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ABRAHAM, WILLIAM, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton.

AHRENDT, C. F., far., S. 31; P.O. Blairstown.

AHREND, FRED'K, far., S. 16; P.O. Watkins.

ANDERSON, SOL., far., S. 36, P. O. Florence.

ANDREWS, S., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Watkins.

ANDREWS, W., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Watkins.

AMUNDSON, SHURE, laborer, Watkins.

AXELSEN ADOLPH, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Watkins; born in Germany Aug. 6, 1847. Married Minna Schroeder in Iowa, in 1871; she was born in Germany Sept. 12, 1849; they have five children -- Dora, Minna, Phillip, Mary and Adolph (twins). Has 240 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Came to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1866, and located in Benton Co. in 1872. He followed school teaching in Germany three years; holds the office of Township Assessor, and has held it two terms.

BACKHAUS, HENRY, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Blairstown.

BAKER, EMANUEL, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Blairstown; born in Pennsylvania March 10, 1825. Married Matilda Troutman in Pennsylvania, in 1857; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1824; they have six children -- Simon Peter, William Henry, Mary Margret, Sarah Esther, Lydia Ellen and Emma Jane. Has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Moved to Illinois, lived one year, and moved to Iowa in 1855; he was one of the first settlers in Eldorado Tp.; has held the offices of. Supervisor, School Director, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Baker are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Baker has followed carpentering and building several years.

BAKER, L., far., Sec. 34; P. O. Blairstown.

BAKER, S., far., Sec. 34; P. O. Watkins.

BAUMGARTEN, P., far., Sec. 8; P.O. Vinton.

BAUMGARTEN, WM., far., S. 4; P.O. Vinton.

BECKER, HANS, shoemaker, Sec. 20; P. O. Blairstown.

BENEDICT, E., far., Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton.

BETTENHAUSEN, CHROIX, horseman, Sec. 16; P. O. Vinton.

BLUE, JOHN M., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Blairstown; born in Holland in 1834. Married Esther Bentz in 1860; she was born in Ohio in 1837; they have five children -- John F., William C., Orson Arthur, Ervine Edwin and Leota Leverna; have 145 acres of land, valued at $4,000. Mr. Blue moved to Ohio in 1857, and from there to Iowa in 1867. He holds the office of Justice of the Peace. Mr. and Mrs. Blue are members of the Evangelical Association.

BOEDDEKER, A., far., S. 14; P. O. Florence.

BOLLER, H.,. far., S. 28; P. O. Blairstown.

BORNSTEIN, R., far., S. 5; P. O. Vinton.

BREHM, C., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Watkins.

BUDDE, F., far., Sec. 34; P. O. Watkins.

BUEHRE, H., far., S. 17; P. O. Blairstown.

BUEHRE, J. H., far., S. 17; P.O. Blairstown.

CALDWELL, JAMES A., far., Sec. 11; P. O. Shellsburg.

CALKINS, DAVID, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Connecticut May 7, 1821. Married Eliza Crippen in March, 1842; she was born in New York in 1824; they had four children, one is living -- Henry. Mrs. Calkins died in 1855. He then married Molissa Coutts in Iowa in 1858; she was born in Ohio in 1836; they have five children -- Marvin, Martha, Linna May, Harriett Lee and Jacob J.; has fifty-six acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Has held several town offices. Was the first settler in Eldorado Township; helped to organize the township; moved with his father to Oswego, N. Y., and to Michigan in 1835; followed blacksmithing in Michigan and in Iowa fifteen years; located in Iowa in 1854. Mr. Calkins went to California across the plains in 1852; followed sawmilling and mining fifteen months and returned to Michigan, and then to Iowa.

COUTTS, Jacob,, far., S. 2; P. O. Vinton.

COZAD, B. F., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Watkins; born in Mercer Co., Penn., Aug., 1846. Married Mary A. Hill in Linn Co., Iowa, in 1866; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1852; had four children, two are living -- Edward and Ora; has forty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Enlisted in 15th I. V. I., Aug. 8, 1862; was taken prisoner on skirmish line and made his escape; was in all the principal engagements with the regiment; re-enlisted in 1864 and was discharged with regiment at the close of the war in 1865. Came to Iowa in 1857; located in Benton Co., in 1870. They are members of the M. E. Church.

