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 645
JAMES FOSTER, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Muscatine; born in Pike Co., Ohio, Oct. 18, 1817; came to Muscatine Co., in 1847, and settled in Lake Tp. Married Miss Elizabeth Sails, now deceased; married again Miss Melinda Boyles in 1847; born Pike Co, Ohio in 1818; has two children by former wife---Jeremiah and Christina (now Mrs. Haroff), and two deceased--Westley and Michael; and by present wife two--William H. and Minerva, now Mrs. Miller. Mr. Foster owns 196 acres of land. Greenbacker.
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