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History of Cedar
County, Iowa, 1878.

  
 

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Safley, J. H., carpenter.

Sanely, Benedict, farmer, Section 11; Post Office Tipton.

Sanely, Daniel, farmer; Section 11; Post Office Tipton.

Sanely, Thomas, farmer, Section 11; Post Office Tipton.

Sanford, Jonathan T., Capt., farmer, Section 16; Post Office Tipton; born in Jennings County, Indiana, February 26, 1844; was in the army; enlisted in the 29th. Regiment Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Company D; he was in a number of battles, the principal  ones were Pittsburg Landing, Iuka, Stone River, Tullahoma, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Atlanta, Altoona Pass and Nashville; was slightly wounded at Stone River; enlisted as private and was promoted through non-commissioned offices to Second Lieutenant, and First Lieutenant and Captain, and commanded Company D, and was mustered out December 2, 1865; came to Tipton after the war and held office of City Marshal and Constable; is engaged in farming, and owns 120 acres of land.     married Miss Caroline R. Hepner, from Champaign County, Ohio, May 3, 1861; they have four children--Leoti J., Earl W., India Pearl and Coral Flow; lost one son--Ernest J.

Setford, James, farmer, Section 33; Post Office Tipton; born in England August 3, 1824; came to America in infancy, and lived in York State, Canada, Michigan and Indiana; came with his parents from Indiana, by team, to Cedar County in July, 1837.  His father built a mill on Rock Creek, which was washed away by the great freshet in March, 1838.  Mr. Setford went to California in 1850 and engaged in mining and teaming; returned in 1854; then he again went to California and was there two years; returned to this town and county in May, 1867, and bought the farm where he now lives, and engaged in farming; owns eighty acres of land.  Married Elizabeth L. Smith, from La Grange County, Indiana, June 2, 1861; they have two children--Claudia M., born March 28, 1864a; Charles Ray, born August 13, 1865; lost one daughter in infancy.

Schneider, H. L., proprietor Cedar Mills, Section 3; Post Office Tipton; born in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois fourteen years and came to Iowa in 1863; has been engaged in the milling business for ten years; owns the Cedar Mills and ninety-seven acres of land; the mill was built by John Cresman, in 1867, at a cost of $10,500, and does mostly custom trade.  Mr. Schneider married Miss Emeline E. Reed, from Jones County, Iowa, in 1868; they have two children--Jennie and Carrie; have lost two sons.

Schmucker, Geo., retired farmer.

Shaw, Alonzo, Postmaster, Tipton; born in Tioga County, New York, July 1, 1822; lived there twenty-two years and started to Texas, but when he reached New Orleans, he turned back and came north by the river to this State and county and arrived here in July, 1845--thirty-three years ago--and is one of the early settlers; only a few houses here then, and only twelve persons here now who were here when he came.  He entered a quarter section of land and engaged in farming; then engaged in the hotel business; was elected County Surveyor after having served as Deputy; was again re-elected to the same office and served five years; was Secretary and Treasurer of the School Board five years; received appointment of Postmaster in October, 1872.  Married Miss Almira Bagley, from Ohio, in October, 1949; she came here with her parents in 1940, and were early settlers; they have four children--Anna B., Arvin B., Louie M. and Alonzo F.; lost one son--Edgar, and one daughter--Emma.

Shaffer, Michael, farmer, Post Office Tipton; born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, December 14, 1814; lived in Pennsylvania thirty-three years, then moved to Ohio and lived there seven years; came to Linn County, Iowa, by team; in the Fall of 1854 entered 320 acres of land from the Government; lived in Linn County fourteen years, and came to Cedar in 1867 and bought a farm just outside the city limits where he now lives; has held office of Treasurer of the School Board, also has held offices of Justice of the Peace and School Director.  Married Ann Brosius, from Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, October 22, 1834; she died December 15, 1877, after living together forty-three years; they have four children--Mary C., Emeline, Sarah D. and George W.; lost one daughter--Elizabeth.

Shearer, John, firm of Shearer & Gray, proprietors of Stone Flouring mills, Section 14, Post Office Tipton; born in Scotland, December 1, 1828; learned the milling business and came to this country when 22 years of age; lived in Cincinnati two years and came to this county in 1854, and engaged in the milling business; has been connected with this mill since 1868.  He married Sarah Church, from the State.

