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History of Cedar
County, Iowa, 1878.

  
 

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Biographies - Pioneer Township

A - F

 

Alexander, Wm., farmer, Section 19; Post Office Lisbon.

Airgood, W. S., dealer in musical instruments and sewing machines; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Noble County, Indiana, in 1847.  He enlisted in the 8th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry and served three years and four months and was at the battles of Shiloh, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Nashville and others.  He came to this county in 1870.  He married Miss Viola Funk in 1868; she was born in Noble County, Indiana; have three children--Clara, Eugene and Raymond.

Alexander, Robert J., farmer, Section 19; Post Office Lisbon; born in Linn County in 1852, and came with his parents to this county in 1855.  His father, James C. Alexander, was born in New York and came to this State at an early day, and died August 9, 1876.  His mother, Mrs. Susan Alexander, was born in Ireland; was married in 1849, and still survives.  Mr. Alexander left an estate of 185 acres and held offices of Town Trustee, School Director and Justice of the Peace.

Albaugh, A., farmer, Section 14; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Albaugh, L. D., farmer, Section 35; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Albaugh, Wm., farmer, Section 14; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ohio in 1828; came to this county in 1853.  He married Mary Hosterman April 26, 1849; she was born in Ohio; has eight children--Lorenzo D., Albert, Martha E., Lua, Amanda J., John H. Wm., Eddy and Myron.

Andre, Daniel, farmer, Section 9; Post Office Lisbon.

Andre, F., farmer, Section 4; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Andre, Hugh, farmer, Section 16; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Andre, L. H., farmer, Section 9; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Andre, W., farmer, Section 4; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Andre, Ruben, farmer, Section 15; post Office Mechanicsville.

Andre, S., farmer, Section 4; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Andre, Thomas, farmer, Section 17; Post Office Lisbon; born in Pennsylvania in 1817; came to this county May 7, 1844; owns 280 acres; has held office of    School Director and Assessor.  He enlisted in the 35th Iowa Volunteer Infantry and was at the battles of Jackson and the Siege of Vicksburg.  He married Miss Mary Owens in 1841; she was born in Pennsylvania; have four children--Hugh T., Samuel J., Lazarus H. and William N.

Andre, William, farmer, Section 4; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Andrews, Frances Mrs., dressmaker, Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Maine and came to this State first in 1860.  She then removed to Nebraska and returned to this county in 1876.  She married James Andrews in 1847;  he was born in Maine, and died in Texas in September, 1874; he enlisted in 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry; in the late war and served nearly two years; has two children--Adelbert D. and Adelia M.

Andrews, Geo. L., clerk; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Andrews, M. F., merchant; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Archer, J. W., farmer, Section 9; Post Office Lisbon.

Archer, Mrs. Phoebe, (widow) Section 9; Post Office Lisbon, Linn County; born in New York in 1824; came to this county in 1857.  She married Joseph Archer in 1840; he was born in Richland County, Ohio, and died June 22, 1877.  His five children are--John W., Wm. Wallace, Mary Jane, Rosetta and Emma.

Archer, W. W., farmer, Section 9; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Armentrout, A., lumber dealer, Mechanicsville; born in Ohio in 1836; came to this county in 1853.  Holds the office of Mayor of the city and President of the School Board.  He married Miss Ellen Culver in 1869; she was born in New York; has three children named Edwin Stanton, Frank Seigel and Carl Hayden.

Bagley, A. E., ptr., Mechanicsville.

Baker, H. J., farmer, Section 14; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Baldorf, J. C., physician, Mechanicsville.

Baughman, J., farmer, Section 25; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Barkley, H. R., farmer, Section 18; Post Office Lisbon; born in Linn County in 1849; owns forty acres.  He married Laura B. Gray December 27, 1870; she was born in Ohio; has three children--Elizabeth M., James A. and William H.

Bennett, A., stock dealer, Mechanicsville.

