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 655
M.J.SHELLABARGER, farmer,Sec.18; P. O. Letts; Mr. Shellabarger was born in Clark Co., Ohio, May 10, 1816. His parents removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio in 1814. He first came to Muscatine Co. in 1841; returned to Ohio in 1842; he came back in 1844, and made his present location; he again returned to Ohio; and made a permanent settlement on his place in 1854. He married, in 1845 Ruth Collins, a native of New Jersey; they have had nine children, seven still living---Mary, Martha, Alice, Joanna, Milton, Jessie and Ettie; names of deceased children---Elizabeth and Mildred Iowa.
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