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History of Cedar
County, Iowa, 1878.

  
 

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Biographies - Springdale Township

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Armstrong, Israel, farmer; Post Office West Branch.

Abbott, Samuel, farmer; Post Office West Branch; owns seventy-nine acres of land, valued at $60 per acre; born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1818; came to Iowa in 1852, and located in Springdale Township, and removed to his present farm in 1869.  Married Rebekah Miles in 1838; she was born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1818; have three children living--Galvin W., Abijah J., John M., William, born in 1841, and died in the same year.  Are members of the Friends' Church.

Armstrong, Jos., farmer, Post Office West Branch; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1828; came to Iowa in 1861, and located on his present farm; owns eighty acres, valued at $75 per acre.  Married Sarah Oliphant in 1853; she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1826; have an adopted daughter--Laura, born in 1859.  are members of the Friends' Church.

Armstrong, S., farmer, Section 3; Post Office West Branch.

Atkins, Willis, shoemaker, West Branch.

Atkinson, W., farmer, Section 15; Post Office Centerdale.

Baily, David, farmer, Section 13; Post Office Springdale.

Baily, J. V., farmer; Post Office Springdale.

Bailey, John, I., Physician and surgeon, West Branch; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1845; came to Iowa in 1851, and located in Cedar County; in 1874 removed to West Branch.  Married Phoebe Berry in 1872; she was born in Iowa City in 1843; have two children--Nettie and Gertrude.  Mr. Bailey enlisted in Company I, 46th Iowa Infantry, in 1864, and was discharged the same year.

Baker, J., farmer, Section 9; Post Office Downey.

Baker, J. H., laborer, Downey.

Ball, D., farmer, Section 15; Post Office Centerdale.

Ball, James, farmer, Post Office Centerdale; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1831, came to Iowa in 1852, and located in Springdale Township.    married Mary J. Gibson in 1851; she was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1835; have four children--Joseph, David, Retta and Martha.  Are members of the Friends' Church.

Ball, John, dealer in grain, lumber and coal, Centerdale; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1829; came to Iowa in 1850, and located in Springdale Township.  Married Cynthia Heald in 1852; she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1833; have six children--William H., Atlantic, Walter S., Clara R., Addison H. and Emerson C.  Are members of the Friends' Church.

Ball, Joe, farmer, Section 15; Post Office Centerdale.

Ball, Wm., farmer, Section 16; Post Office Centerdale.

Barns, S. A., farmer, Post Office Downey; owns 234 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Athens County, Ohio, in 1827, came to Iowa in 1839, and located with his parents in Muscatine County; removed to Cedar County, in 1848.    Married Agnes Lewis in 1848; she was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1832; have nine children--Charles A., William H., Mary E., Laura R., Lewis, Edwin, Ottway, Jessie and Albert.

Barnes, S. H., carpenter, West Branch.

Barrington, Thomas, farmer, Post Office West Branch; born in Ireland in 1810; came to Iowa in 1855, and located on his present farm.  Married Elizabeth Townsend in 1840; she was born in Knox County, Ohio, in 1820; have two children--George and Ruth.  Are members of Friends' Church.

Barrington, Thos. T., farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Bater, N. D.

Beam, C., hardware, West Branch.

Bean, G., hardware, West Branch.

Beeson, R. H., retired farmer, Post Office West Branch; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1817; came to Iowa in 1850, and located in Springdale Township, Cedar County, and in 1878 moved to West Branch.  Married Rebecca Heald in 1840; she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1818; have five children--Smith H., Ephraim L., Ruthanna W., Phoebe S. and John S.; Rachel A., born in 1856, and died in 1863; Irwin, born in 1861, and died in 1862.  Mr. B. has been Justice of the Peace one term.  Mr. and Mrs. B. are members of the Friends' Church.

Bell, Geo., laborer, Downey.

Bennett, James, engineer, West Branch.

Boon, G., furniture, West Branch.

Bonsall, Evan, farmer, Section 36; Post Office West Liberty.

Borton, C,. farmer, Section 36; Post Office West Liberty.

Borton, Elton, farmer, Section 36; Post Office West Liberty.

Bowman, Henry, farmer, Section 36; Post Office West Liberty.

Bowman, Joseph, farmer, Section 36; Post Office West Liberty.

Branson, A., nurseryman, West Branch.

Branson, J., farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Branson, Reese, farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Branson, Wm. D., farmer, Post Office West Branch; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $60 per acre; born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1814; came to Iowa in 1853, and located in Springdale Township, Cedar County.  Married Eliza Oliphant in 1840; she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1817; have six children--Abner, Reece, Lina A., Samuel, Newton and Ida.  Are members of Friends' Church.

