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 630
ALEXANDER McDERMONT, farmer, Sec. 29: P. O/ Muscatine; is a native of the Emerald Isle and was born in County Antrim, North of Ireland, in 1844; he emigrated to the United States with his parents, first settling in Berks Co., Penn., in 1846; remained until 1858, then moved to Indiana, where they died. Mr. McD. enlisted in 1862 in the 82d Ind. V. I., Co. F, and served about two and a half years; was discharged after the battle of Chickamauga to take charge of two of his brothers, who were wounded in the same battle and died a short time afterward; his brothers, who were wounded in the same battle and died a short time afterward; his father was taken sick about the same time and died a few weeks later at his home in Indiana, and he was called there to take care of him; he re-enlisted Feb. 5 and served one more year. After the war was over, he came to Iowa and located in Muscatine Co. on the fine farm he now owns and improved. Mr. McD. married Miss Alice M. Corwin, daughter of H. Corwin of Muscatine Co., in April 1872; they have four children---John H., Anna Grace, George F. and Arthur. Members of the M. E. Church of the Island. Mr. McD. has held several offices in the county. He has a fine farm of 120 acres, where he resides. Is a stanch Republican.
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