JACKSON TOWNSHIP BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY

A   BEL, JOSEPH, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Abel, Rufus, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Manhattan.

Adams, William, Manhattan.

Adams, Mary, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Manhattan.

Adams, Thomas T., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Manhattan.

Allen, G. W., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Manhattan.

ALTMAN GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka; born April 21, 1827, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania; there he was raised and educated; he came to this county in 1855, and settled where he now lives; he owns a farm of 160 acres of land; he was married March 28, 1856, to Miss Elizabeth Welch, a native of Virginia; they have a family of three children; Franey, Cordelia and Walter M; all living.

Altman, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka.

Andrews, Solomon, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Ioka.

B   AKER, CAPT. D. C, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 8; P. O. Ioka; born  July 22, 1833, in Jefferson county, East Tennessee; here he grew to manhood; he was educated in the common schools and Holston College at New Market Tennessee; he came to this county, and settled in Richland township, in 1853; he located on his present farm, where he now lives, in 1876; he has a beautiful home of 270 acres, where he can pass the remainder of his life, and enjoy the good things the world affords; he has been honored by his friends and neighbors by being elected town trustee and constable, and he is now a member of the board of county supervisors, an office which he is eminently well qualified to fill; he enlisted in October, 1861, in Company E. Third Missouri Militia, to serve six months, at the expiration of which time he was discharged; he enlisted again August 15, 1862, in Company I, Fortieth Iowa Infantry, as a private; at the organization of the company he was promoted to first lieutenant, and on the 20th of March 1864, he was promoted to captain of his company; he served to January 1, 1864, when he was compelled on account of his health to resign and return home; on regaining his health he resumed farming; which avocation he has followed since; he was in the battles of Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas; Little Rock, siege of Vicksburg; on Bank’s Red River expedition and all the fights and skirmishes his regiment was engaged in while he was in the service; he was married December 28, 1854, to Miss Virtue A., a daughter of Reverend M. L. Milton; they have a family of ten children: Martha W., Joseph E., Mary E., John, Nora, Charles and Willie, living, and Margaret A.  Virtue T. and Minnie J. deceased.

Ballard, Susan, Walden.

Ballard, Milton, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Manhattan.

Bailey, S. W., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Manhattan.

Bean, A. F., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Ioka.

Bell, John B., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Ioka.

Belveal, Seth, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Manhattan.

BENDER, C., shoe-maker, Ioka; born November 25, 1836, in Hohenzollern, Hackengen, Germany; his parents died when he was about four years old, leaving him an orphan and alone in the world; he came to the United States in 1849 and landed in New York, where he stopped a short time,and then went to Indiana, where he began to learn his trade, but did not stay long till he went to Harrison, Ohio, where he finished his trade; in the spring of 1853 he came to this county, and located in Lancaster, and went to work at his trade; he came to this town in the fall of 1858, and has lived and worked at his trade here ever since; he was married February 2, 1857, to Miss Louisa Hahan, a native of Pennsylvania; they have had ten children: Julius A., George W., Mary A., Winnie C., Anna E., Laura, and Emma, living, and Geo. H., Louie and John, deceased; he has been town trustee three terms, and school director several times.

Bergman, Julius, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Bottger, J. J., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

BOWMAN SAMUEL, retired farmer and merchant; he resides in Ioka; born August 16, 1804, in West Virginia; here he grew to manhood and was educated; he came to Iowa Territory in the spring of 1839, and to this county in 1845, before it was yet a State, and located where he now lives; he followed farming till 1860, when he went to merchandising in Ioka, which he followed till 1869, when he retired to a quieter life, having laid up a competency for his old age; he was a son of poor parents and has always had to look out for himself; how well he has done it his neighbors can judge; his motto was “Excelsior” and his guide honesty and integrity; he is one of the oldest settlers now living in the county, and has always taken an active part in all public matters pertaining to the advancement of the interests of his town and neighbors; he has been twice married; first, June 7, 1827, to Elizabeth Bowman, a native of West Virginia; she died April 1, 1865, leaving a family of ten children: Susannah, Solomon, Washington, Harriet R., Martha E., Mary M., Joshua M., Amelia A., Polly C. and Samuel H.; Solomon, Susan and Harriet R. are deceased; he married again August 21, 1865, Mrs. Delila Sanders, a native of Indiana; they have one child: Zue E., living.

