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 636
MRS. MARY A. GILBERT, nee Chinn, far., Sec. 19; P.O. Muscatine; born in Indianapolis March 5, 1824; her father Thomas Chinn, came to Indianapolis in 1820; Mrs. Gilbert was of English and Scotch descent; they were connections of Sir Walter Scott. Miss Mary A. Chinn married Samuel Gilbert in 1841; born in Virginia May, 16, 1815; removed to Muscatine Co. in 1835, where he died Dec. 8, 1873; Mr. Gilbert was an honest, upright and energetic man, and ever generous; he leaves a family of eight children--- Martha J. (now Mrs. Stiles ), Andrew J., Alice (now Mrs. Millet), Irene (now Mrs. Huffmaster ), Rollin, Mary C. (now Mrs. Chandler), Douglas and Samuel V., and three deceased in infancy. Mr. Gilbert was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the M.E. Church. Came to this country without any means, and left his family in good circumstances.
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