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 666
WILLIAM FURNAS, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Muscatine; son of Christopher and Sarah Furnas, born Feb. 5, 1820, in Montgomery Co., Ohio; in the fall of 1848, moved to Marion Co., Ind.; remained there until the spring of 1867, when he came to this county and located on his present farm of 183 acres, one of the best farms in the county of its size, having taken the premium a few years ago. Married Miss Sarah Compton, daughter of William and Susannah Compton, Feb. 20, 1845; she was born Aug. 2, 1823, in Montgomery Co., Ohio; have two children--- Louisa and Emsley; lost three--- Lucinda, John I., and Isaac N. Member of the M. E. Church; Republican.
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