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 632
ALISON THORNTON, farmer, Sec. 16; was born in Guilford Co., N. C., in 1832; in 1854, removed to Arkansas; the following year, to Mercer Co., Ill., where he married Miss Elizabeth Wells in 1858; they removed to this county in 1866, and settled on the farm where he now resides; they have one child--Sarah Emma. Mr. T. is a member of the M. E. Church on the Island. Republican. He enlisted in the 124th Regt. I. V. I., and served until the close of the war; the Adjutant General's reports of Illinois show that he was a good soldier.
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