from History of Des Moines County, Iowa, Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1879
transcribed by Cay Merryman




BallardF. D. & S.farmers1Franklin Mills 
BaneWilliamfarmer1Franklin Mills 
BartonJamesfarmer2Franklin Mills 
BartonJosephfarmer4Franklin Mills 
BeckerL. C.farmer21Burlington 
BockFred. Sr.farmer14Burlington 
BolickAmosfarmer4BurlingtonBorn in Lincoln Co., N. C., in 1816; removed to Indiana, with his parents, in 1828; thence to McDonough Co., Ill., in 1834; in 1836, they removed to this county. He married Miss Margaret Berg, of Burlington; they have twelve children: Wesley, Josephus, Louisa, John, Lydia, Amos, Emily, Rachel, David, August, Caleb and Margaret; Mr. Bolick and family are members of the M. E. Church; he is a Democrat. Owns 206 acres of land, and is one of the prosperous men of Flint River Tp.
BolickDavidfarmer4BurlingtonBorn in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1830; in 1834, his parents removed to McDonough Co., Ill.; thence to this county in 1836, thus becoming pioneer settlers of Des Moines Co.; David has been a resident of this county since 1836. Has been twice married; first wife was Miss Mary Banning, of Henry Co., Iowa; she died in 1867; present wife was Miss Mary Depperman, of Franklin Tp., this county; she was born in 1848; they have two children: David Arthur and Nellie May. Mr. B. is a Democrat; has held various school offices; owns 125 acres of land; is enterprising and generous, and takes an active interest in every enterprise that promises public good.
BurrisT. E.farmer1Franklin Mills 
BurrissT. F.farmer1Franklin Mills 
CalkinsM. B.horti-culturist36BurlingtonBorn near Albany, N.Y., March 8, 1839; came west in 1855; lived in Burlington a few months; then went to Nebraska City; remained about two years; then went to Missouri; remained until 1860, when he returned to this county. He enlisted in Co. K, 14th I.V.I.; served eighteen months; was honorably discharged. He married Miss Serena Seamas, of Burlington, Feb. 8, 1841; they have five children: Edwin M., born Feb 21, 1866; Ella Louisa, born Feb 2, 1868; Annie Jane, born March 28, 1870; Katie Lillian, born July 28, 1872; Leroy D., born April 17, 1878. Mr. C. owns forty acres of land; is chiefly engaged in nursery and fruit raising. He is a Republican.
CaspersonJ. M.farmer11Burlington 
ChamberlinM. D.farmer18 & 19Middletown 
ChrissingerJ. M.farmer1Franklin Mills 
CrawfordJ. F.farmer31Middletown 
DelashmuttM. J.farmer34Burlington 
DennisonL. J.farmer23Burlington 
EadsH. R.farmer13Burlington 
ElliottJ. B.farmer20Burlington 
ElliottJ. E.farmer32MiddletownBorn in Greene Co., Penn., in 1847; in 1849, his parents removed to this county. In December 1869, he married Miss Elizabeth Wolfe, a native of this county; born July 6, 1838. Mr. E. and wife attend the Baptist Church; he is a Republican. Owns fifty-four acres of land; his father, J. B. Elliott, was born in Washington Co., Penn., where he married Miss J. Vansyoc; removed to this county in 1849; now reside on Sec. 29, this township; their children are Levi G., born in Washington Co., Penn.; enlisted in the 25th I. V. I.; died in the service near St. Louis, Mo.; Jacob Enoch, whose name appears at the head of this sketch; Mary, now deceased; William S., Thos. B., Samuel L. Mrs. J. E. Elliott's father Jacob Wolfe, was a native of Pennsylvania; born March 1, 1785; married Mary Klever March 25, 1819; she was also a native of Pennsylvania; born Feb. 26, 1800; they removed to Illinois, thence to this State; settled in this county in 1834 and were residents until their deaths his April 6, 1843; hers July 30, 1864. They were consistent members of the Baptist Church; he was a Whig; always opposed to slavery. Their children were: Nancy, born Sept. 17, 1820, died Aug. 5, 1825; John, born Aug. 21, 1822, died July 22, 1823; Henry, born Oct. 29, 1824, is now married and living in Cass Co., Neb.; Martha, born Aug. 8, 1827; married Thos. Sutton, of this township; Louisa, born Oct. 21, 1829; married L. Kinger; lives in Oregon; William W., born Nov. 4, 1831, is married and lives in Cass Co., Neb.; Mary Ann, born June 10, 1834, died in 1869; Elizabeth, wife of J. E. Elliott, born July 6, 1838; Cynthia, born March 16, 1840; married Martin Klever; reside in Ohio; Jacob, born in May, in 1843; enlisted in Co. G, 25th I.V. L.; was wounded at Vicksburg; in consequence died at Memphis July 12, 1863; he was a good soldier, and beloved by his comrades in arms.
