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 690
SAMUEL HENDRICKSON, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. West Liberty; owns 474 1/2 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; Born April 19, 1815, in Holmes Co., Ohio; in October, 1837, came to Muscatine Co.; arrived here with but $5 in his pocket; purchased the claim for the place where he still lives for $100, and went to work to earn the money to pay for it, which he did the following winter and spring; he then took a trip down the Mississippi as far as Cairo, and through Ohio and back to Muscatine Co. In the fall of 1839, married Esther Lewis, of this county, Feb, 12, 1840; she was born in December, 1823, in Erie Co., Penn., and died in April, 1855, leaving him with a family of small children; he again married Jane Hayan in March, 1856; she was born in August, 1813, in Tompkins Co., N. Y.; she died April 7, 1878; had no children by second wife; by first wife five living--- Andrew, Mary, Elizabeth, John and Abner; Lost three Margaret, Catharine, and William; is also raising a grandson--- Chester Williams; his sons Andrew, John and Abner served their country in the army during the late rebellion; youngest son Abner is in Montana. Republican.
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