GEORGE E. BARKDALE, a retired farmer of Vinton, is a native of Alleghany County, Md., and was born in 1835. He is the son of Jonathan and Ann (Coakley) Barkdale. In the spring of 1854 the parents removed with their family to Ogle County, Ill., settling near Mt. Morris. While there, George E. hauled rock from Oregon to Mendota to build the first round-house. They only spent one year at that place and then removed to this county. The country was very sparsely settled at that time, and they were forced to go a long distance to market.
George E. was married in Benton County, in 1862, to Miss Ann E. Wemur, and they became the parents of eight children, all of whom are living: George E., Jr., Jacob E., Willis W., Mary J., Martha L., Emma J., Bertram E. and Bessie A. Mr. Barkdale has been identified with the county for thirty-two years, is a stanch Republican, and is now living in Vinton for the purpose of educating his children.
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. 335.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.