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

Udell Township

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Osteen, J.N., Sec. 31; P.O. Unionville.

Paine, Rufus, Unionville.

Parks, L.T., Unionville.

Parsons, J.M., S. 17; P.O. Unionville.

Patrick, W., S. 30; P.O. Unionville.

Payne, Rufus, farmer, residence Unionville; born in Litchfield Co., Conn., in 1792; removed to Marietta, Ohio, in 1811; there cleared up a farm on which he lived for thirty years; thence to Portage Co., Ohio, in 1844, and to this county in 1857; owns eighty acres of land in the vicinity of Unionville, and residence.   Married Miss Mary Perkins in 1814; she was born in Allegheny co., Penn., in 1795; died in Salem, Washington Co., Ohio, in 1840, leaving ten children, two of whom have since died - Elizabeth, Selden M., Lewis C., Mary, Louisa, Charles H. (died in 1865), Olive, Rhoda A., Julia (died in 1857), and Maria.   His son, Charles A., took the census of the county the same year he died.

Peterson, S., Unionville.

Phillips, B., Unionville.

Phillips, H.T., Unionville.

Phillips, J.H.,of Phillipe & Sons, dealers in dry goods and general merchandise, Union st., Unionville; residence, same; born in Montgomery Co., Ky., Aug. 19, 1820; when 1 year of age, his father removed to Jefferson Co., Ind.; engaged in farming until 1831, when he removed to Jennings Co., Ind., where he engaged in merchandising; in 1854, he came to this county and again entered into business in this village, until his death, which occurred in 1875; at the age of 21, Mr. Phillips, with his next younger brother, went into business at Lexington, Scott Co.; during the year 1854, his brother died; the then wound up in business there, and taking his next younger brother, in 1856, they went to Hardin Co., Ky., where they built four miles of the L. & N. R.R., at the same time they established a business, merchandising at what is now known as Molintha; their business having been the first established there, but has since made a good-sized place; in 1860, they came to Eddyville, Iowa, and established themselves in business; in 1862, Mr. Phillips purchased his brother's interest in the business, and came to Unionville, where he and his son has since been in business; he owns his business building, a heavy line of goods, and his residence.   He married Miss Elizabeth Robertson in 1843; she was born in 1823 in Jefferson Co., Ind.; was the youngest daughter of one of the oldest pioneers of Indiana, they having often to resort to the block-house to protect themselves from the Indians; he raised a large family there; they have four children - Henry T., born in 1844; Mary E., born in 1847; Emma J., born in 1850; Eddy M., born in 1866.   Mr. and Mrs. P. are members of the M.E. Church.   Has had the post office since first coming to Unionville, with the exception of two years removed to Mr. Riggs' store.   His father was a member of the Legislature, both in Indiana and Iowa; his mother died in 1876, having made her home with him.

Price, A., McC., farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Unionville; born in Kings Co., N.Y., in 1847; his father, Joseph Price, was born in England; by trade, and upholsterer; died when he was only 6 months of age; his mother afterward married William Tell Zollicoffer, who afterward removed to Shelbyville, Bedford Co., Tenn., where he engaged in the dentistry business until June 1863, when he was driven away by the Confederates; he then went to Florence, Boone Co., Ky., where he engaged in the same business until his death, which occurred in 1866; his mother then removed to Cumberland Co., Ky., where she lived two years, then removed to Nashville, Tenn., where she died in 1869.   At the age of 22, the subject of this sketch married Miss Susan Zook, who was born in Wayne Co., Ind., in 1852; her father, Abraham Zook, formerly a merchant of Moulton, this county, is now engaged in the same business at Shenandoah, Page Co., Iowa; they have three children - Mary S.C., born March 15, 1872; Sarah E., born Oct. 29, 1873; Martha E., born May 18, 1875.   Republican; members of the German Baptist Church.

Randle, J.B.,Unionville.

Rappleye, William, Unionville.

Replogle, A.,far., S. 9; P.O. Unionville.

Replogle, A.M., S. 27; P.O. Farragut, Iowa.

