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History of Cedar
County, Iowa, 1878.

  
 

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Biographies - Rochester Township

 

Adams, George, farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Adams, Geo. B., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Anderson, Abdigal, farmer, Section 1; Post Office Rochester.

Andrus, H. H., farmer, Post Office Tipton.

Ansley, J., farmer, Section 25; Post Office Tipton.

Atkins, L. P., physician, Rochester.

Bagg, Daniel, restaurant, Rochester.

Bagg, Polly, restaurant, Rochester.

Bailey, Gideon, farmer and breeder of Poland-China hogs; Post Office Tipton; owns 130 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1838; came to Iowa in 1851 and located on his present farm.  Married Jennie M. Thayer in 1860; she was born in New York, in 1845; have four children--Ellsworth G., Laura L., Noah E. and George F.  Republican.

Bailey, H. M., farmer, Section 31; Post Office Rochester.

Bair, A., Postmaster and druggist, Rochester.

Bair, C. F., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Baker, John, farmer, Section 20; Post Office Moscow; owns 300 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1822, came to Iowa in 1836.  Married Sarah Howes; she was born in Edgar County, Illinois, in 1828; have eight children--Jasper T., McNathan, Matilda, William M., S. Elizabeth, Anna Belle, Francis M. and Emma J.  Democrat.

Baker, Wm., farmer, Section 18; Post Office Moscow; owns 700 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Pickaway County, Ohio in 1819; came to Iowa in 1836, and located in Rochester Township, Cedar County; removed to his present farm in 1863; was in the mercantile business in Rochester for about fourteen years. Married Belinda Linsey in 1850; she was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1833; have four children--William, Ida May, Curtis and Grant; had two children by former marriage--James P. and Welcome M.    Mr. B. has held different offices in the township, and has been Deputy Sheriff of the county.  Republican.

Baker, Wm. M., farmer, Section 18; Post Office Moscow.

Barclay, Thomas, farmer, Section 5; Post Office Tipton; owns 186 acres land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1835; came to Iowa in 1853.  Married Mary Looney in 1868; she was born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1831.    Mr. B. has five children by a former marriage--Delina, Joseph, Oretta, John and Thomas;  Mrs. B. has two by a former marriage-Anna and Frank.  Is a member of   M. E. Church; Republican.

Bates, Mary J., Section 1; Post Office Rochester.

Billups, J., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Moscow.

Billups, W. O., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Moscow.

Blackmer, A. C., farmer, Section 2; Post Office Rochester.

Breen, Thos., farmer, Section 19; Post Office Moscow.

Britton, F. L., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Rochester.

Corlile, A. B., farmer, Section 27; Post Office Tipton.

Cary, Leander, laborer; Post Office Rochester.

Cary, Edward, farmer, Section 11; Post Office Rochester.

Cline, Jonathan, farmer, Section 7; Post Office Rochester; owns 250 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Cedar County, Iowa, in 1844; his parents came to Iowa in 1839, and located on the same farm that Mr. Cline now owns.  His father, Abraham Cline, was born in Pennsylvania in 1798, and married Lydia Sharp in 1829; she was born in Maryland in 1808.  Have three children--Nancy, Elizabeth and Jonathan; Angeline died at the age of 21 years.  Mr. Jonathan Cline has been Town Clerk, and held other town offices.  Republican.

Cooley, George, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Cromer, Geo., farmer, Section 29; Post Office Moscow.

Comstock, Charles, laborer, Post Office Rochester.

Dickey, D. A., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Dickey, George, farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Duncan, James, farmer, Post Office Tipton.

Drake, Marion, carpenter, Section 32; Post Office Moscow; born in Cedar County, Iowa, in 1848.  His father, William Drake, was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, in 1827, and died in 1855.  Married Drusilla Rizley, in 1847; she was born in Indiana, in 1827; had four children--Marion, Samantha, Samuel, and William D.    Mrs. Drake was married again in 1860, to Michael Carpenter; he was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1829.  They have two children--John M. and Mertie L. Are members of Christ Church.

Drake, Samuel, farmer, Section 32; Post Office Rochester.

Drake, Samantha, Section 32; Post Office Moscow.

Drake, Wm. D., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Moscow.

Duncan, D. S., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Edginton, Jane,  Post Office Rochester.

Edward, S. H., farmer, Section 8; Post Office Pleasant Hill.

Finefield, John, wagon maker; Post Office Rochester.

Foreman, C., farmer, Section 6; Post Office Rochester.

Frain, G., capitalist, Section 12; Post Office Rochester.

Fulwider, James H., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Tipton; owns 360 acres land, valued at $45 per acre; born in Green Brier County, Virginia, 1832; came to Iowa in 1839.  Married M. E. Barclay in 1861; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1842; have three children--Eliza E., Johnny B., and Howard A.  Mr. F. has held different offices in the township.  Democrat.

Gano, Wm. C., farmer, Post Office Inland.

