ORVILLE INMAN, successful and well-to-do farmer and stock-raiser, residing in Eden Township, on section 15, is a native of Delaware County, N. Y., and was born April 24, 1836. He is a son of Ashbill and Sally Ann (Demoney) Inman. His father was a native of New York and his mother was of English descent. They had four children, two of whom survive — John, who is residing in Worth County, Iowa, and the subject of this notice. The parents moved to Stephenson County, Ill., in 1849, where the father now lives, the mother having died shortly after the close of the late Civil War.
Orville Inman's early life was spent on the farm, and he was reared to that calling. He came with his parents to Stephenson County, Ill., where he received an education in the common schools, and lived there until about 1857. He then came to this county, and made his home with an uncle, John M. Inman, for several years, engaged in the meanwhile in breaking prairie and running a thrashing-machine. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 28th Iowa Vol. Inf., and served until the close of the war. He was in the battles of Champion Hill, Ft. Gibson, Vicksburg, siege of Jackson, and others of minor import. He was always with his regiment and was never known to shirk duty. On the expiration of his term of service, and after receiving an honorable discharge as Sergeant, he returned to this county.Nov. 8, 1865, Mr. Inman married Henrietta McCormick, daughter of Seth McCormick, of Livingston County, Ill. They were married in Illinois and came directly to Eden Township, locating on section 11, where our subject rented land. He now owns a fine, productive farm of 240 acres. He has good buildings, groves, etc.; his barn costing $1,800. Mr. and Mrs. Inman have three children — Martha, born Oct. 7, 1866, married Orson Bogle, and they reside in Eden Township; Ashley, born Oct. 9, 1869, and Charles, April 30, 1876. The last two reside at home. Politically Mr. Inman votes with the Republican party. He is engaged in mixed farming, but his specialty is stock-raising, he dealing in Short-horn and Durham cattle.
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. 298-299.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.