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 675
JAMES HESNEN, baggage-master, Wilton; was born in County Meath, Ireland, April 14, 1837; when 10 years of age, his father died, and his mother soon after emigrated to American, leaving him with relatives until he was 14 years of age, when she sent for him, having found a home in New York City; soon after he arrived there, they removed to Otisville, Orange Co., N. Y., where in August, 1861, he married Miss B. Sherdin, who was born in County Meath, Ireland, May, 1839. In the spring of 1867, he, with his family and mother, came to Iowa, settling in Wilton, where he worked on the C., R. I. & P. R. R., then in course of construction, and, as Assistant Roadmaster, attended to supplies, and after the completion of the road, took charge of depot at W. Harrington; took care of freight, baggage and tickets. March 10, 1876, his wife died, leaving seven children, six of whom are now living--Jane, Bridget, Rose, Andrew, George and Ellen. Members of the Catholic Church.
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