Replogle, Martin, far., S. 10; P.O. Unionville; born in Wayne Co., Ind., in 1830; removed to this county in 1852; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre.   Married Miss Annie Hearter in 1850; she was born in Henry Co., Ind., in 1828, her parents being early settlers there from Virginia; her mother still lives there; her father, Joseph H., died in 1872; her mother's name was Catherine.   Soon after being married and starting in life for himself, they came to Appanoose Co., upon reaching which he had just enough to enter his land upon which he now has fine improvements, good buildings, fences and plenty of fruits of all kinds.   They have had nine children - Elizabeth, born in 1852, died in 1862; Abraham, born in 1853, died in 1854; Amanda, born in 1855; Catherine, born in 1857; Annie, born in 1858; Joseph, born in 1859; Aaron, born in 1861; Mary, born in 1863, and Martha, born in 1864, died in 1866.   Mr. and Mrs. Replogle are members of the German Baptist Church.

Riggs, J.N., proprietor of Udell Mills, residence Unionville; born in East Tennessee Aug. 1, 1829; when but 15 years of age, with his mother and two sisters, he came to this county; at the age of 28, he purchased the mill here; in 1867, he entered the mercantile business, which he continued until 1876; he now owns four mills, three saw and one grist-mill, 250 acres of land, eight lots in Unionville, with buildings, one business house on the main street, his residence, etc., all valued at $12,000.   Married Miss Malinda Boyles in 1859; she was born in Virginia in 1839; daughter of Rev. T.T. Boyles, Pastor of M.E. Church, once on this circuit.   Republican; she is a member of the M.E. Church.   He is a member of A., F. & A.M., No. 119, Unionville.   His mother, who accompanied him to this State, died in 1860.

Sawyer, E.H. Unionville.

Sawyer, S.H., physician and surgeon, office and residence Main street, Unionville; born in Tennessee Jan, 18, 1832; at the age of 15, or in 1847, his father came to this county and settled a few miles west of what is now Unionville, and there engaged in farming.   Dr. Sawyer commence the study of medicine in 1850, graduated at Keokuk Feb. 28, 1854, since which he has practiced here, except three years which he passed with the army during our late war; went out as Captain of Co. C, 36th Iowa V.I., having raised the company of 135 men in three days, but before they had fairly entered service was appointed Surgeon of his regiment; afterward Division Surgeon, which position he held the greater part of the time he remained out.   In consequence of ill health, he resigned in January 1865.   He married Miss Mary F. Miller in October 1855; she was born in Tennessee in 1824; her father, John Miller, who was one of the early settlers of this county, built the first business house in Unionville and was among the first in mercantile business there; he died in 1865, during a severe epidemic of erysipelas which prevailed here that year.   They have eight children - John L., a graduate in medicine at Louisville in 1875, at the head of his class, bearing away the gold medal; also a graduate of Chicago in 1877, now resident physician of Cook Co., Hospital; Mary L., S.H., Jr., Emma, Clyde, Mott, Ada, Zelma.   First a Whig, now a Republican; members of Presbyterian Church; Master of Lodge 119, A., F. & A.M., at Unionville and member of Chapter and Commandery at Centerville.

Seals, G.G.,Unionville.

Simmons, Peter,S. 25; P.O. Unionville.

Smith, J.M., S. 36; P.O. Unionville.

Smith, M.E., S. 35; P.O. Unionville.

Smith, Sampson, S. 25; P.O. Unionville.

Staley, Joel,retired farmer; born in Virginia in 1801; from there his father removed to Jefferson Co., Va., in 1802; thence to Somerset Co., Penn., in 1818.   There Joel married Miss Matilda Skinner in 1822; she was born in the same county in 1804; they had eight children - James L., Mary E., Fleming M., John H., Alva, Charles, Martha A. and Daniel W.   In 1824, he removed to Perry Co., Ohio, there engaged in salt works and farming.   In 1839, he came to Lee Co., Iowa, remained until the Mormons became too numerous, and, in 1841, came to Davis Co.; there his wife died in 1849.   He then married Mrs. Melvina Bermily, widow of Robert W., Bermily, who was born in Dutchess Co., N.Y., in 1801, died in Washington Co., Ind., in 1842.   Mrs. S. came to Iowa with five children in 1847.   They had six sons in the late war.   Republican.   When he came to this county, there were only three of his party in politics in it.   Mr. Staley formerly followed milling; he erected a fine mill near Albia, Monroe Co., and afterward owned a half interest in a mill here.   P.O. Unionville.

