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

Wells Township

K  - Z

King, D., far., Sec. 10; P.O. Dean.

King, Eli, far., S. 34; P.O. Dean.

Kinsler, Robt., far., Sec. 36; P.O. Coatsville.

Lane, Wm., far., S. 11; P.O. Dean.

Lindsey, C., far., S. 15; P.O. Dean.

Lytton, John, far., Sec. 12; P.O. Dean.

Losey, J., far., Sec. 1; P.O. Coatsville.

Long, Wm., far., S. 22; P.O. Moulton.

Maring, J., far., S. 20; P.O. Moulton.

Martin, Oliver P.,far., Sec. 14; P.O. Dean; born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1842; removed to this county in 1867; owns eighty-five acres of land, valued at $15 per acre.   Married Miss Amanda J. Hays in 1866; she was born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1845; they have three children - Willie, born in 1868; Leonard, in 1870; Claude O., in 1875.  Members of M.E. Church.  Held office of Justice of the Peace six years and School Director three years.  Is a member of I.O.O.F., No. 76, Centerville.  Enlisted in the 70th Ohio V.I., Co. A, Capt. Brown, in 1861; participated at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg and Mission Ridge; veteran in 1864; from Chattanooga to Atlanta with Sherman, and through Georgia to the coast at Ft. McAlister; enlisted as private and mustered out at 2d Sergeant in 1865.

Mathews, Paul, far., S. 24; P.O. Moulton.

May, J.,far., S. 19; P.O. Moulton.

Miller, J.W.,far., S. 22; P.O. Moulton.

Mitchell, H.B.I.,far., S. 30; P.O. Moulton.

Mitchell, J., far., S. 29; P.O. Moulton.

Mitchell, P.H.,far., Sec. 30; P.O. Moulton.

Moore, A.L.,far., S. 27; P.O. Moulton.

Morrow, H., far., S. 21; P.O. Dean.

Morrow, J.H.,far., S. 35; P.O. Dean.

Morrow, R.,far., S. 5; P.O. Dean.

Mowrer, John D.,farmer, S. 33; P.O. Moulton; born in Columbia Co., Penn., Nov. 12, 1838; removed to Dixon, Lee Co., Ill., May 1844; then returned to his native county in 1860, where he remained until Feburary 1864, when he returned to Dixon, and in March 1869, came to this county; has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.  Married Miss Mary A. Palmer, at Dixon, Ill., March 22, 1869; she was the daughter of Elder H.W. Palmer, former Pastor of the M.E. Church of that city, and was born in Franklin Co., N.Y., June 25, 1838.  They have four children - Palmer D., born Feb. 26, 1871; F. Derby, Sept. 30, 1872; Philip H., Sept. 19, 1873; Mary Josinda, Aug. 3, 1876.  Republican; he is a member of the Lutheran and she of the M.E. Church.  Philip Mowrer, the father of John D., was born in Luserne Co., Penn., Feb. 13, 1810; was a gunsmith by trade; during the year 1844, he removed to Lee Co., Ill., there turned his attention to farming; has kept in office a great portion of the time, having been chosen County Commissioner, and held other prominent offices unti 1860, when he returned to Pennsylvania, and in 1869, came to this county with his son, where he was appointed Justice of the Peace; during his life in this county, he devoted much of his time to the culture of grapes, planting out at one time 700 vines of Concord, which he discovered to be best adapted to this climate; kept a great many bees; died Aug. 5, 1878.  His mother died Dec. 26, 1859.  His brother Henry died Jan. 6, 1853; John D., now being the only one of his mother's family living.

Murphy, J./b>,far., Sec. 28; P.O. Moulton .

Niswonger, George R.,far., Sec. 23; P.O. Moulton.

Peck, A.J.,farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Dean.

Probasco, N.,far., Sec. 3; P.O. Moulton.

Purdum, B. T.,far., Sec. 8; P.O. Dean.

Rash, William, farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Dean.

Robinson, G.W.,far., S. 5; P.O. Dean.

Richie, J.D.,far., S. 14; P.O. Coatsville.

Russell, J.H.,far., Sec. 14; P.O. Coatsville.

Short, J.H.,far., Sec. 5; P.O. Moulton.

Scurlock, James Milton,far., Sec. 9; P.O. Dean; born in Jackson Co., Ohio, in 1820; came to this county in 1844, being among the very earliest settlers; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.  He married Miss Matilda Cooksey in 1845, daughter of William Cooksey; she was born in Kentucky in 1826; they have four children - Cleopatra, born in 1846, married Elisha Kirby in 1866; Bartholomew C., born in 1852; Grant, born in 1858; Joseph B., born in 1868.  Republican. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace for several years, also school and district offices.  When he came to this county, he had nothing but what he had in his pocket, which was less than $10, and it was five years before he saw another $10.

