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Stephen B. Packard, Ex-Governor of Louisiana, was born at Auburn, in the State of Maine, April 25, 1839. His education was acquired in the village schools and Westbrook Academy. At the age of twenty he began the study of law, having previously taught school. He left the law office in 1861 to join the Twelfth Maine Volunteers as first lieutenant and was promoted to captain of Company B. The regiment was assigned to General B. F. Butler's Division, participating in the Louisiana campaign and the captures of New Orleans and Port Hudson. In 1864 Captain Packard served as Judge-Advocate in New Orleans, later joining his regiment which was with Sherman's army. After the close of the war Captain Packard settled in New Orleans, engaged in the practice of law and in 1867 was elected delegate to the Constitutional Convention and was made chairman of the Board of Registration consisting of seven men who were charged with the duty of administering the civil affairs of the State form the adjournment in April until the inauguration of the State Government in July, 1868. He was appointed United States Marshal for Louisiana in 1869 by President Grant. As delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876 he supported Blaine after it was seen to be impossible to nominate General Grant. In November he was elected Governor of Louisiana and inaugurated in January, 1877, but by the manipulation contest he was compelled to abdicate in April. A committee appointed by the Hayes faction obtained a quorum of members in the so-called Nichols Legislature by breaking up a quorum in the regular Stare Legislature which supported Governor Packard. This was a part of the arrangement which made Hayes President. In 1878 Governor Packard was appointed Consul to Liverpool, serving until 1885. Coming to Iowa he purchased a large farm near Marshalltown which he made his permanent home. In 1893 he was a member of the Iowa Commission which had charge of the Stare exhibit at the World's Exposition. He was also on the Iowa Commission at the Trans-Mississippi Exposition at Omaha; and was one of the vice-presidents for Iowa at the Pan-American Exposition, and in the same year was elected a member of the State Board of Agriculture.


Edwin D. PAGE was born circa 1836 at St. Lawrence, New York. Edwin settled in Ringgold County, Iowa, during the year of 1855. He enlisted as a Private from Mount Ayr, Iowa, on November 26, 1861 and the age of 26 years, and was assigned to Company G, 4th Iowa Infantry. He died of disease March 27, 1862, Cassville, Barry County, Missouri.

Edwin married March 24, Ringgold County, Iowa, to Mary Jane ANDERSON. Mary Jane (ANDERSON) PAGE was born in Indiana circa 1831, and died December 17, 1864, in Ringgold County, Iowa.

American Civil War Soldiers database,
American Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database, National Parks Service
Submission by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010

David J. Palmer, soldier and legislator, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, November 15, 1839, coming with his parents to Iowa in 1856 and locating in Washington County. Mr. Palmer completed his education at the United Presbyterian College of Washington, Iowa, and engaged in teaching in the public schools. In 1861 he enlisted in Company C, Eighth Iowa Volunteers and during his service was three times severely wounded. After being discharged for disability, Mr. Palmer again entered the service as captain of Company A, Twenty-fifth Iowa Infantry, and in 1863 was promoted to lieutenant-colonel. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, assault and siege of Vicksburg, Jackson and Canton, was in the campaign from Memphis to Chattanooga and Sherman's march to the sea, the capture of Savannah and the campaign through the Carolinas. Colonel Palmer has been an active Republican and was one of the presidential electors in 1884. In 1891 he was elected to the State Senate from the district composed of Henry and Washington counties, in the Twenty-fourth, Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth General Assemblies. In 1898 he was elected Railroad Commissioner and at the close of his first term was reelected.


Leonard F. Parker was born August 3, 1825, in Arcade, New York. His education was obtained in the common schools, at Arcade Academy and in Oberlin College, Ohio. He began teaching in Ohio in 1841 and followed that profession in the States of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Iowa up to the year 1899. Professor Parker was a member of the faculty of Iowa College from 1859 to 1870, when he was called to the chair of Greek in the State University, and afterwards to that of History. He was lieutenant of Company B, Forty-sixth Iowa Volunteers in the Civil War in the "hundred days' service" and every college boy of Grinnell accompanied him into the service. At the time of the draft riots in Poweshiek County, when two deputy marshals were assassinated, Lieutenant Parker was placed in command of a company of militia and ordered to arrest the outlaws. He was active in organizing Union Leagues during the war. In 1868-70 he was a member of the House of the General Assembly, serving as chairman of the committee on schools. In 1888 Professor Parker resumed his work in Iowa College as Professor of History, serving until 1899 when he retired as Professor Emeritus. he has delivered many public lectures on educational subjects and is the author of a volume on "Higher Education in Iowa," which was published by the National Bureau of Education. His article correcting a misrepresentation in General Grant's famous Des Moines speech had a circulation throughout the entire country in newspapers and magazines.


James C. Parrott was born in Easton, Maryland, May 21, 1811. His father was an officer in the War of 1812 but the son was trained for the mercantile business. In February, 1834, he enlisted in the First United States Dragoons which was largely composed of young men from wealthy and aristocratic families of the eastern States. The regiment was sent to Fort Gibson in Indian Territory. Its colonel was Henry Dodge and its adjutant Jefferson Davis. Young Parrott was a sergeant in Company I, whose captain was Jesse B. Browne. The organization of the regiment was completed in the summer of 1834. George Catlin, the famous painter of Indian portraits and writer on Indian life, was with the regiment on its Indian campaign. Three companies under the command of Colonel S. W. Kearny were stationed at old Camp Des Moines the present site of Montrose. The captain of Company B, was E. V. Sumner, afterwards a famous Major-General of the Army of the Potomac. Captain Nathan Boone of Company H, was a son of Daniel Boone of Kentucky. Parrott was with the expedition sent through northern Iowa in 1835 to settle Indian troubles. Elsewhere some account of this expedition is given. Sergeant Parrott was discharged from service in 1837 and took up his residence at Fort Madison. He was intimately acquainted with Black Hawk, the famous Sac chief, and an admirer of that great Indian leader. When the Rebellion began Mr. Parrott raised a company which was incorporated with the Seventh Infantry as Company E with him as captain. In the Battle of Belmont he was dangerously wounded. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of the regiment commanding it in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Corinth, and commanded a brigade in the campaigns of the Army of the Tennessee, under Grant, Sherman and Smith and participated in the battles on Sherman's march to the sea. Colonel Parrott was promoted to the rank of brevet Brigadier-General at the close of the war. He served ten years as postmaster of Keokuk which had long been his home and where he died on the 17th of May, 1898.



Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
June 15, 1915





H. H. PARSONS, one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Ringgold county, passed away Friday, March 23, at his home in northwest Mount Ayr after a long illness. The end, which had been expected for many weeks on account of his advanced age and prolonged illness, came peacefully and was . . . the passing into a deep sleep. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 from the United Presbyterian church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Robert L. WELCH, and the body was laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by friends who came to pay their tribute of respect to one whose christian character had endeared him to all those who had known him during the many years of his residence in the county.


Henry Harvey PARSONS was born in Grant county, Indiana, on the 13th day of June 1842, and died in Mount Ayr, Iowa, March 23, 1917, aged seventy-four years, nine months and ten days. PARSONS came to Ringgold county as a young man in 1863 and on December 25, 1863, he enlisted in CO. G of 29th Iowa Infantry. He was formally mustered into the service on January 25, 1864. Within three months he was desperately wounded and left on the field as dead in an action at Jenkins Ferry, Ark. After lying on the field until his wound was infected he was picked up as a prisioner of war by the Confederates. For about ten months he was confined in the Southern Military prison, first at Camden, Arkansas, and then at Tyler, Texas. On the 27th day of February he was paroled at the mouth of the Red River in Louisaiana. Mr. PARSONS was mustered out of service at Davenport, Iowa, on May 23, 1865, into complete downfall of the confederacy having already occurred.


On January 25, 1866, Mr. PARSONS was married to Miss Burnetta ROGERS who died July 5, 1901. This marriage was blessed with five children--Ayle, Mrs. J. F. PARSONS of Elmwood, Neb., D. A. PARSONS of Price. Utah, Houston Bert, now deceased, Dr. I. R. PARSONS of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Miss Jennie PARSONS of St. Joseph, Mo.


After his marriage Mr. PARSONS lived upon a farm in Liberty township until 1875, when he was elected county recorder. Thereupon, he removed to Mount Ayr. He served as county recorder for three terms and then engaged in undertaking and in later years was a writer of fire insurance in pursuit of this last occupation he became a familiar figure throughout the entire county as he went from farm to farm writing and adjusting insurance.


On April 13, 1905, Mr. PARSONS was united in marriage to Mrs. Catherine NOBLES, who was tenderly cared for him during the prolonged period of his illness for since February, 1916. Mr. PARSONS has been in failing health, at times suffering greatly. All that medical aid and tender car could do was done to alleviate his disease. During his long sickness he was patient, cheerful and fully resigned to God's will. Nor did he forget . . . thoughtful and helpful to others in their sickness or need. In early life Mr. PARSONS made confession of his faith in Christ and united with the Methodist church maintaining his faithful and consistent fellowship. He transferred his membership to the United Presbyterian church.


Mr. PARSONS was a member of Ellis C. Miller Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and served as commander and in various other capacities. He was twice mayor of the city of Mount Ayr, and a Past Grand Master of the Mount Ayr Lodge 169 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


Mr. PARSONS is survived by a devoted wife, two daughters and two sons, five grand children and two great grandchildren, by one brother and other ralatives, who with his many friends mourn because of the separation, but not as those who have no hope. Mr. PARSONS was sincere in faith, a devoted husband, a kind father, a good neighbor. In public life his influence was always on the side of truth, justice and good order. In business he dealt fairly and openly with all men, never did he practice deceit or knowingly wrong any one, so that his life commended his faith and commanded the respect and esteem of all.



To the neighbors and firends we wish to express our thanks and profound gratitude for the many acts of kindness during the long sickness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of our husband and father, H. H. PARSONS. We also wish to thank the members of the G.A.R. and I.O.O.F. and others for the beautiful floral tributes.



~Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009


PATTEE, DAVID J. was born in Chittenden county, Vermont, December 22, 1839; he died at Okoboji, Iowa, July 1, 1912. He received his education in the public schools and academy of Georgia, Vermont, and was clerk in a general store in that town until the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted in Company A, Ninth Vermont Volunteer Infantry and was taken prisoner in the battle of Harper's Ferry. He was paroled shortly afterward and sent to Camp Douglas near Chicago in charge of rebel prisoners, but soon received his discharge on account of disability. He came to Des Moines, recovered his health, and in June, 1864, re-enlisted in Company F, Forty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and soon after was promoted to Captain. After a service of a few months he received honorable discharge and returned to Des Moines, engaging in the mercantile business. He was a Republican in politics and held the positions of county supervisor, mayor and postmaster. He was elected Representative from Dallas county in 1883 and served through the Twentieth and Twenty-first General Assemblies. He was always deeply interested in all movements that contributed toward the welfare of Perry and gave to the city twenty acres of land for a park.

~ "Notable Deaths" Annals of Iowa. Vol. XI, No. 4. Pp. 236-37. Historical Society of Iowa. Des Moines. January, 1914.
~ Transcription by Sharon R. Becker



The Enterprise
Birmingham , Van Buren , Iowa
Saturday, February 25, 1871

Death of Major Perkins.


Major J. L. Perkins, senior member of the firm of J.L. & A.A. Perkins,

after a long illness, occasioned by an affection of the throat and lungs, died at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Renshaw, on the afternoon of Wednesday. he was able to be about in the house in the morning but took suddenly worse and soon ceased to breathe.