EvansJ. W.farmer33MiddletownBorn in this county Oct. 12, 1848. June 6, 1872, married Almira Woods, of Wapello Co; she was born in Ottumwa in 1852; they have one child: Almira Elizabeth, born in this county, Feb. 9, 1875. Mr. Evans is Republican; has acted with that party since he attained his majority.
FritzJohn M.farmer22Burlington 
GeberlingHenryfarmer4Franklin Mills 
GoeslingHermanfarmer4Franklin Mills 
GrahamJ. Q.farmer27BurlingtonBorn in Washington Co., Tenn., in 1834; in 1837, his parents moved to this county. March 16, 1838; they removed to Henry Co., Iowa, in 1866, where they resided until the spring of 1877, when they returned to this county; their children are Frank A., Birdie, James L. B., Alexis G., John and Samuel M. Mr. Graham is Republican in politics; has held local offices; his father, Jas. Graham, now deceased, was a native of Washington Co., Tenn.; born in 1807. He was twice married; first wife was Catharine Stormer, who was born in Washington Co., Tenn., in 1805; they removed to this county in the spring of 1837; settled in Flint River Tp., where she died in 1855; second wife was Maria Zimmons. Mrs. J. Q. Graham's father, Lemon Burk, was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1805; married Miss Rachel Green in 1828; removed to this county in 1852 from Indiana; she died in this township on June 11, 1876.
GreenJos. A.farmer19Burlington 
GriffithJas.farmer10Franklin Mills 
GriffithWilliamfarmer10Franklin Mills 
HeinemanF.farmer5Franklin Mills 
HullJohnfarmer11BurlingtonBorn in the town of Milford, N. J., in the year 1832; when 3 years of age, his parents removed to this county. In 1855, he married Miss Margaret Barr, a native of Allegheny Co., Penn., born in 1832; removed to this county with her parents in 1855; they have four children living: James Albert, William Gladdin, John Francis and Elmer Ellsworth. Mr. Hull acts with the Democratic party. Is a member of the Board of School Directors, and has held various other local offices; owns 98 acres of land in this county, and 160 acres located eight miles north of Red Oak, the county seat of Montgomery Co. His father, Peter Hull, was a native of England; came to this country while he was quite young. Was married in Paterson, N. J. Removed to this county in 1836; was a resident until his death which occurred in November, 1871; his widow, Mrs. Ellen Hull, still resides in this township. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and held various offices in the early history of Flint River Township. Mrs. John Hull's father, James Barr, was born in Glasgow, Scotland; came to the United States when he was a boy. Married in Pennsylvania, Miss Mary Smith, a native of said State; both are now deceased, and their remains repose in Pennsylvania.
HullJosephfarmer Burlington 
InghramMrs. Sarah Ann 26BurlingtonNee Delashmutt. Born Tyler Co., Va., in 1819; removed to Burlington with her parents in 1836, in which city she married John Inghram, in 1839; he was born in Greene Co., Penn., in 1807; moved to Tyler Co., Va., in 1814; thence to Illinois and this county in 1837, where he died Dec. 11, 1869. In the early history of Des Moines Co., he was elected member of the County Board; held the office of Township Trustee a number of years, also various other offices. His surviving children are William D., who married Miss Susan Colter, of Burlington; Catherine married William Parke; Mary D. married James Graham; Martha, married William Johnson; Elizabeth married Edward Johnson. Mrs. Inghram owns 102 acres of land. Is a member of the M. E. Church.
