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
JOHN SMITH, far., Sec.33; P. O. West Liberty; son of Gerat and Elizabeth Smith; owns 290 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born March 17, 1823, in Licking Co., Ohio. Married Catharine Davis, daughter of Isaac and Mary Davis, May 7, 1846; she was born Feb.3, 1824, in Morgan Co. Ohio; commenced keeping house in Morgan Co., and , in the fall of 1849, came to Muscatine Co. and entered the forty, upon which he still lives, from the Government. Have seven children--- Martin, born March 16, 1847; Wm. D., March 8, 1849; Sophronia, Feb. 4, 1852; Mary, Nov. 2, 1854; Rhoena, May 13, 1855; Davis, March 8, 1857; Rhoda, Nov. 14, 1863; lost one son--- John, born March 5, 1850, and died Oct.16, 1860. Republican.
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