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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 602-604

ISBAND NOBLE, who died December 27, 1900, was a pioneer and highly respected citizen of Benton county. He left a widow, four sons and a daughter, all of whom live in the immediate vicinity of the old home in Taylor township. Mr. Noble was born in Elgin county, in part of the section now known as Ontario, Canada, April 16, 1827, and was a son of Isband and Sarah (Brooks) Noble, natives of Massachusetts. Isband Noble, Sr., emigrated to Canada with his family, and they lived there until their deaths,- she died in 1831, when Isband was only four years of age, and her husband survived until October 2, 1864. He served in the war of 1812, on the British side, having been drafted into the army.

Isband Noble, the son, remained at home until twenty-six years of age, and in November, 1850, started westward; he purchased a quarter section of land in Benton county, Iowa, where he lived until his death. He came in company with his brother John, and as they did not have money to pay for the land they persuaded a man to enter a half section of land for them and allow them time to pay him for the same. In the spring of 1851 Mr. Noble went to Minnesota, and for eighteen months worked on a farm about eighty miles from St. Paul. He returned to Canada, and on October 27, 1852, married Hannah P., daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth (Carless) Geddes, of Scotch parentage; she was also a native of Scotland, born in Edinburgh, October 13, 1829. Immediately after his marriage Mr. Noble brought his young wife to Benton county and settled on the farm on section 4, Taylor township, which he had entered in 1850. He became a very successful farmer, and added to his purchase from time to time until at the time of his death he owned over six hundred acres of valuable land in one body. He was one of the most substantial farmers of the vicinity, and by his industry, sterling honesty and high character made many friends. He held the office of township trustee and was prominent in all matters pertaining to the interest and welfare of the public. At one time Mr. Noble had a fine herd of seventy-five or eighty head of thoroughbred Shorthorn cattle, and exhibited some of the finest animals to be found in the state.

Mr. Noble and his wife became the parents of children as follows: James A., William I., Sarah E., Andrew and Charles G.

James A. Noble was born October 16, 1853, and lives on a farm near the old homestead of his father. Besides his share of the timber land of the estate he owns one hundred and forty acres. Mr. Noble married Emma Coutts, born in Vinton, Iowa, July 23, 1858, and they have two daughters, Hannah, aged twenty-nine years, the wife of Roscoe McMillan, and has one child; and Bessie May, aged twenty-four. James A. Noble carries on general farming and stock raising, and in politics is a Republican. The entire family are members of the Prairie Creek Christian church.

William I. Noble was born February 16, 1856, and was educated in the common schools of Taylor township. He is a successful stock farmer and has cattle and sheep. He operates two hundred and thirty-three acres of his own, besides his share of his father's estate. Politically Mr. Noble is a Republican. He married, March 19, 1891, Ella Wright, who was reared on a farm in Vinton and Big Grove townships from the time she was ten years old. She is a daughter of Thomas and Martha E. (Gray) Wright; Mrs. Wright is deceased, and Mr. Wright now lives at Lowmoor, Iowa. Mr. Noble and his wife have one son and three daughters, namely: Leon L., aged sixteen; Patricia Elsie, aged fourteen; Nellie May, aged twelve; and Anna Elizabeth, aged four, all at home. Mr. Noble and his wife are members of the Prairie Creek Christian church.

Sarah E. Noble was born April 22, 1858; she married Taylor Cook, of a family of pioneers in Benton county, and he died in 1886. Mrs. Cook resides with her mother near her brother James A.

Andrew L. Noble is a farmer and buys and sells stock. He owns eighty acres, which he operates in connection with a portion of his father's estate, and also owns ninety acres on the south side of the Cedar River on the edge of Vinton. He was born October 11, 1863, and was reared in Benton county, where he has spent his entire life. He was educated in the common schools, and worked at home for his father until twenty-seven years of age, at which time he was married. Politically he is a Republican, and is now a trustee of Taylor township. He and his wife are members of the Prairie Creek Christian church in Harrison township. Mr. Noble married Ida, a niece of Paul Correll, - mentioned elsewhere in this work.

Charles G. Noble is a farmer and stockman and owns eighty acres of land. He operates his share of the old homestead. He was born April 13, 1868, on the place which is his present home. He attended the public schools and has followed farming, breeding and handling stock all his life. He favors Durham cattle and Chester White hogs, having a large number of each. Politically he is a Republican, and he and his wife attend the church of Christ of Prairie Creek. Mr. Noble married Cora, daughter of Thomas Pryor, deceased, who was an early resident of Taylor township, Benton county, and they have an adopted child, Thornton B., aged four years.

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