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

Washington Township

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Isenberg, N.S., pattern maker, Moulton.

Jennings, James E., farmer, Moulton.

Jennings, John P., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 10; P.O. Moulton; born in Roanoke Co., W. Va., in 1826; removed to this county in 1853; has 240 acres of land, valued at $9,000.   Married Miss Mary S. Howell in 1852; she was born in Bedford Co., Va., in 1833; they have ten children - William E., Elisha J., May E., Sarah A., Luella, Saphronia B., Cora E., Ettie, Silvie and Eva.   Members of the German Baptist Church, their eldest daughter being a member of the same church.   Mr. J. has a well-improved farm, fine buildings and plenty of fruit of all kinds to be raised in this county, and has made it all since coming to this county.   Visited his old home in Virginia a few years since, and says he is better satisfied than ever with his home here, and thinks, everything considered, Appanoose is as good as any.

Jennings, M.S., Sec. 1; P.O. Orleans.

Jennings, S., butcher, Moulton.

Jennings, R., clerk, Moulton.

Johnson, D., Sec. 27; P.O. Moulton.

Johnson, M.A., retired, Moulton.

Johnson, Wm. J., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Moulton; born in Pulaski Co., Ky., in 1822; removed to Randolph Co., Mo., in 1836; thence to this county in 1846, with his parents, they being the oldest settlers on Fox River; has 140 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Margaret Kelso in 1863; she was born in Kentucky Nov. 8, 1826.   Mr. Johnson is one of the best farmers in his vicinity; he has gathered together the means of a comfortable livelihood for the remainder of his days, all of which he has accumulated since coming to this county, as all he had on coming here was one horse, which he rode from Missouri and 6 bits in money.

Jones, L.,Sec. 20; P.O. Beetrace.

Jordan, James, merchant, Moulton.

Kellum, J.W.,laborer, Moulton.

Kennel, A., farmer, Moulton.

Killam, L.C., attorney at law, Moulton.

Kinny, John, laborer, Moulton.

King, Thomas J., Rev., Pastor of Catholic Church, Moulton; residence, First st.; born in County Cavan, Ireland, in 1851, where he entered college in 1869, graduating in the classics in 1873, soon after which he emigrated to this country and completed his theological studies at St. Bonaventure College, conducted by the Franciscan Fathers at Allegany, N.Y.; has hopes of soon erecting a church at Moulton, and expects one started at Centerville the coming spring - 1879.

King, W., Sec. 19; P.O. Orleans.

Law, Thomas carpenter, Moulton.

Lane, John Q., manufacturer of wagons and carriages, Main st.; residence, corner Second and Elm sts.; born in Russell Co., Ky., in 1824; removed with his parents to McDonough Co., Ill., in 1836; was there until 1863, when he removed to Davis Co., this State; thence, in the fall of 1865, to Moulton, in this county, where he followed the trade of carpenter and joiner until the fall of 1873, since which he has followed his present occupation; owns his residence.   Married Miss Lucinda Miller in 1844; she was born in Tennessee in 1825; died in 1847, leaving one child - Cyrus; then married Sophia Whitten in October 1849; she was born in Tennessee in 1825; died in 1847, leaving one child - Cyrus; then married Sophia Whitten in October 1849; she was born in Wayne Co., Ky., in 1825; they have four children - William Q., Mattie E., Manford E. and Elisabeth.   Greenbacker; Mr. Lane is a member of the Christian Church.   Has held the office of Township Trustee, and is a member of the City Council, and while living in Macomb, Ill., was City Marshal of that city five years.   A member of the I.O.O.F., No. 297, Moulton, since 1859; has passed all the chairs.   Mr. Lane is among the early settlers of the county, being the first settler of Moulton now residing here.

Lawrence, B.S.,residence, Ransom's Addition to Moulton, Eighth st.; born in Jennings Co., Ind., in 1835; removed to Chicago, Ill., in 1859; thence to this county in 1864; owns residence an one acre of ground.   Married Miss Levence Shepherd in 1860; she was born in Jennings Co., Ind., in 1839.   Mr. and Mrs. L. are members of then M.E. Church; Republican.