Major Perkins went into the service as a Captain in the 25th Iowa infantry and served during the war, was with Sherman on his march to the sea, having been appointed Major of the 25th. He was a brave and faithful soldier, esteemed and beloved by his comrades. He carried the same qualities into private life, and has a huge position among the business men of the city. He held for some time the office of deputy U.S. Collector, which he resigned a year and a half ago.

In this brief notice we cannot do justice to the memory of the deceased. he was still in the prime of early manhood, only thirty-three years of age, and has left a wife and two children, his parents, brother and a large circle of friends to mourn his early death. To all that knew him the feeling will come home that a good and true man has fallen. Another of the country's brave defenders has passed away. His memory will be treasured by his comrades and long held in grateful remembrance by many who knew and loved him well.--Hawk-Eye, Feb. 23.


A Little Scrap of History. Company "K" 36th Iowa Infantry Vol., which was raised in Monroe county and served three years in the war of the Rebellion, went out originally with 87 men, rank and file. By glancing over the Adjutant General's Report, we glean the following facts in regard to the company:


Thirty-five of the company never returned alive. Eight were killed in battle or died immediately after from their wounds. Twenty-seven died from disease and exposure. Seven were sounded in action and thirty-six were taken prisoners. The names of the killed outright and mortally wounded were Wesley Banister, George W. Brott, Henry W. Cline, N. Hummel, Jordan Pike, Byron Richman, Smith V. Walker, and Abraham P. Waugh. Those who died of disease and exposure were Ira Hawkins, Johnathan P. Pots, James W. Taylor, Luther Baily, Alpheus L. Anderson, Creed H. Amos, Calvin G. Baily, Johnathan Christy, John Day, James G. Bigson, Wm. P. Hannon, Thomas J. Keeling, Calvin Lemons, Lewis Montgomery, W.H. Morris, James A. Murphy, Ferdinand Manda, Christopher Nickles, Ole Olson, David W. Potts, Eli Robins, Joseph S. Robertson, David A. Smith, Wm. H. Taylor, Robert L. Turner, and George Wiggins. The casualties o this company, is a fair sample of all the others which served three years. Such is the horrid history of all wars.--Albia Union. 


~Transcribed by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa Old Press


William B. Perrin was born at Berlin, Vermont, January 19, 1839. His education began in the public school and was continued in Barre Academy and Darmouth College. His studies were interrupted by enlistment in the First Rhode Island Cavalry, Company B, composed for the most part of college students. The company was attached to the Army of the Potomac and saw service in the Shenandoah Valley, the Antietam campaign and at Harper's Ferry. Mr. Parrin later enlisted in the Third Vermont Light Battery, was in the campaign from the Wilderness to Petersburg and at the surrender of the Confederate army under General Lee at Appomattox. After the war Mr. Perrin continued his studies at Dartmouth, graduating in 1866. He took a course of lectures at the Albany Law School in 1866-7, came to Iowa and entered the law office of Tracy and Newman at Burlington. In 1868 he located at Nashua, in Chickasaw County which became his permanent home. He is a veteran legislator, having served in the House of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth General Assemblies, and in the Senate of the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eight General Assemblies.



The Vinton Semi-Weekly Eagle Tues., Nov. 12, 1901

Passing of a Pioneer. A Sketch of the Life of Capt. W. F. Pickerill. From LaPorte Progress Review: On Wednesday evening at nine o'clock occurred the death of W. F. Pickerill, one of La Porte's oldest citizens. The deceased had been in failing health for over three years, and for two years past had not been able to walk up town and was confined to the house most of the time. For the past four weeks he had been rapidly failing and when the end came Wednesday evening, it did not come unexpected. W. F. Pickerill was born in Ohio October 16, 1827. He came to Iowa in 1855, and settled at Dubuque where he lived a short time and then removed to Vinton. He lived here until 1872 when he came to La Porte where he has since lived. While living at Vinton he engaged in the retail boot and shoe trade, and after moving to La Porte he conducted a grocery store for several years after which he took the agency for the Hawkeye Insurance company for which he built up a large business in this vicinity. He was twice married. He was first married in Ohio in 1848, to Miss M. A. Reeves, and from this union four children were born. Two married daughters are still living, but one daughter died in infancy and a son, Frank, died abut two years ago. His first wife died while they were living at Vinton. His second marriage occured in 1867 and he was married to Miss Alice Wasson, daughter of Dr. Jesse Wasson, of La Porte. Two children were born to them, one dying in infancy and the other at the age of six years. His record as a soldier has marked Mr. Pickerill as a patriotic American citizen, having served his country in two wars. He was a soldier in the Mexican war, and when the Civil war broke out he was among the first to answer his country's call. He enlisted in August 1861 in company G, 5th Iowa Infantry, the first company to leave Vinton. He was a lieutenant in this company but was soon raised to rank of captain. He was a capable officer, a brave leader, and was a great favorite with his men. He was taken prisoner at Tunnel Hill in November 1863 and spent thirteen months in Southern prisons, a part of the time in Libby Prison. He received his discharge from the army in 1865 having served through the great civil strife. He was converted while a young man and united with the Christian church. About ten years ago he united with the Presbyterian church of this city, of which he remained a member to the time of his death. He manifested his christian faith during the last weeks of his life and during his illness repeatedly expressed his readiness to go where his Master should call him. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Friday afternoon at 2:30, and were in charge of Trowel Lodge A. F. and A. M. Mr. Pickerill had been for years a member of the Masonic order and it was fitting that the last sad rites should be conducted by the fraternity that he loved. The funeral address was made by the Rev. D. S. Staebler, of the M. E. Church. The body was laid to rest in West View cemetery. Besides a faithful wife, who has been his constant and devoted attendant during the several months of his sickness, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Irene B. Mount, of California, and Mrs. Lou A. Helm, of Tacoma, Washington. The daughters were both present during the last days of his illness. The funeral was largely attended, the friends from away, and the many beautiful floral offerings testifying to the large acquaintance and the general esteem in which the deceased was held in the community where he has lived so long. [William F. Pickerill, born in Ohio, enlisted at Vinton, Benton Co., Iowa, in Company G, Fifth Iowa Infantry. He was then 33. On July 15, 1861, he was appointed First Lieutenant, which was the date on which he mustered into service. He was promoted to Captain on January 15, 1862, and taken prisoner November 25, 1863, at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee. On December 19, 1864, he was discharged. Service information source: "Roster and Record of Iowa Troops in the War of the Rebellion, Vol. 1." Civil War and Iowa: Greyhounds and Hawkeyes. CD-ROM. Creston, IA: O. J. Fargo, 2000.]