BOWMAN J. M., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 28; P. O. Ioka; born March 25, 1838, in Randolph county, Virginia; parents came to Iowa and settled in Jefferson county in 1839; he came to this county in 1845, while it was yet a Territory; here he grew up and was educated; he located on his present farm in 1860; he owns 190 acres of land upon which he has a fine dwelling and out- buildings, he was married February 23, 1860 to Miss Irene Siceloff, a native of Indiana; they have a family of six children: Della, Cora, Nora, Delilah and Samuel D., living, and Cordelia N., deceased.

BOWMAN, WASHINGTON, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Ioka; born July 6, 1830, in Virginia; his parents moved to Iowa Territory in 1839 and located in Jefferson county, where they lived till 1846, when they came to this county and located in this township; he located on Sec. 27, Jackson township in 1855, where he lived till 1872, when he located where he now lives; he owns a fine farm of l00 acres; he is one of the oldest settler of this county; he knows and has realized all that the word "pioneer” means, in its broadest sense; he was married January 18, 1855, to Miss Jane M. Sisson, a native of Indiana; they have a family of eleven children: William H., Malinda C., Eugene B., Martha M., Laura A., Charles S., Wilson J. and Floria A., living and Mary E., Margaret E. and M. E., deceased.

BOWMAN, SAMUEL H., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Ioka; born March 9, 1845, in Jefferson county, Iowa so that he is a native Hawkeye in every sense of the word; has chased the deer across the prairie and gone home with the girls from spelling- school; has a fine farm of 180 acres of well improved land; he is now hunting for a housekeeper, and will make a good catch for some of the Hawkeye girls, as he is still hanging to the "ragged edge" of single blessedness.

Bowman, James S., farmer, Sec.32; P. O. Ioka.

Braden, J. L., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Ioka.

Braden, R. C., farmer,Sec. 29; P.O. Ioka.

Bragg, W. H., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Ioka.

Braden, J. G., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Ioka.

Braden, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Ioka.

BROWN, JAMES M., farmer, P. O. Martinsburgh; he lives on Sec. 19; where he owns a farm of 170 acres; born March 15, 1813, in Frederick county, Virginia; his parents came to Ohio in 1824, and to Indiana in 1843; he came to this county in 1853 and located where he now lives; he has followed farming all his life, and has made what he has by hard, honest toil; he was married twice, first, October 25, 1847, to Miss Cornelia Ball, a native of Indiana, who died June 8, 1855, leaving three children: Henry C. and Lydia A., living, and Henrietta, deceased; he married again October 28, 1857, Mrs. Mary Jane Laswell, daughter of Elijah McGee, of Martinsburgh; they have had six children: John M., James H., Wm A., living and Joseph A. and Alfred E., deceased; she had one child by her first husband; it died in infancy.

Brown, John R., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Manhattan.

Brown, Isaac, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Brown, Thomas E., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Manhattan.

Brown, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Richland.

Brown, James, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Richland.

Bryson, J. D., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Ioka.

Burrough, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Ioka.

C   APPS, J. G., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Ioka; born August 11, 1840; and a native of Indiana; his parents moved to this county in 1846; here he was raised and educated in the common schools; he is one of the old settlers of the county; he was married December 15, 1866, to Miss Susan Cooper, a native of Illinois; they have a family of five children: Alice, Walter, Lizzie, Oscar, and Joseph, all living.

Capps, W. P., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Ioka.

Carter, J. V., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Manhattan.

Carter, Nancy J., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Manhattan.

Carpenter, J. W., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Ioka.

