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Anderson, Daniel


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Date: 3/26/2020 at 11:39:36

DANIEL ANDERSON, farmer and stock-raiser, on section 20, Franklin Township, has been a resident of Washington County since 1855. He was born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1832, and is the son of Peter and Jane (Gilkison) Anderson, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. He was reared upon a farm, and remained at home until twenty-one years of age, when he left Ohio and went to Marshall County, Ind., where remained two years, engaged in working at the carpenter trade. He then came to Washington County, where he worked at his trade twelve years, and then removed to his present farm, which contains of 280 acres of fine land, all of which is under cultivation. His first purchase was 100 acres, to which he since added 180 acres. On the 15th of January, 1864, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage with Nancy Davis, a native of Indiana, and daughter of Samuel Davis. By this union there were two children W.A. now in the State of Kansas, and Alonzo, residing at home. Mrs. Anderson died Nov. 30, 1869 aged about thirty years. On the 28th of December, 1871, Mr. Anderson was again married, choosing as a wife Miss Sarah B. Todd, a native of Indiana, and daughter of Abel Todd. By this union there are three children John, Frank, and Charles E., all of whom are residing at home.

Politically Mr. Anderson is a Democrat, but does not take an active part in politics. He has served several terms as Road Supervisor, much against his will. The father of Mr. Anderson died in 1860, aged sixty-five, and the mother in 1881, at the age of seventy-four years. As may be inferred from what has already been said, Mr. Anderson commenced his life in very limited circumstances, for many years working at his trade of carpenter, laying by from time to time a small sum until he had acquired sufficient to make his first purchase of land. Good fortune has attended him since he commenced his life as a farmer, and he is now numbered among the thrifty farmers of Franklin Township, and is entitled to the respect entertained for him by his friends and neighbors generally.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of Daniel Anderson, page 246.


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