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
JOSEPH N. HARKER, farmer, Sec.9; P. O. Muscatine; born in Sussex Co., N.J., Sept. 10, 1808; came to Muscatine Co. in 1846, and settled in the vicinity where he now lives. Married Miss Lydia Rosenkrans Aug.19, 1837; she was born in Sussex Co. N. J., May 5, 1815; they have had seven children, three now living---Jane (now Mrs. Parvin ), Mary C.(now Mrs. Smith ), Edwin J. deceased; Theodore ( enlisted in Co.A35th I.V.I., was taken sick, returned home and died ), Margaret, James, Sarah and John. Mrs. Harker is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. H. Owns 205 acres of land; Mr. H. is upright and honest in all his business transactions. He is a Republican.
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