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BRANDON, J. G.—Farmer, Sec. 29, P. O. North English. Was born September 22, 1816, in Warren county, Ohio, and remained there until four years of age, then went to Darke county and lived there until twenty-two years of age, and received his education at the common schools in Darke county. He then moved to Chickasaw, Mercer county, and lived there about nine years. Left there in September, 1848, and went to Jefferson, Wisconsin, and remained there until the spring of 1849, then moved to Iowa and remained in Iowa City two summers; thence to Iowa county in the fall of 1850. Was married to Abigail Statler September 12, 1839. She was born February 6, 1806. Three children were born of this marriage: W. A. (born July 1, 1840), Catharine (born January 20, 1843) and Thomas J. (born September 22, 1846). Mrs. Brandon died February 25, 1873. Mr. Brandon was again married June 14, 1875, to Mrs. Lucinda Ferris, of Keokuk county. She was born February 23, 1828. Mr. B. came to this county very poor and when he got into a house and commenced living he had just seventy-five cents. He now has a well improved farm and very nicely fixed. He has served as justice of the peace for a number of years, and for two years as county school fund commissioner. His son, Thos. Jefferson, served as a member of company I, Twenty-eighth Iowa volunteer infantry. While on the Red River expedition he left the regiment and was taken to Marine Hospital, New Orleans. Mr. Brandon was the fourth settler in the township, and he and family enjoy the esteem of all their neighbors.


McKINSTRY, ALEXANDER—Farmer, Sec. 19, P. O. North English (Ia.) Was born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, August 17, 1818, and lived there about thirty-two years, engaged in farming. Was there married to Rebecca Backus, October 1, 1850; she was born October 8, 1825. In 1850 he moved to Ogle county, Illinois, and lived there and in Mercer and Stark counties until 1858, when he went to Kansas and remained there until he came to this county (Iowa county, Ia.) in the fall of 1866. Their family consists of five children: Laura E. (born August 29, 1851, and now engaged in teaching), Samuel C. (born November 9, 1855), Margaret E. (born October 4, 1857, and now in the milling business), Ina (born May 16, 1860, now the wife of W. Claypool) and Ambrose L. (born July 13, 1866). Mr McKinstry has an improved farm of 132 acres well stocked. Laura E. McKinstry commenced teaching May 23, 1870, and is now engaged in teaching the


twenty-eighth term, and during all this time has never had a harsh word with either parents or pupils.