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The 1878 History of Benton County, Iowa
pages 473-641

Alphabetical Biography Index
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Abbott, L. C., farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Mount Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Abbott, William, Constable, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Abraham, A., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Abraham, G., grain dealer and elevator and lumber yard, Watkins; born in Germany May 27, 1850. Married Christine Carsten in Germany, 1872; she    was born in Germany Feb., 1854; they have four children -- George, Ferdinand, Anna and Otto; owns elevator, lumber yard, house and lot, valued at $3,000, and 160 acres of land in Eldorado Township, valued at $30 per acre. Mr. Abraham came to Iowa in 1872; located on a farm, and moved afterward to Watkins; built a large store and hall, and went into the mercantile business; kept general store two years; sold out and bought the  large elevator and lumber yard, where he now carries on business. Mr. Abraham kept general store seven years in Germany, and served in 101st Kaiser William's Regiment in the late war in Germany; enlisted in June, 1871, and served fifteen months; was in several battles; ranked as Lieutenant in the German army; was discharged with his regiment at the close of the war in Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Abraham are members of the Lutheran Church. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Abraham, William, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Acuff, Edwin, actor. (1878 Taylor Township)

Adair, J. M., farmer, Sec. 8: P. O. La Porte City; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1842; came to Benton Co. in 1865; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss M. H. English in 1865; she was born in Clarion Co., Penn., in 1841; they have four children - Frank Milton, Margaret E., Anna M., and James A. Members of the Presbyterian Church. Enlisted in 1862 in the 15th Penn. V. C.; participated in the battles of Stone River, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Cumberland Mountain, Lookout Mountain and others; was mustered out in 1865, at Nashville. (1878 Bruce Township)

Adair, John, laborer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Adair, W. T., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Adams, A. O., farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Adams, C., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Adams, George, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 19: P. O. Irving; born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Jan 12, 1816. Married May Hill, in Illinois, in 1849; she was born in Ohio, in 1826; they have two children - Charles and Viola; they were born in Illinois. Has 228 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Mr. Adams moved to Illinois, remained five years, and moved to Iowa in 1854; was an early pioneer in Benton Co.; helped to organize the township of Kane; there were no roads; it was in its natural state. (1878 Kane Township)

Adams, Llewellyn, farmer, Section 25. (1878 Taylor Township)

Adamson, J. W., farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Addy, George, farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Ahred, Frederick, farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Ahrendt, C. F., farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Ahrendt, John, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Watkins; born in Germany in 1829. Married Louisa Winreben in Germany, in 1854; she was born in Germany in 1828; they have six children -- Albert, Louisa, Benhart, Matilda, Lucy and Theodore. Has 240 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; came to Clayton Co., Iowa, in 1861; moved to Benton Co. in 1867. Mr. Ahrendt followed sailing thirteen years in Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Ahrendt are members of the Lutheran Church. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Ahrens, Christian, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Ahrens, E., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Ahrens, W., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Aikley, David, brick maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Aikley, George, proprietor of saloon. (1878 Taylor Township)

Aiserman, F., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Ake, D. C., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Ake, Daniel C., farmer, Section 36. (1878 Taylor Township)

Albee, G. W., farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. La Porte City; born in the State of New York in 1846; came to Benton Co. in 1869; has 100 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Mary A. Ketring, in 1863; she was born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1847; they have three children - Aaron E., Drane J. and Madison E. Republican in politics. Enlisted in the 2nd Wis. Cav. in 1863, skirmishing and raiding until mustered out in December, 1865; has taught school in Cedar Valley, Black Hawk and Benton Counties ten terms or more. (1878 Cedar Township)

Albers, Hartwick, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Albers, J., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Albers, J., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Alberstett, F., manager of the grain warehouse owned by H. B. Hidy, Blairstown; was born in Germany on the 7th of December 1850; came to this country with his parents in 1854; they settled in Stephenson Co., Ill., where they now reside. Mr. F. Alberstett attended high school in the above named county and received a liberal education; he came to this town in 1876, when he entered upon his duties as general manager of the above-mentioned warehouse. His father, John Alberstett, served in the regular army in Germany. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Albert, H. D., Sec. 1; P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Albert, Henry, Sec. 2; P. O. Brandon. (1878 Harrison Township)

Alberts, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Alberts, John, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Alberts, M., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Albustis, H. T., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Albuthnot, D., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Alcorn, David, Sec. 25; P. O. Vinton; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1847; came to Iowa in 1865, and settled on present farm. Married Hannah Brewer in 1869; she was born in Kentucky in 1847; have one child - Lola, born in 1872. (1878 Jackson Township)

Alcorn, Jerry, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Alcorn, John, retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Alcorn, William, A., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Alden, J., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Alden, J., farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Alden, W., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Aldridge, A. C., stock dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Alexander, William, retired farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Allen, A. F., banker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Allen, Charles, shoemaker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Allen, F. L., merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Allen, O. F., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Allen, R., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Allen, S., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Allen, W. G., ticket agent, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Allen, William, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Belle Plaine; was born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, June 30, 1830, where he remained until 1856, when he came to Cedar Co., this State, remaining two years, at the end of which time he moved to LeRoy Township, this county; he remained in LeRoy until 1865, when he moved onto his present farm in Sec. 35, this Township. He married Miss E. J. Norick, in Carroll Co., Ohio, 1851; she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio; they have six children living -- Christiana (she married S. A. Crawford); John W., Elmer, Julia Ann, William Lincoln and Bertha. Mr. Allen owns 240 acres of land. (1878 Iowa Township)

Allers, C., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Allers, F., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Allhiet, M., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Allison, H. H., clerk lumber yard. (1878 Taylor Township)

Allum, Q. L., barber, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Alspach, Washington, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Alspach, West, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Alt, George W., farmer and breeder of Clydesdale horses, Sec. 28; P. O. Mooreville; born in Johnson Co., Iowa, in 1843; came to Benton Co. in 1869; has 160 acres of land, valued at $40 per acres. Married Miss Elizabeth Ross in 1867; she was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, in 1841; they have four children - Olive J., Mary Maria, George W., Jr., and an infant. Republican in politics. Is road Supervisor. Mrs. Alt is a member of the United Brethren Church. Enlisted for the 18th Iowa V.I., Aug. 1, 1862; was discharged on account of ill health Sept. 10, 1862; re-enlisted in the 22nd Iowa V.I. Feb. 27, 1864; participated in the battles of Winchester, Shenandoah Valley, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Va.; was mustered out July 25, 1865. (1878 Bruce Township)

Alwood, Nicholas, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Amanawel, N., blacksmith, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Amburn, H., Sec. 11; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Amburn, Lewis, Sec. 12; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Amburn, O., Sec. 12; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Amburn, W., Sec. 12; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Ames, H. W., plasterer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Amsden, J. H., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Amundson, Shure, laborer, Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Anderson, A. B., bookkeeper, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Anderson, Andrew, farmer, Section 32; born in Sweden in 1847, and came to America in 1870; came to Vinton in 1873, and worked on the railroad for five years, and then bought a farm and engaged in farming in 1877; owns a farm of 80 acres. Married Miss Sarah Warner, from Benton City, in 1874; they have one son, born Feb. 19, 1876. (1878 Taylor Township)

Anderson, David, carpenter, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Anderson, F. M., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Anderson, G. W., plasterer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Anderson, H. J., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Anderson, Jerry, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Anderson, John, section foreman, C., N. W. Railway, Florence; born in Sweden, Jan. 1, 1844. Married Christena Johonas in Sweden; she was born in Sweden, in 1841; have four children -- John A., Anderson, Charlotte and August. Owns house and three lots, valued at $1,000; came from Sweden to Iowa in 1869. (1878 Florence Township)

Anderson, M. F., blacksmith, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Anderson, M., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Florence. (1878 Fremont Township)

Anderson, P. G. (1878 Taylor Township)

Anderson, P. P. (1878 Taylor Township)

Anderson, R. K., proprietor of carriage, wagon, and horseshoeing shop, Blairstown; was born in Cumberland Co., Penn., on Sept. 1, 1852; came to this State in 1875, and commenced business at this place, and worked at his trade, that of blacksmith, in De Kalb Co., Ill., previous to his coming to this place. He married Helen Quilhot, in De Kalb County, Illinois, in 1873; she was born in De Kalb Co. in 1858; they have one child -- Francis, born in De Kalb Co., in June, 1875. Mr. R. K. Anderson's brother, M. F. Anderson, is in partnership with him in the shop; they do first-class work and are the principal firm in the business of this place. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Anderson, Richard, retired blacksmith, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Anderson, Sol, farmer, Sec. 36, P. O. Florence. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Andrew, C. W., Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Andrews, J. A., farmer, Section 18. (1878 Taylor Township)

Andrews, S., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Andrews, W., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Anson, J. W., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Applegate, H., Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Appleton, George, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton; born in England Dec., 1836; came to this country in 1853, and came to this county in 1874; has 340 acres of land, valued at $10,000. Politics, Republican. Married Flora I. Henry; she was born in Ohio March 6, 1839; mother of three children -- Ora M., born Aug. 3, 1863; Jennie, born June 9, 1868; Frank, born April 8, 1875. Emigrated from England, when he was about 18 years old to Canada; lived there one year; thence came to Clinton Co., Iowa, and lived there twenty-two years; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; when he came to this country, he had not a dollar, but by industry and economy, has made himself a comfortable home, and is one of the solid farmers of the township. Was in the Clinton militia of Iowa. Mr. Appleton handles fine stock; he paid $150 for a yearling, of Professor Knapp, of Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Arble, W. B., farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Arbuckle, C. B., harness and saddle maker, and partner with Mr. Stewart in the photographic viewing of scenery, farm houses, groups, etc., Watkins; born in Pennsylvania March 4, 1850; moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1856; has been traveling and following clerking most of his life, through the entire United States; located in Watkins, Iowa, in July, 1877, in the harness business. Mr. Arbuckle was the only child north of the river in St. Clair in the days when Indians were troublesome here. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Armstrong, T. G., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Ireland in 1828; came to this county in 1857; has 900 acres of land, valued at $27,000. Married Sarah Fawcett; she was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1842; their children are John, Charles, George, William J., Hattie, May, Newton G., Mary J., Louis N. and Mina. Emigrated from Ireland in 1850 to Harrison Co., Ohio; thence to Muskingum Co.; thence to Coshocton Co., Ohio; lived there one and a half years; thence to Poweshiek Co., Iowa; entered 160 acres of land; thence to Henry Co., Ill.; lived there four years; thence to Linn Co., Iowa, where he resided two years; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; turns off forty to fifty head of cattle and one hundred head of hogs. When he came to this county he was a poor boy; had only $25; by industry and good management he has made a good home, and is one of the wealthiest farmers in the township. (1878 Fremont Township)

Armstrong, W. D., farmer, Section 35. (1878 Taylor Township)

Armstrong, W. S., engineer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Arnold, William, stone mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Arreson, Peter, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Asch, Oliver, drayman, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Asshaur, J., farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Atchison, James, City Marshal, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Atenhan, C., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Athey, James W., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Blairstown; was born in Parke Co., Ind., Oct. 26, 1829; he remained here until 1846; he then came to this State and settled in Iowa Co., in which county he remained until 1852, when he came to this county; he was early identified in the school interests in the township which he lives in, and took an active part in the organization of district schools. Has been twice married, first wife was Sarah C. Brown; they were married in Johnston Co., 1853; she was born in Ohio, and died on the 11th of November, 1865. Present wife was Minerva Haughenburg; they were married in Marengo, Iowa Co., in 1866; she was born in Ohio; Mr. Athey owns 456 acres of land; he also owns town property to the value of $2,300. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Atkinson, Thomas, clerk Farmers' Loan and Trust Co. (1878 Taylor Township)

Atkinson, W. F., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Florence; born in Cook Co., Ill., Sept. 8, 1840. Married Ellen L. Phillips in Florence, Iowa, in 1867; she was born in Joliet, Ill., Feb. 24, 1848; they have four children -- Paul W., Ada E., Frederick W. and Charles D. Has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Mr. Atkinson enlisted in Co. G, 18th United States Infantry March, 1862; was taken prisoner at the battle of Chickamauga, 1864; was taken to Libby Prison at Richmond; kept two and a half months, and then taken to Danville, Va.; remained in prison five months; was paroled and exchanged and discharged at Parole Camp, at Annapolis, Md., April, 1865. Mr. Atkinson is County Supervisor of Benton Co.; he came to Iowa in 1865, and carried on the mercantile business twelve years at Florence, Iowa; was Postmaster in Florence twelve years. Mr. Atkinson is a member of the Good Templar, A.F.& A.M., and A.O.U.W. Lodges. (1878 Florence Township)

Auld, G. W., farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Aulsbrook, H. (firm of H. Aulsbrook & Son), furniture dealer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Aulsbrook, Henry, furniture dealer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Aulsbrook, M. E., furniture dealer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Aungst, Samuel, farmer, Section 6. (1878 Taylor Township)

Austin, J., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Austin, James, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Austin, Knudt, butcher, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Austin, O., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Austin, R., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Austin, S., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Avery, W., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

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. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Aye, Peter, laborer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Babcock, R. D., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

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. Bachman landed in New York with $8, $6 of it being counterfeit, and cannot be bought out today for $30,000. (1878 Monroe Township)

Bachman, William; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Backer, John, farmer, Sec. 1; P. 0, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Backes, P., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Backhaus, Henry, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Bagley, A., farmer, Sc. 8; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Bagley, W. George, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Bailey, Robert M., proprietor of the City Flour Mill, Belle Plaine; was born in New London Co., Conn., in 1839. Married Miss T. E. Hurlbutt, in the aforesaid county and State; they moved to Belle Plaine in 1869. Mr. Bailey became proprietor of the Belle Plaine Flour Mill in 1870, and it has been run under his supervision since. (1878 Iowa Township)

Baird, C., clergyman, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Baird, F. M., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Baker, A. B., farmer, Sec. 36. (1878 Florence Township)

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 Township; 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. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Baker, F., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Florence. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Baker, Freeman, farmer, Sec. 36. (1878 Florence Township)

