Joseph Horiskey was born in New
London, Conn., on Dec. 5, 1843. His parents were Neil and
Catharine (Salmon) Horiskey, natives of Ireland, he of
County Donegal and she of Queen's County. Joseph attended
school in Connecticut until he was thirteen years old,
when he removed to Iowa with his parents and settled on a
farm in Highland Township. He was married to Elizabeth M.
Watts in October, 1867. She was born in Yorkshire,
England, and was a daughter of W.M. and Jemima (Trott)
Watts. Six children have been born to them, viz.: John,
Katy A., Maggie E., Cornelius, Mary E. and Joseph Dennis.
After his marriage Mr. Horiskey settled on the farm he
now owns on sections 32 and 33, this township. He owns
270 acres, 160 under cultivation and abundantly stocked.
He is one of Clayton County's early settlers and
representative men. He was formerly a Democrat but now
affiliates with the Greenback party. He has held the
office of Road Supervisor.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 840- 841
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