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ALLARD, GEORGE W., farmer, P. O. Elliott, section 5; born in Franklin County, New York, November 22, 1847. At the age of five years he left with his parents and came to Iowa, locating at Davenport in June, 1862. And from there came to Montgomery County, and settled on a farm. December 19, 1866; was married to Phoebe Ann West of Montgomery County, daughter of George West. Mr. Allard's parents' names were David and Harriet C. They have had six children, for living: Laura A., born March 13, 1870, died March 30, 1870; Olive, born September 5, 1871, died August 18, '75; Ida May, born October 31, 1873; Florence J., February 22, '76; Wiola C., February 21, '78; Rosa E., February 8, '80. Mr. Allard owns eighty acres of land, well improved; seventy-five fruit trees planted and three quarters of a mile of good hedge. Mr. And Mrs. Allard are both members of the M. E. Church.

ASKEY, SAMUEL, farmer, P. O. Elliott, sec. 23; was born in Center County, Pennsylvania, July 5, 1843. He moved with his parents when he was seven years old to Stevenson County, Illinois. and remained there until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in company B, Forty-sixth Illinois volunteer infantry, February 5, 1864. Went to Vicksburg, then marched to Yazoo, then back to Vicksburg, then to Jackson, where they had an engagement with the enemy July 7, and returned to Vicksburg, then to Morganza Bend, Duvall's Bluff, Memphis, Moscow: January 1, 1865, to Kinnerville, then to Spanish Fort, Blakely, and made a charge on the ninth; then on the twelfth at Mobile; from there to Macon, then to Mobile, from then to Shreveport, Red river. He was promoted to corporal September 1, 1865. In December, 1865, returned to Shreveport, then to Baton Rouge, and was there mustered out January 20, 1866, and was paid off at Springfield, Illinois. After his muster out he returned to his home in Stevenson County, Illinois, and remained there until May 28, 1871, when he was married to Miss Mary Fisher. She was born in Sevenson County, Illinois, August 3, 1850. In August, 1871, Mr. Askey, with others, made a trip through Nebraska and Kansas, traversing both states, finally coming to Red Oak, and purchasing land in Montgomery County, Iowa paying $8.00 per acre. He returned to his home, and in April, 1872, moved his family on to the farm which he bought and on which he now lives. In March, 1873, his wife was taken sick, and in August he took her back to Illinois, where she died October 8, 1873. By this marriage they had one child: Henry F., born in Illinois, March 13, 1872. In the spring of 1874 he returned to his home in Iowa returning to Illinois in the fall, and remaining for one year with his father, who was old and in ill health. Then married again to Miss Nancy E. Walker, June 22, 1875. She was born September 28, 1848, in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. Then in the fall of 1875 returned again to Iowa. By this union they are the parents of five children: Viola, April 5, 1876; Mary E., May 27, 1878; Carrie B., July 10, 1879, died March 12, 1880; Lucy E., September 5, 1880. Since his return to Iowa he has devoted his entire time to farming and stock-raising. He has two hundred and forty acres of land well improved. He has a grove of two acres north of his house; he has also a young orchard of about one hundred and thirty trees of choice fruit; also a large variety of small fruits. They are both members of the M. E. Church.

