LANCASTER TOWNSHIP BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY

A   PPLEGATE, BEN, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Hayesville.

Ash, Wm., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Lancaster

Atwood, Miles, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Lancaster.

B   AKER, NICHOLAS, blacksmith, Lancaster.

Barr, Herman, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Lancaster.

Barlow, James, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Hayesville.

Basey, Wm., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Lancaster.

BEALL, THEODORE, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Lancaster; born October 17, 1840, in Holmes county, Ohio; at the age of seventeen years he came to Iowa and located in Poweshiek county, where he remained until August 1, 1861; he then enlisted as privage in company F, Tenth Iowa Infantry; was promoted to corporal and served until March, 1863, when he was discharged to enable him to enlist in the Mississippi Marine Brigade, which he did March 1, 1863; and served on the Mississippi river until his discharge on the 20th of January 1865; he then returned to Brooklyn, Iowa, and remained there until December of the same year; he then came to this county and located where he now lives; owns 123 acres of land; October 17, 1866, he was married to Miss Sarah E. Utterback a native of Indiana; they have five children: Ada E., Virgil S., Corwin M., Lillian E. and Mildred May.

BEALL, HORATIO L., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Lancaster; born in Holmes county, Ohio, September 22, 1842; at the age of nineteen years he came to Iowa and located in Poweshiek county, where he remained until August 2, 1862, when eh enlisted in company H, Twentieth Iowa Infantry and served to the close of the war; was discharged at Davenport Iowa, August 14, 1865; he was at the battles of Sabine Cross Roads, Cane River, Middle Bayou, Mansura Bayou, Yellow Bayou, Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek and others; after his discharge he came to this county and located where he now lives, owning 106 acres of land; November 5, 1873, he married Miss Olive A. Goss, a native of this county, having been born in Clear Creek township; have one child: C. L.; lost one; Mary E.

Beasley, T. J., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Hayesville.

Beckman, Michael, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Sigourney.

Blanter, John, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan.

Bott, Job, farmer, Lancaster.

Bott, J. H., Lancaster.

BOWMAN, WM., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 29; P. O. Lancaster; among the many citizens who have given tone and character to Keokuk county, none are deserving of a more prominent place than the subject of this sketch; born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, October 13, 1826, and when three years of age was taken by his parents to Ashland county, Ohio, where he lived until he came to Iowa, in 1845, and settled in Henry county, near Mount Pleasant; in 1847 he returned to Ohio and went to Cincinnati and learned the tin, copper and sheet-iron-smith’s trade, and from this place went to Virginia; he returned to Iowa in 1850 and engaged in the tin and hardware business in New London; he continued in this business until 1856, and then changed his place of residence to Richland township, Keokuk county; in 1858 he moved to Lancaster and engaged in mercantile pursuits, and remained in business until 1860, when he returned to his farm in Richland township; he settled where he now resides in 1866, and owns 761 acres of land; he married Miss Phebe Clark May 14, 1850; she was a native of Virginia; their family consists of three children: Wiley C., Elmer D. and Jesse B.; he is a man of independent thought, but of a kind and obliging nature, a man of the people and one true to the highest principles of honor and morality and strict interity; (sic) as a citizen, quiet and unostentatious, cordially supporting any measure of real public benefit; socially, he is a gentleman whom to know is only to wish for a more extended acquaintance.

Boyce, C. J. and wife, Lancaster.

BRATER, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Manhattan; born in Germany September 11, 1835; in 1838 he, with his parents, immigrated to the United States, landing at New York; located in Jamesburg, Pennsylvania, and after remaining there for one year moved to Westmoreland county; there he was raised and educated in the common school of that place; he came to Iowa in 1856, and located in German township, this county; he lived there until 1865, when he moved upon his present farm; he owns 480 acres of as fine farm land as cane be found in the township; which he has made by hard, honest toil, and good management; October 30, 1868, he was married to Miss Katie Sheatz, a native of Germany; they have five children: J. Henry, Caroline, Katie, Martha and Minnie (twins); have lost one daughter: Louisa; Mrs. Brater died May 26, 1877; she was supposed to have been killed by a man named Hazeltine, who was tried and acquitted.

Bradley, W. P., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Manhattan.

