JOHN PRITCHARD, residing on section 32, Jackson Township, was born in Wales, Nov. 25, 1846. He is a son of John and Jemima (Wynn) Pritchard, natives of Wales. He was reared to manhood on a farm, engaging in that occupation until twenty-five years of age. In 1870 he emigrated to America, landing in New York City on the 1st of May. From there he came to Burlington, Iowa, where he engaged to work on the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railroad as a trackman. Here he worked until Sept. 16, 1873, when he was sent to Garrison and placed in charge of sections 1 and 2 as foreman, continuing as such until April 15, 1885, when he moved to the farm which he had previously purchased, consisting of eighty acres of improved land, where he now resides. He has since added sixty acres to his original purchase, and now owns a fine farm of 140 acres.
Mr. Pritchard was married, April 30, 1873, to Mary Ann Jones, a native of Wales, daughter of Owen and Susannah (Roberts) Jones. They are the parents of four children — Mary Elizabeth, born March 11, 1874, and the first child born in the village of Garrison; John O., March 30, 1876; Maggie Susannah, April 2, 1880; Robert Arthur, Nov. 9, 1882. The father and mother of Mr. Pritchard are still living in Wales, aged respectively sixty-five and sixty-two years. Mr. Pritchard is a member of Garrison Lodge, No. 164, A. O. U. W. He is also a member of the Baptist Church of Vinton, of which body his wife is also a member.
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. 236.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.