Walnut Township Biographies

Excerpt from The History of Dallas County, Iowa, published in 1879 by the Union Historical Company of Des Moines, Iowa

Aldrich, J. N., farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Waukee.

Baldwin, M. H., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Waukee.

Bass, G. M., farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Waukee.

Beatty, David, farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Waukee.

Bell, J. H., farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Dallas Center; born in Piermont, Rockland County, N.Y., November 27, 1823; he lived there until 1856, and then emigrated to Laun Ridge, Marshall County, Illinois, where he lived twelve years, and where he worked at his trade, that of a brick mason; he then removed to Dallas County, where he now lives; his farm contains 150 acres; he married Miss Emma Campbell, a native of Rockland County, New York, June 30, 1847; they have five sons and one daughter: Nathan, Cyrus, Charley, Caroline, Oscar, Frank.

Bingham, Lorin, farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Waukee; owns 151 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born in Otsego County, N.Y., in 1817; came to Iowa in 1860, and located on his present farm in 1867; married Cordelia Furgeson in 1838; she was born in Canada; have eight children: Eunice, Sarah, Lydia, Lorin, Franklin, Ellen, Jessie and Hattie.

Blackman, E., farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Waukee.

Blackman, A. F., merchant; Waukee.

Bolen, S., farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Waukee.

Briggs, James G., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Waukee; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Peoria County, Illinois, in 1846; came to Iowa in 1855, and located with his parents in Dallas County; in 1869 he located on his present farm; married Lucy E. Carpenter, in 1870; she was born in Vermont, in 1844; have four children: Marshall R., Frank W., Dorcas C. and Lucy E. Are members of Christian church.

Brier, George D., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Brown, James B., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Waukee; born in Morgan County, Ohio, January 27, 1838; he lived there until the fall of 1851, and he then emigrated to Bureau County, Illinois, where he lived four years; he then went to Gentry County, Missouri, where he lived until 1862; he then enlisted in Co. E, First Missouri Cavalry; was mustered out April 4, 1865, at St. Louis; he was in the battles of Kirkville and Hartville, and was in a number of other battles and skirmishes; he married Miss Susanna Carter, of Gentry County, Missouri, May 1, 1859; they have four sons and four daughters: Sarah M., Mary E., Louisa A., Joseph J., Matilda J., James B. Jr., and Julius H. [Transcriberís note: No fourth sonís name was listed.]

Buckley, D., farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Waukee.

Bullock, Albert, farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Waukee.

Campbell, S. M., farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. Waukee.

Carpenter, E. H., farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Waukee.

Cartwright, Henry, Sr., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Waukee.

Carter, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Waukee; born in Campbell County, Tennessee, February 1, 1820; he lived there until he was about eight years of age; his parents then moved to Fayette County, Indiana, where they remained two years, and then settled in Rush County, Indiana; he married Miss Elizabeth Turner, of Rush County, Indiana, February 4, 1840; the same year they emigrated to Gentry County, Missouri, where he lived until 1861, and then, with his family, moved to Warren County, Iowa; came to Polk County in 1864; lived there for two years, and then came here, and has been here ever since; has a farm of 200 acres; has a family of seven sons and seven daughters: John R., Peter W., Elijah T., Susanna, James M., Mary, Jane, Charles R., Isabell D., Hannah, Hiram J., Ada M., Rachel I., William. John R. and James M. served in the late war; John was in the service nearly three years, and James about seven months; both served in the Thirty-fourth Iowa Infantry, Co. K.

Carson, M. L., shoemaker, Waukee.

Carter, Wm. A., physician and surgeon and dealer in drugs and medicines, Waukee; born in Lincoln County, Kentucky, in 1813; came to Iowa in 1875 and located in Sac City; removed to Waukee in September, 1878, and engaged in his present business; married Tempy Adams in 1832; she was born in Rock Castle County, Kentucky, in 1814; have four children: Wm. A., Hannah J., Sarah E. and Martin Luther. Mr. C. is a clergyman in the Christian Church.

Carrell, E. S., dealer in grain and agricultural implements, Waukee; born in Greene County, Ohio, in 1833; came to Iowa in 1862, and located in Washington County; removed to this county in 1869, and engaged in farming; engaged in his present business in 1875; married Elizabeth Corrgill in 1856; she was born in Champaign County, Illinois, in 1832; have five children; W. C., G .B., H. L., S.E. and F. M. Mr. C. owns a farm of 200 acres in Sec. --, valued at $30 per acre.

Caswell, Jos., farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Waukee.

