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

Center Township

N  -  R

Neuse, Frederick, lumber; born in Frederick Co., Md., in 1807; moved to Lexington Mo., in 1847; thence to Keokuk in 1848, where he carried on the lumber business until 1873, when he sold out and moved to Alexander, Clarke Co., Mo., where he had a son in business, and located in Centerville in 1876.   His wife, Anna Saffall, died in 1873, after forty-three years of a happy married life; he has four children deceased and three living - George R., Frederick N. and Sarah R. (Scott).   Has been a member of the M.E. Church forty-eight years.   He tendered his services to the Government at the breaking-out of the war; was not accepted on account of age.   He owns $16,000 worth of improved property in Keokuk and about $4,000 worth in this city, in addition to his stock of lumber valued at $3,000 - sash, doors and blinds - and a controlling interest in $20,000 worth of lumber in his yard at Alexander, Mo.; he has been in the lumber business thirty-one years.

Nevin, S., pottery; born in Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1828; moved to Noble Co., in 1848.   Enlisted in the First U. S. Vet. Vol. Eng. in 1864; mustered out in 1865, at Nashville, Tenn.   He went to Sullivan Co., Mo., and located in this county in 1869, when he purchased a farm in Bellair Tp.   He was married in 1859; has four children - Albert S., John W., Simon E. and Mary Bell.   He is a member of the Christian Church.   He owns 111 acres in Bellair, valued at $30 per acre; also his pottery, where he is prepared to fill orders for flower pots, vases, fruit and milk ware, curb and pavement tile, drainage tile a specialty.

Nusbaum, J. , clothing; born in Prussia in 1842; landed in New York in 1866; located in this county in 1876.   Married Miss A. in 1869; she was born in Bavaria in 1848; their children are Willie, Mary and Sammy.   Independent in politics; owns half-interest in his stock of goods, valued at about $5,000.

Oliver, W.W., coal dealer.

Ogle, B.A., foundry and machine shops; born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1835; located in this county in 1861.   Married M.E. Arnold in 1859; she was born in Ohio in 1839; have seven children - Albert F., Wesley H., John A., James T., George B., Adela and Kate.   Members of the M.E. Church.   He enlisted in the 36th I.V.C., Co. I, in August 1862; mustered out September 1865; was captured at Mark's Mills, Ark., and was exchanged in February 1865.   Owns half interest in the foundry and machine-shops of Gilliam & Ogle, in which they do a general business in their line; he also owns his residence in this city.

Ong, J.I., clerk.

Owings, A., Jr., far., Sec. 11.

Packard, B.L., far., Sec. 7.

Payton, Joseph, City Marshal; he was born Nov. 12, 1836, in Shelby Co., Mo.; in 1844, came to Appanoose Co.; in 1877, was elected to his present office.   Enlisted in 1862 in Co. D, 6th Iowa V.I.; served till July 1865; participated in all of Sherman's battles.   Married Mrs. Elizabeth Manson, maiden name Swearngen, in 1858; she was born in 1836 in Illinois; have four children - James, Center, Henry and Corse; she has one child by a former marriage - Mary G. Manson.   Republican; Baptist.

Pennington, J.A., , restaurant and confectionery; born in Brooke Co., Va., in 1841; located in this county in 1860.   He married Miss Anna Michaels in 1864; she was born in Indiana in 1846; their children are Venlah and Zelma.   Are members of the M.E. Church; he is a Republican.   He keeps a general stock of confectionery and fancy groceries, and manufactures crackers, candies, etc.; owns one-fourth interest in the celebrated Smith Patent Metallic Horse-Collar, which is being manufactured in Centerville.

Painter, J.H., laborer.

Patterson, A., far., Sec. 12.

Payton, Joseph, City Marshal.

Pennington, M.B.,cabinet-maker.

Philby, David, coal-miner.