ASKEY, JOHN, P. O. Elliott; lives on section 23, Scott township; he was born in Center County, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1839; removed from there with his parents in May, 1850, to Stevenson County, Illinois, landing July 5, 1850. He remained there until February 5, 1864, when he enlisted in company B, forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and took part in the following battles and skirmishes: Jackson, Mississippi, July 7, 1864, then to Clinton, Port Hudson, then to Morganza Bend, Arkansas River, Duvall's Bluffs in December, 1864. Then to Memphis, Tennessee, then to Moscow back to Memphis, and from there to Kennerville; then to New Orleans, then Dauphene Island, Spanish Fort, Mobile, Macon, then up the Red river to Shreveport, then to Baton Rouge, where they were mustered out January 20, 1866; then to Springfield, Illinois, and there were paid off, and discharged February 2, 1866; then returned home to Stevenson County, Illinois, and remained there until 1872, during which time he was married to Flora Byington, March 26, 1866; she was born in Oneida County, New York, March 18, 1844; by this union they have had five children, four living: Harry V., born April 20, '72; Ira T., September 12, '73; Alvin C., October 19, '76; Harriet I., November 11, '78; Clara E., November 7, '80. Mr. Askey moved to his parents' home in Montgomery County, Iowa, June 13, 1872. He has 160 acres of land in the highest state of cultivation, and contains the best of improvements. He has a fine orchard of one hundred apple trees, sixty cherry trees, plums, and all other kinds of small fruits in abundance. Mr. and Mrs. Askey are both members of the Presbyterian church.

BALDWIN, CHARLES, farmer, section 17, P. O. Elliott; born in England, May 8, 1844 and come to New York city with his parents in 1845, and moved to Pulaski County, Wisconsin, in 1849; her he lived and worked upon a farm until 1863, when he enlisted in company A, Thirty-third Wisconsin infantry volunteers; he took part in the following battles and marches: Red river expedition, then in March, April and May, 1864, under A. J. Smith, in the hotly contested battles of Fort De Russee, Pleasant Hill Landing, Yellow Bayou, Louisiana, besides several other skirmishes during the expedition; again under General Smith they were engaged at Tupelo, Mississippi, July 14, 15 and 16. In October was led by General Mower through the swamps of Arkansas, after the rebel General, Price. The regiment was also at Nashville, Tennessee, December 15 and 16, 1864, and captured six hundred of Hood's men, and continued the pursuit to Eastport, Mississippi, then made a raid to Corinth, Mississippi, in January, 1865; then on the 6th of the following month started for Mobile Bay by the way of Lake Pontchartrain and Dauphine Island; took an active part in the siege of Spanish Fort, then marched to Montgomery and Tuskega, Alabama, and for home June 19, via Saline, Meridien and Vicksburg, and arrived at Madison, Wisconsin, August 14, 1865, having traveled while in the service, nine thousand miles, two thousand and four hundred of which where marches; he was always able for duty, and was discharged at Madison, Wisconsin, at the close of the war; he was educated at the graded school of Avoca, Wisconsin; he followed farming after leaving the army, until 1872, when he went to Colorado and remained nine months, then came to Montgomery County and broke out his farm of eighty acres; then went to Kansas for the purpose of getting a homestead, but returned shortly to Montgomery County and has since made this his home. He was married in Pilot Grove township to Della May Crumb, December 24, 1876; they are the parents of one child; Elmer E., born February 18, 1880, died May 8, 1880. Mr. Baldwin has one hundred and sixty acres of land all under fence and cultivation, with a young orchard of seventy-fie trees in good condition, with an abundance of grapes and other small fruits.

BARR, WILLIAM H., farmer, section 13, P. O. Elliott; born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, October 9, 1846, and in 1862, came to Stevenson County, Illinois. He was married October 29, 1869, to Miss Jane E. Martin. She was born in Pennsylvania, August 20, 1844. They are the parents of five children: James R., born August 25, 1870; William R., born May 15, 1872; Minerva A., born June 19, 1875; Grace E., born October 27, 1877; John D., born August 28, 1880. Mr. Barr settled in Montgomery County in 1873. He has eighty acres of land and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. His farm is well stocked with horses, cattle, hogs, etc., etc. Mr. Barr was educated in the common schools of Pennsylvania, with the exception of two years he spent in the seminary. Mr. and Mrs. Barr are both members of the Presbyterian church.

