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

Washington Township

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Nash, G.W., blacksmith, Moulton.

Nelson, C., S. 18; P.O. Moulton.

Nelson, P., S. 14; P.O. Beetrace.

Newton, J., retired farmer, Moulton.

Ogden, Joel, teamster, Moulton.

Orange, W.H., S. 33; P.O. Beetrace.

Post, A., real estate agent, Moulton.

Post, Henry, far.; P.O. Moulton.

Pendergst, Susan, proprietor boarding house, corner Vine and Second streets; born in Perry Co., Ohio, in 1826; removed to Burlington, Iowa, in 1854; thence to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1854; thence to Wapello Co., Iowa, in 1857, and to this county, Moulton, in 1872; owns her residence.   Married J.C. Montgomery in 1847; he was born in Ohio in February 1817; died July 11, 1875, leaving five children - Annie M., Mary F., Charles A., Maggie J. and Elmer E.   Then married Samuel Pendergst March 2, 1878; he was born in Nicholas Co., Ky., in 1811; removed Iowa in 1848; settled in Lee; engaged in farming until 1861; thence to this county, Lincoln Tp., where he still owns a farm.   His first wife was Miss Mary A. Wilkinson; she was born in Ohio in 1812; died at Centerville in 1875.   Republican in politics; they are both members of the M.E. Church.

Polk, Robert R.,proprietor of Moulton House, West street, Moulton; born in Bucks Co., Penn., 1822; removed to Philadelphia in 1847, where he engaged in buying and selling produce until 1855, when, accompanied by his wife, he came to this county and purchased a farm two miles south of Moulton; afterward, sold his farm and built the hotel of which we speak, costing, with barns and outbuildings, $10,000, which he still owns, together with other property in the village.   He married Miss Catharine Moore in 1847; she was born in Montgomery Co., Penn., in 1817; they have two children - Samuel J., born in 1849; Ann Elizabeth, born in 1851.   Republican.   Mrs. Polk is a member of the Presbyterian Church.   He is a member of A., F. & A.M., Lodge No. 297, Moulton.   Enlisted in the 36th I.V.I. in 1862; participated at Mark's Mill, and, being captured, was held prisoner ten months at Tyler, Tex.; was exchanged, and, on account of ill-health, was placed as nurse in the hospital at Keokuk until mustered out in 1863.

Post, August, of Henry Post & Son, dealers in real estate and proprietors of Post's Addition to Moulton and Midlothian Stock-Farm, breeders of Clydesdale and Hambletonian horses; born in Kendall Co., Ill., in 1855; removed with his parents to this country in 1867.   Is a member of the Presbyterian Church; also a member I.O.O.F. Lodge, No. 297, and editor and publisher of the Inter-State Normal Monthly; Director of Appanoose County Agricultural Society.

Primm, A.P.,Sec. 8; P.O. Moulton.

Powell, Wm., saloon, Moulton.

Powers, H.P.,shoemaker, Moulton.

Redburn, John, Pastor Baptist Church, Moulton.

Richardson, F., Sec. 18; P.O. Moulton.

Richardson, Josiah J., Sec. 16; P.O. Moulton.

Sec. 18; P.O. Moulton.

Riggle, W.H., Sec. 7; P.O. Moulton.

Rodman, Wm. B.,clerk, Moulton.

Rogers, T.J.,Sec. 36; P.O. Orleans.

Roundy, John, Sec. 12; P.O. Moulton.

Rucker, A.M., Sec. 35; P.O. Moulton.

Rucker, Thos. C., Sec. 30; P.O. Moulton.

Rucker, J.R.,farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Beetrace; born in Kentucky in 1822; at the age of 8, his father removed to Sangamon Co., Ill., being among the earliest settlers of that county; there he engaged in farming, which occupation he steadily followed until 1844, when he followed his son J. R. to Ogle Co., same State, he having gone there three years previous, in 1841; Mr. Rucker came to this county in 1850, where he now owns 230 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre.   He married Miss Hannah Ellis in 1853; she was born in Delaware Co., N.Y., her parents being pioneers of Ogle Co., Ill., where they were married; they have ten children - Thomas C., Phebe J., Henriette, Malissa L., Earnest, Ulysses L., Hamlin E., Frances S., Milton H. and Cora E.   Republican; members of the M.E. Church.   Has held the office of President of the School Board and Road Supervisor.

Russell, J.J., Sec. 13; P.O. Moulton.

Salladay, Volda, Sec. 6; P.O. Beetrace.

Schultz, R., carpenter, Moulton.

