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 661
WM. EPPERLY, farmer, Sec 2, P. O. Letts; Mr. Epperly was born in Wayne Co., Ind., in 1840; his parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Epperly, came to Muscatine Co. about 1849, and located in Seventy-six Tp., where they resided till their death; his father died in 1870, and his mother in 1874. He was married in 1861 to Lucretia Fry, a native of Wisconsin; she died June, 1871; Mr. Epperly has three children by this marriage--Williametta, born in 1863; Jared, in 1865, and Annie M., in 1868. He married, in 1871, E. Ruth Shellabarger, born in 1845; her parents, Thomas and Susan Shellabarger came to Muscatine Co. from Ohio in 1846; her father died Nov. 1, 1876; her mother about 1864. Mr. and Mrs. Epperly are members of the United Brethren Church.
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