Stanley, B.A./b>, S. 35; P.O. Unionville.

Strunk, A.J., of Strunk & Fletcher, proprietors of Udell Mills; born in Mifflin Co., Penn., in 1835; with his parents, he came to Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, in 1851, where his father, Daniel S., engaged in farming, but afterward came to this county, Union Tp., where he how resides; at the age of 21.   Mr. Strunk came to this county, where he now owns one-half interest in the mills mentioned above and ninety-three acres of land on Sec. 1, this township, all valued at $3,000.   He married Miss Margaret Hopkins in 1858; she was born in Hancock Co., Tenn., in 1837; died in May 1875, leaving nine children, eight of whom are now living - Jennie, Clara Hellen, Josephine, Mary C., John H., Alice, Lola, Jessie F.; then married Mrs. Orlena Martin, widow of Robert M. and sister of his first wife, in 1877; she was born in the same county in 1834.   Democrat.   Held the office of Assessor of Union Tp. for six years, and other offices in this township.   P.O. Unionville.

Streepy, Ed., Sec. 8; P.O. Unionville.

Streepy, G.W., S. 4; P.O. Cincinnati.

Swain, B.H.,Sec. 12; P.O. Unionville.

Stuckey, J.B.,Sec. 16; P.O. Unionville.

Sutton, Jonas,farmer, Moulton.

Swain, E.J.,Sec. 12; P.O. Unionville.

Swank, William,farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Unionville; born in Warren Co., Ohio, in 1819; at the age of 12, he removed, with his parents, to Warren Co., Ind., where his father engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1869, his mother having died three years previous; in 1844, he married Miss Elizabeth Etmire, born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, but a resident of Warren Co. since 10 years of age.   Two years after their marriage, they came to Appanoose Co. and settled on the farm where they now reside, with not a house on the prairie between them and the State line; started from Indiana with less than $250 and two yoke of oxen; he now has the premium farm of the county, containing 645 acres, valued at $30 per acre.   They have nine children - David, John, Cyrus, Flavius M., Sarah A., H. Clay, Mary C., Martha A. and William Sherman.   An old line Whig; now a Republican.

Taylor, E.,S. 1; P.O. Unionville.

Taylor, David,farmer and stock dealer, S. 12; P.O. Unionville; born in Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1825; removed to this county and this township in 1847; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Miss Frances McLaughlin, daughter of Ed McL., who came to Appanoose in 1850 and died in 1876, aged 75; his widow is still living at the advanced age of 81 years; they were married in 1851; she was born in Virginia in 1833; they have four children - John J., Eli W., Maria E. and George Ralph.   Democrat in politics; members of the M.E. Church; he is a member of A., F. & A.M., No. 119, Unionville.   Was formerly engaged, for a short time, in the mercantile business with Robert Frost, at Hilltown, this county.

Taylor, M.L., Mrs.,born in Giles Co., Tenn., Nov. 26, 1818; her maiden name was Margaret Stinson, daughter of Alex Stinson.   She married Mr. Phineas Taylor, in 1843; he was born in Crittenden Co., Ky., Sept. 20, 1819; in 1850, they removed to this county, Centerville, where he engaged in the mercantile business until March 1954, when they removed to Unionville, where he continued in his business, and assisted in platting, laying-out and building-up the town; he continued in business until his death, March 24, 1865, leaving three children - Ward C., born in 1853; Campbell C., born in October 1855, died April 20, 1878, and Mary P., born Oct. 16, 1859; lost three sons in the army - Malcolm A. S., born July 18, 1844, enlisted in the 36th Iowa Inf., in September 1862, died April 24, 1863; James W., born Sept. 7, 1846; enlisted in May 1864, in the 47th Iowa Inf.; died Aug. 20, 1864; Udell H., born Jan. 2, 1850, enlisted May 2, 1864, in the 47th Iowa Inf., died Sept. 3, 1864, having enlisted when but 14 years of age; all died from disease contracted in the service; Campbell C. was a commercial traveler; has traveled extensively over all the States but seven; last traveled for Byron, Robb & Co., of Cincinnati; started on the road when but 16 years of age.   Mr. Taylor was buried by the A., F. & A.M., attended by a large concourse of people, Rev. John Fisher, Pastor of Presbyterian Church at Centerville, officiating, Mr. Taylor having been Elder in that church while living.