Gaskell, S. N., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Gritton, L., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Grimm, Wm. C., farmer, Section 31; Post Office Rochester; born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1833; came to Iowa in 1866.  Married Elizabeth Pletscher in 1857; she was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1831; have one child--Mausuetus, born in 1858.  Mr. G. enlisted in 1862, in the 31st Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged in 1865; was in all the battles that regiment participated in.  Rents his farm of Michael Pletscher, his father-in-law, who owns 160 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; came to Iowa in 1852.  He married Susana Spadt in 1826; she was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1806;  Mr. P. was born in Center County, Pennsylvania in 1802; have four children--Anna, Elizabeth, Amos and Isaac.  Are members of the Lutheran Church.

Hams, E., farmer, Section 18; Post Office Moscow.

Hains, T., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Hardman, Henry, farmer, Section 32; Post Office Pleasant Hill; owns 400 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Harrison County, Virginia, in 1801; came to Iowa in 1836, and located on his present farm.  Married Mary Searl in 1821; she was born in Steuben County, New York, in 1803; have four children living--Cain, Sarah, Silas and Samantha.  Was married again to Mary Perkey, in 1873; she was born in Virginia in 1841; she had four children--Sarah Jane, W. H., James and Maria.  Mr. H. was one of the first settlers of Cedar County; took the Government census of the county in 1840, and assessed the county in 1847; has held the office of Justice of the Peace twenty years.  Are members of the M. E. Church.

Hankins, George.

Hardman, Silas, farmer and carpenter; Post Office Rochester.

Hardman, Sarah A., Post Office Rochester.

Horn, Jas. B., Section 35; Post Office Tipton.

Horn, John W., farmer, Post Office Rochester and Tipton.

Heffner, John, farmer, Section 31; Post Office Moscow.

Henderson, Daniel, farmer, Section 29; Post Office Moscow; owns 309 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Pike County, Ohio, in 1821; came to Iowa in 1840; removed to his present farm in 1853.  Married Hannah Wilson in 1841; she was born in Warren County, Indiana, in 1823; have eight children--Amanda M., Harriet M.,    S. J.,  D. W.,  Abbie J., Alice, John D. and Ida L.  Are members of the Christian Church;  Republican.

Henderson, D. W., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Highly, Thos., farmer, Section 6; Post Office Rochester.

Horn, H. C., farmer, Section 30; Post Office Tipton; owns 350 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1822; came to Iowa in 1852 and located in Rochester Township.  Married Ann M. Barrick in 1844; she was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in 1823; have eight children--Mary J., William, Amanda, John, James B., Emma B., Ann E. and Charley.  Are members of the M. E. Church; Republican.

Harm, W. F., farmer, Section 34; Post Office Tipton.

Howe, F. H., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Howe, Nathan, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Howe, Orlando, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Ingram, James, farmer, Section 5; Post Office Rochester.

Jeffers, John, farmer, Post Office Tipton.

Jennings, James, farmer, Section 29; Post Office Moscow;  owns 299 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1829; came to Iowa in 1852, and located on his present farm. Married Almira Barnard in 1850; she was born in Washington County, Indiana, in 1832; have eight children--Melissa L., Sophrona, Eunice A., Helena, John Francis, Minnie, Arthur E. and Elizabeth; lost two--Levi Orvis, at the age of 12 years, and one in infancy.  Mr. J. has been Justice of the Peace two years and held all the different town offices.  Is a clergyman in the Church of Christ.

Kerter, John, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Kester, Len., farmer, Section 26; Post Office Rochester.

Lincoln, George, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Lincoln, John E., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Lowderman, Jonathan, farmer, Section 7; Post Office Rochester.

Lowderman, Wm., farmer, Section 7; Post Office Rochester.

McClarren, Duncan, laborer, Post Office Rochester.

Marquott, Jacob, farmer, Section 25; Post Office Tipton.

Mathews, Daniel J., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Mathews, Thomas E., farmer, Section 29; Post Office Tipton, owns 285 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Virginia in 1814; came to Iowa in 1838, and located in Cedar County.  Married Nancy Hill in 1845; she was born in Pocahontas County, Virginia in 1827; have eight children--Elizabeth, Josephine, Charley, Emma, Augusta, Thomas, Isaac, George W., lost four--Mason and Margaret and two in infancy.    Members of the Methodist Church.

Melson, N. F., farmer, Section 34; Post Office Rochester.

Mitchell, John N., lime burner and farmer, Section 26; Post Office Tipton.

Morton, Richard, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Moore, Patrick L., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Sugar Creek; owns 220 acres, valued at $50 per acre; born in Ireland in 1822; came to America in 1844; removed to his present farm in 1863.  Married Drusilla Rhodes in 1861; she was born in  Warren County, Ohio, in 1834; have one child by adoption--Hannah Eliza.  Mr. Moore enlisted in 1861 in the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; was in the battle of Bull Run; enlisted again in 1862, in the gun-boat service.

Mushmaker, George, farmer, Section 25; Post Office Macon.

Munn, Silas, farmer, Post Office Tipton.