Joseph Parshall Poole, son of Micajah and Rebecca Rowlson Poole, was born October 16, 1840, and departed this life February 10, 1929, aged 88 years, 3 months and 24 days. He was one of a family of ten children. August 23, 1861, at the age of 20, he enlisted in Company B, Third Iowa Calvary, of which company only two members survive. He served the 4 years and was discharged June 16, 1865. On February 21, 1867, he was united in marriage to Rachel Ann Holland, who passed away September 28, 1910. To this union eight children were born, seven of whom survive – Mrs. May Schott of Primrose, Benton F. of Mt. Pleasant, George of Davenport, Mrs. Myrtle Glendenning of Guilford, N. Y., Mrs. Claire Pool of Ottumuwa, Ewalt and Edna. One son Eddie, died in infancy. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Adaline Walker of Brinkman, Okla. and a brother Benton of Primrose; also 11 grandchildren and 5 great—Grandchildren, besides a number of nephews and nieces. Shortly after his marriage he and his wife united with the Methodist church of Pilot Grove.


The most of his life was spent in Van Buren and Lee Counties, where he was known as an honest, industrious man and a kind father. Funeral services were conducted from the home Tursday afternoon at 1:30 by Rev. W. Jung. Interment was in Sharon cemetery. Pall bearers were N. E. Poole, Billy Poole, Fred Poole, Birt Poole, Oscar Schock and Clell Poole.


~From newspaper obituaries stored in Grandma Poole's Bible, Evening Democrat 14 Feb. 1929

~Service note: 3rd Iowa Cavalry, Company B

~Transcribed by Kevan Chown 



Died – At the Family home south of West Liberty, on Wednesday, Feb. 11th, Melborn Z. Poole, aged 58.


The funeral services were held at the Christian Chapel on Friday afternoon and were conducted in the presence of a very large concourse of sorrowing friends by Elders J. H. Wright and H. A. Northcutt. The interment took place in Oakridge cemetery under the direction and according to the ritual of the G. A. R., Silas Jackson Post No. 255, of which he was a member, having charge. The deceased was one of those quiet, unassuming men who pursue the even tenor of their way without ostentation, and leave an excellent example of determination in the line of right for those who come after him. He had been a citizen of this county ever since the close of the war, a member of the Christian church since the year of his marriage, 1868; the father of eight children, six of whom are living; the husband of a devoted wife who survives him; an honored citizen of the community in which he lived, and for nearly three years stood in the ranks of the many thousand who rushed to the defense of the of the country in time of threatened destruction. All this stands to his credit, but over it all and adding luster to it all, he was nature’s noble man – an honest man.




A committee appointed at the last meeting of Silas Jackson Post to draft resolutions relative to the death of M. Z. Poole, reposted as follows:


WHEREAS, kind Providence has seen fit to sound the bugle call for a final review of Comrade Milburn Poole, therefore be it.


Resolved, by Silas Jackson Post that we tender to his, widow and children our warmest sympathy in this their hour of bereavement. And be futher


Resolved, that Silas Jackson Post had lost a good comrade, the community a good citizen and our country a brave defender, and the widow and children who survive him shall be ever held dear in the hearts and memories of the comrades of Silas Jackson Post

O. D. Gibson,



~From newspaper obituaries stored in Grandma Poole's Bible, Unknown paper

~Transcribed by Kevan Chown



Ringgold Record, 1873


Edwin F. POLLEY, Respected Citizen of Ringgold County, Dies at Age of 84.

Edwin H. (sic) POLLEY, veteran of the civil war and for fifty years a respected citizen of Ringgold county, died peacefully at his home near Maloy, Tuesday, September 29, 1926, aged 83 years and 11 months, and funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Baptist church in Delphos, being conducted by Dr. William J. COULSTON, pastor of the First Baptist church of Mount Ayr. The interment was in Rose Hill cemetery at Mount Ayr.

The death of Mr. POLLEY marks the passing of another one of the nation's heroes who in the bloom of young manhood, responding to that patriotic impulse which marks the true citizen in time of war or peace, gave themselves unselfishly to the service of country and offered themselves a willing sacrifice for the preservation of the Union. To such as he succeeding
generations owe a debt of gratitude which never can be paid, and as one by one these valiant heroes answer the last roll call, communities in which their lives have been spent bow in solemn reverence. Not only during the dark days of the civil war was the life of Mr. POLLEY characterized by patriotic devotion to service of his country, but that same loyalty and devotion which made him a worthy soldier also made of him a worthy citizen, neighbor and friend. Mr. POLLEY was a man who commanded the respect and confidence of his neighbors. Modest and unassuming, sincere and earnest, he found pleasure in doing the things that would contribute to the upbuilding of the community in which he lived.

Edwin Franklin POLLEY, son of Hiram and Mary POLLEY, was born in Medina county, Ohio, October 29, 1842, and passed away at his home near Maloy, Iowa, September 28 (sic, should be 29), 1926, aged 83 years and 11 months.

When a small boy his parents moved to Clinton county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood.

