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ESTLE, Thomas Little


Posted By: Jennings (email)
Date: 12/25/2012 at 00:25:27

Birth: 21 Sep 1814 in Shrewsbury,Monmouth,New Jersey
Death: 13 Nov 1884 in Muscatine,Muscatine,Iowa
Burial: Cranston Cemetery,Cranston,Muscatine,Iowa
Baptism (LDS) December 25, 1814, The Parish Register of Christ Church, Shrewsbury, New Jersey.


Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 661

THOMAS L. ESTLE, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Letts; Mr. Estle was born in New Jersey, in 1814; his parents removed to Ohio when he was 2 years of age; he came to Muscatine Co., in 1838; located on a quarter-section, which he still owns. He was married in 1843 to Susan Shellabarger, a native of Clark Co., Ohio; her parents came to Louisa Co., Iowa, in 1838; have had ten children, nine still living---Abigail (now Mrs. James Beard), William B. (who resides in Taylor Co., Iowa), Elizabeth (now Mrs. A. Smith), Mary A. (now Mrs. Thomas Thompson), Jacob S. (who resides in Louisa Co.), John (resides in Dallas Co., Iowa), Charles, Sarah and Belle; the last three reside at home. Mr. Estle has 800 acres of land; is engaged quite extensively in stock-raising; he has resided on his present farm for over thirty years. Thomas died after being ill for a week.

Thomas came to Iowa in 1838. He came by horseback and the saddlebags he brought with him are still in the family, also the oxen yoke he used in 1838 is still hanging in the barn out at the old homestead.

Thomas L. Estle, deceased, settled on Section 13, Concord Twp., in 1838. He was a native of New Jersey, and was the eldest in a family of eight children. His parents were also natives of New Jersey, and when he was a small lad, they moved to Ohio, which was then a Territory. Thomas there received his education in the district schools, and made it his home until twenty-four years of age, when he came to Louisa County, Iowa making his first purchase of land at the Burlington land sale of 1839. The country was then in its virgin state, hardly a furrow had been turned on the prairie or a tree cut in the forest. Mr. Estle had to endure all the trials and privations of pioneer life, even having to make the rails used for fences, but with perserverance and untiring energy, he worked until he had improved 1,179 acres of land in Louisa and Muscatine counties.

He was a Republican in politics, and identified himself with every interest for the public good. He did all in his power to aid in the progress and development of the community in which he resided, and his honest, upright life won him the confidence and esteem of all with whom business or pleasure brought him in contact

Household:1880 census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Thomas ESTLE Self M Male W 65 NJ Farmer NJ NJ Susan ESTLE Wife M Female W 62 OH Keeping House PA Charles ESTLE Son S Male W 24 IA NJ OH Sarah ESTLE Dau S Female W 22 IA NJ OH Belle M. ESTLE Dau S Female W 20 IA NJ OH Alex BROOKHEART Other S Male W 28 OH OH OH J. W. KELSO Other S Male W 21 IN --- ---

Source Information:

Census Place Cedar, Muscatine, Iowa

Family History Library Film 1254358

NA Film Number T9-0358

Page Number 243A


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