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 637
J.B. JESTER, farmer, Sec.35; P. O. Sweetland Center; born in Brooke Co, Va., June 26, 1833; went to Texas in 1859; remained eighteen months; returned to Virginia, and enlisted in the 12th Regiment Va. V. I., Co. K ; was elected First Lieutenant and afterward appointed Captain; was in the battles at Winchester, June 14-16, 1863; New Market, May 15, 1864; Piedmont, June 5, 1864; Lynchburg, June 18, 1864, Snicker's Gap, July 18, 1864; Winchester, July 24, 1864; Berryville, Sept. 19,,1864; Cedar Creek, Oct.19, 1864; Pittsburg, April 1,2,3, 1865, and Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865; came to Muscatine Co., 1865. Married Miss Elizabeth Palmer March 16, 1864; born in Fayette Co., Penn.; born Aug. 10, 1837; have two daughters---Carrie and Lucy B. Members of the M. E. Church; Mr. Jester has held the Assessor's office five years. Republican.
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