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 639
JOHN SPARKS, manufacturer of pottery, Fairport; born in Adair Co., Ky., Oct. 17, 1821; came to Fairport, Iowa in 1844, and engaged in his present business. Married Miss Sarah Anderson in 1846; she died in 1858; married again--Miss Mary Penton--in 1859; she was born in Maryland in 1840; his children are Sarah E., Sophronia, Clinton and Lucy M.; deceased--Ellery (killed at battle of Atlanta) and Myron, by former wife; by present wife, three--William C., Adella A., and George H., and two deceased--Fannie O. and Estella. Members of the M. E. Church; Republican. Has had the appointment of Postmaster since Lincoln's first election.
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