DANKERT, FERDINAND, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Shellsburg.

DAVIDSON, J., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Florence.

DAVIS, L., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Watkins.

DEAN, C. F., far., S. 34; P. O. Blairstown.

DEAN, H. A., far., S. 34 5 P. O. Blairstown.

DOOLITTLE, A. P., far., S. 23 P. O. Watkins.

DOOLITTLE, L. M., far., S. 36 P. O. Florence.

DOOLITTLE, W. A., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Florence; born in Knox Co., Ohio, Jan. 17, 1841. Married Miss S. C. Stookey in Iowa in 1871; she was born in Indiana in 1850; they have three children -- J. W., J. L. and Elma L. Has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Enlisted in the 12th Iowa V. I., Sept. 28, 1861; was discharged by reason of general debility in July, 1862.

Came to Iowa in 1857.

DUNKER, J., far., S. 7; P. O. Blairstown.

DYRIG, B., far., S. 25; P. O. Florence.

ENGELKING, WILLIAM, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Blairstown.

ERLAND, S., far., S. 12; P. O. Florence.

FICK, HANS, far., S. 10; P. O. Vinton.

FIEBELKORN, J., far., S. 3; P. O. Vinton.

FIELMAN, J., far., S. 20; P. 0 Blairstown.

FREESE, J. I far., S. 5; P. O. Blairstown.

FRICKE, GEO., far., S. 4; P. O. Vinton.

GALLMANN, MARTIN, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Blairstown.

GEREKE, A., blacksmith, Sec. 20; P. O. Blairstown.

GIBBINS, A., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Vinton; born in Maryland, Nov. 2,1825. Married Hannah Cloppner in Ohio in 1846; she was born in Germany in 1831; had thirteen children -- Charles L., James M., Edward, Caroline (died at the age of two years), Joseph Adison, Louisa, Nellie, Elmer, Allie, William, Frederick and Carrie. Has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,200; came to Ohio in 1831; moved to Iowa in 1856; followed harness making in Ohio. Has held the office of Township Clerk and several other town offices. Charles L. married Celissa A. Cranston in 1874; She was born in Ohio in 1852; has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,000. Edward, born in 1853, married Emma Gephart in Eldorado in 1878; she was born in Linn Co., Iowa, in 1857; has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,000.

GIBBINS, ED., far., S. 1; P. O. Vinton.

GROVERT, H. J., far., S. 3; P. O. Vinton.

GROTE, H. A., far., S. 18; P. O., Blairstown.

GRUBB, ISAAC, far., S. 26; P. O. Watkins.

HAHN, ADAM F., Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown.

HANNEMANN, FRED, far., S.17; P. O. Blairstown.

HAUSER, JOHN, far., S. 9; P. O. Blairstown.

HAUSMANN, HENRY, far., Sec. 6; P. O. Blairstown.

HASCH, HENRY, far., S. 22; P. O. Watkins.

HAUPT, FRITZ, far., S. 21; P. O. Watkins.

HAGEN, C., far., S. 17; P. O. Blairstown.

HEMME, LUDWIG, far., S. 15; P. O. Vinton.

HILL, WM., S. 14; P. O. Watkins.

HOECK, A., far., S. 9; P. O. Blairstown.

HOEFLE, Geo., far., S. 29; P. O. Blairstown.

IBENDORP, JOHN, lab. S. 26; P. O. Watkins.

JANSFEN, CHRISTIAN, far., S. 3; P. O. Vinton.

JAHAKE, Fred., far., S. 7; P. O. Blairstown.

JOHNSON, G., far., S. 36; P. O. Florence.

JOHNSON, P., Jr., far., S. 12; P. O. Shellsburg.

JOHNSON, P., Sr., far., S. 12; P. O. Shellsburg.

JUNGELAUS, H., far., S. 26; P. O. Watkins.

KECK, EMMANUEL, far., Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown.

KECK, WM., far., S. 29; P. O. Blairstown.

KERKMAN, CONRAD, far., S. 9; P. O. Vinton; born in Germany, in 1817.

Married Anna M. Werning; she was born in 1818; they have six children -- Anna, Katarine, Edward, Henry, Mary and Conrad; Mrs. Kerkman had two sons when married; their names are John and Martin Shoemaker; John enlisted in the late rebellion, was wounded and crippled for life. Mr. Kerkman came to Chicago, Ill., in 1846; carried on blacksmithing for many years, and moved to Benton County, Iowa, in 1869. Has 800 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre.