BROLLIAR, C., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Manhattan; born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, March 31, 1819; when eight years of age his parents moved to Knox county, Ohio, where he remained until 1843; he then moved to Iroquois county, Illinois, where he resided until 1845, the coming to this county; he located in Richland township, and after remaining there for one winter moved to Jackson township; he moved upon his present homestead of 600 acres in 1855, and has since resided there; he has been county supervisor for three years, and for four years was postmaster at Manhattan; he is a mill-wright by trade, but has done little at it for the past 16 years; December 19, 1844, he was married to Miss Mary Jane Courtright, a native of Ohio; she died September 9, 1879, leaving ten children: Isaac C., Elijah, G. W. M., Mary,  Samuel, Albert L., Ross, Jacob, Charles, and Emma A.; Willie is deceased; Mr. B. is an old settler of the county, and is a thorough farmer; he has never missed a crop since he has been in the State.

Brolliar, Elijah, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Manhattan.

Brown, J. C., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Hayesville

BRUNT, W. H., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Lancaster; born in North Carolina March 22, 1810; when 19 years of age he, with his parents, moved to Rush county, Indiana, where he remained until 1835, then removing to Madison county, Indiana; he remained there until the spring of 1848, when he came to Iowa, and in May of the same year located on his present homestead of 140 acres; Mr. Brunt received his education in the common schools of North Carolina, and while in Indiana engaged in teaching, which he followed for several years; in 1839 he was ordained as an elder in the Christian church in Madison county, Indiana, and has pursued his chosen calling with untiring zeal and energy; he has been connected with the Lancaster church since September 1848, and has always manifested a deep interest in its temporal and spiritual welfare; February 21, 1832; he married Miss Nancy Williams, a native of Maryland; she died October 25, 1874, leaving a family of five children, four of whom are now  living: Sarah A., John M., Samuel W. and Elizabeth; one James M., is deceased; he is one of the old settlers, and prominent among those who have endured the hardships and trials of pioneer life; he has given homes to each of his children, having earned his first money by teaching; he was elected school-fund commissioner of the county in 1852, and held that office until it was abolished in September, 1858; in 1859 he was elected county treasurer, and served for two years with credit to himself and the satisfaction of the county.

Brunt, Lu., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Hayesville.

Bryant, Aaron, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Hayesville.

Bucher, Aaron, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Hayesville.

Burr, Celia, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Sigourney.

C   ARSON, J. R., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Lancaster.

Carson, G. M., Lancaster.

CHASTAIN, MRS. ELIZABETH, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Hayesville; born in Tennessee April 21. 1815; when two years of age her parents moved Lafayette county, Missouri; there she was raised and educated; never in her life did she go to school where there was a window in the building; March 9, 1831, she married Mr. Benjamin Chastain, a native of Virginia; in 1833 they moved to Morgan county, Illinois, where they resided for two years, then going to Macoupin county, Illinois, where they lived for about four years; in 1838 they came to Iowa and located in Jefferson county; lived there until 1845 and then came to this county, and moved on the farm where she now resides in 1847; owns 180 acres of land; they entered their land from the government; June 7 1853, her husband was killed while handling a span of colts; left four children: Joel H. (now in Washington Territory), and Martha J. (now Mrs. Aaron Buher), living and Christopher C., John B. and Samara A. (who married Mr. Wm. Hubbird), deceased.

Clark, H. S., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Sigourney.

CLINGAN, G. S., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan; born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1818; when fifteen years of age he, with his parents, moved to Trumbull county, Ohio; in 1844 he came to Iowa, locating in Lee County, near Keokuk, and in 1846 moved to Mahaska county, where he remained until August 1848; he then came to this county and settled where he now lives; owns 101 acres of land; he is a carpenter by trade, and was educated in the common schools; March 19, 1845, he married Margaret Archer, a native of Stark county, Ohio; they have six children: Gustavus A., Alvin M., Sarah J., Mary, Henrietta M., and Joseph; have lost four: George A., Olive, Rosella and Rose Anna (twins); he is a member of the Christian Church and in 1855 was ordained as an elder of the church, and has preached more of less ever since; he is one of the old settlers of the county; is a man of generous impulses, and ever ready to assist those in need.

Clingan, A. M., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan.

Cockran, A. J., Lancaster.

Cole, H. H., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Lancaster.

Conner, Wm., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Lancaster.

Conner, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Sigourney.

Conner, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Sigourney.