Brantingham, Geo., carpenter, West Branch.

Brewer, James, laborer, Downey.

Brisbine, A., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Downey.

Brisbine, J. M., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Downey.

Brisbine, W. O., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Downey.

Brogan, C., farmer, Section 25; Post Office West Liberty.

Brown, J. M., farmer, Section 6; Post Office West Branch.

Brown, L. D., laborer, Springdale.

Brown, W., farmer, Section 6; Post Office West Branch.

Bundy, J., farmer, Section 22; Post Office Centerdale.

Burden, A. J., miller, West Branch.

Butler, M. V. B., merchant, Springdale.

Butter, V., shoemaker, West Branch.

Bye, Edward, carpenter, Springdale.

Chase, W. S., farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Carson, John T., farmer, Post Office Springdale; owns 103 acres of land valued at $60 per acre; born in Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1824; came to Iowa in 1863, and located in Springdale Township; removed to his present farm in 1877.  Married Martha L. Upton in 1848; she was born in Jefferson County, Ohio in 1828; have one child--Martin L., born in 1849.  Was married to Edna Tabor in 1877.  Are members of the Friends' Church;  Republican.

Chambers, J. C., Cashier of West Branch Bank; was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1837; came to Iowa in 1863, and located in Springdale, Cedar County, and was a resident of that village for a period of five years; was appointed Cashier of the West Branch Bank in 1875, at the organization of the bank.  Married Jennie W. Lewis in 1861; she was born in Knox County, Ohio, in 1839; have four children--Elmer L., Walter R., Herbert and Mary E.  Mr. C. was elected State Senator in 1871, and was in the sessions of 1872, '73, '74.

Coffee, Charles, farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Coggeshall, T., farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Coggeshall, Tristram, farmer, Post Office West Branch; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $60 per acre; came to Iowa in 1864, and located on his present farm; was born in Wayne County, Indiana, in 1830.  Married Sarah Bruff in 1859; she was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1833; have two children--James E. and Alice E., have lost three--William, Anna M., Oliver T. Mr. C. and wife are members of the Friends' Church.

Collins, D., laborer, West Branch.

Cook, Ellis, retired farmer, West Branch.

Cook, Jas., agricultural implements, West Branch; born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1827; came to Iowa in 1856, and located in Springdale Township, and in 1864 removed to West Branch and engaged in his present business.  Married Mary Ann Hirst in 1851; she was born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1828; have five children--Thomas W., Martha E., Henry L., Josephine and Mary Emma.

Cookson, Daniel, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Cookson, Israel, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Cookson, John, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Coombs, J. C., carpenter, West Branch.

Cooper, Jas. W., farmer, Post Office West Liberty; owns seventy-two acres of land, valued at $4,000; born in Ohio in 1845; came to Iowa in 1867.  Married Anna Elliott in 1874; she was born in Maryland in 1845; have two children--Albert and George.  Are members of the Friends' Church--Hicksites

Cornwall, A. B., farmer, Post Office Downey; owns 400 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre; born in Greene County, New York, in 1823; moved , with his parents, to Buffalo, New York, and from there to Cleveland, Ohio, and came to Iowa in 1847, and located in Cedar County.  Married Margaret Loy in 1848; she was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1826; have eight children--Mary, George, Ellen, Dora, John, Alice, Libbie and Jessie.  Are members of Baptist Church.

Cornwall, George, farmer, Post Office Downey.

Cornwall, V. R., farmer, Post Office Downey.

Cowgill, Abraham, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Crane, Chas., farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Crew, Chas., farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Crew, Gideon, Post Office Springdale.

Crook, N. H., hotel., West Branch.

Crozer, James, general merchandise, Downey; born in Belmont County, Ohio, July 8, 1822; came to Iowa in 1852, and located in Springdale Township, Cedar County, and in 1866, removed to Downey and engaged in his present business.  Married Johanna Whitezell in 1844; she was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, January 9, 1824; have four children--Willis, born March 31, 1856; Sarah E., born November 18, 1847; Mary C., born March 21, 1857; Joseph, born October 26, 1861; Charles, born in 1845 and died in 1865; Frank, born in 1859 and died in 1862.  Mr. C. and wife are members of the Christian Church.

Crozer, Jonathan, farmer, Post Office Downey; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $4,000; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1826.  Married Phoebe S. James in 1848; she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio; have two children--J. L. and Martha E.  Mr. C. came to Iowa in 1852.  Are members of Friends' Church--Wilberites.

