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 688
BENJAMIN N. SMITH, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Atalissa; owns 127 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born July 20, 1825, in Meigs Co., Ohio; his parents moved to Gallia Co. in 1827, and afterward to Allen Co., Ind., and thence to Cedar Co. in the spring of 1852; in 1854,came unto his present farm. Married Miss Sarah Drake, April 16, 1851; she was born in 1828, in Stenton Co., N. Y.; have six children living---Lena M., Louisa, Mary, Eugenie V., Leonard and Henry; has served his township as Trustee, School Board Director, etc., several years. Republican.
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