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ALBERT MARCHANT, who is manager of the Iowa Canning Company's branch at Storm Lake, is a master hand in the canning industry, which has been the chief line of his business experience since boyhood. 

Mr. Marchant, who has the distinction of being mayor of the City of Storm Lake, was born in Benton County, Iowa, April 16, 1882. His father, Joel B. Marchant, was born in Illinois, of French ancestry, the original spelling of the name being Marchand. Joel Marchant came to Iowa when a young man, and was a farmer in this state. Though very young, he served out a period of enlistment in the Civil war as a private in Company G of the Second Iowa Infantry. he died in Benton County in 1917, when seventy years of age. Joel Marchant married Nany Arnold, a native of Illinois, who died in 1889, at the age of forty-two. 

Albert Marchant grew up on a farm, attended public schools at Garrison, and it was with the Garrison Canning Company that he received his first training in the canning business. He started as a laborer and was given increasing responsibilities until he reached the post of assistant superintendent of the plant. The Garrison Canning Company subsequently became a unit of the Iowa Canning Company. 

Mr. Marchant left there in 1908 and for about a year was connected with the cannery at Dysart, Iowa, and in 1909 moved to Storm Lake to become manager of the Storm Lake branch of the Sac City Canning Company. he was also elected vice president of the company. In July, 1929, the Sac City Canning Company was merged with the Iowa Canning company. Mr. Marchant remains as manager of the Storm Lake plant. 

He has been a public spirited citizen, willing to do his part in community matters and for two terms, 1911-1915, was a member of the city council. He is now in his second term as mayor, the term ending in March, 1931. He has also been a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and vice president of the Rotary Club. 

Mr. Marchant is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a Republican and a Methodist. he married Miss Ella May Graves, a native of Iowa, daughter of E. A. and Elizabeth Graves, of Garrison, Iowa. Mrs. Graves died on November 27, 1913, and Mr. Graves died January 30, 1918. One of the principal accomplishments during Mayor Marchant's administration is the cleaning of the lake of blue-green algae. Another important item is the installation of an electrolier system or white way along Lake Avenue.  

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

MARKHAM, HENRY C.

Henry C. MARKHAM was born in New York City, July 24, 1812; he died at Mount Ayr, Ringgold county, Iowa, May 12, 1901. He was truly a pioneer, having lived in Iowa sixty-five years. His first half on his western travels was in Ohio, but he came to Montrose, Lee county, Iowa, in 1836. That frontier post was then held by a detachment of United States soldiers. He was first employed as a clerk by an Indian trader. In the organization of Lee county he also took a part. Entering into the politics of the time he became deputy sheriff. While filling this office he participated in two famous "man hunts" one for the HODGES brothers who murdered two Germans near West Point, and the other for the murderers of Col. DAVENPORT on Rock Island. He married Miss Hannah REMINGTON, who resided near Montrose, in 1844, and the following spring started to remove overland to Oregon. The outfit consisted of "a prairie schooner" wagon drawn by a yoke of cows and two yokes of oxen. It was winter when they reached Council Bluffs, where he erected a rude log hut and remained until spring. He then determined to abandon the idea of going farther west and returned to Lee county. He went into the mercantile business at Montrose, but some years afterward settled in Albia. He was appointed postmaster of that town by President Franklin Pierce, and held the office four years. In 1859-60 he was sheriff of Mouroe county. At the outbreak of the rebellion he entered the military service as Captain of company I, Eighth Iowa infantry. Suffering from bronchitis he was mustered out of the service, but promptly re-enlisted in "the graybeard regiment," where he became First Lieutenant of company G, from which he was discharged at the close of the war. He settled at Mount Ayr in 1869, where he served as postmaster under President GRANT. He withdrew from active business in the later seventies, after which time he lived a retired life. That he was a useful man is attested by his services as a soldier, as well as by the positions he had filled in civil life. He was known as "a kindly, reputable and honorable citizen."

