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

Pleasant Township

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Daily, Patrick, far., Sec. 19, P.O. Cincinnati.

Daily, John P., far., Sec. 11; P.O. Cincinnati.

Davis, Isaac, far., S. 1; P.O. Cincinnati.

Dodd, William L., far., Sec. 13; P.O. Cincinnati.

David, J.A., station agent, B. & S.W., Cincinnati.

Ervin, Elias, far., Sec. 17; P.O. Cincinnati.

Ervin, A.S., far., S. 27; P.O. Cincinnati.

Frost, J., far., S. 30; P.O. Hibbsville.

Fowler, W.P., far., S. 13; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Nobel Co., Ohio, in 1837; in 1859, took a trip West, visting Centerville, then but a hamlet, and Denver just springing into existence; and on to Salt Lake; remained there over a month; returned via St. Louis in winter of 1860 and 1861.   December 1861, enlisted in the 78th Ohio V.I.; was at Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Iuka, Vicksburg, Holly Springs, Mission Ridge, Atlanta, Savannah, Ft. McAlister, Bentonville, at Johnson's surrender and Rolla; was detailed as forager in Sherman's march to the sea; mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., in December 1865.  Married Miss E.E. Steward; she was born in Noble Co., Ohio, in 1845; her father went to California and was killed in the mines.  They have three children - Nevada M., born Oct. 24, 1867; Mary J., Oct. 5, 1872; Roswell, in April 1875.   Spring of 1866, came to this county, where he owns 143 acres, valued at $25; during 1877, took another trip to the Rocky Mountains and gold country, being one of a party of sixteen men with one hundred head of cattle and twenty-four wagons, shipping provisions to Deadwood; had several skirmishes with the Indians, but only lost six mules; saw the Indians in forces of 3,000 to 4,000.   Republican; members of the M.E. Church.  Elected this fall for Township Trustee; has held the school offices.

Fox, H.B., far., S. 22; P.O. Cincinnati.

Gill, D., far. S. 8; P.O. Cincinnati.

Gault, Edward J., born near Belfast, Ireland, June 1, 1828, of Scotch-Irish (Presbyterian) parentage; the family emigrated to America in 1839, and settled in Philadelphia, where he served an apprenticeship to the trade of ornamental painting.  At the breaking out of the Mexican war, he voluntered, but was not permitted to go, as the quota of Pennsylvania was full; then went to New York; in the winter of 1847, removed to Wilmington, Del.; June 1849, went to Louisville, Ky., and worked at his trade until the fall of 1850; then went to Madison, Wis.; in May 1852, he went to Oswego, Ill., where he opened a ship; remained until the following; in May 1853, he came to Iowa and walked from Keokuk to his present home near Cincinnati.  Dec. 25, 1853, he married Sophia L. McClure; have nine children; his wife died Nov. 27, 1873.  Mr. Gault has filled the office of County Supervisor, and, in 1861, he was elected to the Lower House of the Iowa Legislature, receiving the unanimous vote of the people as a War Democrat; in 1871, he was elected to the State Senate and served four years in that body.  He is now conducting a stock-farm of 900 acres, near Cincinnati, Iowa.  P.O. Cincinnati.

Gault, Henry, farmer, stock grower and dealer, Sec. 34; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Antrim Co., Ireland, in 1833; when 6 years of age, his father, Francis G., came to this country; in Philadelphia, engaged at bonnet-pressing; his grandparents on his mother's side (McCall) were also residents of Philadelphia until their deaths.  The Gaults remained in Philadelphia ten years; then removed to Dane Co., Wis., eight miles west of Madison; purchased a farm, and engages in farming until 1853, when they came to Appanoose, and settled in this township, on the farm now owned by Henry G.   His father died in September 1870; his mother having died in December 1860.   While in Philadelphia, Mr. GAult received a good common-school education; came to Wisconsin with his father, and, afterward, to this county, where he now owns 600 acres, valued at $20 per acre.   In December, 1855, married Miss Hester M. McClure; she was born in Henry Co., Ind., in 1838; her parents, Thomas and Mary J. McC. (nee Young), natives of Antrim Co., Ireland, emigrated to America in 1828; settled on a farm in Allegheny County; near Pittsburgh; three years after, removed to Lee Co., Ill., where her mother died; her father is now a resident of Nebraska.  They have had eight children, five of whom are now living - James, Deborah, Mary J., Harry, William T.   Democratic; member of the Presbyterian Church.  He has held the office of School Director and Township Trustee; is a member of and A., F. & A.M. Lodge at Bellair, and Charter in Centerville.

