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

Pleasant Township

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Rice, J.M., far., Sec. 33, P.O. Cincinnati.

Reynolds, W.T., far., Sec. 33; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Kent Co., Del., Nov. 3, 1819; his father, William, a sailor, was knocked overboard by the boom of his vessel and drowned before W.T. was born; his mother, who was his father's second wife, died of consumption, when he was 3 years old; he then went to live with the family of his step-grandfather; they came to Fayette Co., Ohio, in 1826; were among the earliest settlers.  In 1840, he married Miss Mary Hopkins; she was born in Ross Co., Ohio, in 1823; in 1847, they came to Lee Co., Iowa, where he purchased land and engaged in farming for six years; in 852, his wife died, leaving four children - John F., Mary J., Phoebe and Nancy A.; Jan. 19, 1854, he married Miss Elizabeth McCasher; her parents, James and Sarah, were early settlers of Lee Co.,, from Ohio; her father died there in 1858; mother in 1867.  During 1858, he, with Jacob Colbert and Robert Hawk, engaged in milling; purchased a grist-mill and saw-mill near his present home, patrons coming for fifty miles in either direction; ran the mill day and night; he remained in that buisiness for a time, but has since devoted his time and attention solely to farming, having owned 170 acres; but his health failing, has reduced his farm to ninety acres, valued at $30 per acre.   They have five children - Sarah C., Charlotte L., Jessie F., Josephine J. and Harland.  His son, John F., enlisted in the 6th I.V.I. in October 1861, Co. I; died at St. Louis at the Hospital of Sisters of Charity May 14, 1862, of pneumonia.  Republican; a member of the Congregational Church.   Has held office of Township Assessor two terms, Township Trustee two terms; held school offices.

Rigler, George, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Cincinnati; was born in Philadelphia Co., Penn., in 1811; his father, Stephen R., a butcher, was a resident of the suburb of Philadelphia, then called Kensington; died in 1827; his mother, Hannah (maiden name Dedicar) was also born in that county; died in 1866, over 70 years of age; since her husband's death, had lived with her daughter.  After his father's death, George lived with his grandparents until 18 years of age; with his mother, until 21, when he marrie Miss Sophia Mann; she was born in Philadelphia in 1811; her father, J. Mann, was a boot and shoe dealer, was a prominent business man of that city; came to this country from Germany when young.  Mrs. Rigler died at Fort Madison, Iowa, in 1852, leaving seven children - Christa A., Mary, Elizabeth, Annie M., John L., Hannah C., George W.  In 1837, he went to Parkersburg, Va., where he worked at plastering; in 1846, he again went to Ohio, Washington Co., Warren Tp., and farmed, occassionally doing a little at his trade; in 1849, came to Fort Madison, Iowa, and worked one year at his trade; two years on a farm in Lee Co.; then came to this county, where he owns eighty acres of cultivated lands, valued at $40 per acre.   In 1855, married Mrs. Sophia Stanton, widow of Joseph Stanton, who died in Washington Co., Ohio, in 1841; she, with her family, consisting of three sons and a daughter, came to this county in 1850.  They have one child - Elza M., born in May 1856.  Independent.

Ross, M., far., S. 7; P.O. Hibbsville.

Robertson, E.A., farmer, S. 5; P.O. Cincinnati.

Robertson, N.A., farmer, S. 4; P.O. Cincinnati.

Robertson, Moses C., far., Sec. 5; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Tennessee in 1811; located in this county in 1852; owns 350 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.  He is a member of the Congregational Church; Republican.  Married his present wife, Sarah Sheppard, in 1871; had eight children by his former wives - John P., Mary A., Lewis W., Edward, Nathan, Joseph, Moses, Charles S.  He has his large farm well cultivated, and everything about it in good order.

Root, Albert, far., P.O. Cincinnati.

Rubey, W.S., far., Sec., 22; P.O. Cincinnati.

Sayers, O.H., merchant, Cincinnati.

Sayres, W., dealer in shelf-hardware and drugs, Liberty street, residence Pleasant street, Cincinnati; born in Harrison Co., Ohio, in 1818; remained with his father, Ephraim S., a farmer, at home, until 17; had about nine months' schooling; then went to Cadiz; learned the trade of tailor; was apprentice for three years; journeyman for three years; then opened a shop at Freeport, same county; continued for three or four years.  December 1841; he married Miss Mary H. Winder; she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, in 1822; soon after his marriage, he commenced the study of medicine with Drs. Price & Belknap, of Freeport; remained with them two years; practiced at Westchester, Tuscarawas Co., for one year; at Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, (the oldest town in the State), for one year, then came to Appanoose Co., Chariton Tp., Iowa (then Drakeville, Davis Co.), for three years; in August 1857, he returned to this county, Cincinnati; he followed his profession until 1861; then, being afflicted with rheumatism, left his practive; in July 1861, took charge of the post office at Cincinnati, which he has since held; soon after starting a confectionery and then a grocery store, since which he has worked up his present business, consisting of one store, well stocked with groceries, another with drugs and medicines; they have four children living - J.D., born in Ohio in 1843; O.H., born in Ohio in 1845; A.M., born in the county in 1854, and Mary C., born in this county in 1858.  Republican; helped to organize the first Republican Convention in the State, at Iowa City, winter of 1854 and 1855, and has held to that line since; members of the Congregational Church; he has been Chairman of the Trustees for five years; has held the office of Township Clerk for two years; Township Trustee two years; City Mayor for two years. Mr. Sayers' father came to Appanoose in 1844; was County Commissioner for three years; settled on the divide, west of Soap Creek; returned to Fulton Co., Ill., where he died in 1852.

