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
WM. VANATTA, farmer, Sec.1; P. O. Muscatine; born in Beaver Co., Penn., in 1811; his parents, James and Betsy Vanatta, were natives of Pennsylvania; his father died in 1837; his mother about 1855. William Vanatta married in 1835 Matilda Brobeck; her parents came to Muscatine Co., from Pennsylvania in 1851; her mother died in 1858, her father in 1862. Mr. William Vanatta came to Muscatine Co., in 1846; he first settled in Sec. 11, Seventy-six Tp.; he purchased the farm where he now resides in 1868, and located thereon in 1869. Has had eight children, seven of whom are living--Elizabeth (now Mrs. Fulim), Margaret (now Mrs. B. Randleman), Samuel (married Araminta McGrew), Amelda (married Daniel McCabe), Williamson (married Lydia Johnson), Charlotte (married Elias Holliday), David (married Anna Zachringer), Harrison enlisted in 1861 in the 11th I. V. L.; died at Jefferson City, Mo., in 1862.
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