CATHEY, W. C., tin and coppersmith, Ioka; born August 26, 1829, in Warren county, Tennessee; here he grew up and was educated; he enlisted June 2, 1846, in the First Tennessee Infantry for the Mexican War; he served twelve months and was discharged; he was in the battle of Monterey, Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo; he was presented with a corps badge made from condensed cannon, bearing his name, by the National Association of Veterans; in 1850 he came to Jonesborough, Illinois where he learned his trade with A. C. Calwell, and continued to work until 1857, when he came to this place; in 1860 he went back to Tennessee and went into business and continued until 1862, when he was conscripted into the Confederate army, but not wishing to fight against his county, he made his escape, and joined Rosecrans army at Murfreesborough; entered the secret service and served till June 1863, when he got his family out and again came to this place; he went to Chicago and on March 29, 1864 enlisted in Company K, One hundred and Fifty-sixth Illinois, and served till the close of the war; he was married September 6, 1848, to Miss Nancy Finley, a native of Tennessee; she died June 30, 1863, leaving a family of four children: Isaac H., William K., Mary and an infant; Mary J. and the infant are deceased; in 1857 he was appointed postmaster at Warm Fork, Missouri, which he held for eighteen months, when he resigned; he was also postmaster at Ioka from March, 1869, to September 1, 1879, which he also resigned.

Cleavenger, C. G., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Ioka.

Collins, G. W., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Manhattan.

Crowner, Wm, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Ioka.

Cutler, R. H., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Darby, Henry, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Ioka.

Dare, George, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Manhattan.

Dare, Abile, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Manhattan.

D   AVIS, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Walden; born February 5, 1828, in Washington county, Virginia; his parents moved to Hancock county Indiana, in 1828; here he lived till the spring of 1853, when he came to this county and settled where he now lives, on the land he claimed from the government; he is one of the oldest settlers in this part of the county; he has made the most of his estate since coming here; he established a general store here on his farm, which he ran in 1854-5, and sold goods on credit till it came near "busting” him, when he concluded he had better sell out, which he did and turned his attention to farming exclusively, which he has followed since; he keeps the Walden post office in his house, and is postmaster; he was married September 23, 1857, to Matilda Kauble, a native of Indiana; they have eight children: Cortez F., Ulysses G., David E., Flora A., Lillus E. and Etta F., living, and John C., and Mary A. deceased: he owns 414 acres of land.

Davidson, Daniel L. farmer Sec. 11; P. O. Manhattan.

Deannond, Robert, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Ioka.

Deniston, J. R. E., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Manhattan.

DULIN, J. A., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Ioka; he owns a farm of 70 acres of land; born December 24, 1827, in Pennsylvania; his parents came to Ohio in 1833; there he was raised and educated; he lived there until 1857, when he came to Iowa and located in Richland township; there he lived about three years, when he came to this township, where he has remained ever since; he was married December 6, 1849, to Miss Anna M. Weltner, a native of Pennsylvania; they have a family of three children: Wm. L., Elnora and Mary Viola; Wm. L. now lives in German township.

E   DWARDS, AARON, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Ioka.

Estes, Thomas E., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Ioka.

Estes, Mary, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Ioka.

Estes, Thomas J., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Manhattan.

Estes, Joseph N., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Ioka.

Evans, W. H., Ioka.

F   ARMER, J. L., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Walden.

Farmer, Susan, farmer, Sec. 7; P. Walden.

Fleck, Robt, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Ioka.

FYE, MRS. MARGARET, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Ioka; she and her family own over 1,000 acres of the best land of Jackson township; she was born January 31, 1822, in Butler county, Ohio; there she grew to womanhood, and was married January 4, 1841; to Mr. William Fye, who was born September 29, 1841 in Pennsylvania; he died June 3, 1862, leaving her with a family of seven children: Phebe (now Mrs. Robert A. Marshall), Wilson, Della, Lizzie, and Ollie, living, and David and Madison, deceased; they lived in Ohio till 1849; when they came to this county and located where she now lives; they entered their lands from the government when they came; they are among the oldest settlers of the county, and know and have realized all that the word pioneer means; after the death of her husband she ran the farm left her, and kept her family together, and supported them until they have become old enough to relieve her of that care and be a comfort to her in her old age.

