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 683
SAMUEL BRAND, far. Sec. 32; P. O. West Liberty; son of Samuel and Catharine Brand; owns 450 acres of land valued at $40 per acre; born Sept. 1, 1822, in Franklin Co., Penn.; in early life, he learned the blacksmith's trade, and in 1843 came to Pittsburgh, Penn.; where he worked at his trade till February, 1849; he started for California shipping from Baltimore, via Rio Janeiro and Valparaiso, South America, stopping at each of those places for about a month, after which they went on around Cape Horn and to San Francisco, where he arrived Sept.11, 1849; in the winter of 1851, returned via Iowa and entered the land upon which he now lives; in the spring of 1852, returned to California, via Panama, remaining till May, 1853; returned home, and the fall following, came to Iowa, built a house on his land and returned to Pennsylvania, where, on the 28th day of November, 1854, he was married ro Charlotte Hambright; daughter of William and Anna M. Hambright; she was born Feb. 4, 1830, in same county, Pennsylvania; they then came to Iowa and settled on their farm; have five children living--- Mary F., Carrie I., Edgar, Cora, and Stella; lost one--- John. Daughter Mary F. was married to Chester Philliips Feb. 19, 1878. Mr. Brand attended the Centennnial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876. Member of the Presbyterian Church; Democrat.
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