CLINE, COMBS, HAMPSHIRE, BOYCE, FENNER, WYANT, BLOODGOOD
Posted By: Roseanna Zehner
Date: 11/7/2003 at 21:36:55
J. B. Cline, an enterprising and industrious farmer and resident of Lyon county, whose post office address is Rock Rapids, has had a varied and eventful history. He was born at Machias, Cattaraugus county, New York, January 19, 1862, and remained there until 1867, when he was brought by his parents into Iowa, a home being sought in the west on account of his health. They pitched their tent at Strawberry Point, Clayton county, where they remained until 1870. There young J.B. started to school, and when his parents removed to a farm six miles east of the village he attended district school until 1874. That year his parents removed to Edgewood, Iowa, where he learned the shoemaking and harness trades, under the supervision of his step-father, who had the postoffice and these two trades established under one roof. In 1881 that gentleman sold out his business and located anew in Oelwein, Iowa. J.B. Cline remained with him some four months after this change of residence, and then went to Ida county, Iowa where he spent a year in farming. In March 1883, he went to Sac county, Iowa, where he spent the ensuing year in the same occupation.
His next enterprise was to drive through to Lyon county, where he continued his agricultural life until 1886, mostly being employed by other farmers. That year he began farming on his own account, renting for this purpose what was known as the D.R. Tucker farm in Midland township. There he remained a year. From 1887 until 1894 he was a renter, though in July, 1893, he had bought the northwest quarter of section 5, Liberal township, but having received a good offer for it he sold it the same year. The year following this he bought the southwest quarter of section 17, Riverside township, where he engaged in the cultivation of the soil, and remained until March 17, 1897. Then he leased his place, and forming a partnership with C.H. Puckett, went to South Dakota, where the two engaged in raising cattle. In 1900 he sold out to Mr. Puckett, but managed the ranch for a year following his sale. His next step was to come back to Lyon county to resume the operation of his own, and here he is found at the present writing.
Mr. Cline was married at Cherokee, Iowa, to Miss Jennie Combs, a daughter of Newel E. and Elizabeth (Hampshire) Combs. The father of Mrs. Cline was born near Cleveland, Ohio, and served with distinction in the Union army, being a member of a Wisconsin regiment. He enlisted at the age of twenty-five years, was wounded and taken prisoner, being kept in Libby prison. He was in mature life a carpenter, and is still living in Friendville, Kansas. Elizabeth Hampshire, noted above as the mother of Mrs. Cline, was born near Warsaw, Illinois. The family is of English blood. Mrs. Cline's grandmother, on the side of her mother, was born in England, and died near Monroe, Wisconsin. Her husband was a teacher and a native-born American. He passed away near Monroe, Wisconsin. Mrs. Cline was a capable teacher before her marriage, and was a teacher in Clay county and also in Cherokee county, where she taught a year in each county. She taught a number of years in Lyon county.
George W. Cline, the father of J.B., was born in Washington county, New York, May 5, 1828. He died at Strawberry Point, Iowa, September 18, 1866. His wife, the mother of J.B. Cline, was Nancy E. Boyce. She was born in 1832 in Cattaraugus county, New York. She married Mr. Cline January 1, 1855, and Nelson Fenner, June 16, 1867. John A. Cline, the grandfather of J.B., was born February 3, 1793, in Washington county, New York, where he died July 29, 1861. His wife, Catherine Wyant, was born in Essex county, New York, and died in her native state. The maternal grandfather of J.B. Cline was James T. Boyce, who was born in 1795 in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a lifelong farmer, and died in Franklinville, New York,January 12, 1864. The maternal grandmother of Mr. Cline was Elizabeth Bloodgood, who was born in New Jersey, November 3, 1798. The following year her parents took her to Herkimer county, New York, where she died in Ellicottville, in 1887. She was a daughter of Gage and Nancy Bloodgood, and her father was a veteran in the Revolutionary war.
Mr. Cline is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, No. 480, of Rock Rapids, and with his family is associated with the Methodist church.
source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO., Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905
transcribed & submitted by Roseanna Zehner, Lyon co. IAGenWeb coordinator
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