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

Bellair Township

K  - Z

Kingsbury, R.J., farmer, Sec. 19; P.O. Centerville.

Kinion, B., far., S. 22; P.O. Centerville; born March 22, 1832, in Lincoln Co., Mo.; in 1853, he came to Lee Co., Iowa; in 1866, removed to Texas; in 1867, to Appanoose Co.; he rents 555 acres of land; is Township Treasurer.  Enlisted in 1863, in Co. E, 19th Iowa Inf.; served to the end of the war; was at the taking of Spanish Fort, Mobile, and other engagements.   Married Mrs. Susan Crocker, daughter of Joseph Adamson, in 1854; she was born Oct. 5, 1830, in Ohio; they had seven children; five living - Mary E.,now a school teacher; Sarah J., John B., Laura B. and Sherman A.; she has one son by a former marriage - John F. Crocker, a school-teacher.  Member of Odd Fellow's Lodge, No. 76, of Centerville; a member of the Encampment; a Master Mason and a Chapter member.  Republican.

Lantz, J., farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Centerville.

Lantz, N., far., S. 16; P.O. Centerville.

Leseng, William, blacksmith, Numa.

Livengood, J.M., far., S. 16; P.O. Centerville.

Livengood, Peter, far., S. 9; P.O. Centerville.

Lotridge, Dyer, far., S. 27; P.O. Centerville.

McBride, A.B., farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Centerville.

McClard, J.K.,far., S. 3; P.O. Centerville.

McNelly, H., laborer, Bellair.

Mills, B.P.,far., S. 29; P.O. Centerville.

Moss, G.R.,far., S. 9; P.O. Centerville.

Neff, Thomas,farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Centerville.

O'Day, John,farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Centerville.

Partin, A.,far., S. 5; P.O. Centerville.

Reynolds, J.P.,far., S. 5; P.O. Centerville.

Reahard, W.,far., S. 30; P.O. Centerville.

Shaw, A.,far., Sec. 5; P.O. Centerville.

Shontz, Jacob,far., Sec. 34; P.O. Centerville; born July 8, 1825, in Crawford Co., Penn.; in 1858, came to Appanoose Co.  Owns 600 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.  Married Nancy Larimer May 4, 1854; she was born in October 1832, in Mercer Co., Penn., have eight children - Flora E., Eugene L., John M., Margaret J., Frank M.   Has held about all the township offices.  Presbyterian; Greenbacker.

Silknitter, Solomon,deceased; born Oct. 17, 1816, in Pennsylvania; died March 4, 1865.  Married Catherine Carter in 1836; she was born in 1818, in Maryland; in 1849, they came to Appanoose Co.; they own 600 acres of land; they had twelve children, ten living - Henry P., Mary I., Benjamin F., Rebecca S., Hiram W., Sylvenia S., Jno. P., Solomon S., Jacob A. and Eli E.  Benjamin F., is now Sheriff of this county, serving his second term.  Presbyterian.

Smith, B.,far., Sec. 3; P.O. Centerville.

Smith, W.W.,far., Sec. 3; P.O. Centerville.

Snedeker, Elmina,P.O. Bellair.

Spaulding, J.,far., Sec. 34; P.O. Centerville.

Spaulding, Dudley,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Centerville; born Feb. 1, 1838, in Jennings Co., Ind.; in 1865, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 190 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Sarah H. McGuire Sept. 19, 1859; she was born Oct. 2, 1843, in Johnson Co., Ind.; have four children - Mary A., Fannie E., Jno. J. and George A.; lost two children in infancy.  Republican.

Spooner, L.W.,far., Sec. 16; P.O. Centerville.

Stewart, A.,far., Sec. 19; P.O. Centerville.

Stickler, William E.,far., S. 27; P.O. Centerville; born Feb. 28, 1820, in Miami Co., Ohio; in 1852, came to Appanoose Co.; owns 265 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Mary J. Delong Nov. 29, 1838; she was born Dec. 15, 1821, in Ross Co., Ohio; died Feb. 27, 1854; had six children; five living - Phebe, Levi, Caroline, George and Elizabeth.   John enlisted in 1862 in Co. A, 36th Iowa Inf.; died at Helena June 19, 1863.  Second marriage to Nancy Thomas March 23, 1855; she was born Dec. 13, 1832, in Virginia; now deceased; had fourteen children; nine living - Daniel, Andrew, William, Ann, Rebecca, Amanda, Jacob, Samuel and Ida.  Third marriage to Eva Idleman Oct. 11, 1874; she was born in 1822 in Virginia.  Republican; German Baptist; he has been engaged in preaching the past twenty- one years.

Streepy, I.F.,far., Sec. 15; P.O. Centerville.

Veach, Adam,blacksmith, Numa.

Whitsel, Lawrence,far., Sec. 28; P.O. Centerville.

Wertz, B.,farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Centerville.

Wright, J.R.,far., Sec. 3; P.O. Centerville.

Wyatt, J.,farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Centerville.