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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Ireland, E.U., far., Sec. 6, P.O. Cincinnati.

Ireland, Ann Mrs., far., S. 11; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Mercer Co, Penn., in 1811; her father, John Whittmer, died when she was but 4 years of age, leaving her mother with a family of six small children; she remained a widow for nine years, then married Jacob Bear, a resident of Mercer Co., who lived but four weeks after their marriage; five years, after she married John Brown, then a resident of Ohio, where he took his wife and daughter Ann; the rest of the family were settled in Pennsylvania.  On their journey to Washington Co, Ohio, Mrs. Brown stopped at Marietta, and Ann and Mr. Brown went on foot thirty miles further in one day.  Mr. Brown died in 1858; her mother then came to this county, where she died in January 1876.  At the age of 22, Ann married Mr. Elijah S. Ireland, who was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1813; was a farmer; a year after, they came to Jackson Co, Ohio, where they remained sixteen years; then came to this county, where he died Jan. 12, 1867, at the age of 54 years 4 months and 12 days, much esteemed by all who knew him; he left eight children - Deadama, Julia A., John B., William A., Margaret J., Mahala, Benjamin L., Charles W.   Had held the offices of Township Trustee, school offices, etc.  Mr. Ireland was a member of the M.E. Church, but, five years after their marriage, joined the United Brethren Church; Mrs. Ireland is now a member of the Congregational Church.  She has 360 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.

King, James, far., S. 15; P.O. Cincinnati.

King, J.A., far., S. 14; P.O. Cincinnati.

Knapp, M., far., S. 29; P.O. Numa.

Keller, A., far., S. 19; P.O. Numa.

Lang, L.T., far., S. 13; P.O. Cincinnati.

Langwith, Henry, retired, Cincinnati.

Leseney, __, hotel-keeper, Cincinnati.

Lee, John, far., S. 35; P.O. Cincinnati.

Linder, L., far., S., 28; P.O. Cincinnati.

Litsey, J.J., far., S. 28; P.O. Cincinnati.

Lowe, Isaiah, retired farmer; P.O. Numa; born in North Carolina in 1794; when 6 months old, his father removed to Fayette Co, Ky., four miles from Lexington; engaged in farming; remained there four years; thence to Slate Creek, Montgomery Co., where he remained until his death in 1806; his mother following one year after.  Isaiah was bound to a tanner; served an apprenticeship of five years; in 1812, went to Madison Co., Ohio; worked at journey work for years and farming two years; returned to Kentucky, Fleming Co.  In 1817, married Lucy Estell, who was born in Fleming Co., in 1800, the month and day of her birth being the same as her husband's; a daughter of William Estell, of Kentucky, who, with an elder brother, are all known to be living of the family.  After marriage, commenced tanning in Bath Co., Ky.; three years after, returned to Flemming Co.; four years after, sold out to his father-in-law and purchased a farm in same county; removed to Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1830, where he entered a tract of land, which he improved and farmed; in 1844, came to Davis Co., Iowa, again entered land and underwent the hardships of pioneer life; in 1864, sold out, came to Appanoose and purchased a farm in Pleasant Tp.; remained for five years; returned to Davis Co., Belknap, purchased a lot and built a residence which he still owns, but their children not wishing them to live alone, they now reside with their daughter, Mrs. Parks, of Pleasant Tp.; they have ten children, lost three; raised three grand-children.  Mrs. Lowe is a member of the Baptist Church; Republican.   While in Davis Co., he held the office of Justice of the Peace.

McDonald, A.C., carpenter, Cincinnati.

McDonald, W.S., far., P.O. Cincinnati.

McCollum, J.N., far., Sec. 15; P.O. Cincinnati.