Lee, Hiram,farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 25; P.O. Orleans; born in Wayne Co., N.Y., 1828; removed to St. Joe Co., Mich., in 1854; thence to Champaign Co., Ill., in 1856, thence to Orleans, this county, in 1865.   Owns 257 ½ acres of land, values at $35 per acre.   Married Miss Mary Chase in 1849.   She was born in Washington Co., N.Y., in 1825.   They have three children - Charley H., born in 1857; Celestia H., born in 1859; Sarah A., born in 1861.   Democrat.   Mr. Lee is a Deacon of the Christian Church of Orleans, his wife and two daughters also being members.

Linden, John, S. 9; P.O. Moulton.

Lenkersdorfer, John, S. 9; P.O. Moulton.

Leonard, W., S. 6; P.O. Beetrace.

Locker, Gholson,S. 24; P.O. Moulton.

Long, William, farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Moulton; born in Alleghany Co., Md., in 1818; when about 1 year old, his parents removed to Hampshire Co., Va., and there lived until he was 21; then the family removed to Hampshire Co., Va., and there lived until he was 21; then the family removed to Cumberland, Md., thence in 1839 to Harrison, W. Va., thence to Keokuk Co., Iowa in 1854, and to this county, October 1863; he has 130 acres of land valued at $4,000.   Married Mrs. Rebecca Hayes in 1863; she was born in 1863; she was born in Jefferson Co., Ind., in 1833; was the widow of Wm. H. Hayes, of this township, whom she married Sept. 1, 1853, in Jefferson Co., Ind.; he died March 1, 1859, leaving three children - William T., Sarah J. and Martha A.   They have three children - Anna S., born in 1866; Rosa B., 1870; Nancy E., 1872.   Democratic.   Mrs. Long has been a member of the Baptist Church since 16 years of age.   Mr. Long enlisted in the 8th Iowa V.I. in 1861; participated at Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, Memphis, Vicksburg and others; in hospital six months; discharged on account of ill health in 1862.

Ledbetter, Lovejoy, S. 17; P.O. Moulton.

Lowery, S.F., S. 31; P.O. Beetrace.

McCoy, Joseph, laborer, Moulton.

McDonald, H.T.,farmer S. 19; P.O. Unionville; born in Johnson Co., Ind., in 1851; during the same year his father, C.F. McDonald, removed to Jefferson Co., Iowa, rented a farm there and remained three years, and came to this county in 1854, and purchased the farm on which he died, 1865.   H.T. McDonald married Miss Lucy J. Hickenbothen in 1874; she was born in this county in 1853; they have two children - John J., born in 1875; Bertha J., born in 1878.   Republican; he is a member of the M.E. Church; she is a Baptist.   Owns his interest in his father's estate.

McElderry, J.A.,S. 17; P.O. Moulton.

McFall, J.N., cooper, Moulton.

McLaughlin, S., S. 27; P.O. Orleans.

McLaughlin, T. Jr.,, S. 26: P.O. Orleans.

Mallett, L., capitalist, Moulton.

Mace, S.R., jeweler, Moulton.

Marsh, A.L., S. 29; P.O. Beetrace.

Marshall, H.L., attorney and counselor at law and collecting agent, Main street; residence Second street; born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1849; removed to McLean Co., Ill., in 1872; thence to this county in 1875.   Member of the M.E. Church and member of I.O.O.F., No. 297, Moulton.

Marshall, Wm.,broker, Moulton.

Mathews, P., S. 13; P.O. Moulton.

Meenach, A.J., barber, Moulton.

Millirons, J., S. 31; P.O. Beetrace.

Mitchell, J., S. 24; P.O. Orleans.

Mitchell, R., S. 23; P.O. Orleans.

Mitchell, Wm., S. 23; P.O. Orleans.

Montgomery, Chas. A., Moulton.

Montgomery, Wert, grocer, Moulton.

Moore, G.T.,harness-maker, Moulton.

Moore, J.W., Cashier Moulton Bank.

Moore, J.W., dealer in general merchandise and Cashier Moulton Bank, Main st.; residence, Second st.; born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, in 1835; came to Burlington, Iowa, with his parents, in 1843; thence to Henry Co., Iowa, in 1846; thence to Jefferson Co., Iowa, in 1858; and to Appanoose Co. in 1870; owns store, with an extensive line of goods, residence and several vacant lots in the village.   Married Miss Minerva Hufsteller in 1855; she was born in Parke Co., Ind., in 1840; died April 7, 1876, leaving three children - Josephine, Johnnie and Maud; then married Alvina Whal in 1877; she was born in Philadelphia in 1843; they have one child - Luke.   Democrat.   On the Board of County Supervisors for three years.   Mr. and Mrs. Moore are members of the Presbyterian Church.   He belongs to the A., F. & A.M., Lodge No. 10, Keosauqua; I.O.O.F., No. 297, Moulton, and has passed all the chairs.   Enlisted in the 8th I.V.C., as Lieutenant, in 1863; participated at all the battles between Atlanta and Nashville, inclusive; promoted to Captain and Major Commanding, which offices he held until mustered out in August, 1865.

