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 672

J. W. DERBY, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 10; P. O. Wilton; was born in Andover, Windsor Co., Vt., Nov. 12, 1829; when 21 years of age, he came to Illinois, where he worked at farming as an employe for six years, and, in the spring of 1856, came to Iowa, this county, and purchased the farm known as the Kenzie farm. In August, 1857, he married Miss Affie Wilson, who was born at Fredonia, N. Y., Dec. 21, 1838; she was one of a family of twelve children of Leonard and Polly Wilson, all of whom lived to man and womanhood, the youngest being now 41 years of age; the first death in the family, that of Almon W., who died in Wilton April 2, of the present year, aged 60; her mother died in 1875; her father still resides in the East at the advanced age of 84 years. Nathan Derby (the father of J. W.), a New Englander by birth, is now 86 years of age. In the fall of 1857, Mr. and Mrs. Derby settled where they now reside and own 160 acres of land, valued at $75 per acre; they have four children----Nathan W., born in February, 1859; Ida J., Dec. 30, 1861; Eugene, Oct. 6, 1866, and Leonard, Dec. 15, 1872. Republican; has held the office of Township Trustee and various school offices.

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