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 640
R. I. VANCE, far., Sec. 34; P. O. Sweetland Center; born in Cumberland Co., Penn, in 1817, where he was engaged in chair and cabinet making, came to Muscatine in 1845, where he engaged in farming for some time; removed to his farm in 1855. Married Miss Mary M. Hershe in 1852; born in Cumberland Co., Penn. in 1829; they have three sons and four daughters--Charles, Elizabeth J., John, Margaret, Edward, Katie and Minnie. Mr. V. owns 185 acres of land. Members of the Presbyterian Church; Mr. V. is a Democrat.
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