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ALWOOD, NICHOLAS, farmer, S. 12; P. O. Garrison.

BAGLEY, W. GEO., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Garrison.

BACHMAN, EDWARD, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison; born in Germany in 1844; emigrated to America in 1851, and to Benton Co. in 1868; owns 662 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Margaret Gothardt in 1853; she was born in Germany in 1835; mother of seven children–-Earnest, Laura, Anna, Alfred, Ulysses, Wanda and Rudolph. Mr. B. landed in New York with $8, $6 of it being counterfeit, and cannot be bought out today for $30,000.

Banghart, C.S., far., S. 19; P. O. Dysart.

Bates, C. F., P. O. Dysart.

BATES, KIMBLE, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Dysart; born in Lewis Co., N. Y., in 1829; came to Benton Co. in 1854; owns 170 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Sarah M. Safer, in 1851; she was born in Erie Co., Ohio, in 1832; they have three children--Horace K., Charles F. and Lewis E. Township Clerk, Justic [sic] and School Director. Member of the Presbyterian Church. He enlisted in the 16th I. V. I., Jan. 5, 1864; participated in the battles of Atlanta, Kenesaw Mountain, and skirmishes without number. Mr. Bates was here before the town was organized as a township, and one of those who signed the petition.

Blough, Joseph, far., S. 24; P. O. Garrison.

BOYD, G. L., farmer, S. 4; P. O. Dysart; born in the city of New York in 1855; removed to Benton Co. in 1855; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.

Brennisen, Edward; P. O. Dysart.

Bridge, Joseph, far., S. 25; P. O. Garrison.

Bridge, Thomas; P. O. Garrison.

Brown, M. D., far., S. 5; P. O. Dysart.

Brown, W. H., far. Sec. 3; P. O. Dysart.

Burrows, J. B., S. 9; P. O. Dysart.

CHAPMAN, R., farmer.

CASTLEDINE, WILLIAM, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Dysart; born in England in 1827; emigrated to America in 1854, and to Benton Co., in 1865; has eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Hannah Gadd in 1854; she was born in England in 1829; died in 1863, leaving two children--Anna M. and William S. Mr. C. married Mrs. Anna Nichols in 1870. Republican in politics. Township Trustee; member of the M. E. Church since 1861. Enlisted in the 28th Wis. V. I. in 1862; transferred to the regular army in 1863, the 12th U. S. I.; participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania, Mine Run, and other principal battles; mustered out Aug. 1865, at Richmond.

Clark, D. A., far., Sec. 17; P. O. Dysart.

CLAYTON, F. H., P. O. Dysart; born in Montpelier, Vt., in 1867; removed to Mitchell Co., Iowa, 1860; then went to Fayette Co., Iowa, in 1865; and then went to Linn Co., in 1867; then went to Benton Co., in 1873. Married Hattie A. Shoemaker in 1874; she was born in Granville, Mercer Co., Penn., in 1876; they have one child--Hattie, born Jan.1, 1877. He enlisted in the 34th I. V. I., in 1862; participated in the battles of Vicksburg, Mobile, Fort Blakely, and other sieges; mustered out in 1865.

Coots, A., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Garrison.

Conley, R., Sr., far., Sec. 7; P. O. Dysart.

CONLEY, RHESA, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Dysart; born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1821; removed to Johnson Co., Ind., in 1828; thence to Benton Co., in 1850; owns ninety acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Mary Brown in 1843; she was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1829; their children are Hannibal, Mary, Eliza, Jane, James M., Rhesa, Jr., Electa Ann, Elizabeth and John P. Maria died in 1857. Married Sarah Wheelden in 1867; she was born in Johnson Co., Ind., in 1845; left two children--Emma and Newell. Mr. Conley was among the early settlers of the county. Democratic.

Cork, J. B., P. O. Dysart.

DEHRKWP, A., farmer, Sec.--; P. O. Dysart. [See note below.]

Denica, A., far., Sec. 34; P. O. Garrison.

DICKINSON, G. W., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Dysart ; born in Lewis Co., N. Y., in 1839; removed to Benton Co. in 1869; owns 230 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Maranda Strickland Oct. 25, 1865; she was born in Lewis Co., N. Y., in 1842; they have three children–-Hattie, born Nov. 29, 1869; Bryant, born Nov. 23, 1872; Fay, born April 30, 1877. Republican. Enlisted in the 5th New York Artillery, in 1862; was in fortifications at Washington fourteen months, and detached to United States Coast Survey, 8th Missouri; went to Maryland Heights, Md., in 1863, and was there at time of Early's raid through the Shenandoah Valley; served on non-commission staff as a non-commission officer; was mustered out in June, 1865.