Mr. and Mrs. Kerkman are m embers of the Lutheran Church.

KESSLER, H., far., See 6; P. O. Blairstown.

KOCH, C., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Blairstown.

KOHNE, G., clergyman, S. 20; P. O. Blairstown.

KOHRTZ, J., far., S. 15; P. O. Watkins.

KOOPMANN, J., far., S. 15; P. O. Watkins.

KRANZ, G., far., S. 11; P. O. Watkins.

KUNSTORF, C., far., S. 24; P. O. Watkins.

LORENZEN, HANS, laborer, Sec. 27; P. O. Watkins.

LUECKE, H., far., S. 21; P. O. Blairstown.

McSHEA, MICHAEL, farmer, Sec.34; P.O. Watkins.

McGRANAHAN, JOHN H., far.; S. 14; P. O. Watkins; born in Ireland, County Derry, May 13, 1845. Married Martha Ann Compton in Iowa, in 1870; she was born in Ohio in 1852; they have two children -- Sarah Rebecca, born Oct. 1, 1872; Thomas Newton, born Nov. 16, 1876. Has 160 acres land, valued at $25 per acre. Has held the office of Township Trustee four years. Came to Pennsylvania in 1847; moved to Illinois in 1854, and moved to Iowa in 1858. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. Is a son of Samuel McGranahan.

McGRANAHAN, SAMUEL, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 14; P. O. Watkins; born in Ireland, County Derry, May 1, 1822. Married Rebecca Wallace in Ireland, in 1844; she was born in County Derry, Ireland, Jan., 1823; had twelve children; four are living -- John, Ann, Rebecca Rachel and Mary Eva. Mrs. McGranahan died at the age of 45 years, in Benton Co., Iowa, and Mr. McGranahan married Anna Marrow in 1877; she was born in Ohio in 1849; they have three children -- James Edward, Hugh Harvey, and a baby not named. Has 320 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; has held the office of County Supervisor and School Treasurer in the township thirteen years, and several other town offices. He came to Pennsylvania, and stayed four years, and moved to Illinois and lived four years; moved to Benton Co., in 1858. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. He was one the first in Eldorado Tp.; the first sermon that was preached in Eldorado was delivered in Mr. McGranahan's barn by Rev. John Baty. He settled 160 acres of land in 1858.

MANK, G., far., S. 34; P. O. Blairstown.

MARGUARDT, W., far., S. 30; P. O. Blairstown.

MEIN, H., laborer, S. 3; P. O. Vinton.

MEIN, M., ret. far., S. 3; P. O. Vinton.

MEYER, F. F., far., Sec. 20; P. 0 Blairstown.

MILLER, H. F., far., S. 8; P. O. Blairstown.

MILLER, J. M., far., S. 32; P. O. Blairstown.

MILLER, JOHN, far., S. 13; P. O. Watkins.

MITCHEL, A., far., S. 11; P. O. Watkins.

MUELLER, W., far., S. 5; P. O. Blairstown.

NICODEMUS, ALBERT D., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Pennsylvania June 2, 1845. Married Elizabeth Faulkender in Illinois in 1869; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1849; have three children -- Ida May, Mary, and Sarah. Have eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; followed school teaching in Pennsylvania and Illinois five Winters, and moved to Illinois in 1867, and to Iowa in 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Nicodemus are members of the German Baptist Church.

O'CONNELL, C., far., S. 35; P. O. Watkins.

OLSON, PETER C., far., S. 13; P. O. Florence.

OSTERKAMP, H., far., S. 22; P. O. Watkins.

PAGEL, C., far., S. 29; P. O. Blairstown.

PREPGRASS, P., far., S. 3; P. O. Vinton.

RAMB0, W. D., far., S. 24; P. O. Watkins.

REINHARDT, Pastor of Lutheran Church, S. 9; P. O. Vinton.

RICE, A., far., S. 31; P. O. Blairstown.

RICE, C., far., S. 31; P. O. Blairstown.

RICE, E. A., far., S. 31; P. O. Blairstown.

ROBISON, T. S., far., S. 28; P. O. Blairstown.

ROHDE, C., far., S. 27; P. O. Watkins.