Clark, C. F. M., dealer in drugs and medicines, Waukee; born in Medina County, Ohio, in 1840; came to Iowa in 1861, and located in Tipton; removed to Waukee in 1870, and engaged in his present business; married Elizabeth B. Wright in 1861; she was born in Bellville, Richmond County, Ohio, in 1842; have five children: Addie, Forrest, Ernest, Victor and Joseph. Mr. C. enlisted in Co. I, 15th Iowa Infantry, in 1863, and was discharged in 1865; has been justice of the peace eight years, and held other township offices. Are members of the Episcopal Church.

Cornish, N.B., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Dallas Center.

Cornish, L. R., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Dallas Center.

Cowger, J. T., farmer, Sec. 33; P.O. Waukee.

Dalrymple, D. W., steam corn-sheller; P.O. Waukee.

Davenport, John S. H., farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Waukee; owns 120 acres of land valued at $35 per acre; born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1835; came to Iowa in 1871, and located on his present farm; married Sarah A. Douglas in 1857; she was born in Providence in 1837; have two children: Wm. F. and Frank D.

Day, W. H., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Duncan, T. M., of the firm of Herbert & Duncan, Waukee; born in Industry, Illinois, in 1856; came to Iowa in 1878 and engaged in his present business.

Duncan, T. K., farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Waukee; owns 240 acres of land valued at $25 per acre; born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1827; came to Iowa in 1857, and located on his present farm; married Mary A. Robbins in 1861; she was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in 1836; have four children: Isaphine, Mary A., Frances E. and Jonathan J. Are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Duncan, Jas. K. L., physician and surgeon, Waukee; born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1845; came to Iowa in 1870, and first located in Decatur County; removed to Waukee in January, 1871, and engaged in the practice of medicine. Mr. Duncan, at the age of eighteen, shipped as an ordinary seaman in the United States Navy, in 1863, and received a medal of honor from the governor of Florida for gallantry in an engagement at Hindman, Louisiana. He was married to Miss Florence Maulsby in 1875; she was a native of Indiana.

Elliott, J., farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Waukee.

Ellis, Lyman, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Waukee.

Filson, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Dallas Center.

Finley, R. A., farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Waukee.

Finley, Abel, farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Waukee.

Finley, U.S., farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Waukee.

Griffith, J. W., farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Waukee.

Hale, A.H., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Hall, J. M., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Dallas Center.

Harkrader, G. J., farmer, P.O. Waukee.

Henderson, A., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Waukee.

Hoff, Powell, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Waukee.

Hoff, Nathan, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Waukee.

Hoff, Nathaniel, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Waukee.

Hogan, P., section boss, Waukee.

Holf, M., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Houghtaling, K. F., farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Waukee.

Humphrey, W. E., station agent; Waukee.

Huston, J. A., firm of Tyler & Huston, Waukee; born in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, in 1852; came to Iowa in 1875 and located in Waukee; married Miss Florena Sloan in 1878; was elected assessor in 1878.

Jackson, J. T., farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Waukee.

James, T. T., farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Waukee.

Johnson, Aaron, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Waukee; born in Greene County, Ohio, February 17, 1821; when he was four years of age his parents moved to Edgar County, Illinois, where he lived seventeen years, and then went to Will County, Illinois, where he lived nineteen and a half years; from there went to Poweshiek County, Iowa, where he lived seen years; he came to this county and located where he now lives in 1870; owns a farm of 428 acres; he married Elizabeth Taylor, June 25, 1839; she died June 8, 1845, leaving a family of one son and one daughter: Charity A. and William J. He married again to Sarah A. Taylor, January 7, 1846; she died September 3, 1859, leaving a family of four sons: Theodore F., Millard F., Cassius C. and Lewis C.F. He again married to Jennett E. Bolby, March 8, 1860; have five children: Ernest L. L., Newell E., Amelia J., Amma L. and Ulysses Colfax.

Jones, J. N., farmer, Sec.9; P.O. Waukee.

Jordan, J. T., farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Waukee.

Julius, Aaron, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Waukee.

Kent, John, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Waukee.

King, Wm.; P.O. Waukee.

Lackey, William, farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Dallas Center.

Leaming, Jeremiah, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Waukee; born in Potters County, Pennsylvania, in 1815; his parents moved to Hamilton County, Indiana, when he was about three years of age; was raised there, and lived there until 1839; in 1838 he married Miss Jane Reynolds, a native of Ohio; the following year they emigrated to Jefferson County, Iowa; they drove an ox team and were about five weeks on the road; he came to this county in 1868, and located where he now lives; has a family of three sons and two daughters: Charles, Eunice, Jeremiah, Sarah and John.

Leonard, H. L., farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Waukee.

Livingston, W. C., farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Waukee.

Livingston, G.; P.O. Waukee.