DIMIT, ROBERT, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Dysart; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1834; removed to Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1865; keeping books for State, Mondon & Tate, until 1871, then came to Benton Co.; has 120 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss M. J. Steen in 1870; she was born in Mercer Co., Penn. in 1836. Republican. Township Clerk four years, and holds the office now. Mr. and Mrs. Dimit are members of the Union Presbyterian Church. He enlisted in 1862, in the 123d Penn. V. I.; participated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville; mustered out in 1863.

Dimpsey, W., far., Sec. 17; P. O. Dysart.

DOUGHERTY, G. F., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Dysart; born in Bradford, Co., Penn., in 1843; removed to Carroll Co., Ill., in 1866; then went to Benton Co., in 1870; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Mrs. Fanny L. Wells in 1867; she was born in Mt. Rose, Penn., in 1833. Republican. Enlisted in the 17th Penn. V. C., in Sept., 1863; participated in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Cedar Run, Wilderness, Five Forks; was badly wounded; mustered out June, 1865, at Cloud's Mil1s, Va.

DRAYTON, WM. H., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Dysart; born in Boston, Mass., in 1827; removed to Rock Co., Wis., in 1856; then went to Knox Co., Mo., in 1858; then went to Benton Co., in 1868; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Elizabeth Davis; she was born in Brooklyn, Mass., Feb., 1831; have two children-–William A., born Jan. 5, 1854; Eva L., born May 3, 1858; Elizabeth died July 17, 1862. Married Francis McGorilan May 29, 1864; she was born in Adams Co., Ill., in 1844; have five children--Laura, Mary, Alpha, Anna and Johnny. Republican. Has held the offices of Township Treasurer and School Director. Enlisted in the Home Guards of Missouri; participated in several battles in Missouri.

ELSBERRY, C. R., farmer, Sec. 21, P. O. Dysart; born in Pendleton, Ind., in 1833; removed to Fond du Lac Co., Wis., in 1846; then went to Benton Co. in 1868; owns eighty acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Married Hannah Lipton in 1868; she was born in Belmont, Ohio, in 1839; have two children--Allice, born in 1869; Lillie, born in 1873. Democrat. She is a member of the United Brethren Church. He enlisted March, 1864, in Co. H, 24th I. V. I.; participated in the battles of Cedar Creek and Fisher's Hill; mustered out Aug. 5, 1865.

FARNSWORTH, HENRY, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart.

FARNSWORTH, D. S., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 21; P. O. Dysart; born in Clearfield Co., Penn., in 1839; removed to Indiana Co., Penn., in 1860; thence to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1866; thence to Benton Co. in 1868; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Jane McCartney in 1861; she was born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1837; they had two children–-Mary and John; Jane died in 1865. Married Salena E. McComb in 1868; she died in March, 1869. Married Jennie McAlister in 1873; she was born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1848; they have three children--Ambrose, Jay and Salena. Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth are members of the Baptist Church. He is a member of the A., 0. U. W. Mr. F. is among the early settlers in his neighborhood; stopped in the prairie grass with no settlement near with the exception of a few, and has made his fine improvements by his own industry.

FELKNER, W. H., school teacher; P. O. Garrison; born in Iowa in 1843; came to Benton Co., in 1860.

Fermir, L. M.; P. O. Dysart.

Fike, C. C.; P. O. Dysart.

FIKE, JOHN C., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Dysart; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1825; removed to Benton Co. in 1866; owns 160 acres, valued at $35 per acre. Married Elizabeth Bear in 1848; she was born in Somerset Co., Penn., 1824; they had eight children–-Susanna, Barbara, Anna, Elizabeth, Juda, Jacob, John and Christian; Elizabeth died Sept. 12, 1873. Married Mrs. Julia Ann Robinson in 1873. Republican in politics. Members of the River Brethren Church.

FIKE, MANUEL, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Dysart; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1823; removed to Ashland Co., Ohio in 1856; thence to Benton Co., in 1864; owns forty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Mary A. Miller in 1844; she was born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1827; their children are Josiah M., born March 20, 1845; Daniel W., born June 2, 1846; Rosa A., Aug. 21, 1847; Susanna, Feb. 24, 1849, died Feb. 18, 1869; Jacob, Aug. 27, 1852; Mary A., Feb. 8, 1856, died Feb. 14, 1856. Independent in politics. Members of River Brethren Church.

