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Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


Robert BUGHER purchased his present home in 1874. He was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, Jan. 5, 1825, and is the eldest of eleven children, nine of whom are living. His father, Isaac BUGHER, was a native of Pennsylvania, and died in Illinois. His mother, Isabelle (sic, should be Isabell) (HAILYER) BUGHER, was a native of Virginia, and now lives in Adair Co., Iowa.

Robert learned the carpenter trade of his father, but his health being inadequate, he became a farmer. In 1845 he married Elizabeth LAZIER, a native of Virginia. In 1848 he emigrated to Henry Co., Ill., where he followed farming and was very successful. Being desirous of obtaining more land, thus giving his sons better facilities, he removed to Iowa and secured the south half of section 9, in Pleasant Valley township, for which he paid $10 per acre, unimproved. It is a most desirable location, being well watered and having but little waste land to mar its value. When first removing, he lived one year on an adjoining improved farm, and in the meanwhile built his present spacious farm residence, and has since so improved, built and beautified his home, that he now possesses one of the finest farms in the county. He gives his principal attention to stock farming.

He is democratic in politics. He served as justice of the peace fourteen years in Illinois, and has held the same office in Iowa. He has also been trustee of township, school director, etc. He is highly respected as a citizen, and in social life is affable and courteous. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1848. Religiously, he is a Baptist.

His children are Nettie [Penelope "Nettie" (1850- )], wife of Marshall CARVER, Lander ["Lee" (1852-1931)], Isaiah [(1858 - )], Isaac [(1859-1927)], Alpheus ["Al" (1865-1940)], Robert [W. (1870-1897)] and Cemantha (sic, should be Samantha) [(1873-1947), wife of Floyd Dolan WAY].

NOTE: Robert BUGHER Sr. died on November 2, 1897. Elizabeth (LAZIER) BUGHER died at the age of 78 years on March 12, 1902. They were interred at Rockwell (a.k.a. Linn Grove Cemetery), Rockwell, Iowa.

Penelope "Nettie" BURGHER CARVER married second, after John Marhsall CARVER'S death in 1909, to Robert Potter COLE on April 6, 1910, Lexington Nebraska. She was interred at Highland Cemetery< Bertrand, Nebraska.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 934. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2012



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