BOTTS, S. J., farmer and stock dealer, section 1, P. O. Elliott; born in Hancock County, Illinois, April 20, 1843, where he was raised on a farm and received his education until August 11, 1862, when he enlisted in company D, Seventy-eighth Illinois infantry as a private, for three years or during the war. Was promoted corporal in 1864, and captured November 30, 1864, on Sherman's march to the sea, near Louisville, Georgia, and was in Florence, South Carolina, prison three months. Paroled February 27, 1865, at Jonesborough, North Carolina, and never got to his regiment afterwards. Was in the engagement at Chickamauga and in all of Sherman's campaign and all his skirmishes, and was mustered out June 17, 1865, when he returned home to Illinois, and went to farming; and in the fall of 1870, moved to Montgomery County, Iowa, settling where he now lives on a farm of 460 acres, all well improved, good running water on every forty, and is a good stock or grain farm. Married January 14, 1866, to Miss Miriam A. Coke, a native of Hancock County, Illinois, of which union they have six children, four living: Lyman J., Valeria A., Ivan C. O., Homer S. Mr. Botts is one of the foremost young men in his township, both as a citizen or in politics, always found in everything to promote the interest of his township and county, and is one of the foremost members of the Masonic fraternity at Milford.

BRADBURY, DOC., farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Elliott; born August 8, 1850, in Franklin County, Maine. Was married to Miss Jennie Plowman, December 25, 1879, Rev. Wm. Yockey officiating.

BRUNER, W. W., farmer, section 3, P. O. Elliott; born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, July 15, 1845, at which place he lived until eight years of age, when with his uncle he moved to Stevenson County, Illinois; having lost his parents when very young. At this place he grew to manhood on a farm, and where he received his education. In 1861 he returned to his native home and enlisted in company H, 131st Pennsylvania volunteer infantry as a private; was mustered out June, 1863, and reenlisted in the fall of 1863 for three years, or during the war, in company B, First Pennsylvania light artillery, where he served until June 10, 1865; was in the engagement of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and in all the campaign of the Wilderness to Petersburg, at the siege and taking of Petersburg, 3d of April, 1865. He then returned to his home in Illinois and followed farming until March 6, 1867; when he enlisted in the regular army, company G, third United States infantry, for thee years, and was mustered out March 6, 1870. Headquarters at Fort Lyon, Colorado. Was in several skirmishes with the Indians, but in no regular battle. On his return he followed farming, and February 9, 1876, was married to Miss Sarah J. Houser, a native of Pennsylvania, by which union they have two children: Vinna D., born April 6, 1878; and Ray W., born June 20, 1880.

CRUMB, ALDON, P. O. Elliott. He was born May 3, 1808, in Bennington County, Vermont, and lived there until he grew to manhood, farming and lumbering. He was married there to Rosanna Corbett, in 1831; moved to Ogle County, Illinois, in 1868, and engaged in farming for three years; then moved to Montgomery County, Iowa; he was educated in the common schools. They are members of the M. E. Church. They have four children: Edward E., Horace N., T. B. and Hannah P. Mr. Crumb has 360 acres of good land, all well improved.

DINGMAN, JOHN S., farmer, P. O. Elliott; born in Montgomery County, New York, April 19, 1830. Was married to Miss Hannah J. Bailey, Feb. 15, 1850 by the Rev. Deleal, of Huron, Ohio. They have seven children: Daphina C., Geo. A., Charles H., Orra J., Mary, Franklin and Sophia. Mr. Dingman enlisted in the Eleventh Michigan regiment, under Colonel L. Stoughton, September 1, 1861; served on Gen. Negley's staff; also served as escort of Gen. Palmer; was mostly on detached duty. Discharged September 15, 1864, by expiration of term of service; was in the battle of Stone River, three days fight at Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Ringgold, Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, siege of Atlanta, and Kenesaw Mountain.

