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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Ullrich, John, Sec. 19; P.O. Moulton.

Veatch, J.M., retired, Moulton.

Veatch, John W., teacher, Moulton.

Venland, F., S. 18; P.O. Moulton.

Wadkins, Jno., Sec. 21; P.O. Beetrace.

Wahl, T.A.,harness-maker, Moulton.

Wall, O.P., Sec. 21; P.O. Beetrace.

Wall, Thos., Sec. 15; P.O. Moulton.

Walker, C.H., druggist, Moulton.

Walker, E.A.,painter, Moulton.

Wallace, Thos., Sec. 36; P.O. Orleans.

Wamsley, V.H.,farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Moulton; born in Adams Co., Ohio, in 1813; removed to Iowa when a young man, and married and settled in Henry Co. in 1837; thence to Jefferson Co. in 1849, and to this county in 1852; he owns 172 acres of land, which he values at $45 per acre.   Married Miss Catherine Neilson in 1840; she was born in Wayne Co., Ind., in 1818; died in Washington Tp., this county, July 27, 1862, leaving four children - Sarah E., born April 9, 1841; Martha E., born Nov. 17, 1843; James P., born Aug. 1, 1847, and died April 23, 1848; Ursula P., born May 23, 1849; Mary C., born March 2, 1853.   Then married Miss Nancy Watkins in 1862; she was born in Clark Co., Ind., in 1827; they have one child - Samuel E., born Feb. 2, 1864.   Republican; members of the M.E. Church.   Mr. Wamsley has held the office of Justice of the Peace four years and school offices several terms; is a member of A., F.&A.M. at Unionville.   On coming to Iowa, Mr. W. had a little money, but lost it all, even having his last cow sold from him by the Sheriff for two bits, and on coming to Appanoose had less than nothing, being in debt; but, having a will and determination to surmount all obstacles, he borrowed money to buy some land, and now has no reason to envy any one his possessions.

Wedmore, J.A., S. 23; P.O. Unionville.

Wells, A.B.,dealer in lightning rods, pumps and real estate; residence, Second st., Moulton; born in Morgan Co., Ohio, Oct. 13, 1840; removed with his parents to Putnam Co., Mo., in 1856; thence to Moulton, this county, in 1873.   He owns his residence, eighty acres of land on Sec. 12, Wells Tp., one-half interest in 130 acres in Wells and Caldwell Tps., one-half interest in house and lot in Ransom's addition to Moulton, and 360 acres of land in Missouri.   Married Miss Rebecca Morrow Sept, 13, 1863; she was born in Brown Co., Ohio, July 29, 1845; they have seven children - David L., Temperance H., Mary M., Lucetta L., Benj. J., James C. and John F.   Mrs. Wells is a member of the M.E. Church.   Mr. Wells is a member of A. F. & A.M., 317, Moulton and of Euclid Chapter at Centerville; also of I.O.O.F. 297, Prairie General Encampment No. 81; Mr. and Mrs. Wells are also members of Welcome Lodge, No. 91, of Rebeccas.   Mr. W. has held the offices of City Marshal and Constable.   Enlisted in 18th Missouri Infantry in 1861; with Sherman at Island No. 10, Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga and others; enlisted as private and mustered out at 1st Lieutenant Aug. 6, 1863.

West, James G., Justice of the Peace, Moulton.

White, C.L., clerk, Moulton.

White, J.W., farmer and breeder of fine stock, Sec. 3; P.O. Moulton; born in Vermilion Co., Ind., in 1844; removed to this county with his parents in 1848; owns 410 acres of land two miles north of Moulton, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Miss Mary F. Hollingsworth in 1868; she was born near Indianapolis, Ind., in 1841; they have four children - Rosa E., Henry L., Murdy and Pearley.   Republican.   A member of the I.O.O.F., No. 297, Moulton.   Mr. White devotes much of his time and attention to stock, having a very fine herd, among which are nineteen head of Short-horns, purchased one year ago from Kentucky, consisting of thirteen cows, five calves and his bull, Raer, weighing 1,300 pounds, the numbers and pedigree of which are all recorded in the "American Herd Book," and all of which he is intending to hold for breeding purposes; also noticed a fine lot of well-bred sheep, among which not the least conspicuous was a thoroughbred Cotswold buck (Lancet), which has taken several premiums at Missouri fairs, weighs 300 pounds; he has also a fine lot of Berkshire hogs; Mr. W. has just completed a residence, which, together with his barns, also new, has cost upward of $4,000; together with an orchard of 400 trees, well selected from the choicest kinds of fruit, and a large grove of maples west of the house, will make his farm, being but two miles from market, schools, churches, railroad, etc., as desirable as any in the county.   The father of Mr. White, whose death occurred Jan. 10, 1877,deserves mention here, he being among the earliest settlers, having visited this region in 1841 and again in 1842; bought a claim in what afterward proved to be Douglas Tp,; owned at the time of his death 3,200 acres, all in Iowa except 1,000, although he had but $400 on coming here.   A member, for forty years, of the M.E. Church, in which he was always liberal, first to forward anything in the cause of religion or any benevolent purpose.   His father, W.W.'s grandfather, was a Revolutionary soldier.   His mother's maiden name was Jan Pierman, of Kentucky, whom his father married in 1834.   They remained at her native place until coming to this county.

Wight, J.M., groceries and provisions, Main st., residence Fifth st.; born in Washington Co., Ohio, in 1844; removed to Davis Co., Iowa, in 1847; thence to Adair Co., Mo., in 1866, and to Moulton in 1875; owns residence and place of business.   Married Miss Sarah Elliott in 1872; she was born in Ohio in 1839; they have two children - Ettie, born in 1874; Zoa M., born in 1876.   Greenbacker; members of the M.E. Church.   He is a member of A., F. & A. M., No. 17, Moulton.   Enlisted in the 7th Iowa V.C. in 1863; on frontier until mustered out in 1866.

Wilkinson, G.W., Sec. 8; P.O. Moulton.

Wilkinson, J.L.,Sec. 7; P.O. Moulton.

Wilkinson, J.R.,Sec. 6; P.O. Moulton.

Wilkinson, John W., laborer, Moulton.

Wilkinson, W.W., S. 6; P.O. Moulton.

Willett, J.M., Sec. 1; P.O. Orleans.

Willett, J.M.,merchant, Moulton.

Willett, W., Sec. 36; P.O. Moulton.

Wilson, J.W., teamster, Moulton.

Woldridge, J.F., Moulton.

Wooldridge, William R., farmer, stock dealer and grocer, Sec. 35; P.O. Moulton; born in Russell Co., Ky., in 1833; removed with his parents to Davis Co., Iowa, in 1846; thence to Harrison Co., Mo., in 1858, and to this county in 1865; owns 205 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre.   Married Miss Susan Jessee in 1857; she was born in Tennessee, December 1837; they have seven children - Margaret, John, Kenneth, Lena, Esca, Mattie and a son 3 years old not named.   Members of the Christian Church; Greenbacker.   Has held the office of Subdirector and Assessor.   Enlisted in the 29th Iowa V.I. in 1863; participated at Helena July 4, 1863; Little Rock, battle near Spoonville; there lost and arm and was taken prisoner; held ten months and eleven days at Tyler, Texas, and six months of the time lived upon one pint of corn meal and one pound of beef per day; thence to New Orleans; after which he came home on furlough for thirty days, and at the expiration of that time reported at St. Louis, and was mustered out June 22, 1865.

Wood, A.J.,Sec. 11; P.O. Moulton.