Shirey, J., far., Sec. 25; P.O. Centerville.

Smith, L., far.; Sec. 35; P.O. Cincinnati.

Smith, F.M.M., far., Sec. 24; P.O. Cincinnati.

Stickler, J., far.,Sec. 4; P.O. Cincinnati.

Stickler, W.B., Sec. 9; P.O. Cincinnati.

Stark, J.F., retired, Cincinnati.

Stiles, H.B. far., Sec. 19; P.O. Numa.

Streepey, G.W., far. and stock-grower, Sec. 31; P.O. Cincinnati; born in Davis Co., Ind., February 1833; his father, Edward S., farmer, moved to Knox Co., Ind., in 1846; fall of 1854, came to this county ; settled near Unionville where he now resides.  At the age of 17, G.W. arrived in Appanoose with 15 cents in his pocket; first engaged with Byron Wilson selling goods at Stringtown and remained with him until October 1851; then engaged with Thomas Cooley, farmer, splitting rails, etc., until October 1852; returned Indiana for two months; returned to this county, worked for Mr. Robinson for ten months, and entered twenty acres of land on the section he now owns, which he broke and improved.  In 1856, married Miss Lucy Elizabeth Dean, daughter of L. and M.A. Dean, residents and pioneers of Udell Tp., this county; she was born in Howard Co., Mo., in 1834; died in 1861, leaving two children - Alice J., born May 13, 1857; Deetra A., born January 1859.  In 1862, enlisted in 36th I.V.I., Co. I, Capt. Gedney; was in battle of Helena; assigned to the Commissary Department at Little Rock, receiving stores until mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, in 1865.  In April 1866, married Miss Mary Replogle, born in Pennsylvania in 1832; her parents, Abram and Rebecca R., old settlers of Udell Tp., now reside there; she died July 4, 1873, leaving one child - Mary L., born Nov. 21, 1867; during 1871, he removed to a farm south of Unionville; Sept. 6, 1871, went to Iconium and engaged in the mercantile business with J.H. McCauly; continued in it until September 1874; returned to his old farm in Pleasant Tp.  Owns 640 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre, and over 200 head stock.  In 1876, he married Miss Margaret J. Cafferty; she was born in Illinois, in 1841; her father James C., an early settler of Douglas Tp.; removed to Nebraska in 1877; they have one child - Charles E., born June 8, 1877.  Has held the office of Supervisor and School offices.  Member M.E. Church, Republican.

Streepey, A.M.,Sec. 6; P.O. Cincinnati.

Stanton, S.A., Sec. 10; P.O. Cincinnati.

Streepy, Geo., far., S. 3; P.O. Cincinnati.

Sturdevant, J.M., far., Sec. 5; P.O. Cincinnati.

Sturdivant, J.F., physician and surgeon, northwest corner of the square, Cincinnati; residence, Liberty street; born in Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1838; his father, R.G.S., was a pioneer of that country; was born in the State of Tennessee in 1804; first settled in Indiana; during 1836, came to Van Buren Co. and settled in what is now Harrisburg Tp., on a ranch; entered 700 to 900 acres; now owns from 1,500 to 2,000 acres; his mother, Annie (maiden name Smithson), died in 1844; born in Tennessee in 1812; her parents emigrated from France; first settled in Maryland; her father, an iron manufacture, was interested with King's Iron Works, the first opened in Tennessee.  Dr. Sturdivant received his professional education in Iowa; studied in Galesburg, and at Denmark under H.K. Edson; commenced with Dr. O. George, at Bonaparte; graduated at Keokuk in 1861; commenced practice in 1858, at Bonaparte, Van Buren Co.; practiced one year with Dr. Thrall, of the Eye and Ear Infirmary, who was a surgeon in the Crimean war; he went to St. Louis and took a ward in McDowell's Hospital of six months; spent two years at Keokuk, and then came to this county, where he has since followed his profession, his practice taking in an average of from five to eight miles in every direction, with a very large consultation practice.  He married Miss Elizabeth Wood in 1860; she was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, in 1841; her parents were early settlers in Van Buren Co., coming in 1844; they have eight children - Laura M., Lawrence J., J.M., Annie Iowa, M. Gertrude, G.W., B.W. and Carlton B.I.  Greenbacker; he is a Universalist; she is a member of the Christian Association.  He is a member Jackson Lodge A., F. & A. M., No. 42, Centerville; Dr. Sturdivant built the first brick block in Cincinnati, shipped the first goods from St. Louis to that place and opened the first drug business there; at present, owns the brick block and drug store, Lots 3, 4, 5,6,and 7, Block 2, containing two residences and three business houses; a residence and storehouse in Numa, with 953 acres of land in Franklin; 490 acres in Pleasant Tp., and 160 acres in Sioux Co.

Trent, J.M.,far., Sec. 12; P.O. Cincinnati.

Teter, E., far., Sec. 20; P.O. Numa.

Teter, J.K., Sec. 20; P.O. Numa.

Wyckoff, G.W.far., Sec. 5; P.O. Cincinnati.

Wolfinger, J.,far., Sec. 33; P.O. Cincinnati.

Woodburn, W.L.,far., Sec. 10; P.O. Cincinnati.

Wood, Abraham, far., Sec. 1; P.O. Cincinnati.

Whitsel, G., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Numa.