Shearer, John D., merchant; dealer in groceries and provisions, Tipton; born in Ashland County, Ohio, March 24, 1827; lived there twenty-three years and learned the carpenter and joiner trade; came to Iowa in May, 1850, and worked at his trade; was engaged in farming ten years; was elected Sheriff of Cedar County in the Fall of 1865, and was re-elected four successive terms; served eleven years until 1876 and declined to be a candidate; as an evidence of the esteem in which he was held he was presented with an elegant gold watch and chain appropriately inscribed; "Presented to John D. Shearer in testimony of his faithfulness and integrity, his moral worth as a citizen, and his charity and kindness as a friend and neighbor. From his friends."     has also held office of Justice of the Peace some years and Assessor three terms, then held various town and school offices.  Married Miss Susan A. Noe, from Morrow County, Ohio, July 10, 1861; they have three children--Ellen M., Lillie B., and Charles T.; lost two children.

Shearer, Walter (W. Shearer & Company, Tipton City Mills), Post Office Tipton; born in Edinburg, Scotland, March 8, 1834; lived there twenty-one years and served his apprenticeship in the milling business; came to this county in 1855, and came to this county in the Fall of the same year and engaged in the milling business, and has been in the business since then; was in City Council one term.  Married Miss Elizabeth Collins, from the State of New York, April, 1858; they have nine children--Walter L., Charles J., Alice A., Mary I., Ephemia E., Margaret L., Ella M., Bessie and Jessie M.

Sheldon, Albert M., farmer, Section 2; Post Office Tipton; born in Van Buren County, Michigan, May 20, 1848, and when 7 years of age came with his parents to Cedar County, in 1855, and has lived here twenty-two years, except while attending college; he graduated and engaged in teaching; went to California; taught school in Nevada one year, and after visiting the principal places in California, returned and engaged in farming on his father's farm of 240 acres.  Has held the office of Treasurer of the Town Board of Trustees and School Director, Superintendent of Sunday school.  married Miss Frane I. Dickinson, from Muscatine County, Iowa, February 25, 1875; they have one daughter--Elma L.

Sheldon, Chas. P., retired, Tipton; born in Jefferson County, New York, April 27, 1818; lived there twenty-three years, then moved to Michigan and engaged in farming; lived there thirteen years; came to this county in 1854 and selected some land, and the following year moved his family here and settled in Inland Township; engaged in farming for fifteen years, and then moved to Tipton; owns a farm of 250 acres of land, and commenced life without anything.  He held the office of Supervisor in Michigan six years, and school Inspector; was Justice of the Peace eleven years, and Representative to the State Legislature; in this county, he has held the office of County supervisor, 0ne of the first elected after organization, for six years, and was Chairman of the Board five years, and has held the office two years since then; was elected Representative to the State Legislature; was Assistant Provost Marshal during the war, and is now Justice of the Peace.  married Miss Laura Mantle, from Jefferson County, New York, September 1, 1841; she died June 5, 1876; have five children--Frank, Albert M., Jennie Lind, Dollie R., Marie; lost two--Edmond and Carrie.  Frank was in the army, 24th. Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company C; was wounded at Vicksburg and at the battle of Winchester; Edmond was in the army, 24th. Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company C.; died from disease contracted in the army.

Sheldon, Francis L., farmer; Post Office Tipton; was born in Van Buren County, Michigan, July 2, 1843; came to Cedar County with his father in 1855, where he has continued to reside.  Enlisted in Company C, 24th. Iowa Volunteer Infantry, August 8, 1862, and served three years; he participated in the battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi, May 1, 1863, in the siege of Vicksburg, and in the battle of Winchester, Virginia, September 19, 1864, where he was wounded in the left leg; was mustered out of the service at Davenport on the 6th. of August, 1865, and returned home, where he re-engaged in farming.  Was married April 9, 1868, to Miss Laura E. Brown, daughter of H.D. Brown, of Tipton; owns 160 acres of land in the southwest quarter of Section 36, Fairfield Township, and forty acres in the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 1, Range 2, Center Township; value, $8,000.

Shepherd, R. K., farmer, Section 23; Post Office Tipton.

