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 691
ISAAC J. PURVIS, farmer, Sec.21; P. O. West Liberty; was born in New York in 1830; removed with his parents to Ohio when about 2 years old; remained until 1852, then removed to Iowa, locating in Muscatine Co. Married in 1854, Miss Mary Wright at West Liberty; she is a native of Ohio; they have seven children--- Charle, Amanda, Linna, Nellie, Mabel, Lorena, and Mattie. Mr. P. is a brick-maker by trade, which he followed for some years; is now a farmer. Is a stanch Republican.
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