~ SOURCE: ALDRICH, Charles, A.M., ed.The Annals of Iowa Vol. V., 3rd Series p. 157. Historical Department of Iowa. Des Moines. 1901.
~ Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009, http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/biographical/bio-markhamhenryc.html

 

ELIHU G. MARTIN

WILLIAM H. MARTIN is secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Bettendorf Manufacturing Company. This is one of the big industries located in the Davenport district, the plant being at 2527 State Street in Bettendorf, Iowa. This company has to been in existence as long as some of the older manufacturing concerns of the district, but it has done much to extend the fame of Davenport as a manufacturing center. Mr. Martin was born at Davenport, October 5, 1882, son of Charles Dyer and Johannan (Grace) Martin. Both parents are deceased. His father was also born at Davenport, while his mother was born in Louisville, Kentucky. The grandparents on both sides come from Ireland. William H. Martin attended parochial schools at Davenport, St. Ambrose College and graduated A. B. from St. Mary's College at St. Mary's, Kansas. For several years he was connected with the Red Jacket Pump Company, but in 1910 became one of the founders of the Bettendorf Manufacturing Company. He was associated with his father and with Charles Schick in organizing the business. He has had charge of the sales and business management. The vice president of the company is Mr. J. W. Bettendorf and the president, J. Reed Lane. The manufactured products of the Bettendorf Manufacturing Company are Davenport oil engines, Schick baling presses, Midland cigar lighters and Bettendorf oil burners. The oil machines manufactured are powerful implements, which have met every test of engineering and practical efficiency and are used not only all over the United States but in many foreign countries. They have proved especially adaptable as auxiliary engines for propelling ships in the fishing fleet on the New England coast. Perhaps the largest part of the business of the company is the manufacture of the power baling presses originated and patented by Mr. Schick and known as the Schick balers. the general line of Schick power balers are extensively used by business houses, manufacturing establishments and other plants for the baling of waste paper and many lines of bulky manufactured goods and raw materials, including hay and straw, clothing, scrap metal. The present plant of the Bettendorf Manufacturing Company was erected in 1916. Mr. Martin was married, February 6th, 1929, to Miss Irene Johnson, of Davenport. He is a member of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and B. P. O. Elks.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

McLEARY, JOHN D. was born in Wabash county, Illinois, September 27, 1829; he died at Indianola, Iowa, April 3, 1914. He was educated and taught school in his native county, later going as a school teacher to Fulton county. In 1852 he removed to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and taught school one winter. He then removed to Indianola where he spent a few years teaching school and acting as deputy county clerk. He took up the study of medicine, most of his course being pursued in Chicago. He received his degree in 1861 from the Keokuk Medical College. He practiced medicine in Indianola continuously for more than fifty-two years. During the last years of the war he served as assistant surgeon in the Thirty-fourth and Forty-sixth Iowa regiments. In 1891 Gov. Horace Boies appointed him regent of the State University of Iowa to fill out the unexpired term of Thomas S. Wright, and later he served a full term. He was a member of the county board of examiners of the insane from the time of its organization until shortly before his death. For many years he was pension examiner and for forty-one years local surgeon for the C. R. I. & P. Railway. He was a Republican in politics and always interested in the welfare of the community in which he lived.

~ "Notable Deaths" Annals of Iowa. Vol. XI, No. 1, 3rd Series. Pp. 634-35. Historical Society of Iowa. Des Moines. April, 1913.
~ Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009

 

JOHN F. MERRY was born in Summit County, Ohio, March 24, 1844. He came to Iowa with his parents in an emigrant wagon in 1856, his father locating on a farm in Delaware County. The son secured an education in the public schools and became a teacher. In 1880 he entered the service of the Illinois Central Railway Company as excursion agent, making himself so useful that he was soon promoted to general western passenger agent, and finally to assistant general passenger agent of the entire system. 

Captain Merry served in the Civil War, as a private first in the Twenty-first Infantry. He afterwards recruited and was elected a lieutenant in Company F, of the Forty-sixth Regiment. He was on the staff of General Fairchild in the Grand Army of the Republic, and was the originator of the law converting the battle-field of Vicksburg into a National Park. Captain Merry was a member of the Iowa Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition Commission. 

He has given special attention to the agricultural and commercial development of the country traversed by the Illinois Central Railroad system and has published several works of interest among which are "Where to Locate New Factories," "The Southern Homeseeker's Guide." and the "Industrial Outlook for New Orleans." 

