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 633
J. M. VAIL, farmer. Sec. 29; P. O. Muscatine; was born in the town of Goshen, Orange Co., N. Y. , Nov. 27, 1819; emigrated to Dearborn Co., Ind., in 1854; the next year, came to Muscatine Co., and located on the farm on which he now lives and has improved, consisting of 140 acres, situated six miles southwest of Muscatine; he also owns 180 acres of a farm near the county line in Louisa C0. Mr. Vail married Miss Louisa C. Chapman, daughter of Hiram Chapman, a physician of Newburg, N. Y., in 1844; they have had six children, four still living--Edward N. C., Charles B., James A. and J. Henry; William Chapman died in Florence Prison, N. C., Feb. 5, 1865, aged 19 years; Hiram died in infancy. Mrs. V. was born in Florida, Orange Co., N. Y., in 1817. Members of the Presbyterian Church of Muscatine; Mr. V. has held several offices of honor and trust in the county, and also in the State of New York before coming West; he has always been a Democrat.
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