LOYAL F. NORTH, a respected farmer of Center [sic, Canton] Township, residing on section 4, was born in Geauga County, Ohio, Aug. 17, 1814. He is the son of Salmon and Mary (Fuller) North, natives of Vermont. His parents emigrated from Vermont to New York at an early day, where they remained about two years, then proceeded to Geauga County, Ohio, where the father bought a farm and pursued the occupation of agriculture for a few years, after which he removed, with his family, to Ashtabula County, Ohio, purchased another farm and remained there until his death, which occurred in 1845, at the age of seventy-eight years.
Loyal remained at home until twenty years of age; he then purchased a small tract of land, moved onto it, and commenced the life of a farmer. In the spring of 1838 he turned his face westward, journeying to Western Illinois, where he remained for one year. In the spring of 1839 he moved to Linn County, Iowa, where he made a claim and remained two years. In the spring of 1841 he came to Benton County and located on section 12 of what is now Canton Township, where he entered eighty acres of land, improved it, and remained there about seven years. He then entered the southeast quarter of section 4, Canton Township, erected a house, moved into it and there remained until 1870. He then sold out and purchased 160 acres of land where he now lives.
Loyal F. North was married, May 15, 1835, to Miss Ruth Ann, daughter of Luman and Ruth Ann Bartholomew. Mr. and Mrs. N. have been the parents of eight children, five of whom are now living — Mary, married to John Benfer; Luman married Susan Ford; Frank married Frances M. Nevin; Jason, married to Belle Murray; Loyal C. married Minerva White. Sylvia A. wife of David Dewitt, died May 21, 1886; and two children died in infancy.
Mr. North was one of the first Justices of the Peace and one of the first County Commissioners of Benton County. He is indeed a pioneer, having lived in the county almost half a century. For twenty-two years he has been afflicted with blindness, which was caused by soft cataracts. His son Frank has the management of the home farm.On her father's side Mrs. North is a descendant of Rev. John Rodgers, the martyr. She is also a descendant of Lieut. William Bartholomew, who emigrated to the colonies of America at a very early date, Mrs. North being of the seventh generation.
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. 347.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.