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 652
JAMES STAFFORD, M. D., physician and druggist, Nichol Station; born Sept. 25, 1911, in Baltimore, Md; in 1820, went to Adams Co., Penn., thence to Petersburg, Va., in 1827; while there commenced the study of medicine under Dr. John W. Moore; in 1832, went to Wheeling, from there to Springfield, Ohio, in 1833, and engaged in the boot and shoe business; in 1845, removed to Lewistown, Logan Co., and engaged in the practice of medicine; after two years, he went to Huntsville, in the same county; in the fall of 1852, he came to Muscatine Co. and purchased a farm in this township, where he continued to practice medicine and farm, till in 1871, when he rented his farm, came into Nichols and engaged in the drug business in connection with his profession. Married Miss Mary A. Roller, of Springfield, Ohio, July 31, 1834; she was born April 21, 1817, and died Jan. 17, 1846. He again married, Mrs. Hannah Corwin, nee Dickenson, April 29, 1846; she was born Dec. 28, 1818, in Licking Co., Ohio; she had three children by former marriage--Martin, Rosella and Martha A.; Mr. S. has four children by his first wife--Freeman, Amanda, Edward and Andrew J.; lost two--Anna and Sarah; by second wife, five living--Mary A., Caroline, Thomas James, and Julia; lost two--William and Samuel. Edward and Martin served in the war in Co. G, 2d I. V. C. and Andrew J. in the 35th I. V. I. Democrat.
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