DOTSON, GEORGE S., farmer, section 24, P. O. Grant; born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, December 26, 1846, remaining there until1862; then came to Lee County, Illinois, and remained there two years, and in March, 1865, enlisted in the army, and served until the close of the war, and then returned to Illinois. In the spring of 1866, returned to Pennsylvania, and remained there three years; then returned to Illinois and was married to Miss Joanna S. Shephard. She was born in New York September 6, 1856. They are the parents of six children, five living: William S., born September 10, 1871, and died December 12, 1875; Minnie E., born March 30, '74; George F., August 27, '76; Nettie F., April 17, '77; Harry E., October 14, '78; Mary P., May 14, '80. Mr. Dotson has eighty acres of good land, well improved. Was educated in the common schools of Pennsylvania, and has been a resident of Montgomery County since 1871.

FOCHT, JACOB, section 36, P. O. Morton's Mills; Mr. Focht was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1835; he moved with his parents at the age of three years to Auglaize County, Ohio, remaining there until 1856, when he moved to his present home in Pilot Grove township, Montgomery County, Iowa. He enlisted September 12, 1861, in Company F, 106th regiment, of Pennsylvania volunteers; was in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness; and wounded at Spotsylvania, May 12 1864; was taken to different hospitals but was most of the time at New York; was mustered out September 10, 1864, at Philadelphia; returned to Auglaize County, Ohio, and was married April 23, 1865, to Miss Sylvania Gilmore, who was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, May 17, 1838. They have two children: William A., born February 24, 1866; Lawrence, born September 9, 1868. Mr. Focht was one of the pioneer settlers of this county. During the winter of 1856, Mr. Focht was compelled to go to Savannah, Mo., for groceries, clothing, etc., etc., that being at that time one of the nearest trading points that kept all kinds of supplies, and old settlers will remember it as being one of the coldest winters they have experienced in Iowa; snow on the ground from the first of December until March, of 1857; goods were sledded from Ottumwa to Omaha. Mr. Focht bought a land warrant from a revolutionary soldier and entered his present homestead of 160 acres; Mr. F. has good improvements on his farm, good dwelling house and other buildings; he also has one of the best barns in the county; he has a beautiful grove of three acres, and an orchard of one hundred and thirty trees of choice fruit, now bearing. Mr. F. is seeding his farm down with a view of going into stock raising more extensively. He is a member of the Masonic order, also of the Lutheran church. Mr. F. has been honored with about all the offices in the township.

HART, JAMES H., son of James Hart, P. O. Red Oak; who was born in North Carolina, July 1808. His mother was born in Kentucky, and was married to Mr. Hart in Whitley County, in 1830; they moved on horseback for the west, taking with them all they had, stopping in Indiana and finally locating in Stevenson County, Illinois; he there began farming and at one time owned nine hundred acres of land, besides other valuable property. They were the parents of ten children: James H., born June 28, 1844, in Stevenson County, Illinois, and remained there until the late war, when he with one other brother enlisted in company A, Forty-sixth Illinois, August, 1861, and served as a soldier until February, 1866. He was engaged in the following important battles: Fort Donelson, Shilo, Corinth, Hatchie River. He was taken prisoner at Vicksburg, May 25, 1863, but after three days was paroled and exchanged at St. Louis, Missouri; then went to Natchez, Mississippi, and was at the battle of Jackson, July 7, 1864; then to Benton, May 13, 1865; at Clinton, August 25; then to Spanish Fort, Blakely and Mobile; then was transported to Texas, and mustered out at Baton Rouge, February 2, 1866. There were five brothers in the army; they all came out alive and without a wound. He also had one brother in the Mexican war who died there. James H., after his discharge, returned to his home in Illinois and was married September 25, 1866, to Miss Sarah E. Melick; she was born in Stewartsville, New Jersey, June 8, 1849. She moved with her parents to Freeport, Illinois when she was five years old an lived there until she was married to Mr. Hart; after their marriage they lived there six years and had three children: Alice E., born November 14, 1868; Cora E., July 7, 1871; Carrie J., November 17, 1872. He then sold out and set out on a prospecting tour, visiting Memphis, Tennessee, Duvall's Bluff, Arkansas, then Little Rock and Fort Smith, finally purchasing two hundred acres of land in Montgomery County, Iowa, and in August, 1873, moved upon it; since that time they have had four children born: Laura M., February 12, 1874; Mary B., November 1, 1875; Jennie H., September 20, 1877; George F., July 4, 1879. Mr. H. devotes his time to farming and stock-raising, making hogs a specialty; he has now about one hundred head. He has a fine grove of six acres, and an apple orchard of one hundred trees of his own growing. He was educated in the common schools with the exception of one year, he attended the Rock River seminary in Illinois. He has held the positions of supervisor, census enumerator and school director.

