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

Independence Township

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Alspaugh, Ewan,farmer, S. 30; P.O. Confidence.

Alspaugh, J., far., S. 31; P.O. Confidence.

Bland,C., farmer, S. 27; P.O. Griffinsville.

Bland, J., far., Sec. 34; P.O. Griffinsville.

Bland, T.H.,far., S. 23; P.O. Griffinsville.

Boles, A., farmer, S. 24; P.O. Griffinsville.

Bower, C.H., far., S. 33; P.O. Griffinsville.

Campbell, John , farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Griffinsville.

Chadd, W., Sr., far., S. 2; P.O. Iconium.

Chadd, W., Jr., far., S. 1; P.O. Iconium.

Chadwick, E.,farmer and stock-raiser, Milledgeville; born in Frankfort Co., Ky., in 1831; moved to this county in 1841; he followed merchandising in 1864 and 1865; keeping general store in Milledgeville; then bought a floruing-mill which he run three years; and then opened a store again and carried on farming, feeding and dealing extensively in the stock business; he closed his store and gave his whole attention to farming; has 200 acres, valued at $30 per acre.  He married Martha Worford in Iowa, Dec. 25, 1851; she was born Indiana in 1836; they have ten children - Adam, F.M., Wm. R., J.N., Cyntha A., Lucy Jane, Ross, J.T., Mary E. and Sarah; Amanda, died in infancy.   Members of the Christian Church; a Greenbacker.

Clark, Wm., far., S. 34; P.O. Griffinsville.

Clouser, J.M.,far., S. 7; P.O. Milledgeville.

Coen, Wm.,farmer , S. 17; P.O. Confidence.

Coffman, G.W.,far., S. 2; P.O. Iconium.

Cozad, E.J.,farmer and school teacher, Sec. 29; P.O. Griffinsville; born in Lewis Co., W.Va., in 1845; owns 80 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; he came to Iowa in 1850.  Married Margaret McGuffey in 1876; she was born in Missouri in 1858; they have one child - Yonka Bell.  Mr. C. has followed school-teaching the most of his time; is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge; Democrat.

Cronin, R.,far., Sec. 5; P.O. Milledgeville.

Cross, J.,far., S. 13 and 24; P.O. Griffinsville.

Curtis, G.W.,far., Sec. 10; P.O. Milledgeville.

Davison, R.E.,far., Sec. 34; P.O. Walnut City.

Davis, G.W.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Griffinsville.

Davison, A.G.,far., Sec. 35; P.O. Walnut City.

Dicks, Sam,far., Sec. 1; P.O. Iconium.

Danover, J.,far., Sec. 13; P.O. Iconium.

Danover, N.,far., Sec. 30; P.O. Confidence.

Eaton, G.,farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Milledgeville.

Elam, M.J.,farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. Confidence, Wayne Co., Iowa; son of Joel Elam, who was born in Tennessee in 1790.  Married; his wife died, leaving three children, he then moved to Bond Co., Ill., and married Frances Smith; had ten children, seven now living, mostly settled in the West.  M.J. was born in Bond Co., Ill., July 14, 1840; in 1846 his father moved to Appanoose Co.; pioneer of Johns Tp.; there were but three families in the township at that time; there he died in January 1867; his mother died before their removal from Illinois; both members of the Baptist Church; his father was Deacon.  At the age of 20, he married Miss Harriet Cross, daughter of M.H. Cross, of this county, from Virginia; she was born in Monongalia Co., Va., in 1836; soon after their marriage they settled at their present place of residence, where he owns 255 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; have seven children - Theodore D., born June 11, 1861; Pernecia, born June 11, 1865; Thomas C., born Dec. 11, 1867; Dora A., born Dec. 11, 1870; James, born Dec. 18, 1872; Ollie R., born May 30, 1875, and William, born Dec. 22, 1877.  Democrat; members of the Mission Baptist Church.

Elgin, J.H.,far., Sec. 15; P.O. Milledgeville.

Elrod, T.R.,far., Sec. 9; P.O. Milledgeville.

Ely, J.,far., Sec. 22; P.O. Milledgeville.

Fenton, Stephen,far., Sec. 16; P.O. Milledgeville.

Fenton, John,far., Sec. 16; P.O. Milledgeville; born in Ashland Co., Ohio, in 1835; came to Iowa with his father in 1851.  He enlisted in the 36th I.V.I., August 1862; was in all the prinicpal engagements with his regiment; was in Arkansas under Gen. Steele, and served until the close of war.  He married Thersey Eli in Iowa, in 1858; she was born in Indiana, in 1837; they have six children - Harriet E., Susan Emma, Ellen, Charles, Anty and Edward.  Owns an half-interest in 160 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; he lost three children - George died at the age of 18 months, and two died in infancy.  They are members of the Baptist Church.

Fenton, T.K.,far., Sec. 16; P.O. Milledgeville.

Fountain, S.,far. , Sec. 19; P.O. Confidence.

Freeman, J.M.,far., Sec. 20; P.O. Milledgeville.

Freeman. W.W.,far., Sec. 19; P.O. Confidence.

Galbraith, S.T.,far., Sec. 11; P.O. Milledgeville.

Galbraith, T.,far., Sec. 11; P.O. Milledgeville.

Gibson, J.J.,far., Sec. 24; P.O. Griffinsville.