FIKE, MOSES, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1836; removed to Benton Co. in 1856; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Emaline Yager in 1863; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1841; six children--Caroline, Laura, Samuel, Franklin, George and Edwin; Emeline [sic] died Sept. 17, 1871. Married Catherine Rampton in 1872; she was born in England in 1835; came to America in 1854; two children–-Albert and Mariah. Republican. Members of the River Brethren Church. Mr. Fike is among the earliest settlers, and has made the improvements on his farm by his own industry.

Fike, Peter, far., S. 33, P. O. Dysart.

FISS, JOHN G., farmer, Sec 35; P. O. Garrison; born in Union Co. Penn., in 1830; removed to Benton Co. in 1868; has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Nancy Gaman in 1868; she was born in Franklin Co., Maryland, in 1838, died July 30, 1871, leaving one child–-Anna K., born in 1871. Then married Mrs. Blanchard, widow of Charles C. Blanchard, April, 1872; she was born in Knox Co., Ohio, in 1835; they have three children--Margaret M., born March, 1873; Mary J., born May, 1876; Ira T., born Feb., 1878. School Director. Enlisted in the 1st Ill., Light Artillery, Co. F, Capt. Cheeny, in 1861; participated in the battles of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing and Corinth, thence to Memphis, Tenn., raid to Jackson, Miss., Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge; with Sherman to Moscow, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta; thence to Nashville; mustered out at Springfield, Ill., 1864.

Fletcher, Joseph, S. 16; P. O. Dysart.

GAMBLE, GEORGE, far., S. 8; P. O. Dysart.

GILBERT, IRA, farmer, Secs. 7 and 18; P. O. Dysart; born in New York in 1821; removed to Cedar Rapids in 1854, thence to Benton Co. in 1868; has 292 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Susan Shaw in 1854; she was born in Genesee Co., N. Y., in 1834. Republican. School Director. Financial Scribe for the Sons and Daughters of Temperance of Dysart. Members of the M. E. Church.

Goon, Elias, far., Sec. 1; P. O. Garrison.

Good, R. A., far., S. 30; P. O. Dysart.

Gowdy, J. M., far., S. 30; P. O. Dysart.

Grabill, D. R., far., S. 32; P. O. Dysart.

Guegy, Andrew, far., S. 28; P. O. Dysart.

HARWOOD, THOMAS, far., Sec. 26; P. O. Garrison.

Hauck, M. far., Sec. 2; P. O. Dysart.

HARWOOD, JAMES H., far., Sec. 26; P. O. Garrison; born in England in 1836; immigrated to America in 1841, and to Benton Co. in 1866; has 280 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Louisa Pence in 1863; she was born in Henderson Co., Ill., in 1845; they have three children Cora A., born in 1864; Clayton A., born in 1868; Berton A., born in 1873.

Independent in politics. Township Trustee.

HAWKINS, SAMUEL M., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Dysart; born in Summit Co., 0hio, in 1836; removed to Lee Co., Ill., in 1850, thence to Benton Co. in 1860; owns eighty acres, of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Ellen J. Scott in 1861; she was born in Tompkins Co., N. Y., in 1840; have five children–-James F., Geo. W., Ellen M., Bradley S. and Harriet A. Republican. Constable two years and Road Supervisor.

HAWLEY, NELSON, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Garrison; born in Connecticut in 1830; removed to Illinois in 1837, thence to Benton Co. in 1857; has eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Roanna Thompson in 1852; she was born in Vermont in 1828; they have eight children--Jennie L., Samuel R., Wilber N., Betsey A., Liman I., Linnie B., Hugh H. and Ray A. Republican in politics. Assessor ten years, Board of Supervisors eight years. Members of the Universalist Church.

Hawley, S. R.; P. O. Dysart.

HILEMAN, G. W., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart; born in Cambria Co., Penn., in 1836; removed to Jo Daviess Co., Ill., in 1856; thence to Whiteside Co., Ill., in 1859; thence to Benton Co., in 1870; owns eighty acres, valued at $35 per acre. Married Mary Lichty in 1860; she was born in Henry Co., Ind., in 1842; they have six children--Wm. E., Ira G., Holley A., Geo. C., Mary A., and Chas. L. Republican; Constable eight years, and School Director. Enlisted in the 93d Illinois Infantry in 1862; participated in the battles of Champion Hills, forty-eight days, siege of Vicksburg, Mission Ridge, Allatoona Pass, Atlanta, Sherman's raid through Georgia; traveled 2,554 miles on foot, 2,296 miles by water, 1,237 miles by rail, a total of 6,087 miles.