Baker, J., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Baker, Joseph, retired merchant, Belle Plaine; was born in Onondaga Co., N. Y., Oct. 21, 1824; went to Battle Creek, Michigan in the year 1845, in which town he married Miss Lucy A. Webster, Feb. 3, 1853; she was born in Ingham Co., Mich., in Aug., 1835; they moved to Belle Plaine in 1866, and Mr. Baker engaged in the mercantile business, in which he continued until 1876; they have one child -- W. N.; he is now attending the Iowa University, at Iowa City, Johnson Co., this State. (1878 Iowa Township)

Baker, L., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Baker, P. F. (1878 Iowa Township)

Baker, S., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Baker, S. Thornton, Farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Baker, Samuel T., farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Baker, William, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Baldridge, J. V., farmer, Section 35. (1878 Taylor Township)

Baldridge, W. M., Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Baldwin, Chancey, farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Bales, Irvin S., physician, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ball, G. M., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Ballard, Wayland, merchant, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Baltus, T., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Banden, C. C. (1878 Iowa Township)

Banghart, C. S., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Banmgacrtel, Frank, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Banse, J., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Banta, A. W., farmer; born in Johnson Co., Ind., Jan 19, 1838; lived there about twenty- nine years, and came to Benton Co. in March, 1867, and engaged in farming for some years; then came to Vinton; he and his mother and sister live together; he owns town property. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bard, S. E., Railroad employee; Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bardwell, G. E., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bardwell, S. L., born in Franklin Co., Mass., July 19, 1815; came to Iowa in 1869 and opened the first banking office in Belle Plaine. Maiden name of wife Laura M. Smith; children -- George E., born in 1839, and Frank J., born in 1864. (1878 Iowa Township)

Baresford, B. L., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Barger, Alexander, retired carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Barger, C. D., brick mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Barkdoll, George E., farmer; born in Maryland, Dec. 27, 1835; lived in that State eighteen years, and came to Illinois and lived there one year; came to Benton Station, Benton Co., and engaged in farming, and has also been engaged in the building business; he has lived in the county twenty-four years, and is one of the early pioneers; used to cart grain to Iowa City; owns 200 acres of land near Benton Station. Married Elizabeth A. Wenner, of Ohio, in 1862; they have six children - George, Eddie, Willis W., Mary I., Martha L., and Emma J.; lost one child - Frances O. (1878 Taylor Township)

Barkdoll, Peter, dealer in lumber, Garrison; owns 120 acres land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Alleghany Co., Md., in 1832; came to Iowa in 1854, and settled in Benton Co.; removed to his present farm in 1855. Married Rebecca Baker in 1855; she was born in Hampshire Co., Va., in 1838; have eight children - George A., Sarah C., John, Charles G., Barbara, Elizabeth, Edward, Franklin; lost one - Ann. Republican. (1878 Jackson Township)

Barker, R. W., retired. (1878 Taylor Township)

Barkhurst, R., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Barkley, E., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Barnard, J. W., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Barnard, J., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Barnard, T., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Barnell, A. G., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 2; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Shelby Co., Ind., May 20,1839; has 268 acres of land, valued at $8,000. Belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Married Elizabeth J. Youel; she was born in Montgomery Co., Ind., Jan. 25, 1839; they have five living children -- Viola, Gorden Y., Eslaline, Asa H. and Dwight K. Emigrated to Indiana when he was a child; thence to Illinois; lived there six years; thence to Indiana again; stayed seven years; thence to Stark Co., Ill.; lived there seven years; from thence to the Rocky Mountains; stayed there about a year; thence back to Illinois, and from there to Benton Co., where he has resided since. Enlisted Co. I, 20th Iowa V. I.; was in the battles of Cane Hill, Ark.; siege of Vicksburg, siege of Ft. Morgan, siege of Ft. Blakely; was mustered out at Mobile, and was discharged at Clinton, Iowa. Mr. Barnell has a fine farm, and is one of the sound farmers of the township. (1878 Fremont Township)

Barnes, Benjamin C. (1878 Iowa Township)

Barnes, Henry F. (1878 Iowa Township)

Barnes, T. F., loan agent, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Barnes, W. M., express agent and confectionery, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Barnett, Charles R., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Belle Plaine; was born in Chittenden Co., N. Y., Aug. 22, 1843; in 1856, he went to Kane Ill., where be remained until the breaking out of the war of the rebellion; he enlisted in Co. A, 52d Reg. Ill. Vol. Inf., on the 13th of October, 1861; served until the war was over; was honorably discharged July 3, 1865; he volunteered as a private soldier but was promoted through the various grades to that of Captain of Co. A; was promoted Captain in December, 1864; was in many severe engagements; the principal ones being the battles of Fort Donelson, Pittsburg Landing (in which battle he was wounded), Corinth, Resaca, Lays Ferry, and all through the Atlanta campaign. The war being over and peace restored he returned to Henry Co., Ill., and remained there until 1866, when he came to this township. He owns eighty acres of land; is the present Assessor of the township. He married Miss A. E. Wilcox at her father's residence, in this township; on 26th of November, 1868; she was born in Bureau Co., Ill.; they have three children -- Sherman E., Norman E. and Anson E. (1878 Iowa Township)

Barney, M. D., farmer; P. O. Blairstown; was born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., Aug. 30, 1831; came to this State in 1866, and settled in this county. He is the present Mayor of this town, which office he has held one term previous to this; he also held the office of Town Trustee one year and School Director three years; he is a member of the Masonic order; is also a member of the A. O. U. W. He married Miss C. L. Felt in Jefferson Co., N. Y., on the 18th of February, 1852; she was born in Jefferson Co., Aug. 3, 1835; they have three children -- Flora, born in Jefferson Co., July 20, 1856; Carrie, born in Jefferson Co., April 3, 1859; Mary G., born in Jefferson Co., Aug. 14, 1860. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Barnhart, H. S., carpenter, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Barr, J. W., Captain, furniture dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Barr, T., farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Barrett, B. (1878 Iowa Township)

Barrett, J. A., railroad agent; Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Barron, John, farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 13; P. O. Luzerne; born in Meath Co., Ireland, Nov. 4, 1823. Married Mary Murry, in Illinois, 1852; she was born in Ireland in 1827; they have ten children - Mary, William, John, Ann, Judith, Jane, Christopher, Joseph, Thomas and Kate. Has 400 acres of good farming land with a good creek of water running through the farm that never runs dry; farm valued at $35 per acre. His brother James enlisted in an Iowa regiment in the late war; he died by over-exertion returning to camp after a severe raid on the Indians, in 1863. Mr. Barron came to New York May 1, 1848, went to Boston, Mass., and then to Cincinnati, Ohio, and drove through with teams from Miami Co., Ohio to Stephenson Co., Ill.; settled on Government land, and farmed nineteen years, and then moved to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1868. He has held the office of School Director and Road Supervisor. He followed dealing in livestock and butchering in Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Barron are members of the Catholic Church. (1878 Kane Township)

Barry, P., farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Barry, William, farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Barthels, F., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Barthels, Henry, Jr., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Barthels, Henry, Sr., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Barton, E. H., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Barton, O. B., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Knox Co., Ill., May, 1845; came to this county in 1854; has ninety-two acres of land, valued at 2,500. Married Mary Addamson; she was born in Ohio June l8, 1847; mother of five children -- Martha P., born Aug. 24, 1868; Lydia A., March 16, 1870; Nancy C., March 30, 1872; Enos B., May 27, 1874; Mary E., Aug. 26, 1877. Enlisted in the 28th Iowa V. I., in 1862; went to Iowa City; stayed there three months; from there to Davenport; was there six months; from there to Helena, Ark., and went into Winter quarters; was on the expedition up White River; then went to Milliken's Bend; stopped there a short time; was taken sick; got a furlough and came home; returned to Davenport; was detached as second cook soon after was promoted to first cook from there went to Washington City; was transferred to the 20th V. R. C.; from there went to Point Lookout; then took 2,000 rebel prisoners to Elmira, N. Y.; after his return was detailed as Hospital Steward at Point Lookout, and remained until the close of the War. (1878 Canton Township)

Bassett, H. L., Postmaster at Blairstown; was born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., Aug. 1, 1833; he came to this State in 1838, and settled in Fairfield, Jefferson Co., which county he remained in until 1856; he then moved to Washington Co., and from there removed to this county in 1863. In 1870, he was appointed Deputy United States Marshal; he has held the office of Justice of the Peace four years, and has held the office of Town Assessor one year; has been Postmaster at this place two years, and has also held various other town and school offices; he has always exerted himself on the side of law and order, and is a strict temperance man. He married Miss Lydia Jones March 8, 1857; she was born in England Oct. 14, 1828; they have had six children, four of whom are living; the living are Ida M., born in Washington Co., this State, Sept. 5, 1859; Harry and Bertha (twins) born in this county March 27, 1866; Thaddeus, born in this county Sept. 25, 1869. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bates, A. J., carpenter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bates, C. F., P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

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, Justice 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. (1878 Monroe Township)

Baty, William I., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Baum, G., Sr., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Baum, George, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Baum, John, dealer in general merchandise; born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1854; came to Iowa in 1856, and located with his parents in Benton Co.; he removed to Garrison in 1874. (1878 Jackson Township)

Baumgarten, P., farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Baumgarten, William, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Beach, J. B., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Mooreville; born in the State of New York in 1842; came to Benton Co. in 1865; has 88 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Mary J. Wilson in 1867; she was born in Michigan in 1845. Republican in politics. School Director. Mrs. Beach is a member of the M. E. Church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Beal, John, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Beal, W., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bean, J., farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Beatly, James, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Palo. (1878 Fremont Township)

Beattie, S. A., farmer, Sec. 28 P. O. Blairstown; was born in Washington Co., N. Y., Oct.. 28, 1821; went to Illinois and settled in Kane County, where he remained one year; he came from there to this county in 1855, thus becoming one of the pioneer settlers of this county. He married Miss Jane Battie, in Albany, N. Y., March 17, 1849; she was born in Washington Co., N. Y., in the year 1812. Mr. Beattie was the first Assessor elected in this township; at that time the townships of St. Clair, Union and Eldorado were included in this. He owns eighty acres of land, which is well improved. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Beatty, Charles, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 11; P. O. Palo, Linn Co.; was born in Ireland in 1833; came to this country in 1850; has 400 acres of land, valued at $16,000. Has held the office of Town Trustee and Town Clerk. Married for his first wife, Mary McAlester; she was the mother of four living children -- John M., Charles E., Annie and Ella. Mrs. Beatty died Aug. 2, 1864. For his second wife, married Catherine Wheelen; she was born in Ireland in 1848; she is the mother of one child -- William, born Dec. 1, 1877. Emigrated from Ireland in 1850 to Iowa, where he has resided since; raises on an average 2,000 bushels of corn yearly, and turns off sixty head of hogs; feeds a car load of steers; has a fine prairie farm in one of the best counties in the State of Iowa. Came here when the prairies were wild, and has seen them developed to one of the finest farming counties in the West. Is one of the solid farmers in the township. (1878 Fremont Township)

Beaty, S. S., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Luzerne; was born in Washington Co., N. Y., July 8, 1818; in 1854, be went to Kane Co., Ill., in which county be remained a few months; be came to this township in the Spring of 1855, thus becoming one of the early settlers of this place; this township, at that time, included the townships of St. Clair, Union and Eldorado; he attended he first election here; they polled 12 votes; the expense of the election to the county was $14. He has been married twice;. his present wife was Sarah Larue, in this county, 1860. Mr. Beaty owns 164 acres of land, which is well improved. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Beble, H., blacksmith, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Bechtel, Elias, proprietor of restaurant. (1878 Taylor Township)

Becker, C. L., retired farmer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Becker, Hans, shoemaker, Sec. 20; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Beckler, John, farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Beebe, D. W., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Beebe, John, farmer, Section 29; born in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., England, March 31, 1819; when 12 years of age he emigrated to America; he lived in Westchester Co., N.Y., forty years, from 1830 to 1870; learned the trade of marble cutter, and worked at it and was engaged as foreman in the Quarrying Department of the Westchester Marble Works for eighteen years; he came to Iowa, and after traveling 3,000 miles to find a home, he selected where he now lives - one of the finest locations in the State; engaged in farming, and owns a farm of 160 acres here, and also owns a farm in Jackson Township. Married Deborah A. Gallandet, of Westchester Co., N.Y., in June 1858; they had one son - John G., born in 1859; he died in March, 1861. (1878 Taylor Township)

Beebe, Thomas, farmer, Section 29. (1878 Taylor Township)

Beek, Mark, plasterer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Behonick, J., retired; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bell, A. F., attorney, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bell, A. H., jeweler, Belle Plaine; was born in Franklin Co., N. Y., in 1835; came West in 1857. Married Miss Sarah E. Stone in Kane Co., Ill., in 1863; she was born in the same county in 1842; they moved to Belle Plaine in 1865; they have three children living -- Bertie May, born Feb. 1, 1870; Hattie Camilla, born July 17, 1873; Frank Azel, born May 3, 1875. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bell, Henry, farmer, Sec. 34, P. O. Blairstown; owns 400 acres of land; was born in Norfolk, England, 1831; came to this county, 1855, and located in this township, thus becoming, one of the early settlers of Benton Co. He married Miss Whitenack, in Cedar Rapids, this State. Mr. Bell visited his native country in 1866; remained one year, then returned to his home here, where he has since lived. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bell, J. H., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. La Porte City; born in Ohio in 1836; came to Benton Co. in 1870; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Eliza Curtis in 1861; she was born in Michigan in 1839; they have four children - John W., Robert C., William E. and Carl. Democrat. Is School Director, Secretary of the Township. Members of the U. B. Church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Bell, John, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bell, L. B., engineer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bell, Robert, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bell, Thomas, farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bell, W. H., printer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Beller, David, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Vinton; was born in Fayette Co., Ohio, Jan. 13, 1834; came to this county in 1856; has 360 acres of land, valued at $11,000. Belongs to the M. E. Church. Married Rachel C. Barton; she was born in Knox Co., Ill., Feb. 17, 1841; mother of four living children -- Archie M., Egbert A., Ocea B. and Marshall. Emigrated from Ohio to Peoria Co., Ill., in 1850; lived there seven years; then went to Benton Co., where he has since resided; came here among the early settlers a poor man, with $90 in his pocket; came when the prairies were wild, and has seen them developed into the most beautiful farming counties in the State; he is one of the enterprising farmers. (1878 Eden Township)