Captain Merry has held the following important positions: assistant general passenger agent of the Illinois Central Railway Company, secretary and assistant treasurer of the Dunlieth & Dubuque Bridge Company, secretary and assistant treasurer of the Fort Dodge & Omaha Railroad Company. He is a prominent Republican, serving as delegate to the Republican National Convention at St. Louis in 1896.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

JOHN MEYER was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, February 26, 1824. He was a graduate of Oberlin College and for two years was an instructor in the institution. In April, 1857, he located at Newton, Iowa, which became his permanent home. In August, 1862, he was commissioned captain in Company K, Twenty-eight Iowa Volunteers, serving three years in the Union Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was engaged in the battles of Champion's Hill, siege of Vicksburg, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek. Mr. Meyer had served in the House of Representatives of the Ninth General Assembly, both in the regular and extra sessions, and after the close of the war in the fall of 1865 was elected to the Senate, serving in the Eleventh and Twelfth General Assemblies. In 1877 he was again elected to the Senate, serving through the Seventeenth and Eighteenth General Assemblies. For many years he was trustee of Iowa College at Grinnell. He died on the 14th of May, 1902.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

MILLER, JAMES P

MILLER, John Addison was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, on April 28, 1829, the son of Henry MILLER (1786-1864) and Catherine (MONTGOMERY) MILLER (1792-1864). He married on August 28, 1852, Rockbridge County, Virginia, to his second cousin, Mary Malinda LEECH. They left in 1854 from Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. They went by wagon to Wheeling, West Virginia; then by boat, to Burlington, Iowa, where they were met by their uncle, Henry Miller OCHILTREE, Sr., and then taken by wagon to Morning Sun, 3 miles distant. They lived for two years on land leased from Mr. OCHILTREE, and raised an immense crop of wheat.

The oldest son, Sydney Webster MILLER, was born in Rockbridge County. At Morning Sun, a daughter, Willie Ann, was born, died, and was buried there. In 1855 they left Morning Sun, for Ringgold County, Iowa, stopping for the winter in Lucas County, where Mary's eldest half brother James H. LEECH, (sic, James was an uncle) was living. There the third child, James Leech MILLER, was born in 1856. In 1857, they went on to Ringgold County, buying out a squatter, chiefly to get possession of a house, in which to live. In 1858, Mr. MILLER moved this cabin, to his own land. In 1860, twin daughters were born who were named Catharine Montgomery [Mrs. Charles WARREN of Kiona, Washington], and Rebecca Ochiltree [Mrs. Luther MILBURN of Boulder, Colorado].

In 1860, Mr. MILLER enlisted in the Federal Army as a Sergeant with Company G of the 4th Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to Full 1st Sergeant on September 5th of 1861. After 6 months of service, he returned home on a recruiting trip. He returned to his regiment in October 1862, and was killed, December 29, 1862, during the seige of Vicksburg. [American Civil War Solders' database states that Sgt. MILLER died during the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi.] He was thirty-two-years old at the time of his death.

A daughter, Mary Addie MILLER (later Mrs. J. B. DOUGLAS of Camlachie, Ontario, Canada) was born just before her father's death on November 12, 1862.

Mary Malinda (LEECH) MILLER, the daughter of John "Broad" C. J. LEECH (1793-1859) and Rebecca Boggs (OCHILTREE) LEECH (1799-1872), was born on June 5, 1832 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. She remarried in 1867 to Hezekiah Reed BURKS (died Feb. 20, 1869, age 40), and died June 1, 1904. Hezekiah and Mary were interred at Middle Fork Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

SOURCE:
RAILEY, Clementine (BROWN). History of the House of OCHILTREE of Ayrshire, Scotland p. 171. Bulletin Printing Co. Sterling, Kansas. 1916
American Civil War Soldiers Database, ancestry.com

Transcriptions & compilation by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009

 