Sherwood, Henry, retired farmer, Tipton; born in the City of New York November 23, 1825; he entered a drug store at an early age, and afterwards engaged in the jobbing drug trade, and was connected with the business for sixteen years; came to Cedar County in 1855 and engaged in farming on New York Prairie; only two or three houses completed there when he first came; has carted grain to Davenport and sold wheat at thirty cents per bushel; owns 300 acres of land; has held the office of Justice of the Peace, and town and school offices.  married Miss Abbie Davis in New York City December 1848; she was from New Jersey; she died October 9. 1873, leaving five children--Mrs. Elizabeth Dearborn, Mrs. Emma Kirk, Mrs. Annie Welch, Henry, Isaac.

Sherwood, L., renter; Post Office Tipton.

Shinn, Vincent, farmer, Section 15; Post Office Tipton; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, September 9, 1819; lived there about thirty two years and came to Cedar County, Iowa, by wagon, and was four weeks on the way; arrived here in October, 1851; lived on the prairie two years, then came where he now lives and engaged in farming; owns a farm of forty acres.  Married Miss Rachel Williamson, from New Jersey, in 1846; they have three children--Mary, William and Ida Belle; they have lost three children.

Shafer, A., renter, Section 11; Post Office Tipton.

Shafer, J. I., Section 15; Post Office Tipton.

Shafer, Wm., farmer, Section 11; Post Office Tipton.

Shriver, H. C., teamster.

Shultz, A., farmer, Section 29; Post Office Tipton.

Shultz, Daniel, farmer, Section 29; Post Office Tipton.

Shultz, John, farmer, Section 29; Post Office Tipton.

Simmons, Abraham, Section 8; Post Office Tipton.

Simmons, Isaac, warden.

Simmons, J., farmer, Section 5; Post Office Tipton.

Simons, James, laborer.

Simmons, Lem, farmer, Section 5; Post Office Tipton.

Simnermowker, Geo., farmer, Section 18; Post Office Tipton.

Slater, Thomas, farmer; Post Office Tipton.

Smart, A. M., carpenter.

Smith, Daniel R., farmer, Section 3; Post Office Tipton; born in Blair County Pennsylvania, January 1, 1835; lived there twenty-one years and came to this county in 1856, and engaged in farming, and has lived on his present farm twenty-one years; owns farm of 126 acres, and thirteen acres of timber; was elected Constable.  Married Miss Anna Dickinson, from Stark County, Ohio, in March, 1867; they have three children--Frank Edwin, John Royer and Ella Winnifred; lost one daughter--May.  Mr. Smith was in the army; enlisted in the 5th. Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company A; was in the battles of Iuka, Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, Champion Hills, Jackson and others; was in the service four years.

Sparks, Jason C., proprietor Sparks' Wind Mills, Tipton; born in Green County, Indiana, July 24, 1845, and came to this county when 8 years of age; has been engaged as agent for agricultural implements; he is the patentee of Sparks' "Wind Mill," one of the best now in use.  He married Miss Emma McGregor, from Kendall County, Illinois, March 28, 1867; they have four children--Willie, Maud, Della and Louie.

Sparks, S., farmer.

Spence, John, Capt., farmer, Section 22; Post Office Tipton; born near Milleville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, April 10, 1797; lived there twenty years, then lived in Philadelphia fifteen years; he followed the water twenty-two years and was Captain of a vessel fifteen years; was a strict temperance man and did not drink anything and did not allow it on board of his vessel; lived in the city of New York fourteen years, and came to this county in 1855, and has lived here twenty-two years.  He and his son Thomas are engaged in burning lime and farming.  The Captain has been connected with the M. E. Church over Fifty years, and has been an earnest worker in the church and out of it, and has attended 105 camp meetings.  Married Sarah Crippen, from Cumberland County, New Jersey, in 1816, and they have been married over sixty-one years, and they have four children--Elizabeth, Sophia A., Mary and Thomas; lost two children; they have forty grandchildren and forty-one great-grandchildren; they had one son and seven grandsons in the army and they have seven grandsons in the employ of the C. & N. W. R. R. Thomas L. Spence, son of Capt. Spence, was born in Cumberland County, New Jersey, in July 1825, came to this county with his parents in 1855; is engaged in burning lime and farming; he was in engineers' department three years during the war.  Married Sarah Worth, from New Jersey; they have five sons and four daughters.