Crozer, J. L., farmer, Post Office West Branch; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1850; came to Iowa with his parents in 1852, and located in Springdale Township, Cedar County.  Married Caroline L. Mackey in 1876; she was born in Canada in 1850.

Crozer, Leroy, farmer, Post Office Downey.

Crozer, Reason, farmer, Post Office Downey.

Crozer, Thomas, farmer, Post Office Downey.

Cummings, J., carpenter, Springdale.

Darner, H. C., physician and surgeon, Springdale.

Divine, John,  farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Dorson, Joseph, West Branch

Douglas, Wm., farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Duble, A., laborer, West Branch.

Dyer, Peter, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Eaton, Aaron, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Edmundson & Yetter, drugs, books and wall paper, West Branch.    J. H. Edmundson, the senior partner, was born in England in 1835, came to America in 1865, and to Iowa in 1866.  Married Mary J. Townsend; she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1843; have three children--Anna L., James W., Laura E.   Marshall Yetter, junior partner, was born in West Morland County, Pennsylvania, in 1853, came to Iowa in 1854, with his parents, and in 1877 removed to West Branch.   Married Mary Mills in 1876;  she was born in Henry County, Iowa in 1853.

Edmonson, E., druggist, West Branch.

Elliott, F. T., blacksmith, Downey.

Elliott, J. M., blacksmithing, Downey; born in Philadelphia in 1820, and came to Iowa in 1852; located in Muscatine County; removed to Downey in 1875, and engaged in his present business.  Married Margaret Wolf in 1842; she was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1824; have eight children--Taylor, Mollie, Winfield, Sarah, Ira, Belle, Edwin and Alice.

Elliott, L. E., farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Ellyson, Alfred, farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Embre, L. H., merchant, West Branch.

Faucett, Amos, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Faucett, E., farmer, Post Office  Springdale.

Faucett, Jos., lumber dealer, Centerdale.

Fogg, Robt., farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Forney, Charles, laborer, West Branch.

Forney, Levi, tailor, West Branch.

Foster, Daniel, farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Gambol, Samuel, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Gates, George, West Branch.

Gates, John, West Branch.

Gause, S. S., farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Gibson, Charles, farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Gill, H. C., physician and surgeon, Springdale; born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1821; came to Iowa in 1850, located in Springdale and engaged in practice of medicine.  Married Anna Essig in 1843; she was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania; have three children--Davis H., Maggie (now Mrs. Bowersock), and Nona (Mrs. Roberts).  John A. died in 1876, at the age of 30 years.  Mr. Gill has been County Supervisor, and has held the office of School Director twenty-one years.

Goodrich, D. O., grain dealer, Downey.

Gorman, James, farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Gorman, John, farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Gorman, Owen, farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Grant, John, M., Post Office West Branch.

Green, Daniel, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Gregg, Henry, farmer, Post Office Downey.

Gregg, Hanson, farmer, Post Office Downey; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1815; came to Iowa in 1950, and located on his present farm.  Married Sarah Ann Wright in 1841; she was born in Knox County, Ohio, in 1819; have seven children--Eliza J., Susan, Caroline, Henry, Niles, Frank and Fred.

Gregg, Niles, farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Griffith, Geo., farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Grinnell, E., Railroad man, West Branch.

Hall, Joseph, farmer, Springdale.

Hammell, Wm. S., lumber, grain and coal dealer; born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1842; came to Iowa in 1871, and located in West Branch; engaged in his present business.  Married Rachel Wright in 1866; she was born in Knox County, Ohio, in 1846; have three children--Mary C., Leora E., and Claud H.  Are members of the M. E. Church.

Hawley, W. G., miller, West Branch.

Heacock, Joseph, merchant, West Branch.

Heald, Ezra, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Heald, Heil, greenhouse, Post Office West Branch; born in Mahoning County, Ohio, 1837; came to Iowa in 1850, and located in Springdale Township with his parents; removed to West Branch in 1870.  Married Ann Minthorn in 1859; she was born in Canada in 1842; have six children--Alice, Mary, Howard, Theodore, John and Bertha.    Are members of Friends' Church.

Heald, Isaac, farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Heald, Wilson, farmer, Post Office West Branch; owns 120 acres land, valued at $50 per acre; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1829; came to Iowa in 1850, and located in Cedar County; removed to his present farm in  1877.  Married Sarah Macy in 1853; she was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1836; have five children--Franklin H., Luella, Anna, Mary Eliza and Charles H.  Mrs. H. is a member of the Friends' Church.