JAMES C. MILLIMAN was born in Saratoga County, New York, January 28, 1847, and was educated in the State University, earning his way from the time he was ten years old. In 1856 he came to Iowa, locating at Missouri Valley. He served eight years as recorder of Harrison County and was one of the founders of the Harrison County Bank in 1876. For many years he was engaged in the abstract, loan and real estate business. He served in the Union Army during the War of the Rebellion until disabled in battle by severe wounds in 1864. In 1893-4 he was the Senior Vice-Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for the Department of Iowa. In 1894 he was a Representative in the Twenty-fifth General Assembly. In 1897 he was elected Lieutenant-Governor on the Republican ticket with L. M. Shaw and in 1899 was reelected, serving four years. He was a member of the Commission of Iowa for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

NOAH W. MILLS was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, on the 21st of June, 1834. He received a liberal education, having graduated at Wabash College. For several months after leaving college he was employed in an engineering corps and later had a position with the Adams Express Company. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. In the fall of 1856 he removed to Iowa, taking up his residence at Des Moines, where he entered into partnership with his brother, F. M. Mills. When the Rebellion began, Noah W. was one of the first to enter the volunteer service and was appointed second lieutenant of Company D, of which M. M. Crocker was the first captain in the Second Iowa Infantry. He received rapid promotion to captain, major, lieutenant-colonel in June, 1862, and upon the wounding of Colonel Baker, succeeded him as colonel of the regiment. On the second day of the Battle of Corinth, while Lieutenant-Colonel Mills was leading a charge he was severely wounded in the foot and a week later he was attacked with lockjaw and died on the 12th of October. Colonel Mills was a man of fine literary attainments and was an accomplished newspaper writer.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

W. A. MILLSAP

W[illiam]. A[lfred]. MILLSAP, section 12, Benton Township, is one of the pioneers of Ringgold County. He is a native of Lawrence County, Indiana, born November 10, 1827, son of Bela and Elizabeth (McGUIRE) MILLSAP. He was the fourth of six children. His early life was spent on the farm and attending the common schools. In 1853 he removed to McDonough County, Illinois, where he resided two years, and in the spring of 1855 came to Ringgold County, and settled on section 5, Rice Township, where he built a log house. This house is now used by a family for a residence. He remained on this farm four or five years, then removed to Marshalltown, in Rice Township, and resided until 1866.

During the Rebellion he went forth in defense of his country, enlisting [from Mount Ayr, Iowa, as a Private on] August 9, 1862, in Company G, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry, and was in the service three years. He was in the battles of Helena, capture of Little Rock, and was in General Steele's Camden expedition, where the regiment was engaged thirty-seven days in fighting. He was [mustered out of service on August 10, 1865, New Orleans, Louisiana, and] honorably discharged at Davenport in August, 1865, and returned to his home.

In 1866 he removed to section 12, upon his father's old homestead, where he resided about eight years. In 1874 he came to his present home, where he has since resided. His farm contains 167 acres of land in a high state of cultivation and well improved. He has a comfortable story-and-a-half residence, an orchard of four acres - one of the best in the township - a barn and out-buildings for stock, and is engaged in general farming, stock-raising and feeding.

He is a Republican and has served as coroner two years, member of the School Board, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church; has served as class-leader and steward about fifteen years.

Mr. MILLSAP was married to Miss OGLESBY, a native of Kentucky, and reared in Indiana. They are the parents of eight children - Elizabeth M., Isaac M., Thomas J., Anna A., Mary Ann and William E. (twins), Alexander H. and Hattie B. Ferdinand, Alonzo P. and Willie A. are deceased.

William Bela "Billie" MILLSAP, pictured at right, was born in Green County, Tennessee on January 10, 1797, the son Robert MILLSAP (1773 NC - 1842 IN) and Marcia "Massy" (LACY) MILLSAP (1764 VA - 1842 IN). He married first to Nancy McLEAN. No children were born to his first marriage. He married second July 26, 1821, Lawrence, Indiana, Elizabeth McGUYER. Elizabeth was born November 17, 1805 in Ireland, and died on August 14, 1835, Lawrence, Indiana. William Bela "Billy" MILLSAP was born January 10, 1797, Green County, Tennessee, and died August 15, 1885, Decatur County, Iowa. William married third in Washington County, Indiana, on February 2, 1837 to Jane BUNCH, and had a son Irenious MILLSAP (1837-

