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 687
CYRUS OVERMAN, farmer and stock-raiser; Sec.15; P. O. Atalissa; son of Enoch and Sarah Overman; born Aug. 11, 1833, in Highland Co., Ohio; came with his parents to Muscatine Co. in October, 1847, locating on the Cedar River, at what was called Overman's Ferry for many years, and a post office was established there known as Overman's Ferry Post Office, of which his father was Postmaster for several years; his father died Dec. 25, 1858, and his mother April 15, 1867. Mr. Overman came onto his present farm in the spring of 1867; owns 265 acres, valued at $45 per acre. Married Elizabeth D. Barkalow Jan. 7, 1858; she was born July 26, 1838, in Shelby Co., Ohio; have four children--Sarah M., Junius, Hattie and Clara; lost one son, Clyde. Mr. O. is among the leading farmers of his township. Republican.
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