RUSSEL, W., far., S. 2; P. O. Vinton.

SCHLUE, F., far., S. 7; P. O. Blairstown.

SCHMIDT, H. H., farmer and raiser, S. 31; P. O. Blairstown. born in Germany in 1816; Married Mary Hultgriver in 1841; she was born in Germany in 1815, and died at the age of 35 years; he then married Elizabeth Spellman; she was born in Germany in 1823; they had nine children -- Mary, William, Harmon, Margaret, Sophia, Edward, Paul, Catherine and George. Has 900 acres of land, value at $25,000; has held several township offices; was a soldier three years in Germany in the 15th Regt.; his son Henry enlisted in the 17th Mo. V. I. in 1861, and died in the hospital in Keokuk, Iowa; his remains were brought home to Clayton Co. Mrs. Schmidt had two sons when married to Mr. Schmidt -- Frederick and John. John enlisted in the late rebellion; was taken prisoner and kept one year; had his feet and legs frozen, and his toes were all taken off but one; was sick five months on David's Island, and died soon after reaching home. Mr. Schmidt came to Iowa in 1835; was one of the early settlers in Clayton Co., Iowa; helped to organize the town, etc.; moved to Benton Co. in 1865. Is a member of the Lutheran Church.

SCHUMACHER, M., far., S. 8; P. O. Vinton.

SCHROEDER, H. far., S. 23 5 P. O. Watkins.

SCHUZE, A., far., S. 20; P. O. Blairstown.

SEGNER, L., far., S. 12; P. O. Shellsburg.

SEGREST, J., far., S. 1; P. O. Shellsburg.

SENNE, J., far., S. 9; P. O. Vinton.

SHOEMAKER, G. J., far., S. 31; P. O. Blairstown.

SMITH, HENRY D., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Watkins, born in Allegany Co., N. Y., July 13, 1845. Married Sarah Rapp in Illinois, in 1874; she was born in Henry Co., Ill., in 1849; they have two children -- Emma and Herbert Wesley. Has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,200. Enlisted July, 1864, in the 1st N. Y. Dragoons; was in the Potomac army, and was down the Shenandoah Valley with Gen. Sheridan in 1864, at the battles of Winchester, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, Sailor's Creek, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, and many other large engagements; was mustered out with the regiment, at Rochester, at the close of the war. Mr. Smith was engaged in manufacturing boots and shoes in New York and Iowa over six years, and moved to Iowa in 1868; has a good farm, well situated, and made his property by hard labor. Mr. Smith and wife are members of the Evangelical Church.

STELLING, F., far., S. 21; P. O. Watkins.

STIEHN, H., blacksmith, S. 9; P. O. Vinton.

STEINKE, W., far., S. 4; P. O. Vinton.

STIEGELMEIER, J. H., far., Sec. 15; P. O. Watkins.

STUBBE, H., far. S. 15; P. O. Vinton.

TANNER, T. C., far., Sec. 36; P. O. Florence.

TANNER, JOHN, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 36; P. O. Florence; born April 22, 1812, in New York. Married Isabelle Karns in Ohio, May 1, 1835; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1814; they have four children -- Mary Jane, Nathaniel, W. A., Thomas Cisero. Has 220 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; moved to Pennsylvania and Ohio, and settled in Iowa in 1856. Has held the office of County Commissioner in Ohio, and held several other township offices. He makes a specialty of raising timber and fruit trees. Mr. Tanner's father died when he was 5 years of age, and he has made a good property; helped each child to a farm, and got his property by his own energy.

TANNER, N. A., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Florence; born in Ohio Sept. 23, 1838. Married Vesta Adelia Doolittle, in Iowa, in 1860; she was born in Ohio in 1837; they have eight children -- William M., E. A., H. I., J. F., M. L., E. L., S. C. and Vincent. Has 200 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; came to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1856; located in Benton Co. in 1857. Held the offices of Township Clerk and Secretary of the School Board. Is a member of A. F. & A. M. Lodge. Mr. Tanner and wife are members of the M. E. Church.

TANNER, T. C., far., Sec. 36; P. O. Florence.

TANNER, W., far., Sec. 36; P. O. Florence.

THAN, H., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Shellsburg.

THOMPSON, J., far., Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown.

