IAGenWeb Project - Allamakee co.

1882 Biographies
from the
History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties, Iowa
by W.E. Alexander; Western Publishing co.; Sioux City, Iowa; 1882

'V' surnames

All of the biographies in the Allamakee co. section of the book were transcribed by Roxanne Barth and Phyllis Peterson.
Some of the biographies, those with close ties to Allamakee co., but from the Winneshiek co. section of the book, have been transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall.

Bevel Vanvelzer, P.O. Postville, farmer, sec. 16; makes a specialty of lime burning, stone quarrying, &c., having a splendid quarry on his farm of the best quality of stone. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1817, his early life being employed in the salt works there, and on the Erie Canal. His parents came to Kane Co., Ill., in 1834, he following in 1835, stopping with a sister who lived in Chicago, where he made his home several years; returned to N.Y. in 1840; was married to Miss P. Smith, March 9, 1845. She was a native of Canada. They commenced living in Queenstown, Canada, in 1849, remaining there two years; then came to Chicago, remaining there a short time; then went to Laporte, Ind.; thence to West Union, Iowa. He soon returned to Chicago. His wife died in 1853, after which he returned to N.Y., and was again married to Catharine Brougham, November 14, 1854. He returned to Iowa, going to West Union and engaged in the hotel business, which he subsequently traded for a farm, which he finally lost. Mr. V. has had quite a checkered life of fortune and misfortune, has been engaged in the hotel business at McGregor, Prairie du Chien, and the Four-Mile House, this side of McGregor, also farming near Monona and Howard counties, also in Clayton Co., near Postville. He moved to his present farm in 1869, and now owns 130 acres valued at $35 per acre. He has a fine orchard; also a beautiful spring near his dwelling, which is a fine new structure, taking the place of the one that was burned two years ago. Mr. V.'s children by his first wife are W. Otis, Francis M., John H., Mary A., also Almira A. and America A.; the last two deceased. Those by his second wife are Bartoe, Arma, Jennie, Lavenia, Bevel, and Katie; two being deceased. pg 543

James Vile, P.O. Waukon, farmer, sec. 11; born in England in 1825, where he remained till in 1849, when he crossed the ocean, stopping two years in Canada; then went to N.Y., where he remained till 1854, when he came to this county and located on his present farm which now contains 200 acres, and is well improved, being among the best in the township. His wife's maiden name was Alice Roach. She was also born in England. Their children are Sarah A., John L. and Frank C., having lost one son, Walter R. pg 542-543


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