Bennett, E. L., farmer, Section 15; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Bennett, L., clerk, Mechanicsville.

Bennett, N., druggist, Mechanicsville.

Benton, E., blacksmith, Mechanicsville.

Benton, S. E., attorney, Mechanicsville.

Berget, Wm., carpenter, Mechanicsville.

Bickett, A., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Lisbon.

Bickett, J., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Bickett, R., farmer, Section 17; post Office Mechanicsville.

Bittle, David, farmer, Section 33; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Pennsylvania in 1851; came to this county January 12, 1870; rents eighty acres of his father.  He married Eliza Bucher in 1872; she was born in Ohio; has two children--Ida and Emma; lost one son--Lewis.

Bittle, Henry, farmer, Section 34; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, in 1824; came to this county January 12, 1870; owns 325 acres; has held the office of School Director.  He married Rebecca Becker in 1850;    she was born in Pennsylvania; has eight children--David, Jesse, Susanna, Stephen, Clara, Rebecca, Alexander, Walter; lost two.

Bittle, J., farmer, Section 28; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Boher, G., farmer, Section 29; Post Office Lisbon.

Boyce, W. H., stone mason, Mechanicsville.

Boyles, D. R., farmer, Section 23; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Boyles, James, retired farmer, Section 23; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Miffin County, Pennsylvania, in 1803; came to this county in 1854.  He married Miss Nancy Reid in 1827; she was born in Pennsylvania; has eight children--Reid, Alexander, Jefferson, Madison, Albert G., Margaret, Caroline, David R.

Breece, J., farmer, Section 8; Post Office Lisbon.

Briggs, C., farmer, Section 21; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Briggs, J. P., farmer, Section 21; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Briggs, Volney, farmer, Section 24; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in New York in 1815; came to this county in 1858; lived in Ohio nearly twenty-five years previous to his removal to this county; owns 240 acres.  Has held office of Justice of the Peace, Town Trustee and School Director.  He married Catharine Hyde October 4, 1844; she was born in Massachusetts; has six children--Cordelia, Ava V., Leticia, Jason P., Charles, Clarence.  One son Melvin J., enlisted in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and died at Atlanta from disease contracted in the army.

Brink, E. A., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in    Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1825; came to this county in 1874; he lived in Illinois nineteen years previous to coming to this county; owns 5 acres.  Has held office of Town Trustee.  He married Miss Sarah E. Lake in 1848; she was born in Pennsylvania; has four children--Alice S., Adella L., Lake A. and Clara J.

Brogan, J., farmer, Section 23; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Brown, C., retired, Mechanicsville.

Brown, D. D., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Lisbon.

Brown, Jas., butcher; Mechanicsville.

Bryant, G. W., laborer; Mechanicsville.

Bunce, D. J., city auctioneer and veterinary surgeon, Mechanicsville; born in Ogle County, Illinois, in 1838; came to this county November 10, 1868. Has held offices of City Marshal and Constable; he enlisted in the 6th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry in the late war, and served four years and eighteen days as Veterinary Surgeon, and was not sick a day or off of duty during that period.  He married Miss Marinda Griffith October 19, 1856; she was born in Steuben County, New York; has two children living-- Melvin M. and Lucretia A.; lost one--Charles C.

Bunker, Chas., retired, Mechanicsville.

Burk, Pat. C., section hand, Mechanicsville.

Burleigh, John H., farmer, Section 10; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Maine in 1819; came to this county to reside permanently in 1868; was here first in the Spring of 1857; owns 135 acres.

Cameron, J. D., farmer, Section 10; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Cameron, J. McCrea, hardware dealer, Mechanicsville.

Cameron, T. E., farmer, Section 16; Post  Office Mechanicsville.

Cameron, Wm., farmer, Section 16; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Central, D. P., farmer, Section 7; Post Office Lisbon.

Carllen, Jas., farmer, Section 15;  Post Office Mechanicsville.