JacksonMrs. Elizabeth Jane 11Franklin MillsNee Metcalf. Born in Anson Co., N. C., Dec. 5, 1813. In March, 1833, married John Jackson, in McDonough Co., Ill.; he was a native of Ohio; born in 1811; went to Illinois previous to the breaking out of the Black Hawk war, in which he participated; removed to this county in 1834, and was the occupant of various important offices in its early history. He was a member of the Christian Church, and a man in whom the loftiest domestic virtues centered, and had developed his nature to the excellence of a blameless and beautiful life; those who knew him, even slightly, will not soon forget his kindly nature; his decease occured Oct. 24, 1864, and cast a gloom over his neighborhood, where he was generally beloved; he possessed considerable propery, and left his family in good circumstances. Mrs. Jackson is still a resident of this township, and is an earnest Christian woman; the names of their family are: Henry D., who served in an Illinois regiment; is married and living at Quincy, Ill.; Emanuel served in an Iowa regiment; married and resides in Lucas county, Iowa; Margaret Jane, wife of J. Peterman; Elizabeth J. now Mrs. L. Ripley; Sarah K., wife of D. W. Ripley, of this township; Jerome H., married and resides in Peoria, Ill.; Edith Emma, wife of A. D. P. Bredenburg, of Burlington, Iowa.
JohnsonE. W.farmer15Burlington 
JohnsonJ. A.farmer21Burlington 
JohnsonWm. F.farmer33Burlington 
JonesJohn Sr.farmer5Burlington 
KasterJ. T.farmer23Burlington 
KellyO. M.farmer35BurlingtonBorn in Ohio Co., W. Va., Feb. 11, 1855; removed to this county with his parents in 1865. Is Democratic in politics.
KellyWilliamfarmer17BurlingtonBorn in the year 1828, in the county of Down, Ireland; when 19 years of age, emigrated to this country; remained in the State of New York about eighteen months, then returned to his native land; in 1853, he again came to the United States. On the 7th of October, 1854, married Miss Eliza Porter, in Newburg, N. Y., they removed to this county in 1856; have eight children living: Eliza J., James P., Phebe A., Flora May, Martha, David J., William and Ida. Mr. K. is a Democrat. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace two years; has held various school offices. Owns 167 acres of land; is an energetic and enterprising citizen.
KreigerChrist.farmer3Franklin Mills 
KrekelC. W.farmer34Burlington 
LaneHermanfarmer1Franklin Mills 
LefflerJno.farmer Burlingon 
LefflerWilliamsurveyor36BurlingtonBorn in Washington Co., Penn., May 30, 1800; in 1811, removed with his parents to Ohio Co., Va., where he attended school; also learned surveying; in 1822, he married Miss Mary Ann Noble, a native of Frederick Co., Va.; born on the 27th of Nov., 1803; they removed to Burlington in 1836; have four children living: John N., who married Elizabeth Moss; Emily, married Robert C. Halefant, now deceased; Jane Elizabeth, married A. Woods; Annie, married J. W. McFarland. Politically Mr. Leffler is a Democrat; he was appointed Government Surveyor in 1849; has surveyed in all parts of this state and a portion of Illinois. Owns 80 acres of land.
LeonardDavid 35Burlingtonborn in Washington Co., Penn., March 12, 1816; in 1829, his parents removed to Franklin Co., Ohio; and for several years after, the subject of this sketch remained in that State. March 2, 1841, Mr. L. married Miss Mary S. Dustin, of Delaware Co., Ohio, who was born Aug. 24, 1821; in the spring of 1842, Mr. L. came to this county. He has taken an active part in the political, religious and social development of his township; originally a Whig, but latterly a Republican; he has been firm in the advocacy of the principles of that party since its organization; he and his family are members of the Congregational Church, and for many years he was a Deacon of that society. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of his township, a place he has held for several terms; was elected a Director of the Burlington & North Western Railroad, and was chosen Vice President thereof in 1878; he has always taken a deep interest in the railroad affairs of the county; at present, is President of the proposed Burlington, Denmark & Keosauqua Railroad. In 1866, he was one of the organizers of the Iowa Horticultural Society, and held the office of Treasurer thereof for nine consecutive years; in 1869, he was elected Delegate to the American Pomological Society, which met that year in Philadelphia; he was one of the original members of the Des Moines County Agricultural Society, and is one of the present Directors; Mr. L. has always been a prime mover in the educational affairs of the States; in June, 1875, he was named on of the Trustees of the Iowa College (located at Grinnell), by the general association of the Congregational Church of this State; he was soon after elected to the office for three years, and, in June, 1878, was chosen permanent Trustee. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard have had five children: Howard D., Annie E., David Hale, Charles Sumner and Lilly; but one of these survives Annie E.; the eldest, Howard, who was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, Jan. 14, 1842, enlisted in the Union army at the breaking-out of the war; he joined Co. K, 14th I.V.I.; was enrolled in Oct., 1861, and died March 18, 1862, in Mound City Hospital, from sickness contracted by exposure during the battle of Fort Donelson; his remains now repose in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington.
