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Daniel Green
Sperry Twp.

Daniel Green, farmer, was born in the ancient town of Wittlesea, county of Cambridge, England, Dec. 22, 1818. Until he was of the age of sixteen years, he lived on his father's farm. He then helped lay the track of the London & Northwestern road, the second railroad of any consequence that was ever built. He followed track-laying until 1852. June 21, 1840, he was united in marriage to Mary Hartley Brown, of Wittlesea. Apr. 4, 1852, he set sail for America, being one month on the voyage. Proceeding to Cleveland, he found employment for one year in a soap and candle factory. He worked here at delivering goods, and at the expiration of the year knew every street and store in the city of Cleveland. In the spring of 1853 he rented ten acres of land in East Cleveland. Here he followed market gardening for two seasons. In October, 1854, he moved to Clayton County with his brother James and family, and during the winter lived in a log cabin which stood where Tangeman's grist-mill now stands, between Clayton and Garnavillo. This was then called "Forbes' Hollow." In the spring of 1855 he removed to Boardman Township, four miles west of Elkader, and built the second house on the Elkader and East Union road, the first having been built just previously. In the spring of 1856 he moved to section 25, Boardman Township, and built a brick house. Selling out in the fall of 1858, he removed to Cox Creek Township, where he lived the following winter. The next spring he located on section 18, Boardman Township, where he lived until Feb. 15, 1867, when he purchased his present home, on section 11, Sperry Township. Mr. Green has no family of his own, but in 1855 he adopted an orphan name Peter Bowhart, who took the name of Peter B. Green. He has a wife and three children, and still lives with Mr. Green. The family now own 407 acres of land well stocked, and free from incumbrance. Mr. Green is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has held various local offices, and is one of the most highly respected citizens of Sperry Township.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1096-1097
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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