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 642
J. T. JEAN, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Conesville; Owns 255 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born Feb.16, 1820, in Clermont Co., Ohio; in 1823, his parents moved to Union Co., Ind.; in the spring of 1838, emigrated with parents to this county, locating in Cedar Tp.; there were then no settlers in what is now Orono Tp.; in the spring of 1851, he crossed the plains to California; following December, started for home on a sailing vessel; when they were out aboout 500 miles, were overtaken by a heavy gale, compelling the officers to cut away the masts, after which a leak sprung and the vessel was kept up by the pumps and buckets used by about seventy-five persons for forty-eight hours, when they made a port in Southern California; another vessel was chartered and again had to come to land, and traveled across the country in Central America to Lake Nicagragua River to the Gulf, where he again shipped for home; in the spring of 1852, came on to his present farm. Married Melissa A. Shellabarger, of Ohio, Sept. 27, 1848; she was born May 12, 1830, in Montgomery Co., Ohio; have five children living--- Thomas M., Laura S., Joseph E., Ulysses A., and Alta M. Mr. Jean's father, Joseph Jean, died Dec. 3, 1870, and mother Nov. 8, 1853; wifes parents came to this county in 1846; her father died November, 1876, and mother Dec.14, 1864. Greenbacker.
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