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

Caldwell Township

N  - Z

Oliver, W.F.,far., Sec. 14; P.O. Dean.

Park, J., far., Sec. 8; P.O. Exline.

Peckham, W., far., Sec. 3; P.O. Exline.

Pitman, J.C., far., Sec. 27; P.O. Caldwell.

Pitman, S.,far., Sec. 18; P.O. Exline.

Price, N. Landis, physician and surgeon, office on Main street, Exline; residence, same; born in Hunterdon Co., N.J., in 1819.  When only 5 years of age, his parents moved to Northumberland Co., Penn.; at the age of 21, in the year 1840, he entered the Philadelphia Medical College, where he graduated in 1842, having previously studied with his father, who was an eminent physician of long standing.  At the age of 24, he married Miss Sarah E. Turnwick; she was born in Northumberland Co., Penn., in 1823, and together they came to Paris, Stark Co., Ohio, where he entered upon his profession, and continued for one year, but his health seeming to fail, he returned to Pennsylvania; did not locate, but for ten years, accompanied by his wife, traveled in the dentistry business.  In 1856, located at Bloomfield, Iowa, where he was well appreciated by the citizens of that city, and held in high esteem.   In August, 1862, leaving a growing practice, he enlisted as private in the 30th Iowa V.I.; after serving as Hospital Steward for eight months, and one year as Assistant Surgeon, and one year as Surgeon, during which time he was sent to Rome, in charge of 300 sick and wounded soldiers, and there was given charge of 600 invalids and five other surgeons, resigned in May 1865; in 1877, Mr. and Mrs. Price came to Exline; they found the people of this village going three miles for their mail, the Government having denied the petition for a post office; and, while many thought it not worth the while for a private individual, a lady, at that to ask favor at the hand of so high an official as a Member of Congress, Mrs. Price sat about corresponding with (Ezekiel) Sampson, Representative from this District, which resulted in the establishment of a post office at this place, with this lady in charge.  Mrs. Price was correspondent of the I.O.O.F. Banner, formerly published at Bloomfield.

Pugh, S., far., Sec 28; P.O. Caldwell.

Rachford, J.W., far., Sec. 19; P.O. Dean.

Randolph, A., far., Sec. 13; P.O. Dean.

Richardson, C.H., far., Sec. 29; P.O. Centerville.

Richardson, H.P.,far., Sec. 19; P.O. Exline.

Rowan, M.A., far., Sec. 34; P.O. Caldwell.

Rowley, G.W.,far., Sec. 23; P.O. Centerville.

Salyers, William,far., Sec. 31; P.O. Exline.

Seafall, Fred,far., Sec. 11; P.O. Exline.

Seals, J.J.,far., Sec. 21; P.O. Centerville.

Sellers, Daniel,dealer in dry-goods, groceries, boots and shoes, corner Front and Main sts., Exline; residence same; born in Warren Co., Ohio, in 1833; removed to Southeastern Missouri in 1854, thence to this county in 1864.  He owns forty acres of land on Sec. 33, residence and place of business, all valued at $2,000.  Married Miss Eliza J. Carhart in 1857; she was born in Jefferson Co., Ind., in 1830.  They have four children - Alice J., born in 1858; Anna, born in 1861; Charles F., born in 1868; and George T., born in 1870.  Republican; Mr. and Mrs. Sellers and two daughters are members of the M.E. Church.  He is a member of A., F. & A.M., at Hartford, Mo.  Was enrolling officer for Federal army, at New Madrid, Mo., during the late war.

Sherek, John,far., S. 4; P.O. Caldwell.

Shanks, James,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Caldwell.

Simmons, Peter,far., Sec. 36; P.O. Caldwell.

simmons, Richard,farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Caldwell; born in Ohio in 1818; when a boy but 4 or 5 years of age, his father removed to Delaware Co., Ind., and followed the occupation of farmer; died in 1834; about three years after, his mother died on the farm where they had first settled, leaving him an orphan at the age of 19.  he then had to depend upon himself.  At the age of 20, he married Miss Nancy McConnell; she was born near Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1817; they remained in Delaware Co., farming, until 1835, when they removed to Polk Co., this State, but only remained there a short time, and came to this county, being among the first, if not the first, settlers of this county, settling upon the farm he now occupies, which contains 130 acres, having recently sold 80 acres to his son-in-law.  They have five children - Peter, Elizabeth, William R., Eliza J. and Emma, all settled in this immediate vicinity except Eliza J., who married Silas Marion, of this township; they have gone to Kansas.  Greenbacker; Mr. and Mrs. S. are members of the Christian Church.

