JOHN GREENWALT, farmer, residing on section 27, Cedar Township, owns 212 acres of land, which he entered in May, 1854, from the Government, and onto which he moved and established his home in 1858. He has ever since made this his place of residence. Our subject was born in Greenwich Township, Berks County, Pa., Sept. 25, 1824, and is a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Hummel) Greenwalt. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania, born in Berks County, and the father engaged in agricultural pursuits. The great- grandparents on his father's side were born in Switzerland, and were the first of this family to come to this country; the mother's parents were born in Pennsylvania.
John Greenwalt, our subject, was brought up as a farmer, but when of sufficient age learned the carpenter's trade. In 1852 he moved to Delaware County, Ohio, and in 1854 to Davenport, Iowa, at which place he entered his land. In October, 1855, he came to this county and worked at his trade in Vinton, where he was married, Dec. 20, 1861, to Nancy Christie, who was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, and a daughter of Henry and Catherine (Ringer) Christie. They have one son, Frank P., born in Cedar Township, Aug. 9, 1865.
In politics Mr. Greenwalt is a Democrat. He was brought up in the German Reform Church. When Mr. Greenwalt located in Cedar Township the country was comparatively new, but he has lived to witness the great changes made and the county attain its present prosperous condition, and in all enterprises has taken a foremost part.
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. 339.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on April 20th, 2007. Copyright © 2007 The IAGenWeb Project.