Short, S.B.,far., Sec. 32; P.O. Moulton.

Shosts, H.D.,far., S. 6; P.O. Centerville.

Sidwell, C.A.,far., S. 31; P.O. Moulton.

Sidwell, J.,far., Sec. 1; P.O. Moulton.

Stansbury, A.J.,far., S. 27; P.O. Moulton.

Stansbury, G.S.,far., Sec. 4; P.O. Dean; born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1826; removed to Pike Co., Ill., in 1851; thence to this county in 1852; owns 340 acres of land in this township, valued at $30 per acre; 230 acres in Caldwell Tp., Secs. 21 and 22, valued at $25 per acre; 227 acres in Liberty Tp., valued at $25 per acre, with two lots in Dean, with residence and 28 vacant lots, valued at $2,000.  Married Miss Amanda Knight in 1849; she was born in Brown Co., Ohio, in 1830; died in this county in 1853, leaving one child - Xenia, born in March 1850, now Mrs. J.G. Braugh, merchant at Dean.   He married Miss Rebecca Cooksey, in September 1854; she was a daughter of William Cooksey, of this township; born in Scott Co., Ill., in 1838; they have seven children - Augusta, Daniel C., Ella May, Charles W., Stella, John M. and an infant.   Republican.  Has held the office of County Treasurer from 1864 to 1868; Township Clerk, school offices etc.; was Lieutenant of Co. B, Border Brigade, under State law, organized in 1861; made many arrests and returned to the authorities in Missouri.   On coming to Appanoose Co., had but 50 cents cash, a consumptive wife, $10 worth of medicines and a pony worth $25; commenced the practice of medicine at Wells' Mills, this township, which he follwed until 1874.

Stansberry, J.M.,far., S. 23; P.O. Moulton.

Stansberry, G.S.,far., S. 10; P.O. Dean.

Stansbury, M.,far., S. 5; P.O. Moulton.

Stephen, J.,far., Sec. 4; P.O. Coatsville.

Stiles, J.H.P., Sr.,far., Sec. 14; P.O. Dean.

Stiles, S., Sr.,far., Sec. 9; P.O. Dean.

Stiles, S., Jr.,far., Sec. 14; P.O. Dean.

Stober, J.,far., Sec. 25; P.O. Moulton.

Strode, T.,far., Sec. 20; P.O. Moulton.

Sturgeon, B.,far., Sec. 31; P.O. Centerville.

Sturgeon, D.O.,far., S. 14; P.O. Centerville.

Sutton, Jonas,farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Moulton; born in Pendleton Co., Va., in 1832, and, while yet a child, his parents removed to Harrison Co., Va., where he remained until 1865, when he came to this county; he owns 170 acres of land adjoining Moulton, 30 acres on Sec. 16, 172 acres near Centerville and 52 lots in his addition to Moulton, 20 acres of coal lands, as well as 170 of tax-title lands in Missouri.   He married Miss Sarah J. Robinson in 1860; she was born in Harrison Co., Va., in 1835; they have three children - Florence, born Aug. 14, 1861; George W., born June 8, 1865; Violetta, March 2, 1869.  Democratic; members of the M.E. Church.  Mr. Sutton, supposing his lands, like a considerable portion of Appanoose Co., were underlaid with coal, employed W.P. Fox, Geologist for Iowa, to make a special geological examination, and while he says that there is no coal formation in the State so regular and uniform as that of Appanoose Co.; that taking into consideration of the land, and the heavy body of coal underlying it on Mr. Sutton's lands, he considers it more desirable than any in that vicinity.  Mr. Sutton has his reports locating points most desirable for sinking shafts, substance to be passed through, etc.

Swarts, C.W.,far., S. 27; P.O. Moulton.

Swarts, F.,far., Sec. 28; P.O. Moulton.

Swarts, H.,far., Sec. 19; P.O. Moulton.

Todd, James,farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. Moulton.

Tull, J.A.,far., Sec. 21; P.O. Moulton.

Ulrick, J.,far., S. 10; P.O. Dean.

Wahl, G.W.,farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Moulton.

Wood, D.,far., Sec. 22; P.O. Dean.

Wood, G.W.,far., S. 30; P.O. Moulton.

Wold, George,farmer; dealer and grower of stock, Sec. 19; P.O. Moulton; born in Perry Co., Ohio, in 1832; removed with his parents to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1851; thence to this county in 1864; owns 397 1/2 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.  Married Miss Rebecca Martin in 1851; she was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, in 1828; have three children - John W., born in 1852; Mary J., born in 1855, and Laura R., born in 1867.   Greenbacker in politics; he is a member of the Lutheran Church, she of the Presbyterian.   He has held the office of County Supervisor four years, Township Clerk, school offices, etc.

Yates, W.,far., S. 21; P.O. Dean.