THOMPSON, WILLIAM, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown; born in Ohio Sept. 2, 1821. Married Nancy Terres in Ohio Sept., 1845, she was born in Pennsylvania, in 1823; had ten children, five are living -- W. W. Thompson, born. Aug. 14, 1846, in Ohio; Nancy Jenuet, born March 12, 1848 (was married to Mr. Troutman, now deceased); Sarah Jane, born July 31, 1850 (now deceased); Samantha, born Aug. 31, 1852 (now deceased); John, born Oct. 20, 1854; Mary, born June 7, 1867, in Iowa; Ira and Alvira (twins), born Dec. 10, 1859 (now deceased); Isaac Newton, born July 31, 1862; Enos Sherman, born Jan. 2, 1865. Mrs. Thompson died June 8, 1866; he then married Mrs. Keiper in Iowa, 1866; she was born in Pennsylvania Dec. 24, 1823; when married had three children -- Albert John, Milton E. and Emma L. Mr. Thompson has 319 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Has held the office of Township Clerk and Supervisor; moved to Iowa, 1856. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are members of the Evangelical Church. He helped to organize the township, and built the schools and churches, etc.

THOMPSON, W. W., far., S. 30; P. O. Blairstown.

TROUTMAN, DANIEL, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 33; P. O. Blairstown; born in Somerset Co., Penn., Oct. 3, 1837. Married Miss N. J. Thompson in Iowa, 1867; she was born in Richland Co., Ohio, 1848; they have four children -- Royal W., Effa F., Harvey E. and Reldey U. Mrs. Troutman died Nov., 1875, in Iowa, and Mr. Troutman married Mrs. J. A. Whiting in Linn Co., Iowa, Dec. 11, 1877; she was born in New York, in 1834. Has 320 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Mr. Troutman is a member of the Evangelical Association, and Mrs. T. is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. T. came to Iowa Oct., 1855.

TROUTMAN, J., far., S. 26; P. O. Watkins.

TREPTOW, W., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Blairstown.

TREPTOW, W. C. A., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Blairstown.

TUCKER, R. R., far., S. 25; P. O. Watkins.

TUCKER, WILLIAM D., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Watkins; born in Carroll Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1847. Married Mary Ellen Jackson in Tama Co., Iowa, in 1870; she was born in Iowa, Aug. 6, 1853; have had three children, one living -- Dallas Berton, born in Eldorado, Iowa, April, 1877. Has forty acres of land valued at $25 per acre; moved to Iowa in 1859; moved to Kansas in 1871; returned to Tama Co., Iowa in 1874; located in Benton Co., in 1876. Held the office of School Director in Kansas. Edward, William and Arthur died in infancy.

VAN VECHTEN, GILES, Sec. 27.

VOLZ, C., far., Sec. 9; P.O. Watkins.

WADDLE, SAMUEL, farmer, 29; P. O. Blairstown.

WANDRO, J., far., S. 29 P. O. Blairstown.

WALTERDORF, F., far., S. 17; P. O. Blairstown.

WARNER, H., far.; S. 16 P. O. Watkins.

WELCH, T. J., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Belmont Co., Ohio, April 16, 1816. Married Jane Cranston in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1858; she was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio. March 13, 1821; has two children -- Azubah and Leonard Haney. Has 324 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; moved to Illinois in 1854, and moved to Iowa in 1859. Mr. Welch has held the offices of Supervisor, Trustee and Justice of the Peace a long time; has a good property, made by his energy, and is free from debt; Mr. Welch followed carpentering and building several years. Mr. and Mrs. Welch are members of the Presbyterian Church.

WERNER, H., far., S. 16; P. O. Watkins.

WERNING, C., far., S. 11; P. 0 Watkins.

WERNING, M., far., S. 10; P. O. Watkins.

WESTYSHAL, C. F. A., far., S. 29; P. O. Blairstown.

WHITE, W. H., far., S. 6; P. O. Vinton.

WILL, D., far., S. 10; P. O. Watkins.

WILL, JACOB, far., S. 10; P. O. Watkins.

WODSTREIL, W., far., S. 35; P. O. Florence.

YOUNG, ENOS, far., Sec. 33; P. O. Blairstown.

YOUNG, J., far., S. 28 P. O. Blairstown.

YOUNG, J., far., S. 28; P. O. Blairstown.

ZORING, HENRY, far., S. 22; P. O. Watkins.



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