CRAIG, JAMES, retired farmer, Lancaster; born in Green county, Kentucky, October 10, 1811, and lived there until sixteen years of age, and then removed to Johnson county, Indiana, and lived there until he came to this county in 1847; he has held various township offices; he married Miss Juliet Jacobs in 1834; she was born in Shelby county, Kentucky; they have no children of their own, but have raised three.

Cramley, Henry, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan.

Culp, George, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Sigourney.

D   AVIS, A. A., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Manhattan.

Dawson, Thornton, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Hayesville.

Dermont, Peter, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Lancaster.

Dermont, Nicholas, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Lancaster.

DOGGETT, CATHARINE, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Lancaster; born in Kentucky, December 5, 1805; there she was raised and educated in the common schools; in 1830 she moved to Indiana and in 1844 came to Iowa and located where she now lives, having lived on the same farm since; she owns 115 acres of land: August 8, 1828 she was married to Presley Doggett, a native of Kentucky; he died June 14, 1872, leaving a family of twelve children: Andrew J., Shelby, Justin, Amanda, Sarah C., Burnetta, Melissa and Addison (twins) living, and Mary, Leonard, William and Emily, deceased; she is one of the pioneer settlers of the county, and when they came to it there were but very few settlers here.

Dogett, Addison, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Lancaster.

DOGETT, A. J., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Lancaster; born in Kentucky, January 29, 1829; in 1838 he moved with his parents to Indiana, remaining there until 1843; he then came to Iowa, and located in Henry county; resided there for about one year, and then moved to this county, locating on the place where he now resides; he has resided on one farm as long as any man in the township, and owns 404 acres of land; October 21, 1852, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Gilliland, a native of Indiana; they have nine children: America, Eugene, Theodoica, Catharine, Louis, May, Virginia, Susan and Bertie; have lost three; Theodore, Albert and Arnold.

Duree, Samuel W., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Hayesville.

E   LDRIDGE, MADISON P., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Lancaster; born on the 20th day of August, 1817, in the State of New York; at the age of nineteen he started West, and lived in various places until 1849, when he settled in Stephenson county, Illinois and lived there until 1865, when he removed to this county, and settled where he now lives; he has 330 acres of land, and has accumulated what he now enjoys by industry, energy and honesty, and is an example of what may be done by any young man if he only has the disposition; he was married November 14, 1849, to Miss Sophia Gaylord, a native of New York; they have five children living: Lucretia, Lucy, Daniel, Minnie, Mary E.; they have lost two: Barber and Jessie.

Eldridge, Ross, Lancaster.

Eldridge, M. P., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Lancaster.

Eldridge, Stephen, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Lancaster.

ESTEP, ISAAC, farmer, Sec.--; P. O. Hayesville; born in Missouri, March 9, 1855; there he was raised and lived until the spring of 1875, when he came to this county, where he has since resided; owns 120 acres of land; October 14, 1879, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Jones a native of Indiana; she has five children by former marriage; Millie M., John H., Olive J., Margaret M. and Estella May; lost three: Geo. William, Mary F. and Thomas A.

F   ERAND, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Lancaster.

Flanigan, Ed., Lancaster.

Fallman, Henry, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Lancaster.

Fallman, Fred., merchant, Lancaster.

Fry, H. A., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Lancaster.

FULLER, FREDERICK, farmer Sec. 7; P. O. Sigourney; born in Ohio, November 29, 1833; there he was raised and educated in the common schools; he came to Iowa in 1860, locating in Cedar county; in 1861 moved to Iowa county, where he lived until the spring of 1869, when he came to this county, locating where he now lives; owns a farm of ninety-four acres; has been twice married; February 8, 1853, he married Miss Charity E. Halstead, a native of Ohio; they had four children: Freeman A., George E., Ernest A. and Oren B.; February 19, 1872, he was divorced from her; married again to Miss Henrietta Foor, a native of Pennsylvania, May 28 18972.

G   ASTON, S. H., merchant, Hayesville; born in Steady Run township, this county, December 18, 1852; educated in the common schools and Wesleyan University, of Mount Pleasant; after a mercantile experience of two years in Martinsburgh, he came to Lancaster, and located where he now lives; he owns forty-one acres of land; deals in general merchandise; is also postmaster of Hayesville, which position he has held since the spring of 1875; March 11, 1874, he was married to Miss Delia Hayes, a native of this township; they have two children: Fred and Hattie.