McDonald, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Mercer Co., Penn., in 1814; educated in a log school house with windows of paper; four days of the week working at home two days at school; remained a home until 27 years of age.  During 1841, he married Miss Mary Stuart; she was born in Derry Co., Ireland, in 1814; he parents, Clayton and Nancy S., emigrated to America when she was but 6 months of age; her father settled in Allegheny Co.; her brother Thomas is an eminent physician of Cumberland Co., Penn.; her second brother, an extensive coal and lime merchant, supposed to have been worth $50,000, killed by cars; a sister, wife of Dr. James J. Kerr, of Lansing, Mich.  Mrs. McD. died May 19, 1878, a devout Christian lady; her loss is deeply felt by the community as well as her family; she left seven children - Nancy S., Mary L., J. C., A.C., Josie E., Harriet Beecher and Wilbur S., each having a liberal education, all having been or are at present successful teachers; their eldest son, Henry Jacques died at Cincinnati in 1875.  A member of the Congregational Church, and has been either Elder or Deacon for twenty five years; Mrs. McD. was also a member of that Church; Republican.  Has held nearly all the township offices; Mr. McD. owned 320 acres of well cultivated land, valued at $40 per acre, which he distributed among his children, except 120 acres left himself; always foremost in public enterprise; the fine brick church in Cincinnati, in which he worships, was erected by himself and another member; has also been one of the foremost in the erection of their school-buildings.

McDonald, John C. farmer; residence Cincinnati; born in Mercer Co, Penn., in July 1845; came to Lee Co., Iowa, in 1852; thence, in 1854, to this county, where he owns eighty-five acres of land adjoining Cincinnati, valued at $33.50 per acre.  Married Miss Mary K. Boyles; she was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, Sept. 22, 1846; her father, John P., came to this county in 1856; engaged in the lumber trade at Centerville; his being the first yard in the county; commenced business in 1869, and continued it five years; sold to his sone and son-in-law, the firm being Boyles & Bower; he is now 76 and his wife 71 years of age.  Mr. McDonald has one child - Kitty, born in July 1871.  Are members of the Congregational Church.  He holds the offices of Township Clerk, School Treasurer in his district and Township School Treasurer; is Notary Public and collection agent; also deals in real estate; has taught school eight consecutive winters.   Republican.  A member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, No. 76, at Centerville.  Enlisted in Co. E, 7th Iowa V.C., April 23, 1863, a private; served as Quartermaster's Clerk for first two years; after that as Sergeant Major; his regiment was engaged on the frontier; also employed in making several expeditions; mustered out in May 1866, at Ft. Levenworth, Kansas.

McFarland, J.S., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 24; P.O. Centerville; born in Ohio Co., W.Va., jan. 7, 1822; his father Robert McFarland, was born in Ireland, and emigrated to this country in 1811; first settled in Boston, Mass.; engaged in learning his trade in the old country.   Married his cousin, Jane McFarland, in Providence, R.I., also a native of Ireland, and emigrated to this country at the breaking out of the war of 1812; their ship was prevented from landing where intended, in consequence of the troubles existing at that time; afterward settled in West Virginia; thence to Ohio, and during 1856, they, with their son J.S., came to this township, where he bought 100 acres of land, but now owns 230 acres of the finest and best improved land in the county, valued at $35 per acre.  He married Miss Sarah J. Porter in 1848; she was born in Fayette Co., Penn., in 1812; they have four children - Susan J., Mary E. and Louisa J., born in Ohio, and Edgar P., born in Iowa, July 23, 1856.  Republican; members of the Presbyterian Church.  Was Township Treasurer for twelve years, and has held the office of Township Trustee; also school offices.   She is a member of the M.E. Church.  He is a member of the I.O.O.F., having belonged to that body at Fort Madison.  His son, John S., enlisted in Co. I, Capt. Wycoff, 18th Mo. V.I.; was assigned the duty of teamster, and, in 1864, was drowned near Shiloh.

McMorrow, J., far., S. 16; P.O. Cincinnati.

McKeehan, B., far., S. 32; P.O. Cincinnati.

Maloney, W., far., Sec. 21; P.O. Cincinnati.

