Residents of Benton Township Biographies
Abel, Henry farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Slagle

Abrams, V., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Butler; born in Licking county Ohio, July 2, 1813; he was raised there on a farm, and in 1845 went to Noble county, Indiana; form there he removed to this county and settled on the place upon which he now lives, in 1854; he has a fine farm of 80 acres of well improved and cultivated land; August 20, 1840, he married Miss Julia A. Mayfield a native of Licking county, Ohio; by this union they have five children: Mary E. (now Mrs. J. N. Sheets), Melissa (now Mrs. F. Hamilton), Elinor J. (now Mrs. J. R. Francis), John W., Almira (now Mrs. Solon Helm); they have lost two: Louisa and William; who was a member of company F, 33d Iowa regiment; enlisted August 13, 1862; served for nearly two years, and died January 18, 1864, at home, of disease contracted in the Army.

Abrams, Andrew farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Butler

Abrams, Miles farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Butler

Abrams, Henry farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Butler

Akerman, Nathan farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Slagle

Akerman, John farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Slagle; born in Bavaria Germany, in April, 1825; in 1833 he emigrated with his parents to the United States landing at New York; he went from there to Butler county, Ohio, and was there raised on a farm; he owns 398 acres of well improved and cultivated land; February 4, 1839, he was married to Miss Catharine Lentze, a native of Bavaria, Germany; they have none children: Nathan M., Lizzie (now Mrs. N. Linawaver), Lydia, George, Catharine, David, Philip, Lillie; they have lost five: Christina, Maggie, John, Peter, and Anna M.; he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a well respected citizen.

Alderman, E. W. farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Slagle

Allman, Elizabeth farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Slagle

Allman, Jacob; P. O. Slagle

Beaver, Moses farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Slagle

Bennett, J. farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Butler

Bennett & Wood, merchants; Butler

Bennett, Richard farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Butler; born in Warren county, New York, March 15, 1814, he was raised there and in 1844 went to Kane county, Illinois where he remained until 1851, and they moved to Wapello county, Iowa; in 1856 he came to Benton township and settled on the farm where he now resides and which consists of 100 acres of well improved and cultivated land; he had at one tome 320 acres, but has given each of his three children 40 acres; he married Mrs. L. Knight in April, 1839 a native of New York; they have seven children: Richard W., George S., Charles H., Marion (now Mrs. Gilmore), Margaret J. (now Mrs. Boyce), Alice G. (now Mrs. Scott) and James W.; have lost six.

Bennett, James W., was born in Wapello county Iowa, May 8, 1851; he came to Keokuk county and settled in Benton township, where he was raised on a farm; at the age of nineteen he engaged in traveling for Root & Brainard, of Ottumwa; he then engaged in business for himself traveling through Kansas, Texas, Colorado and other States; he they returned to this county and still resides on the same place; he is postmaster at Butler, and is engaged in merchandising also; he was married to Miss Mary Gaskill October 15, 1876; she is a native of this State; they have one child: Lum T., born January 29, 1879.

Bennett, Richard Jr. farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Butler

Bennett, S. G. farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Butler

Birchner, C. A. farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Butler

Boldozer, Henry farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Slagle

Bottorf, W. F. farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Butler

Broadhead, Elisha farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Slagle

Brooks, J. G. farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Butler

Brown, George farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Butler

Burtlow, William farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Slagle

Chadwick, J. L. farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Slagle

Chadwick, J. M. farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Butler

Cheek, William farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Slagle

Clark, W. G. farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Slagle

Coleman, William farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Slagle

Cook, Clark farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Slagle

Craft, E. farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Butler

Craft, J. Farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Butler

Cunningham, John M. merchant and postmaster of Slagle; born in Brown county, Ohio, June 8, 1939; in 1853, in company with his parents, he moved to Linn county Iowa; he was raised on a farm, and followed farming until 1873, when he built a store at Slagle, and is now engaged in business at that point; he keeps a fine assortment in his line; he went to California, crossing the plains with ox teams and returning on horseback; he was married on the 21st of March, 1867, to Miss S. A. Matthews, a native of Iowa; she was born December 24, 1849; Mr. Cunningham is a member of the M. E. Church.

