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 680

JOHN RAYNOR, farmer and dairyman, Sec. 3; O. O. Wilton; born in Maidstone, England, Jan. 9, 1813; when 4 years of age, his parents emigrated to America, settling in Newton, N. J., where his father engaged in the undertaking business; he assisted his father in his business. At 21 years of age, he married Miss Mary Ryerson, who was born in Newton Tp., Sussex Co., N. J., in 1815; was 18 years of age at the date of her marriage; they engaged in farming near Newton until fall of 1856, when they came to this county and settled where they now reside, and own 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; they have eight children, five sons and three daughters, all of whom were born in New Jersey, but all married and settled in Iowa; William was born March 28, 1835; Thomas, born Nov. 26, 1836; George, July 26, 1838; Emma E., Dec. 24, 1840; Theodore, March 22, 1843; Wesley, June 16, 1844; Sarah F., Aug. 28, 1846, and Harriet E., May 26, 1852. Republican.

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