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George Taft
Volga Twp.

George Taft (deceased) was born in Washinton County, Vt., Jan. 28, 1807, and was the son of Peter and Phoebe (Wheaton) Taft, natives of Massachusetts. In 1811 the family moved to Onondaga County, N.Y., where for a time Mr. Taft, Sr., manufacutred salt. He then followed farming until his death, June 11, 1829. His wife died April 20, 1835. George's early life was passed on a farm, attending school at times. He was married Feb. 21, 1831, to Nancy Whitmore of Fayetteville, N.Y. He has been a farmer most of his life, but made staves and barrels as early as 1836. He moved to Fulton County, O., in 1844, where he followed farming until 1861. He then came to Iowa, and settled, at first in Linn County. While here three sons enlisted in the war. One, Lynn, died in the service of his country. He came to Delaware County in 1866, and the following year located at Elkport, Clayton County. He at first made barrels, but now only staves. His present factory was established in 1874. The annual value of stave produced $20,000. By industry and frugality, Mr. Taft is now quietly passing a green old age with his wife, while his son, Henry B., manages the factory. Mr. Taft's first wife died March 13, 1835, and he was again married Sept. 17, 1835, to Elmina Matson, Rutland County, Vt. By his first wife there were two children-- Lowell, in Ohio, and Chester, in Buchanan County. By his second wife he has had seven children, of whom four are living-- Emeline, Celia (Mrs. Hodges), Henry B. (in the factory), and Orlando, now physician at Elkport. When the above sketch was written Mr. Taft had just returned from a trip to St. Paul. This trip was too severe for him, and he never recovered from its effects, but died April 23, 1882.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1127-1128


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