Gilland, J.,farmer, S. 12; P.O. Iconium.

Grigsby, D.,far., S. 14; P.O. Griffinsville.

Grogan, M.,far., S. 5; P.O. Milledgeville.

Guernsey, J.B.,far., S. 30; P.O. Confidence.

Hamilin, Thomas, Jr.,farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Milledgeville.

Hamlin, W., Sr., far., S. 15; P.O. Milledgeville.

Harmston, Jesse,farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26; P.O. Griffinsville; born in Lincolnshire, England, Aug. 22, 1831; he came to New York in 1861; remained three years, and moved to Ohio; remained two years; thence to Illinois; stayed two years, and thence to Missouri; remained seven years, and thence to Iowa in 1863; was engaged in farming in each State.  he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia and served three years.  He has a good farm, pleasantly located, with all its comforts of life, of 120 acres, valued at $30 per acre; has a good bearing orchard of choice fruit, adn considerable Osage hedge.  He married Cynthia Rogers in Illinois Nov. 29, 1835; she was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, in 1827; they have five children - Ellen, Marian, Edgar, Caroline and Clara.  He keeps some graded stock.  They made their property by their energy.  He has invested well in books, by which his family has acquired a good education.

Haver, G.,far., S. 27; P.O. Griffinsville.

Hixenbaugh, A.,far., S. 33; P.O. Milledgeville.

Houk, J.H.,far., S. 9; P.O. Milledgeville.

Johnson, J.,farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Confidence.

Jones, N.,far., S. 32; P.O. Confidence.

Kennel, A.O.,farmer , Sec. 5; P.O. Milledgeville.

Kennel, S.J.,far., S. 5; P.O. Milledgeville.

Kerr, C.,far., Sec. 19; P.O. Milledgeville.

Lain, J.D.,farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Milledgeville.

Lain, Joseph L.,farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Walnut City; born in Bartholonew Co., Ind., July 26, 1825; he came to Iowa in 1854, and bought 160 acres of land; returned to Indiana, and came and improved his land each year; he finally settled on the present farm in 1860; built a house worth $2,000 and other good buildings; has a good bearing orchard of all kinds of choice fruit, three and a half miles of good Osage hedge and 510 acres of good land, valued at $40 per acre, and 215 acres in Kansas, valued at $10 per acre.  He married Emily Brunson in Iowa in 1864; she was born in Iowa in 1845; they have five children - Cora, Lillie, Nancy, Winnie and a baby not named; Mary died at 4 years of age.  Mr. Lain has a good property, with all the comforts of life surrounding him, which they made by their own energy.  Democrat.

Lloyd, G.W.,farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Iconium; born in Oneida Co., N.Y., in 1837; son of Isaac P. Lloyd, who was born in Oneida Co., Feb. 14, 1804; in January 1832, married Miss Electa Risler; she was born in 1804; in 1838, they removed to St. Joseph Co., Ind., where, in 1839, his mother died; his father removed to Grundy Co., Ill., in 1855; thence to Eddyville, Wapello Co., Iowa, in 1870; came to Appanoose, where he died in 1872, leaving two children.  G.W. is the youngest; he was born in Oneida Co., N.Y., in 1837; in October 1855, he engaged with the Western Stage Co. at Decatur, Ill., his route lying east of that place; in January 1856, the Company removed their stock to this State and established three routes west from the Mississippi, through the State; his route was from Albia to Stacyville until 1859, then from Centerville to Bloomfield.  July 2, 1861, he enlisted in Co. B, 4th Iowa V.I.; was a Pea Ridge, Blackburn, Arkansas Post, siege of Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold, Resaca; was commissioned Lieutenant at Havana; mustered out at Louisville, Ky., Aug. 2, 1865.  In the spring of 1864; went home on furlough; married Miss Mary F. Neil, daughter of Barnet Neal, who was born in Greene Co., Penn., Sept. 5, 1810; married, in 1831 Miss Margaret Kincaid, daughter of William K.; came to Appanoose, Johns Tp., where they now reside, in 1857.   Soon after G.W.'s discharge from the service, they removed to Albia, where he was employed in the office of the Stage Co. for two years; then run a dray until January, 1870; removed to this township, where he now owns fifty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.  Republican.

Lowrey, John,miller, Griffinsville; born in Beaver Co., Penn., May 22, 1804; went to Pittsburgh, where he kept a general store and worked in a machine-shop four years; thence to Belmont Co., Ohio; and there bought a grist-mill and saw-mill; followed the milling business nineteen years; thence to Iowa in 1856; has now a flouring-mill and saw-mill valued at $4,000, and seven acres of land with two houses and a bearing orchard.   He married Amelia Calhoun in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1835; she was born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1813; they have six children, Christy Ann, James, Margaret, Albert, Edwin and McIver; his son William was killed by and explosion of his mill April 1869; James enlisted in the 36th I.V.I. August 1862; was taken prisoner on the march in Arkansas and taken to Tyler, Texas; held ten months and discharged with his regiment; held the office of Orderly Sergeant.  Democrat.  His son Edwin married Miss Stewart in Iowa; she was born in Indiana; they one child - Claude.  He is Postmaster at Griffinsville; he holds the office of Township Clerk; he is in business wiht his father in the mills.  Mrs. Lowrey's father, James Calhoun, was in the war of 1812.

Lynch, P.,far., S. 4; P.O. Milledgeville.