JAMES, R. C. farmer, section 9, P. O. Elliott; was born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, November 5, 1845, and moved with his parents to Sporland, Marshall County, Illinois, and there grew to manhood. March 2, 1865, he enlisted in company I, Forty-seventh Illinois infantry volunteers, and served until the close of the war. January 15, 1874, he married Amelia Pitman; was married in Whiteside County, Illinois, by the Rev. F. C. Denning. They have had four children: Mary E., born November 30, 1878; William A., August 2, 1880. Mr. James was raised on a farm, but learned the tinsmith trade. About two and a half years since that time he has been a farmer and stock-raiser. He came to Montgomery County, October 10, 1874. He owns eighty acres of land well improved, a fine young orchard of about 100 trees.

LAMBERT, EMANUEL, farmer, section 26, P. O. Elliott; he was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, February 27, 1830, and there grew to manhood. In 1857, moved to Stevenson County, Illinois, and remained there until 1879. He was married April 17, 1879, to Miss Mary C. Walker, and then came to Montgomery County, Iowa. His parents are both living, and were born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. His father was born September 13, 1800, and Mrs. Lambert was born November 3, 1806. They were married October 9, 1825, and were the parents of ten children. Mr. Emanuel Lambert is a carpenter by trade, but now makes farming and stock-raising his principal business. Mr. Lambert had five brothers in the late war. Franklin was killed at Vicksburg, and Ephraim died in the hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, November 13, 1863; he was a member of the Ninety-second Illinois volunteer infantry. Mr. Lambert has 120 acres of land well improved, with a fine orchard. His farm is well fenced with wire and hedge.

LAWRENCE, HARRIS W., farmer, P. O. Elliott; born October 3, 1839, and at the age of twelve years his parents emigrated to Bureau County, Illinois, and there remained for three years. Here he saved enough to buy a yoke of oxen and sold them again for $100. Then returned to New Jersey and went into the carriage business when sixteen years old; worked there as an apprentice for one year and then returned home again. He then left New Jersey in debt fifteen dollars for his board. Came to Bureau County, Illinois, and made some money and sent it back to pay his board bill. Getting up a few tools he went to work on his own hook, was successful, and in about three years had a house and lot, a team of horses, a good carriage, and some money besides. Was married to Miss Eliza J. Prather, March 21, 1866. Moved to Neponset, Bureau County, Illinois, and commenced business in a shop. Bought a little farm of forty acres at Barren Grove, in Bureau County, Illinois. Improved the farm and sold it and the grub hoe, resolving never to grub any more. Then emigrated to Montgomery County, Iowa, in 1871, bought a farm of eighty acres and broke fifty acres, and after two years sold out in 1874. Bought then in Pilot Grove township 200 acres of raw land and have the whole in cultivation. Have 150 fruit trees and nearly all kind of small fruits. Have a good spring on the farm and near the house. Have four children: Edith A., Mary M., Charley M., and Francis L.