At the age of 19, in the fall of 1862, he enlisted in the army and was identified with Company I, Second Iowa Infantry, and served until the close of the civil war, at which time he was honorably discharged.

He was united in marriage to Miss Diantha J. HOOVER in Clinton county, Iowa, on the 21st of November, 1868. To this union were born seven children - Mrs. Cora A. TURNER, of Las Animas, Colo.; Mrs. Leona THOMPSON, Mrs. Minnie POOR and Mrs. Lula SKINNER, of Blockton, Iowa; William S. of Delphos, who died five years ago; Charles O., who died in infancy, and Guy, of Maloy, Iowa.

In 1871 he moved to Nebraska where he lived for three years. Thence he moved to Missouri for a short time. In 1876 he located in Ringgold county, Iowa, near Maloy, where he has continuously resided except one year in Blockton.

He was a loving husband, kind father and a good neighbor.

He leaves to mourn his loss his aged companion, five children, fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; also one brother, A. H. POLLEY, of Medford, Oregon, and a host of friends.


For the help and sympathy of neighbors and friends, so generously bestowed during the illness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of our husband and father we are profoundly grateful.


NOTE: Is Charles O. POLLEY who died in infancy the "Infant Son POLLEY" who was
born November of 1886, and died at two weeks of age one November 21, 1886 with
interment at Forrest Home Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa?

~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008


The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1908, OBITUARY.

John M[arshall] POOR, farmer, living on section 22, Rice Township, was born in Washington County, Indiana, August 4, 1836, the eldest child of Alvin and Julia A. POOR, who were among the pioneer settlers of Ringgold County, and died May 29, 1908. They came to this county in the year 1856, and settled in Clinton Township on a farm where they spent their last years. They were the parents of eight children, all of whom are yet living. Their names are - John M., Isabella, Alvin M., Ann Maria, Daniel W., Clinton E., Susan E. and Wesley A.

John M. was reared in Washington and Pike counties, Indiana, his parents locating in the latter county a few years previous to their coming to Ringgold County.

In 1857 he returned to Indiana where he attended school, preparing himself for a teacher, which profession he followed in Indiana and Illinois, until his father's death which occurred in 1862, when he returned to Ringgold County to settle up his father's estate.

August 9, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry, and although his regiment did not participate in many historic battles, their duty was arduous, as well as honorable, ridding the country from bushwackers in Arkansas and Mississippi. Mr. POOR took part in the siege and capture of Mobile, and in the last campaign in Texas. He received an honorable discharge at Davenport, Iowa, August 10, 1865.

He returned to Ringgold County, April 11,1867, when he was married to Miss Mary J. BAIRD, a daughter of Samuel BAIRD, one of the early settlers of Clinton Township where he still resides. Mrs. POOR was born in Putnam County, Indiana, October 12, 1849, and came with her parents to Ringgold County in 1855, where she has since lived. [Mary J. (BAIRD) POOR died March 1, 1926.] Six children are still living - Eugene W., Millie Belle, Mary Emma, Willie
W., Elmer R. and Lura M. Orville, their fifth child, died aged one year.

Mr. POOR followed farming in Clinton Township until 1875, when he commenced improving his present farm in Rice Township, having improved his 160 acres himself without any assistance.  He served in several township offices efficiently and acceptably, and [was] township assessor. Both he and his wife [were] members of the Methodist church.

NOTE: John Marshall POOR was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Mary Jane (BAIRD), wife of John Marshall POOR, was born on October 12, 1849, and died March 1, 1926 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.

~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008



D[aniel]. W[ebster]. POORE, farmer, section 23, Clinton Township, is one of Ringgold County's most worthy citizens, and has been identified with its interests for many years. He was born in [Canton] Washington County, Indiana, October 28, 1846, son of Alvin and Julia (DeWITT) POORE, who were the parents of nine children. In 1850 the family removed to Pike County, Indiana, thence to this county in 1856, locating in Clinton Township. They were among the first settlers of the county. Mr. Poore passed his early life on the farm and was educated in the common schools. In 1866 he removed to Worth County, where he attended school for a time at Grant City.

He was married August 15, 1869 [Allendale, Missouri], to Catherine E. WILLIAMS, of Worth County, Missouri, daughter of Harmon and Mary [Ann] (BROTHERS) WILLIAMS. In 1875 he removed to Harrison County, Missouri, and in 1879 returned to Ringgold County, locating in Clinton Township. In 1882 he engaged in the mercantile business until July 5, 1883, when his storehouse and most of his goods were destroyed by fire. He settled upon his present farm in the fall of 1883. He owns seventy acres of land situated one-half mile south of Redding, and it is well cultivated and well improved.

April 14, 1864 [May 21, 1864 according to the American Civil War Database], he enlisted [at age eighteen, from Mount Ayr as a Private] in Company A, Forty- sixth Iowa Infantry, and served four months; was honorably discharged [and mustered out of service at Davenport, Iowa, on September 23, 1864] and returned to his home.

Mr. and Mrs. POORE are the parents of five children - Lillie, Mary Ann, Susan Edith, Roscoe W., and Clark Stanley.

Mr. POORE is a member of Post No. 51, G. A. R., Redding, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and steward of the same; is also superintendent of the Sabbath-school. Politically he is a Republican. Postoffice, Redding.

NOTE: Alvin R. POORE was born July 31, 1803, Byfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, and died January 29, 1862, Redding, Ringgold County, Iowa. Julia (DeWITT) POORE was born in New York City on November 27, 1812, and died in Redding, Iowa, on July 25, 1875. Alvin and Julia were interred at Fairview Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Daniel Webster POORE died at the age of 81 years on September 6, 1928, Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska. Catherine Elizabeth (WILLIAMS) POORE was born in Sparta, Stark County, Oklahoma, on February 6, 1846, and died in Grand Island, Nebraska, on May 23, 1918, at the age of 72 years.