William Alfred MILLSAP, son of William Bela and his second wife Elizabeth (McGUYER), was born November 10, 1827, Lawrence, Indiana, and died at the age of 76 years on December 19, 1903, Ringgold County, Iowa. He married February 25, 1850, Jackson County, Indiana to Mildred Willis "Millie" OGLESBY. Mildred Willis "Millie" (OGLESBY) MILLSAP was born March 11, 1833 in Kentucky, and died February 7, 1897, Ringgold County, Iowa. W. A. and Mildred were interred at Marshalltown Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. William and Mildred were the parents of twelve children:

1) Ferdinand MILLSAP, born circa 1851, Lawrence Co. IN

2) Alonzo P. MILLSAP, born 1852, Lawrence Co. IN; died circa 1860

3) William A. MILLSAP, born circa 1853, McDonough County, IL

4) Elizabeth Maria MILLSAP, born circa 1855, IL or IA; died 19 Mar 1864 interment Platte River Cemetery near Maloy, Ringgold Co. IA

5) Isaac Newton MILLSAP, born circa 1857, Ringgold Co. IA

6) Thomas J. MILLSAP, born Apr 1861, Ringgold Co. IA; died 1932 married Mary E., born 1863; died 1914 Thomas and Mary interred Diagonal Cemetery, Ringgold Co. IA

7) Amy Ann MILLSAP, born 1862, Ringgold Co. IA married 04 Dec 1881 William BYERLY, born circa 1860, Ringgold Co. IA

8) Mary Ann MILLSAP, twin, born 06 Jul 1866, Ringgold Co. IA; died 21 Aug 1945, Mount Ayr IA interment Benton Cemetery, Ringgold County, IA

9) William Ellsworth MILLSAP, twin, born 06 Jul 1866, Ringgold Co. IA; died 01 Aug 1917, Ringgold Co. interment Marshalltown Cemetery, Ringgold County, IA

10) Willis Alexander "Willie" MILLSAP, born ca. 1868, Ringgold Co. IA; died ca. 1870, Ringgold Co. IA

11) Alexander Huggins MILLSAP, born 07 Apr 1870, Benton IA; died 30 Sep 1934, Mount Ayr IA married Dora THARP, born 26 Sep 1870; died 29 Mar 1946, Clarinda IA Alexander and Dora interred Marshalltown Cemetery, Ringgold Co. IA

12) Hattie B. MILLSAP, born circa 1872, Benton, Ringgold Co. IA

~Sources:
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, p. 392, 1887.
American Civil War Soldier Database, ancestry.com
WPA Graves Survey
http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/biographical/ring_bio-millsapwma.html (photograph of gravestone on website)
from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 392

~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

 

WILLIAM O. MITCHELL is a native of Iowa, born in Van Buren County, April 4, 1846. At the age of sixteen he enlisted in Company C, Thirteenth Iowa Volunteers, serving three years. During that time he was eight months a prisoner confined in the Andersonville stockade, Salisbury and Florence prisons, from the last of which he escaped. During his term of service he participated in the Vicksburg campaign and many other engagements. After the close of the war he graduated at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, and began the study of law, being admitted to the bar in 1872. He located at Corning in Adams County and in addition to practicing law became largely engaged in farming. He has done probably more than any other one man to call public attention to the famous "Blue Grass Region" of southern Iowa as a stock country. He was in 1891 elected Representative in the House of the Twenty-fourth General Assembly and had the unusual honor of being chosen Speaker the first term of his legislative service. he was reelected to the Twenty-fifth General Assembly, serving as chairman of the committee of ways and means. In 1895 he was elected to the Senate, serving in the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh General Assemblies and at the extra session.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

General S. MOORE, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, April 10, 1830. His father, Riley MOORE, was a native of Virginia, of Irish parentage, and died in 1847, while in the service during the Mexican war. His grandfather, Riley MOORE, was a soldier of the Revolution, and died in 1844, aged 101 years. His mother, Mary Ann (DYER) MOORE, was a native of Virginia. His parents had a family of eight children - Isaac W., Owen, Elizabeth, Andrew Jackson, General S., Sarah, John
and Nancy.