Curtis, J. C. farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Butler

Dean, Henry farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Slagle

Denny, Benjamin farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Butler

Dixon, Joseph farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Butler

Durfee, S. H. farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Butler

Durfee, D. P. farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Butler

Fardice, Robert farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Slagle

Fisher, Nathan farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Butler; born in Norfolk, Mass., February 23, 1816; there he was raised; he learned the boot and shoe trade, but that not being to his taste he learned the carpenters trade; this he has followed for some twenty years; he was at one time engaged in the manufacturing of pianos in Boston; he owns 96 acres of good land; in 1860 he lost his house and all its contents by fire, which left his destitute, for a time, of things necessary for the maintenance of life, but being a ready workman and a good carpenter, he has built himself a large, fine house of rock and cement that would be difficult to burn; in December, 1836, he married Miss Elizabeth C. Baydon, of Norfolk, Mass,; had three children, Charles E., Harriett E., (now Mrs. A. S. Hussey), and Henry S.; lost two: Ella M., and Waldo B.; was again married to Miss Lucinda Greeley in April 1968 a distant relative of the late Hon. Horace Greeley.

Francis, Matilda farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Butler

Gay, K. farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Butler

Goehring, Peter farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Slagle

Goehring, Jacob farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Slagle

Goehring, Lewis farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Slagle

Graves, Joseph Sr. farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Butler

Hagon, J. M. farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Martinsburgh; born in Ohio, April 1, 1939; he was raised on a farm; at the age of eighteen years his father died, and on him and an elder brother was left the responsibility of caring for the family; on the breaking out of the war his brother enlisted and he was left in charge of the farm; in 1862 he removed with his mother to this county locating where he now resides; owns a farm of 320 acres which is well improved and shows the evidences of thrift and industry; November 26, 1862, he married Miss Ellen Barnes a native of Tuscarawas county Ohio; she was born October 14, 1844, by this union they have four children: Nora, Minnie, Addie and Gay; have lost two: on infant child and one son by the name of Ralph.

Hamilton, John farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Butler

Harshbarger, Jacob farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Butler

Harper, J. T. farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Mrtinsburgh; born in Harrison county, Ohio, July 1828; there he was raised on a farm; in 1853 he came to Washington county Iowa, and from there traveled across the plains to California where he remained four years, meeting with good success; he then returned to New York by way o the Isthmus and form there removed to Washington county Iowa; after residing there for four years, he came to Keokuk county and settled on the farm upon which he still lives; his farm consists of 235 acres of well improved and cultivated land; January 20, 1859, he was married to Miss Louisiana S. Wortman; she is a native of Morgan county, Ohio, and was born December 22, 1844; have five children: Mary C., Samuel J., Ettie E., Virdy, and Gracie M.; Mr. Harper has held various offices in this township; also represented the Twenty eighth district to the Fifteenth General Assembly in 1874; he is one of the leading men of this township.

Hedges, Alfred farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Slagle

Helm, D. P. farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Butler

Helm, Seneca farmer, Sec 18; P. O. Butler

Helm, Franklin farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Butler

Helm, Charles farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Butler

Helm, George farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Butler

Hiberg, Milton farmer, Sec. 11

Hibler, Isaac, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Butler

Hickman, J. H. farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Butler

Hix, Orin farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Butler

Hough, Samuel farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Butler

Hults, James farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Butler

Hunter, Joel farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Slagle

Johnson, J. J. farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Slagle

Jordan, W. H. farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Slagle

Kimicat, J. H. farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Slagle

Koontz, Henry farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Butler

Kriese, Louis farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Slagle

Lawson, John farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Butler

Lentz, C., Farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Slagle; born in Germany, and came to the United States in 1832, and settled in New York; although quite young at the time he recollects distinctly of seeing the celebrated Indian Chief Black Hawk, in the city of Buffalo in 1833, when he was escorted through the largest cities of the East in order that he might be impressed with the strength of the whites; the same year he moved to Butler county, Ohio and engaged in farming; in 1846 he came to Keokuk county, when it was but a territory, and settled in Benton township, where he now owns 220 acres of land; he has held offices of town trustee, etc; he married Miss Malvin Trimble in 1849; she is a native of Illinois; the family consists of eight children: Anna M. (now Mrs. Charles Stedter), Caroline (now Mrs. Alexander Watts), Rachel (now Mrs. John Gilstrap) Albert, Hettie, Edna, Nathaniel and Ellsworth.