MCCRACKEN, JOHN H., section 36, P. O. Morton's Mills; Mr. McCracken was born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1833. Remained there until October 2, 1855. Then moved to Stephenson County, Illinois, and lived there until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in company A, 92d Illinois infantry. He was in the following battles: Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Atlanta, Lovejoy Station, Macon and Warrensburg. December 4, 1864, was wounded at the battle of Warrensburg, in the left arm and carried the ball there for seven years. From Warrensburg he marched to Savannah, and from there was ordered to New York city, and remained there three months; then to Quincy, Illinois, where he was mustered out of the service, June 22, 1865. He then returned to Stephenson County, Illinois. On January 2, 1866 was married to Miss Sarah J. Lower. He remained there one year, then moved to Hardin County, Iowa. In 1876 he moved to Montgomery County to his present home. They are the parents of four children, two living and two dead: Mary was born August 30, 1877, and died January 10, '81; Willis was born December 25, 1866; Ellis, born November 15, '68. Mr. McCracken is the owner of 120 acres of land; follows farming and stock raising; is road supervisor for the present year.

MCDANNEL, DANIEL S., carpenter, P. O. Elliott; born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, December 22, 1836, and grew to manhood in that county. In the year 1861, emigrated to Lee County, Illinois. Was married to Miss Mary Plowman, December 22, 1867; in March, 1870 emigrated to Montgomery County, Iowa, where he now resides. His occupation is carpentering. His farm is well improved and in a high state of cultivation. He has 100 bearing fruit trees and all kinds of small fruits. They have three children: Ella, Gay and Agnes L. Mr. McDaniel is notary public and is holding other positions of trust.

MURRAY, ROBERT, farmer, section 6, P. O. Elliott; born in Maryland in Howard County, in the town of Woodstock, July 4, 1850. He lived upon a farm until he was fifteen years of age, when he left home and undertook to carve out his own fortune. At the age of sixteen went to Ohio, and there worked upon a farm for nine months, and from there went to Indiana and remained about two years; from Indiana he went to Knox County, Illinois, where he remained, following farming for about seven years. In 1875 he came to Montgomery County, Iowa, and has since made this his home. Mr. and Mrs. Murray are both members of the Christian church. He owns 80 acres of land, 50 improved. Has an orchard of about one acre. His father's name was David. Her father's name was Isaac H. Page; her mother's Sarah A. They are the parents of one child, Elsie May, born November 7, 1879.

PHELPS, SETH, farmer, section 28, P. O. Stanton; born in Henry County, Indiana, May 16, 1847. At the age of three years moved with his parents to Lee County, Iowa. He was raised on a farm. In September, 1872, moved to Montgomery County, Iowa, and settled on his present farm. Mr. Phelps owns 120 acres of land all under cultivation, has an orchard of about four acres, together with a large variety of small fruit. He also has a fine grove and 320 rods of live hedge fence. Mr. Phelps was married February 20, 1872, to Miss Rosett H. Miller, of Lee County, by Rev. J. D. Donaldson, of the M. E. Church. Mr. Phelps' father's name was Jonathan, and his mother's Asenath Jay. Mrs. Phelps' father's name was John W. Miller; her mother's Mary L. They are the parents of three children: Mary A., Ellery I. and Cora A. Mrs. Phelps is a member of the M. E. Church.

THOMAS, WILLIAM H., P. O. Morton's Mills; resides on section 25; he was born in Michigan, September 20, 1842. In that same year his father came to Lee County, Illinois, and remained there until 1859, then moved to Mills County, Iowa, then to Denver City in the spring of 1860, and remained there until he enlisted in the army, August 28, 1861, in company B, First Colorado cavalry. He was engaged in the following battles: Patch Cannon, Paralto on the Rio Grande, then to Macea, Texas, then back to Fort Craig, under command of Canby, and remained there until the spring of 1863; then to Colorado City, then back to Denver, Camp Collins and Camp Sully, returning to Denver. Received his discharge October 8, 1864. He remained in Denver until 1865, when he went to Fort Laramie, and was engaged as a wagonmaster with company M, Second California. Landed at Powder river, under command of Colonel Bridger, and from there to the head waters of Tongue river, having served about four months. Left the Company at Leavenworth, Kansas, December 20, 1865; then came home to Lee County, Illinois. In the spring of 1866, moved to Marshall County, Iowa. Was married to Miss Amanda A. Runyan, December 25, 1868. They have six children: William E., born March 6, 1869; Minnie M., born March 7, 1872. In 1873 moved to Montgomery County, Iowa, an since then have had four children; Clyde C., born September 17, '73; Mertie M., March 28, '76; C. A., born August 12, '79; Lula, born August 27, 1880. Mr. Thomas has been road supervisor one year. He has eighty acres of land. In stock-raising Mr. Thomas makes a specialty of hogs.

