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 655

JOHN McGREW, far.,Sec.4; P. O. Muscatine; born in Montgomery Co.,Ohio, in 1815; his parents, William and Charlotte McGrew, were early settlers of Montgomery Co.; they removed to Wayne Co. Ind., about 1820, which continued to be their home until their death; they died of Cholera at the present home of their son John, while on a visit to their children in Iowa, in 1851. Mr. McGrew left his father's home in Indiana in 1835, and came to Muscatine Co.; he pre-empted one fourth section in Louisa Co., bordering on Muscatine County, where he lived ten years; he then sold and bought his present farm, whch contains 137 acres. He married, in 1836, Lydia A Willetts, a native of Mercer Co., Ill.; he had eight children, four still living---Araminta (now Mrs.S. Vanetta), Almira (now Mrs. Henry Miller), Lydia A. (now Mrs. Jesse Kerr). Mrs. McGrew died of Cholera at the same time his parents died; he married, in 1853, Louisa Adams, of Iowa City; has one child by second marriage---Ida (now Mrs. Harris Willetts).

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