LIBERTY TOWNSHIP BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY

A   LLEN, T. J., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Creswell.

Avards, M., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. South English.

B   AGGS, ROBT., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Foote.

Barrett, Anthony, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Foote.

Barklow, B. C., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. South English.

BEATY, J. F., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. South English; born in Virginia in 1830; there he was raised and lived until 1853, when he came to this State; spent one summer in Warren county and returned to Virginia; the following spring he returned to Iowa, settling in Washington county; from there he went to Story Co.; lived there until he came to this county in 1865; he was raised on a farm and owns 100 acres of land; he has held various township offices; he was married in Washington county in 1859 to Miss Elizabeth Blick, of Ohio; they have five children; M. E., W. H., H.C., E. E., and M. A.

Beaty, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. South English.

Berkenbine, John, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. South English.

Bigleyy, James, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Chandler.

Bigley, Jas., farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Chandler.

Brady, John, farmer, P. O. Keota.

Black, J. M., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. South English.

Black, W. H., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. South English.

Blaylock, J. R., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. South English.

Blaylock, J. R., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. South English.

Blaylock, R. S., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. South English.

Bray, Levi, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Chandler.

Breeden, B., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Foote.

Brown, Mrs., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. South English.

Brower, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. South English.

Brown, Peter, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. South English.

C   ARR. THOS., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Foote.

Carter, Wm., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Foote.

Chapman, H. Y., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Chandler.

Christ, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Chandler.

Clemons, Henry, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. South English.

Cline, James, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. South English.

COFFMAN, DAVID, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. South English; born in Virginia in 1819, and came from there to this State in 1854, and settled first in Johnson county, where he lived but one year, and came to this county in the spring of 1855; he was married in his native State, in 1841 to Miss Barbara Flora, of that State; they have seven children living: Sarah, Daniel, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Henry, Joseph and Wm.; he owns an improved farm of 220 acres, and has held various township offices; he was raised on a farm and has followed it as an occupation since.

Coffman, B. F., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. South English.

Coffman, D. F., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. South English.

Coiner, Preston, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. South English.

Corridan, M., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Foote.

Correll, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Chandler.

Cranson, C. G., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Chandler.

D   AVIS, WM., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. South English.

Denton, Stephen, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Chandler.

Devine, Patrick, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. -----.

Dill, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Keota.

Dunn, James, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Chandler.

E   BY, PHILLIP, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. South English.

Etter, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. South English.

Evans, David, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. South English.

F   AHEY, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Foote.

FLORY, ELDER, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. South English; born in Augusta county, Virginia, September 10, 1826, and came from there to this county in 1854, and settled on his present homestead of 269 acres; was raised a farmer; has been twice married; first he was married in Virginia to Miss Mary Brower, August 14, 1851, a native of the same State; she died October 2, 1872, leaving a family of four children: Fannie (born in Virginia), Jacob, B., Lydia C., Anna B.; two are dead; was married the second time to Elizabeth S. Perry, of  Virginia, November 16, 1873; she has one child by former marriage; Emma (now Mrs. Korner), of this State.

Flory, Joel, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. South English.

Fraze, Henry, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Keota.

Fry, John, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Chandler.

Fry, J. G., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. South English.

Fry, Sarah J., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Chandler.

Fulk, J. S., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Chandler.

Fulk, J. M., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Chandler.

Funk, W. E., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Chandler.

G   AMMAL, WILLIAM, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. South English.

Gibbons, J, M., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. North English.

H   ANLEY, PETER, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Foote.

Hanley, Patrick, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Foote.

Haze, H. E., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Keota.

HERR, MICHAEL, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Chandler; born in Montour county, Pennsylvania, December 24, 1811, and was raised there; he came from there to this county in the spring of 1858, and in the following year he located permanently on his present homestead of 712 acres, 50 of which is in Iowa county--all improved farms, supplied with buildings; has held various township offices; married in Pennsylvania in 1837 to Miss Catharine Sandel, of Pennsylvania, who died April 22, 1879, leaving a family of five sons and one daughter: Michael (now in Montana Territory), Henry and George (twins), Simon, John and Catharine (wife of James Schatz); have lost three: Samuel, William, and an infant.

Herr, George, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Chandler.

Herr, Simon, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Chandler.

Hoff, Lewis, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. South English.

Hotchkiss, C. M., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Keota.

Huxford, George, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. South English.

K   EISTER, JACOB, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Kenross.

Kelly, J. J., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Foote.

Kelley, J. J., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Chandler.