Beller, William, farmer, S. 19; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Benda, Martin, saloon, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bender, D., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Bender, David, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Bender, F. S., engineer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bender, J., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Bender, W., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Benedict, E., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Benfer, F., farmer, Sec., 28; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Benfer, John, farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Benich, Frank, clerk, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bennett, C. J., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Bennett, C. S., Insurance Agent and City Clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bennett, C., farmer, Sec. 18 P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Bennett, D. D., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Kane Township)

Bennett, E. W., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Bennett, J. H., stone mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bennett, Jacob, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bennett, Mortimer; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Bennett, N. M., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bennett, Sylvester, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Vinton; came in the Spring of 1866; has 268 acres of land, valued at $8,000; born in Richfield, Conn., Feb. 29, 1832. Politics, Republican; belongs to the M. E. Church. Married Hattie A. Wilson; she was born in Allegany Co., N. Y., June 2, 1848. Emigrated from Connecticut when he was 5 years old to Maumee Co., Ohio; lived there a short time; went to Washtenaw Co., Mich., and remained a short time; thence to Wayne Co., where he lived twenty- seven years, then to Benton Co. Enlisted in the 21st Mich. V. I., Co. K; was at the battle of Nashville; was cut off by Hood from Sherman's army; went by way of Washington to North Carolina, where he joined Sherman; also at battle of Bentonville, at the surrender of Johnston; also at the grand review at Washington; was mustered-out at Detroit, Mich. Has a good prairie farm and comfortable home; he lives on what is called the Mound, the highest point in the county; can see into five different counties. (1878 Eden Township)

Benson, C., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Benson, J. G., carpenter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Benson, J. S., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Fayette Co., Ohio, April 19, 1824; came to this County in 1852; has 120 acres of land, valued at $3,600. Married Martha Spurgeon; she was born in Clinton Co., Ohio, Jan. 21, 1826; mother of seven children -- Louisa, born April 10, 1852; Arrilda, Feb. 22, 1854; John, May 13, 1858; Viola, April 11, 1860; Louis, Dec. 5,1862; Caroline, Nov. 13,1864; Annie, Oct. 4, 1867; lost two children -- George, born July 29, 1850, died April 23, 1858; David, born Jan. 16, 1836, died Feb. 6, 1860. Came through with teams; camped out; all the money he had when he arrived was seventy-five cents. (1878 Canton Township)

Benson, John, carpenter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Benson, W. W., mechanic, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Berenlerg, H., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Berg, O. G., wagon maker, Florence; born in Norway, Europe, Sept. 12, 1824. Married Carn Sophia in Norway; she was born in Norway Sept. 22, 1822; they have four children -- Hans, born in Norway; Barletta, Thomas and Albert, born in Iowa. Mr. Berg came to Chicago from Norway in 1854, and located in Leland, Ill.; carried on wagon-making thirteen years, and moved to Florence, Iowa, in 1869, where he now carries on wagon-making. Mr. and Mrs. Berg are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Berg owns a house and lot, shop and stock, valued at $1,500. (1878 Florence Township)

Berge, H. O., farmer; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Bergen, Isaac, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 10; P.O. Vinton; was born in Shelbyville, Ky., Sept. 3, 1828; came to this county in 1859; has 575 acres of land, valued at $12,000. Belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Married Martha H. Voorheis; she was born in Johnson Co., Ind., March 25, 1831. Joseph, born Aug. 19, 1854; Emeretta, Jan. 15, 1857; James M., June 2, 1859; R. Lilla, Jan. 12, 1862; Mattie J., March 23, 1864; Everett D., Dec. 2, 1866; James T., July 6, 1869; Guy L., July 31, 1875, are their living children; lost two children -- Jane M. and James T. Emigrated with his parents to Johnson Co., Ind., when he was 3 years old; lived there until he was 31 years old; thence to Benton Co. and located on eighty acres of land, where he now lives; when he came here he was a poor man; had about $200 cash in his pocket; he came when these prairies were wild, and by his own industry has made himself a wealthy man; raises yearly, 150 acres of corn or 6,000 bushels; wheat 500 bushels; oats 2,000 bushels; turns off 150 head of hogs and 50 head of cattle; ships most of his own stock; is one of the live farmers of the county. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Bergen, J. C., dealer in hardware and groceries, Garrison; born in Johnson CO., Ind., in 1854; came to Iowa in 1858, and settled in Big Grove Township, with his parents. Married Mary Burris, in 1877; she was born in Bureau Co., Ill., in 1860. Members of the Presbyterian Church; Republican. (1878 Jackson Township

Bergen, P. G., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 8; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Henry Co., Ky., Aug. 4, 1826; came to this county in Aug., 1852; has 740 acres of land, valued at $37,000. Has been married twice; by his first wife has one son living -- Dr. A. C. Bergen, in the U. S. army, stationed at Ft. Buford, D. T. born Feb. 3, 1849. For his second wife married Mattie Flemming; she was born in Scott Co., Ind.. Aug. 29, 1832; mother of three living children -- Oscar C., born Aug. 20, 1862; Willie S., March 29, 1866; Alice, Sept 22, 1868. Emigrated to Johnson Co., Ind., when he was 5 years old; lived there twenty-one years; thence to Benton Co. Raises from 8,000 to 10,000 bushels of corn, about 500 bushels of wheat and about 1,500 bushels of oats yearly; has on hand 140 steers from 3 to 4 years old, and has turned off as high as $7,000 worth of cattle in one lot; the same year turned off two lots, one of which was 100 head. Mr. Bergen has the premium farm of the county, taking everything into consideration, timber, water and location; has a good home, and is among the wealthiest of the county. (1878 Canton Township)

Berger, Ed, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Berger, Fred, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township))

Bergeson, L. W., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Bergin, E. S., clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Berkheimer, Henry C., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Berkheimer, Israel, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bermister, H., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Berry, Ebenezer, farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Vinton; born in Orange Co., Vermont, July 2, 1810; lived in that state thirty-nine years; engaged in farming and coopering; came to Iowa in Oct., 1849, and located where he now lives, and entered land from the Government. He was one of the early settlers here; the Indians were here at that time; has sold dressed pork for 2 cents per pound, and wheat at 50 cents per bushel; used to take two days to go to mill with ox team. The first wagon he had, he made himself; it was an ox cart without iron. He owns 193 acres of land. He married Miss Permelia Floyd, from Clinton, Ohio, May 8, 1861; she came to Linn Co., Iowa, in Oct. 1854; they have two children -- Ella, born Nov. 23, 1863, and Lulu, born July 13, 1874. (1878 Benton Township)

Berry, J., farmer; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township

Berry, R., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Berry, Robert, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Betsinger, A., farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Bettenhausen, Chroix, horseman, Sec. 16; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Betts, J., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Betts, L., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Betts, W. H. H., laborer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Beyer, Cornelius S., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Beyer, H. F., retired farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bickford, H., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bigley, Jesse L., laborer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Biglow, A., expressman. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bills, John A., firm of Bills & Mount, jewelers; born in Montpelier, Vt., Feb. 20, 1831; lived in that State about twenty years, then went to Lowell, Mass., and learned the jewelry business; was engaged in the Waltham Watch Factory, at Roxbury, and afterward at Waltham, Mass.; came to Vinton Sept. 10, 1856, and engaged in the jewelry business; was appointed Postmaster of Vinton May 7, 1861, and re- appointed April 20, 1869, and again Dec. 10, 1873; held office until April, 1875, fourteen years; he again engaged in the jewelry business. Married Sirena W. McLucas, of Waterboro, Me., Sept. 20, 1859; they have three children - Kirk L., Burt M., Rena M. (1878 Taylor Township)

Birch, J. G., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township))

Bird, E. A., clerk, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bird, F. P., Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Birdsall, Oliver, farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 26; P. O. Florence; born in Erie Co., N. Y., March 20, 1824. Married Avoline A. Dunham in New York in 1846; she was born in New York Sept. 24, 1823; they had three children, two are living -- William H. and Mary Jane; Emma died at the age of 19 years. Has 165 acres of land, valued at $7,000; moved to Michigan, in 1856; came to Iowa 1859. Mr. Birdsall is a member of the Quaker Church. (1878 Florence Township)

Birth, William, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bishop, H., druggist, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bittner, Nicholas, farmer, Sec. 2.; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bixby, Albert, farmer; Sec. 9; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Dodge Co., Wis., March 2, 1849; came to this county in 1869; has eighty acres of land, valued at $3,000. Married Sarah A. Miskemins in 1870; born Sept. 5, 1839, in Coshocton Co., who is the mother of two children -- Blanche Isby, born Aug. 25, 1871; Anson P., born Jan. 20, 1873; lived in Dodge Co. until he was 20 years old, then came to this county where he has resided since. Mrs. Bixby emigrated to Texas with her parents in 1852; lived there a short time; from there came to this county; came by boat down to Red River to the Mississippi, from there by boat up the Mississippi up to Muscatine, Iowa; from there came through with train to Benton Township in this county. (1878 Canton Township)

Bixby, Anson P., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Bixby, C., farmer, Sec. 19; P.O. La Porte City. (1878 Cedar Township)

Bixby, L., miller. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bixby, Wallace, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Bjilland, Ener, laborer; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Black, C. F., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Blairstown; owns eighty acres of land; was born in Athens Co., Ohio, on 26th of November, 1851; came to this county with his parents in 1856. He married Miss Prances Lydie Dulin, in this county, on the 2nd of March 1873 she was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, on 28th of January, 1853; they have had three children -- George Hiram, born 13th of April, 1875, died when 16 days old; Jennie Leora, born 26th of March, 1876; Charles Henry, born 14th of November, 1877. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Black, Charles, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Black, George, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Blairstown; was born in Athens Co., Ohio, 17th of October, 1822; in the year 1850, he moved to Indiana, and remained in that State about three years; at the end of which time he moved to this State, thus becoming one of the pioneer settlers; he came to this county in 1856, and he has since made it his home; he has held the office of Town Trustee several years; has also been Assessor three or four years, and has held various school offices. He married Hannah Phillips, in Ohio, 1843; she was born in Athens Co., Ohio, in 1823. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Black, J. A., teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Black, J. C., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Black, J. J., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Black, J. T., tailor, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Black, Thomas C., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 35; P. O. Shellsburg; was born in La Porte Co., Ind., Nov. 8, 1837; has 280 acres of land, valued at $8,400; came to this county in 1811. Married, for his first wife, Ellen Pratt; she was born in Illinois Dec. 4, 1845; she is the mother of two children -- Alice, born Nov. 20, 1867; Calista, born Aug. 2, 1869. For his second wife he married Ella Thomas; she was born in Indiana Dec. 5, 1848; she is the mother of one child - Annie, born Nov. 29, 1876; he left Indiana in 1861 and came direct to this county where he has resided since; came when the county was new, and from the wild prairie has made a good and comfortable home, and knows something about a pioneer's life; raises on an average yearly ninety acres corn, or about 4,000 bushels; feeds and turns off from one to two car loads of cattle yearly; turns off about 100 head of hogs. (1878 Canton Township)

Blackburn, D., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Blackburn, S., Miss, Superintendent Schools, Benton Co.; was born in Zanesville, Ohio, and lived there until 14 years of age, when she came with her parents to Iowa, to Benton Co., where she has since resided; she prepared herself for teaching, and has a large experience as an educator, having been engaged in teaching for fifteen years. She was chosen to fill the office of Superintendent of Schools, and was elected in the Fall of 1875, and was re-elected in the Fall of 1877; she has filled the office with signal ability, and has a larger number of schools under her supervision than any county in the State. (1878 Taylor Township)

Blackburn, Zack, butcher, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Blackwell, John T., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 24; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Silver Co., Ky., Aug. 22, 1827; came to this county in 1869. Politics, Republican. Married Verlenda B. Benefee; she was born in Kentucky April 28, 1827; has an adopted daughter -- Mary Blackwell, born May 17, 1870. Emigrated from Kentucky when he was 6 years old (1833), then to Indiana; lived there thirty-six years, then came to this place, where he has resided since; has been in the stock business since, principally hogs; turns off from sixty to sixty-five hogs every year; one year he turned off thirty-eight head, averaging 314 pounds not quite nine months old. Mr. Blackwell challenges any of big neighbors to do as well; probably they were the best lot of hogs of the age, that were ever marketed in the county; they were of the Poland-China blood; has turned off one hog that weighed 720 pounds. Mr. Blackwell has 172 acres of land, valued at $7,740. (1878 Canton Township)

Blackwill, G. W., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Cedar Rapids. (1878 Fremont Township)

Blair, A. B., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Blair, James, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Irving; was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, 1819. Married Miss N. Mills; she was also a native of Ohio; they moved to this county in 1856, thus becoming one of the pioneer families of this Township; they own 165 acres of land; have seven children living. (1878 Iowa Township)

Blake, D. W., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Blake, J., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Blake, Jason, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Blanbaugh, L. F., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Blanchard J., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Blazek, Joseph, grocer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Blessing, Anthony, farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Blessing, W. H., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township

Bliss, M. E., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Blocher, H. S., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Vinton; was born in Bradford Co., Penn., April 5, 1847; came to this county in the Fall of 1868; has 120 acres of land, valued at $4,000. Politics, Republican. Held the offices of Town Clerk and Assessor. Member of the Presbyterian Church. Married Polly Gamble; she was born in Carroll Co., Ill., Oct. 20, 1847; mother of two children -- Estella May, born Jan. 7, 1870; Burton H., born July 10, 1876. Left Pennsylvania with his parents, when he was 2 years old, and came to Lee Co., Ill., where he lived about nineteen years; thence to Benton Co.; came here, and made himself and family a good home by his own exertions. (1878 Eden Township)

