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 635

JOSEPH DOWNER, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Muscatine; born in Stark Co., Ohio, May 6, 1840; came to Des Moines Co., Iowa, in 1845; thence to Muscatine Co; in early life was engaged in the cause of education; enlisted in 8th Iowa Cavalry, Co. D, and served till the close of the war; went out as private, and was promoted to Captain; was in most of the engagements of his regiment; was taken prisoner July 30, 1864, and held at Andersonville until Sept. 22, 1864. Married Margaret A. Davis in 1866; she was born in Highland Co., Ohio, Nov. 5, 1847; have three children--Anna A., John T., Louis E. Member of the M. E. Church; is a Radical Republican, and an uncompromising temperance man.

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