Moore, I., prop. Moore House, Moulton.

Moore, William, Sec. 6; P.O. Moulton.

Morrison, A.J., proprietor of Moulton Savings Bank, Main st.; residence, Broadway; born in Mercer Co., Penn., March 17, 1831; removed to Appanoose Co. in 1851; owns residence and 750 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre, and four residence lots in the village.   Married Miss Sarah Miller in 1856; she was born in Tennessee in 1841; died in 1857; his present wife was Mrs. Elizabeth Chrisman; they were married in 1872; she was born in Ohio in 1843; they have one child, born May 1874.   Member of the M.E. Church.   Held the office of Treasurer of this county during 1855-56.   A member of the A., F & A.M. Lodge at Unionville.   Enlisted in the 100th Penn. V.I., Co. B, Capt. M.M. Dawson, in 1861; participated at Port Royal, S.C., and all the battles along that coast; second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Chantilly and others; mustered out at Washington D.C., in April 1863.

Hileman, James, Sec. 7; P.O. Moulton.

Holmes, J.L., agent and operator for the B.& S.W.R.R., Moulton; residence corner Fourth and Oak sts.; born in Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1848; removed to Cedar Co., Iowa, in 1870; thence to Hancock Co., Ill., in 1873, and to this county in 1877.   Married Miss Bell Browning in 1874; she was born in Illinois in 1853; they have one child - Hugh D., born in 1875.   Mrs. Holmes is a member of the M.E. Church, he is a member of the Friends' Church; Republican in politics.

Morrison, J.J., blacksmith, Moulton.

Morrison, Thomas, of Morrison Bros., blacksmiths, Main st.; residence, corner of Broadway and Sixth st.; born in Washington Co., Md., in 1843; removed to Greene Co., Ohio, in 1851; thence to this county in 1856; owns residence and shop.   Married Emma. E. Rives in 1868; she was born in Adams Co., Ill., in 1845; they have three children - Jessie, Eddie and Nellie.   Republican.   Member of the A., F. & A.M., No. 317, Moulton; Junior Warden; also I.O.O.F., No. 276, Moulton.   A member of the City Council.   Enlisted in the 7th Mo. V.C. in 1861; participated at Loan Jack, Prairie Grove, Little Rock, Morrow Bottoms, Jenks' Ferry and others.   Mustered out in St. Louis Sept. 10, 1865.

Murdy, A.J., farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Beetrace; born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1830; at the age of 10, with his father, removed to Green Co., Penn., where he lived until 1872, when he came to this county, Washington Tp., where he owns 320 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   He married Miss Christa McCosh in 1852; she was born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1830; died in 1852, leaving one child.   Then married Miss Eliza Clendening, who was born in West Virginia in 1832; died in 1871, leaving eight children - Winfield, F.S. (now resident physician of Moulton, this county), Alice J. (now Mrs. Geo. Stockwell, of this township), John A., William C., Isabel, Andrew C., Robert L. and Albert, who is now a resident of West Virginia; then married Mrs. Sarah L. Shelton in 1873; she was born in East Virginia in 1840; they have three children - Minnie, Robert D. and Loa.   Was a Republican; helped to organize the party; now a Greenbacker.   Mrs. M. is a member of the Christian Church.   Enlisted in the 1st W.Va. Cav. In 1863; participated at Gettysburg, through Sheridan's campaign, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fisher's Hill and in all twenty battles; mustered out in July 1865, at Wheeling, Va.

Murdy, W.F. S., M.D., physician and surgeon; office Main street; boards at R.B. Carson's, corner Fourth and Elm; born December 1854, in Green Co., Penn., removed to his county in 1872; graduated at the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, in 1872, and commenced practice in this village in March 1878; entered college at the age 19; took his entire course at St. Louis, graduating at the age of 23.

Murdy, Wm., S. 5; P.O. Beetrace.