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Posted By: Joni Hindman (email)
Date: 10/12/2009 at 17:35:28

CYRUS ABBOTT, Sr., farmer and stock-raiser; was born on the 21st day of December, 1817, in Worcester county, Massachusetts; is the son of Cyrus C. and Polly Abbott, descendants of England. The subject of this sketch was, on the 20th day of September, 1839, married to Ann B. Newton, of the same county and State he was born in. They have four children living: Mahlon S., born January 19, 1843; Charles N., July 4, 1847; Cyrus W., May 19, 1850; George A., March 3, 1854. Mr. Abbott learned the trade of shoemaking. He moved to Wilksboro, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in the wholesale manufacture of boots and shoes for three years. He then moved to Carbondale and followed his trade four years. Then went into the livery business and followed that for ten years. In 1857 he came to Iowa and bought land in sections 19 and 22. He now resides on section 22, and follows farming and raising cattle and hogs. In the winter of 1857, while crossing the river on the ice he broke through, and had it not been for his two sons, Mahlon and Charles, with the aid of a rope, would have been drowned. In 1870 he ran a steamboat from his timber to Coralville. He also has a saw-mill which he runs in winter. He is a republican in politics, and voted for the amendment. Source: History of Johnson County, Iowa, 1836-1882, page 775.


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