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 644

JOSEPH NELSON, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Conesville; owns 552 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born Dec.9, 1823, in Harrison Co., Ohio; in 1828, his parents moved to Coshocton Co.; in the fall of 1854 he emigrated to Muscatine Co., Iowa, locating in this township, and came to his present farm in the spring of 1868. Married Elizabeth Adams Nov. 13, 1846; she was born Dec. 3, 1824, in Bedford Co., Penn.; have three children---Florence, Theodora J., and Eva; lost three---Louisa J., John B., and an infant. Mr. N. took quite an active part in procuring the B.C.R.& N.R.R. through his township, donating eleven acres of land to the company; also grading two miles of road from south line of township, north, taking the same in rail-road stock, which has been almost a total loss; he has served as member of the Board of Supervisors, also Township Trustee. Democrat.

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