Hill, Charles, far., S. 5; P. O. Dysart.

Hill, Jessie, far., S. 5; P. O. Dysart.

Hite, Henry, far., Sec. 2; P. O. Dysart.

HOWARD, GEO C., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Dysart; born in Essex Co., N. Y., in 1833; removed to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1845; thence to Poweshiek Co., Iowa, and to Benton Co. in 1865; owns 250 acres, valued at $30 per acre. Married Lizzie Witheral in 1855; she was born in Wakefield, Eng., in 1832; they have six children–-Lizzie F., born Feb., 1856; Fred A., Nov., 1857; Clara M., May, 1861; Ida M., Ju1y 1862; Geo. C., August, 1866; Arthur D., November, 1872. Republican. Township Trustee five years; Secretary of the Township Board six years. Members of the Presbyterian Church of Dysart; also three of their children. Mr. H. is a member of the A. O. U. W. at Dysart.

Holtz, F., far., S. 33; P. O. Dysart.

Holtz, John, far., S. 33; P. O. Dysart.

Hupfeldt, H., far., S. 33; P. O. Garrison.

JOHNSON, J. B., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garrison

Johnson, W., far., S. 10; P. O. Dysart.

Johnson, W. W., far., S. 26; P. O. Garrison.

KABRICK, S., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Dysart.

Kabrick, Wm., far., S. 36; P. O. Garrison.

Kelly, J., far., S. 3 and 10; P. O. Dysart.

Kessler, H., far., S. 3; P. O. Dysart.

Kimport, B., far., S. 11; P. O. Dysart.

Kimport, M., far., S. 10; P. O. Dysart.

Kinderfarder, A., far., S. 22; P. O. Dysart.

Kinderfarder, F., far., S. 26; P. O. Garrison.

Knupp, H., far., S. 32; P. O. Dysart.

Knupp, J. B., far., S. 33; P. O. Dysart.

LALLY, JAMES, far., S. 10; P. O. Dysart.

Lehman, H. B., far., S. 36; P. O. Garrison.

Lehman, J. P., far., S. 24; P. O. Garrison.

LICHTY, GEORGE D., Sec. 33; P. O. Garrison; born near Hagerstown, Md., in 1814; removed to York Co., Penn, in 1815; thence to Somerset Co., Penn., in 1825; thence to Fayette Co., Penn., in 1850; thence to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1854; thence to Benton Co. in 1865. Married Mary Plair in 1857; they have nine children--Jacob P., Matilda, David, Lemuel, Lena, Barbara, Harmon, Lea and John. Republican in politics. Supervisor three years, and School Director two years. Members of the Lutheran Church since 1836.

Lukins, R., far., S. 6; P. O. Dysart.

McCOY, H. H., far., Sec. 23 ; P. O. Dysart.

Mance, C., far., S. 35; P. O. Dysart.

Mauriet, P., far., S. 21; P. O. Dysart.

Meyers, H., far., S. 28; P. O. Dysart.

Milne, A., far., S. 3; P. O. Dysart.

MISKIMIN, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Dysart; born in Delaware July 18, 1813; removed to Richland Co., Ohio, in 1832; thence to Indiana in 1851; thence to Benton Co. in 1854; has 123 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Elizabeth Leedy in 1836; she was born in Ohio Dec. 5, 1818. An Old Line Whig, and now a Republican. County Supervisor three years. He is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. M. was one of tbe early settlers, there being no settler within twelve miles of here on the west at the time he came to this county.

MOORE, F. P.; P. O. Dysart; born in Wood Co., Ohio, in 1850; removed to Marshall Co., Iowa, in 1866; thence to Benton Co., in 1867. Married Katie A. Machamer in 1870; she was born in Schuylkill Co., Penn., in 1850; three children–-Herbie E., born July, 1871; Fred E., born June 4, 1873; Charles J., born Oct. 21, 1877. Republican.

PATTEN, THOS., far., S. 24, P. O. Garrison.

