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 HORSLEY, far., Sec.27; P. O. Muscatine; son of Nathan and Mary Horsley; owns 140 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born Oct.8, 1821, in Yorkshire England; in 1831, with parents, emigrated to Dearborn Co., Ind.; while there he learned the wagon and carriage-making business; in 1841, came to Burlington, Iowa, stopping there about a year, then came to Muscatine and established the first wagon and carriage shop in the town; followed the business until 1853; came onto his present farm. Married Rachel Danfield April 15, 1845; she was born in 1822 in Philadelphia. and died in October, 1846; he again married to Laura McGill, Dec. 20, 1848; she was born Oct. 5, 1824, in Hamilton Co.,Ohio; he had one daughter---Rosetta, now deceased-- by first wife; by second wife, three children living---Richard, Frank, and Edward; lost four---Cora, Ella, George and Charles. Member of the M. E. Church; Republican.

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