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Adam McKean


Posted By: Georgia Ann Varner (email)
Date: 5/16/2016 at 13:06:16

Montgomery and Adams County, Iowa 1892 Biographical Sketches found in the Creston, Union County, Iowa Library:

ADAM MCKEAN, who resides on section 1, Colony township, adjoining the town of Nevinville, Adams county, Iowa, was born in Nova Scotia, near Halifox, February 5, 1826. His father, David McKean, was born on the sea while his parents were en route to America to settle in New Jersey. Grandfather McKean was a Scotchman. The mother of our subject, nee Jane McKensie, was born in Nova Scotia. She died at the age of fifty-five, and the father passed away in 1857, aged sixty-seven. Twelve children and one adopted son composed their family, Adam being the sixth born and oldest son.

In 1844, Mr. McKean left Nova Scotia, came West and settled in Clinton county, Iowa. In the year 1852 he crossed the plains with an ox team, and spent the following four years in California, engaged in mining. In 1856 he returned to Iowa and married Miss Mary J. Stumbaugh, a native of Franklin county, Pennsylvania. They lived in Clinton county, Iowa, until the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, when he entered the service of his country, enlisting iin Company K, Twenty-sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Milo B. Smith. He was at the siege of Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, Haines Bluff, Jackson, Mississippi, and Raleigh, North Carolina, besides participating in many other minor engagements, and through all his service never received wound. He was made Sergeant of Company K, which position he occupied until the close of the war.

Mr. McKean came to Adams county in 1866 and a short time afterward went to Kansas, soon, however, returning to this county and settling where he now resides. He owns 160 acres of good farm land, especially adapted to stock-raising. On this place are fifteen acres in a natural grove and nine acres that have been set to forest trees. There are 500 grape vines and an abundance of small fruit, besides six acres devoted to orchard. Among his stock are fine hogs, shorthorn cattle and Hamiltonian and Bashaw colts and horses. The house, a comfortable cottage, is located on an eminence and commands an extended view of the surrounding country. The bank barn, 40 X 32 feet, and other outbuildings furnish shelter for stock, etc., and everything about the premises is kept in perfect order.

Mr. McKean has never had any political aspirations, although he has been called upon to serve his township at various times in the capacity of trustee and other offices of minor importance. He votes with the Republican party.

Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. McKean only two are living. The oldes, Cora, is the wife of Frank Beebe. They and their son Edward reside with Mr. McKean. He and his wife and daughter are members of the Congregational Church


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