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
VERNET TRACY, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Muscatine; born in Luzerne Co., Penn., in 1803; his parents, Peleg and Hannah Tracy, were natives of Connecticut; they emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1800, and resided in Wilkesbarre till their death; his father died about 1825, his mother, about 1840. Mr Tracy learned the trade of coach-making in Wilkesbarre, which he followed until 1849, when he came to Muscatine Co., and engaged in agriculture. In 1825, he married Mary Ann Dilly, a native of Luzerne Co., Penn., born in 1809; her parents were Jonathan and Polly Dilly; her father was a native of Connecticut, her mother, of Luzerne Co., Penn. Mr. Tracy first located in Section 21, Seventy-Six Tp.; he crossed the plains to California in 1850, and engaged in mining; returned in 1852; located on the farm he now owns in 1853; has ten children--- Ferdinand, Vernet, and Theodore, residents of California; Ellen, who lives in Kansas; Harriet, Hannah, Hamilton, Francis, Theodosia, Blanche; their childrens ages range from 25 to 50 years.
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