Marshall, Wm., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Waukee; born in Green County, Tenn., September, 1830; his parents moved from there when he was very young and went to Henry County, Indiana, where he lived until he was about fifteen years of age, and then went to Howard County, Indiana; he married Miss Caroline Lancaster, September 12, 1855, of Jackson County, Indiana; in 1856 they emigrated to Marshall County, Iowa, and settled near Bangor, where they lived seventeen years; Mr. M., was one of the founders of the Stanford Seminary, located near Bangor; was also postmaster at Stanford; he came to this county in the spring of 1873, and located one mile east of Dallas Center, where he still owns a farm of 120 acres; he moved on his present farm in the spring of 1877; farm contains 80 acres; also owns a farm in Marshal County of 133 acres; have four sons and four daughters: Osborn J., Mary E., John E., Olive A., Martha R., William E., Amanda M. and Alveso.

Marshall, R., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Waukee.

Merical, B., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Middlekauff, Christian, dealer in dry goods and groceries, Waukee; born in Maryland, in 1821; came to Illinois in 1857, and located in Ogle County; removed to Waukee in 1872, and engaged in farming, and in 1878 engaged in present business; married Amelia J. Keedy in 1849; she was born in Maryland; have ten children: Susan Selest, Calvin E., Benjamin F., Arbanna K., Admer, Charlie, Jacob C., Grace, Victor and Oliver.

Miller, Martin, farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Dallas Center.

Morrison, Wm., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Waukee.

Morrison, D., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Waukee.

Morrison, J. R., farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Waukee; was born near Montreal, Canada East, February 25, 1844; came to this county in 1865, and located near Minburn; has lived on his present farm 8 years; has a farm of 140 acres; he married Miss Mary Coffeen, December 31, 1872, a native of Polk County, Iowa; they have 3 sons and 1 daughter: Mary E., Arthur R., Chas. M. and Chester C.

Myers, A. E., farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Dallas Center.

Myers, Martin, farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Dallas Center.

Nicholson, Thos., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Nissly, N.M., farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Dallas Center.

Overmyer, Wm., butcher; Waukee.

Parker, James, hotel; Waukee.

Piper, Geo. L., physician and surgeon, Waukee; born in Ogle County, Illinois in 1850; came to Iowa in 1874, and located in Clarence, and removed to Waukee in 1876; married Jennie P. Wright in 1876; she was born in Richland County, Ohio; have lost one child: Georgie.

Ramsey, Mary, farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Waukee.

Ratcliff, Eli, farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Waukee.

Rawson, E. A., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Waukee.

Reynolds, G. H., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Riley, M. E., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Riley, M. E., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Robinson, J. H., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Robinson, C. W., blacksmith, Waukee.

Row, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Dallas Center.

Sharp, W., farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Waukee.

Sines, M., farmer; P.O. Waukee.

Sines, Maggie, Waukee.

Sloan, Thos. J., proprietor of Valley House, and livery stable, Waukee; was born in Ashland County, Ohio, August 1, 1832; came to Iowa in 1854, and located in Adel, and was engaged in stage driving between Des Moines and Adel; in 1861 he enlisted in the 2nd Iowa Battery; was wagon master 3 years; was discharged in 1864; he married Miss Annie E. Frush in 1857; she was born in Elkhart, Indiana, April 4, 1840; they have 7 children: Florena J., Harry G., Edward F., Larkin T., John E., Nellie R. and Lizzie P.

Smith, Clark, farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Waukee.

Smith, R. A., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Waukee.

Stahl, A. F., farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Dallas Center.

Stanbaugh, John, farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Waukee.

Taylor, James, farmer, P.O. Waukee.

Thatcher, Milton, farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Waukee; owns 80 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Clinton County, Ohio, in 1840; came to Iowa in 1863, and located on present farm; married Catherine Crispin in 1861; she was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1841; have six children: Mary F., Silas, Hattie, Virginia, Martha and Charles. Mr. T. has been secretary of the school board 4 or 5 years, and has taken an active part in al educational enterprises.

Thompson, H. P., farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Waukee.

Thorn, Nathan, farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Waukee.

Tribby, J. J., farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Waukee.

Tyler, C.C., dealer in grain, lumber and hardware, Waukee; established in 1870; was born in Knox County, Illinois, in 1843; came to Iowa and Waukee in 1870, and engaged in his present business; he married Miss Maggie Huston, in 1875; they have one son, Harry. Mr. T. enlisted in the 132d Illinois Infantry in 1864, and was discharged in 1865.

Wharton, G. S., farmer, P.O. Waukee.

Whinnery, H. M., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Waukee.

Williams, G., farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Waukee.

Woolman, A., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Waukee.

Wood, B.F., farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Dallas Center.

Young, Henry, farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Waukee; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born in Prussia, Germany, in 1823; came to America in 1853, and located first in Cincinnati; removed to his present farm in 1866; married Elizabeth Betz in 1857; she was born in Guttenberg, Germany, in 1825; have three children: Charlie, Mary and Caroline.

Zimmerman, J.D., farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Waukee.

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