Carper, Asa,  butcher, Mechanicsville; born in West Virginia in 1827, and came to this State April 1, 1854; he owned at one time 1,300 acres of land in this State; with five yoke of oxen, he broke in one season, before harvest, 154 acres of prairie; he was a partner in the first shipment of hogs ever made from this town, and for a number of years was one of the largest shippers of live stock.   He married Miss E. A. Todd in 1855; she was born in Ohio; has six children--Merva, Virginia, George, Eleanor, Charles and Elizabeth.

Carroll, J., R. R. hand, Mechanicsville.

Chamberlin, C. A., painter, Mechanicsville.

Chapman, Wm., grocer, Mechanicsville; born in Ohio in 1834; came to this State in 1839, and settled in Linn County; he removed to this county in 1851.    Holds the office of Postmaster, a position he has retained for nearly nine years; he has also held the office of Town Trustee, Town Clerk and School Director.   He married Mrs. Sarah L. Hill in 1860; she was born in Ohio; has three children--Edward, Arthur and Bessie May; Mrs. Chapman has one son by a former marriage--J. A. Hill.

Cleghorn, S. D.

Conner, E., farmer, Section 14; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Conner, Geo., farmer, Section 27; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Conner, J., farmer, Section 37; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Conner, Wm., farmer, Section 23; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Cook, Z., retired farmer, Mechanicsville.

Courtwright, James, eggs, butter and poultry dealer, Mechanicsville.

Crenshaw, W. H., tinner.

Creswell, M. A., plasterer, Mechanicsville.

Cummings, A. W., farmer, Section 20; post Office Lisbon.

Davis, Eli P., farmer, Section 8; Post Office Lisbon, Linn County.

Davis, James, blacksmith, Mechanicsville.

Davison, Benj. F., wagon maker, Mechanicsville.

Deming J. C., insurance agent and attorney, Mechanicsville.

Deming, G., teamster, Mechanicsville.

Dickerson, J., farmer, Section 33.

Diltz, Clarence A., bakery, confectionery and restaurant, Mechanicsville; born in Pennsylvania in 1855; came to this county in June, 1856; has been established in business two years. 

Dorman, Wm., wagon maker, Mechanicsville.

Dougan, J., farmer, Section 20; Post Office Lisbon.

Doty, John, tailor, Mechanicsville.

Downing, J. M., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Lisbon, Linn County; born in Virginia in 1817; came to this county in 1843; owns 172 acres of land.  Has held office of Justice of the Peace and School Director.  He married Charlotte Applegate in 1838; she was born in Indiana; has five children--Preston J., Elsie, James, Clara and  Emma.  One son, Hezekiah, enlisted in the 24th Iowa Infantry, and was taken prisoner at Cedar  Creek, Virginia, and was confined in Libby Prison and afterward removed to Salisbury, North Carolina, and was paroled February 22, 1864; he took a steamer from Wilmington to Annapolis and lost his life by the burning of the boat.

Downing, P., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Lisbon.

Downing, P. J., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Lisbon.

Eagerty, Wm. H., bee raiser, Mechanicsville.

Eagerty, Geo. A., merchant, Mechanicsville; born in Ireland in 1831; came to this country in 1836 and lived in New York State until his removal to this county, in 1860; he holds office of Assessor; he was burned out December 23, 1867, and the loss of the firm was about $33,000.  He married Miss Alice F. Case in 1865; she was born in New York; has one child--Herbert D.; lost two.

Easterly, Albert M., photographer, Mechanicsville.

Easterly, John R., cigar manufacturer, Mechanicsville; born in Indiana in 1852; came to this county in 1860.  Married Miss Nancy Robinson in 1872; she was born in Iowa; has one child--Bertha.

