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Inman, John M., retired farmer; born in Delaware Co., N.Y., March 8, 1817; when 8 years old, his mother being a widow, he was put out to work with a farmer until he was 18, when he received fifty cents and commenced life for himself; in 1841, he came to Freeport, Ill.; was one of the early settlers there; he was offered eight lots where the Brewster-House now stands, in Freeport, for $8 each; in 1854, he came by team to Benton Co.; arrived here Feb. 27, and found others looking at the land he desired to locate; he did not wait to unload his goods, but took one of his horses and started for Dubuque to enter his land, and rode bareback all the way and secured his land; upon his return he unloaded his goods and settled in Eden Tp.; there were only two settlers in that town-I.N. Chenoweth and V. Bogle. In 1856, he was appointed Comissioner by Judge Douglass to organize the town of Eden; in 1859, he was elected County Supervisor and served four years, and was again elected in 1866; in 1875, he went to California twice, invested in land, bought 437 acres at the South head of San Francisco Bay, thirty miles from San Francisco; he also owns 480 acres in Worth Co., in this State. His first wife was Malvina Lawrence; she died in June 1848, leaving two sons-Charles E. and Henry L. In 1851, he married Mrs. Susan E. Hibbard; they have two children-George W. and John T.; Mrs. Inman has one son-Edwin Hibbard; they had three sons in the army; Charles E. was in the 8th Iowa V.I.; was wounded at the battle of Corinth; Henry L. was in the 46th Ill.V.K.; Edwin Hibbard was in the 28th Iowa V.I.
Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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