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

Wells Township

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Adams, B.F., far., Sec. 22; P.O. Moulton.

Awmiller, H.J., far., S. 33; P.O. Moulton.

Awmiller, P.., far., Sec. 3; P.O. Dean.

Barr, Wm., far., S. 25; P.O. Moulton.

Baspet, R.H., far., S. 13; P.O. Coatsville.

Bowman, Wm., Sr., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Moulton.

Black, Paul, far., Sec. 20; P.O. Moulton.

Bond, J., far., S. 27; P.O. Moulton.

Brough, J.G.,of Cooksey & Brough, dealers in dry goods, boots and shoes, Dean; born in Madison Co., Ohio, in 1844; removed to this county, in 1852, with his parents, his father settling four miles west of Centerville, where her remained until his death, which occurred in 1853; his mother, has since lived in Centerville; he owns a residence in Centerville, and his business at Dean.  Married Miss Xenia Stansbury in November 1866; she was born in Newhope, Brown Co., Ohio, March 31, 1849; they have four children - Beatrice, born in 1868; Selah, in 1870; blanch, in 1874; Nellie, in 1876.  Democrat.  A member of I.O.O.F., No. 76, Centerville.   Mr. B. is a tinner by trade, having learned his trade at Centerville with J.W. Williams; worked with him five years; then engaged in hardware, stoves and tinware, at Centerville, until 1874; thence removed his business to Unionville, Mo., for one year, and, in 1875, bought out Mr. Stansbury, of Cooksey & Co., at Dean, and commenced his present business.

Bridgman, A.,far., Sec. 8; P.O. Moulton.

Bunton, J. M., far., S. 25; P.O. Moulton.

Campbell, J.J.,far., S. 34; P.O. Dean.

Caughron, G.,far., S. 35; P.O. Moulton.

Chamberlain, Robert

Childs, A., far., S. 12; P.O. Coatsville.

Childs, J.,far., Sec. 12; P.O. Coatsville.

Coffman, I.,far., S. 25; P.O. Moulton.

Cookey, J., far., S. 9; P.O. Dean.

Cooksey, William H.,of Cooksey & Brough, dealers in dry goods, boots and shoes, Dean, Iowa; born in Scott Co., Ill., in 1847; removed to this county in February 1875; owns residence and business and 7 1/2 acres of coal lands.   Married Miss Augusta Stansbury Feb. 27, 1874; she was born in Appanoose Co., Aug 20, 1855; they have two children - Lulu B., born Nov. 25, 1875; Maud L., Nov. 30, 1877.  Democratic.  Is a member of I.O.O.F., Pioneer Lodge, No. 70, Winchester, Iowa.  Has held office of Township Clerk for three years, School Director, Notary Public, Clerk of School Board.  Is station agent for M., I. & M. R.R. at Dean.  Has taught school thirty-one months in Illinois.

Coy, D.M.,far., S. 24; P.O. Moulton.

Craig, James,farmer, S. 2; P.O. Moulton; born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1853, and with his parents came to this county in 1856; has 200 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.  Greenbacker.  His father entered the land he now owns and occupies; made all the improvements.  Joined the Missouri State Militia in 1861; detailed wagoner, which position he held until he mustered out in 1864.  Died from chronic disease contracted while in service in 1864, six weeks after coming home.  His mother, Lucy Craig, (nee Coburn), was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1816.  Married Mr. Craig Dec. 24, 1833; she has six children, none of whom are living, except the one here mentioned in this county.

Croft, J.,far., Sec. 29; P.O. Moulton .

Daniels, Joseph,far., Sec. 20; P.O. Moulton.

Daugherty, J.,farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. Moulton.

Davis, D., Sr.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Moulton.

Davis, D.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Moulton.

Davis, H., far., Sec. 30; P.O. Moulton.

Davis, J.,far., S.33; P.O. Moulton.

Davis, Joe,far., S. 3; P.O. Moulton.

Dye, E.M.,far., Sec. 20; P.O. Moulton.

Edward, William, Jr.,far., Sec. 9; P.O. Dean.

