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 645
OCRAN DICKINSON, Sec. 13; P. O. Muscatine; born in Hampshire Co., Mass., Nov. 19, 1812; in 1835, went to Michigan and followed his occupation as harness--maker one year; then returned to Massachusetts and married Miss Miranda Gale Sept. 20, 1836; she was born in Hampshire Co., Mass., Oct. 12, 1812; then removed to Michigan, where Mr. D. followed his former occupation; came to Muscatine Co. in the spring of 1846, and settled in Lake Tp., where he owns 170 acres of land; they have seven children--Julia P. (now Mrs. Bayles), Levi, Abby M. (now Mrs. Lucas), Maria L. (now Mrs. Wilson), Hannah G. (now Mrs. Letts), Frances J. (now Mrs. Sheldon) and Ocran. Mr. and Mrs. D. are members of the Congregational Church; Mr. D. is a Republican.
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