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Posted By: Jake Tornholm (email)
Date: 4/23/2020 at 13:48:34

GEORGE W. GRANT, who now lives on the line of Adams and Adair counties, was one of the earliest settlers of Adams county. He was born at York, Maine, October 20, 1837, was raised there and educated in the common schools and afterward taught. He left Maine and went to Boston, Massachusetts, and staid two years, when he removed to Adams county, Iowa, and settled in Colony township, on section 4.

His father's name was Benjamin Grant, a native of the town of York, Maine; he died when the subject of this sketch was seven years old.

Mr. Grant's wife was Julia Woodward, who was born in York, Maine. She is the daughter of William and Lucy Woodward. They were married September 22, 1861. They have had born to them eight children, three of whom have died. Of those living there are one girl and four boys. Their names are as follows, in the order of their birth: Hattie M., who is the wife of G. W. Jennings now living in Highland township, Union county, Iowa; George D., who married Katie Bartlett, living in Adair county; Fred H., Herbert L., Benjamin E.

Mr. Grant has 160 acres of fine land adapted to general farming and stock-raising. His house is 36 x 20 feet with an L 10 x 18; the orchard contains 250 trees, besides small fruits; there is an artificial grove of five acres and the necessary sheds and outhouses. He has a number of graded cattle and quite a number of sheep.

In politics Mr. Grant is Independent, and has held all the township offices. He and his wife and daughter are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Grant at fifty-four is just in the prime and vigor of his manhood; he is an intelligent farmer and a man of sterling integrity, - one of the hardy pioneers who have helped to make Adams county what it is today.


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