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 659
ELIAS SMURR, far., Sec. 23; P. O. Buffalo, Scott Co.; was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1832; remained there till 1840, then removed with his widowed mother to Westmoreland Co., Penn, where they spent two years in the town of Port Royal; removed thence to Pittsburgh, remaining two years; returned to Westmoreland Co., attended school for five years, then went to Armstrong Co., Penn., where he was with an uncle engaged in the furnace business some time; returning again to Pittsburgh, he was clerk in a wholesale grocery till 1859, in which year he returned to his native place, where he married Miss Margaret J., daughter of Alexander McBride, one of the pioneers of Wayne Co.; they have three children--Edwin R., Ernest Mc. and Louie J. In 1865, they came to Muscatine Co; in August 1877, Mrs. S. died in the "blessed failth of the Redeemer" Mr. and Mrs. S. were members of the Presbyterian Church.
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