Blogil, Joseph, Railroad Laborer, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Blood, A. W., machinist, in the employ of the N. W. Railway Co., Belle Plaine; was born in Windham Co., Vt., June 16, 1833; he remained in Vermont until he was 17 years of age; he then went to Massachusetts, and commenced railroading; the first two years he served as fireman, and the next fourteen years he was engineer on the following railroads: Corn River R. R., New York Central, T. W. W., Illinois Central, C. B. & Q., and Michigan Central; he came to Belle Plaine in 1866, and entered the employ of the N. W. Ry. Co., and has been in their employ since. Married Miss Martha Wetherhead, in Windham Co., Vermont, Dec. 6, 1854; she was born in the aforesaid Co. and State, Dec. 1, 1835; they have had four children -- Gertrude L., born in Aurora, Illinois, Sept. 20, 1863; Emma, born in Belle Plaine, Jan. 14, 1868; Freddie W., born in Belle Plaine, March 24, 1871, died May 7, 1871; Lucy G., born in Belle Plaine, May 7, 1874. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bloodgood, J. W., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Blough, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Blue, J. D., clerk, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

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. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Blunke, Henry E., farmer, P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township

Blutzer, John, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Boardman, Horatio E., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Spencer's Grove; born in Saratoga Co., N. Y., in 1841; came to Benton Co. in 1854; has ninety-five acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Rachel Manwell in 1855; she was born in Indiana in 1848; they have four children -- Charles, Loretta, Stephen and George F. Republican in politics. (1878 Polk Township)

Bobzien, F., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bobzien, J., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bobzien, William, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Western. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Boddaker, F., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Boddeker, J., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Florence. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Boeddeker, A., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Florence. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Boehmke, William, clerk, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Boge, J., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Homer Township)

Boggess, Anthony C., teacher, Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Boggs, A. W., farmer, Section 26. (1878 Taylor Township)

Boggs, Al C., firm of Al. & Will Boggs, dealers in groceries and provisions; born in Scioto Co., Ohio, Oct. 18, 1849; when was 5 years of age, he came with his parents to Iowa in 1854; they were early settlers; he and his brother have been engaged in business here for the past nine years; they also have branch stores at La Porte City, and at Reinbeck, Iowa. He married Miss Ella Reynolds of New York State; they have three sons - Annesley Wright, Francis Sylvester and Al. C. Boggs, Jr. (1878 Taylor Township)

Boggs, Will, grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bogle, V., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Vinton; was born in Giles Co., Va., Oct. 28, 1826; came to this county in 1852, in the Spring; has 220 acres of land, valued at $8,800. Politics, Republican. Held the office of Justice of the Peace. Belongs to the U. B. Church. Married Malinda Searls; born in Canada May 28, 1834; mother of one child -- Orson, was born July 19, 1860. Emigrated from Virginia when he was 8 years old, to Washington Co., Ind. lived there ten years; thence to Cedar Co., Iowa lived there eight years, then came to Benton Co.; was the first settler in Eden Township; was here about a year before any other man; was on the first Board of Election held in this township; there was not, at the time he came here, a house between here and Blairstown. The first post office was held by Mr. L. F. North. Has hauled wheat to Iowa City for 30 to 40 cents per bushel; hauled one load, could not sell it, and left it with a miller to be ground; said when he came again he would pay him for it; the next time he went to the city he called for his money, but could not find man, money or flour. Helped to organize the town; had the choice of the name of the town, as he was the oldest settler. Mr. Bogle is in good circumstances, and one of the sound men. (1878 Eden Township)

Bohmke, E., farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Boison, William, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bokholt, Karson, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Bokholt, Nicholas, farmer, Sec 21; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Bokholt, William, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Bolhorn, --------, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Boller, H., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Bombke, Fred, shoemaker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bone, Russell, hardware, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Bonenitz, H., farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Bonenitz, H., farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Bonesteal, A. C., traveling agent and farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bonesteel, N. D., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Book, John, retired merchant, Blairstown; was born in Germany, Dec. 17, 1839; came to this country, 1854, and settled in Clayton Co., this State, where he remained until the Spring of 1864; he then came to this town and formed a co-partnership with A. J. Tangeman, and entered the mercantile business; he remained in that business until the Fall of 1874. He married Miss H. N. Washburn, in Clayton Co., this State, March 28, 1862; she was born in Livingston Co., N. Y., Nov. 8, 1841; they have two children - Jessie, born on the 1st of January, 1863, in Clayton Co.; Frank, born in Blairstown, July 21, 1865. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Booker, I., farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Boon, Frank, saloon, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Boon, H., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Western. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Boose, Nicholas J., carpenter, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Bope, John, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bornstein, R., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Boromaster, H., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Homer Township)

Bort, S. B., farmer; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Bosley, A. A., miller, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bosley, C. H., miller, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bosley, G. W., miller, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Boswell, H., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bosworth, I. G., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Boughton, W. F., painter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Boumgart, J., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bowe, R. L., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, May 24, 1840; came to this 1854; has 200 acres of land value at $7,000; also has three sections in Texas. Belongs to the M. E. Church. Alice Stoddard -- born in Fredonia, N. Y., April 14, 1841; was mother of three children -- Eva F., born July 1, 1861; Sarah Adel, April 12, 1863; Frank, June 24, 1867. For his second wife, married Meander McElroy in 1871; born in Ohio April 9,1840; have four children -- Alice, born Nov. 20, 1871; Henry L., May 31, 1874; Arthur, Feb., 18, 1876; Nina, March 21, 1878. Mr. Bowe is among the earliest settlers of the town. (1878 Canton Township)

Bowe, Romanzo E., renter; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Bowe, Russel, hardware merchant, Shellsburg; born in Otsego Co., N. Y., April 12, 1814; came to this county in 1854; does a business of $10,000 a year. Politics, Republican; belongs to the M. E. Church; been a member about fifty years; is an ordained minister. Married Rachel Hollister Oct. 13, 1836; born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Feb. 6, 1809; mother of six living children -- Silas H., born Dec. 10, 1838; Russell L., born May 24, 1840; Daniel F., born Dec. 28, 1841; Romanzo E., born July 2, 1846; Cordelia H., born Jan. 28, 1849; Emory O., Aug. 3, 1851; Sarah C., born May 26, 1854; Daniel F., died Aug. 10, 1865. He emigrated from Genesee Co. when he was 8 years old; lived there sixteen years; from thence, to Trumbull Co.; eighteen years there, then came to this county; settled at Wild Cat Grove farm; then this town, where he engaged in the hardware business. When Mr. B. came to this town there was but one small store, kept by a man of the name of John Sells. David F. enlisted in the 28th I. V. I., Company D; was wounded in the neck; ball passed into his mouth, and came out at his coat collar; was at the battles of Port Gibson, Edward Station, Champion Hills, siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss., etc. (1878 Canton Township)

Bowen, C. E., farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Bowen, E. H., Constable. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bowen, I. W., retired farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Vinton; born in Winchester, Va., Feb. 13, 1804; came to this county in the Fall of 1852; has 130 acres of land, valued at $5,200. Belongs to M. E. Church. Married Eliza Gardner; she was born near Winchester, Va., Nov. 11, 1808; Mr. and Mrs. Bowen have lived together as man and wife nearly fifty years; she is the mother of four living children - Russell B., Martha, Eliza E., and Chester. Mr. Bowen emigrated with his parents from Virginia to Columbus, Ohio, when he was 4 years old; lived there twenty years; thence moved to Indianapolis, Ind.; lived there twenty years; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; was here at the first election held in the township; at the time he came here there were not more than four of five buildings in Vinton, while now there is a population of about 5,000; came here when the prairies were wild, and has lived to see them developed into one of the finest farming counties in the State. Mr. Bowen has an old relic, a newspaper called the Ulster Co. Gazette, published at Kingston, by Samuel Freer & Son, giving the death of George Washington, and the resolutions on the same by congress, probably the only one is existence. Mr. Bowen came to this county with limited means, and by industry and economy has made a good property and a comfortable home, and is one of the well-to-do farmers of the county. (1878 Big Grove Township

Bowen, P., farmer, Secs. 11 and 12; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Bowen, W. H., stone mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bower, A., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bower, J., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bower, John, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bower, William, farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bower, William, Sr., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bower, William Jr., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Watkins; born in Illinois, Nov., 1851. Married Julia Ringo, Jan., 1878; she was born in Wisconsin in 1856. Mr. Bower is a son of Samuel Bower, an early settler in Iowa. He works his father's farm of 160 acres; it has the largest bearing orchard in Benton Co. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Bowers, H. S., farmer, Sec. 36 P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Bowers, J. N., farmer, Sec. 21 P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Bowman, P., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Boyd, G. L., farmer, Sec. 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. (1878 Monroe Township)

Boyd, H. J., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Boyd, W. S., Dr., physician and surgeon; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., June 20, 1814; lived in Pennsylvania 30 years, and received his education; studied medicine and graduated at Cleveland in 1849; he practiced his profession in Ohio until 1854, when he came to Vinton, and has practiced his profession here for twenty-three years, a longer time than any physician in Benton Co. Married Catherine Winegardner in Ohio, in March, 1853; she was from Pennsylvania; they have four children - John R., Rachel A., Willoughby W. and Cornelia S.; they have lost three children. (1878 Taylor Township)

Boyd, William, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Dysart; born in Ireland in Jan., 1812; emigrated to America in Dec., 1848; came to Benton Co. in 1855; has 440 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Sarah Stringer in 1853; she was born in Ireland in 1817; they have six children - George L., William A., Mary E., John M., Abram F. and Margaret. Republican; members of the Presbyterian Church. Is Township Trustee. Mr. Boyd is the oldest settler of his neighborhood, and has made the fine improvements on his farm by his own industry. (1878 Bruce Township)

Boyles, C. E., restaurant. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brady, J. E., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bramhall, John, farmer, Section 17. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brandt, George, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Brandt, Thomas, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Branin, M., Farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Vinton; was born in New Jersey Aug. 10, 1820; came to this county in 1854; has 280 acres of land, valued at $9,000. Married for his first wife Margery Ellyson; she was born in Stark Co., Ohio, in Oct., 1828; mother of four children -- W. I., Chester, Alvertis and E. H. For his second wife, married Mary E. Tabor; she was born in Ohio in 1832. Emigrated with his parents from New Jersey when he was 4 years old, and settled in Columbiana Co., Ohio; lived there nine years; thence to Mahoning Co.; lived there about twenty-one years; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; was amongst the earliest settlers of the township; Mr. H. H. Ellyson and himself were the first settlers south of the Grove; was at the first election of the township, and also helped to organize it. When he came to this county, he was a poor man; but by industry and economy has made himself and family a good home. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Brannan, M., retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brant, J., farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Brashear, Theodore, hotel proprietor and U. B. minister. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bratton, R., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Bratton, W. L., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Braubaker, Elias, engineer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brecht, R., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Breckenridge, David L., Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Brehm, C., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Brenchard, Paul. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brenneiser, H. E., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Brenneiser, J. J., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Brennisen, Edward; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Brewer, A. F., expressman. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brewer, D. A., retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brewer, D. V., farmer, Section 35. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brewer, E. K., retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brewer, G. C., dentist Belle Plaine; was born in Washington Co., Md., on the 14th of Aug., 1847; he remained in Maryland until 1871; he then went to Polo, Ill., and engaged in his profession at that place until 1876, when he established in this town (Belle Plaine). (1878 Iowa Township)

Brewer, J. A., farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brewer, W. H., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Brewster, J. T., tailor, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Brian, James, farmer; P. O. Blairstown; was born in Carroll Co., Ohio, Dec. 19, 1831; he came to this State in 1852, and settled in Linn Co., where be remained until 1855, when he moved to this town; he built and ran the first blacksmith shop that was in this place. He is, at present writing, a member of the Town Council, and has held various school offices. In June, 1864, he enlisted in the 47th I. V. I., in Co. C; served until the close of the war; was honorably discharged. He married Emily Wood in Linn Co., Aug. 2, 1855; she was born in the State of New York. Mr. Brian owns 160 acres of land, and residence lots in town. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bribesheimer, G. A., brewer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bribesheimer, Henry, brewer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bribesheimer, L. B., brewer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brickal, Chris, farmer, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Bridge, David, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bridge, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Bridge, Thomas; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Brieholz, Henry, carpenter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Brigle, G., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Brimm, W. A., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Brinkerhoff, William H., teacher, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Brinkley, James, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Kane Township)

Brinkley, LeRoy, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Belle Plaine; born in Illinois in 1851. Married Caroline Sherley, in Iowa, in 1875; she was born in Pennsylvania, in 1855; they have one child - Edward Cornelius, who was born in Kane Township, in 1876. Is in partnership in farming with his two brothers (Lerenzo, born in Illinois in 1848, and Alonzo, born in Illinois in 1857); they have 160 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; they moved to Iowa in 1855, in the town of LeRoy, and located in Kane in 1875; they are the sons of James Brinkley, born in Maryland in 1817, who married Jane Ranstead in Illinois; she was born in New York in 1828; they all occupy the same farm. They are members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Kane Township)

Briston, W. H., Constable and Veteran Sur. (1878 Taylor Township)

Broadwell, L. D., farmer, Section 26. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brock, Edward, brick maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brock, W. M., brick maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brockman, Eli, nursery, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Brockman, W. L., nursery, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Broddy, farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Broddy, E., Sec. 7; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Broddy, J., farmer, Sec. 19; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Brode, D. D., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Dryden; born in Huntingdon Co., Penn., Feb. 18, 1823; removed to Warsaw, Ind., in 1852; thence to Bureau Co., Ill.,, in 1855; thence to Benton Co. in 1856. Mr. Brode drove the first nail driven at Shellsburg, this county; his occupation being that of carpenter and millwright; built a mill at Shellsburg, and entered land within one mile of the village; has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Mary N. Ditch Nov. 21, 1861; she was born in Cambria Co., Penn., in 1836; they have five children -- Lulla, born Feb., 1863; John A., born Feb., 1865; Cora M., and Flora M., born June, 1867; Daniel, born Nov., 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Brode are members of the M. E. Church; Republican in politics. (1878 Homer Township)