Gilbert, Josiah, farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Vermont, March 8, 1815; located in this county in 1853; owns 144 acres of land, valued at $3,000.  Universalist; Republican.   Married Catherine Johnson Dec. 12, 1833; have six children - Truman E., bon Dec. 20, 1837; Susan, Jan. 9 1841; Elizabeth, July 12, 1847; Sarah, April 18, 1850; Josiah, Feb. 25, 1853; Ellen, Jan. 15, 1858.  Mr. Gilbert is an intelligent citizen, and has his farm under a high state of cultivation.

Glaper, J.H., far., P.O. Cincinnati.

Gorsuch, J., far., Sec. 21; P.O. Cincinnati.

Goodhue, J.E., speculator; Cincinnati.

Green, N. retired; P.O. Cincinnati.

Green, J.I.C., far., Sec. 5; P.O. Cincinnati.

Green, J.N., far.; P.O. Cincinnati.

Green, David, Jr., farmer, Sec. 33; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Addison Co., Vt., in 1818; at the age of 8 years, his father, David G., Sr. (a mechanic), removed to Chautauqua Co., N.Y., near Mayville, the county seat; engaged at his trade and farming.  David, Jr., at 18, after receiving a common-school education, went to Washington Co., Ohio, near Marietta; he purchased a farm, and, in 1839, married Miss Harriet Conkwright; she was born in that county in 1822; her father, Barego C., a pioneer of Ohio, settled there about 1800, and died there in 1838; her cousin, Richard C., was one of the first teachers of this county; Mr. Green owns 105 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; have seven children - Julia A., Albert, Hattie, Clara, D.P., William B. and Lottie; all but two are doing business for themselves.  Republican; members of the M.E. Church.   Has held office of Township Trustee and school offices.

Hanna, S., far., Sec. 25; P.O. Centerville.

Hamm, F.W.I., far., Sec. 33; P.O. Cincinnati.

Hall, William, far., S. 7; P.O. Cincinnati.

Harris, Lewis,far., Sec. 36; P.O. Cincinnati.

Conger, Benoni, farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Butler Co., Ohio, in 1814.   When about 18 months of age, his father, Joshua H., moved to Franklin Co., Ind.; one of the earliest settlers of the State; cleared and improved a farm, until 1850, when he moved to Vermilion Co., Ill., where he died at the age of 72.  In 1835, Mr. Harris married Miss Polly Cults, daughter of Robert and Jane Cults, then residents of Franklin Co., Ind., since of Hamilton Co., Ind.; her mother died in 1842; her father is now with Mr. and Mrs. H.  Soon after the marriage, Mr. Harris removed to Decatur Co., Ind.; in 1855, to Louisa Co., Iowa; engaged in farming; thence to this county, in 1856, where he owns 279 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; have eight children - Joseph M., Joshua C., Mary J., Martha A., Hulda E., Lewis J., Emma and Margaret E.  Democrat; members of the Baptist Church; is a member of the Missouri Battery, enlisted in the fall of 1863, and Joshua C. enlisted in February 1862, in the 16th Iowa V.I.; served until the close of the war.  During his stay of one year in Louisa Co., he loaned his money, consisting of $4,000, which was a total loss; consequently he started here with comparatively nothing.

