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 639
P. A. SHERFEY, far., S. 21; P. O. Muscatine; Mrs. Sherfey was born in Ross Co., Ohio, in 1817. She married John Sherfey in 1837; he was born in Gettysburg, Penn., Jan 5, 1805. Mr. Sherfey went to La Fayette, Ind., in an early day, where he engaged in milling and mercantile business for some time, and in 1837, removed to Muscatine Co. and settled at Wyomng, where he opened the first store that was in the place; also held the first post office; was appointed by Andrew Jackson; Mr. Sherfey laid clam to the farm where Mrs. Sherfey now resides, and after the privations of pioneer life, in 1871, passed away, leaving his family in good circumstances, two sons and four daughters.
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