Long, A. H. miller in the town of Slagle; born in Greene county, Ohio, in the year 1830; when quite young he moved with his parents to Butler county, Indiana, where he was raised, being engaged in farming; he came to this county in 1856 and followed farming until 1870 when he bought the Palmer mill, which he in company with Mr. McClure, has been operating up to the present time; the mill is situated on a tract of land known as the mill property, and consists of 142 ½ acres, it has been in operation for many years and is one of the best on the South Skunk river; he married Miss A. c. Briggs, March 11, 1852; she is a native of Ohio; they have three children: Eva M., Stella R., and Earl C.; Mr. Long is a member of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to the M. E. Church having his membership at Delta.

Lynn, James A. farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Butler; born in Gibson county, Indiana; when fourteen years of age he, with his parents, moved to Jefferson county, Iowa, but the location not being desirable he moved to Keokuk county in 1854, and settled on the place where he now resides; he has ninety-one acres of land, well cultivated; he enlisted in Company D Eighteenth Iowa Infantry, in June 1862, and served with his regiment, participating in all the engagements of the company; served three years and was mustered out at Davenport in 1865, after which he returned to this county; in October 1855, he was married to Miss Sarah M. Waugh; she was born in Ohio in 1834; by this union they have a family of seven children: William E., Albertine, Dora, Lucy (now Mrs. O. Locke), Alfred W., James E., Gertrude; have lost four: Ellsworth, Robert, Charlie, and Anna L.

Lynn, James farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Butler

Lynch, Wesley farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Slagle

McBeth, Andrew farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Butler

McCreery, Daniel farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Slagle

McKelvey, David farmer and blacksmith, Sec. 27; P. O. Butler; born in Washington county, Maryland, June 9, 1822; was there raised and learned the blacksmith trade; he came to Iowa at an early day, but not being satisfied with the country returned to Pennsylvania; after remaining there sometime he returned to this State, settling in Wapello county; from there he went to California, but did not remain long and then came to Keokuk county and settled in Martinsburgh; in 1875 he settled where he now lives, owns a nice farm of seventy acres; in connection with farming he does a successful business at the blacksmith trade; December 25, 1845, he was married to Miss Eliza Fridley; she died November 19, 1858 leaving five children: Winfield, Lewis, Jane (Now Mrs. D. Shutes), Joseph and David; was married again January, 1868, to Miss Amand Francis of Illinois; she died leaving one son: John; he married for his third wife Miss Amanda Koonts of Iowa, in August 1871; have three children: Rosie B., Jessie and William H.

McKibben, W. E. farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Slagle

McKinney, F. A. farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Butler

McKinney, H. L. farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Butler; born in Brown county Ohio, April 21, 1816; he with his parents moved to Johnson county, Indiana, where he was raised; in 1844 he came to Iowa (then a territory), and settled in Mahaska county; the location not being satisfactory, he came to Keokuk county, in 1862, and located where he now resides; owns 240 acres of well improved and finely cultivated land; he has held various offices of trust in the township; he is a thorough business man and a model farmer; in 1838 he was married to Miss Nancy A. Landers; she was born in Greene county, Kentucky, in 1818; by this union they have five children: Franklin A., Oliver H. S., Winfield S., Fletcher H. and L. M.; have lost six: Lizzie Iowa (wife of James Baldozer), Ephriam H., enlisted in 1861, in Company I, eleventh Illinois Cavalry; he was killed October 9, 1864, at the siege of Vicksburg, just at the close of his last term of service; was in all the battles participated in by the regiment; Mr. Mr. K. Is a member of the M. E. Church

McVey, J. N. farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Butler

Manuel, Alfred farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Morton, Wapello county; born in Montgomery, Ohio, April 24, 1815; when quite young he moved to Parke county, Indiana, where he was raised on a farm; has followed the occupation of farming until the present time; in April, 1837, he married Miss Hannah Wise; she was born in Ohio in 1815; they have six children: Melinda (now Mrs. Brittanstine), William C., Catharine E. (now Mrs. Buckner), Margaret B., Nancy A. (now Mrs. F. Buckner), and Dick; have lost eight: Sarah, Jane, David L., two infants, John D., who was a member of Company B. First Missouri Cavalry, Francis M. a member of Company A., One Hundred and twenty-second Illinois Infantry, died of disease contracted in the army, and Hervey N., was in 100 day service; Mrs. and Mrs. M. came to Iowa in 1865; and settled on the place where they now reside; the farm consists of eighty nine acres of good land; he is a member of the M. E. Church.

