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

Taylor Township

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Ely, Philip, farmer and blacksmith, Sec. 22; P.O. Moravia; born in Jennings Co., Ind., in 1825; his father, Samuel, was born in Pennsylvania in 1800, and his mother Catherine Whisman, was born in Virgina in 1802; the parents of both removed to Shelby Co., Ind., where they were married in 1821; had nine children, all of whom, in 1852, came to Appanoose Co, where the old people remained until the death of the mother in 1871; the father three years later.  Soon after becoming of age, Philip married Miss Elizabeth Walford, daughter of Adam W., a resident of Decatur Co., Ind.; from Kentucky; she was born in Kentucky in 1823; removed to Indiana in 1827; Mr. Ely purchased a small farm in Decatur Co., Ind.; in 1848, came to this county, first settling in Independence Tp., where, in 1864, and accident happened him causing the loss of all his property and forced him to learn the blacksmith's trade, which he has since followed during the winters and when his services were not required on the farm; in 1865, he removed to this township, where, by industry and economy, he has acquired a well improved farm of 205 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   Have six children - Sarah, Adam M., Angeline, Emeline, Thomas J. and Francis M.  Members of the Mission Baptist Church, as is their daughter Angeline.  Mr. Ely held the office of Constable seven years; also those of Township Trustee, Supervisor, and various school offices.  In the time of the early settlement of Appanoose Co., Mr. Ely says he has traveled four days to secure meat enough to satisfy the family for supper; has spent seven days in going to mill for six bushels of meal.

Foster, E.V., far., S. 19; P.O. Moravia.

Foster, J., far., S. 17; P.O. Moravia.

Frazier, I., far., S. 26; P.O. Moravia.

Frazier, Wm., far., S. 26; P.O. Moravia.

Gladfelter, J.C., far., S. 19; P.O. Moravia.

Gollaher, G., far., S. 6; P.O. Moravia.

Gollaher, T.J., far., S. 5; P.O. Moravia.

Goodrich, I., far., S., 4; P.O. Moravia.

Grabille, A.F., blacksmith, Moravia.

Hadson, Henry, far., S. 1; P.O. Moravia.

Haman, J.D., preacher, Moravia.

Hanson, Peter, miller, Moravia.

Harden, S., far., S. 13; P.O. Moravia.

Harn, J.T., shoemaker, Moravia.

Harris, M.B.,far., S. 5; P.O. Moravia.

Harris, M.E., far., S. 4; P.O. Moravia.

Harvey, S.N., Dr. physician and surgeon, Moravia; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn.; he graduated in the classical course at Turtle Creek Valley Academy, and came to Iowa in 1851; practiced medicine at Moravia in 1874, and graduated at the Bellevue Hospital Medical College at New York City in 1875; he then resumed his practice a Moravia, where he is having a good practice.  He is a member of the A., F. & A.M. Lodge.

Hays, A.A., far., S. 16; P.O. Moravia.

Hayne, H.,physician, Moravia.

Hiatt, L.D., far., S. 29; P.O. Moravia .

Hiatt, L. Jr., farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Moravia; son of W.S. and Mahala H., who were born and married in Guilford Co., N.C.; in 1845, came to Henry Co., Iowa, remaining two years, and thence to this county, where they still reside; have six children, four sons and two daughters, all settled, four sons and two daughters, all settled in their immediate vicinity; Lewis was born in Guilford Co., N.C., in 1837; at the age of 8, came to Iowa; at 17, enlisted in the 36th I.V.I., Co. C; was at Helena, Little Rock, Prairie de Ann and Mark's Mills; was detaile as teamster, at which he served eleven months, and was made wagon-master; was mustered out at Duvall's Bluff on the 24th of August 1865.  Jan. 17, 1867, he married Miss Nancy E. Tucker, daughter of Wiley T., of this county, from North Carolina; she was born in Forsythe Co., N.C., in 1846; soon after their marriage they settled where he now owns ninety acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; have three children - Isabella J., born in 1867; Effie C., born in September 1870; Harry S., born in May 1872.  Formerly a Republican, but now a Greenbacker; members of Missionary Baptist Church.  Has been Township Trustee.

Hicks, J., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Moravia.

Hiett, J.M., far., Sec. 22; P.O. Moravia.

Hiett, Lewis, Sr.,far., Sec. 26; P.O. Moravia.

Hiett, O.A., Sr., far., Sec. 22; P.O. Moravia.

Hiett, O.A., Jr.,far., Sec. 27; P.O. Moravia.

Hiett, W.A.far., Sec. 28; P.O. Moravia.

Hiett, W.S.,far., S. 21; P.O. Moravia.

Hiner, Abel,far., Sec. 1; P.O. Moravia.

Hoffman, S., far., Sec. 1; P.O. Moravia.