Gaylard, F. H., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Hayesville.

Gilliland, S. A., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Lancaster.

Gillett, I. C., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Hayesville.

Gilliland, W. S., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Hayesville.

Gladfelter, Sam., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Lancaster.

Griffin, J. S., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Lancaster.

H   AHN, AMNA, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Lancaster.

Halstead, Amos, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Lancaster.

Hankey, Henry, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Sigourney.

HARRIS, S. C., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Manhattan; born in Tennessee March 9, 1809; was raised there and there he lived until 1832, when he moved to Macoupin county, Illinois, remaining there until 1845; he then came to Iowa and located in this county, and after remaining here until 1857, he removed to Missouri; after the breaking out of the war he returned to this county in 1862, and in 1868 moved upon his present homestead of forty acres; January 24, 1852, he was married to Miss Mary Rydon, a native of Pennsylvania; they have by this union five children: Franklin P., Melissa, Jennie, Thomas P., and Florence; Mr. H. is one of the old settlers of the county; has been clerk of the board of commissioners, deputy sheriff, county treasurer (by appointment), drainage commissioner, was appointed by the county judge to select and survey the swamp lands; has held the office of assessor in the county and township for three terms.

HARDESTY, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Hayesville; born in Coshocton, Ohio, in 1813, and remained there until 10 years of age, and from there went to Fountain county, Indiana, and lived there about five years, and then removed to Delaware county, the same State, and lived there until he came to this county in 1840; he owns a farm of 239 ½ acres; he is a pioneer in all that the term means, and has experienced all the hardships incident to pioneer life; he at one time had his rifle drawn on the Indian Chief Wapello, and ten days after this incident he died, and Mr. Hardesty was employed to take his remains to Agency City for burial; he married Miss Sophia Markers, April 7, 1842; she was born in Coshocton county, Ohio; they have nine children: Harvey, Thomas, Charles, George, James, Mary E., Rebecca, Clariet, and Joseph D.

HARMAN, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Hayesville; born in Fayette county, Virginia; he came with his parents to Iowa in 1842, and settled upon the same section on which they now reside; he owns 353 acres of land; his father M. M. Harman was one of the oldest settlers of this township, and built the first house in Lancaster; February 24, 1860, he married Miss Sarah J. Harman, a native of Indiana; she died February 20, 1866, leaving two children: Ida and Arthur; married again to Miss Lenora Hankins, of Virginia; they have two children: Ella L. and George L.; Mrs. H. has three children by a former marriage: James, Rosa B. and John J.

Hayes, J. W., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Hayesville.

Herman, B. D., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Sigourney.

Herman, Michael, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Lancaster.

HUBBIRD, W. H., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Hayesville; born in Indiana August 7, 1831; attended the common schools, and when 17 years of age he determined to come West, which he did, stopping in Iowa and locating where he now lives in 1848, and has lived here ever since; owns a fine farm of 250 acres; has been town clerk for three terms, justice of the peace (which office he now holds), four times elected and once appointed, and school director; he has taught school several times since he has resided here; December 29, 1855, he married Samaria A. Chastain, a native of Missouri; she died January 31; 1861; leaving a family of three children; B. F., Mary E., and Samaria A,; he married again to Mrs. Martha J. Herrell May 7, 1865, a native of Indiana; have two children: Willie H. and Lottie; Mrs. H. has two children by a former marriage: Albert E. and Laura Z.; he has the most extensive fruit farm in the county, to which he is devoting considerable attention; he has 500 trees of small fruit.

Hobert, Matthias, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan.

J   ACOBS, NOAH, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Lancaster.

JACOBS, B. B., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Hayesville; born in Ohio August 18, 1828; when seven years of age his parents moved to Johnson county, Indiana; came to this county in 1848, and moved on the farm which he now occupies in 1857; owns 586 acres of land; has made all his estate except one eighty himself, with the assistance of his own family; he is one of the old settlers of this township, having resided in it since his marriage to Miss Margaret McGahey, of Indiana, June 5, 1850; they have nine children: Josephine (now Mrs. Mary Thomas Griffin), Martha J., Mary A. (now Mrs. Samuel Jacobs) Harriet, Nancy B. Alvin, Francis, George and Joseph: have lost two: William and Austin.

Jacobs, Abe, farmer, P. O. Lancaster.

