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

Sharon Township

A  - Z

Allen, Asa, farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Centerville.

Angst, J., far., S. 33; P.O. Centerville.

Brannon, I.A., farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Centerville.

Benge, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Kirkwood; born Oct. 20, 1826, in Madison Co., Ky.; when a boy, came with his parents to Indiana; in 1841, came to Des Moines Co.; in 1844, came to Davis Co.; in 1846, to Appanoose Co.; owns 173 acres land, valued at $30 per acre.   Married Ellinor Caylor Feb. 28, 1851; she was born in 1822, in Ohio; had three children, two living - Martha J. and Sarah E.; lost Rachel M., aged 1 1/2 years.   Republican; Baptist.

Black, R., far., S. 34; P.O. Centerville.

Brown, S.L., far., S. 35; P.O. Kirkwood.

Caldwell, G.H., farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. Moulton.

Clark, J.V., far., S. 26; P.O. Kirkwood.

Climie, A., far., Sec. 35; P.O. Kirkwood.

Cloud, G.,far., S. 21; P.O. Centerville.

Cochran, Harvey, farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Centerville; born Nov. 4, 1843, in Van Buren Co.; when an infant, came with his parents to Appanoose Co.; he owns 120 acres land.   Married Rebecca McCoy Jan. 28, 1866; she was born in Monroe Co., Ohio; had eight children, six living - Ellen, (Ann and Houston are twins), Isabel, George and Lillie.   Enlisted in 1862, in Co. F, 17th Iowa V.I.; served to the end of the war; was a prisioner in Andersonville six months.  Has been Township Trustee.  M.E. Church; Republican.

Deahl, Silas,farmer, Sec. 33; P.O. Centerville.

Evans, Caleb,farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Kirkwood.

Fawcett, C.A.,farmer, S. 28; P.O. Centerville.

Gordon, W.S.,farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Kirkwood.

Grimes, J.C.,far., Sec. 36; P.O. Kirkwood.

Hamilton, David,Sec. 26; P.O. Kirkwood.

Hamilton, N.R.,far., Sec. 25; P.O. Kirkwood.

Hamilton, William, Sr.,far., Sec. 36; P.O. Kirkwood.

Harter, F.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Centerville.

Hayes, Samuel P.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Centerville.

Hixenbaugh, Ezra,far., Sec. 10; P.O. Centerville.

Johnson, A.F.,far., Sec. 14; P.O. Centerville.

Lewis, Levi,far., Sec. 36; P.O. Kirkwood.

Longley, L.,far., Sec. 25; P.O. Kirkwood.

McConnell, D.M.,farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Kirkwood

McCoy, Peter,farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Centerville; born April 17, 1837, in Monroe Co., Ohio; in 1849, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 324 acres of land.  Has been President of the School Board and Township Trustee.  Married Nancy J. Fitzgerald in March 1860; she was born in 1840, in Missouri; have five children - Charles, Sarah Ann, Amos, Evaline and Edith.

McCoy, Gilbert,farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Centerville; born March 8, 1906, in Elizabethtown, Va.; when a child came with his parents to Monroe Co., Ohio; April 10, 1849, he removed to Appanoose Co.  He owns 197 acres of land which he entered direct from the Government.  Married Miss Sarah Melott April 29, 1832, in Monroe Co., Ohio; she was born Dec. 31, 1806, in Pennsylvania; had seven children, six living - William, Ann, now Mrs. Booth, Peter, Mitchel, Rachel and Rebecca; lost Margaret in 1874, aged 27 years.   Democrat.

McCoy, William M.,farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Centerville; born Aug. 25, 1833, in Monroe Co., Ohio; in 1849, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 130 acres of land.  Has been Justice of the Peace about five years; also Township Clerk, Assessor and Trustee.  Married Elizabeth Laughton March 10, 1859; she was born in 1837 in Monroe Co., Ohio; died April 2, 1862; have two children - Francis and Clark.  Second marriage to Alvia Walter Oct. 16, 1862; she was born in 1840 in Jackson Co., Ohio; have one child - Ethel.

McCune, James B.,far., Sec. 27; P.O. Centerville.

McCune, R.,far., Sec. 23; P.O. Centerville.

McGee, C.,far., Sec. 25; P.O. Kirkwood.

McGinnis, John,far., Sec. 12; P.O. Centerville.

McGrew, J.F.,far., Sec. 1; P.O. Kirkwood.

Mansfield, W.,far., Sec. 15; P.O. Centerville.

Meredith, I.,far., S. 33; P.O. Centerville.

Mishler, J.,far., Sec. 25; P.O. Kirkwood.

Parcel, Henry D.,far., S. 11; P.O. Centerville.

Parcel, I.J.,far., S. 11; P.O. Centerville.

