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

M  - Z

McAntin, Alfred, farmer , Sec. 28; P.O. Moravia.

McCoy, J.W., far., S. 7; P.O. Moravia.

Main, Lewis, Sr., far., S. 7; P.O. Moravia; born near Wheeling, Va., in 1800; son of Daniel M.,a native of Germany, who, when Lewis was 2 1/2 years of age, removed to Monroe Co., Ohio, Jackson Tp.; were among the earliest settlers, lived in forts as a protection against the Indians.  In 1820, Lewis married Miss Elizabeth Funkhouser, born in Pennsylvania in 1802; in 1826, moved to Highland Co., Ohio, remained two and a half years; thence to Ripley Co., Ind., remained twenty years; in 1855, came to this county, settled in Taylor Tp., where he now owns 117 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.  In 1867, his wife died, leaving ten children - John, Mary, Nancy, William, Lewis, Susannah, Jacob, Josephine, Sarah and Charles.   John and Jacob are Republicans; Mrs. Main was a member of the U.B. Church, as are most of the children.

Main, W.F., farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 7; P.O. Moravia; born in Monroe Co., Ohio, in 1827; son of Lewis Main, a native of Virginia; moved to Ohio, thence to Ripley Co., Ind.; in 1853, W. F. came to this county and engaged at teh carpenter's trade.  In October 1854, married Miss Susan A. Carsal; she was born in Ohio in 1839; soon after their marriage, he engaged in farming, which he has since followed, except two years in Hartsville, Ind., working at his trade.   He now owns 467 acres of land in Appanoose, valued at $30 per acre.  They have four children - Mary J., Ida E., Laura E., Albert J.  Republican in politics; Mrs. M. is a member of the United Bretheren Church; their two eldest daughters of the Christian Church.   Mr. Main has been a member of the School Board.

Main. W.F., far., S. 7; P.O. Moravia.

Miller, Alvin, far., S. 7; P.O. Moravia.

Miller, E.A., far., S. 11; P.O. Moravia.

Miller, George A., school teacher, Sec. 12; P.O. Moravia; born in Fayette Co., Penn., in 1837; he followed school-teaching until he enlisted in August 1862, in Co. B, 73d Ill. V.I.; was in the army of the Cumberland; was wounded at the battle of Atlanta, Ga., in 1864; he was in eighteen heavy battles; returned to his regiment after his recovery from his wound and served until the close of the war; he moved to Tazewell Co., Ill., before the war, and to Warren Co., Iowa, in 1868, and to Appanoose Co. in 1876; he has followed school-teaching the principal part of his life, in which he has made the business a success, and given satisfaction to others.  He married Mary E. Bower in Pennsylvania in 1860; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1838; they have two children - Anna Bell and Idesta Althea.

Morrison, S., far., S., 4; P.O. Moravia.

Oehler, A.M., far., S. 1; P.O. Moravia.

Oehler, P.C., far., S. 1; P.O. Moravia.

Pabst, Jacob, far., Sec. 9; Moravia.

Patrick, J., far., Sec. 10; P.O. Moravia.

Patrick, Jno., far., Sec. 10; P.O. Moravia.

Peatman, William, wagon-maker and blacksmith,firm of Peatman Bros., Moravia; born in Peoria Co., Ill., in 1853; came to Iowa in 1855; he first followed farming and school-teaching seven years, and entered into this present business in 1876.  R.I. Peatman, born in 1851, in Illinois.  Republican. Married Harriet Link; she was born in Indiana; they have two children - May and Clarence.  Owns house and lot, shop and stock, and doing a thriving business in the way of manufacturing and repairing wagons and blacksmithing.  Republican.

Pence, C.D.,far., Sec. 9; P.O. Moravia.

Pence, D., far., Sec. 10; P.O. Moravia.

Pence, G.M. far., Sec., 4; P.O. Moravia.

Pence, P.D., far., Sec. 3; P.O. Moravia.

Plalner, R.,far., Sec. 4;,P.O. Moravia.

Reich, E., far., Sec. 4; P.O. Moravia .

Reich, F.A., far., Sec. 1; P.O. Moravia.

Runnels, A.C., far., Sec. 14; P.O. Moravia.

Schrim, Henry, far., Sec. 18; P.O. Moravia.

Scott, Jno.,far., Sec. 20; P.O. Moravia.

Scott, S.W., far., Sec. 20; P.O. Moravia.