Sitz, Andrew,far., S. 2; P.O. Caldwell.

Smith, H.,far., S. 20; P.O. Centerville.

Smith, R.,far., Sec. 7; P.O. Numa.

Sommers, S.,far., S. 35; P.O. Caldwell.

Sleeth, Caleb,far., S. 3; P.O. Caldwell.

Steele, J.T.,far., Sec. 20; P.O. Centerville.

Steele, Thos.,far., S. 3; P.O. Caldwell.

Stevens, F.A.,far., Sec. 10; P.O. Exline.

Sturner, J.,far., S. 18; P.O. Cincinnati.

Thomas, George,farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Caldwell.

Thomas J.D.,far., S. 23; P.O. Centerville.

Thompson, W.,far., S. 20; P.O. Centerville.

Thornburg, W.,far., S. 3; P.O. Caldwell.

Tootwiler, M.,far., S 24. 18; P.O. Moulton.

Traxler, J.,far., S. 4; P.O. Exline.

Tucker, H.,far., S. 1; P.O. Caldwell.

Turk, T.J.,far., Sec. 29; P.O. Centerville.

Vandike, James,farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Exline.

Walter, John, Sr.,Sec. 11; P.O. Caldwell.

Walters, Wm.,far., S. 11; P.O. Exline.

Williams, W.,far., S. 18; P.O. Dean.

Witheron, J.R.,far., S. 11; P.O. Caldwell.

Wood, George,farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Exline; born in Clarke Co., Ind., April 27, 1819; removed to Davis Co., Iowa, in November 1850; engaged in farming until 1855; then wen to Wayne Co., this State, where he built a mill, which he controlled until 1860, when sold a half-interest, and soon after exchanged the balance for a farm near Promise City, Wayne Co., to which, during 1861, he moved, and engaged in farming for two and a half years, when he removed to this county, where he owns 219 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.   He married Miss Emily E. Spence in 1850; she was born near Norwich, Conn., in 1831; died in February 1877, leaving five children - C. H., born in 1852; Gilbert G., born in 1856, died May 1878; Charles S., born in 1866; Emma E., born in 1868; George G., born in 1871.  Greenbacker.  Has held the offices of Township Assessor, Trustee and Clerk in Wayne Co., and school offices here.  Was a member of the Border Brigade in 1862; selected the men for that purpose from his township.

Worthington, J.H.,physician and surgeon, Exline; born in Shelby Co., Ky., in December 1822; when but 2 years of age, his father, Edward W., removed to Marion Co., Mo., after which he went to Galena, Ill., to look for a location to settle and was there taken sick and died in 1828; his mother died at home in 1874, at the advanced age of 87 years.  The Doctor owns a large tract of land in this county and Missouri, having 200 acres on Sec. 8, this township and 200 acres on Sec. 7, whit 418 acres in Putnam Co., Mo.  He married Miss Martha S. Kirby in 1847; she was born in Howard Co., Mo., in 1823; she was daughter of William and Matilda Kirby, late residents of Putnam Co., Mo.; they have had ten children, eight of whom are still living - Matilda E., born in December 1849, died in August 1864; William P., born in August 1852; Drucilla J., born in February 1855; Cordelia C., born in December 1856; Cerula M., December 1858; Jefferson B., born in May 1861; Henry L., born in October 1863; Anna A., born in May 1866; Lutricia, born in September 1869, died March 5, 1872; Millie F., born in July 1871; she lost her hearing when only two years of age; their two oldest daughters living marrried practicing physicians; Cornelia married H.C. Michaels, traveling in the interest of Fairbanks Morse & Co., scales.  Commenced the practice of medicine in this county in 1846; was the first practicing physician in the county; graduated at Keokuk in 1877, having practiced thirty years and more; thirty-three of his family connectons are practicing medicine; he had five brothers, four of whom are practicing.  He joined the Baptist Church in Clark Co., Mo., in 1838; was licensed to preach in 1842; ordained in this county in 1873; Mrs. W. has been a member of the same Church since October 1849.  When a boy, in his 11th year, the Doctor was sent around to inform the early settlers, then living near Keokuk, of a meeting to be held in their vicinity supposed to be the first sermon ever preached in Iowa; this was in 1833.

Wood. G.W.,far., S. 25; P.O. Moulton.

Worth, D.J.,far., S. 8; P.O. Exline.