Munn, Phoebe A., farmer, Section 25; Post Office Tipton.

Niles, Elisha, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

O'Harry, James, farmer, Section 25; Post Office Rochester.

Peden, William, farmer, Section 2; Post Office Rochester.

Plitcher, M., farmer, Section 31; Post Office Rochester.

Porter, John J., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Pratt, Joseph, farmer, Section 17; Post Office Moscow.

Ridenour, J. A., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Ridenour, J. B., farmer, Section 6; Post Office Rochester; owns 57 acres land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Maryland in 1828; came to Iowa in 1843 with his parents; located on his present farm in 1873; has been married three times--to Elizabeth Fulwider, and had two children, Malvin and Amanda--and to Mary Ann Fulwider and had two children--George and Eva--and to Ann Beatty and had three children--Earnest, William and Alice.  Members of Reformed Church; Republican.

Ridenour, John D., farmer, Section 6; Post Office Rochester; owns 160 acres land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Green County, Ohio, in 1835; came to Iowa in 1843.  Married Sarah C. Kester in 1860; she was born in Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio, in 1841; they have seven children--John D., Sarah E., Charles H., Chester S., Florence A. and Theodore Hayes.  Members of the United Brethren Church.   Republican.

Ridenour, N. A., farmer, Section 7; Post Office Rochester; owns 285 acres of land valued at $30 per acre; born in Maryland in 1826; came to Iowa in 1843, and located with his parents in Rochester Township, Cedar County; removed to his present farm in 1855.  Married Nancy Cline in 1849; she was born in Ohio in 1831; have four children--Angelina, Cornelius, Daniel and Luke.  Has held different township offices.

Riffenburg, L., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Rochester.

Rochlots, John N., section 36.

Ross, John B., farmer, Section 31; Post Office Tipton; owns 174 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1800; came to Iowa in 1857, and located on his present farm.  Married Sarah Ann Kirkpatrick in 1851; she was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1825; have three children--Sarah J.,   J. O.,   Agnes M.; has held different town offices; members of Presbyterian Church;  Republican.

Schaffenet, J. F., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Moscow.

Scott, H. G., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Rochester.

Sheets, Adam, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Sheets, Henry, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Simmermaker, Philip, farmer, Section 30; Post Office Tipton; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Germany in 1811; came to America in 1834, and located in Iowa on his present farm, in 1854.  Married Anna M. Beech in    1837; she was born in Germany in 1821; have two children--George and Samuel; lost one--Elizabeth, died at the age of 29 years; have an adopted daughter--Margaret.   Are members of the Reformed Church; Democrat.

Slater, J. N., farmer, Post Office Moscow.

Slater, Isaac, farmer, Section 19; Post Office Moscow.

Slater, James, farmer, Section 19; Post Office Moscow.

Slater, James J., farmer, Section 19; Post Office Moscow.

Spencer, H., farmer, Section 2; Post Office Rochester.

Spiger, J. L. & J. M., farmers, Section 7; Post Office Rochester.

Smith, J. N., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Smitt, Wm., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Swisher, Wm., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Snab, Samuel, cooper; Rochester.

Story, N., farmer, Section 29; Post Office Tipton.

Summemaker, George, farmer, Section 30; Post Office Tipton.

Summemaker, S., farmer, Section 30; Post Office Tipton.

Walker, A. H., carpenter, Post Office Rochester.

Walters, Noah, farmer, Post Office Rochester; owns 90 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1819; came to Iowa in 1845, and located in Rochester and engaged in the business of blacksmithing.  Married Elizabeth Vandolah in 1845; she was born in Dearborn County, Indiana, in 1819; have three children--Indiana, Martha Ellen and Mary Ester.  Mr. W. has held different town offices; Republican.

Whitcomb, Argo Emma, Post Office Rochester.

Wilson, Andrew, farmer, Section 8; Post Office Rochester; owns 311 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre;  born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1823; came to Iowa in 1839.  Married Elizabeth Lauderman in 1843; she was born in Green County, Ohio, in 1822; have six children--William H.,  S. J.,  George W., Ellen, Preda, Anna Belle; located on his present farm in 1843; was one of the early settlers of the county.  Mr. W. was Township Assessor seven years; Democrat.

Wilson, I. J., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Wilson, J. M., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Wilson, W. H., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Wise, Owen, farmer, Section 6; Post Office Rochester; owns 137 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Crawford County, Ohio, in 1839.  His father Henry Wise, was among the early settlers of Cedar County; came to Iowa in 1839.    Married Catherine Barnard in 1862; she was born in Indiana in 1840; have six children--Martin W., James E., Wilber H., Hubert H., Lenora B., Juliet.  Republican.

Walcott, Samuel, grocer, Rochester.

Weaver, Emanuel, saloon, Rochester.

Wood, J. C., farmer, Post Office Rochester.

Wood, J. D., farmer, Section 7; Post Office Rochester.

Wright, Horace, grocer, Rochester.

Zerby, Albert, farmer, Post Office Rochester.

 

 
 

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