EZRA B. FELKER, one of the early settlers of this county, was born in Hagerstown, Washington Co., Md., Sept. 25, 1827. He is the son of Henry and Rebecca (Brown) Felker, natives of the same State. Our subject was reared in Maryland, and received his education in the subscription schools, attending during the winter and laboring on the farm during the summer season, after which he learned the stonemason's trade. In the spring of 1852 he left Maryland and went to Ogle County, Ill., where he remained one and a half years. In 1854 he came to this county.
In 1857 Mr. Felker was married to Miss Elizabeth DeLawter, a daughter of Jacob and Sarah Ann DeLawter. Her father was of French descent and was a soldier in the War of 1812. He died July 17, 1877; the mother, Nov. 30, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Felker are the parents of two daughters — Florence and Maria L. It will be seen that they have been identified with this county for many years, having come here in 1854, when the country was sparsely settled and the prairie grass was growing on what is now their home. Our subject and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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. 311-312.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.