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 612
JAMES K. MARTIN; was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, May 25, 1839; when 14 years of age, he went on the river and served as engineer on the Mississippi River most of the time for fifteen years; he came to Muscatine in 1856, and was engineer for Chambers Bros. for eight years; he afterward engaged in the milling business, and has continued it since then. He is connected with several different orders, and has held offices in them. He married Miss Maria Hern, of this city, in December, 1863; they have three children--Harry B. Mary P. and Lydia V.
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