Horner, Elizabeth, farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Moravia; daughter of Wm. and Mary Brandon (nee Gribble), natives of York Co., Penn,; her parents removed to Preston Co., Va., where her father died in September 1860, at the age of 70; her mother died in 1870, at the age of 80; Mrs. Horner was born in Preston Co., Va., in 1819; married Sept. 12, 1844, on the farm on which she was born; her husband, Samuel Horner, was born in County Armagh, Ireland, in 1815; was an Orangeman; son of William and Jane Horner, and with his parents emigrated to America when 24 years of age; first settled near Syracuse, N.Y.; thence to Pittsburgh; thence to Savage, West Maryland; thence to Preston Co., Va.; thence to Cook Co., Ill., where his father died in 1854, his mother remaining with children until her death in 1870.  After marriage, Samuel Horner first settled in Pittsburgh, Penn.; was engaged in the iron works there; moved to Walwoth Co., Wis.; engaged in farming for four years; thence to Marshall Co., Ill.; in 1855, came to this county; first settled in Union Tp.; in 1861, moved to her present residence, where she owns 240 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   Mr. Horner died Sept. 25, 1873, leaving many friends; had lived a Christian life; had for many years been a member of the New-School Presbyterian Church, of which he was an Elder.  Had eight children - Eugene Brandon, born in 1845; Mary J., 1847; James Brainard, 1849, a physician in Davis City, Decatur Co., Iowa; graduate of the Chicago Eclectic College; Samuel A., born in December 1852; died June 7, 1873; Annie M., born in 1854; William F., 1857; Thomas E., 1860; Addie L., 1864; all are educated and several have been engaged in teaching.  Mrs. H. has been a member of the C.P. Church since the age of 16; her children are all members except the youngest two.

Hutton, J.S., farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Moravia; of the old New England stock of Huttons; his grandfather, Simeon H., born near Hartford Conn., about 1756, was a hatter, at Little York, Penn.; married Mary Underwood, daughter of Elihu Underwood; had thirteen children - Joseph, born in York Co., Penn., in 1791; married Charity Sylvester, daughter of Solomon S., of Chester Co., Penn., she was born in Chester Co. in 1790; her father was a wagon-maker at Roseville, York Co., where he died in 1854, his wife eleven years after; they left seven children; J.S. was born in that county in 1820; educated in the U.S. Army, at Buffalo; was sent to Washington; participated at the battle of Buena Vista; discharged for disability; returned home in 1847.  In 1850, married Miss Sarah E. Miller, daughter of Hiram Miller, who was born in Vermont; removed to Syracuse, N.Y.; thence to Knox Co., Ill., thence to Davis Co., Iowa; thence to Oregon, where her mother died in 1869; returned to Appanoose; remained until his death, Feb. 31, 1871; she was born at Syracuse, N.Y., in 1829; they were married in Knox Co., Ill.; in 1858, they came to this county and settled where he now resides; owns 236 acres of land, valued at $15 per acre; have five children - Aveza B., born in Illinois in 1851; Solomon, born in Illinois in 1856; Lydia M., born in this county in 1858; John J., born in this county in 1864, and William P., born in this county in 1869.  Democrat; members of the Christian Church; he is a member of A., F. & A.M., No. 252 Moravia.

Johnson, Brown, mail-carrier, Moravia.

Johnson, W.J., clerk, Moravia.

Jones, F., far., Sec. 19; P.O. Moravia.

Jones, John, far., S. 30; P.O. Moravia.

Jourdon, Israel, far., S. 9; P.O. Moravia.

Judson, Smith, far., S. 11; P.O. Moravia.

Kersey, Henry, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Moravia; born in Guiliford Co., N.C., in 1812; his ancestors were among the early settlers of Pennsylvania; his grandfather, Amos K., born in that State in 1759, was a teacher; married Dinah Beason; has three children, the second of whom was Isaac C., the father of Henry, who was born in 1788; when 16 years of age, removed with his father to North Carolina; married Sarah Lamb, daughter of Thomas Lamb, of Randolph Co., N.C., where she was born in 1792; they had eight children; Henry, the oldest, received a liberal education for those days.  At the age of 27, married Miss Elizabeth H. Hiatt, daughter of Joseph Hiatt, a farmer of Guilford Co., N.C., but afterward of Davidson Co., N.C., where they remained in Guilford Co., until 1851, when they came to Iowa - first to Henry Co.; in spring of 1852, to Appanoose, and settled at present residence, where he owns ninety-one acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.  They have four children - Martha J., born in 1839 (widow of Johnathan Denny, a farmer of this county, who died in January 1869); Isaac J., born in 1843, married Miss Nancy J. Blakesly, daughter of Joel B., a resident of Nebraska; Annie M., born in 1853 (wife of T.J. Gillas, of this county); Melinda R., born in 1857 (wife of G.L. Frazee, son of T.N. Frazee, of Illinois).  Republican; has held various township offices.

Link, Elijah, far., Sec. 8; P.O. Moravia.

Lacroix, Jas. M., farmer and stockdealer, Sec. 16; P.O. Moravia; born in Schuyler Co., Ill., in 1845; in 1846, parents removed to Nauvoo, Ill.; received a good common-school education.  Married Miss Maria Hobbs, daughter of John Hobbs, of Nauvoo; she was born in Knox Co., Ohio, in 1846; they removed to this county, where he owns 240 acres, valued at $30 per acre; has engaged extensively in farming, buying and shipping cattle and horses.  They have seven children - Milo E., Milton A., John H., George L., Charles H., Wilbert and Harry.  Democrat.  Has held the office of Township Trustee and school offices.

Luce, Aaron, farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Moravia; born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, in 1819; he emigrated in his early days to Missouri, thence to Illinois, thence to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1840, and to Appanoose in 1849, and settled on the farm where he now resides; has 430 acres, valued at $30 per acre, with good building, bearing orchard, and all good improvements, which he has made by his energy; he has held several township offices, Justice of the Peace, and President of the School Board.  He married Martha Smith in Iowa Jan. 24, 1841; she was born in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, in 1821; they have seven children - Rosetta, Sarah, Jane, Martha, Lovreet, William J., Jackson and Mary; Douglas died 1 year of age.  Members of the M.E. Church; Republican.

Luce, Jackson, far., Sec. 17; P.O. Moravia.