Hemmingway, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Heppinstall, Joseph, Sr., farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Hess, Walter, farmer, Post Office West Branch; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born in Herkimer County, New York, in 1833; came to Iowa in 1858, and located in Springdale Township, Cedar County.  Mr. Hess was an engineer on the Rock Island & Pacific Railroad for a number of years.  Married Susan Carter in 1867; she was born in Morrow County, Ohio, in 1844; have two children living--Frank and Ida.  George died at the age of 2 1/2 years.  Mr. H. is a member of the Baptist Church.

Hinchliff, Edward.

Hinchliff, Jonas, shoemaker, Downey.

Hirst, John, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Hirst, Wilson C., breeder of Poland-China and Berkshire hogs and Hereford cattle, obtained from the best families; Post Office Centerdale; born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1846; came to Iowa in 1863.  Married Mary Ann McConnell in 1869; she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1843; have three children--Luella M., Lura E., John S.  John Hirst, father of Wilson C., was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1798.  Married Maria Wilson in 1838; she was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1808; have two children--W. C. and Elizabeth.  Mr. H. has three children by a former marriage--Alphius, Mary Ann and Lindly.  Mrs. H. has one by a former marriage--Abram W. Mr. Hirst and son, W. C. Hirst; own 220 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre.  Al l are members of the Friends' Church.

Hirst, Wilson, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Hobbs, Stephen H., farmer, Post Office West Branch; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born in England in 1847; came to America in 1856, and located in Canada, in Ontario County, moved to Iowa, and located on his present farm in 1867.  Democrat.

Hodson, James, horseman, Springdale.

Hodson, Joseph, horseman, Springdale.

Hoffman, Henry.

Hoge, Jesse, farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Holloway, J., farmer, Post Office West Branch.

Holloway, L. H., farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Holloway, Samuel,  farmer.

Hoover, B., farmer, Post Office West Branch; owns sixty acres of land, valued at $70 per acre; born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1837; came to Iowa in 1854, and located on his present farm.  Married M. E. Albin in 1866.  She was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana; have two children--George C., Frederick V. Mr. Hoover is a member of the Friends' Church, and Mrs. Hoover is a member of the M. E. Church.

Hoover, J. C., blacksmith, West Branch.

Hoover, J. Y., Rev., clergyman, West Branch.

Houser, J. F., physician and surgeon, West Branch; born in Switzerland in 1837; came to America in 1847, and located in Maryland, and in 1865 came to Iowa and located in Louisa County, and in 1874 removed to West Branch, where he now resides.    Married Delia Carpenter in 1866; she was born in Indiana in 1843; have one child living--Lillian A.; two died in infancy.

Hoyt, C. F., farmer, Post Office West Liberty; owns eighty-three acres of land valued at $50 per acre; born in Connecticut, in 1805; came to Iowa in 1865, and located on his present farm.  Married Ruth Allen in 1945; she was born in Montgomery County, New York, In 1804; have one child--Frank J.  Mr. Hoyt has three by a former wife--Catherine E., Adelia, Charles L.  Are members of the Baptist Church.

Hoyt, Frank, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Hull, Austin, farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Hull, William, farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Hunt, Nathan.

Irey, Samuel, J., farmer, Post Office Centerdale; owns 100 acres of land valued at $50 per acre; born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1833;  came to Iowa in 1862, and located on his present farm.  Married Johanna Smith in 1860; she was born in Meigs County, Ohio, in 1839; have three children--Rachel A., Evaline R., and Chester S., Richard S., born in 1861, and died in 1862;  Republican.

James, Smith, farmer, Section 19; Post Office Downey.

James, Thos., retired farmer, Post Office Springdale.

Jenkins, W., farmer; renter, Post Office West Liberty.

Jepson, Albert, laborer, West Branch.

Jepson, E. M., druggist, West Branch.

Jepson, H. A., Postmaster, West Branch.

Jepson, S., farmer, Section 5; Post Office West Branch.

John, W. W., farmer, Section 4; Post Office West Branch.

Kelch, George, farmer, Section 16; Post Office Centerdale.

Kelch, Jacob, farmer, Post Office Centerdale.

Kelly, John, farmer, Section 20; Post Office Downey.

Kennedy, Michael, laborer, Post Office Downey.

Kennedy, S. B., farmer, Post Office West Liberty.

Kester, H., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Centerdale.

Kincade. D., blacksmith, Downey.

Kremer, A. F., proprietor livery and feed stable, West Branch; born in France in 1845, came to America in 1850, and located in West Branch in 1861; engaged in his present business in 1877.  Married Jennie Brantingham in 1873; she was born in Jennings County, Indiana, in 1852; have two children--Hattie M. and Olive H.

 

 
 

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