Springer, John, barber.

Sprout, James, laborer, Tipton.

Stafford, L. B., salesman.

Staininger, John B., jeweler, Tipton; born in Union County, Pennsylvania, September 13, 1852; removed to Wisconsin with his parents when 3 years of age; went to Nevada Territory and was with his brother in the jewelry business; came to Tipton and engaged in jewelry business with his brother, and afterward bought out his brother and continued the business.

Staly, P., farmer, Section 24; Post Office Tipton.

Stanley, Amos, farmer and stock raiser, Section 16; Post Office Tipton; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, December 3, 1829; lived in Ohio about thirty-nine years; was farming and dealing in stock; he came West in 1850, to this county and entered land, and again in 1858 and 1859, and entered about 5,000 acres in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri; returned East and engaged extensively in the oil business; was very unfortunate in being burned out twice, and lost a large amount; came to  this county in the Spring of 1869 and engaged in farming and stock raising; owned hotel and livery in Mechanicsville and hotel in Tipton, which burned in 1871.  He owns 1,000 acres of land, 600 here and 400 south of Muscatine.  Married Mary Ann Shinn, from Dubuque; she died in 1866; they had three children, only one living, a son--Theodore.  Married Rachel A. Engle from Ohio, December 32, 1868; they have two children--Lavina and Amos; lost one daughter.

Starr, Anson, Tipton; born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, November 18, 1831; lived in Ohio eighteen years; came to this county in 1850, with his parents, and engaged in farming; went to Kansas in 1859, and was there and in Colorado seven years; returned in 1866.  Married Miss Martha Baker, from Granville, Licking County, Ohio, January 17, 1878.  John Calvin Starr, brother of Anson, was in the army; enlisted in the 24th. Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company B, and died from disease in Louisiana.

Starrett, A. R. lawyer.

Starrett, Joseph, farmer, Section 35; Post Office Wilton; born in Cedar County, Sugar Creek Township, April 9, 1853, and has lived in this county twenty-five years; is engaged in farming and stock raising; rents farm of 220 acres from his father-in-law, A. J. Crawford.  married Miss Anna Maria Crawford, a daughter of Andrew J. Crawford, the oldest settler in this county, January 20, 1876.  William Starrett, father of Joseph, was born in York State in 1812, and came to this county in 1836, and is one of the oldest settlers.  he married Rosinda Albin, from Indiana; she died in 1852; they have five sons and one daughter--Harriet, John R., Perry, Johnson, George and Joseph; lost two children.  Perry was in the army in Company D, 11th. Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded.

Stough, J. Howard, Rev., pastor Lutheran Church, Tipton; born in Ontario, Richland County, Ohio, September 18, 1850; he received his education and graduated at Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio; entered the ministry in July, 1872; his first pastorate was at Leetona, Columbiana County, Ohio; his second pastorate was at Knoxville, Marion County, Illinois; from there he went to Plymouth, Ohio, and received a call to the Lutheran Church in Tipton, and came here in May, 1877,  Married Miss Mida Gipson, from Plymouth, Ohio, November 25, 1875.

Stryker, John C., farmer, Section 14; Post Office Tipton; born in Hamilton County, Ohio, August 8, 1840; lived there nine years; moved to Indiana, lived there six years, and came with his parents to Cedar County April, 1853; but very little improvement here on the prairie then.  Was in the army; enlisted in Company A, 5th. Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry; he was in thirteen battles, among them the battle of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Seven Days' Battles, second battle of Bull Run; was wounded at Fair Oaks and Bull Run, and discharged; engaged in farming; had nothing but one colt when he commenced, and now owns 280 acres of land.  Married Miss Martha Perry, from this county, in November, 1863; they have eight children--Luella M., Frank, Harry, Lizzie, Dick, William, John and Maud.

