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H. Graybill
Clayton Twp.

H. Graybill was born in Juniata County, Pa., on May 2, 1831 and in 1841 left his native State and came with his father to Iowa, landing at Dubuque on May 2, of that year. He went to Prairie La Porte, where he remained until 1842, thence to Milville Township, and ten years later removed to Monona Towhship. In 1858 he returned to Milville Township, and resided there until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted, on Aug. 22, 1862, in the Twenty-first Iowa Infantry. He served until Nov. 9, 1863, when he was discharged on account of physical disability, and returned to Milville Towhship. In 1870 he removed to Cassville, Wis., and conducted a hotel and barber-shop there nine years, then went to Clermont, Fayette County, where he remained one year, and in November, 1880, he came to Clayton County, where he has resided since. In the fall of 1881 he became the proprietor of the Clayton House, which he is still running, and is making a success of it. He was married May 17, 1853, to Lydia Ferguson, who was born Aug. 27, 1830 in Canada, and died Oct. 15, 1867. Of six children born of that union, two are living-- Amelia, born April 20, 1855, and Alice, July 5, 1861. Mr. Graybill was again married on June 16, 1871, to Letitia Campbell. His father died March 1, 1864; his mother is living in the county at the advanced age of seventy-three years. He is a member of the United Brethren Church, and in his poltical views is a Republican. He is justly entitled to being classed with the pioneers of Clayton County, and although he met with many of the adversities and hardships of pioneer life, he says that there was more real enjoyment in life in those primitive days than in these days of political and financial strife.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 722
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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