Fye, Cordelia, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Ioka.

Fye, W. G., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Ioka.

Fye, Jeremiah, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Manhattan.

G   ABBY, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Ioka.

Gardner, J. M., Ioka.

Gill, Mitchell, Ioka.

Gill, James, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Ioka.

Gilmore, Charles, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Ioka.

GOODMAN, CHARLES, proprietor Lillie House, Ioka; born April 18, 1818, in North Carolina; when he was about twelve years of age his parents moved to Sangamon county, Illinois; he came to Henry county, Iowa in 1853; and to this county in 1855; he went to farming and followed it till 1875, when he bought the hotel-stand where he now lives and keeps one of the best houses to be found in this country, and one where his guests will always be glad to return to; he was married November 12, 1840 to Vina Tally, a native of Tennessee, who died November 23, 1876, leaving a family of seven children: Mary Ann, William H., Charles, James K. P., John W., Maria E., Francis F.; William is deceased, he married again April 8, 1878, Mrs. Allie McKinnis, a native of Alleghany county, Maryland.

Goodman, J. K. P., Ioka.

H   ALFERTY, ROBERT, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Ioka; born December 19, 1819 in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania; parents moved to Ohio in 1823; there he grew to manhood; he came to this county in 1854 and located where he now lives; he has made all his estate since coming to this county, as he had but little means when he came; he has been elected, by his neighbors, justice of the peace, for one term in this township; he owns a fine farm of 180 acres of land under good improvement; he was married September 9, 1847 to Miss Rachel Crowner, a native of Virginia; they have a family of eight children: Martha E., John Squire, George, Verona, and William, living and Green and an infant deceased.

Halferty, Jacob, farmer, Sec, 23; P. O. Ioka.

Halferty, Robert, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Ioka.

Harris, W. C., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Ioka.

Hardin, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Ioka.

Hinkle, George, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Manhattan.

Hinkle, Eilias, farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Manhattan.

Hollingsworth, B., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Walden.

I   NGLE, J. H., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Ioka.

Ingle, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Manhattan.

ISRAEL, F. M., merchant at Ioka; born in Morgan county, Ohio; at the age of nine years his father died, and at fourteen his mother died also; he then went to St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended Henderson’s Commercial College, where he graduated, after which he entered the house of A. T. Harlow & Co. as book-keeper; he remained with them two years; in 1867 he came to Richland, this county, and engaged in business with his brother, R. Israel, where he remained till 1869, when he went into business on his own account at Talleyrand, this county; there he remained until the railroad was built to Keota, when he built a store and moved his stock to that place and changed his stock to clothing, which he followed till 1875, when he went into the banking business, which he followed till 1878, when he sold out and came to Ioka and established the Ioka Cash store, where he keeps a general assortment for a country store; he buys and sells for cash at the lowest figures; he is editor and proprietor of a spicy little sheet, called the “Ioka News”. which he issues monthly, with a circulation of one thousand; he buys and ships more produce than any firm in Keokuk county; he was married in September 1869, to Hattie Dorr, a native of this county, who died January 9, 1873, leaving one child: Gracie, now living; he married again in January, 1875, Mrs. Hattie Cooum, daughter of Dr. Miller, of this county; they have three children: Nellie, Myrtle and a son unnamed.

J   ACOBS, PARMELIA, Ioka.

Jacobs, Benjamin M., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Manhattan.

JONES, J. S., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Ioka; born December 31, 1836, in Rappahannock county, Virginia; his parents came to this county in 1855, and located in this township; he located on his present farm in 1873; his father and mother are both dead, as also his brothers and sisters, and he has no near relatives in this country; he owns a nice little farm of 60 acres, upon which he lives; he is unmarried and stand in need of a housekeeper.