Taylor, S.,S. 13; P.O. Unionville.

Tipton, S.,Unionville.

Tuller, J.C.,Sec. 35; P.O. Unionville.

Tucker, Wiley,retired farmer; P.O. Dennis; born in Stokes Co., N.C., in 1809; removed to this county in 1860.   Married Miss Hulda Swim in 1848; she was born in Stoked Co., N.C., in 1819; they have four children - Eli, Cyntha J., Elizabeth and Pheba.   Independent in politics; he is a member of the Baptist Church.

Ullrich, John,Sec. 6; P.O. Unionville.

Vaught, J.F.,Sec. 11; P.O. Unionville.

Vaught, L.,Sec. 16; P.O. Unionville.

Vermilya, B.C.,Sec. 25; P.O. Unionville.

Vermilya, R.B.,Sec. 16; P.O. Unionville.

Vermilya, W.F.,Unionville.

Wallace, J.S.,Sec. 31; P.O. Unionville.

Wall, J.J.,farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Unionville; born in Rutherford Co., N.C., in 1831; his father removed to East Tennessee in 1833; at the age of 18, he went to St. Clair Co., Ill., where he taught school two years, and for three years attended the McKendry College at Lebanon, after which he went to Carrollton, Mo., where he was appointed County Surveyor, which office he held for five years, when in 1862, he enlisted in the 65th Mo. State Militia as Major; served one year, and was mustered out in 1863.   In 1864, he came to this county where he now owns 210 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre.   Married Miss Emmaretta Gibson in 1867; she was born in Floyd Co., Ind., in 1848.    Formerly a Republican.   Has held the office of County Surveyor for six years; Township Trustee.   Member of the Christian Church.

Walmer, J.,Sec. 18; P.O. Unionville.

Wedmore, John,Sec. 14; P.O. Unionville.

Walsh, John,Sec. 34; P.O. Unionville.

Wicker, O.A.,Sec. 31; P.O. Unionville.

White, John,Sec. 1; P.O. Unionville.

Whisler, H.,Sec. 16; P.O. Unionville.

Whisler, John,Sec. 9; P.O. Unionville.

Whisler, Miranda (nee Leavell),farm., Sec. 10; P.O. Unionville; born in Henry Co., Ind., in 1827, and there married Samuel Whisler, in 1846; he was born in Rockford Co., Va., in 1822; after they were married they remained in Henry Co. about three years, after which they came to this State, Jefferson Co., where they remained for a year and a half, and, in 1856, came to this county, where he entered a quarter-section of land, but has since added to it until it now contains 206 acres, valued at $30 per acre; Mr. Whisler died in 1870, leaving nine children - William H., Martha E., Mary J., Columbus E., Louis C., Annie C., Sarah A. and Miranda E.  Samuel W. was Republican in politics; members of the German Baptist Church.

Williams, Alex,Unionville.

Zook, A.,Sec. 9; P.O. Shenandoah, Iowa.

Zook, Daniel,farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Unionville; born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1824; when 4 years of age, his parents removed to Wayne Co., Ind.; at the age of 7, his father died.  Nov. 17, 1844, he married Miss Margaret Hardman, who was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, in 1923.  In 1855, with his own family, his mother and two brothers, he came to this county, and had, on reaching here, all told, $200, but on taking of the last census, his property was appraised at a few dollars less than $10,000; he now has 107 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre, all made at grain and stock growing.  Mr. and Mrs. Zook are members of, and he the Pastor of the German Baptist Church in their township; has been in the ministry for twenty-three years, and has been Pastor of the church here for eight years.

Zook, Joseph,Sec. 7; P.O. Unionville.