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 631
MRS. ELIZABETH D. PURCELL, nee Parvin, far., Sec. 9; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, near Cincinnati, in 1839; came to Indiana with her parents while very young, and located in Dearborn Co.; in 1839, her parents removed to Muscatine Co., Iowa, and located at Bloomington (now Muscatine). In 1840, she married Alfred Purcell, a native of Kentucky, born near Maysville in 1804; Mr. P. came to Iowa the same year that they were married, and died Dec. 16, 1878; they have had nine children, eight still living---Melinda (now Mrs. Adkins), Louisa (now Mrs. Pierson), Lydia (now Mrs. Middleton), Charles, James, Rhoda, Alfred Oliver and Lizzie. Mr. P. was a plasterer by trade, which he followed for some years in Muscatine. Mr. P. was formerly a Whig, afterward a Republican. In 1854, they moved on the farm on which they now reside, of 104 acres, which they improved.
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