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 629
WM. D. LAWRANCE, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Lincolnshire, England, April 14, 1818; in 1832, he emigrated to the United States, stopping first in Albany, N. Y.; removed thence to Canada; in 1836 returned to New York, stopped in Buffalo; thence to several of the Southern States; thence to North Bend, Hamilton Co., Ohio, he married Miss Sarah Ann Disbrow, when he was 21 years of age; They had nine children, five still living----William L., John, Mary, Martha and Sarah Ann. He came westward, stopping in several parts of Illinois, and finally landing in Muscatine Co. in 1848, where he has since remained; he improved the farm on which he resides, consisting of 102 acres. He enlisted in the 2d I. V. C; was 3d Sergeant or color bearer, and served during the war. Losing his first wife, he again married in 1875, Emily Gage, nee Eakins; they have had three children, none now living. Mr. L. is a democrat.
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