PALMER, A. H., farmer, Sec 2, P. O. Vinton; born in Wayne Co., Mich., in 1850; removed to Benton Co., in 1877; has eighty acres, valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Dora A. Coonley in 1873; she was born in Illinois in 1858; they have one child--Lida A., born in 1876. Republican.

PARSONS, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton; born in England May 20, 1840; emigrated to Canada in 1855; thence to Sullivan Co., Wis., in 1859; thence to Mercer Co., Ill., in 1861; thence to Benten Co. in 1865; has 164 acres valued at $25 per acre. Married Anna Pollock in 1860; she was born in Nova Scotia in 1837; they have five children--Wm. H., John E., Catharine E., Lavella J., infant. School Director. Members of the United Presbyterian Church.

PETERSON, HENRY, farmer; P. O. Dysart; born in Delaware Co., Ohio, in 1827; removed to Livingston Co., Ill., in 1835; thence to Grundy Co., Ill., in 1863; thence to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1867; thence to Benton Co. in 1871. Married Elizabeth Curry in 1857; she was born in Virginia in 1837; eight children--Mary, Daniel R., Phebe A., Nancy J., Joseph, Margaret, Henrietta, William. Republican. He is a member of the Dunkard Church.

Pletcher, A., far., S. 7; P. O. Dysart.

Pletcher, J., far., Sec. 15; P. O. Dysart.

PORTER, S. M., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Dysart; born in New York in 1817; came to Benton Co. in 1860; has eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Harriet A. Hawkins in 1847; she was born in Vermont in 1830; they have seven children–-L. Augusta, Harriet N., Wallace W., Samuel N., Helen M., Charles H., Allen A. Republican in politics. Township Trustee eight years. Member of (The) Church.

RAMPTON, ANTHONY, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Dysart.

Rampton, E., far., S. 9; P. O. Dysart.

Raymond, J., far., S. 36; P. 0, Garrison.

Redmond, J., far., S. 15; P. O. Dysart.

Redmond, M., far., S. 16; P. O. Dysart.

Robinson, A., far., S. 5; P. O. Dysart.

Rodmond, T., far., S. 17; P. O. Dysart.

SAUNDERS, GEO. W., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton.

Shafer, C., far., S. 25; P. O. Garrison.

SHAFER, G. W., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison; born in Huron Co., Ohio, in 1839; removed to Benton Co. in 1863; has 210 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Annette Brason in 1861; she was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1841; they have three children-–Elmer E., Carrie E., Clayton A. Republican in politics. Enlisted in 2d Ohio Cavalry in 1861; skirmishing and running guerrillas; assisted in capturing several of Quantrell's men at Independence, Mo.; was mustered out in 1863. Members of the Christian Church. Mr. Shafer came to Iowa in 1863 with $250; now has 210 acres of land, well improved, well fenced, has just completed a fine residence, and has accumulated a property by his industry and frugality worth $8,000 or more.

Shafer, H., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison.

SHOEMAKER, REUBEN B., far., S. 20; P. O. Dysart; born in Mercer Co., Penn., in 1838; removed to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1852; thence to Benton Co., in 1871. Owns eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Buena Vista Robinson in 1867; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1847; two children--Frances W., born in 1871; William A., born in 1873. Independent in politics. Enlisted in the 14th Iowa Inf., in 1862; participated in skirmishing and detailed duty; mustered out in 1864.

Shore, C. W., far., S. 2; P. O. Garrison.

Sisk, B. W., far., S. 22; P. O. Dysart.

Smouse, George.

SMITH, H. R., far., Sec. 5; P. O. Dysart; born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, in 1852; removed to Benton Co., in 1854. Married Katy Hoke in 1874; she was born in in [sic] Pennsylvania in 1859; they have two children--Molly L., born in 1875; Edgar R., born in 1877. Greenbacker. Good Templar.

SPAYDE, ALBERT, far., S. 20; P. O. Dysart; born in Kosciusko Co., Ind., in 1852; removed to Benton Co., in 1874. Owns 150 acres, valued at $30 per acre. Married Etta Howard in 1876; she was born in Scott Co., Iowa, in 1856; they have one child Lizzie E., born in 1877. Republican.

Steece, Geo., far., S. 6; P. O. Dysart.

