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J. E. Corlett
Farmersburg Twp.

J. E. Corlett one of the prominent farmers and stock-raisers of Clayton County, was born on the Isle of Man, July 4, 1828, and was a son of John and Eleanor Corlett, nee Cotcher, likewise natives of that Island. They came to the United States in 1834, and located in Dutchess County, N.Y., where they died. J. E. came to Clayton County in 1853, removing his family thither in 1855. He purchased his present farm of 240 acres on sections 10 and 12 in 1854. His marriage occurred in 1850, to Catherine Amanda Crawford. Her father, James Crawford, was a native of New Jersey, and came to Clayton County in May, 1852. His wife, Eleanor, nee Quick, was born in Pike County, Penn. They now reside in Nebraska, where they settled in 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Corlett have had twelve children - Horace B., born Dec. 30,1852; Mary E., Nov. 8, 1854, is now the wife of W.P. Hallett, of Wyoming, Iowa; Frank J., May 8,1856; James E., March 14, 1858; Lucas A., born Feb. 14, 1860, died Sept. 19, 1878; Willard B., born Nov. 23, 1861; Amy H., Jan. 22, 1864; Annie J., July 3, 1866; Cyrus C., Oct. 29, 1868; Charles A., Oct. 23, 1870; Samuel D., Aug. 31, 1872; and Le Roy E., March 18, 1875. Upon coming to Clayton County, Mr. Corlett soon disclosed those qualities which eminently fitted him to hold public positions of honor and trust; he has accordingly been elected to all the township offices, and has also served as Deputy County Treasurer, President and Treasurer of the county and district fairs, President of County School Board; Captain of a military company, United States Marshal, and enough others, he says, to make any man poor. He is now Secretary of the Farmer's Mutual Fire and Lightning Insurance Company, of Clayton County, which was organized on Feb. 15, 1875. Mr. Corlett owns one of the finest orchards in the county, and makes a specialty of growing fine fruits.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 773-774
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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