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 650
THOMAS NEWTON, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Nichols; owns 128 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born April 20, 1820, in Wayne Co., Ind.; emigrated to Iowa in the fall of 1850, stopping a short time in Seventy-six Tp., afterward to Cedar Tp. a short time, then to his present farm, part of which he entered from the Government. Married Viola Epperly March 5, 1846; she was born March 15, 1821, in Montgomery Co., Va.; have six children living--Philander, born March 15, 1847; Waldo, born Oct. 24, 1848; Webster, born Jan. 24, 1857; Iowa, born April 30, 1862; Thompson, born May 14, 1865; Jeptha, born June 18, 1867; lost two--Warner and Angeline. Philander served his country in Co. A of the 11th Iowa Inf., from Feb. 14, 1864, to July, 1865; participated in most of the battles under Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea; still makes his home with his father. Mr. N. is a Friend by birth-right; Republican.
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