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James Jack
Boardman Twp.

James Jack was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., on Sept. 19, 1832. His parents, David and Jane Jack, nee Curry, were also natives of the Keystone State, where they were married in 1831. They are still living and have just celebrated their golden wedding. Of eight children born of this union six are living-- David; Lizzie, now the wife of George Crawford, of Hampton, Ia.; Mary M., wife of Harry Miller, of Estherville, Ia.; Sarah E., wife of W.H. Neeling, of Ossian, Ia.; W.W., of the same place, and the subject of this sketch. David Jack, Sr., emigrated to Clayton County in 1856, thence to Winneshiek County in 1866, where he now resides. James Jack was reared on a farm and his educational privileges were those of the common schools. He came West with his parents in 1856, and was employed in a steam mill at National until 1866. He then traveled one year selling patent medicine, and two years selling reapers for Carter Bros. He then was employed as agent by G.B. Dickey and N.W. Williver until 1875, when he sold his property at National and removed to Beuna Vista County, Ia., and engaged in farming there a short time, then returned to Clayton County and located in Elkader. He has since been agent for the McCormick Reaper and Mower Co., handling all their goods. He was married in 1854 to Lizzie Hayes, of Brooke County, West Va. She was born Sept. 24, 1832. Of seven children born of this union three are living--Levi M., Vernon S. and Annie J. In 1880 Mr. Jack was appointed county jailer.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 659-660
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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