Mr. MOORE resided in his native county until twelve years of age, then came to Moultrie County, Illinois, thence to Champaign County, where he lived about fifteen years. He was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools and at home.

He was married April 17, 1851, to Miss Elizabeth JOHNSON, a native of Indiana, daughter of James and Juriah JOHNSON. In September, 1855, Mr. Moore, with wife and one child, came to Iowa, locating in Monroe County, until April, 1856, when he came to Ringgold County, and settled in Lott's Creek Township, on section 5. He improved the land and resided upon it until August, 1862.

August 10, 1862, [at the age of 33 years] he enlisted [from Mount Ayr, Iowa] in Company G, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry. While in the service he received a wound which fractured a knee joint, an injury from which he has never recovered. He was honorably discharged May 31, 1865, at Memphis, Tennessee [and mustered out of service on June 4, 1865], and returned to his home.

A short time after his return he engaged in the mercantile trade at Caledonia, starting with a capital of $450, which he conducted in such a successful manner that in a few years the annual sales of the establishment were over $20,000. In 1867 he was appointed postmaster and served until 1882, when he resigned. In 1884 he closed out his business. He was elected county supervisor and took his seat January 1, 1882. He was one of the board that purchased the poor farm and erected the court-house. He has served in several township offices. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and one of the most liberal supporters.

Mr. and Mrs. MOORE are the parents of six children - Mary Helen, Brewer, Owen F., Isaac W., Florence and Cordelia. James H. and Frederick A. are deceased.

Mr. MOORE has a valuable residence in town, a one-and-a-half-story building, surrounded with shade and ornamental trees, and well furnished. He owns 144 acres of land adjoining the town, and twenty-seven town lots. He has given his children a good education, and they are well fitted to take part in the active duties of life. He commenced life without means; but by industry and good management he has acquired a fine property. Politically he is a Republican.

NOTE: James R. JOHNSON was born in North Carolina on June 11, 1810, the eldest son of Robert W. JOHNSON (ca. 1792-1837) and Anna "Bess" (CHAMBERS) JOHNSON (1789-1875). Brothers James and Abraham JOHNSON married sisters Juriah and Lucinda WOOD, daughters of John and Kitty (McFARLAND) WOOD. According to family legend, Kitty died when Lucinda was 10 months old and the girls were raised by their older sister Margaret. James and Juriah were married in Putnam County, Indiana, on August 21st, 1831, and they eventually moved to Ringgold County, Iowa, settling in Lotts Creek Township. Juriah (WOOD) JOHNSON was born in March of 1812, near Bullet, Kentucky, and died at the age of 90 years on August 2, 1902, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. James R. JOHNSON died February 24, 1863, Caledonia, Ringgold County, Iowa. James and Juriah were interred at Caledonia Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. James and Juriah were the parents of seven children, Elizabeth (JOHNSON) MOORE being their first-born child.

Frederick A. MOORE was born in 1869, and died July 12, 1871, with interment at Caledonia Cemetery, Caledonia, Ringgold County, Iowa.

~Sources:
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, p. 394, 1887.
American Civil War Soldiers Database, ancestry.com
WPA Graves Survey
http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/biographical/ring_bio-mooregenerals.html (NOTE: General was his 1st name, not his rank during the Civil War - hopeful parents?)
from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 394

~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

 

JOHN D. MOORE

John D[ingeldein]. MOORE was born in Greene County, Indiana, June 10, 1844, a son of Jacob and Rebecca (SPARKS) MOORE, natives of Virginia and Ohio respectively, the father going to Indiana when about four years of age. The parents left Indiana for Cedar County, iowa, when he was about ten years old, where the father followed farming till he retired from active life. The mother is still living in Cedar County. Of the five children born to the parents only two are now living - John D., and Sarah, wife of M. S. GADDORD (sic), now living in Clinton County.

John D. MOORE, our subject, was the eldest child in his father's family. He received good educational advantages, attending the district schools, and later entered Oskaloosa College, where he pursued his studies for one year.