Stryker, P. L., farmer, Section1; Post Office Tipton; born in Somerset County, New Jersey, December 11, 1813; lived there twenty-four years, then lived in Ohio and Indiana about eighteen years, when they came to Cedar County in 1855, the same week that their old neighbor, C. P. Sheldon, arrived here; he engaged in farming on the prairie where no one thought it would be settled and has lived on this farm over twenty years; owns a farm of 120 acres.  He has held office of Justice of the Peace, and school offices; he and Mr. Sheldon and Mr. Wright built the first school house here twenty years ago, and carted the lumber from Davenport, and it is now standing on the corner.     Married Miss Aletta Van Camp, from Somerset County, New Jersey, May 28, 1835; they have nine children--Mary L., Cornelius, John, Kate, Caroline, Henry, Lettie, Mattie and Lilly; John was in the army, in the 5th. Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, Company A.

Stubblefield, John B., farmer and stock raiser, Section3; Post Office Tipton; born in Champaign County, Ohio, November 15, 1827; lived there fifteen years, then came to Cedar County with his father's family, by wagon, being twenty-one days on the way, and arrived here November 5, 1842, thirty-four years ago; they were early settlers; entered land from the Government and engaged in farming; there are only a few here now who were here when they came; he owns 345 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising.  Married Miss Elizabeth McLane, from Center County, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1854; they have seven children--James, Melissa A., Serilda, Emily Jane, Alice, Luella, Flora; lost three children--Mary, Catherine, Adella.

Stuyvesandt, Valentine, ornamental gardener, dealer in fruit trees and nursery stock; Post Office Tipton; was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1848; he lived there until 1852, and then emigrated to San Antonio, Texas.  He remained there six years, and then returned to Europe to attend the Horticultural School at Hamburg; he returned to Texas again in 1871; he came to this county in 1876.  Not married.

Swartzlender, Reuben, farmer, Tipton; born in Union County, Pennsylvania, August 22, 1821; at the age of 14 he went to Crawford County, Ohio; lived there five years, and then came by team to Cedar County, Iowa, being twenty-eight days on the way, and arrived here in 1840 with only $50.50, and spent fifty cents on the way; only a few here then; he was one of the early settlers; worked on a farm one year for $100, then went to farming; also engaged in the mercantile business here for some years, and although he only had $50 when he came here, he owns over 1,000 acres of land, 480 acres of it being in this county; beside assisting his friends, he has paid out not less than $15,000 in endorsing and going security for them.  He has held various town and school offices.  Married Clarissa Carl, from Ohio, in September, 1841; she died 1844; married Martha Dale, from Crawford County, Ohio in 1848; she died 1865; he has six children--Henrietta, Mary, Ellen, Charles, Martha and Walter; has lost four children.

Sweet, Lorenzo L., Pastor Mt. Zion Free-Will Baptist Church, Tipton; born in Chenango County, New York, April 16, 1811; at the age of 10 he went to Pennsylvania and lived there twenty-one years, and prepared himself for the ministry; commenced preaching in 1824; preached in Wisconsin eighteen years; was in the army; enlisted in Company I, 37th. Regiment; was Sergeant of Company I; was in several fights with guerillas, and was disabled at Memphis; he preached in the regiment almost every Sabbath, and assisted the Chaplain in his duties; is now pastor of the Mt. Zion Church, of this town; Mr. Sweet has been engaged in the ministry forty-three years; he has held the office of justice of the Peace many years, Town Trustee six years; was elected Coroner in 1873, and 1875 and again in 1877.  Married Miss Rachel Burr, from Otsego County, New York, in 1831; they have five children--William W., Daniel E., John O., Dayton M. and Mary E.; lost three children.  He had four sons in the army--Daniel, Henry and George were in 11th. Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and William was in the 6th. Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; Henry L. R. died in the hospital and George O. was killed before Atlanta.

Sweinhart, Jerome, carriage and wagon maker.

Sweinhart, Josiah, retired, Tipton; born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, June 8, 1813; learned the carriage making business, and was engaged in that business for twenty years at New Berlin, Pennsylvania.  Came to this county, to Tipton, in 1862, and engaged in carriage and wagon business for four years; then went to farming; owns farm of 120 acres just out of town.  Has held town and school offices.  Married Maria Neiman, from Berks County, Pennsylvania, She died August 12, 1853; they had seven children--Jacob, Emma L., Jerome and Peter F., living; lost three children.  Married Mary A. Neiman, from Berks County, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1856; they had one son, who died.

Swinehart, Jacob, farmer.

Switzenbarger, August, farmer, Section 34; Post Office Pleasant Hill.

 

 
 

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