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
THOMAS L. ESTLE, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Letts; Mr. Estle was born in New Jersey, in 1814; his parents removed to Ohio when he was 2 years of age; he came to Muscatine Co., in 1838; located on a quarter-section, which he still owns. He was married in 1843 to Susan Shellabarger, a native of Clark Co., Ohio; her parents came to Louisa Co., Iowa, in 1838; have had ten children, nine still living---Abigail (now Mrs. James Beard), William B. (who resides in Taylor Co., Iowa), Elizabeth (now Mrs. A. Smith), Mary A. (now Mrs. Thomas Thompson), Jacob S. (who resides in Louisa Co.), John (resides in Dallas Co., Iowa), Charles, Sarah and Belle; the last three reside at home. Mr. Estle has 800 acres of land; is engaged quite extensively in stock-raising; he has resided on his present farm for over thirty years.
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