On leaving school he entered the Union Army, enlisting [from Inland Township of Cedar County, Iowa, on March 23, 1864 as a Private] in Company E, Eleventh Iowa Infantry, and was a member of the Army of The Tennessee, Seventeenth Army Corps, under Command of General BLAIR. He participated in the battles of Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta campaign, and at Bentonville, North Carolina, being in the service eighteen months. He was honorably discharged, and was mustered out in July [15], 1865 [at Louisville, Kentucky]. After the war he returned to Cedar County, and engaged in agricultural pursuits.

He was married in [February 21] 1867 [in Greene County, Indiana] to Miss Elizabeth C[elestus]. GOODWIN, of Greene County, Indiana, a daughter of Abner GOODWIN. They have seven children - Jacob H., William H., Lillie B., Frank M., John A., Sadie E. and Paul R. Mr. and Mrs. MOORE began married life on a farm in Cedar County, Iowa, where they lived till 1874. They then came with their family to Ringgold County, and lived on a farm south of Tingley for four years. They then returned to Cedar County, coming again to Ringgold County in the fall of 1884, when they settled on section 10, Tingley Township, their farm containing 320 acres of improved land, all under fence and seeded down to grass.

He is one of the successful farmers of his township, where he is also engaged in the manufacture of cheese. He milks thirty cows, and sends out about 400 pounds of cheese a week.

He and his wife are active members of the Christian church, of which he is an elder. He was licensed as an evangelist eight years ago, and has since been engaged in the ministry, his church being at Tingley, of which he was one of the organizers.

NOTE: John MOORE was born in 1800 and married on December 16, 1817, Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Anna Elizabetha DINGELDEIN, born January 14, 1797, Unter-Ostern, Germany, the daughter of Johann Balthasar DINGELDEIN (1800-1864) and Philippine (RIESER) DINGELDEIN. Anna Elizabetha was married first to George Adam SARVER (1787-1862) and had a son, Henry Harrison SARVER (1839-1902). John MOORE died in 1835, and Anna Elizabetha died June 25, 1879, both in Greene County, Indiana.

Jacob MOORE, son of John and Anna Elizabetha (DINGELDEIN) MOORE, was born December 10, 1819, Roanoke County, Virginia. The MOORES moved to Washington County in 1824 and after two years moved on to Greene County, Indiana, and then to Cedar County, Iowa, in May of 1855. Jacob married on December 8, 1842 to Rebecca SPARKS, born in Ohio on February 21, 1825, the daughter of Andrew Sinnockson SPARKS (1790-1854) and Jane (TEMPLETON) SPARK (ca. 1792-?). Jacob owned 260 acres of land valued at $13,000 [in 1878] of which he farmed. The family's post office was at Inland, Cedar County, Iowa. Jacob died May 8, 1900; Rebecca died on December 29, 1906, both at Inland Township of Cedar County, Iowa. Jacob and Rebecca were the parents of five children: 1) John D. MOORE, born June 10, 1844, Greene Co. IN 2) Catherine "Kate" J. MOORE, born October 27, 1846, Greene Co. IN; died 1906 3) Sarah E. MOORE, born July 23, 1849, Greene Co. IN; married J. M. GODDARD 4) Susan MOORE, born July 22, 1852, Greene Co. IN; died October 10, 1860, Greene Co. IN 5) Andrew G. MOORE, born January 12, 1859, Green Co. IN; died February 12, 1860, Green Co. IN

John Dingeldein MOORE, son of Jacob and Rebecca (SPARKS) MOORE, was born June 10, 1844, Richland Township of Greene County, Illinois, and died on January 31, 1930, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington. Elizabeth Celestus (GOODWIN) MOORE was born June 9, 1848, Highland Township of Greene County, Indiana, the daughter of Abner GOODWIN (1804-1874) and D. Arthulia Ann (PADGET) GOODWIN (1821-1896). Elizabeth died on December 26, 1925, Walla Walla, Washington. Johnn D. and Elizabeth C. MOORE were the parents of seven children:

1) Jacob Howard MOORE, born 29 Nov 1867, Cedar Co. IA: died 27 May 1950, Elgin, OR married 1892 Laura Belle SMITH (1973-1953) Children: Helen, born 1893, OR; and Verner, born 1895, OR

