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 681

SAMUEL WILDASIN, farmer and President of the Union Bank at Wilton; residence, Sec. 7; a grandson of Samuel Wildasin, Sr., whose parents, when he was about 8 years of age, settled on the same farm in York Co., Penn., where the father of Samuel was born in 1781; lived upon the same farm. Married Mary Malter, a native of Maryland, and remained at the old homestead until his death in 1857, leaving a widow (who outlived him sixteen years) and six children-----three sons and three daughters; Mr. Wildasin, the oldest, was born in York Co., Penn., Jan. 1, 1815 and, Aug. 12, 1841, he married Catharine Manche, daughter of John M., a native of Carroll Co., Md., where she was born in March, 1814; they remained in York Co. until the spring of 1850, when they came to Iowa and settled four miles west of Muscatine, where he farmed by renting for two years, and, having through Mexican land-warrants, entered the land where he now resides, he removed there; his farm consists of 400 acres of land, now valued at $50 per acre. In June, 1874, the Farmers' and Citizens' Bank was organized and Mr. Wildasin chosen Director and remained with that corporate body until January, 1878, when he organized the bank of which he is now President. They have five children---George, born in York Co., Penn., in December, 1842; Louisa, born in York Co., Penn., July 12, 1844, the wife of Samuel Critz, a farmer of Poweshiek Co.; Amelia, born in Pennsylvania in September, 1848; John, born in this county Oct. 12, 1850, and Henry, born in this county Oct. 20, 1855; all are settled in this county except Louisa. All members of the Reformed Church, in which he has been Elder for many years; has held various township and school offices.

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