Broderick, M. A., saloon, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Brody, Hugh, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Urbanna; born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1817; came to Benton Co. in 1840; has 584 acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Joanna Osborne in March, 1844; she was born in Indiana in 1827; they have nine children -- Samuel, Clarinda, Stephen, Hugh, Jr., John, William, Rebecca, Henry and Alexander. Mr. Brody was among the earliest settlers of the county, and has made his property, with extensive improvements, by hard labor and economy since coming to the county. (1878 Polk Township)

Brody, Jesse, farmer, Section 11; born in Richland Co., Ohio, Oct. 1828; four years, and lived in Ogle Co., Illinois six years; came to Iowa in 1840, and located in Linn Co.; is one of the early settlers; came to Benton Co. in 1845, and engaged in farming; plenty of Indians when he came; owns farm of sixty acres. Married Annie Poole, from Pennsylvania, in 1861; they have seven children - Jessie, Hettie, Nettie, Melissa, Benjamin, Amanda and Bertha, and have lost two children. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brody, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Brody, Stephen, farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Brolliar, Samuel, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Samuel Brolliar was born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1802; came to Iowa in 1856, and settled on his present farm. Married Sophia Spitle in 1858; she was born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1812; have two children - Barbara A. and Christian. Christian was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, in 1854; came to Iowa with his parents. Mr. Brolliar, Sr., is a member of the German Baptist Church. (1878 Jackson Township)

Brooks, C. B., farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Brooks, L., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 32; P.O. Shellsburg; born in Genesee Co., N.Y., Feb. 11, 1818; came to this county in 1855; has 320 acres of land, valued at $9,000. Held nearly all the Township offices; belongs to the M. E. Church. Married Jane S. Pease in 1839; she was born in Cortland Co., N.Y., Feb. 4, 1820; mother of five children -- Marianne (now Mrs. Dr. Dickerson), was born Dec. 12, 1842; Charles H., April 13, 1846; Chester B., May 8, 1851; Alfred Le Roy, June 6, 1859; Emory L., July 20, 1861. In 1852, emigrated to Williamson Co., Ill. and lived there three years; then came to Benton Co.; came with teams, camped out, and did their own cooking; when they came here, there were only three shanties on the prairie south and west; now, from his farm, he can count nine churches, showing what the development of the country has been in the last twenty two years. Came here poor, and, by industry, has made him a good home. (1878 Benton Township)

Brown, A. M., laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Brown, Abraham, farmer,, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna; born in West Virginia in 1806; came to Benton Co. in 1852; has ninety-three acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Mrs. Charlotte Cagley in 1839; she was born in Virginia in 1813; they have three children -- James, Samuel and Catherine. Democratic in politics. Has held the offices of Township Trustee and School Director. Members of the Lutheran Church. (1878 Polk Township)

Brown, David, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brown, E. G., farmer, Sec. 3 P. O., Florence; born in North Carolina Aug. 10, 1822. Married Harriett Conklin, in Indiana, in 1840; she was born in Ohio in 1819; they have seven children -- Anna Eliza, Volinda, W. J., Phebe H., Newton, Josephine and Amanda. Has 160 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Mr. Brown moved to Indiana in 1835, and to Benton Iowa, in 1855; is a member of the A.F. & A.M. Lodge, and Chapter and Commandery; has held several town offices. (1878 Florence Township)

Brown, F., farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Brown, Freeborn G., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 32; P. O. Dysart; born in Jackson Co., Ohio, in 1820; removed near Columbus, Ohio, in 1825; thence to Sandusky Co., Ohio, in 1832; thence to Benton Co. in 1857; has 244 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Keziah Becker in 1841; she was born in Knox Co., Penn., in 1822, and died Sept. 18, 1873; has ten children - William H., Mary C., Isabel, John R., Emily, Erven L., Miland, Clara J., Melyette, Freeborn G., Jr. Republican. Supervisor, Trustee and School Director. Member of the United Brethren Church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Brown, J., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Brown, J., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Brown, J., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Brown, J. A., Deputy Auditor. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brown, J. R., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Bruce Township)

Brown, J. W., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Brown, J. W., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Blairstown; born in Illinois in 1854. Married Clarissa Thomas in Iowa in 1876; she was born in Ohio in 1856. They have one child -- Alta Valeria. He has a share with his brothers, George M. and Charles W., in 240 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. He came to Iowa in 1874. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Brown, John, clerk, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Brown, M. D., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Brown, Martin, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Brown, Matthew, agent farm machinery and agricultural implements; born in Ayrshire, Scotland, May 6, 1827; came to America when 17 years of age; he learned trade of carpenter and joiner; he lived in Connecticut and Massachusetts; moved to Indiana, and lived there six years; came to Benton Co. in 1856, in March; located in Harrison Township, and engaged in building and farming; held office of Justice of the Peace some years; was Superintendent of Poor Farm, of this county for five years. Married Rachel McMillen, from Delaware Co., Pennsylvania, March 7, 1857. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brown, N. D., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Brown, Robert, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Brown, S., carpenter and builder, Belle Plaine; was born in Ontario Co., N. Y., on the 25th of April, 1817; moved to Walworth Co., Wis., in 1856; remaining there until 1865, at the end of which time, he moved to Belle Plaine. His wife was Mrs. Adeline Holcomb; they were married in Ontario Co., N. Y., in 1840; she was born in aforesaid county and State in 1820, and died in Walworth Co., Wis., in the year 1860. Mr. Brown has held the offices of Postmaster and Justice of the Peace, the former three years, and the latter one year. (1878 Iowa Township)

Brown, Samuel, retired farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Brown, Thomas H., agricultural store and lumber yard, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Brown, W. H., farmer Sec. 3; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Brown, W. H., meat market. (1878 Taylor Township)

Brown, W. S., meat market. (1878 Taylor Township)

Browning, R., farmer, Sec. 1I; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Brownlee, A. L., Sec. 5; P. O. Vinton; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1834; came to Illinois in 1852, and settled in Mercer Co.; removed to Iowa in 1865, and settled on present farm. Married Lenora J. Graham in 1864; she was born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1838; have five children - Lena A., Ella M., Edith Cassie, James William, Adah Grace; have lost four - Alexis G., Ulysses R., Dora E., and one in infancy. Mr. Brownlee is Town Clerk, and has held other town offices. Are members of the U. P. Church; is a Republican. (1878 Jackson Township)

Brownlie, R., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Brubaker, Joseph S., druggist; born in Lancaster Co., Penn., March 19, 1836; lived in Pennsylvania eighteen years; came to Freeport, Illinois and was there six years; came to Cedar Rapids and lived there five years; then returned to Philadelphia, Penn. for two years; came to Vinton in 1863; was clerk for Mr. Van Horn and Mr. Loree; then engaged in drug business for himself, in 1869. Married Miss Harriet Hostetter, from Lancaster Co., Penn., in 1858; they have three sons - Stauffer, Frank and Charles. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bruce, C. L., horse doctor, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bruce, George, Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Bruce, Joseph, teamster, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Brumwell, F.; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Brumwell, J., farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Brumwell, J. H.; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Brumwell, William, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Brundell, John, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Bruno, Moses, retired. (1878 Iowa Township)

Bryant, G. C., farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. La Porte City. (1878 Cedar Township)

Bryson, John, Sec. 24; P. O. Urbanna; born in Tennessee in 1821; came to Benton Co. July, 1845; has 9 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Elizabeth Speak in 1851 she was born in Lebanon Co., Ky., Aug. 22, 1827; they have three children -- John F., born in 1855; Emma V., born in 1857, and Julia E., born in 1860. School Director; Mr. and Mrs. Bryson and the two girls are members of the Evangelical Church. Enlisted August, 1862, in the 20th I. V. I.; participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Vicksburg, Forts Blakely and Morgan; mustered out at Mobile, Ala., July, 1865. (1878 Polk Township)

Bryson, L. W., Sec. 11; P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Buch, Conrad, grocer, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Buch, John, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne; born in Germany Dec. 10, 1835. Married Catherine Will in Iowa, in 1857; she was born in Germany in 1840; they have six children - Henry, Kate and Annie, born in Clayton Co., Iowa; Mary, George and Johnnie were born in Benton Co., Iowa. Has 260 acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Mr. Buch came to America with his father John; he followed shoemaking while in Germany; he came to Clayton Co., Iowa, in 1847, and moved into Benton Co., Iowa, in 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Buch are members of the Lutheran Church. (1878 Kane Township)

Buchan, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Buchan, George, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. La Porte City; born in Scotland in 1805; emigrated to America in 1837, and to Benton Co. in April, 1854; has 200 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Agnes Bruce in 1831; she was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1812, died Sept. 9, 1849, leaving seven children - George, Jr., Ann Margaret, who died April 18, 1874; John, William, James and Joseph. Was an old-line Whig; is now a Republican; is a member of the Presbyterian Church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Buchan, George, Jr., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. La Porte City; born in Scotland in 1831; emigrated to America in 1837; came to Benton Co. in 1855; has 160 acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Married Mary J. Betts in 1862; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1840; they have three children - Agnes, Ellry J. and Willie. Republican in politics. (1878 Bruce Township)

Buchanan, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Florence; born in Scotland in 1848. Married Delia Listerberger in Linn Co., Iowa, in 1873; she was born in Linn Co., Iowa, in 1856; they have two children -- Charles and Elizabeth; they have 120 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Mr. Buchanan came to America in 1850, to Ohio; moved to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1853; located in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1868, where he now resides. (1878 Florence Township)

Buchanan, W., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Buchman, John; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Buck, A., farmer, S. 7; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Buck, Jacob, Sr., farmer, P. 0 Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Buck, James, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Buck, John, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Buck, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Buck, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Buck, W. W., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. La Porte City. (1878 Cedar Township)

Budd, Joseph L., Professor Agricultural College, Sec. 28; P. O. Ames. (1878 Canton Township)

Budde, F., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Budy, E., farmer, S. 18; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Budy, F., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Budy, George R., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Budy, H., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Budy, Simon H., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Buehre, H., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Buehre, J. H., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Buffington, O. J., clerk, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Bullimore, James, retired farmer, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Bummer, Henry, farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bunn, J. H., Prof., professor of vocal music; born in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, Sept. 26, 1844; lived there until 12 years of age, when he removed to Aurora, Illinois, after preparing himself to teach; he was engaged in teaching, and was Principal of school four years; his choice, however, was for music, having great taste for it, and an excellent voice; he received a thorough musical education in both New York and Boston, and has devoted his time to his profession for the past ten years; he has been Professor of Vocal Music in Cornell College for the past six years; and has been Principal of the Normal Musical Institute, and has been Principal of the Vinton Musical Association for the past six years; he is Chorus Director of the Cedar Rapids Conservatory of Music, Conductor of the Polymnian Society, of Marion, and also Conductor of the Dubuque Philharmonic Union. (1878 Taylor Township)

Bunten, J. B. F., farmer, S. 34; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Bunten, J. W. (1878 Harrison Township)

Bunten, S. G., Sec. 11; P. O. Burk; owns 515 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born in Montgomery Co., Ky., in 1817; came to Iowa in 1865, and settled on his present farm. Married Penelope Burk in 1841; she was born in Kentucky in 1820; have eight children - Elizabeth C., Mary J., Ammazette, Sarah, Rachel A., James W., John B., Oliver P. M. Mr. Bunten had one son who enlisted in Co. K, 22nd Ind. V.I., in 1861, and died in New Albany in 1865. Are members of the Christian Church; Republican. (1878 Harrison Township)

Bunten, S. H., farmer, P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Burdick, Daniel G., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Dryden; born in Madison Co., N. Y., Nov., 1810; removed to Cayuga Co., N. Y., in 1821; thence to Chautauqua Co., N. Y., in 1831; thence to Washington Co., Wis., in 1845; thence to Outagamie Co., Wis., in 1866; thence to Benton Co. in 1874; owns seventy acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Harriet C. Gile Jan. 1, 1833; she was born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., in 1816; their children are Orlando, born Oct., 1833; Charles, Aug., 1836, died Feb. 5, 1856; Christopher G., Oct., 1871; Lucy M., Nov., 1873; Amos, Nov. 7, 1877; Harriet died June 14, 1876. Married Mrs. Rolina Lathrop Dec., 1877; she was born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., in 1821. Republican in politics. Keeps the Dryden post office. Members of the Baptist Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Burdick, G., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Burdick, Lyman, retired farmer, Secs. 9 and 10; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Berkshire Co., Mass., June 30, 1819; came to this county in 1858; has 160 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Held the office of Justice of the Peace. Married Elizabeth Hickox in 1845; born in Berkshire Co., Mass., June 25, 1830; mother of six children -- Elizabeth C., born July 29, 1846, died Nov. 9, 1863; George L., born Feb. 27, 1850; Eva A., born Nov. 29, 1854; Flora I., born Jan. 9, 1863; Lulu C., born Feb. 7, 1867; Edward A., born April 29, 1868. Emigrated to Lee Co., Ill.; lived there nearly three years; thence to this county; came through with teams; camped out at night; had his team stolen; tracked them in the morning by their trail, and succeeded in finding them about 11 o'clock, in the middle of a large prairie, in an old hovel, where there were several horses; Mr. Burdick thought it was the headquarters of a regular gang of horse thieves. The first store they put up had not enough pipe to go through the roof, and had to run the pipe out of the window. One time Mr. Burdick was away, and the prairie caught fire and burnt over, and when he returned did not know his own home. (1878 Canton Township)

