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 676

W. C. KLEPPINGER, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Durant; was born in Northampton Co., Penn., Dec. 28, 1828, the birthplace of both his parents; his grandparents settled in that county at an early day; he lost his father when 13 years of age, and went to Bloomsbury, N. J., where he learned the coachmaker's trade, and remained for several years; returned to his native county and dealt in live-stock for three years. Jan. 16, 1854, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Conrad Seem and Catharine Swarts, natives of Northumberland Co., Penn., where her father died in 1877 at the extreme age of 93 years; her mother died in 1859, having raised a family of fourteen children; Mrs. K. was the youngest of the family, and born in that county, Penn., August, 1831; they resided in their native county, first following his trade for seven years; then farming until April, 1867; with his family, then consisting of wife and seven children, came to Muscatine Co., and settled where he now resides, and owns 160 acres of land, valued at $65 per acre; they have had nine children, seven of whom are living--Alice (the wife of J. C. Newel of this county); Adelaide C. (the wife J. C. Kelley of this county), Preston C., Lizzie, Rosa, Robert and James. Mr. and Mrs. K. with their children are members of the U. B. Church, at Center Grove; Mr. K. Trustee and Superintendent of Sabbath school.

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