2) William Abner MOORE, born 20 Jan 1869, Cedar Co. IA; died 1965 married Nov 1899 Agnes May CROSSLAND (1880-1957 Children: Raymond Arthur, Evertt Leland, Lydia Fay, Esther May, William Wayne, Margaret Ellen

3) Lillie Belle MOORE, born 03 Sep 1871, Cedar Co. IA; died 04 Feb 1955, Waitsburg WA married 1st Braxton TODD, born 16 Dec 1844 Children: Robert and Dolph TODD married 2nd John WALLACE

4) Francis Marion MOORE, born 24 May 1875, Tingley IA; died 11 Dec 1898, Waitsburg WA

5) John Dingeldein MOORE, born 03 Oct 1876, Tingley IA; died 07 Nov 1938, Toppenish WA married 16 Jan 1901 Cora Walker BABCOCK (1880-1964) Children: Charles M., Dorothy Dee, Martha Celeste, John Marion

6) Sarah Ellen MOORE, born 02 Feb 1878, Tingley IA; died 14 Sep 1957, Waitsburg WA married Clyde C. MASON

7) Paul Ralph MOORE, born 02 Sep 1879, Cedar Co. IA; died 20 Jan 1966, Lane OR married 25 Dec 1901 OR to Ethel B. EDDLMAN (1882-1965) Children: Donald W. and Pauline B.

~Sources:
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 374, 1887.
American Civil War Soldiers Database, ancestry.com
The History of Cedar County, Iowa Western Historical Co. Chicago. p. 684. 1878.
WPA Graves Survey
http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/biographical/ring_bio-moorejohnd.html
from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 374

~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

 

SAMUEL A. MOORE, pioneer legislator and soldier, was born at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, December 16, 1821. He was educated in the log cabins of Dearborn and Bartholomew counties, and at eight years of age became an apprentice in a printing office where he remained four years. He then worked ten years on a farm, taught school and finally published a paper named the Spirit of the West, at Columbus. In 1853 he removed to Davis County, Iowa, and two years later was elected county judge. He enlisted as a private in Company G, Second Iowa Volunteers in 1861, and was soon promoted to second lieutenant and in November became captain of his company. He was in the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh, and in the latter was so severely wounded that it became necessary for him to resign. In 1863 he was commissioned captain of the "Bloomfield Blues" and in 1864 became aid-de-camp to Governor Stone with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He served as lieutenant-colonel in the Forty-fifth Iowa Volunteers (one hundred days' service) in 1864. Colonel Moore had served in the Indiana Legislature before coming to Iowa, and in 1863 he was elected on the Republican ticket to the State Senate of Iowa, serving in the Tenth and Eleventh General Assemblies. He was one of the superintendents of the eleventh State census. In 1901 he was elected representative in the Twenty-ninth General Assembly; he has long been one of the prominent members of the Pioneer Lawmakers' Association and had delivered many addresses before that body.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

MORGAN, RICHARD H

WELCOME MOWRY was born in Putnam County, Illinois, April 3, 1842, and was educated in the common schools and Dover Academy. In 1861 he enlisted in Company D, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, and participated in the battles of Corinth, Coffeyville, Tupelo, Iuka, Coldwater, Holly Springs, Oxford and Jackson. Mr. Mowry with four companions was sent to reconnoiter the position of the army of General Price at Abbyville and running into the camp guard, fell back in the darkness. The enemy alarmed at the encounter and ignorant of the size of the forces near at hand, hastily evacuated the town. This is probably the only instance on record where five men stampeded an army. One of Mr. Mowry's commanders has said of him: "He was frequently on duty as scout in hazardous expeditions where his unflinching bravery, quick intelligence and sound judgment were signally displayed. He was an ideal soldier." Mr. Mowry was mustered out in September, 1864, but soon reenlisted in the One Hundred Fifty-first Illinois Infantry, serving until February, 1866, and as sergeant was in command of General Jdea's headquarter guards. In 1867 he removed to Iowa, locating on a farm in Tama County, which became his permanent home where he has held many official positions. In 1883 he was elected Representative in the House if the Twentieth General Assembly, taking an active part in the business of the session. In 1896 he was one of the Republican presidential electors, and in 1898 he was elected Railroad Commissioner.

 

~Source:  A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931 

 

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