Burgess, W. M., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Burk, A. T., P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Burk, J. L., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Burk, J. L., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Burk, P., farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Burk, T., farmer; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Burk, T., farmer; Sec. 26; P.O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Burk, W., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Burkhardt, Andrew A., druggist, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Burkhart, C., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Burkhart, J. F., fireman, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Burley, B. B., hotel keeper, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Burnet, A., farmer; Sec. 10; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Burnet, H. W., Sec. 10. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Burnet, I. G., Justice of Peace, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Burnet, S. G., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Blairstown; was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1827; is a graduate of Woodward College; came to this State and settled in this county in 1867. A few years later, he was nominated for member of the Iowa State Legislature by the Anti-Monopoly party, and was triumphantly elected; be has also held various township offices. He married Miss Isabella A. Bromwell, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1852; she was born in Cincinnati Sept. 16, 1834. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Burnett, G. W., P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Burnham, G. W., attorney, firm of Traer & Burnham; born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 22, 1850; came to Iowa in 1856; returned to Ohio; received his education; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1872; practiced law there three years, and in 1875, came to Vinton; associated with Dr. J.C. Traer in the practice of his profession. He holds the office of City Solicitor. Married Miss Clara M. Young, daughter of James F. Young, of Vinton, one of the early settlers of this city, Aug. 27, 1873; they have two children - Lois G. and Thuel K. (1878 Taylor Township)

Burns, B., clerk, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Burns, R. M., butcher, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Burrell, Alexander, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. La Porte City; born in Livingston Co., N.Y., in 1822; came to Benton Co. in 1866; has 240 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Rhoda E. Ackerman 1858; she was born in Ohio in 1833; they have six children - Ellen E., Cynthia E., Olliver E., David R., Mercia E. and Clara E. Republican in politics. (1878 Bruce Township)

Burrell, J. D., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Burris, W. E.; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Burris, William, dealer in clothing, boots and shoes, Garrison; born in Alleghany Co., Md., in 1824; came to Iowa in 1870, and located in Homer Township; removed to Garrison in 1873. Married Anna Brisaland in 1846; she was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1822; have eight children - William E., Sarah R., Christena, H. C., Ida, James E., Charles, Jennie. (1878 Jackson Township)

Burrows, J. B., Sec. 9; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Burton, George H., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Belle Plaine; born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1842. Married Mary C. Goodell in Illinois, in 1865; she was born in Vermont; they have four children - Harriet, Laura C., George Frank and William Albert. Has 160 acres of land valued at $30 per acre. Has held offices of Township Supervisor and Road Commissioner in Illinois; moved to Illinois in 1855, where he was engaged in farming, and moved into Benton Co., Iowa, in 1875, where he now continues farming. Is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at West Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Bushler, J., shoemaker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Busler, William, farmer; Sec. 17; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Busman, J., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Busmann, G., farmer and preacher, Florence; born in Hanover, Germany, Feb. 27, 1828. Married Jophia Welp in New Orleans, in 1851; she was born in Prussia, Jan. 11, 1833; they had twelve children; six are living -- Caroline, John, Lydia, Amelia, Addoline and Edwin; they have 115 acres of land, valued at 650 per acre. Mr. Busmann came to New Orleans in 1849; studied for the ministry; lived there as Methodist Episcopal clergyman nine years; followed the ministry of the M. E. Church six years; moved to Quincy, Ill., in 1858, and followed the ministry as the New Jerusalem; moved to Iowa Co., Iowa, in 1863; remained five years and moved to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1873; preached at Lenox, Iowa, Fremont and church near Ely, for several years, where he now presides as Pastor. Mr. Busmann was ordained in the New Jerusalem Church in 1859, by Dr. J. R. Hibbard, of Chicago, Ill. (1878 Florence Township)

Butcher, John, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Buterfield, David, Railroad switchman, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Butler, A. L., farmer, Section 28. (1878 Taylor Township)

Butler, J. W., dry goods merchant. (1878 Taylor Township)

Butler, W. S., farmer, Sec. 4: P.O. Benton Station. (1878 Union Township)

Butrick, A. H., P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Butrick, W. H., P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Butterfield, E. G., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Butterfield, J., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Butterfield, Joseph A., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Garrison; born in Allegany Co., N. Y., March, 1843; removed to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1866; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Ellen Hite in January, 1870; she was born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1848; they have two children -- Fred E., born in May, 1872; Hattie E., born in March, 1875. Republican in polities. Enlisted in the 130th N. Y. V. I. in 1862; transferred to the First New York Dragoons in 1863; participated in the battle of the Wilderness and capture of Richmond, and other important battles under Sheridan. (1878 Homer Township)

Buttolph, A. M., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Byam, C. O., farmer and stock raiser, Secs. 33 and 28; P. O. Dryden; owns 1,120 acres, valued at $35 per acre; born in Essex Co., N. Y., in 1830; removed to Jones Co., Iowa, in 1853; thence to Benton Co. in 1868. Married Elizabeth A. Starry May 1, 1857; she was born in Jones Co., Iowa, in 1842; have six children -- Bessie L., born March 5, 1860; Daniel E., born April 29, 1862; Dora J., born May 30, 1865; Etta, born May 25, 1867; Richard, born Sept. 30, 1872; Nellie E., born Aug. 18, 1876. Supervisor two years; Assessor two years; Township Trustee two years; Clerk one year; on the School Board -- before they became independent -- Secretary, President and Treasurer four years. Republican in politics. (1878 Homer Township)

Byam, E., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Byam, G. W., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Byam, Lorin, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Byram, J. W. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cady, L. H., attorney. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cagley, J. C., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Calcene, Hans. (1878 Taylor Township)

Caldwell, James A., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Eldorado Township)

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. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Calkins, E. M., druggist and book store, Florence; born in Wisconsin Jan. 22, 1847. Married Miss S. J. Loomis in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1873; she was born in Detroit, Mich. Mr. Calkins owns stock and store; came to Iowa in 1867. Holds the office of Township Clerk, and is a member of A.F. & A.M., No. 164; holds the office of Secretary in Lodge. (1878 Florence Township)

Calkins, Henry. (1878 Taylor Township)

Call, George, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Call, James, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Call, James, farmer, Sec. 33. (1878 Taylor Township)

Callaghan, P., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Callicott, F. C., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Callicott, Jesse, P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Cameron, Alex, Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cameron, John, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Campbell, A., clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Campbell, G. W., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Campbell, J. A., stone mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Campbell, S. M., clerk market. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cantonwine, David, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Cantwel, P., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Capes, George, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Carl, G., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Carlisle, J., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Carlisle, Joseph, railroad hand. (1878 Taylor Township)

Carlisle, L. M., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Bruce Township)

Carmody, Michael, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Carnes, J. B., farmer and school teacher, Sec. 3; P. O. Watkins; born in Ohio in 1844. Married Lonie J. Hayden in Illinois in 1872; she was born in Illinois in 1846; they have two children -- Glen Lulu and Minerva I. Mr. Carnes followed school teaching twelve years and enlisted in the 62nd Ohio Vol. Infantry in 1862; participated with all the engagements of the regiment, and was discharged at the close of the war. Moved to Illinois in 1869, and came to Iowa in 1878. He was Principal of the Woodhull High School in Illinois for three year. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Carnes are members of the M. E. Church. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Carney, N. H., grocer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Carney, William, saloon, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Carothers, Robert, Rev., Principal, Iowa College for the Blind; born in Allegheny Co., Penn., Oct. 18, 1831; received his education in Pennsylvania, graduating from Jefferson College; after living in Ohio six months, he received a call to the pastorate of the Presbyterian Church in Tipton, Iowa; remained there six years, when was called to the pastorate of a church in Pennsylvania, where he was born; after laboring there successfully for eleven years, he was called to his present position, in July, 1877. He was stated clerk of the Synod of Pittsburgh, Penn., for seven years-from 1869-1877. Married Miss Emeline Milligan, from Braddock's Fields, Allegheny Co., Penn., June 17, 1858; they have six children - Robert M. and Charles, Mary E., Sarah M., Josephine R., Wilhelmina E. (1878 Taylor Township)

Carpenter, F. A. (1878 Taylor Township)

Carpenter, S. H., school teacher, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Carr, W. B., painter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Carriher, G. E., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Carriher, Joseph, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 31; P. O. Vinton; born in Lycoming Co., Penn, Jan. 26, 1833; came to this county in 1853; has 185 acres of land, valued at $7,400. Republican in politics. Held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Assessor, Township Trustee, Town Treasurer, etc. Married Cynthia Ann Raelsback, who was born in Indiana Nov. 12, 1834; they have seven children -- George E., born Sept. 18, 1859; John C., Aug. 2, 1861; Joseph G., Dec. 29, 1864; Clarence S., June 10, 1866; Herry F., Nov. 10, 1869; William E., Aug. 13, 1870; Nellie May, May 8, 1875. Emigrated from Pennsylvania to Indiana; lived there thirteen years; thence to Ohio; stayed there three years; thence came to Benton Co., where he has lived since; when he came here brought twenty-seven head of horses; sold them to the emigrants; has dealt in horse more or less ever since he came here; has handled as many as 600 head, and never lost one in his life; the second year he was here went to Missouri, and bought steers and brought them to this county and fed; the first ever fed in the county. Mr. Carriher has a fine farm and a good, comfortable home. (1878 Benton Township)

Carroll, Michael. (1878 Iowa Township)

Carstan, Henry, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Carter, Harrison H., farmer; Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Carter, J. O., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Carter, John, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Carter, William F., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Case, C. E., farmer, S. 27; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Case, John, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Case, Leander (deceased); born in Washington Co., Penn., Sept. 2, 1861(?), died Jan. 24, 1875; had an estate of 120 acres of land, valued at $3,200. Married Zefina Johnson in 1843; born in Vermont Dec. 11, 1820; mother of four children -- Amanda, born April 10, 1844; Nelson H., May 8, 1847; William A., Feb. 20, 1855; Emma N., July 24, 1862. Mr. Case was 10 years old when he went to Ohio; lived there about twenty-two years, then came to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1848, and next year came to this county; when they first came to Vinton, there was one building and one frame that was not finished, where they attended church; had planks laid down across the sleepers for seats; when they came here had but $4 in cash and one team and two cows. (1878 Canton Township)

Case, Nelson B., farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 9; P. O.. Shellsburg; born in Washington Co., Penn., April 24, 1825; came to this county in 1850; stayed a short time, and in 1854, came and stayed; has 120 acres of land, valued at $3,500. Held the office of Constable and Township Trustee. Married Melinda Miller; she was born in New York in 1829; mother of three children -- Medwin, Arabella May, Ernest D. Emigrated with his parents to Medina Co., Ohio; lived there twenty-nine years. Was married, and came to this county, where he has resided since. When he first came here, there were only two shanties in sight, and only one shanty in Shellsburg; and within four years from the time he came here, nearly all the Government land was taken up. Mr. Case was amongst the earliest settlers, and has seen the prairies from their wilds, developed into one of the finest prairie counties in the State. (1878 Canton Township)

Case, S., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Case, W. H., farmer, Sec. 30 P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Case, Zenobia, farmer, Sec. 9 P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Casefeer, J. M., farmer, P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Casner, E. W., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Casselberry, Arnold, farmer , Sec 18; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cassell, Thomas K. (1878 Canton Township)

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. Castledine 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, Spotsylvania, Mine Run, and other principal battles; mustered out Aug. 1865, at Richmond. (1878 Monroe Township)

Catlin, James E., farmer. Sec. 34; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Catlin, L. L., Sec. 26; P. O. Vinton; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Otsego Co., N.Y., in 1831; came to Iowa in 1856, and located in Big Grove Township. Married Salome Stern in 1869; she was born in Page Co., Va., in 1844; have three children - Carrie, Mary and Ruby. Mr. Catlin has one child by a former wife - Arthur L. Was Deputy County Treasurer nine years. Enlisted in Co. G, 13th Iowa V. I. in 1861; discharged in 1865. (1878 Jackson Township)

Catron, James, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Catron, John, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Caughlin, W., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Cavanaugh, M., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cayema, J., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Blairstown.

Chadburn, A. S., elevator. (1878 Taylor Township)

Chadock, O. F., Farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Chaffee, C. E., merchant, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Chaffin, David, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Chalupsky, F., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Chalupsky, J., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Chambers, J., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Chambers, J. R., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Chapel, R. H., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Chapen, Oliver, barber, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Chapin, Stephen, Jr., farmer; born in Springfield, Mass., April 2, 1820; lived there thirty-two years. Married Miss Lucy Elder, from Chester, Mass, May 11, 1842. He and three brothers, with their families, came to Galena, Ill.; leaving their wives there, he and his brothers came to Benton Co., in October, 1852; selected land and went to Dubuque and entered it, three brothers of them wintered in Mahan's shanty; they put up shanties in the Winter, and in April went for their families; among his sister's goods was a piano, the first one brought to Benton Co.; Mr. Chapin engaged in farming; used to cart grain to Iowa City; sold wheat for thirty-five cents a bushel; they were among the earliest settlers, and have lived here over twenty-five years; he owns 120 acres of land. They have three children - Mrs. Edna Hanford, Stephen E. (at home), James E. (at home); lost one daughter r- Elizabeth. Mr. Chapin's brother, Rev. A. Chapin, is preaching in Kansas; Caleb is a merchant in Dubuque, and James is in California. (1878 Taylor Township)

Chapman, A., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Chapman, R., farmer. (1878 Monroe Township)

Chapman, Richard, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Vinton; owns 211 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Cornwall Co., England, in 1822; came to America in 1844, and located in Jefferson Co., Wis.; removed to Iowa, in 1862, and settled on his present farm. Married Mary Cannon in 1854; she was born in England, in 1828; have three children - Arthur E., Charles W., J. George. Are members of the United Brethren Church. Mr. Chapman has held the office of Supervisor, and Town Trustee in Sumner, Jefferson Co., Wis. (1878 Jackson Township)

Chase, E. G., Sec. 9; P. O. Garrison; born in Otsego Co., N. Y., in 1834; moved to Benton Co. in 1867; has 120 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Orpha A. Rose in 1857; she was born in Otsego Co., N. Y., in 1840; they have four children -Aurelia E. born Aug. 22, 1858; Jane L., March 18, 1863; Clement R., Jan. 27, 1867; Orpha R., Nov. 28, 1877. Republican in politics. School Director five years, Road Supervisor five years. Mr. and Mrs. Chase have been members of the Baptist Church twenty-five years. Mr. Chase enlisted in the 91st New York Artillery September, 1864; and detailed as Post Machinist; mustered out in June, 1865. (1878 Homer Township)

