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 619
ABRAHAM SMALLEY, retired; was born in Somerset Co., N. J., Oct, 24, 1815; the following year, his parents removed to Ohio, where he lived until 23 years of age, when he came to Iowa; arrived in the county Aug, 10, 1838; he bought a claim for his father's family to settle upon, and they came the following year, in April; he voted and was Clerk of the Election in Storms Precinct, now Cedar Tp.,in the fall of 1838; Muscatine only contained about eighty persons at that time; he angaged in farming; he came to Muscatine and engaged in manufacturing plows, cultivators and fanning-mills; in 1850, he connected with his business the manufacture of sash, doors and blinds; since 1855, he has been engaged in dealing in real estate. He laid out the town of Musserville, and, with Green, Stone and Jacob Butler, laid out South Muscatine. He had little when he started in life, and owes his success to his own efforts; he held office of Clerk of Board of Supervisors for two years, and other town and school offices. He married Eliza E. Mathis, a native of Atlantic Co., N. J., in 1861; they have two children-- Ettie and Harry; he has one son, George, by a former wife.
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