K   ANBLE, WILLIAM F., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Ioka.

Keasling, I. P., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Manhattan.

Keasling, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Manhattan.

Keasling, Isaac P., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Manhattan.

Kite, Jacob, Ioka.

L   APE, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Ioka.

Lemming, Ellison, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka,

Lewman, J. W., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Ioka.

Lewis, D. P., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka.

Long, Edward D., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Manhattan.

Long, Jacob T., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Manhattan.

Luellen, Alfred, Ioka.

Luellen, Nancy A., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Walden.

M   cCREERY, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Ioka; owns a farm of 285 acres of well improved land; born  February 9, 1843, in Highland county, Ohio; his parents moved to Rush county, Indiana in 1824; here he grew to manhood and enlisted in August, 1862, in Company D. Nineteenth Iowa Infantry, and served to January 1, 1863, when he was discharged by reason of disability caused by being wounded in right elbow joint at the battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; he was married twice; first April 10, 1845, to Isabella, daughter of Iven Fleener, of Indiana; she died September 17, 1873, leaving a family of nine children: Mary J., John M., Jessie, Andrew and William living, and James Alfred, deceased; he was married again June 4, 1874, to Mrs. Margery Carson, daughter of Wm. Ross, of Jefferson county, Iowa; they have two children: Ida May living and Albert deceased.

McCreery, Jno. M., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Ioka.

McKinnis Brothers, merchants, Ioka.

McKINNIS, CHARLES, physician, Ioka; born April 22, 1854, in Vinton county, Ohio; parents moved to Jefferson county, Iowa, in 1863 and to Washington county, Iowa, in 1866; he went to Henry county, Iowa in 1874, where he attended Whittier College for two years, when he came to this town and began teaching and continued for eight years; since that time he has been in the drug business; he studied medicine with Dr. T. W. Mulhern, of this place, and attended Hughes' Medical and Surgical College at Keokuk, Iowa, where he will graduate this winter; he has been practicing with Dr. Mulhern for about six months in this vicinity; he was married September 5, 1862, to Miss Laura H. McCarty, a native Hawkeye, having been born in Washington county Iowa; they have two children: Mollie B. and Ivie Myrtle, both living; he owns and runs a drug store in Ioka.

McREYNOLDS, G. W., proprietor Ioka Mills, Ioka; born March 12, 1842, in Posey county, Indiana; parents came to Iowa and located in Jefferson county in 1844; he lived there until 1879, when he came to this place and bought a half interest in the Ioka Mills, which he now owns; he is almost a Hawkeye, being but about two years old when he came to Iowa; he was married December 25, 1873, to Miss Nancy Cowger, a native Hawkeye, having been born in Wapello county, Iowa; they have one child: Davie A., living; has a saw- mill in connection withhis flouring mill, which he runs when there is anything to do, aiming at all times to accommodate his customers.

Martin, Moses, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Manhattan.

Marshall, R. A., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Ioka.

MEREDITH, T. B., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Ioka; born March 5, 1835, in Hendricks county, Indiana; here he lived till he was eighteen years of age, when he came to this county and located at Richland, where he went to work in the saw mill of Baker & Edwards; this he followed for several years; he has followed farming most of his life; he came to the farm where he now lives in 1874; he has been J. P. for the last seventeen years in succession, and his present term will expire January 1, 1881, making it the longest term any one man has ever served in the county; he was town clerk four years and has held various minor offices; he was married September 8, 1858 to Miss Mary M. Bowman a native Hawkeye, having been born in Jefferson county, Iowa; they have a family of seven children: John C., Oscar, Permelia, Eva, Nathan, Etta, and an infant not named; Oscar is deceased.

Miller, Wm, R., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Ioka.

Milliken, John, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka.

Mishey, George, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Mitts, Cyrus, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Manhattan.

