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

C  - E

Campbell, A.J., farmer, S. 5.

Calvert, James W., clothing and gents' furnishing goods; Centerville; born in Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1836; located in Davis Co. Iowa, in 1850, and in this county in 1853.   Married Sarah C. Michael in 1865; she was born in Indiana in 1847; their children are Charlie J., Pearl P., Ella D. and Zella.   Are members of the M.E. Church; he is a Republican.   He owns his resident in the city, valued at $3,000, also a half interest in the business , valued at $3,500; they carry a full line of goods, well selected and suitable to their trade.   He enlisted in Co. G, 36th I.V.I., in August, 1862; mustered out in January, 1864, at Vicksburg, Miss.; was Private Secretary with Gen. Ross part of the time.

Campbell, D.C., banker.

Campbell, John, farmer, Sec. 18; born in Fayette Co. Ind. Nov. 10, 1829; located here in August, 1856, and owns 257 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   Democrat.   His wife, Nancy Hamilton, was born in Hendricks Co., Ind., in May, 1840, and married March 27, 1861; they have six children - George A., Martha E., Ida M., Charles E., Mary F., Ruth J.

Campbell, George A., far., Sec. 8; born in Fayette Co. Ind., Oct 2, 1831, and located here in 1875; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   He is a Democrat.   Bachelor.

Campbell, L., far., Sec. 23.

Carmichael, P., cooper.

Carr, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 8; he was born Aug. 27, 1825, in Chatteris, England; in 1837, came to Bucks Co., Penn.; in 1843, to Hancock Co., Ohio; in 1851, to Dubuque Co.; in 1855, removed to Houston Co., Minn.; in 1870, came to his present farm; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   Married Sarah Altman in 1845; she was born in1824 in Ross Co., Ohio; died May 23, 1855; had five children, three living - Thomas R., George W. and Susan A.   Second marriage to Caroline Malenger in 1855; she was born in 1838 in Illinois; died in June, 1876; had ten children, nine living - J.H., J.M., A.W., Julia A., Elizabeth M., A. Martin, Estella, Ella and Jessie.   Third marriage to Susan Pixly in 1877; she was born in October, 1825, in Ohio.   John Owen enlisted in 1863 in Co. K, 6th Minn. V. I.; served to the end of the war; he died in 1866, aged 21 years, of disease contracted in the army.   Republican; Christian Church.

Clark, W.G., attorney (of Dewey & Clark), law insurance, real estate and loans; born in Clark Co., Ohio, in 1855, and located in this county in 1868.   Married Miss Sarah Lankford in 1875; she was born in this county in 1855; have one child - Ethel, born Aug. 23, 1877.   Republican.   His firm represent the Phoenix of Hartford, the Hartford, of Hartford, the Home, of New York, and several other first-class fire insurance companies.

Clemens, L., butcher.

Cole, S., far., Sec. 25.

Cowles, G.N., far., Sec. 29.

Crawford, J.C., lawyer.

Crook, G., far., Sec. 18.

Crosby, W.O., editor of the Centerville Citizen, the oldest paper in the county, and having the largest circulation of any weekly paper within a radius of fifty miles.   It is a journal of radical Republican proclivities, published by W. O. Crosby & Co.   This paper is by far the best advertising medium in the county, and is the official paper of the county.

Carey, J. W., teacher.

Clark, E., far., S. 35..

Cunningham, P.F., painter.

Coatney, A.,far., S. 18.

Dale, John, far., S. 29.

Darnall, Louisa J., widow; born in Stokes Co., N.C., 1830; moved to Indiana when a child with her parents.   She was married to William C. Darnall in 1855; he died in 1869; she has three children - Luther F., Emma A. and Ida M.   Are members of the M.E. Church; her son, Luther is a Republican and has been Deputy Postmaster since 1872.   She owns her residence and ten lots, valued as $2,000.

Darnell, L., P.O. clerk, Centerville.

Dale, James M., far., S. 20..

Davis, M.H., miller, Dennis; born in Orange Co., Vt., in 1815; he moved to St. Lawrence Co.; followed milling several years and thence to Wisconsin; continued in the same five years and thence to Iowa in 1855; followed milling in Lucas Co. and ran a woolen-mill in Appanoose Co., and is now a partner in the large saw and flouring mill at Dennis.   He married Eliza Rose in New York; they had one child - Francis; his wife died in Wisconsin, and he married for his second wife Diana Curtis in Wisconsin; they had two children - Lillie and Milton; his second wife died in 1863.   A Republican.

Darling, I.,teamster.

Dewey, Henry H. , (of the firm Dewey & Clark) attorney; born in Washington Co., Vt., 1840; moved to Bureau Co. Ill., in 1861; thence to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1865; to Davis Co. in 1870, and located in this county in 1871.   Married Miss Lucy W. Worman in 1865; she was born in Grafton Co., N.H. in 1844; they have two children - Eva M., born in May, 1868, and Burty H., born in July, 1874.   They are members of the Presbyterian Church.   He owns a residence in the city, valued at $3,000.   His firm is engaged in loaning money and are general agents for the leading fire insurance companies of the country.

