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 634
ISAIAH DAVIS, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Sweetland Center; born in Virginia Feb. 10, 1816; removed with his parents to Union Co., Ind., when 13 years of age; remained three years; thence to Madison Co., and lived five years; came to Muscatine Co., in 1837, and settled in Sweetland Tp; among the first in the township; there was only one small field broken on the prairie in that vicinity; Mr. Davis helped to survey the city of Muscatine in 1839, and Bloomington Tp, Sweetland Tp. in 1837, and was Deputy Sheriff in 1838. Married Miss Hannah Drury, May 27, 1844; born in Wayne Co., Ind., Sept. 23, 1823; have had eleven children, eight sons and three daughters---John, Benjamin, Charles, Frank, Lucy, Lincoln, Dell, Isaiah, and three dead; Shepard died in the army, Rachel and James; the first house that was built on the prairie in Sweetland Tp. now stands on Mr. Davis' farm; he owns 300 acres of land; has improved 400 acres in the township. Mr. D. is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. Davis has been honest in all his business transaction, an industrious and energetic man, and is highly respected by all that know him; Republican.
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