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 656
ALFRED B. WILES, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Muscatine; born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, in 1824; his parents, Thomas and Eleanor Wiles, were early settlers of Muskingum Co.; Mr. Alfred Wiles came to Muscatine Co. in 1850; in 1851, was Steward of the County Poorhouse of this county; he located on the farm he now owns in 1852. He married in 1846, Jane Rex, a native of Muskingum Co., Ohio; born in 1827; they have had eight children, six still living---Emily R., T. George, Clara A., Charles A., Hettie E., and Hannah L.; lost second and third child in infancy. Has been Justice of the Peace and held most of the township offices; was also County Supervisor one term. He entered the army as Second Lieutenant in the 11th I. V. I.; promoted to First Lieutenant; served three years; was wounded in first day's battle of Shiloh; was at the siege of Vicksburg, etc.
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