Parcel, J.M.,far., Sec. 34; P.O. Centerville.

Penninger, Henry,far., S. 22; P.O. Centerville.

Peterson, P.,far., S. 4; P.O. Centerville.

Pixley, C.L.,far., S. 4; P.O. Centerville.

Pixley, J.A.,far., S. 4; P.O. Centerville.

Pixley, William H.,far., S. 4; P.O. Centerville.

Porter, C.,far., Sec. 25; P.O. Kirkwood.

Powell, J.,far. and P.M., Sec. 35; P.O. Kirkwood.

Powers, A.D.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Centerville.

Reynolds, J.C.,far., S. 9; P.O. Centerville.

Riggs, J.,far., S. 24; P.O. Kirkwood.

Riggs, J.R.,far., S. 25; P.O. Kirkwood.

Riggle, Wm.,far., S. 1; P.O. Kirkwood.

Salladay, A.,minister, S. 36; P.O. Kirkwood.

Seals, Wm.,far., S. 11; P.O. Centerville.

Shilts, Jacob,farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Centerville; born July 2, 1818, in Harrison Co., Ohio; at an early age, he was apprenticed to the cabinet and carpenter trade; has followed this business about forty-three years; Mr. Shilts is one of the most honored and highly respected citizens of this county, and, through strict attention to business, has acquired a competency; he came to this county in 1854; owns about 600 acres of land.  Married Miss Hannah Fisher in 1838; she was born in 1822 in Harrison Co., Ohio; her parents afterward removed to Venton Co.; they had ten children, seven living - Catherine, Sarah, Jane, George, Margaret, Mandana, Lovina and Levi.  Are members of the U.B. Church.

Smith, Milton,farmer, S. 11; P.O. Centerville; born July 15, 1826, in Ohio; in 1866, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 140 acres of land.  In March, 1865, he married Mrs. Martha Allen, daughter of Ruben Hawk; she was born Feb. 6, 1837, in Ohio; her first marriage was to Asa Allen Aug. 16, 1855; he was born Dec. 2, 1831.  Enlisted in November 1861, in Co. F, 53d Ohio V.I.;died at Memphis Aug. 2, 1862.  She has only one child by first marriage - Eli Allen; lost Joel N. in infancy.

Sparks, D., Sr.,Sec. 9; P.O. Centerville.

Staley, Jas.,sawmill, Sec. 1; P.O. Kirkwood.

Thomas, Levi,far., Sec. 36; P.O. Kirkwood; born Oct. 5, 1848, in Indiana; in 1858, came to Appanoose Co. with his parents; has been a resident of this county since, with the exception of seven years spent in Kansas; he owns 175 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Lucy J. Thomas Jan. 25, 1869; she was born Nov. 15, 1852, in Appanoose Co.; have four children - Ida B., E.W., D.E., and L.M.  M.E. Church

Thomas, R.J.,farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Centerville; born June 13, 1822, in Wales; in 1831, came to Pittsburgh, Penn.; remained there till 1872, when he removed to Appanoose Co.; they own 240 acres of land.  Married Evaline, daughter of Cornelius Delvan, of New Jersy, Feb. 20, 1845; she was born in December 1825, in Ohio; have seven children - Maria, Minerva, Harrison P., Evaline C., George D., Reuben M. and Lillie B.  Republican; Presbyterian.

Van Dike, Martin,far., S. 15; P.O. Centerville; born July 24, 1841, in Boone Co., Mo.; in 1848, came to Appanoose Co.; owns eighty acres of land.  Enlisted in 1862, in Co. K, 1st M. S. M.; served six months.  Married Rachel McCoy in 1869, she was born in 1843, in Ohio; have two children - Matilda and Julia.  Democrat.

White, R.,far., Sec. 22; P.O. Centerville.

Walters, G.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Centerville.

Wright, T.,far., Sec. 26; P.O. Kirkwood.

Wright, John C.,farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Centerville; born May 16, 1811, in Greene Co., Penn.; when an infant, came to Monroe Co. with his parents; in 1847, came to Appanoose Co., he being one of the oldest settlers of this county; owns 124 acres land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Margaret McElroy in 1833; she was born in 1816 in Ohio; died in 1845; they had five children, three living - Melissa, William and Reuben.  Second marriage to Lucinda McElroy in 1845; she was born July 9, 1827, died July 24, 1862, in Iowa; have four children - Isaiah, Milton, Sarah and Elizabeth.  Third marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Cochran March 8, 1863; she was born Sept. 9, 1816, in Hamilton Co., Ohio; she came to this county with her husband in 1845; he died Sept. 30, 1855, in this township.   Democrat.

Zellers, John,far., Sec. 23; P.O. Centerville.