JAMES STOREY, residing on section 26, Jackson Township, was born in Chester County, Pa., July 2, 1825. He is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Gillingham) Storey. He was reared on a farm, and in 1866 emigrated to Ohio, locating in Franklin County, where he lived fifteen years, engaged in farming. In 1881 he came to Benton County, Iowa, and located on section 26, Jackson Township, where he bought eighty acres of cultivated land. This land he further improved, in 1882, by erecting a barn at a cost of $700. He now owns 240 acres of land, all in splendid condition.
Mr. Storey was married, March 29, 1849, to Eliza A. Wright, a native of Pennsylvania, daughter of John and Letitia (Eastwick) Wright, also natives of Pennsylvania. They are the parents of four children, all living — Charles H., residing in Russell County, Kan., engaged in farming; Marian, wife of W. S. Dobyns, of Vinton: Elizabeth, at home; James B., a farmer in Nebraska.Mr. Storey was in the State Militia of Pennsylvania, called out by the Governor for the purpose of opposing the invasion of Lee into Pennsylvania, during the Rebellion. He has never been an office-seeker, but served as Collector and Assessor of his native State. Before leaving Pennsylvania he was engaged in running a grist and saw mill for nine years. Mr. and Mrs. Storey are members of the Christian Church. His father died in 1878, and his mother in 1862. Mr. Storey left Pennsylvania on account of the high price of land, and settled in Ohio, where the land was cheaper and of a better quality. While in that State he was troubled with the ague, and learning that this part of the country was comparatively free from that disease, he came out on a visit, in company with G. W. Gorden. While here he was favorably impressed with the place and concluded to make it his home. Accordingly he purchased a farm as already mentioned, and in a few months moved out his family. Prosperity has attended him in this country. In addition to the home farm he owns 160 acres of land on section 36, Jackson Township. In politics Mr. Storey is a Prohibition Republican.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 227-228.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.