POLLARD, M. 1833-1914
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Date: 9/28/2016 at 15:49:47
M. Pollard was born in West Mearth county, Ireland, in November, 1833 and at the age of seventeen years emigrated to America. After living a few years in the state of New Jersey where he received his early farm training he followed the tide of emigration to the west and south and the year 1861 found him in the state of Mississippi, where he narrowly escaped being drafted into the confederate army, having taken the last boat leaving for the north before the river Mississippi was blockaded. In September 1861 he enlisted in Company A, 9th Illinois Cavalry and served as a true and faithful soldier--southern Missouri and Arkansas being principally the scenes of his service, till sickness intervened and after leaving the Federal hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, he returned to the state of Illinois where he was united in marriage to Miss Bridget Molony of Rock Island, in February 1863, where they resided for a few years before coming to Grundy county, Iowa, which was then a wild prairie country and settled on the farm which still bears his name. After enduring all the hardships and inconveniences incidental to the life of the early pioneer, he succeeded in securing a comfortable home, where he resided till coming to Grundy Center, 15 years ago. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and seven children. One died in infancy and the other, James Molony, died two years ago. The surviving children are Mary of Davenport, Katheryn and Margaret at home, Frank and John of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Mrs. Geo. Lynch of Morrison and Mrs. Jas. Cox of Eldora. There are 21 grandchildren.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 June 1914, pg 1
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