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
EDWARD BROWN, far., S. 5; P. O. West Liberty; owns 456 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born Nov. 12, 1818, in Scotland; came to Muscatine Co., Iowa, locating on the land upon which he still resides. Married Agnes Smith Oct. 16, 1845; she was born July 26, 1824, in Scotland; have nine children living--Mary A., Barbara, Catharine, Ella, Margaret J., Elizabeth, Edward J., Martha A. and David W.; lost three--Isabella J., John S. and Martha M. Mr. B. is among the best farmers of his township; has served his township; has served his township as Trustee several years. Member of the Presbyterian Church; Republican.
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