Drake, Francis Marion, Gen.,lawyer, Centerville; born in Schuyler Co., Ill., Dec. 30, 1833; he moved to Fort Madison with his parents in 1837, and located in Davis Co., Iowa, in 1846.   In 1852, he organized a train to cross the plains, known as the Drakeville train, consisting of six six-ox wagons, with sixteen men and a boy; he crossed the Missouri River at Council Bluffs May 1; when at Horseshoe Bend, near Platt River, opposite Pawnee Village, he was attacked by 300 Pawnee warriors, who would have massacred them; but, by a quick and decisive action, he repulsed the attack, the Indians leaving nine of their number dead upon the field; he having singled out the chief, killed him by a blow from his musket, which demoralized the warriors, who would not fight without a leader; he arrived in Sacramento safely, when he engaged in the stock business; returned the following winter by sea; he recrossed the plains in 1854 with a drove of cattle, consisting in part of 100 milch cows, 97 of which he arrived with in good condition, making the most successful trip known.   On his return in the steamer Yankee Blade, same year, she was wrecked near the Point of Aquilla, on the Pacific coast; vessel was a total wreck and 800 lives were lost; he swung down a hawser, secured a small boat, with which he saved several lives, making three trips to the shore, a barren coast, where he remained five days, living on raw meat; was picked up by steamer Goliah, a mail packet, and landed at San Francisco; took passage on the Golden Gate for home; she caught fire, but arrived safely at her destination in November, 1854; he then went into the mercantile business with his father and brother in Drakeville; moved to Unionville, this county, in 1859, and to this city in 1865.

He assisted Col. Edwards in organizing his independent Iowa Regiment, in the spring of 1861, and took command of Co. A; he was promoted to Major in September, 1861; his regiment attacked Gen. Patton (confederate), of Missouri, at Albany, who had driven Col. Crainor (Union) out of Missouri; his regiment pressed Patton across the Platte River, near St. Joe; Patton burned the bridge in his rear, which prevented further pursuit; he then reported to Gen. Prentiss, who put him in command of the garrison at St. Joe, Mo., consisting of half of his own regiment, some Kansas Cavalry and a battalion of Ohio Infantry, which post he held during Gen. Mulligan's campaign in Missouri and surrender at Lexington, successfully repelling an attack of Jackson's Missouri army after Mulligan's surrender; he was commission Lieutenant Colonel of the 36th Iowa Vols., in August, 1862, four companies of which were raised in this county; he proceeded to Tennessee, and served in the Army of the Tennessee and Trans-Mississippi; he was wounded at Mark's Mills Ark., April 25, 1864, and captured on the field, and reported mortally wounded; as soon as able to be removed, he was paroled and sent into the Union lines under a flag of truce; he was present at the capture of Little Rock; battle of Elkins' Ford, having command of a detachment of six companies of infantry, two of cavalry and a section of Peat's Missouri Battery, with which he fought Gen. Marmaduke, repulsed him and held the Ford against superior numbers, for which he was brevetted Brigadier General; he was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa.

He married Miss Mary J. Lord in 1855; she was born in Newark, Nova Scotia, in 1833; their children are Willie J., Jennie Eva, Frank E., John A., Mary and George, who died when 22 months old.   Are members of the Christian Church; Republican.   Commenced the practice of law in 1866; associated with Judge Harris; in 1870 he organized the M.I. & N.R.R. Co., of which he was elected President; he build the road from Alexander to Centerville, completing it Dec. 27, 1872; he resumed the practice of law May 1, 1875, associated with Gen. A.J. Baker, late Attorney General of the State of Missouri.   His father was John A. Drake; mother, Harriet J. O'Niel.

Drake, J.A.,banker.

Dukes, J.S., far., Sec. 35.

Earlywine, N.,farmer.

Eddy, W., farmer, Sec. 17.

Eells, F., pat. med.

Elliott, J. A., attorney; born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1845; located in this county in 1867; he resides with his mother, being her only child; he studied law with Gen. M. F. Drake in 1872.   Was Deputy Treasurer of the county from 1868 to 1872.   He is a solicitor of pensions, and gives special attention to adjusting the claims of soldiers, orphans and widows of solders with the Government; also collection business in general.

Ellis, Jesse M., far., Sec. 17; Centerville; born Jan. 13, 1823, in Scott Co., Ky.; when an infant, came with his parent to Indiana, in 1854, to Van Buren County in 1855; moved to Appanoose County; owns 185 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Nancy Ellis in 1845; born in 1825, in Kentucky; have four children - Harriet E., Tabitha J., William B. and Michael J.   Was elected County Supervisor in 1861, and served two years; has been Township Treasurer.   Democrat.

Ellis, W.M., far., Sec. 17.

Erskin, A.H., far., Sec. 32.

Evans, William, County Treasurer; born in Washington Co. Ind., in 1829; moved to Monroe Co. in 1849, and located in this county in 1864.   Married Miss Margaret J. Vestle in 1852; she was born in Putnam Co. Ind., in 1831; their children are Sarah E., Margaret E., Lucy A., William F., Bell and Ida.   Members of the Baptist Church; Democrat.   Owns his residence and other property in the county, valued at $5,000.   He has been in his present official position for the last six years.