MOODY, A. P., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Manhattan; he owns a nice little farm of 31 acres; born October 1, 1814, in Muskingum county, Ohio; his father having died, his mother moved to Perry county, Ohio; his father having died, his mother moved to Perry county, Ohio, in 1832; there he lived till 1840, when he came to Bloomington, Illinois, where he remained about two years; in June 1842, he came to Iowa Territory and located near the Black Hawk mills, in German township; there he remained about two years and moved to Sigourney, where he lived till 1875 when he came to this township and located where he now lives; he has been twice married: first, October 15, 1837, to Miss Matilda Dennis a native of Ohio, who died December 16, 1838, leaving one child: Thomas now living in Montana Territory: he married again, January 20, 1850, Mrs. Louisa McFarland, a native of Ohio; they have a family of four children: A. P. and Mary L. living; and John and James McFarland, deceased.

Moore, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Ioka.

Moorman, E. W.,  Ioka.

Mulhem, V. W., Ioka.

N   ELSON, JOSEPH, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Ioka,

Northrup, Darius, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Walden.

O   ARD, J. C., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Manhattan.

Orsborn, Ritchea, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Ioka.

P   ATTERSON, A. R., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Ioka.

Paxton, Nathan, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Manhattan.

Pickering, W. T., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Ioka.

Pike, James, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Walden.

Power, Anna, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka.

Q   UICK, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Manhattan.

Quick, James W., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Manhattan.

Quick, A. H., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Manhattan.

Quick, Tennis, Ioka.

R   AMSEY, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka

Reimer, H. W., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Ioka.

Reimer, J. W. P., farmer, Sec.8; P. O. Manhattan.

Reiner, J. N., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Manhattan.

RICHARDSON, J. M., merchant, Ioka; born January 7, 1836 in Vermilion county, Indiana; parents moved in fall of same year to McDonough county, Illinois, where they lived till the fall of 1845, when they came to Steady Run township in this county, his mother still lives on the same farm her husband entered when first came to the county; he followed farming till the year of 1852, when he went to clerk in  store of James McGrew of Lancaster, where he remained three years; from that time to 1869 he put in his time farming, carpentering and coopering; at that time he moved to Ioka and went into the goods trade with R. F. Weller, he putting time and experience against his partner’s money for a share of the profits; this he continued for four years, when his brother F. P. Richardson, bought Weller out; he then formed a new partnership with his brother, which lasted about five years, when he bought his brother out and has run it himself until the present time; he keeps a well assorted stock of goods for a country store and has a good trade, which he has built up by fair dealing and strict integrity; what he has he has made by hard knocks; he owns nine acres of land adjoining the town and is just finishing the best residence in the place; is post- master and keeps the office in his store; married October 9, 1856 to Emily Jacobs, a native of Indiana; they have a family of eight children: Henry L., an attorney in Sigourney, Frank, Pierce, Malissa E., William H., Edward E., Samuel W., Albert L., and Susan J., living and Thomas S., deceased

Rockafeller, Henry, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Manhattan; owns eighty acres of land; born April 25, 1797 in New Jersey; parents moved to Franklin county, Indiana, in 1805; he came to Iowa Territory in 1837, and located in Louisa county near Wapello; he came to this county in 1856; took a trip to Oregon in 1852, going by water from New York; he’s been twice married; first, January 28, 1819, to Miss Elenor Hurst, a native of Vermont, she died July 6, 1851, leaving a family of six children: Samuel H., Peter R., William H., Albert G., George W. and Allison L.; Samuel H., Peter R., and Allison L. are deceased; married again Dugust (sic) 11, 1852 to Charlotte Oard, a native of Ohio; she died  April 3, 1879, leaving three children: John H. living and two infants deceased; she had two children by a former husband; Jonathan C. Oard and Elizabeth Jordan, deceased.

Rogers, Stacy, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Ioka.