Mansfield, Riley farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Slagle

Martin, H. C. farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Butler

Martin, Joseph farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Butler; born in Pickaway county, Ohio, February 6, 18226; the family moved to Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1833, and after living there seven years became dissatisfied with the country, and concluded to try their fortunes in Iowa and in 1840 they settled in what was known as Blue Point, in Jefferson county, where they remained until 1843, when he came to Keokuk county, and entered the land on which he now resides; so anxious was he to secure the land which he has selected, that he came on is at 12 o’clock at night the day they were permitted to come and make their claims; he owns a farm of seventy-six acres, and among those who have passed the ordeal of pioneer life in the West, and whose early struggles well deserve a place in these memorials, in the subject of this sketch; obstacles have been overcome that in looking back, it seems impossible to have been accomplished; he has felt the want f food and the necessities of life in common with others of the early settlers; he has gone forty-four hours without eating, and then had to pound corn in a wooden mortar to supply they want; he learned the wagon makers trade, and was one of the first in the county; he was married January 1, 1850, to Miss Charity Thomas; she is a native of Ross county Ohio, and was born July 5, 1826; they have five children: Cicero F., Harriet A., Sarah E., Emma L. and Lucretia G.; lost four: William P., Mary J., Elmina E., and Lewis W.; Mr. and Mrs. Martin have long been and are at present time, active members of the United Brethren Church.

Merryfield, Joseph farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Slagle; born in Brown county, Ohio, October 18, 1822; he was raised there, following the occupation of farmer; he removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he leaned the carpenters trade, which he has followed in the connection with farming, up to the present time; Mr. M. moved to Indiana after residing in Cincinnati, but not being satisfied with the location, he again moved this time coming to this county in 1856; he settled on the tract of land on which his present home is located; his farm consists of 180 acres of well improved land, kept in a fine state of cultivation; he has held various township offices, and is now justice of the peace; in 1844 he was married to Miss Eliza A. Miller; she was born in Pennsylvania, in 1824; they have a family of ten children: Martha J. (now Mrs. A. J. Hewitt). John F., Vianna (now Mrs. William Vaughn), William J., Eleline (now Mrs. S. Quick), Caroline L. (now Mrs. C. Morton), Josiphene (now Mrs. F. A. McKinney), George F., Susan and Charles S; Mr. Merryfield is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is one of the most influential citizens of the township; for the past twenty years he has been intimately connected with all the interests of the county.

Myers, George farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Slagle

Miller, Ernest farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Slagle

Mock, John farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Butler

Monk, C. W. farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Butler

Morrison, James farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Slagle

Neece, William farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Slagle

Ott, Charles farmer and stock feeder, Sec. 2; P. O. Slagle; born in Franklin county, Ohio, November 26, 1838; there he was raised and there he remained until 1855, when he came to Iowa and settled in Keokuk county; in 1860, he moved upon the farm on which he now resides, which consists of 160 acres of well improved and highly cultivated land; he makes stock raising and feeding a specialty, and has about 150 head of stock at the present time; he is and has been for the past thirteen years school director of his district; he was married September 18, 1862, to Miss Eliza Bowersox, a native of Pennsylvania; she was born may 30, 1843; have a family of four children: Charles J., William F. Ollie and an infant not names; three have died: Clara B., Cora E., and an infant.

Parr, William Farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Butler

Palmer, J. W. farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Butler

Pepper, Conrad farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Slagle

Pfeiffer, John farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Butler

Reed, D. M. farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Butler

Rickett, William H. farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Butler; born in Gallia county, Ohio, October 2, 1831; he lived there until 1845, when he went to Green county, Ohio, remaining there for five years, and then removed to Wapello county, Iowa; the location not being desirable, he came to this county and settled on the farm upon which he now loves; he has 122 acres of well improved and cultivated land; July 23, 11854, he was married to Miss Amanda Dimmett, a native of Indiana, born October 25, 1827; by this union they have six children: Rachel, Albert D., Lincoln C., Ida A., Jennette and Willie J.; Mr. R. has held various office in Benton township, and is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Toleration Lodge No. 236, Fremont.

