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

MARSHALL FARNSWORTH, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Sweetland Center; born in Williamstown, Vt., in 1815; came to Muscatine Co. first in 1837; went back to Illinois; returned in 1838, and purchased, at the land sales, 260 acres, and settled in Sweetland Township, where he now resides; served on the Board of Supervisors four years; has been Justice of the Peace, and held other minor offices of the township. Married Miss Rebecca Daniels in 1844; she was born in North Carolina in 1825, and died in 1869. Married again, Miss Ruth J. Peck in 1870; she was born in Columbiana Co, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1820; came to Lee Co., Iowa, in 1839 and settled at Montrose. Mr. F. had eight children by former wife--Henry P., Eric D. (now Mrs. Draper), Eliza E. (now Mrs. Kelley), John M., Thomas E., Nellie, and two deceased--Abbie and Verona. When Mr. Farnsworth came to the county, there were but few buildings in Sweetland Township, and many Indians. Members of the M. E. Church. Mr. F. voted at the first election held in the Territory of Iowa, and has always taken sides with the Republican party.

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