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
JACOB HOUGH, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Durant; born in Westmoreland, Penn., Oct. 22, 1814; raised a farmer and miller, with an education such as was to be had at the common schools of that day; at the age of 22, he left home and learned the ship-carpenter's trade, which he followed for four years, after which he went steam-boating on the Ohio for four years. February, 1841, he married Miss Jane Bell, who was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1816; she died the 18th of July following their marriage; June, 1848, he married Miss Eliza, daughter of William and Mary Sloan, natives of Pittsburgh, Penn., where she was born, Jan. 11, 1822, and left an orphan by the death of both parents when a child. For two years following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. H. kept the Lamerleen House in Pittsburgh; moved thence to Freeport, Armstrong Co., where they farmed for eleven years, then came to Iowa and settled in Farmington Tp., Cedar Co., and in 1865, to his present place of residence, where he owns 275 acres of land, valued at $60 per acre. They have six children--Mahlon R., born in Pittsburgh April 24, 1847; is a farmer of Guthrie Co.; Mary W., born July, 1851, a successful teacher; Annie, born March 30, 1853; a teacher at Des Moines; Rebecca, born May 10, 1855, a teacher; Bayard T., born July 14, 1857; Johnston T., born March 24, 1860. Neutral in politics. Mrs. H. is a member of the Congregational Church at Durant.
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