Elliott, W. E., farmer, Section 35; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Elliott, Wm., farmer, Section 35; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Washington County, Indiana, in 1829; came to this county in 1850; owns 505 acres.    Has served as School Director and Road Supervisor.  He married Miss Mary Downing in 1855; she was born in Indiana; has six children--Wm. Elnathan, Robert E., Albert Ernest, Onah Sylvanius, Thaddeus B. and Martha E.

Fairley, C. C., farmer, Section 10; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Fairley, Margaret, Mrs., widow, Section 10; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ohio in 1826; came to this county in 1837; owns 131 acres. She married Samuel Fairley in 1846; he was born in Pennsylvania and died in March, 1868; has seven children--Prior, John, Joseph, Christopher C., Mary J., Wm. Henry and Ruth A.; lost one--Samuel D.

Fall, Geo. W., dealer in agricultural implements, Mechanicsville; born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1840; came to this State in 1849 and to this county in 1873; has held office of Assessor.  He married Miss Mary J. Comstock in 1865; she was born in Cedar County, Iowa, has two children--Carrie M. and David P.

Fairley, J., farmer, Section 10; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Faurot, G. E., farmer, Section 11; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Faurot, S. J., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in New Jersey in 1833; came to this county in 1874; owns 226 1/2 acres of land; holds office of School Director.  He married Miss Phoebe Miller in 1853; she was born in New York in 1830; has four children--Nettie, Born January 14, 1855; George E., September 23, 1856; Wilbur N., August 26, 1858; Jane E., August 5, 1863; lost two--Josephine and Samuel B.

Ferguson, J. C., farmer, and stock raiser, Section 20; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in this township in 1852.  Claudius Ferguson, deceased, was born in Pennsylvania in 1826; came to this county in 1848; owned about 700 acres of land.    He held offices of Town Trustee and Assessor.  He married Mary Steele in 1852; he died August 23, 1876; left eight children--James Claudius, John S., Reuben C., Alice, Emma, Oliver, Jeanette and Irene.

Ferguson, J., farmer, Section 20; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Ferguson, John S., farmer, Section 20; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Ferguson, Thomas, in Fremont Township, carpenter.

Filloon, G., farmer, Section 34; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Filloon, Wm. B., farmer and stock raiser, Section 34; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Richland County, Ohio, May 4, 1826; came to this county October 30, 1848; owns 287 acres of land.  Has held offices of School Director and Justice of the Peace.  He married Miss Martha J. Freeman December 26, 1850; she was born in Indiana November 22, 1833; she came to this county with her parents in 1835, settling at that time, near Sugar Grove Creek; has six children--Mary Jane, born February 10, 1852; Geo. W., September 20, 1854; Willie R., May 24, 1859; John M., April 8, 1861; Lewis F., November 21, 1864; Julia A., June 17, 187

Fennell, M., stone mason, Mechanicsville.

Fisher, T. C., clerk, Mechanicsville.

Flaugher, Samuel, wagon maker, Mechanicsville; born in Washington County, Maryland, in 1811, and came to this county in 1855.  He married Miss Elizabeth Werner in 1838; she was born in Pennsylvania; four children--Nehemiah, born in 1839; Ann E., born in 1841; James A., born in 1843, and William, born in 1845; lost four--Mary E., Joseph, Josephine, and John W.

Flaugher, Wm. H., blacksmith, Mechanicsville.

Fleming, A., plasterer, Mechanicsville.

Fritz, John W., grocer, Mechanicsville; born in Germany in 1836;    came to this country in 1852, and to this county in 1866; owns 160 acres of land.   Holds office of School Director.   Married Miss Catharine Young in 1860; she was born in France; has three children--Mary, Caroline and Emma.

Fry, J. C., lumber dealer, Mechanicsville; born in Miffin County, Pennsylvania, in 1840; came to this county in 1868; has held office of Town Treasurer three years.

Fuller, H., teamster, Mechanicsville.

Fullerton, T. B., blacksmith, Mechanicsville.

 

 
 

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