Jacobs, Austin, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Lancaster.

Jacobs, W. A., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Hayesville.

Jacobs, Bennett, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Hayesville.

Jacobs, Lydia, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Hayesville.

Jacobs, P. H., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Hayesville.

Jennings, T. J., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Hayesville.

Johnson, C. A., Lancaster.

Jones, James, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Hayesville..

Jones, George, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Hayesville.

K   EIFER, J. S., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Lancaster.

Keister, Elijah, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Hayesville.

Kelley, W. R., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Sigourney.

Kensel, Theodore, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Manhattan.

Kester, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O, Lancaster.

Kester, Elijah, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Hayesville.

Koch, Matthias, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan.

L   EE, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Hayesville; born in Maryland, January 31, 1834; there he was raised, and lived until 1854, when he moved to Iowa and located near Webster; came on the place where he now resides in the spring of 1872; has followed farming all of his life; owns 110 acres of land; has held the office of school director; August 14, 1862; he enlisted in company B, Thirty-third Iowa Infantry and served till the close of the war, being discharged July 17, 1865; participated in all the battles in which the regiment was engaged, among which were Camden, Saline, Little Rock, Union City, Tennessee, Mobile and many others; was married September 30, 1856 to Miss Sarah E. Rodgers, a native of Pennsylvania; have five children: Willie, Addie, Johnnie, Daisy and Gray; lost two; Roy and an infant.

Lepard, Calvin, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Sigourney.

Limbach, Casper, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Manhattan.

Long, J. R., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Sigourney.

Lowe, L. W., Lancaster.

M   cCORMIC, J. H., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Sigourney; born in Summit county, Ohio, February 22, 1838; there he was raised and educated, attending the common schools of that State; in the fall of 1859 he came to this county and located in Lancaster; after remaining there for two years he went to Sigourney; there he resided until 1867, when he moved upon the farm which he now owns, and which consists of 220 acres of good land; is a blacksmith by trade, having worked at that business for twenty-six years; he has, at present, a shop on his farm, but does little at it excepting his own work; he deals quite extensively in horses, and has shipped many to Denver, Colorado; April 17, 1860, he married Miss Hildah Stone, of Indiana; have three children: Fred. Alva, Cora V. and Lotta A.

McGrew, William, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Hayesville.

McGrew, Mary M., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Lancaster.

McMillian, M. P. and wife, farmers, Sec. 2; P. O. Lancaster.

Malcomb, Arthur, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Lancaster.

Mallinger, John, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan.

Maple, Aaron, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Hayeville (sic).

MARTIN, ED. M., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Lancaster; born in Ohio, September 24, 1830, and at the age of twelve years he came with his parents to Van Buren county, Iowa, where they remained until the spring of 1854, when they removed to this county, and in 1856, located on his present farm which consists of 89 acres, which he has made by hard, honest toil, and on August 13, 1856, he was married to Miss Eliza A. Goss, a native of Ohio, have six children: Lizzie R., Elmer L., Bertha M., Guy H., Kate A., and Joseph W.; lost one daughter; Mary.

MARTIN, J., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Lancaster; born in Virginia, April 10, 1803, and emigrated to Iowa in 1839, and settled in Van Buren county, and came to this county in 1855, and owns 204 acres of land; married Miss Rebecca Knox, in 1824; she was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania and died in 1858,; he afterward married Miss Mary Bemberger, in 1858; she was a native of Pennsylvania; have three children: Ann Eliza, Job B., and Edward M., and has lost three daughters; Louisa, Mary J., (who was the wife of P. L. Eckerly) and Catharine, (who was the wife of ---- Orr); one daughter married Samuel Hart; he enlisted in the Sixth Iowa Infantry, and was killed at the battle of Resaca; left one child: Emma L. (wife of Kline Kleister).

MILLER, GEORGE DR., physician and surgeon, Lancaster; born in France in 1812, and came to the United States in 1830; and settled in Pennsylvania; he made choice of medicine as a profession, and after pursuing his medical studies commenced the practice of his profession in 1836, and after a residence of two years in Wheeling, Virginia, he moved to Cedar county, Iowa, in 1854, and after a residence here of four years he moved to Missouri in 1858, and in 1860 came to Lancaster, and has been practicing his profession since that time; he married Miss Martha Jane Gourley in 1837; she was born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania; their family consists of five children: William, Leander, George, Cynette and Margaret J.