Edwards, William,farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 1; P.O. Moulton; born in Kentucky, Jan. 29, 1811; removed to this county November, 1849; owns 540 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.  Married Miss Marilla Elliott, 1831; she was born in Kentucky, Jan. 29,, 1816; they have seven children - Elizabeth, James W., Mary A., Louis, Daniel, William, Madison.  Greenbacker; members of the M.E. Church.  Mr. Edwards was among the earliest settlers ; entered the same farm he now occupies; found it settled by squatters, and it cost more to buy the squatters out than to enter the land; has followed stock dealing and growing extensively until within about ten years, since which he has fed considerable, but not shipped much.

Elam, S.P.,far., Sec. 16; P.O. Dean; born in Powhatan Co., Va., 1823; removed with his parents to Laurel, Co., Ky., 1835; thence to this county, 1850; owns 300 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.  Married Miss Elizabeth Edwards, 1850; she was born in Laurel Co., Ky., March 22, 1838; they have six children - Sarah E., Marilla J., Dan H., Lewis S., Madison M., Marcellus.  A Republican of long standing; Mr. and Mrs. Elam, and their children Dan, Sarah, Marilla, and two youngest boys, are members of the Christian Church.  Has held offices of Constable and Township Trustee; was a member of Border Brigade during 1862-63; when he came to his county all he had was the clothes he wore and a horse, the horse he traded for his first quarter-section of land; made the furniture with which they first commenced house-keeping, namely, bedstead, tables, chairs; his wife knit socks to buy dishes, and he caught at coon and sold the pelt to buy the first bucket.

Foster, Thos.,farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Moulton.

Findley, C.F.,farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Dean; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1828; came to Van Buren Co. in 1854, and to this county in 1855; has 80 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre.  Married Miss Rebecca Pierpont in 1857; she was born in Monogalia Co., Va., in 1824; they have four children - Sarah T., Samuel H., John C.P., and Mary M.   Greenbacker.  Has held the office of Township Assessor.

Forsythe, Thomas,far., Sec. 2; P.O. Dean.

Fishel, John,far., Sec. 15; P.O. Dean.

Gale, W.,far., Sec. 21; P.O. Moulton.

Gregory, D.A.,far., Sec. 24; P.O. Moulton.

Goodwin, J.P.,far., Sec. 34; P.O. Moulton.

Gregory, Wilson,far., S. 24; P.O. Moulton.

Guinn, Hardin,far., Sec. 16; P.O. Dean.

Horn, Aaron,far., Sec. 2; P.O. Coatsville.

Horn, Isaiah,far., Sec. 10; P.O. Dean.

Horn, William,farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Dean; born in Estell Co., Ky., in 1826, removed to Randolph Co., Mo., in 1840, thence to Davis Co., Iowa, in 1841, where his father settled, being, to the best of Mr. Horn's knowledge, the second family in the county, except those who came the same spring.  But when the subject of this sketch came to do for himself, which was in 1848, very soon after becoming of age, he removed to this county, where he now owns 595 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.  Married Miss Margaretta Cooksy in 1848; she was born in Overton Co., Tenn., in 1829; they have ten children - Cynthia, Clayborn N., Martha E., Samantha A., George W., William D., Elizabeth, Salina, James M. and Edna J.  Democratic; members of Christian Church.   Has held the offices of Township Clerk, Trustee, etc..

Howell, J.D.,far., Sec. 25; P.O. Moulton.

James, John,far., Sec. 24; P.O. Coatsville.

James, Wm.,far., Sec. 24; P.O. Coatsville.

Jennings, Timothy,farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 2; P.O. Moulton; born in Ripley Co., Ind., in 1827; in 1852 he went round Cape Horn to California, but finding his health failing, returned in 1854, and settled in Jackson Co., Iowa; thence he removed to Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., in 1855; thence to Eddyville, Iowa, in 1857, and came to this county in 1866; he owns 200 acres of land valued at $20 per acre.  Married Adeline Johnson in 1864; she was born in Greene Co., Ohi, 1832; they have seven children - John, Mary D., William E., Ellen M., Fanny, Addie and James.  Republican.  Has held offices of Tp. Trustee and Road Supervisor.   Member of A.F. & A.M., at Andersonville, Franklin Co., Ind.

Johnson, H.,far., Sec. 12; P.O. Coatsville.

Johnson, M.,far., S. 25; P.O. Moulton.