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 652
J. G. WATKINS, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Nichols; son of William and Elizabeth Watkins; born Feb. 26, 1836, in Franklin Co., Ohio; parents emigrated to Muscatine Co., Iowa, in the fall of 1844, locating in this township, where his father died April 6, 1854; his mother again married, Mr. Jacob Shoemaker, in November, 1859, and is now living in Creston, Union Co. Mr. W. married Miss S. A. Shiley April 24, 1856; she was born Nov. 23, 1834, in Harrisburg, Penn.; have five children living--Charles born Jan. 22, 1862; Chester, Nov. 1, 1865; Celesta, Oct. 28, 1867; Hattie, June 16, 1873; Lizzie, March 23, 1876; lost four--William, Hayden, Oliver and Ida. Mr. W. has served as Clerk and Justice of the Peace of his township. Owns 385 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Republican.
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