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John A. Charles, son of Robert Charles, was born in Richland county, Ohio, October 30, 1841. His father died in that county in 1876. John A. Charles was brought up in his native State. August 11, 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the fall of 1863, when he was discharged for disability. He took part in Buel's campaign against General Bragg, in Kentucky, in 1862. After being discharged he returned to Ohio, but was in government employ until the close of the war. He came to Iowa in 1867, and lived in Muscatine and Johnson counties, until he came to Cass county, in 1870. He first located in Pymosa township, where he improved a farm. He settled where he now resides in March, 1883. His farm comprises the north half of the southwest quarter of section 22. He purchased this land of Wilbur D. Pratt, in the fall of 1882. Mr. Charles was married in Iowa to Temperance M. Mason, a native of Richland county, of Ohio. They have four sons and four daughters, all of whom were born in Iowa.

Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pp. 641-642.

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