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 656
MRS. ANNA C. BERSIE (nee Wright), Sec. 24; P .O. Buffalo, Scott Co., Iowa; was born in Montgomery Co., Ky., Feb 5, 1824; removed thence, with her parents, to Indiana, while very young; remained nine years; removed thence to Illinois, and, in 1836, came to Iowa, locating in what is now Muscatine Co.; her parents were natives of North Carolina and South Carolina; both lived in Iowa until the time of their death. In 1853, she married Mr. P. Bersie, who came to this State five or six years previous; he was a native of New York; born April 4, 1812; they had five children--Eli A., Parthena (now the wife of Mr. R. E. Bailey), Annette, (now Mrs. Reynolds), Ella A. and Ida May. Mr. B. died Feb. 9, 1874. Mrs. B's parents had laid claim to a large tract of land prior to the land sales in the State, and when it was opened up for settlement, pre-empted it. Mr. B. was formerly a Whig; at the organization of the Republican party, joined it. By industry and frugality, Mr. B. gained a competence for his family.
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