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 625
WILLIAM B. ATKINS, far., Sec 20; was born in Montrose, Mich., in 1837; in 1840, removed with his parents to Niagara Co., N. Y.; remained several years; removed thence to Pennsylvania, thence to Wisconsin; engaged as river pilot, which occupation he followed for several years on the lakes and rivers of the Northwest; in 1861, while at Memphis seized with the spirit of adventure, and determined to cross the plains, for that purpose returned to Wisconsin, and there joined a party then preparing to go West; on the way, they were attacked several times by the Indians, and Mr. A. was wounded twice. They traveled through several of the Territories, which satisfied Mr. A.'s adventurous spirit, and he returned to civilization and married Miss Malinda Purcell of this county; has two children--Loretta and Cora. Indeperdent in politics.
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