Ritter, William farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Butler

Ritter, John farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Slagle; born in Louden Prussia, 1827; when nineteen years of age he came to the United States, landing in New York; from there he went to Butler county, Ohio, remaining there six years; he owns a nice farm of 100 acres of land, well cultivated and improved; he has held for several years; during his residence in Butler county, Ohio, he married Miss Caroline Haker, a native of that State; she died in 1853; he married for his second wife, Miss Christina Ackerman, a native of Ohio; they have four children: Matilda M., John P., Adaline K. and Elizabeth; five are deceased: Frederick, George, Charles, Joseph and an infant not named; Mr. Ritter is a member of the church of God.

Ritter, Andrew farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Slagle; born in Bavaria Germany in 1841; he came to United States with his parents in 1857, landing New York city; from there he came to Keokuk county and located where he now lives; he owns a fine farm of 120 acres upon which he has a nice barn, as good as any in the township, and also a fine brick house, where he cant live at ease for the remainder of his days and enjoy what it has cost ho have it; he was married February 27, 1866, to Miss Louisa M. Stodter, a native of Crossan, Prussia; they have four children: Frederick W., John A., George W. and Albert D.; Edward and an infant deceased; Mr. Ritter is a member of the Lutheran Church.

Ritter, Fred farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Butler

Roach, James farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Butler

Rooker, Stephen farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Butler

Royquett, Lewis farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Butler

Sanchez, Philip farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. butler

Sanchez, Fred farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Butler

Scott, Robert farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Butler

Scott, E. P. farmer Sec. 33; P. O. Butler

Scott, David farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Slagle

Shaffer, Benjamin farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Slagle

Sheets, J. N. farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Butler

Showman, William farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Butler

Shute, David farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Butler

Shute, Sarah farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Butler

Shute, Cornelius farmer, Sec. 21; P O. Butler

Shute, John farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Butler

Stevens, J. L. farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Butler

Street, W. E. farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Butler

Sykes, Charles farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Slagle

Tereso, Phillip Sanchez farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Martinsburgh; born in Kaiser’s Slantern, Bavaria, Germany June 4 1828; he was raised there in the mercantile business which he continued until 1849, when he emigrated to the United States, landing at New York; from there he went to Philadelphia and Baltimore, being engaged in the printing business at each of those places; from Baltimore he moved to Luzerne county Pennsylvania, at which place he remained some four months, being employed in the iron works; in 1850 his parents landed at New York City; Philip remained at that city with them until 1851, they then coming to this county; here he has a nice farm of 260 acres, well improved and cultivated; he settled on this farm in 2860; April 11, 1854, he married Miss Mary J. Garrett; she was born in Indiana in 1835; they have one child by adoption: Lucinda B.; he has held various offices in his township, and is a member of the Baptist Church.

Tereso, Frederick Sanchez farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Martinsburgh; born March 30, 1824, at Hackenheim Hessen Germany; his father was a native of Spain, and his mother was of Berman ancestry; his youth and early manhood were passed at the place of his birth, where he attended first the common school and they the high school; German, Latin and Greek and French were some of the studies he pursued; at age 17 years was appointed clerk of the court, which official position he filled to the satisfaction of the higher officials, and with credit to himself; on the outbreak of the revolution of 1849 , when but 24 years old, he received the important appointment of General Financial Secretary, in the Republic at that time established; this position he held for about six months, when the Republic collapsed and in company with other patriots, he crossed the Rhine into France, and after remaining there a short time, he embarked at Havre for America; he arrived at new York in September, 1849, and from there he went to Philadelphia, where he engaged in the printing business, after remaining there for ten months he returned to New York to meet his parents, and while there awaiting the arrival of the ship he was employed by a publishing house as a translator; upon arrival of his parents they set out for Iowa and settled in Jackson township of this county; In 1866 he removed to Benton township and settled where he now resides; owns a farm of 270 acres, under good cultivation; has a comfortable, well arranged house, in which is a choice library of rare books; in August 182, he enlisted a s private in Co. F, thirty-third Iowa Infantry; June 2, 1863, he was promoted to the position of first lieutenant; served until the close of the was, and was discharged July 25, 1865, at New Orleans, and after his discharged returned home; December 24, 1857, he was married to Miss Matilda J. Britton a native of henry county, Iowa; they have seven children: Milton F. Helen (now Mrs. Handleman), Nancy A., Sheridan P., Viola, Theadore, and Oscar G.; Mr. T. after having undergone the vicissitudes of two wars and adventures in a strange land, in now comfortably located and enjoys the respect and confidence of all who know him; none are more active in all public enterprises, and all schemes for the development of his adopted county meet his casual support.