Chase, J. W., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Chase, J. W., Jr., carpenter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Chase, Lyman J., Sec. 25; P. O. Luzerne; born in Bureau Co., Ill., in March, 1837; removed to Benton Co., Iowa, in March, 1869; has eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Mary A. Shultz; she was born in Columbia Co., Penn., Nov. 22, 1831; they have six children-- Clarrie E., born July 2, 1861; Charles, Sept. 26, 1863; Idella, Nov. 16, 1868; Frank L., Feb. 26, 1871; Jennie I., Aug. 12, 1872; Laura M., Dec. 9, 1875. (1878 Homer Township)

Chase, S. T., machinist, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Chass, F., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Chenoweth, I. N., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton; born in Vermilion Co., Ind., March 15, 1827 came to this county in the Fall of 1853; has 160 acres of land, valued at $6,400. Held the offices of Supervisor and County Treasurer. Married Rebecca A. Hunsicker in 1850; born in 1828; mother of six living children. Mr. Chenoweth has a beautiful orchard of 2,500 of the choicest fruit, with which he spends most of his time; was the second settler who came into Eden Township, Mr. V. Bogle being first; was at the first election held in the town; held at J. M. Inman's. Mr. Bogle and Mr. Chenoweth were the first two persons who wintered in the township. (1878 Eden Township)

Chenoweth, J. W., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Chevis, J., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Chinn, John P., farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton; born in Harrison Co., Ky., June 23, 1824; came to this county June 19, 1850; has 248 acres of land, valued at $12,000. Belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Married Joanna Bergon in Kentucky; she was born in Kentucky April 19, 1824; mother of four children - Isaac L., Garrett C., John T. and Eddie D. Emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana; lived there twenty-six years; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; helped to organize the township; also was at the first election. Mr. Doan and Mr. Chinn are the oldest settlers living in the township. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Chismore, Stephen, railroad hand. (1878 Taylor Township)

Christ, W. W., barber. (1878 Taylor Township)

Christain, J. G., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Christian, Charles. (1878 Iowa Township)

Christian, E. F., grocery store, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Christianson, C. P., dealer in grain and stock, and farmer, Florence; born in Norway, Europe, Sept. 14, 1848. Married Rebecca Quam in La Salle Co., Ill., in 1870; she was born in La Salle Co., Ill., in 1852; they have three children -- Noah Webster, Porter Ollen and Rosa Barthema. Has 232 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre; owns warehouse and elevator, valued at $4,000; cattle, worth $1,000; house and lot in Florence, valued at $800. (1878 Florence Township)

Christie, J. R., City Assessor. (1878 Taylor Township)

Christle, A., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Christopher, Nelson, laborer, Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Chriswell, Mary, Mrs., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Belle Plaine. Mrs. Chriswell was born in Centre Co., Penn., in August, 1823, her maiden name being Mary Stearm; she has 120 acres land valued at $30 per acre. Married Robert Chriswell in 1843; he was born in Mifflin Co., Penn., in June 1822; removed to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1855; thence to Benton Co. in 1870; she has eight children-- Sarah C., Rebecca J., Elmira, Luther, Emma, John, Alonzo, and Robert. She is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. Chriswell enlisted in 1861 in the 20th Iowa Infantry; lost his health and served in the hospital during the war. Died from a stroke of lightning July 18, 1871. (1878 Homer Township)

Church, Samuel, butcher, Shellsburg; was born in Hampden Co., Mass., Jan. 17, 1827; came to this county in 1865; has a farm of forty acres of land, valued at $1,200, in Sec. 27. Married Mary E. Hanover; she was born in Connecticut Aug. 7, 1831; mother of three children -- Mary, Minnie and Frank. Emigrated to the West about twenty-four years ago, where he has resided since. Mr. Church had a brother in the 7th Ill. V.C. (1878 Canton Township)

Churchill, N. B., general store and post Office, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Clarey, Andrew, brakeman, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clarey, P., Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clark, Alvin, millwright. (1878 Taylor Township)

Clark, C. G. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clark, D. A., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Clark, E., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Clark, E. C., farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clark, E. H., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 25; P. O. Vinton; was born in Washington Co., N. Y., April 4, 1828; came to this county in 1863; has 272 acres of land, valued at $8,000. Belongs to the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Married Mary A. Paige; she was born in New Hampshire June 4, 1844; mother of one child - Sylvia A., born Sept. 6, 1870. Emigrated from New York to Benton Co.; worked on farm and mill for two years; then crossed the plains to California; lived there three years; was three months on the road; was four years and four months on the salt water; shipped on board the bark Eugenia in 1851 at new Bedford, Mass.; sailed around Cape Horn; thence to the Pacific Ocean. Mr. Clark makes dairy business a specialty; has twenty cows (makes butter); his cows in 1877 yielded him 4,868 pounds of butter, for which he received $937.60, averaging nearly $50 per head. Mr. Clark is one of the live farmers of the township. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Clark, G. F., dairyman, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clark, J. F., plasterer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clark, L. E., painter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clark, Thomas, contractor and builder, Blairstown; was born in the city of New York Nov. 29, 1819; in 1829, he went to Somerset Co., N. J., where he worked on a farm and attended school until he was 18 years of age he then served an apprenticeship to carpenter, and learned that trade, which trade he worked at in New Jersey until 1845; he then moved to Peoria Co., Ill., where he followed the business of contractor and builder eighteen years; thence to La Salle Co., Ill., where he remained a few years, In September, 1861, he entered the U. S. Navy, and was appointed Chief Carpenter by Commodore Foote; he remained in the U. S. Navy service until the Fall of 1863, and was honorably discharged; during his service in the navy he was in eleven battles, the principal ones being the battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Fort Pillow, Memphis, and a fight with the Arkansas Ram; after being discharged, he returned to La Salle Co. and enlisted as a veteran in Cogswell Battery; he served in this until the close of the war, and was again honorably discharged; while in this battery he was engaged in the battles of Nashville and Mobile. He came to this town in September, 1865, and has since engaged in his present business; he owns his place of business, and is the principal contractor and builder in the town. He married Sarah N. Breese in Newark, N. J., Sept. 25, 1842; she was born in Somerset Co. N. J., Aug. 28, 1819; they have five children living. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Clark, William, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 13; P. O. Florence; born in Ireland in 1828. Married Margret Charles in New Jersey in 1851; she was born in Ireland in 1831; they have six children -- Anna S. (now Mrs. W. P. Groff), Martha T., Joshua C., Mariah S., William J., Lizzie Jane. They have 200 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Mr. and Mrs. Clark and family are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Clark came to New Jersey in 1848, lived there ten years, and moved to Iowa in 1858. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Clarman, Lewis A., saloon, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Claser, M., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Claussin Jacob, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

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. (1878 Monroe Township)

Clegg, G. H., train master, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Clemmons, F. D., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Clemmons, Zack L., butcher, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Clifton, John, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Cline, C. M., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Cline, J. C., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Clint, Alex, laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Clint, George, laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Clites, Philip, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Coan, John, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 2; P. O. Garrison; born in Galway, Ireland, in 1832. Emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1847; thence to Johnson Co., Iowa, in 1858; thence to Benton Co. in 1861; has 200 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Catherine Winter in 1852; she was born in Galaway, Ireland in 1830; four children-- Sarah, Onora, Margaret and Martin. Catherine died September, 1863. He then married Bridget Gabenny in 1873; she was born in Cavan, Ireland, in 1838. Democrat in politics. School Director two years; Path Master one year. Members of the Catholic Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Coats, George, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Coats, John, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Cobb, J. L., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 31; P. O. Irving; born in New Jersey June 2, 1832. Married Augusta Potter in Jones Co., Iowa, in the Fall of 1855; she was born in New Jersey in August, 1834; they have eight children - George William, Mary E., S. E., John P., Charles W., Bennett L., Anna A. and Burton M. Has 150 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Came to Jones Co., Iowa in 1854, moved into Missouri, and to Kansas, and returned and settled in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1859. Mr. Cobb followed blacksmithing and farming in New Jersey in his early life; has held the offices of Justice of the Peace and Road Supervisor and other township offices several years. Mr. Cobb follows feeding cattle for the Eastern market; has a large herd now feeding. (1878 Kane Township)

Cobbey, Joseph E., proprietor of the Pomana Nurseries, Sec. 19; born in Miami Co., Ohio, Oct. 13, 1824; when 14 years of age, in 1838, removed to Pike Co., Ill., and lived there and in Sangamon Co. for some years. He was in the army; enlisted in the 75th Reg. Ill. V.I., Co. D; was in the battle of Perryville, Ky., Sunday, Oct. 8, 1862, and in the severe skirmish at Harrodsburg and in all the battles at Stone River, where he was First Lieutenant and Acting Captain and commanded Co. D, the Captain having been taken prisoner; he soon after resigned his commission and came to Benton Co., in the fall of 1863, and bought where he now lives eighty acres; in 1867, he established his orchard and nurseries; has held the office of Assessor for two terms. Married Miss Harriet J. Webb, from Bellows Falls, Vt., in Aug., 1848; they have three sons - J. Elliott, born Nov. 5, 1853 (practicing law in Beatrice, Neb.); Thomas D., born March 27, 1857 (student); James Webb, born May 19, 1865. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cobern, F., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Kane Township)

Cobern, John, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Kane Township)

Coburn, Charles, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 8; P. O. Belle Plaine; born in Maine Sept. 18, 1847. Married Miss Nettie Spurr in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1876; she was born in New York in April, 1857. Has 320 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; is a member of the A.O.U.W. Lodge, at Vinton, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Coburn are members of the M. E. Church. John Coburn was born in Maine, in 1849; has 320 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; the two brothers moved to New York State in 1856, and continued West the same year, to Illinois; there they followed farming until 1867; they then moved to Benton Co., Iowa, where they have since carried on farming extensively. Charles has held the office of Treasurer and Township Trustee four years. (1878 Kane Township)

Coder, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Luzerne; was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., March 4, 1806; came to this county in 1857, and settled in Iowa Township, thus becoming one of the first settlers in that township. During his residence there, he was elected Justice of the Peace, which office he held a number of years. He married Catharine Hauck in Jefferson Co., Penn.; she was born in Center Co., Penn., April 9, 1827. Mr. Coder had four sons in the army, all of whom were engaged in active service, and were honorably discharged at the expiration of their term of enlistment, or at the close of the war. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Coder, P. M., County Treasurer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cokely, E., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Colcord, E. H., commission. (1878 Taylor Township)

Colcord, J. A., merchant. (1878 Taylor Township)

Coldwell, J. M., proprietor of livery stable, Belle Plaine; was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn, in 1840, where he remained until 1858; he then came to Tipton, Cedar Co., this State, in which place he engaged to learn marble cutting, which business he followed a number of years; in 1860, he went to Clinton Co., this State. While in Clinton Co. he enlisted in the regimental band of the 1st Reg. Iowa Cav., in June, 1861; he served until October, 1862; was honorably discharged and returned to Clinton Co. Married Miss Eliza Morley, in Clinton, this State in 1865; she was born in England; they came to Belle Plaine in 1872. Mr. Coldwell keeps first-class rigs, and nice turnouts furnished at fair prices. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cole, Thomas. (1878 Taylor Township)

Coleman, H., Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Coleman, Win. H., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Colicott, William, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Collecter, H., wagon maker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Collet, George A., blacksmith, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Collicott, Jesse, farmer, Sec. 31, P. O. Vinton; born in Indiana in 1835; came to Benton Co., in 1852; has 100 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Sarah Collicott in 1860; she was born in Indiana in 1836; they have four children - Ruth A., Sarah M., Francis M. and Delila M. Republican in politics. (1878 Harrison Township)

Collins, D. I., farmer, P. O. Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Collins, J. S., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Collins, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Collins, W. S., shoemaker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Collister, C. H., clerk, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Collister, J., general business, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Colp, Thomas, laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Colp, William, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Colton, H., farmer, Sec. 20 P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Colvin, A. T., farmer, Sec. 3 P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Colwell, H. N., horse trainer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Combs, Marquis, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Combs, Thomas W., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Compton, Sarah, Mrs., Sec. 5; P. O. Irving; owns 143 acres of' land; was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, in 1829; her husband was T. Compton. They were married in Allen Co., Ohio, in 1849; he was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, in 1826; he died in this township in January, 1872; they came to Benton Co., and settled in this township in 1855; their children axe Martha Ann, she married John McGrahan; Joseph R., he married Miss E. Hildenbrand; Lydia Mania, she married William H. Harrison; Eliza Almeds and I. Newton. (1878 Iowa Township)

Condon, Michael, farmer; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Conkannon, T., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Conley, A., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Conley, R., Sr., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

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. (1878 Monroe Township)

Conley, William, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Fairfax. (1878 Florence Township)

Conn, H., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Conn, James, farmer, Sec. 34: P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Connell, William C., attorney at law; born in Ripley Co., Ind., June 18, 1830; his mother died when he was 4 years old, and when 12 years of age, his father met with a dangerous accident and lost the use of his leg, and upon William depended the management of the farm. Married Maria M. Shults, from Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 1853; they started for Iowa June 7, 1851; he had $5.45 in money, and came with his brother-in-law by wagon; they arrived in Benton Co. June 30, 1854, and he only had ten cents in his pocket when he got here; he came to Vinton in the Fall of 1854, and in 1855, commenced reading law with Judge Shane, and was admitted to the bar in April, 1857, and commenced the practice of his profession and has continued over twenty-one years, and longer than any attorney in Benton Co. He and Captain Hunt, during the war, raised Co. G, 5th Iowa V.I., the first company raised in Benton Co., and he was commissioned First Lieutenant by Gov. Kirkwood, but was compelled to resign; in 1862, he was commissioned to take the soldiers' vote by Gov. Kirkwood; also in 1863. He has five children - Leonora A., Samantha A., Nettie A., Ruth A., Rosa L.; lost one daughter - Sarah C. (1878 Taylor Township)

Conner, H. G., artist. (1878 Taylor Township)

