Muscatine County Iowa
Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 649
ELIAS ADAMS, farmer, Postmaster and railroad agent; P. O. Adams; owns 600 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born July 25, 1832, in Monroe Co., Mich.; in the fall of 1832, his parents moved to La Grange Co., Ind.; his mother died there in 1834; in the winter of 1838, his father moved the family to Muscatine Co. and located in this township. He was married the second time to Philipena Carpenter, of this county; in the spring of 1863, moved to Kansas, and, the fall following, died of cholera at Kansas City. Mr. Adams has been a resident of this township since 1838. He married Miss Martha M. Hughes, of this county, March 16, 1867; she was born Nov. 26, 1838, in Greene Co., Ohio; they have seven children--Marietta, Harriet, Chester, Louisa, Hester E., Elias J. and John Q., lost one son---Arthur. Mr. A. appointed Postmaster upon the establishing of the office in 1872; also railroad agent. Republican.
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