Melcom, Silas, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Hayesville.

Melcom, John N., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Hayesville.

MOORE, B. C., merchant, Lancaster; born in North Carolina in 1816, and was there raised on a farm; he moved to Morgan county, Indiana; in 1838, and came to this county in 1854, and has since resided here; he has held various township offices, and is at present justice of the peace; he also holds the office of postmaster at this place; he married Miss Elizabeth Sims in 1845; she was born in North Carolina; they have four children: George, Oliver, Mary and Robert W.

Morrow, J. S., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Lancaster.

N   EY, JOHN P., Lancaster.

P   ARKHILL, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Lancaster; born in Ireland, May 31, 1838; there he was principally raised and educated in the common schools; when 16 years of age he emigrated to the United States, landing at New York; he immediately went to Cincinnati Ohio, and remained there for five years engaging in the bakery business, which he learned at that place; in 1859 he moved to Johnson county, Indiana, and there engaged in farming; he remained there until the fall of 1862, when he enlisted, August 15, in company K, One Hundredth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; he served until the close of the war; he participated in all the battles in which the regiment was engaged, receiving a slight wound in the left arm at Kenesaw Mountain; he was discharged June 4, 1865, and returned to Indiana, where he remained but a short time; came to Iowa in November of the same year and located at Fairfield; he lived there for four years, engaging in the grocery business for two years, and farming for two years; he came to this county in 1869, and located where he now lives; he owns 140 acres of land; November 15, 1865, he married Miss Louisa Young, a native of Indiana; they have four children: Willard, Sarah A., Charles and Joseph; lost one Laura E.

Parkhill, Alex., Lancaster.

Pennington, Isaac, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Sigourney.

Pike, C. H., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Lancaster.

PORTER, JAMES C., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Hayesville; born April 18, 1861, upon the farm which he now owns and lives on, he has two sisters, Mary E., born September 28, 1850, and Sylvia A., born September 2, 1854; they all lived together; their father James M. Porter, a native of Pennsylvania, came to this county and located on the same farm in 1857; he married Miss Eliza J. Ross, March 19, 1847; after a long sickness she died, leaving one son and two daughters, August 22, 1870; January 22, 1874, the father died, leaving the three children alone; they remained together until February 17, 1878, when Miss Mary E. was married to J. K. Long, of this township; since that time the remaining two have resided together and run the farm, in which undertaking they have been eminently successful.

POWER, ABNER B., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Manhattan; born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, November 6, 1843; when eight years of age he, with his parents, came to this county, where he has since resided; in 1868 he moved on the place where he now resides, he owns 242 acres of land; August 13, 1862, he enlisted in company C, Nineteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war; he was in all the battles in which the regiment was engaged; he was slightly wounded at the battle of Prairie Grove; September 29, 1863, he was taken prisoner at the battle of Organza, Louisiana, and was sent to Tyler, Texas; he remained there most of the time, but was sent to Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana; he was exchanged July 2, 1864; he was discharged July 31, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa, and returned to his home and resumed farming; May 27, 1869 he married Miss Sarah A. Morgan, a native of Indiana; they have four children: Ada E., William W., Daniel B. and Ella B. lost one: Mary A.

R   AGAN, W. A. H., farmer, Sec. 20. P. O. Lancaster; born in Pennsylvania, March 16, 1813; there he was raised and educated in the common schools of that State; in 1851 he came to Iowa and located in Washington county; after remaining there for three years he came to Lancaster and settled on Sec. 31, where Mr. Eldridge now lives; he remained there about ten years and came upon his present farm in 1869; he owns two hundred acres of land, the most of which he has made himself by hard, honest toil; has held the office of constable; February 9, 1843, he married Miss Catharine Grim, a native of Pennsylvania; have nine children: Collin B., John J., Geo. W., Mary J., Theodore, Philip, Louisa, William, Edmond, and Joseph Grant; lost one: Sarah.

Ragan, John J., farmer, Sec. 20; Lancaster.

Randall, Wm., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Lancaster.

Reynolds, A. W., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Manhattan.

Reynolds, B. C., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Manhattan.