LueckingHenryfarmer8BurlingtonBorn in Prussia in 1849; in 1854 emigrated to this country with his parents. In 1875 married Miss Mary Swartz, of Burlington; they have one child, Annie. Mr. L. acts with the Democratic party; members of the German Lutheran Church, of which he is a trustee; he is also one of the present Board of School Directors; owns 120 acres of land; he is alive to every honorable enterprise that tends to benefit himself or his fellow citizens.
LynnLevifarmer Middletown 
LynnRobertfarmer32BurlingtonBorn in Westmoreland Co., Penn., Dec. 6, 1821. When an infant, his parents moved to Indiana and thence to Ohio; in 1843, he moved to Wabash Co., Ind.; in 1863, to this county, and has been a resident since. He has been twice married; his first wife was Mary Freel, a native of Darke Co., Ohio; present wife was Mrs. Rebecca McGraff, widow of W. McGraff, she was born in Preble Co., Ohio. Mr. Lynn is Republican. Has held various school and township offices. Members of the M. E. Church at Middletown, in which he is a Steward and Trustee. He owns 148 acres of land in this county and 240 acres near Webster, county seat of Hamilton Co., Iowa.
McCashC. L.farmer5BurlingtonBorn in Flint River Tp, this county, in 1847. Married Miss Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Martha Hunt; they have two children: Minnie and Clarence. Mr. McCash owns 100 acres of land. Is a member of I. O. O. F., Washington Lodge, No. 1, Burlington.
McIntyreThomas A.farmer30Middletown. 
McMakenJ. J. 28MiddletownBorn in Hamilton Co., Ohio, in 1817, where he remained until 1839, when he removed to this county with his parents. In 1841, he was united in marriage to Miss A. M. Green, of Lee Co. Iowa, who was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio; came to Lee Co., with her parents, in 1839. They had three children, one now living: Amilda Eunice, who is President of the Ladies' Missionary Society, of Middletown. Mr. McM. and family are members of the Presbyterian Church; he is President of the Temperance Reform Club, in which he has taken an active interest since its organization. In early life, he acted with the Whig party, but on the organization of the Republican, joined its ranks, and was the nominee of said party for member of the State Legislature, in 1863; elected, and discharged the duties with honor to himself and consitituents; was a member of the first Board of School Directors in this township, elected for the purpose of districting the township for school purposes; acted as clerk at the organization of this township; was elected member of the County Board of Supervisors three years; Mr. McMaken is prominently identified with the religious and educational interests of this county; owns 240 acres of land, and is one of the prosperous men of Des Moines Co., Iowa; is social, refined and gentlemanly in manners.
McMakenJ. L.farmer29MiddletownBorn in Hamilton Co., Ohio, in 1815; came to this county in 1838. Married Miss Eliza Cummins, a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio, in 1840; she was born in 1818; died in 1870. She was a member of the U. P. Church, and lived a sincere Christian life; their surviving children are Sarah, who married W. Wright; he served during the late war in the 2d Iowa C.; James W., who married Miss Belle Scott, of this county; John married Miss Lilly Long; Irene married Christopher Johnson. Mr. McMaken owns 240 acres of land. Politically he is a firm supporter of the Republican party; has held various offices; is a member of the M. E. Church.
McMakenW. T.farmer29Middletown 
MeierWilliamfarmer1Franklin Mills 
MennenJ. Mathiasfarmer35BurlingtonBorn in Prussia, in 1844; emigrated to this country, with his parents, in 1855. Married Miss R. Huppert, in this county; she was a native of Germany; they have five children: John, P., M., Henry and Tilly. Mr. Mennen and wife are members of the Catholic Church; they own fifty acres of land. He is Independent in politics.