Henkle, Henry, farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Pendleton Co., Va., in 1822; during 1829, his father, Abraham, removed to Vermilion Co., Ill.; he was one of the earliest settlers of that county and State; he improved a farm, and remained until 1836, when he came a pioneer to Lee Co., Iowa; there were but four houses and one store at Fort Madison and two log cabins at Keokuk; settled in Van Buren Tp., and broke a farm; in the fall of 1854; again moved to Taylor Co., Iowa, where he died in Feburary 1870, at the age of 87 years; his wife still lives there, being in her 98th year.   Henry remained at home until 22 years of age; received but six months' schooling; then married Miss Sarah Wilson; she was born in Greenbrier Co., Va., in 1823; they were married in Lee Co., her parents, Robert and Mary, emigrated there in 1840, stopping first in Vermilion Co., Ill.; she died in 1849, leaving two children Isaac W. and Stephen R.  Mr. H. soon after visited California, crossing the Isthmus; engaged in mining and teaming until 1855; returned to Lee Co., where he engaged in farming.  Married Miss Almeda Forbes; she was born in Warren Co., Penn., in 1833; her parents, Alfred and Zulina F., settled in Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1863.  Mr. H. and family moved to Van Buren Co., Iowa in 1863. Mr. H. and famly moved to Van Buren Co. in the spring of 1866; came to this county, where he owns 155 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre.  Have six children.  In early times, Mr. H. has seen immense flocks of wild turkey and deer (more numerous than sheep now); panthers, catamounts, wolves, lynx, racoon and mink abounding, and rattlesnakes numerous until the hogs of the settlers caused them to disappear.  Mr. H's son Isaac W. enlisted in Co. I, 6th Iowa V.I., in 1861; on Sherman's march, was Regimental Color Sergeant; at Shiloh, had colors shot out of his hand twice; had seven bullet holes through his blouse and one through his hat; veteranized in the winter of 1863-63; mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, in 1865, and died in St. Clair Co., Mo., in April 1876.  Democrat.  A member of the A., F. & A. M. at Farmington.

Herrald, J.W.far., Sec. 20; P.O. Numa.

Holbrook, L.R., Dr., far., Sec. 4; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Tolland Co., Conn., in 1813; remained with his father, Elias H.,a farmer, until 21 years of age; and commenced the study of medicine; continued it for three years; attended a course of lectures at New Haven Medical College; practiced for a time with the physician with whom he studied; poor health compelled him to abandon the profession.   Then, taught school.  Married Miss Mary A. Mitchel; she was born in Madison Co., N.Y., in 1814; they came to Lee Co., Iowa, where he entered land at the first land sale in Burlington; in 1850, with his parents, came to this county and settled where he now resides; erected the first house on the prairie south of Cincinnati, on the disputed tract, the line not having been surveyed at that time; entered 240 acres of land, which he still owns, valued at $50 per acre; also 160 acres of land in Sioux Co., valued at $10 per acre; they have three children - Eliza J., born Jan. 7, 1848; Sarah G., born Aug. 27, 1853; Luther R., Jr., born Aug. 7, 1855.  Republican; members of the Congegationalist Church.  Their son Charles K. enlisted as First Sergeant of Co. I, 3d I.V.C., August 1861; re-enlisted Jan. 1, 1864; June 11, 1864, was captured at Ripley on an expedition to Guntown, and held at Andersonville; thence taken to Millen, Ga., where he died Nov. 15, 1865.   Another son, George W., enlisted in the 36th I.V.I., Co. I, under Gen. Drake, in 1862; was taken prisoner near Elksford, Ark., April 6, 1864; held at Tyler, Texas, until close of the war, and when discharged went to Montana Territory in the spring of 1866.

Holbrook, S.,farmer; P.O. Cincinnati.

Holman, J.L., far., Sec. 12; P.O. Cincinnati.

Holman, J., far., Sec. 2; P.O. Cincinnati.

Hughes, Jesse F., farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Centerville; born in Johnson Co., Ind., in 1853; when 2 years of age, his father, John Hughes, removed to Appanoose Co., where he settled in Pleasant Tp., and engaged in farming on the farm which is now owned by his son Joseph S. Hughes; he is now living in Centerville a retired farmer; his mother, Charity, whose maiden name was St. John, is also living.   Sept. 1, 1875, he married Miss Martha J. Messersmith, an orphan and a resident of this township; she was born near Indianapolis, Ind., in 1857.  Democrat; members of the M.E. Church.  Held the office of Township Secretary for three terms.  Owns 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.

Hughes, J.A., far., S. 23; P.O. Centerville.

Hughes, B.F., far., S. 24; P.O. Centerville.

Huston, W.H., wagon-maker, Cincinnati.