1) Lillie Dale POORE, born 1871, MO married Joel CLARK, born 1863; died 1939

Child: Guy CLARK, born 05 Sep 1886 married Anna Laura BUEHNER (1886-1975

Children: Evelyn M. and Myrtle L. CLARK

Child: Mamie R. CLARK, born 23 Dec 1891, Grand Island NE; died 05 Aug 1959, Scottsbluff NE married 26 Sep 1909 John SAMPLE

Children: Amy, Audrey, Clayton, Ivan, Milda, and Joe Wayne (1921-1944)

Child: Wavie Bessie CLARK, born 30 Nov 1893, NE; died 28 Jan 1978, CA married 22 May 1913 Aurora NE Evart Bascomb GALBRAITH (1890-1972)

Child: Marlow Willard GALBRAITH, born 25 Nov 1913, NE

Child: Inez Leota (GALBRAITH) OLSON, born 21 Dec 1915, NE; died 06 Mar 1987, CA

Child: Mildred Iota (GALBRAITH) HANNA, born 06 Feb 1916, NE

Child: Tessie May (GALBRAITH) VOSE, born 10 May 1917, NE

Child: Evart Leo GALBRAITH, born 23 Sep 1922, NE; died 1987, CA

Child: Betty June (GALBRAITH) KLIENHEINZ, born 13 Nov 1923, NE; died 09 Sep 1987, CA

Child: Orren Ansel GALBRAITH, born 1929, CA; died 1935, CA

Child: Gordon GALBRAITH, born 1935, CA; died 1935, CA

Child: John Daniel CLARK, born 08 Oct 1900, Mount Ayr IA; died 25 Apr 1876 married Donna (?); Children: Helen & Orville

Child: Edith I. CLARK, born 11 Aug 1902, NE; died 24 Jun 1989, Sacramento CA married Joseph SAMPLE, born 1900, NE

Child: Verna Mae SAMPLE, born 25 May 1927, NE; died 12 Aug 1991, Sacramento CA married Duncan Leon McCORMAC (1922-2003)

Child: Pauline E. CLARK, born 18 Dec 1910, Grand Island NE married William Francis CREEL Children: Ernest Ray and William Thomas CREEL

2) Mary Ann POORE

3) Susan "Edith" POORE, born 27 Mar 1875, Allendale MO; died 1930, Grand Island NE married 23 Oct 1901 Charles A. MADER Children: Delwin and Lecota MADER

4) Roscoe W. POORE, born 18 Sep 1881: died 11 Jan 1957, Hall Co. NE married 18 Feb 1903, Grand Island NE Mary A. LAHAM Children: Mrs. Cash BAIRD and Mrs. Harry A. HUTTON

5) Clark Stanley POORE

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Pp. 392-93, 1887.
American Civil War Soldier Database,
WPA Graves Survey from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 392-93
~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009


Porter, Asbury B.  was born in the State of Kentucky, in the year 1808. He removed to Iowa, making his home at Mount Pleasant where he was engaged in the mercantile business when the Civil War began. He first entered the service as major of the First Iowa Infantry, serving with distinguished ability at the Battle of wilson's Creek. In October, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the Fourth Iowa Cavalry and served until the 8th of March when he was dismissed from the service by order of the President. The cause of his dismissal is not given in the published reports of the Adjutant General's Office. NOTE: CORRECTION - correction sheet included with this 2 vol set. In the case of Colonel Asbury B. Porter, Vol. II, page 387, and Vol. IV, page 214, appears the statement that he was dismissed from the service. This statement made in the published official reports of the Adjutant-General's office was incorrect. Colonel Porter resigned for disability, and his resignation was accepted by General Grant, then department commander, March 19, 1863, and he was honorably discharged from the service. Some person reported him absent without leave, and under a misapprehension of the facts, the President ordered his dismissal, April 30. Instead of entering his honorable discharge on the records, dating from March 8, 1863, the Adjutant-General's Department erroneously made the entry "Dismissed." This error has never been corrected in the public Reports of that office: hence writers of war history have been misled and great injustice done a gallant Iowa officer.


Pratt,  Henry O. was born in Foxcroft, Maine, February 11, 1838. He was educated at the academy of his native village and at Harvard, where he graduated in the Law Department. Mr. Pratt removed to Iowa in 1862, enlisted as a private in the Union army and served through the War of the Rebellion. He returned to Charles City where he entered upon the practice of law. In 1868 he was elected to the Iowa Legislature on the Republican ticket and reelected at the close of his first term. He won high reputation in the General Assembly and in 1873 was nominated by the Republicans for Representative in Congress for the Fourth District. He was elected, serving two terms. Soon after the expiration of his last session he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church and has attained eminence in that profession.


Pray, Gilbert B.  was born at Michigan City, Indiana, April 27, 1847. His father located at Webster City, Iowa, in 1856, where the son received his education in the public schools. He enlisted in the Sixteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry in 1864, participated in the Battle of Nashville and in General Sherman's campaigne. At the close of the war he entered the law office of Judge D. D. Chase, pursuing his studies three years and was admitted to the bar in 1868, then entering upon the practice of his profession. In 1882 he was elected Clerk of the Supreme Court, holding the position for twelve years by successive reelections. He served many years on the Republican State Central Committee, and was twice chairman, conducting important political campaigns successfully. In 1896 in association with Ex-Governor Frank D. Jackson and Sidney A, Foster and other gentlemen, he assisted in organizing the Royal Mutual Union Life Insurance Company at Des Moines, of which he was chosen treasurer. In 1897 he was appointed by President McKinley Surveyor-General of Alaska, but declined. He was soon after appointed a special agent of the Indian Bureau and entered upon the duties of the office.