STEWART, JAMES, far., S. 8; P. O. Dysart; born in County Derry, Ireland, in 1814; emigrated to New York City in June, 1839, thence to Philadelphia in Feb., 1840; thence, on foot, to Pittsburgh in 1841; thence to Benton Co. in 1857. Owns 250 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Mary Elkin at Allegheny City, Penn., Oct. 25, 1843; she was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1821; they have had eleven children--William, born April 6, 1845, died for his country Aug. 16, 1864; Thomas H., born Ju1y 18, 1847; Mary T., Jan. 19, 1850, died Oct. 28, 1853; James H., born March 20, 1852; Mary E., Nov. 7, 1857, died Aug. 16, 1877; John F., born Feb. 4, 1857; Flora L., Feb. 17, 1859; Anny, May 18, 1861; Lovy E., April 3, 1862; Minna, April 11, 1866; Sadie, Aug. 11, 1868. Township Trustee, School Director, Road Supervisor. Have been members of the Presbyterian Church since 1843.

THORNPKINS, JOHN, far., S. 12; P. O. Vinton.

Thompson, R. E., far., S. 36; P. O. Garrison.

URMY, JONATHAN, far., S. 15; P. O. Dysart.

Urmy, J. F., far., S. 15; P. O. Dysart.

URMY, WILLIAM, far., Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison; born in Indiana in 1833; came to Benton Co. in 1852. Has eighty acres, valued at $25 per acre. Married Mary J. Clarrilse in 1856; she was born in Illinois in 1840; three children--Nancy J., Charles L., Anna E. Democratic. Constable six years. Member of the Christian Church.

Utley, M. S., far., S. 24; P. O. Dysart.

VAN WINKLE, A. A., far., S. 11; P. O. Garrison.

VAN WINKLE, ISAAC I., far., S. 9; P. O. Dysart; born in Bergen Co., N. J., 1811; removed to Oakland Co., Mich., in 1855; thence to Benton Co., in 1861; owns 200 acres, worth $35 per acre. Married Anna D. Brown in 1837; she was born in Essex Co., N. J., in 1841; they have five children–-Phebe. born March 31, 1838, Hester, Jan. 25, 1840; Anna E., Feb. 5, 1844; Isaac, Jr., May 5, 1846; Cornelia, March 11, 1853. Republican. School Director, Justice of the Peace, Township Trustee. He is a member of the Presbyterian and she of the Methodist Church.

Welch, P., far., S. 9; P. O. Dysart.

Wheton, H. F., far., S. 20; P. O. Dysart.

W00D, W. H., far., S. 23; P. O. Garrison; born in Ohio in 1843; came to Benton Co. in 1849; owns forty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Harriet Wilson in 1866; she was born in Indiana in 1846; two children--Stewart, born in 1869; Charles, born in 1871. Republican.

Wortcel, G., far., S. 34; P. O. Dysart.

YOUNG, JAMES.

Note: August DUHRKOOP, not DEHRKWP, was my great-grandfather. He was born in 1831 in Malente, Schleswig Holstein (now part of Germany). He married my great-grandmother in 1854 near Silkeborg, Denmark; they had four sons. He landed in New York City, July 3, 1871, with two young sons, Andrew and Theodore, who later spelled their surname Dehrkoop. They may have gone directly to Benton County. He was married to Bridget Redmond from 1876 to 1882, when he left with Theodore to homestead in the Dakota Territory. Bridget and August farmed in Section 10 of Monroe Township. According to an item in the Dysart Reporter Jubilee Issue, March 26, 1953, the newspaper had written in 1878 that August harvested 85 bushels of corn to the acre; at that time 50 or less was average. He became a citizen March 21, 1879, in Vinton.

In the 1880 Census his son was listed as Andrew Deerkoop, working as a hired hand in Tama County. Andrew later farmed in Clay County, Iowa, before returning to the Traer area. He married two Glorfeld sisters from Benton County; one is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery near Everly. He is buried in the rural Oneida Cemetery south of Dysart. Several of his descendants live in Eastern Iowa. Bridget and her son William Shaw are buried in the old Catholic cemetery in Dysart. In 1887 Theodore moved to Waterford Township, Clay County, Iowa, from Beadle County, D.T. In 1893 he married Mary Moeller who was born in Benton County. Apparently several residents of Benton County moved to the Everly (formerly Clark) area of Clay County in 1884 or 1885. Accounts say that the train took two days and arrived in a blizzard. Two Moeller brothers, who also lived in Benton County and moved to Clay County, may have been August’s half brothers. August’s younger son Marius also married a woman originally from Benton County, Ida Mae Davis.

Donna Dyhrkopp Clarke




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