May, J.N., nurseryman, Cincinnati.

Messersmith, G.W., far., S. 2; P.O. Cincinnati.

Mitchell, A.,far., Sec. 2; P.O. Cincinnati.

Michael, D., far., S. 24; P.O. Cincinnati.

Morrison, J.W., farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Walkill, Orange Co., N.Y., July 29, 1812; his father's father, James Morrison, a native of Scotland, came to America previous to the Revolution; settled in Orange Co., N.Y., in the same township where J.W. was born; purchased a farm of Lord Stirling, it being wild land, in fact, very little of any other at that time was to be found any father West than that; he remained there until his death, which occured about the year 1823.  The father of Mr. Morrison, Daniel M., being the eldest of the family, settled about one mile from the old homestead, where he engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1824; his mother's father, Timothy Wood, came to Orange Co. from Long Island at a very early date, supposed to be previous to the Morrisons' settlement there; was also a farmer; at the age of 17, J.W. engaged as an apprentice to learn the mason's trade; served over four years; worked at his trade during the summer, and teaching in the winter until 35 years of age.  In 1838, he married Miss Cordelia Smith; she was born in same county, township and State in 1820; parents natives of New England; father, Asa Smith, born near Boston; an machinist, but a farmer during the latter part of his life; her mother, Rachel Cook, was born in Rhode Island; both died in Massachusetts; in 1847, J. Ward an family removed to Wisconsin; there purchased a farm and engaged in farming until 1856, when they came to Appanoose; first settled in Center Tp., where he now owns one of the finest farms in the county, of 340 acres, four miles south of Centerville; later he came to Pleasant Tp., where he also owns a good farm of 340 acres. all valued at $30 per acre; they have seven children - Leonard E., Walter S., Harriet P., Adelaide, David S., Lewis K. and Florence.  Republican.

Morrow, Josephfar., carpenter, Cincinnati.

Mottoo, Michael,Sec. 21; P.O. Centerville.

Morris, Davis,Sec. 9; P.O. Cincinnati.

Patterson, Mark, far., Sec. 22; P.O. Centerville.

Parks, Robert, far., Sec. 22; P.O. Hibbsville.

Philips, Thomas, far., Sec. 28; P.O. Cincinnati.

Porter, Phinehas, Jr., farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Centerville; born in Fayette Co., Penn., in 1809; his father; Phinehas P., Sr., a tanner, born in Mercer Co., Penn., afterward a resident of Fayette Co., died in 1817; his mother, Susan P., whose family name was McNatt, was born near Gettysburg, Penn., died Dec. 10, 1837; for eight years after the death of his mother, his sister and himself remained at the old homestead, Sept. 10, 1844, he married Miss Hannah Bunker; she was born in Fayette Co., Penn., in 1818; her father, Jesse B., was born in the State of Delaware; afterward a wagon-maker of Dunbar, Fayette Co., Penn.; her mother, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was Phillips, was born near Uniontown, county seat of Fayette Co.; they both died in that county; very soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Porter removed to Belmont Co., twenty miles below Wheeling W.Va., where they remained for eleven years, engaged in farming; they came to this county, where he now owns eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre.  They have three children - Emma P., born July 7, 1850; Albert J., born March 26, 1853; Charles E., born April 16, 1856.   Republican; Mr. Porter has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for forty years; Mrs. P. was formerly a Methodist, but after their marriage joined the Presbyterian Church; their daughter Emma is a member of the same church, and their two sons of the Methodist.  Their eldest son, James J., enlisted in the 3d I.V.C. in March 1863, being but 18 years of age; died of measles, at Memphis, in June 1863.  Mr. P. has held the office of Township Trustee, Township Supervisor, and in 1864, was elected County Supervisor.

Pounds, I.D., hotel-keeper, Cincinnati.

Pullman, D.J., far., Sec. 22; P.O. Centerville.

Putnam, James, far., S. 6; P.O. Cincinnati.