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 641
B. S. CONE (Beebe S.) founder of the town of Conesville and retired farmer; P. O. Conesville; Born June 25, 1812, in North Wilbraham, Mass.; his parents, Jared and Hannah Cone, moved to Harrison Co., Ohio, in 1816, and to Muskingum Co., in 1820, where they both died, mother in 1823, and father in 1856. Mr. C. married Miss Lucinda Davison Feb. 4, 1836; she was born Dec. 11, 1818, in Coshocton Co., Ohio. He first located in Coshocton Co., near the line of Muskingum Co.; was subsequently one of the delegates to a railroad convention for the purpose of including the Pan-Handle Railroad Co. to run their road to that point, in which they succeeded, and a town was laid out on Mr. C.'s land and called Conesville; was engaged there in mercantile business; also proprietor of a line of canal-boats on the Ohio Canal; in the fall of 1854, came to Muscatine Co.; first purchased 840 acres of land in Orono Tp.; was one of the prime movers and workers in securing the location of the C.R.& B.R.R., and now B.C. & N.R.R..,through the township; had the management and supervision of grading and tying the road from the Iowa River to the north line of Pike Tp.; in March, 1870, he laid off the town of Conesville, a station having been established here by the railroad company. Mr. C. was appointed the first Postmaster; he has also served as one of the County Supervisors, Justice of the Peace, etc.; has three children living--- William D. (now a physician of this place), James W. (an attorney of Iowa City ), and Jared E. (the youngest, at home running the farm). To the last two sons he has given over his land, containing 1,050 acres, they to take care of him and wife the remainder of their life; had four children deceased--- Hannah E., Lucy J., Stewart B., and Arthur E. Members of the Reformed Church; Republican.
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