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 648
JOHN VAN DAM, far., Sec.14; P. O. Muscatine; born in Holland Nov. 25, 1819; came to Buffalo, N. Y., in 1844, where he remained nine years, working at the tailor's trade; has made coats for President Fillmore; came to Muscatine in 1866, where he worked at his trade fifteen years; in 1870, removed to his present place, where he has been engaged in farming and working at tailoring. Married Miss Alberta Boon in 1844; she was born in Holland Oct. 10, 1818; have six children--Pauline, Gertrude, John, Daniel, Albertus and Annie; one deceased--Alida. Mr. Van Dam owns 100 acres of land.
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