KLINE, WILLIAM W., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. South English; born in Pennsylvania in the year 1837; when about eleven years of age he moved with his parents to Ohio; there he was raised and received his early training; from there came to Linn county, this State in 1857, where he made his home for a short time, and then moved to Washington county, Iowa where he engaged in teaching school during the winter and farming during the summer seasons; in 1863 he came to this county and settled on his present homestead of 102 acres of well improved land; in 1858 he began the study of law, which he has continued, as best he could, by studying during leisure hours since; has been a practicing attorney since 1870, and has attended to such legal business as has presented itself. At the same time managing his farm; in 1863 was married to Miss Margaret Stoner, of Virginia; they have by this union four children: Charles W., Effie, Mertie, and Price; have lost one: Captolia.

King, Frank, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. North English.

L   AKIN, THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Chandler.

Lawler, T. J., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. South English.

Lawler, John, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. South English.

Lefever, Jackson, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Lindsey, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. North English.

LAWLER, J. L., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. South English; born in Indiana, in 1849, and came to this State with his parents when only about seven years of age, and settled on the farm which he now occupies, in 1856; he owns an improved farm of ninety acres; he was raised a farmer and has resided on a farm since; in January 1872, he was married to Miss Nancy McDowell; they have two children: Hattie Belle, and Theodore.

Lockridge, James, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. North English.

Long, James, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. South English.

Lytle, C. F., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Foote.

M   cMAHAN, C. A., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Foote.

McMahan, James, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Foote.

McGurk, John, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Foote.

McCann, Patrick, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Foote.

McCan, Thos., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Foote.

McDowell, David, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Creswell.

McDOWELL., R., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Keota; born in Pennsylvania, in 1818, and was raised there, and went on the water when about eighteen years of age, and followed it for about six years, mostly engaged in transportation; he came to northern Indiana in 1841, where he followed the lumber business for three years, at the same time carrying on a farm; from there to Knox county Illinois, and after three years came to Rock Island county, and came from there to this county in May, 1852; he owns an improved farm of 285 acres in all; he married in Pennsylvania, in 1839 to Miss Catharine Herr, of that State; they have by this union nine children living: David, Lavina (wife of Wm. Kent), Nancy (wife of John Lawler), Elizabeth (wife of James Kent), Martin, Ellen, Sarah, Hattie, and Robert Jr., and three deceased: Catharine, John and William; he settled on his present farm the year that he came to the county, and planted trees, some of which now measure three feet and over in diameter; was raised on a farm up to the time he went on the water, and since he came to the county has followed his present occupation.

McKenna, James, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Foote.

Martin, Mary, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota.

Matheny, Oliver, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. South English.

Mickle, Wm., Sec. 34; P. O. Kenross.

Miller, Wm., farmer, Sec. 22.

Miller, Michael, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. North English.

Moler, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Chandler.

Moler, John, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Chandler.

Moler, Asa, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Chandler.

Monaghan, Mike, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Foote.

Monaghan, Pat, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Foote.

Moore, L. J., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. South English.

Morman, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. South English.

Murray, Margaret, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Foote.

N   YSWANER, D., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. South English.

O   'BRIEN, PATRICK, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Foote.

Ogle, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Foote.

P   OTEET, WM., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Chandler.

R   ANDOLPH, E.F., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Keota.

RANKIN, E. L., deceased; born in Sangamon county Illinois, March 14, 1834; he was educated at the Illinois State University, and received both a classical and scientific education; he made farming his principal business, although he had large experience in teaching; he removed to St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1861, but being a strong Union man and a true patriot he found it unsafe to remain where the Rebel element prevailed to such an extent; he brought his family to Keokuk county and settled in Liberty township, where he owned a good farm of 160 acres; he held various township offices, and was prominently identified in the interests of the county; he had enjoyed the benefits of more than an ordinary education, and found time to indulge occasionally in literary pursuits, and his letter to the “News” under the nom de plume of “Curtius” exhibited no little talent and culture; he was a man who impressed every one favorably on first acquaintance, and the more you knew of him the better you liked him; he was honest and upright in all of his dealings, and when he told you anything you could depend on it being just so; he was ambitious, but not too much so; was a man who wanted to be somebody in the world, and did not wish to pass his days away and when the time came for him to pass away, leave no trace behind that one could point to as being his good works and his good deeds; he married Miss E. R. Searle on the 29th day of September, 1861; she was a daughter of Jas. Searle Esq., of Rock Island; she was a graduate of the Northwestern Female College at Evanston, Illinois, and a woman of rare ability and personal attraction; he left one son.

Richbaugh, C., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Chandler.

Riley, Owen, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Foote.

Rhodes, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. South English.

Riddle, L. P., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Keota.

Riggle, Jerry, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. South English.

Roach, W. S., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Chandler.

Rowe, Joannah, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Chandler.

Ruth, John, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. South English.

S   ITESINGER, A. E., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Chandler.

Stoner, Henry, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. South English.

Stoner, Emanuel, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. South English.

Stoner, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. South English.

Smith, Christian, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. North English.

Simmons, A. J., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. North English.

Simmons, Wesley, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. North English.

Sevink, Oliver, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. North English.