Scurlock, George N., engineer and machinist; residence, First st.; born in Jackson Co., Ohio, in 1840; removed with his parents to this county in 1853; thence to St. Joseph, Mo., in 1865; there he learned his trade, and, in 1877, returned to Moulton, this county, where he has been since, engaged at his present occupation, that of an engineer.   Married Miss E. J. Rhodes in 1873; she was born in Andrew Co., Mo., her parents being among the first settlers of that county; they have three children - Mary E., born in 1874; Birdie, born in 1875, and Guy Orie, born in 1877.   Republican.   Enlisted in the 18th I.V.I. as Sergeant of Co. F., Capt. W.F. Evans, in 1862; participated at Newtonia, Pea Ridge, Springfield and others; discharged on account of disability in 1864.

Sellers, M.Y.,physician and surgeon; office and residence corner Seventh and Main, Moulton; born in Putnam Co., Ind., in 1839; removed with his parents to Albia, Monroe Co., Iowa, in 1854; thence to Iconium, this county, where he commenced practice in 1865; thence to Moulton in March 1870.   Owns his residence and dwelling and two lots opposite Methodist Church in this village.   Married Miss Sarah C. Stauber in 1867; she was born in Ohio in 1843; died at Moulton in 1870, leaving two children - Lillie May and Flora Effie; her father, C.F. Stauber, is now Clerk of the Court of Neosho Co., Kan., and has represented that county in the State Legislature; his son was one of the twenty-eight who captured Jeff Davis; and his son-in-law - Stillwell, of the same county, was representative of that county in the State Legislature, and is a candidate for the State Senate; his present wife was Miss Elizabeth C. Tipton; they were married in 1874; she was born in Ohio in 1851; they have three children - Jennie B., Maggie and Earl D.   Greenbacker; members of the Christian Church.   He is a member of the School Board, also of the State Medical Society.   Attended medical course at Keokuk in 1864-65.

Shafer, Francis,S. 23; P.O. Orleans.

Shinn, B., S. 1 and 13; P.O. Moulton.

Shook, J., butter and eggs, Moulton.

Singley, G.W., far., S. 14; P.O. Moulton; born in Wheatfield Tp., Indiana Co., Penn., in 1818; removed to this county in 1856; owns 180 acres of land adjoining Moulton, valued at $75 per acre.   Married to Miss Mary A. Trifts in September 1843, by Rev. Peter Rightmeyer, Pastor of the Evangelical Church, Johnstown, Cambria Co., Penn.; she was born in Butler Co., Penn., in 1824; they have eight children - William H., Lownan, Emily I., Alice E., George A., Ellie, Mary H. and Matilda.   Republican; Mr. and Mrs. Singley, with their eldest daughter, are members of the German Baptist Church, wand were among the early settlers and vary acceptable to the early settlers; Mr. Singley's trade being that of a machinist enabled him to repair tools and farm implements; learned his trade at Blairsville, Penn., working at stationary engines; his eldest son, William H., commenced teaching in this county when in his 16th year; passed Commercial College at Davenport and afterward taught one year at Springfield, Ohio; thence to Yale College, graduating at Springfield, Ohio; has held the pastorate of Osborn and Bellefontaine Churches; since started the publication of a paper at B.; edits a Sabbath school paper besides.   Married Miss Ermena E. Houk, a resident of Springfield, in 1875.   The father of G.W. Singley came to Iowa much earlier than his son, having settled in Lee Co. in 1844, while the Mormons still occupied that county; his trade being that of a gunsmith, he prepared many of their guns for them, and made several repeating rifles for their journey to Salt Lake, where they soon after went; he came to this county in 1854; his wife died while G.W. was still young, leaving seven children, only three of whom are now living; married again and his second wife died in 1873.   The old gentleman, having lived to the good old age of 107 years, is still hale and hearty, having always lived a temperate life and bids fair for many years to come; walks to Moulton every day.   He formerly worked at saddler, afterward a machinist; being handy with tools, he could successfully undertake almost anything.

Sloss, S.C., hardware, Moulton.

Smith, J.P., physician and surgeon, residence and office foot of Main st.; born in Westmorland Co., Penn., August 27, 1828; removed to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1853; thence to Blakesburg in 1854; thence to Milledgeville, Appanoose Co., in 1857; to Centerville, this county, in 1859; to Orleans in 1860, and to Moulton in 1869.   Owns residence lots 1,2,15 and 16, Ransom's addition, and several lots in the original town on Main street.   Married Miss Abigail Gast in February, 1854; she was born in Holidaysburg, Penn., Aug. 11, 1835; has for children - Valentine M., E.N.B., Empress Josephine and Flora Bell.   Democrat.   Member of the Council two years, Town Assessor two years; member I.O.O.F. No. 297, Moulton; graduated from Cincinnati Eclectic Institute in 1852, immediately after which, he commenced practice.   Liberal in religion, medicine and politics.

Smith, Ira, plasterer, Moulton.

Smith, Mack, plasterer, Moulton.

Spurgeon, J.F.,S. 8; P.O. Beetrace.

Stauffer, E.G., S. 28, P.O. Beetrace.

