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 692
WILLIAM SMITH, Far., Sec.31; P. O. West Liberty; son of Gerat and Elizabeth Smith; owns 236 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born March 25, 1833, in Licking Co., Ohio; came to this county in the fall of 1849. Married Melissa Coble May 1, 1856; she was born in May, 1840, and died Feb.7, 1868; again married Sarah Surgeon, July 28, 1869; she was born Aug. 15, 1840, in Perry Co., Ohio; has four children by his first wife; living--- Henry, born Oct. 22, 1857; Mattie, born Aug. 13, 1861; William, born Oct. 18, 1865; Jane, born Nov. 18, 1867; lost two-- Elizabeth and Jerry; has by second wife five children--- George E., born April 18, 1870; John C.,and Lillie, born Nov. 29, 1871; Frank I., born Feb. 16, 1874; Luetta, born March 14, 1877; Clarence, born Jan. 12, 1879; lost one---John C., died Sept. 16, 1877. Democrat.
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