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 656
James Vanatta, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Muscatine; born Beaver Co., Penn., in 1811; twin brother of William Vanatta, came to this county in the spring of 1846; he purchased the farm which he now owns in 1847. Married in 1836 Katie Ann Brobeck, sister of his twin brother's wife; have had eleven children seven still living- Phillip, Mary, John, William, James, Joseph and Annis; the others died in infancy.
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