St. John, John E., of St. John Bros., lumber merchants, office and yard cor. Second and Elm sts.; residence on Third, between Main and Oak sts., born in Kilbourn, Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1843; removed to Moulton in August 1876; owns one-half interest in several town lots; eighty acres of land in Clay Co.; twenty-five acres in this county; interest in a coal bank near Caldwell, on what is known as Coal Siding, with notes and accounts all valued at $15,000.   Married Miss Marion F. Janison in 1867; she was born in Keosauqua, Iowa, in 1847; they have two children - Richard M., born in 1868; Maggie M., born in 1877.   Democrat; Liberal in religion; has been a delegate to a Democratic convention twice; is a member of I.O.O.F., 297, also Prairie General Encampment No. 81; a Knight of Pythias, Myrtle Lodge No. 6.   Enlisted in the 15th Iowa Inf., Gen. Belknap, Co. K, Capt. Hedrick, in September 1861, as Orderly Sergeant; participated at Shiloh, all through the campaign; at and about Corinth; two battles of Corinth in 1862; Champion Hills, Black River Bridge; at Vicksburg all through; veteranized Jan. 1, 1863; participated in the capture of Atlanta; promoted to First Lieutenant of 80th U.S. Colored Infantry, by a general order; mustered out in October 1865, at Davenport, Iowa.

Stockwell, Geo., Sec. 28; P.O. Beetrace.

Stoner, M.J., Sec. 6; P.O. Beetrace.

Stuckey, J.B., Sec. 20; P.O. Unionville.

Sutton, F., S. 26, P.O. Orleans.

Swank, D., Sec. 20; P.O. Unionville.

Swift, Almer, Postmaster; residence, Eighth st.; born in Ripley Co., Ind., in 1842; removed with his parents to Monroe Co., Iowa, in 1857; thence to this county in 1865; owns residence and grounds.   Married Nancy J. Jones in 1864; she was born in Appanoose Co., in 1843; they have five children - Oliver, Russel, Delphene, Mason and Gracie.   Republican; she is a member of the Christian Church.   Enlisted in the 6th I.V.I. in 1861; participated at Shiloh, Vicksburg all through, Jackson, Mission Ridge, the Atlanta campaign, and all the battles of the Southwest; mustered out at Louisville, Ky., in August 1865.

Taylor, J.M., Sec. 34; P.O. Moulton.

Taylor, L.L., farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Orleans; born in Hart Co., Ky., in 1839; removed to this county, with his parents, in 1849; has eighty-seven acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.   Married Miss Milly Siler in 1864; she was born in Shelby Co., Ill., in 1844; they have two children - Henriette, born in 1865; John B., born in 1869.   Democrat; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor are members of the Christian Church.   He has held the offices of Secretary of the Township Board since 1865; Constable; is Justice of the Peace at the present time; was Assessor eight years; Township Clerk, Township Trustee.   Has taught school twenty-five terms, all in this county except three terms taught in Davis Co.

Taylor, Samuel, Sec. 21; P.O. Moulton.

Taylor, W.J., Sec. 34; P.O. Moulton.

Thomas, Lucy, farming, Sec. 19; P.O. Beetrace; born in Surry Co., N.C., in 1805; her father, Bennet Jarvis, removed to Jackson Co., Tenn., in 1811; in December 1812, he enlisted under Gen. Jackson, and served in the battle of New Orleans; died from sickness caused by exposure the following March; her mother remained a widow; wove, spun and made cloth and raised a family of five children; died in 1856.   She has but one brother, a resident of the South during the late war; adhering to the Union, the rebels fired his house with his family in it, and being completely routed, enlisted in the Union army; served until a short time before peace was declared, and died leaving a wife and seven children.   Her sister's husband was shot down by the side of his wife by the rebels.   Mrs. Thomas, nee Jarvis, was raised in Jackson Co., Tenn.   At the age of 16, in 1821, she married Joseph B. Thomas; he was born in North Carolina in 1800; after they were married, they remained in Jackson Co. seven years, after which, he returned to North Carolina, his native place; where he remained seventeen years; then returned to Jackson Co.; remained four years, and, in 1850, came to Appanoose, where they owned seventy-seven acres of land, valued at $10 per acre; he died in November 1861, leaving eight children - Cyrenius (died in service; shot at battle of Mark's Mills), Sarah, Elizabeth Ann, Margaret M., Anthrite, Joseph A.J. (died in service in prison at Florence; his mother's dependence), John B., and James B.   Members of the Baptist Church since 1838; Mr. Thomas was a Deacon and leading member of the Church, and his loss was deeply felt in the Church and by the community in which he lived.

Thompson, D.W., teamster, Moulton.

Thompson, J.C., furniture mfr., Moulton.

Tipton, E., far.; P.O. Moulton.

Tipton, S., S. 15; P.O. Moulton.

Turk, Julius, S. 13; P.O. Moulton.

Tutewiler, Jacob, far.; P.O. Moulton.

Tuewiler, Wm. N., far.; P.O. Moulton.