Hiram Price was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, January 10, 1810. He worked on his father's farm in boyhood, attending school during the winter months. He was a great reader, borrowing books of neighbors and thus acquiring an education. In 1844 he removed to Iowa, locating in Davenport, where he opened a store. In 1847 he was chosen School Fund Commissioner and a year later was elected recorder and treasurer of Scott County, holding the position eight years. mr. Price was a radical advocate of temperance and was one of the founders of the order of "The Sons of Temperance." He was one if the framers of the first bill for the prohibition of the liquor traffic in the State, which was enacted into law by the Fifth General Assembly in 1854. He was the editor of the Temperance Organ, a State paper devoted to prohibition. He had been a Democrat in politics up to the time of the attempt to force slavery into Kansas when he left that party and was one of the organizers and founders of the Republican party of Iowa. Upon the enactment of the State Bank Law, Mr. Price was one of the organizers of the Davenport branch and was the second president of the State Bank officers. When the War of the Rebellion began, he assisted in raising the money to enable Governor Kirkwood to equip the first two Iowa regiments. He was the first paymaster of Iowa troops and was untiring in his support and assistance to the Governor in raising men and money to meet the calls of the President. In 1862 he was elected by the Republicans of the Second District to Congress and for six years was one of the ablest members of the House. He was an earnest advocate of the most energetic war measures and of legislation to strengthen the credit of the Government. Mr. Price was one of the founders of the Soldiers' Orphans' Home. In 1876 he was again elected to Congress and served until 1880. In 1881 Mr. Price was appointed by the President Commissioner of Indian Affairs, in which position he served with distinguished ability for four years. He made many reforms where abuses had grown up in dealing with the Indians. He was one of the pioneers in railroad building in Iowa. In 1853, when the first railroad was being built from Chicago toward Iowa, Mr. Price was chosen to traverse the counties on the projected line through the Stare to the Missouri River to create an interest among the people and towns. In 1869 when a railroad was projected from Davenport in a northwesterly direction Hiram Price was elected president of the company which constructed the road. One of his last public acts before removing to Washington was to endow a free reading room in the public library of Davenport, his old home. He was a life-long and prominent member of the Methodist Church. He died in Washington, D. C., May 30, 1901.

PRESSLEY, James enlisted as a Private at the age of 18 years on March 30, 1862. He was assigned to Company G of the 17th Iowa Infantry. Private PRESSLEY died of disease on May 8, 1862 at Keokuk, Iowa.

American Civil War Soldier's database,
WPA Graves Survey
Submission by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010



Ringgold Record, 1882, OBITUARY.

Died, in Tingley township, Ringgold county, Iowa, Feb. 10, 1882, Mr. Thomas PRICE. Mr. PRICE was born in England Feb. 2d 1843, but was brought to America, when quite young, by his parents. He was married to Miss__ROGERS in Illinois, Feb. 22, 1872. Mr. PRICE showed his devotion to his adopted country by joining her defenders in the late [Civil] war. He came to Iowa several years ago, and, although scarcely yet in the prime of his life, had by industry and economy, secured a good home, and was taking front rank as a farmer and stock-raiser. He was esteemed by his neighbors, upright in all his actions, a kind husband and father, and the community showed their appreciation of him by the large number that attended his funeral amid the rain and storm of the 12th. --G.J.N.

NOTE: Thomas PRICE was interred at Johnston Cemetery near Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa.
~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008


Compiled & Submitted by Carl F Ingwalson



The son of Hugh and Mary Ann (Ferguson) Pugh, Luther Pugh was born in Ohio on February 7, 1843. A sister (Sarah) had been born in 1840 and another sister (Mary) was born in 1847 and a brother (Moris) in 1852 before the family moved to Clayton County, Iowa, in 1854. They made their home in what became known as Pugh Hollow (also known as Dutch Branch) a few miles south of Mederville where another sister (Alice) was born in 1858.

Two years later, during that fall’s election campaigns, many in the South threatened to secede if Abraham Lincoln was elected, but the Clayton County Journal thought it was just politics as usual. “Our opponents, finding that their popular sovereignty humbug is about worn out, now resort to an old trick, which is peculiar to them every four years, namely, charging disunionism upon the opposition. They say that the Union will be divided if Lincoln is elected President. Indeed! because a majority of the voters of the United States are in favor of a certain man and invest him with the highest office in their gift, the Union is to be dissolved! Ridiculous!” “No one,” it said, “anticipates such a result - This cry was invented only to frighten the people into voting for the Democratic candidate.”

But, Lincoln was elected, Southern states did secede, and on April 12, 1861, General Beauregard’s cannon fired on Fort Sumter. “If war they want, war they shall have,” said the Journal. “We hope however our readers will not become too excited over this, because it is not worth while. There are men enough in Pennsylvania alone to subdue South Carolina without the aid of Iowa volunteers.” The Journal was wrong and Iowa volunteers were rushed to the field, first ninety-day regiments, then three-year regiments and soon there were calls for more recruits to help fill the depleted Union ranks.

The 21st regiment of Iowa’s volunteer infantry was organized in the state’s northeastern counties, its third Congressional district.
With a total of 985 men, it was mustered into service at Camp Franklin on Eagle Point in Dubuque on September 9, 1862, and left for war on the 16th. During the next three years, it served in Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana. Its most noteworthy service was during the 1863 Vicksburg Campaign. On April 30th, it was designated as the point regiment for General Grant’s army as Union forces began crossing from Disharron’s Plantation in Louisiana to Bruinsburg, Mississippi, and two weeks later, with the 23rd Iowa, led a successful assault on entrenched Confederates at the Big Black River.

Despite new recruits continuing to join the regiment, by 1865 it had only 655 men on the rolls and many were unfit for duty. With its final campaign of the war approaching, more men were needed, and on January 19th, Luther Pugh signed a one-year enlistment. Described as a 22-year-old, 5' 9½”, farmer, Luther was assigned to Company B while, far to the south, the regiment was preparing to leave Louisiana for Alabama. Men boarded transports in New Orleans on February 5th, landed on Dolphin Island on the 7th, and camped near Fort Gaines at the entrance to Mobile Bay. They were still there on the 23rd when recruits Luther Pugh, James McLane and George Massey arrived. With them was Rev. Pearl Ingalls who was soliciting donations for an orphans’ home.