Philby, Elizabeth, Mrs., widow; born in Hadlington, Leicestershire, England in 1822; came to this country in 1863.   Married Mr. Philby in 1842; he died in 1875; they had thirteen children, six of whom are deceased; the living are Samuel, Thomas, David, George, Sadie, John W. and Captain Frances Edenburg, who was born at sea, on the Atlantic Ocean.   Mrs. Philby is a Methodist.   Her oldest married son David resides with his mother; is a Presbyterian; Greenbacker in politics.   By profession a civil engineer; engaged, during the last eight years, as a reporter for the press - Chicago Times, Pittsburgh Labor Tribune and New York Advocate.   Mrs. Philby owns her residence, valued at $1,500 in Centerville.

Phillips, J., far., Sec. 23.

Pixley, A.F., blacksmith.

Porter, A.J., far., Sec. 14.

Porter, G.D., , lawyer; born in Perry Co., Penn., in 1846; moved to Cedar Co., Iowa in 1851; thence to Richmond, Mo., in 1866, and located in this county in 1870.   Married Miss Hannah Rodman in 1871; she was born in Boone Co., Ind., in 1854; their children are Claud R., Sadie L., Northa Iowa, George McCoy.   National in politics.   Owns improved property in Moulton, in this county, valued at $1,600; 200 acres of coal-land, valued at $10 per acre, and a farm of 160 acres, valued at $25 per acre.

Powers, T.,far., Sec. 29.

Powers, W.T., far., Sec. 29.

Pratt, G., far., Sec. 26.

Prather, T.S., far., Sec. 23.

Pullman, J., retired.

Puthers, G.A., far., Sec. 31.

Puthers, L.D., far., Sec. 30.

Pyle, E.C., Dr., physician.

Rayburn, J., carpenter.

Reno, W., carpenter, Sec. 35 .

Reynolds, E.M., physician and surgeon; born in Wayne Co., Ind., in 1843; located in this county in 1849, with his parents.   He married Miss Martha W. Powell in 1863; she was born in Washington Co., Penn., in 1843; they have three children - Frank S., Oliver M. and William A.   He is a Republican.    A graduate of the E.M. Institute, Cincinnati; he has practiced in this county since 1871, and since 1873 in this city.

Reynolds, S., far., Sec. 26.

Richard, A., marble, slate an granite works; born in France in 1825; came to this country in 1853 and worked at his trade of stone-cutting in New York, Michigan, Ohio and Chicago, and located in Centerville in 1861.   Married Eliza Phillipot in 1854; she was born in the same place in France in 1831; they have three children - Julia, Josephine and B.F.    Are Presbyterians; Democrat.   He owns his residence and other city property, valued at $3,500; he is stockholder in the Farmers' National Bank of Centerville.

Richardson, T.B., far., S. 35.

Robley, Henrydeceased; born August 15, 1793, in Keene, N. H.; died Jan. 29, 1872. He married Eliza Spencer, March 22, 1817.   She was born June 13, 1799, in Addison Co., Vt., in 1854, they came to Appanoose Co.   She owns 320 acres land.   Mr. R. learned the blacksmith trade in New Hampshire and carried on this business connection with farming; they have six children - Mary, Edwin, John, Timothy, Martha and Dennis.    John and Timothy served three years in the late war.

Robley, J.W., far., S. 18.

Robley, M.A. far., S. 7.

Raney, R. , far., S. 7.

Root, J., shoemaker.

Root, S., , far., S. 25.

Rupe, Z., coal miner.

Russell, W.T., druggist.

Russell, H.A., drugs and stationery; also agent U.S.Express Co.; he was born April 23, 1851, in Washington Co., Penn.; in 1861, he came with his parents to Davis Co., Iowa; engaged in farming till 1869, when he removed to Little Rock, Ark., and engaged in the drug business; in 1876, came to Centerville, and took charge of his present business.   His father still lives in Davis Co., aged 81 years; his mother died in 1875, aged 69 years.   Republican; Presbyterian Church.