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
J. A. DOWNER, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Muscatine; born in Hartford Co., Conn; Sept. 2, 1805; removed to Pennsylvania in 1812; remained until 20 years of age where he engaged in teaching school. Married Miss Elizabeth R. Carder Feb. 11, 1827; born in Columbia Co., Penn., March 13, 1807; they removed to Stark Co., Ohio, where he followed farming and school-teaching for thirteen years; in 1845, removed to Des Moines Co., Iowa, and settled at Linton, where he held the post office for twelve years; in 1865, removed to Muscatine Co., and purchased the Bamford farm. United with the M. E. Church at 19 years of age, has ever been a faithful member; Mrs. Elizabeth Downer died Dec. 14, 1845; he married again, Mrs. Elizabeth Babb, June 8, 1847, a native of Pennsylvania; she died Jan. 30, 1873; has had by former wife six children--Ann C., Mary S., Robert M., Joseph B., two deceased, Almira and Adella; and three by second wife--Edwin and George C.; one deceased--Ellen.
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