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 668
G. F. SHAFNIT, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Moscow; son of Jacob and Elizabeth Shafnit; born May 7, 1837, in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, in December, 1851; came with parents to the United States; arrived in this county the following spring, locating in Bloomington Tp.; in 1855, came to Moscow Tp., and in 1866, moved into Cedar Co., returning to this county in March, 1878; owns a farm of 560 acres, valued at $25 per acre; his father died in this county Aug. 5, 1860. Married Miss Barbara Will Aug. 20, 1860; she was born Oct. 7, 1840, in this county and township; have two children----George and Fred; lost one----Cornelia; is raising two orphans----Emma and John Kure. Member of the Lutheran Church; Republican.
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