On March 17th the able-bodied crossed the bay’s entrance to Mobile Point and started a difficult march north along the east side of the bay. The ground was “exceedingly wet and marshy,” said Lieutenant Colonel Van Anda. Under a surface that appeared firm, the subsoil was swampy, almost quicksand. "Every team seeking an untried path soon got mired, and wagons were seen in all directions sunk down to the hubs.” Ropes “were made fast to the teams, and the soldiers with cheerfulness and alacrity, hauled both animals and wagons out of the mire." Soldiers worked day and night cutting pine trees to build corduroy roads, roads that often floated away while teams and wagons continued to flounder.

Gunboats and transports headed up the bay, but infantry continued to struggle as rain turned torrential. William Grannis said “the swamps were of such a nature that horses and mules could not be used so that the men had to cut and drag in place the timbers for causeways, that heavy rains fell, especially on the night of the 20th of March that the work was arduous and hard on the men; work all day in the mud and wet and then lie down at night in their wet clothes" As a result, said Grannis, most of the men caught colds and suffered from related illnesses for the rest of the campaign and for many, including Luther Pugh, the rest of their lives. The Mobile Campaign was successful. Confederates under Dabney Maury abandoned the city on April 12th and federal troops moved in.

The 21st Iowa camped in nearby Spring Hill before leaving by transport on May 26th and heading for Louisiana. Many thought they were on their way home but, instead, they saw three weeks of service along the Red River before moving to Baton Rouge where most members of the regiment would be mustered out on July 15th. Since Luther and other recruits still had time to serve, they were transferred three days earlier to Iowa’s 34th Infantry as “unassigned recruits” and transported to Texas. Almost as soon as they arrived, the government realized their services were no longer needed and on August 15th they were mustered out at Houston and started north to resume life as civilians.

On July 1, 1869, 25-year-old Luther was married to 20-year-old Julia Ann Sousley by a circuit judge in Elkader, a marriage that led to the birth of five children: Nellie in 1873, Wayne in 1876, Mark in 1879, Warner in 1883 and Milo in 1893.

Wartime statistics report deaths and wounds but rarely indicate the lifetime of suffering by many others. On May 21, 1886, Luther signed an application for an invalid pension based on health problems still existing from the march twenty-one years earlier that, he said, resulted in rheumatism and heart disease and decreased his ability to earn a living by manual labor. His comrade, James McLane, now married to Luther’s sister, Mary, signed a supportive affidavit but pension surgeons said there were “no conditions present upon which to support a rating.”

Undeterred, Luther secured affidavits from neighbors who knew him before and after his service as well as from his brother-in-law in Strawberry Point, a doctor in Brush Creek, the regimental doctor who had moved to Kansas, a comrade in Cox Creek and the company’s former 1st Lieutenant who was now living in Strawberry Point. With their support, he applied again and in 1891, five years after he had first applied, he was granted $4.00 monthly, payable quarterly through the pension agency in Des Moines. Three more applications were filed, pension surgeons said he was actually “so disabled from Graves disease as to be incapacitated from performing any manual labor” and an increase was granted for a goiter caused by the disease. In 1912 he moved from Strawberry Point to Mederville where his health continued to decline, his left knee swelled from the rheumatism and his goiter grew. Increases were granted to $8.00, then $10.00 and finally to $19.00.

On October 8, 2014, Milo Pugh and his wife visited from Cedar Rapids “called here by the serious illness of the former’s father.” Two days later, Luther, “an old resident” of Mederville and “the last of the pioneers of that neighborhood,” died. A funeral was held at his home and Luther was buried in Mederville Cemetery.

On the 24th, 65-year-old Anna, as she called herself, applied for a widow’s pension. A certificate of her marriage to Luther and affidavits indicating there had been no separation or divorce and that Anna had not remarried, were filed and on February 16, 1915, a certificate was issued entitling Anna to a $12.00 pension. As the years passed, her children visited frequently but by 1922 she was doing “very poorly” and became seriously ill. Edith Clinton assisted Anna “with her household duties” but on October 27, 1923, Anna “was found dead.” She was survived by her five children, twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and was buried in Mederville Cemetery.

PUTNAM, CHARLES E.  was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, July 10, 1839; he died at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, May 23, 1913. His early education was received at Nashua Academy, one of the oldest institutions of the kind in New Hampshire. In 1854 he removed with his parents to Cedar Rapids and acted as clerk in a store for a short time. In April, 1855, he went on a hunting trip to Kossuth county, then almost in the wilderness, and remained there three years. Returning in 1858 he attended Western College and taught school until the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted in the fall of 1861 in Company G, Thirteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and was made Second Lieutenant. He was rapidly promoted to Captain and participated in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Luka and Vicksburg. In April, 1863, he was made Judge Advocate General for the district of Vicksburg, and later detailed as mustering officer and assigned to the fourth division of the Seventeenth Army Corps, serving on the staffs of Major Generals Walter Q. Gresham, Giles A. Smith and W. W. Belknap. He was in the hardest fighting at Atlanta and with Sherman in the march to the sea. He was on the staffs of Governors Drake and Shaw with the rank of Colonel. At the close of the war he spent a year in Chicago and then engaged in the mercantile business at Mt. Vernon. He was elected county registrar at Marion and served for eight years, and afterward for many years acted as cashier of the Merchants National Bank at Cedar Rapids. For six years prior to his death he had held the position of State Bank Examiner.


~ "Notable Deaths" Annals of Iowa. Vol. XI, No. 4. p. 235. Historical Society of Iowa. Des Moines. January, 1914.

~ Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker