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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Peter A. Bevington.

Peter A. Bevington is now living retired at Greenfield, although he was for an extended period actively engaged in farming.  His work was so wisely directed that he won a measure of prosperity that now enables him to put aside further business cares.  Ohio claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred in Huron county, on the 18th of October, 1843, his parents being Peter and Aary (Bevington) Bevington, both of whom were probably born in the Buckeye state, where they lived and died.  The father followed farming in Holmes county for many years and was there called to his final rest.

In his youthful days Peter A. Bevington attended the district schools and mastered the elementary branches of learning, but he had comparatively little opportunity to secure an education, as his services were needed upon the home farm.  In March, 1861, when eighteen years of age, he came to Iowa and settled in Madison county, where he worked through the following summer for Dr. Bevington of Winterset, who was his uncle.  He put aside all business and personal considerations, however, when the country became involved in the Civil war and in October, 1861, enlisted for active service, being mustered in as a member of Company B, Fifth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry.  Under that command he served until the close of the war, the regiment being assigned to duty with the Army of the Cumberland, and he took part in various important engagements, including the battles of Stone River and of the Atlanta campaign.  At the battle of Nashville, on Christmas day of 1864, he was shot through the body and three of his ribs had to be cut out.  The wound was a very serious one, but in due time he recovered and he was mustered out of the service on the 22d of August, 1865.

When the war was over and the country no longer needed his aid, Mr. Bevington returned to Ohio and there remained for a year or more.  In 1867, however, he again came to Iowa, settling in Winterset.  Later he returned to Ohio for his bride, whom he brought to Iowa directly after their marriage.  She bore the maiden name of Miss Cecelia Mackey, and their wedding was celebrated on the 29th of December, 1869.  Upon his return to this state Mr. Bevington settled on a farm in Madison county, where he remained for forty-two years, or until 1901, when he turned over his farm of two hundred acres to his son and removed to Greenfield, where he has since lived retired.  He was one of the progressive agriculturists of his locality and set an excellent example for others to follow.

To Mr. and Mrs. Bevington were born seven children:  Cambia, William, Estella, Mina, Cliola, Cora and Harry.  Mr. Bevington has always voted with the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and has kept well informed concerning the issues and questions of the day.  He is a member of Myers Post, No. 149, G. A. R., and he and his wife are members of the Methodist church, true to its teachings and loyal to their belief.



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