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 640
A. L. Bliven, far., Sec 7; P. O. Conesville; owns 420 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born September. 18, 1831, in Allegany County, N. Y. in 1836, parents moved to Meigs Co., Ohio, and, in April 1838, came to Louisa Co., Iowa; his father died the following August; his mother again married William Todd in 1841; he (A. L.) lived at home, learning of his step-father the bricklayer's trade; in 1852, engaged as clerk in a dry goods store with Mr. Gore for nearly two years, then worked at his trade, after which he rented the ferry of his step-father, which he operated a couple of years; in the spring of 1861, came to his present farm. Married Miss Mariam Whelen August. 14, 1856; she was born July 17, 1833, in Coshocton Co., Ohio; have two children--William E. and Anna S.; lost one infant. Mr. B. is among the leading farmers of his township; makes a specialty of blooded stock.Republican.
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