Sears, P.W.,far., S. 4; P.O. Moravia.

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

Sharp, F.M.,farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Moravia; born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1839; came to Appanoose Co., in 1855.  In June 1861, enlisted in the 6th Iowa V.I., in which he served for four years.  March 31, 1864, being home on furlough, he married Maggie R. Batty, who was born in Marshall Co., Ill., in 1838.  Are members of the C.P. Church.  He is a member of A., F. & A.M., No. 252.  Has held various township offices.

Sharp, J.W.,far., S. 14; P.O. Moravia.

Sharp, Wm., far., S. 14; P.O. Moravia.

Sharp, Wilson, grocery and queensware merchant, Moravia; born in Pennsylvania in 1853; came to Iowa in 1855; they have one child - a baby not named.  Held the office of Township Clerk.  Mr. Sharp has a well-assorted stock of goods, and doing a good business; has his share of the patronage of the town and county trade.

Showers, L., far., S. 7; P.O. Moravia.

Shutterly, W.H., far., S. 4,P.O. Moravia.

Skinner, J.C., far., S. 17,P.O. Moravia.

Staufer, J., far., S. 10; P.O. Moravia.

Stauber, C.E., far., S. 30; P.O. Moravia.

Stauber, J.A., harness-maker; Moravia.

Stephens, G.L., far., S. 4; P.O. Moravia.

Stephens, J.L., far., S. 15; P.O. Moravia.

Strupy, Ed., far., S. 13; P.O. Moravia.

Sumner, Jas., far., S. 4; P.O. Moravia.

Sutlef, Wm., far., S. 16; P.O. Moravia.

Tadlock, Jas., far., Sec. 12; P.O. Moravia.

Taylor, G.W., far., S. 27; P.O. Moravia.

Thackery, E., far., Sec. 9; P.O. Moravia.

Thrift, J.D., far., S. 24; P.O. Moravia.

Tism, Wm., far., Sec. 4; P.O. Moravia.

Tucker, A.E., far., S. 28; P.O. Moravia.

Tucker, E.F., far., S. 28; P.O. Moravia.

Turner, W.D., far., Sec. 2; P.O. Moravia.

Wallace, F.P., farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Moravia.

Wallace, Ezekiel, farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Moravia; Irish descent; son of Robert Wallace, who was born in Rosegards, North of Ireland, in 1797; his father, Exekiel W., was a resident of Ireland at the time fo the rebellion of the Catholics, at whose hands he received severe punishment for his Protestant proclivities, being imprisioned for a long time, then released, supposing her would flee the county, but he continued in the vicinity hiding in the swamps till he was caught, when he was whipped and beaten nearly to death; after which, with his wife and three children, emigrated to America, to Washington Co., Penn., thence to Columbiana Co., Ohio, where he died soon after from the injuries received in Ireland; his wife died about 1863, over 80 years of age.   Robert, in February 1822, married Miss Maria Hasson, daughter of Jonathan H., a distiller of whisky of Columbiana Co., Ohio; she was born in Cumberland Co., Penn., in 1801; they remained in Columbiana County until his death in 1828; she died in 1860, leaving two children - Ezekiel and a younger brother, a lawyer in New Lisbon, Ohio.  Ezekiel was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, May 17, 1823.  In December 1845, he married Miss Nancy R. Wiley, daughter of Joseph W., she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, Oct. 3, 1825; they remained on the farm until the fall of 1854, when he came to this county and purchased the farm on which he now resides, of 320 acres, valued at $8,000; Nov. 16, 1873, his wife died, leaving five children - Maria H., born Jan. 3, 1847, was killed July 18,1874; Nancy A., born July 19, 1848, the wife of Dr. Alverson, a physician of Eldon, Wapello Co.; Geo. C., bron Feb. 16, 1851, a physician of Grace Hill, Washington Co.; Franklin P., born Sept. 18, 1854; and Arthur E., born Nov. 2, 1865.  Democrat.  Has held nearly all the township offices.  Wife was a member of long standing of the U.B. Church.

Walters, P.W., far., S. 3; P.O. Moravia.

Williams, J.H., far., S. 13; P.O. Moravia.

Williams, L.J., far., S. 13; P.O. Moravia.

Winsler, M., far., Sec. 3; P.O. Moravia.

Wood, Jno., far., S. 5; P.O. Moravia.

Wright, J.M., far., S. 30; P.O. Moravia.

Young, L., farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Moravia.