Romaker, Henry, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Roop, John, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 13; P. O. Manhattan; has a fine farm of 300 acres, well improved, upon which he has a fine residence and large barn; born June 25, 1824, in Maryland; his parents moved to Ohio in 1834; he was educated and lived there till 1848, when he came to this county and located near Richland; he located on his present farm in 1857; has also made another farm in Jefferson county, which he sold out; when he landed in Iowa he had thirty-six dollars in money and a large stock of grit and muscle; what he owns he has made since coming here; has been twice married; first, November 26, 1846, to Miss Elizabeth Sheridan, a native of Ohio; she died March 15, 1850, leaving two children: Susan E., now living and John T. deceased; he was married again November 6, 1862, to Delilah Broilliar a native of Ohio; they have six children: J. W., Mary A., Martha F., Arthur M., and Walter D., living, and Grant, deceased.

Ruby, Milas, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Ioka.

Ruby, Matilda, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Manhattan.

Ruby, J. V., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Ruby, Marshall, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Manhattan.

Ruby, W. R., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Manhattan.

Ruby, William, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Manhattan.

Ruby, Charles E., farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Mahattan.

Ruby, J. J., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Manhattan.

Ruggles, John F., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Walden.

Runyan, J. E., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Manhattan.

Rush, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Manhattan.

S   CEARCY, WM., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Ioka; owns 440 acres of well improved land; born February 24, 1813 in North Carolina; his parents moved to Tennessee in 1815, and to Morgan county, Indiana, in 1829, where they raised one crop, and in the fall of 1830 they came to Sangamon county, Ill.; he lived there until the spring of 1839, when he came to Iowa, and located near Richland, in this county; he lived there till the spring of 1843, when he located on his present farm where he now lives, and where he has resided since; he was married April 7, 1836, to Miss Sarah Miller, a native of Kentucky; they have a family of ten children: Joshua, N., John F., Arminda, Francis M., George W., Marquis De L., Jane, Stephen A. Douglas, Alice and Sarah all living; his mother, Mrs. Mary Scearcy, died April 15,1844, in this county.

Scearcy, F. M., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Ioka.

SECHRIST, JACOB, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Ioka; has 196 acres of land under a high state of cultivation; born July 12, 1829, in Pennsylvania; his parents moved to Ohio in 1833; he lived there till 1856, when he came to Iowa and settled on Sec. 27, in Steady Run township; he lived there four years when he moved to Jefferson county, and after remaining there near two years, he moved back to Ohio; but after a stay of six years scratching over the clay banks and stumps of Ohio, he concluded that Iowa was the best state to live in after all; so he came back to this county in 1868 and settled where he now lives; he was married March 30, 1854, to Miss Eunice E. Warner, a native of Ohio; they have a family of eight children: Alonzo, G., Maurice S., Emmit L., Eva L., Henry E., Mertie L. and Gartie I., living, and Elmer deceased.

Shook, D. P., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Ioka.

Shye, Henry, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Richland.

Sisson, Z. L., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Ioka.

Smith, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Walden.

Smithart, John, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Manhattan.

Snyder, Polly, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Ioka.

Souner, L. M., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Ioka.

SPEIRS, GEO. R., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Ioka; born April 5, 1843, in Franklin county Indiana; came to this county with his parents in 1864, and located in Twin Grove; located on his present farm in 1869; owns 278 acres of well improved land upon which he has fine buildings, where he can live at home and enjoy life as it passes; was married February 9, 1869, to Miss Nancy Lee a native of Indiana; they have a family of four boys: Charles B., Bertram, Omer, and Rosco, all living.

Speirs, Charles, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Ioka.

SPEIRS, JAMES R., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Ioka; born September 20, 1828, in Butler county, Ohio; when he was five years old his parents moved to Franklin county, Indiana; there he grew to manhood and married Miss Catharine Stinger, a native of Ohio, October 9, 1852, who died April 21, 1858, leaving three children: Mary E. and Anna M., living, and Sarah C., deceased; he married again January 26, 1860, Miss Phillis Flint, a native of Indiana; they have no children; he came to this county in 1854, and has resided here since; he is one of the oldest settlers of the township; he enlisted August 8, 1862 in company F, Thirty-third Iowa Infantry, as sergeant, and served to the close of the war, being discharged August 11, 1865; he was in the battles of Helena, Yazoo Pass, Saline River, and Mobile, and many skirmishes in which the regiment was engaged; was wounded in the left arm at Helena.

