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 623
ROBERT WILLIAMS, City Recorder and Police Judge of the City of Muscatine, was born in Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Jan. 26, 1809; he is a brother of Judge Joseph Williams, formerly Chief Justice of Iowa; Robert was brought up in Pennsylvania; he and Hon. Jere Black, who studied law in his brother's office were boys together; after reaching manhood, he engaged in the mercantile trade, the firm being Williams, Bingham & Co.; Hon. Hiram Price, Member of Congress, used to Clerk in his store. He was appointed and served as Foreman of the first grand jury ever impaneled in Blair Co., Penn.; in April, 1855, he came to Iowa and located in Muscatine; he was appointed by Gov. Lucas Deputy Recorder of this county; in 1860, he was appointed Postmaster of Muscatine under President Buchanan; he was elected Police Judge of this city in 1871; has held that office every year since; he was appointed City Recorder in 1872, and since then he has filled that office. July 7, 1840, in Philadelphia, he married Miss Julia A. Lincoln; she is a native of the city of Philadelphia, and is a step-daughter of Richard Penn Smith; they have three children--Elinor M., Robert B. and Sarah B.; they have lost two children--William L. and Richard C.
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