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 653
ELIJAH YOUNKIN, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Nichols; owns 150 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born Jan. 11, 1816, in Somerset Co., Penn.; emigrated to Muscatine Co., Iowa, in the spring of 1844, locating in Wapsinonoe Tp., where West Liberty now stands; in the spring of 1847, came onto his present farm. Married Miss Abigail Dwire Nov. 3, 1839; she was born Aug. 16, 1821, in Pennsylvania, and died Oct. 9, 1862; again married, Miss Eliza Silverthorn (whose maiden name was Morrow), July 19, 1865; she was born July 17, 1827, in Athens Co., Ohio; have two children living by first wife--William and Albert, and lost five---Norman C., who was a member of Co. F, of the 16th I. V. I., died at Corinth June 23, 1862, and Ellen, Martha, Catharine and Barbara. Mr. Y. has served his county as one of the Board of Supervisors four years; also Swamp Land and Drainage Commissioner. His second wife has one daughter--Florence, by first husband. Member of the Christian Church; Republican.
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