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 602
PATRICK DORAN, farmer; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Allegheny Co., Penn., Aug. 10, 1823; he was brought up there and married Miss Mary A. Doran March 1, 1848; they came to Iowa and settled in Muscatine Co. in 1852; after coming here, he directed Judge Washburn to enter forty acres of land for him, but the Judge entered 160 acres for him. Mr. Doran at first blamed the Judge very much for exceeding his directions, but he has thanked him many times since, for he has been offered $4o an acre for it and refused it. He and his wife own 240 acres of land; he has been engaged in farming for many years until 1877, when he removed to Muscatine. They have ten children, five sons and five daughters.
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