The History of Appanoose County, Iowa

Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878

Transcribed by Renee Rimmert.    A complete copy of this book is available on-line at


agt - agent mach - machinist
carp - carpenter mech - mechanic
clk - clerk mar - merchant
co - company or county mfr - manufacturer
dlr - dealer mkr - maker
fmr - farmer P.O. - Post Office
gro - grower prop - proprietor
I.V.A. - Iowa Volunteer Artillery S. or Sec. - section
I.V.C. - Iowa Volunteer Cavalry st - street
I.V.I. - Iowa Volunteer Infantry supt - superintendent
lab - laborer treas - treasurer

Center Township

A  -  B

Ashby, E. G., far., S. 26.

Allen, W.E., boots and shoes; born in Hampshire Co., Mass., in 1831; moved to Madison Co., Ohio, in 1836, with his parents, and to this county 1855. He married Miss M. Barlow in 1853; she was born in Ohio in 1831; they have five children – Iona B., Eldridge, Maria H., Thurman L., Loretta A. and Sophrona M.    They are Methodists; he is a Republican.   Owns residence and business house, valued at $5,000; he carries a stock of about $3,000; has been in business since 1856.

Angst, Adam, farmer, Sec. 5; he was born Nov. 24, 1844, in Switzerland; in 1856; came to Davis Co. Iowa; in 1866, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Terressa Banta in 1868; she was born in 1852 in Indiana; have four children – Elizabeth, Josephine, Mary Etta and Adam.    Democrat; U.B. Church.

Bunnell, A., carpenter.

Baker, James W. , Jailer; he was born March 30, 1838, in Scott Co., Ind.; in 1843 came with his parents to Illinois; Oct. 3, 1849, came to Appanoose Co.; settled in Bellair Tp.    His father died in 1868, aged 52 years; his mother still lives on the old homestead.    He was appointed to his present office in November, 1875; has been Constable three years; he was elected in 1878 Justice of the Peace.   Married Miss Mattie Scott, April 29, 1861; she was born in Indiana; her parents came to Walnut City, Appanoose Co. in 1851; her father died in 1860, aged 56 years.   Enlisted in 1862 in Co. I, 36th Iowa V.I.; served to the end of the war.   Republican; Christian Church.

Barenthouse, E., barber.

Barrows, J.C., saddler.

Bashaw, J.W., wagon and carriage manufacturer; born in Culpeper Co., Va., in 1845; located in this county in 1870.    Married Miss N.E. Gaston, April 18, 1867; she was born in Ohio in 1848; their children are William A., J.E. and Clara S.    M. Bashaw is a Methodist; he is a Democrat.   He owns his house and lot, and factory and lot with fixtures, valued at $2,000; he is a prompt and energetic business man and a good mechanic.

Bayes, R., far., Sec. 31.

Beall, George W., variety store; born in Hancock Co., Va., in 1848, and located in this county in 1873.    Married Miss Anna J. Barr in 1873; she was born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1843; have two children - Ollie Monroe and William C.   Mrs. Beall is a Presbyterian; he is a Republican.   He enlisted in the 30th I.V.I. in 1864, transferred to the 6th I.V.C., in 1865; mustered out with his regiment at Louisville, Ky., at the close of the war. He owns his dwelling and store building, valued at $3,000; he keeps a general variety stock always on hand.

Bevington, M., flour and feed.

Bevington, J.C., clerk.

Benadum, L. H., far., Sec. 26.

Belknap, G., boarding-house

Bird, R., U.S. Mail agent.

Blachley, H.W., dentist.

Bowen, C. W., lumber.

Bowen, H. C. lumber.

Boyles, Dennis, farmer, Sec. 13; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., Nov. 19, 1824; located here in 1868; owns 145 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   He is member of the M.E. Church; Democrat.   His wife, Margaret Brough, was born in Somerset Co., Penn., May 11, 1828; they were married Oct. 11, 1858; have nine children - Abraham B., Anna, Sarah, Minnie, Dorsey D., Ada C., William, Lelia L. and Stanley.   Mr. Boyles enlisted in Co. K, 206th Penn. V.I., in August 1863, and served with the 3rd Brigade, 10th Corps, and was in all the battles of that corps from the time of his enlistment till the close of the war.

Boyles, James K., Capt., proprietor Keystone House, Centerville; born in Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1831; located in this county in 1867.    Married Miss Mary E. Harrow in 1864; she was born in Indiana; they have two children - Mary J. and Anna B.    The Captain was connected with steam-boating on the rivers for over twenty-four years; the Keystone House is well kept and closely looked after in the interests of its guests by Mr. Boyles, the sociable host.

Bradley, W., banker.

Braidwood, A., retired.

Brower, C. J., school teacher.

Breazeale, D. H., dry goods merchant.

Breazeale, J.A.,merchant; Centerville; born in Blount Co., Tenn., in 1841; located in Lee Co., Iowa in 1849, and in this county in 1851.   Married Miss M. Martin in 1862; she was born in Jefferson Co., Iowa in 1845; their children are Aura M., Mary E., Gracie A., Rinnie E., Burnice G., Emma J. and William H.   They are members of the Christian Church; he is Republican.    He owns his residence, valued at $2,000; store building, $7,000, and stock, worth $7,000; he has been in his present business since 1866.

Brown, P. A., brooms; born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1818; moved to this county in 1854.   Married Ann Wood in 1842; she was born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1810; they have three children - John, Daniel and Eveline.   They are members of the Advent Church; Republican. He is now engaged in raising broom-con and manufacturing brooms.   He owns his residence, valued at $1,500.

Brown, S., far., Sec. 25.

Bruno, E.

Bryan, E., far., Sec. 8.

Bryan, G.W.,teacher; born in Hendricks Co., Ind., Aug. 12, 1853; when 4 years of age, his father J.W. B., came to this county, purchased and located upon the farm in Center Tp., where the family now reside, and died in October, 1875, at the age of 65.   Early in the war, his older brothers enlisted, leaving himself and younger brother with his father (then in feeble health) to conduct the farm; he was able in consequence to attend school less than three months per year in the district school; but being industrious and anxious to succeed in life, he improved every moment well, and, at the age of 23, he entered the Normal School at Moulton; has for the past two years taught school; upon entering Normal, by applying himself to his studies, he accomplished in two years what usually required three years' time, and, June 28, 1878, received his diploma as qualified for the duties of teacher, having while there acted as assistant teacher, and with Profs. Campbell and Guthrie taught the Normal at Centerville; he entered his present position, taking charge of the school at Cincinnati, Sept. 16, 1878; owns an undivided interest in his father's estate.

Burgess, G.M., farmer, Sec. 25.