RICHARDSON, ANSON, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Hayesville; born in Ohio, December 2, 1814; when seven years of age his parents moved to Indiana; he was educated in the common schools of that State, and there he lived until 1836, when he moved to McDonough county, Illinois; in 1844 he came to this county, and with his family, located on Sec. 24, Steady Run township, entering the land from the government; in 1861 he came to this township and located where he now resides; owns sixty acres of land; is one of the old settlers of the county; is a cooper by trade but at present is not following it as an occupation; he has owned a good deal of land but has disposed of it to his children, reserving only a small portion for himself; married February 19, 1835, to Miss Lydia A. Weller; she was born December 2, 1818, in Kentucky; have had fifteen children, six of whom are now living: Jonathan T. (physician of Harper) Joel (now county clerk) Isaac H., George, John E. Katie L. ( now Mrs. Daniel Hayes); Mr. R. is a man who has always been held in high regard by his neighbors, and ever dispensing his hospitalities with an open hand.

Richardson, George, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Hayesville.

Richardson, I. H., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Hayesville.

Robinson, J. S., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Hayesville.

Schmidt, Alex, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Manhattan.

S   HERLOCK, Dr. P., physician and surgeon, Lancaster; born March 10, 1845 in Ohio; when three years of age he, with his parents, moved to this county, here he was raised and received his education from the common schools, supplemented by one year’s course in Howes' Academy, of Mt. Pleasant; he studied medicine with the late Dr. Huff, of Sigourney in 1875-6; attended medical lectures at the Iowa State University of Iowa City; he began the practice of his profession in that place in November, 1876, and has followed it since; has built up a good practice in his profession; he is a self-made man and has gained the good name and position he now occupies in the hearts of the people by his own hard, honest endeavors; is very successful as a physician and as years roll on we predict for him a mark on the list of eminent men of his profession; married Miss America Doggett, a native of this township March 7, 1871; they have two children: Maggie and Arthur, lost one: Varina.

SHIRKEY, J. R., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Manhattan; born in Virginia, May 29, 1825; when seven years of age he, with his parents, moved to Seneca county, Ohio, where he was raised; he lived there until 1858, when he came to Iowa and located where he now lives; he owns sixty-five acres of land; February 10, 1854 he married Miss Martha C. Elliott, a native of Pennsylvania; she died July 24, 1869, leaving a family of two children: Oren E., living and Rufus, deceased; he married again December 7, 1869; to Mrs. Mary A. Morgan, a native of Indiana; by this union they have four children: Elzora, George O., Martha M., and John M.; Mrs. S. has one child by a former marriage; Lillie Belle.

SHIRKEY, O. E., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Manhattan; born in Ohio, November 4, 1852; in 1856 he, with his parents, came to Iowa and located in this township; owns a good farm of ninety-three acres; received his education in the common schools; August 24, 1875, he married Miss Sarah Parkhill, a native of Ireland; they have two children; Jonathan R. and Navy D.

STARR, J. G., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Manhattan; born in Columbus Ohio, October 30, 1849; he was there raised and educated in the common schools; in 1867 he came to this county, locating in Clear Creek township; he moved upon his present farm in October 1875; he owns 130 acres of land; he has been town trustee, and office which he now holds; May 9, 1875 he married Miss Mary Biewen, a native of Germany; they have three children Lillie, Annie and Olla; he has made most of his property himself.

SMITH, ALFRED H., farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 19; P. O. Lancaster; born in Hendricks county, Indiana, July 6, 1828, and lived there until eleven years of age, and then came, with his parents, to this county, August 11, 1839, and settled in Richland township; he was raised a farmer and also learned the trade of carpenter and followed it as an occupation for some years; he is now, in connection with farming, giving considerable attention to the raising of good graded horses, hogs and chickens; he married Miss Mary E. Woodward of Richland, Iowa, September 6, 1849; she was born and raised in Hendricks county, Indiana; they have two children living: Walter D., born July 1, 1853 and Arthur D. born January 30, 1855; they lost one daughter: Linda Frances, October 4, 1850; Arthur D. was married November 4, 1879, to Miss Mary Eastburn, of Chicago Illinois.

STRONG, MRS. MARIA, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Lancaster; born in Greene county, Ohio December 28, 1818; in 1830, she, with her parents, moved to Indiana; there she was raised; in 1841 she, with her husband, moved to Sullivan county, Missouri, and came to Iowa, locating in Wapello in 1849; remained there until 1854, and then came to this county and located where she now resides; owns 200 acres of land; February 14, 1833, she married Mr. E. W. Strong, who was born November 19, 1809, in New York; he died January 26, 1875,leaving a family of eleven children, six of whom are living: William J., Lewis C., Samantha, Cordelia, Franklin P. and Celestia H.; Silas, Luvicia, Alfred R. and John are deceased.