Seitsinger, James, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Chandler.

Slocum, M., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Chandler.

Squires, Ezra, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Chandler.

Stouffer, J. H., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Keota.

Studebaker, J., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Keota.

Smith, Adam, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Smith, James, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Sniteman, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. South English.

Smith, John, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Creswell.

Shaffer, Solomon, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Chandler.

Shaffer, Frank, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Keota.

Searles, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Suiter, Wm., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. North English.

STOUFFER, J. H., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Kenross; born in Washington county, Maryland in 1853, and left there when about twenty-one years of age, and came to Illinois, where he remained to the time of his coming to this county in the spring of 1870, and since that time has been a permanent resident; he owns a well improved farm of 160 acres, and has been connected with various township offices; was married in Illinois, November 28, 1854 to Miss Catharine Hayes, a native of Washington county, Maryland; they have a family of two children: Mollie E., and Minnie M; have lost one: Sarah E.

STONER, E., farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 29; P. O. South English; born in Carroll County, Md., in 1833, and was raised there and made it his home till he came to this county in March, 1876, and settled on his present homestead; previous to his coming to this county he was engaged in the iron mining and machine ships, and is still interested in the business in Maryland; he had also followed farming and since he came to his present location has made it his specialty; he is the inventor of the “Sampson Cider Press” which has proved to be a success, and spends a good portion of time in putting it before the public; he was married in his native county in 1853 to Miss Maria Boyer, of that county; they have, by this union, twelve children living: Mary S. (wife of D. P. Stoner), Anna V., Emma R. (wife of D. F. Rhodes), John D., Lucinda C., Clayton L., Samuel C., Harry D., Jesse E., George E., Clarence A., and Nora B.: he owns an improved farm of 225 acres, is of a genial disposition and in every respect a very agreeable gentleman.

T   ROUTMAN, C. S., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Creswell; born in the State of Pennsylvania in 1842, and was raised there, and made it his home till he came to this State and first settled in Johnson county, and came from there to this county in the spring of 1874, and purchased his present home of 80 acres of improved land; he married in Johnson county, this State in 1869, to Miss M. J. Salley, of Pennsylvania; they have four children living: Josiah, Laura, Walter and John L.; he enlisted in the late war in company G, Sixth Iowa Infantry, July 12, 1861, and was mustered out July 19, 1865.

V   ANDYKE, D. M., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. South English.

W   ADE, CHAS., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Wagaman, Wm., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Chandler.

Wakelee, C. L., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Chandler.

Walters, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Chandler.

Walsh, Thos., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Foote.

Walsh, James, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Foote.

WATKINS, WM.,J., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Foote; born in Montgomery county, Virginia, July 22, 1822, and went to Indiana with his parents when quite young, and settled in Henry county, where he lived until he moved to Wabash county, and from there to this county and settled in this township in the fall of 1852, and since that time he has been identified with its interests; previous to his settling on his present homestead he followed brick-making for about fourteen years; his farm consists of 168 acres, well improved; he was married in Randolph county, Indiana, in 1845 to Miss Sarah J. Hudson, of Ross county, Ohio; they have, by this union, eight children living: John N., David A., Newton F., Winfred L., Charles R., Robert D., George P., Sanford A., and four deceased; he enlisted in the Mexican war in company C, First Indian Regiment, March 18, 1846, and served two years and two months, under commander of Gen. Taylor, and participated in nearly all the engagements of the war.

Wimer, William, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Foote.

Wenger, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. South English.

Westfall, Jessie, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Chandler.

Westfall, H. S., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Chandler.

Whitmore, J. J., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. North English.

WILSON, J. W., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. North English; is a native of the State of Maryland, born in the year 1826, and when a boy he emigrated to Ohio with his parents, where he lived till he came to this county in the fall of 1856, and since that time he has always been a resident  of the county; when eighteen years of age he learned the blacksmith trade, and followed it more or less during his life; he was married in Ohio in 1850 to Miss Mary E. Mahanna, a native of Pennsylvania; they have a family of six sons and four daughters living: C. S., Susan, Coates, William, John, Ellen, McElvane, Etta, George, and Anna; he has held the office of justice of the peace four terms, and  township assessors two terms; his present homestead consists of 141 acres of land.

Wine, George, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. South English.

Wine, Solomon, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. South English.

WISE, FREDERICK, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Chandler; born in Pennsylvania in 1829, and moved to Ohio when quite young; from there he came to this county in 1866, and settled on his present homestead of 160 acres; August 19th 1861, he enlisted in company M, Eleventh Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served for three years; held the office of justice of the peace and township clerk; has been twice married, first in 1857, to Miss Martha Merriam, of Virginia, who died in 1865; left no family; was married in 1866 to Johanna Folec, of Ohio; they have two children: Della May and Frederic Burr.

Wolf, Lewis, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. South English.

Wolf, Lewis, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. South English.

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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