John Desmond is a native of Henry county, Illinois, born in 1845. He removed to Rock Island county in the same State, and then to Linn county, Iowa. He came here from the latter place in 1874. In May of that year he purchased a farm of eighty acres in section 34. This he improved and lived upon until 1883. He then bought of F.H. Whitney, adjoining land in the same section to which he removed. He now has one hundred acres of land, all of which has been improved by himself, and is a valuable and highly desirable place. Mr. Desmond was married to Ellen Dugan, a native of Illinois. They have six children...William, Mary, John, Margaret, Catharine and Francis.
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, pg. 574.