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 653
SAMUEL COLLINS, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Letts; was born in New Jersey in 8124; his parents, John and Mary Collins, removed from New Jersey to Dayton, Ohio. He married, in 1847, Mary J. Irvin, a native of Ohio, Born in 1829. They came to Muscatine Co. in 1855, and settled on the present farm in 1856. They have seven children---Annabelle, Mary E., Luella, Ida, William, Edward and Eva; lost one child-- Laura J. His father, John Collins, came to Muscatine Co. in March 1852; his wife died in May, 1844; he lives with his son Samuel. Mr. Collins has been Assessor of Seventy-six Tp. about thirteen years. Members of the M. E. Church.
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