WALL, THOMAS, farmer, P. O. Elliott; was born December 10, 1838, in Columbia County, Ohio. His parents came from England in 1836. The family came to Wapello in 1846. Thomas Wall came to Montgomery County, in March, 1865. Was married at Milford, December 4, 1865, to Miss Eliza M. Mercer, recently from Morgantown, Virginia. Jesse M. Wall was born October 7, 1866. Mrs. Eliza M. Wall died May 25, 1867. February 1, 1868, Thomas Wall came to Pilot Grove township, bought the farm he now owns and commenced breaking and improving. In April, 1870, he planted an orchard. During the three following years he planted five acres of forest trees. August 7, 1870, he was married at Red Oak to Miss Mary A. Collins, of Pottawattamie County, Iowa - but recently from Vermont. May 25, 1873, Hermon C. Wall was born. November 7, 1875, Alden A. Wall was born.

WILSON, J. S., farmer, section 17, P. O. Elliott; born March 1, 1845, in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. In 1853 he moved with his parents to Champaign County, Ohio, and in 1865 moved to West Point, Lee County, Iowa. In 1878 he came to Montgomery County. November 25, 1879, he was married to Ina R. Stewart, at Red Oak, Iowa, by Rev. H. H. O'Neal. Mr. Wilson's parents' names were Alexander and Caroline.

WOOD, WINFIELD D., farmer, section 4, P. O. Elliott: Was born October 3, 1847, in Putnam County, Indiana, and removed with his parents to Wapello County, Iowa, at the age of three years. Here he grew to manhood following agricultural pursuits. In the spring of 1870 he moved to Cass County, living there until January, 1876, when he came to Montgomery County and located on the farm upon which he now lives. Mr. Wood has seventy-five acres of good farm land, well improved. He has an orchard of about four acres. He was married August 25, 1875, at Clarinda, Iowa, to Elizabeth A. Artlip, Mr. Clark, J. P., officiating. His father's name is Dobson Wood. Her father's name was David Artlip; her mother's Barbara Cousins. Mrs. Wood was born November 28, 1854, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. They have two children: Minnie Bell, born February 28, 1877, and Gettes W., January 12, 1879.

YOCKEY, WILLIAM, farmer, section --, P. O. Elliott; born June 11, 1835, in Cuyahoga Falls, and at the age of seven years his parents moved to Delaware County, and there lived until he was eleven years old. He then moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and at the age of seventeen years moved to Richland County, and engaged in the carpenter's trade. Then at the age of twenty he commenced teaching school. Was married to Miss Martha J. Pettit by the Rev. Fletcher Delop, November 27, 1856, in Pulaski County, Wisconsin. Mrs. Yockey was the daughter of Thomas and Eliza Pettit. He lived in Iowa County for sixteen years working at the carpenter trade in summer an teaching school in the winter. He emigrated to Montgomery County, Iowa, in May, 1870, and located in Pilot Grove township. He joined the M. E. church in February, 1856, and in the fall of 1870 he was licensed to preach. They have three children living and seven deceased; five are buried in the cemetery at Avoca, Iowa County, Wisconsin, and two in the town of Frankfort, Montgomery County. Mrs. Yockey died December 2, 1879. He again was married to Miss Lizzie Darmon, May 30, 1880, by the Rev. R. J. Osborne at the house of W. H. Kennedy.


~ source: History of Montgomery County, Iowa, Illustrated. Des Moines, Iowa Historical an Biographical Co., 1881, Page 618-629.


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