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
JOHN WESSON, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Nichols; son of Joseph and Abligail Wesson; born Oct. 10, 1826, in Delaware Co., Ohio; emigrated with his parents to Muscatine Co., Iowa, in the fall of 1843, locating upon the farm upon which he is still living, where his father died Aug. 16, 1845, at the age of 59, and his mother April 23, 1875, at the age of 81; father was a native of Massachusetts and mother of Ohio; she was born in the Fort at Waterford, Ohio, in 1793. Mr. W. enlisted in Co. I of the 11th I. V. I. Sept. 16, 1861; participated in the battle of Shiloh, where he was slightly wounded, also under Sherman in his march to the sea, capture of Atlanta, etc.; was discharged at Gaylesville, Ala., Oct. 21, 1864, and, on his home, came very near being killed by a collision on the railroad near La Fayette, Ind. Married Eliza C. Rowe, of Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 28, 1867; she was born March 25, 1846, in Scott Co., Iowa; have three children---Emily J., born March 18, 1869; Lizzie A., Jan. 2, 1871; John D., Nov. 12, 1874. Baptist; Republican.
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