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 650
AARON CANOTT, farmer and Justice of the Peace, Sec. 19; P. O. Nichols; owns 280 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born Aug. 9, 1826, in Henry Co., Ind; his father died when he was about 5 years old. his father died when he was about 5 years old. His mother again married, Mr. William Harlan, in the spring of 1840, and moved Kosciusko Co. the spring of 1841, and the following fall he himself went to the same county. In the summer of 1843, he commenced to learn the carpenter and joiner's trade, but not liking his instructor, quit the business the winter following; in the fall of 1845, came to Iowa in company with a distant relative stopping in Johnson Co. Married Sarah Ralston, of Johnson Co., April 8, 1847; she was born Nov. 12, 1829; that same year his stepfather, Mr. Harlan, died, and his mother came out and lived with him till in the spring of 1851; she was again married, to a Mr. John Calkin; in the spring of 1868, came to his present farm; on the 19th of March, 1872, his wife died; he was again married, to Mrs. Harriet Allen (maiden name Blake) Sept. 5, 1872; she was born Aug. 28, 1844, in Berrien Co., Mich.; have four children living by first wife--Joseph T., Jeremiah, Enoch and John F.; lost three--Mahala, William and Ella; by second wife, two--Mary and Aaron, Jr.; lost one--Bessie M.; second wife had two children by former husband--Sherman and Nettie, had lost one, Ettie. Mr. C.'s mother is now living with him, her third husband having died in June, 1874. Mr. C. is now serving his third term as Justice of the Peace. Methodist and Greenbacker.
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