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 665
SAM. COMER, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Moscow; son of John and Anna Comer, born Oct. 10, 1829, in Wayne Co., Ohio; in the spring of 1850, went to California by overland route; followed mining till 1852, when he returned; came to Muscatine Co., Iowa, and entered land in this township,; in the spring of 1863, went to Montana Territory, returned in 1865, and moved into Cedar Co.; returned to this township in 1868, and onto his present farm in 1873, which contains 220 acres, valued at $35 per acre. Married Elizabeth Ludlow Sept. 28, 1858; she was born April 3, 1839, in Wayne Co., Ind., and died March 20, 1861, leaving one son---Ernest, now also deceased; Mr. C. again married, Dec. 16, 1865, Mrs. Martha M. Ludlow, maiden name Baxter, sister to Dr. W. H. Baxter of Wilton; children by second marriage are---John J., William H., Orphena B., and Mary M.; lost three---Blanche M., Artie E., and Robert. Mr. C's father died in February, 1862, and wife's father, James Baxter, in 1857. Democrat.
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