Vanwinkle, Miles farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Butler

Vanwinkle, Isaac farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Butler

Vaughn, Charles farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Butler

Watts, W. A. farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Butler

Watts, Charles farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Butler; born in Harrison county Ohio, August 29, 1821; he was raised there on a farm; in September 1849, he moved to Indiana and remained there for five years, but the location not being desirable he came to Keokuk county and located on the place upon which he now resides; he has 429 acres of finely cultivated land on which he is building a commodious dwelling; he has held various offices in his township; March 16, 1843, he was married to Miss Mary A. Woods, a native of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania; she was born march 5, 1825; by this union they have nine children: William A., George W., Henry D., Rachel A. (now Mrs. Burgman), Hulda, John C., Andrew H., Joseph M., Emma R.; have lost one son: Thomas who was a member of company B, Thirty-sixth Iowa Infantry; enlisted at Keokuk Iowa, in 1862, served until May 23, 1863; he died at home of disease contracted in the army, his father having brought him home from Helena where he had been left; he expired surrounded by loving friends.

Waugh, William farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Martinsburgh; born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1800; with his parents he moved to Warren county, Ohio, remaining there until 1816; in the same year he emigrated to Wilkesborough, Wilkes county, North Carolina, where he engaged in the mercantile business being employed as a clerk; in 1827 he removed to Petersburg, Virginia and in 1839 to Fairfield, Jefferson county, this State; from there he went to a point neat the Des Moines river, not far from where Oskaloosa now stands, but the location was not desirable and he again moved coming to this county and locating where he now lives in 1845; owns 360 acres of good land; he is an influential citizen and has held the office of justice of the peace for a number of years; in 1829 he married Miss Elizabeth Freeman; have five children: Cordelia (now Mrs. Baker), Sarah M. (now Mrs. J. Lynn), Susan E. (now Mrs. H. B. Sturgess), Mary J. (now Mrs. William Gray), and James; lost two: William A. and F; the latter was a second sergeant in the Thirty-fifth Iowa Infantry; he died at St. Louis, January 19, 1863; of small-pox; Mr. Waugh belongs to the Masonic fraternity and is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Wells, Obed farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Butler

White, William farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Butler

White, Joseph farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Slagle

Williams, P. Farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Slagle

Wilcox, William farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Slagle

Wilcox, A. G. farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Slagle

Wilcox, B. G. farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Slagle; born in Athens county, Ohio in February, 1842; in 1854 he came with his parents to Van Buren county, Iowa; he came to this county in 1862, and located where he now lives; he owns a farm of 110 acres of well improved land; he has been twice married: first to Miss Susan Helm, September 28, 1861; she was a native of Iowa; she died September 3, 1874, leaving two children living: Emma J. and David P., and Ollie and Rosa deceased; he married again to Miss Parmelia Waltman, in 1876; she in a native of Ohio; by this union they have one child: Oliver.

Williams, Jefferson farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Slagle

Wilcox, Riley farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. butler

Wood, J. H. farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Butler

Wyckoff, S. D. farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Butler

Young, William H. farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Martinsburgh; born in Clarke county, Indiana, April 11, 1842; when twelve years of age he with his parents moved to this county and settled in Benton township, near Martinsburgh; his early training was on a farm and he continued at this occupation until September, 1861, when he enlisted in company D, 13th Iowa Infantry; in 1864 he re-enlisted as a veteran, and in the same year was taken prisoner and conveyed to Andersonville, Charleston, Florence and Richmond; after undergoing the vicissitudes of imprisonment at each of these places he was finally paroled in February, 1865; he then returned to his regiment with which he was engaged in active service until the close of the war; on being mustered out of the service he again came to Keokuk county and engaged in the mercantile business at Martinsburgh, in which he continued until quite recently, when he disposed of his stock and moved on the farm upon which he now resides; his farm consists of 400 acres of fine land under the best cultivation; he was married to E. M. Hursey, daughter of William Hursey, October 13 1869; they have one child; Hattie E.; have lost and infant, not named; Mr. Young is a member of both the Masonic and Odd Fellow’s fraternities; he is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and is now in the full vigor of manhood and is regarded as one of the most active, energetic and influential citizens of that part of the county.

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Reference: "1880 History of Keokuk County Iowa."

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