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 638
MRS. LAURA L. Patterson, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Melpine; daughter of Benjamin and Azubah Nye; was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 22, 1827; her parents were natives of Vermont; came to Muscatine Co. in 1833, being the first white family that settled in the county. Mr. Nye, her father, built three mills on Pine Creek--the first mills built in the county--one of which still stands as a moment of pioneer times, and is still in operation; owned now, by Busby & Huchendorf. Mr. N. died in 1852. Mrs. Nye was 80 years old at the time of her death, March 4, 1879. Their daughter married Feb. 26, 1845, Mr. R. H. Patterson, a native of Knox Co., Ohio, born October 9, 1817, and came to Muscatine in 1836. Mr. P. died Nov. 30, 1863, leaving a widow and five children. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church for many years. Mrs. P. is connected with the same church. The family consists of the following, now living--Benjamin F., Laura B. (now Mrs. Campbell), Pina F. L., Robert S., and Charles E.; deceased--George A., Viola L. and Lemuel S.
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