Conner, Harrison S., real estate and collecting business; born in Dutchess Co., N.Y., March 28, 1830; lived there fourteen years, and went to Luzerne Co., Penn., and was engaged mostly in the timber business; lived there about ten years; came to Whiteside Co., Ill., in 1856; lived there eight years; came to Vinton in 1864 and engaged in the real estate business; was associated with O. Knox in business; he is the oldest real estate dealer here. Married Miss Esther A. Gardner, from Luzerne Co., Penn., in 1851; they have six children - Herbert G., Willie E., Elmer L., Agnes L., Harry D., Blanche. (1878 Taylor Township)

Conner, O. L. (1878 Taylor Township)

Conway, Hiram, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cook, book agent, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Cook, Christ, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Cook, G. E., farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Cook, George, agent; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Cook, George, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cook, R. E., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Cook, S. D. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cook, S. M., M. D., Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cook, Stephen, P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Cooper, Darwin, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. La Porte City; born in Will Co., Ill, in 1849; removed to Benton Co. in 1876; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Maria Walkerly in 1876; she was born in Will Co., Ill., in 1858. Republican in politics; members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Cooper, O. L., attorney firm of Nichols & Cooper; born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Nov. 8, 1847; received his education there and came to Vinton in 1867; studied law with Judge Shane, and was admitted to the bar in Oct., 1871; he was associated in the practice of law until the latter went on to the bench; in Jan. 1878, he associated with J. D. Nichols in the practice of his profession; he has been United States Commissioner for the past six years. Married Miss Annie S. Shane, daughter of Judge Shane, June 17, 1869; they have three children - Freddie, Alice H. and Hattie A. (1878 Taylor Township)

Coots, A., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Copeland, Joseph, agricultural implements, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Corbett, Thomas. (1878 Taylor Township)

Corbett, William; farmer, Sec. 3. (1878 Taylor Township)

Corbin, Jerome, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Florence; born in Knox Co., Ohio, in 1828. Married Caroline McMurtey in Wisconsin, in 1854; she was born in New Jersey April 23, 1838; they have four children -- Adalade, William, Jerome and Catherine. Has 164 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; Mr. Corbin moved to Wisconsin in 1852; returned to Ohio in 1855; moved to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1865. (1878 Florence Township)

Corchran, A., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Cork, J. B., P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Corning, S. B., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Correll, Michael, farmer, Sec. 17. (1878 Taylor Township)

Correll, Michael, farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Correll, Paul, retired; born in Northampton Co., Penn., July 10, 1830; lived in Pennsylvania twenty-five years; was clerk in store for five years; came to Chicago in 1855, and lived there three and a half years; came to Iowa in 1859, to Cedar Rapids, and then came to Vinton in 1860; engaged in the mercantile business, and continued for nine years; he is largely interested here, owning several farms near town, over 1,000 acres in all, beside city property. He has held office in the City Council several terms. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cortright, C. L., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Cosad, John, farmer, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Cotton, John, Sec. 8; P. O. La Porte City; owns 310 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Marion Co., Ind., in 1828; came to Iowa in 1853, and located on his present farm. Married Margaret Smelser in 1866; she was born in Ohio in 1837; have one child - Gertrude E.; Mr. Cotton has three children by a former marriage - Mary E., Eber and Ettie F.; lost one son - Francis, who enlisted in the 31st Iowa Infantry and died in Vicksburg. (1878 Cedar Township)

Cottrell, John, farmer, Sec. 30. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cottrell, William, farmer, Sec. 30; born in Greene Co., Ohio, Nov. 11, 1808, when he moved to Indiana; also lived in Michigan, and again in Indiana; lived in Jasper Co., Ill., four years; came by ox team to Benton Co., and arrived here July 3, 1856, and located where he now lives, and engaged in farming; they were early settlers; only a few are here now that were here then; he had but little when he came, and now owns 180 acres of land, and some of it he has been obliged to pay for twice. Married Ann Parcels from Pennsylvania; have had nine children - John lives in the county; Abraham was in Co. D, 28th I.V.I., died in the army; William was in Co. D., 28th I.V.I., at home; Charlie, Mrs. Sarah J. Wilkinson and Mrs. Lucretia Keller; lost one daughter, Betsey. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cottrell, William H., farmer, Sec. 30. (1878 Taylor Township)

Couch, A., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Coutts, Emanuel, farmer, Sec. 9. (1878 Taylor Township)

Coutts, J. T., plasterer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Coutts, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Covert, George K., merchant, Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Covert, J. V., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Covington, Isaac, farmer, S. 10; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Cowell, E. H., lumber dealer; Shellsburg; born in Crawford Co., Penn., Feb. 20, 1833; came to this county in 1855; has property of about $3,000. Married Eliza J. Maxson in 1856; born in Allen Co., Nov. 3, 1837; mother of three children -- David M., born May 25, 1860; Mary B., born Oct. 10, 1861; George E., born Dec. 13, 1864. Emigrated to Ohio in 1836, where he was about three years; lived there until the Spring of 1855, then came to Benton Co., where he has remained since. When he came here there were not more than six shanties; came through with Thomas Ford with teams; camped out most of the time; was on the road three weeks. (1878 Canton Township)

Cowell, James L., furniture, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Cown, M., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Cox, J. B., M. D., Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cox, J. R., physician and surgeon, Watkins; born in Columbus City, Iowa, May 20, 1853. Married Etta Cartright in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1876; she was born in Iowa City Nov. 1855; they have one child -- Albert J., born June 14, 1877. Dr. Cox attended the classical course at Cornell College at Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and took the medical course at the Iowa State University at Iowa City., Iowa, two years, and attended lectures; commenced practice in Jan., 1877, at Iowa City and Marengo, Iowa, and located in Watkins Aug. 17,1877. (1878 St. Clair Township)

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. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Craig, A. F., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Cramer, A. B., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Crandal, G. B., loan agent; P. O. Blairstown; born in Smithport, McKean Co., Penn., 1835; removed to Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., in 1845 thence to Louisville, Ky., in 1852 dealer, while there, in groceries; thence to Galesburg, Ill., in 1853; there lost his health, and attended school - returned to Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., in 1855; attended school and teaching; thence to Galesburg, Ill., in 1856, improving land and teaching; thence to Fremont, Steuben Co., Ind., in 1857; remained seven years, with the exception of one year spent in Northern Wisconsin for his health, clerking, teaching and merchandising; thence to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1865; since when he has been engaged in his present business; has a farm on Sec. 8, Homer Township, of 160 acres, and other property at Blairstown, Benton Co. Married Emma J. Brown, in 1858; she was born in Steuben Co., Ind., March 26, 1841; her children were Herbert B., born in 1859; Emma E., born in April, 1873. Emma J. died in April, 1873. Married Mrs. A. Mason, Des Moines, Iowa, March, 1874; she was born in McKean Co., Penn., Dec. 12, 1838; they have one child -- George B., born Dec. 12,1874. Politics, Republican. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Crandall, James M., firm of Rumbaugh & Crandall, dealers in boots and shoes; born in Oswego Co., N.Y., May 6, 1827; lived in the State of New York twenty-eight years; learned the trade of a blacksmith. Was in the Mexican war; enlisted in 1846 in the Ordnance Corps; they were all mechanics in his company but nine; they had heavy cannon; he was in the siege of Vera Cruz, and in the battles of Molino del Rey, Chapultepec, and City of Mexico. After returning he went to Wisconsin and lived there three years; came to Vinton in 1858 and engaged in the blacksmith and carriage making business; he has been engaged in boot and shoe business for the past two years. Has held town and school offices. Married Miss A.E. Perkins, from the State of New York, May 17, 1849; they have one daughter, Jennie, and lost one son, Henry Leroy. (1878 Taylor Township)

Crandell, William H., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Blairstown; owns eighty acres of land; was born in Clinton Co., Penn., Jan. 4, 1840; came to Warren Co., Ill., when he was 16 years of age, in which county he remained until 1868; he then came to this county. During the war of the rebellion he enlisted in Company A, 102nd Ill. V. I.; was honorably discharged. He married Miss Mary Preston, in Toledo, Illinois, in 1867; she was born in Missouri in 1843; they have three children -- Charles Henry, Frank Preston and Amy. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Cranston, J. B., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Shellsburg; was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio., Nov. 20, 1816; came to this county in 1868; has 231 acres of land, valued at $6,930. Member of the United Presbyterian Church. For his first wife, married Elizabeth Johnson; born in Ohio June 29, 1823, died Sept. 12, 1844; mother of two children -- David J., born June 10, 1843; Eliza J., born May 29, 1844. For his second wife, married Margaret Campbell in 1848; born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, July 28, 1824; mother of six children -- William C., born April 19, 1849; James H., born Sept. 27, 1850; Celissa A., born July 17, 1852; John C., born April 13, 1854; Robert H., born April 25, 1859; Foster A., born June 13, 1862. Emigrated from Ohio to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1853; from there went to Clinton Co.; lived there fifteen years, from there came to this county, where they have resided since. Mr. Cranston has a fine farm, and a good and comfortable home. Had one son who enlisted in the 26th I. V. I., Co. H; was in the battles of Arkansas Post and Lookout Mountain, above the clouds; was wounded in the leg, and had it amputated. (1878 Canton Township)

Cranston, James A., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, May 14, 1823; has 225 acres of land, valued at $6,750; came to this State in 1854, and came to this county in 1873; belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Married Caroline F. Brown in 1853; she was born in Vermont Feb. 28, 1828; mother of four children --Cullen J., born Jan. 17, 1862; James O., Nov. 29, 1864; Mary J. E., May 14, 1869; Caroline E., Sept 7, 1863. Emigrated to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1854; remained there over Winter; thence to Clinton Co., where he lived about eighteen years; then came to this county; while he was in Clinton Co., he engaged in the mercantile business, dry goods, and groceries; afterward, went into the grain and agricultural implements business. (1878 Eden Township)

Cranston, James, Jr., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Crantz, M., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Cratty, M., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Craven, A. J., teacher, Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Craven, John G., Proprietor and Principal of Irving Institute, at Irving, Iowa; was born in Franklin Co., Ind., in 1823; in 1838, he entered the Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, from which school he graduated in 1845; he then commenced attending the Theological Seminary at Covington, Ky., and graduated in 1847 was ordained Baptist minister the same year; he labored in a ministerial capacity until 1872; his labors, principally, were in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and this State; came to Irving in 1872, and engaged in his present avocation. He married Miss Martha Wilson, in Ross Co., Ohio, in 1849; she was born in Ross Co., Ohio, in the year of 1827.

Crawford, G. P., Sec. 23. (1878 Taylor Township)

Crawford, Henry, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Vinton; born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 25, 1832; came to this county in the Fall of 1854; has 150 acres land, valued at $4,500. Held the offices of Town Clerk and Town Trustee. Married Susan Shaffer; she was born in Lycoming Co., Penn., July 27, 1833; mother of three children -- Arthur, born June 9, 1865; Alice, May 9, 1867, and Nora, Oct. 7, 1871. Emigrated from Indiana with two yoke of cattle; was twenty days on the road; were about fifteen inhabitants in Eden Township; when he came to this county there were only one blacksmith shop and a few small buildings in Vinton.

Crawford, J. P., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Crawford, James F., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 12. P. O. Shellsburg; was born in Elkhart, Ind., Oct. 24, 1834; came to this county in March, 1856; has 220 acres of land, valued at $8,800. Held the office of Justice the Peace, etc.; is one of Directors of the Eden Fire Insurance Co. of Benton Co. Married Margaret Spurgeon; she was born in Fayette Co., Ohio, Feb. 21, 1838; mother of nine children, eight of whom are living -- Hannah L., born Oct. 18, 1859; George, Aug. 3, 1861; Edwin S., June 19, 1865; Clara M., Oct. 28, 1867; Charles W., Sept. 25, 1869; Elmer F., Nov. 2, 1872; Estella M., Nov. 17, 1874, and Mattie, Oct. 16, 1877; Albert, born Sept. 3, 1863, died Aug. 21, 1864. Came direct from Indiana to this county, where he has resided since. His father entered the land where he and his brother now live, in 1851; was at the first election in the Township, and voted his first time for John C. Fremont; there were fifteen at the election. Has held all the offices of the Township, and is one of the Directors of the Insurance Company of Benton Co. Has a fine prairie farm, and is in easy circumstances. Has seen the county from a wild prairie develop into one of the finest farming counties in the West. (1878 Eden Township)

Crawford, William, farmer, Sec. 25. (1878 Taylor Township)

Crawford, William A., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Cray, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Crelley, Thomas J., farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cress, John W., laborer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cress, William, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Crist, J. F., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Crocket, Charles, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown; born in Luzerne Co., Penn., Jan 19, 1841. Married Joanna Funk in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1863; she was born in Greene Co., Penn., Dec. 31, 1844; they have four children -- Ida, Annett, James Burton and Mary Bell. Have 200 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Mr. Crocket moved to Iowa in 1858; went to Pike's Peak in 1859; followed freighting and trading four years on the plains in the West; returned to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1863. Is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Cronk, H. (1878 Union Township)

Crooks, F., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Cross, J., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Cross, J. W., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Crossland, J., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Crowley, Wilson, grocer, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Cruik, John, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Cruson, E. B., vet. surgeon, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cue, Eli, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Palo. (1878 Canton Township)

Cue, Nelson, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Cuison, J. R., Street Com., Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Cullen, P., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Culp, A., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Culp, E., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Culp, Richard, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Cumberland, P. C., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Cummings, J. W., painter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cummings, Loren, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Cummings, W. J., painter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Cummins, T., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Cunningham, John S., Sec. 19., P. O. Dryden; born in Madison Co., N.Y., in August, 1846; removed to Onondaga in 1852; thence to Tioga Co., N.Y., in 1853; thence to Broome Co., N.Y., in 1857; thence to Benton Co., in 1861; owns forty acres of land valued at $30 per acre. Married Eliza A. Lewis in November, 1876; she was born in Onondaga, N. Y., in 1843. Republican; Members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Cushing, S. C., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)


Transcribed, 2006, by Tierney Ratti.



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