Swearingen, Jas. M., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Manhattan.

Swearingen, S. H., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Manhattan.

Swearingen, J. T., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Manhattan.

Swearingen, W. A., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Manhattan.

SULLICAN, CATHERINE, farmer, Sec. 1. P. O. Lancaster; born in county Cork, Ireland, December 25, 1824; she lived there until 1840, when, though only a young girl she bid adieu to her native land and her parents, and leaving all behind, came to the United States with her uncle, Mr. Dennis Kelly, landing at Boston; there she lived for about six years, when on the 20th of November, 1849, she was married to Mr. Dennis Sullivan, a native of Ireland; they came to Illinois in 1859, and after remaining ten years, came to this county, locating where she now lives; Mr. Sullivan died March 19, 1873, leaving her with seven children, six of whom are now living: Kate, Josephine, Ellen, Honora, Cornelius J., William D.; lost one; Mary D.

T   EUSCHER, DAVID, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Manhattan.

Thill, Peter and John, farmers, Sec. 25; P. O. Manhattan.

U   TTERBACK, JOSIAH, , farmer, stock-raiser, stock-dealer and stock-feeder, Sec. 25; P. O. Sigourney; born in Indiana in 1834 and lived there until he came to this county in 1850, his father being one of the early settlers of the county; he owns 475 acres of choice land, and his improvements are among the best in the county; he deals to a considerable extent in stock; he has been prominently identified with the growth and prosperity of his township and has held various offices; he married Miss Frances E. Dyer in 1854; she was born in Indiana; they have eight children: Gilbert F., Adna M., Edward, Edith, Addie, Emma, Josie and Rosa.

Utterback, David, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Hayesville,

Utterback, J. J., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Sigourney.

Utterback, Corban, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Sigourney.

Utterback, Labon, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Hayesville.

V   ITTETOE, J. S., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Lancaster; born in Indiana September 16, 1842; when four years of age he, with his parents, came to Iowa, locating in this township; in the spring of 1876 he moved on the place where he now resides and which consists of 80 acres of good land; he has made most of his land himself by his own efforts; he received his education from the common schools; March 3, 1867, he married Miss Malinda Utterback, a native of Indiana; they have nine children; Charles C., Leonard L., Nellie M., Parmelia J., Sarah F., Rosa K., John R. Joseph E. and Malinda M.

W   ACHTER, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Manhattan.

Wagoner, F. M., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Sigourney.

WALKER, ELI,. miller, Sec.---; P. O. Sigourney; born in Darke county, Ohio, in 1830, where he was raised; he came to this state in 1852, settling in Jones county, and removed to this county in 1867; he is associated with H. Rosecrants & Walker, and are proprietors of Friends’ Mill; he married Miss Louisa Luther, in 1859; she was born in Lake county, Illinois; they have a family of five children: William, John, Jesse, Elmer and Earl.

Walker, W. H., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Lancaster.

Weller, F. P., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Hayesville.

Wence, Chas., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Manhattan.

Wertz, F. M., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Lancaster.

Williams, David, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Lancaster.

Williams, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Hayesville.

Wood, Seldon, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Lancaster.

Y   OUNG, BENJAMIN G., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Hayesville; born March 28, 1840, in Virginia; lived there until 1854 when he came to Iowa and located about four miles east of Lancaster; he moved on to his present place in 1869; owns 34 acres of land, upon which he has and also runs a saw- mill, and does a good business in that line; since 1869 Mr. Y. has been to Colorado with his family, but after remaining there for about two and one-half years came again to Iowa, upon the same place; he has traveled through most of the States and Territories; August 7, 1862 he enlisted in Co. C, Eighty-seventh Indiana Infantry, and served until January 9, 1863 when he was discharged on account of disability; November 18, 1864, he again enlisted, this time as a substitute in Co. E, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry, and served until the close of the war; was discharged July 21, 1865; married Miss Sarah A. Surber, a native of Indiana; have seven children: Dora Z., John Wm., Mary E., Franklin E., Thomas E., Andrew D.; lost two: James and Laura A.

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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