IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.

S.H. Oathout
Monona Twp.

S. H. Oathout, one of the early settlers of Clayton County, was born in Madison County, N.Y., on the 12th day of November, 1809. His parents, John and Ruth Oathout, nee Baldwin, were married in Otsego County, N.Y. By this union there were eight children, two living--Aaron and S.H. The subject of this memoir was reared on a farm, and received a common school education. On Jan. 1, 1834, he married Eliza Abbott, who was born in Lebanon, Madison County, N.Y., April 20, 1811. Their union has been blessed with eight children--Moses, Orlando, George, Henry, Josephine, Albert, Alpha and Alice. In 1855 he emigrated to Clayton County, and located on a tract of land he had purchased the previous spring of 340 acres of wild prairie land. The following year he built ten miles of fence, driving over a ton of nails. Mr. Oathout has been identified with the county for twenty-seven years, and has seen the wild prairies transformed into beautiful farms and thriving villages. In politics he was an old line Whig, but at the time of the organization of the Republican party joined them, and has affiliated with them since.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1054-1055
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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