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 662

CYRUS TOWNSLEY, farmer, Sec.24; P. O. Letts; born in Greene Co., Ohio, in 1823. Married, in 1843, Elizabeth Stephenson, also a native of Greene Co., Ohio; they came to Muscatine County, in the fall of 1849, and settled on their present farm in 1850; have had nine children, eight still living--- John S., born in 1846; Theodore T., born in 1847; Myra J., born in 1850; George A., born in 1853; Elizabeth C., born in 1855; Sally A., born in 1858; Oscar E., born in 1861; Mary R., born in 1863; their eldest son, William B., born in 1844, enlisted in the 35th I. V. I., in 1862, and died in hospital at Keokuk, in 1863. Mr Townsley's father, William Townsley, died in Ohio, in 1855,; his mother Elizabeth Townsley, came to Muscatine Co. with her son and died in 1855; Mrs. Townsley's parents, John and Catherine Stephenson, were early settlers of Greene Co., Ohio; her father died in May, 1846; her mother died in 1850. Mr. Townsley has been Justice of the Peace for about sixteen years; was re-elected in the fall of 1868; has also held other township offices; he owns 260 acres of land. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Churah.

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