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Albert Vasey

VASEY, KENT, CARTWRIGHT, PORTER, HASKELL

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/12/2011 at 19:50:01

ALBERT VASEY is a worthy representative of the agricultural interests of Grundy County. He successfully carries on farming on section 33, Lincoln Township, where he owns and operates two hundred and forty acres of good land. He was born in the year 1847, in the province of Quebec, Canada. His father, Anthony Vasey, was a son of Mathias and Rebecca Vasey. The former was a native of County Durham, England, and was a farmer by occupation. He lived upon rented land, however, in that country, for he was in limited circumstances. In 1824, accompanied by his family, he crossed the Atlantic to Canada and located upon an island near Montreal. Subsequently he bought land in the province of Quebec. His last years were spent in the home of his son Anthony. He was a member of the Church of England, and reared a family of eleven children.

The father of our subject acquired his education in the common schools of Canada, and continued with his parents upon the home farm until he had arrived at manís estate. At the age of twenty-one he was united in marriage to Myra Kent, daughter of William and Rebecca (Cartwright) Kent. She and her parents were natives of Lincolnshire, England, and when she was a maiden of thirteen summers the family emigrated to Canada. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Vasey were born the following children: Isabel (deceased), William, Jane, Mathias, Edwin, Albert, Maria, Carrie, Sarah, and Ida, who is deceased. The parents were both members of the Church of England. In 1866 they came to Iowa, locating in Grundy County, where Mr. Vasey purchased and operated three hundred and twenty acres of land. He never took out his naturalization papers in this country. His wife died in 1871, and his death occurred in 1885.

In the usual manner of farmer lads, Albert Vasey was reared to manhood, and when he had attained the age of twenty-one, in connection with his two brothers, he bought the old homestead farm, comprising a half-section of rich land in Iowa. He now owns in his own name two hundred and forty acres, and in connection with a brother owns six hundred and twelve acres elsewhere in the state. In connection with the cultivation of his land he engages quite extensively in stock-raising, and has made a specialty of fine Hambletonian horses and Durham cattle.

In January, 1889, Mr. Vasey was united in marriage with Miss May Porter, daughter of William and Hattie (Haskell) Porter. In 1892 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died on the 4th of September, leaving one son, Horace Kent. She was a lady of many excellencies of character and had the warm regard of all who knew her. Mr. Vasey is a popular, genial gentleman, well liked, for he possesses many excellent traits of character, and his career has ever been an upright, honorable one. We take pleasure in presenting this sketch to our readers, knowing that it will be received with interest by his many friends.

Source:
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy Counties, Iowa
1894


 

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