved to
Kansas for two years before coming to Iowa. The father died in1901. They
had seven chidlren: Judson; Lanetta, liv. Okla; Ruth Anna; Sylverius S.,
our subject; Zelora, res. of Illinois City, Ill; Gertrude; and one died
On 31 December 1901, Mr. Preston married Pearl Ryan, who was born in
Conesville, Iowa in 1883. Mrs. Preston was a daughter of J. and Emma (Wiltrout)
Ryan. The mother died when Mrs. Preston was four years old and the father
died in 1897.
Mr. and Mrs. Preston had two children: Reba Viola born 28 February 1903;
and one died in infancy.