Starm, D. M., Ioka.

Stevenson, Nelson, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Manhattan.

Story, Isaac B., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Walden.

T   ALLEY, W. G. R., farmer and stock- raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Ioka; born January 28, 1830, in Wayne county, Tennessee;here he lived till 1848, when he moved to Iowa, and has lived in Jackson township ever since; his mother is still living on the same farm they entered from the government when they came here in 1848; he has been twice married, first November 22, 1855, to Miss Harriet Bowman, a native of Virginia; she died March 29, 1867, leaving a family of five children: J. W., A. V., and Martha J. R. living, and Mary E. and Wm. H., deceased; he married again December 17, 1868, Miss Polly C. Bowman, a Hawkeye; born in Jefferson county, Iowa November 17, 1842; they have four children: John A., Thomas P., and Zua E., living, and Samuel H. deceased; he owns a splendid farm of 300 acres of well improved land, and is surrounded by the comforts of life.

Talley, Nancy S., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Ioka.

Teller, H. S., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Manhattan.

Terrell, J. J., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

TERESO, P. SANCHEZ, farmer and stock- raiser, Sec. 25; P. O. Richland; born in Kaisers-lantern, Bavaria; here he lived till he was twenty-one years old, when he went into the war of the rebellion in 1848, and at its close was compelled, with others, to flee to the United States in 1849; he landed in New York, and from there he went to Philadelphia, where he stayed but a short time, and went to Scranton, where he remained about one year making harness for the Scrantonian’s for their various works; he is a harness- maker by trade; he came to this county in 1861, and settled on the farm where he now lives; entered the land from the government; he owns a nice stock farm of 160 acres upon which he has a fine house and barn; was married December 23, 1860, to Miss Sarah L. Franklin, a native of Illinois; they have ten children: Doratha, Philip, Margaret, Nicholas, Laura, Peter, Lillie May, Fred., Alfonzo and Louisa all living.

Terrell, Samuel C., Sr., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Todd, L. D., Walden.

Turner, Jas. T., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Manhattan.

U   LIN, BENJAMIN, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Manhattan.

W   AGNER, A., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Manhattan.

Welch, William, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Manhattan.

White, Joshua, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Ioka.

Whitson, W. H., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Ioka.

Whitson, Pertiller, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Ioka.

Williams, John, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Manhattan.

Williams, Jonathan, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Manhattan.

Williams, G. B., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Ioka.

Wimer, Oliver, Ioka.

Woods, W. R., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Ioka.

Wonderlich, F. A., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Richland.

Worley, W. B., farmer, carpenter and builder, Ioka; born October 1, 1827 in Sommerset county Pennsylvania; parents moved to Stark county, Ohio, in 1838; he came to Iowa and located in Washington county in 1856, and to this county in 1860; he is a carpenter by trade and has built many of the best houses and barns in this part of the county; he enlisted in October 1861, in company I, Fortieth Iowa Infantry, and served three years, being discharged in October, 1864; was in all the battles in which the regiment was engaged during his term of service; he was married in October, 1854, to Miss Jane Crowner, a native of Ohio; they have a family of nine children: Sabina (now Mrs. Samuel Gabby), John, Orlana, Martha G. (now Mrs. W. Cogle), William, Ada, Olive, George, and Frank.

Y   OUNG, F. J., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Ioka.

Z   EPP, J. J., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Ioka.

Transcribed by John Davis. Thanks John!
Proofread and edited to match the original text by Pat Wahl. Thanks Pat!

      Source: "History of Keokuk County, Iowa" ©1880, Des Moines: Union Historical Company

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