MillerJohn H.farmer1Franklin Mills 
MohlerJohnfarmer34BurlingtonBorn in this county. Married Miss Elizabeth Wilz in this county, in 1874; she was born in Illinois; they have one child: Isabel. Mr. Mohler and wife are members of the Catholic Church.
PetersonChas. A.farmer8Burlington 
PiersonDavidfarmer36BurlingtonResident of Des Moines Co. for over forty-three years; native of Washington Co., Penn; was born March 16, 1813; his parents removed to Ohio Co., Va., while he was a boy. Married Miss Jane Keenan Aug. 25, 1835, in Washington Co., Penn.; she was born in that county Jan. 29, 1813. They left for this county Sept. 1, 1835, journeyed through woodland and over wild prairies in wagons, and arrived in Burlington, then a small village, Sept. 25 thus became one of the pioneer families of this county; they have two children: Samuel J. and John Q. A. Samuel enlisted in Co. K, 25th I. V. Regt.; was wounded at the battle of Arkansas Post, honorably discharged and returned home. Married Elizabeth Nugent; have four children: David A., Nancy J., Mary and James Franklin. John Q. A. was also in the army; honorably discharged. He married Mary Whittaker; they have two children: Gracie and Charles. Though raised in a slave state, Mr. Pierson has always been opposed to slavery; was a staunch Whig; on the decline of that party he became a Republican; Mr. Pierson and family are members of the M. E. Church. He has always been active in every enterprise which gave promise of general good; he owns a large farm, well improved, and enjoys all the comforts of home life. His sons Samuel and John, own and manage a farm of 500 acres in Henry Co., in which county they reside.
PohrenGeorge E.farmer26Burlington 
RiepeAlbertfarmer3Franklin Mills 
RiepeJ. H.farmer10Burlington 
RifeJac.farmer2Franklin Mills 
RileyD. C.farmer17Burlington 
RommillerFred. Jr.farmer5Burlington 
SchaleHenryfarmer3Franklin Mills 
SchmeiserJac.farmer1Franklin Mills 
ShawH. H.farmer27Burlington 
StormerJohnfarmer27BurlingtonNative of Washington Co., Tenn., was born in the year 1811; in 1833, removed to Morgan Co., Ill.; in the spring of 1835, he removed to this county and settled in this township. He married Bethany Hall, who was born in New York May 19, 1816; they were married in this county in 1843; she died Oct. 1, 1855; their children living are Oscar, Sarah C. (now Mrs. G. W. Hughes), M. E. and Charles J. Mr. Stormer owns 223 acres of land. Is Democratic. Is one of the oldest settlers now living in Flint River Tp.
StormerM. E.farmer27Burlington 
SudbrackJ. H.farmer17Burlington 
SwanJohn W.farmer & dairyman36Burlingtonborn in Marshall Co., Va., Feb. 14, 1833. Moved to this county with his parents in 1838; in 1840 to Henry Co. Iowa; in 1850 he went to California, where he followed mining until the spring of 1852, then returned to Henry Co. in 1855. He married Miss Caroline Boner, in this county; she was born in Marshall Co., Va.; they have seven children living: Phoebe Z., Clarrissa, Belle, James Henry, Frances Bertha, Hetta R., Caroline E. and Mary. Mr. Swan and family are members of the M. E. Church; he is Republican. Has held various township offices. Owns 263 acres of land. His father, Henry Swan, was born in Virginia in 1804. Married Esther R. Ward, a native of the same State. They came west in 1838. Was elected Sheriff of Henry Co. several terms; also held the office of Justice a number of years. During the war he served in the Greybeard Regt. of I.V.I. as Lieutenant, was honorably discharged. He was Republican, and member of M. E. Church. Died in 1873.
TiedgeGeo. D.farmer13Burlington 
TurnerGeo. W.farmer36Burlington 
UtterWm. V.farmer19Burlington 
WalkerChas.farmer2Franklin Mills 
WardD. & Wm. L.farmer28Burlington 
WertzA. J.farmer30Burlington 
WestphalF. H. & F.farmers25Burlington 
WilteSimeonfarmer3Franklin Mills 
WischmierH.farmer3Franklin Mills 
WischmierH. Sr.farmer3Franklin Mills 
WittennerC. H.farmer27Burlington 
WolvertonL. F.farmer7Burlington 


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