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Posted By: Jake Tornholm (email)
Date: 4/23/2020 at 13:59:32

THOMAS CLELLAND resides in Colony township, on section 4. He was born in Scotland, March 26, 1820, and emigrated to America in 1851, settling in the State of New York, in Genesee county; he remained there four years and then went to Wisconsin where he lived from 1855 to April, 1867, when he came to Iowa; he resided in Des Moines several years and followed his occupation of engineer; he came to Adams county in 1871 and settled where he now resides.

His father’s name was Peter Clelland, and was of an old Scotch family. His mother’s name was Agnes Cummings. His wife’s name before marriage was Mary Gilmour; she was born in Scotland in Inverness, March 17, 1827.

Mr. and Mrs. Clelland were married in Genesee county, New York, September 4, 1852. They have had two children, one of whom is living—Agnes Clelland, who is now the wife of S. P. Moore, who also resides in Colony township, on section 4.

Mr. Clelland has eighty-eight acres of land, about 100 trees, small fruit, quite an extensive artificial grove, containing something like 200 walnut trees which have been growing more than thirty years. The house is 18 x 24 feet, one and a half stories high, and the barn and outhouses are substantially built. Mr. Clelland has a herd of graded short-horns and other stock. He has been township Trustee several terms; in politics he is a Republican. He has beautiful surroundings and is living in ease and comfort. He is one of the well-known and respected citizens of the township and has done his part in advancing every enterprise that tended to the uplifting of the county in which he has lived and enjoys the respect of all his neighbors.


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