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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. Roger N. Cresap

Elizabeth Borland Cresap of Bonaparte was born June 3, 1864, at Leavenworth, Kan., and is the daughter of William Patterson Borland and Elizabeth Hasson of Scotch-Irish ancestry.  Mrs. Cresap's father's ancestors were amony the early settlers of Maryland, the Ogle branch of the family had in it several Revolutionary soldiers.  She was married July 2, 1886, to Dr. Roger N. Cresap, who is the third physician in the family to practice in Iowa.  His grandfather, the first Dr. Roger Nelson Cresap, came to Bonaparte, Ia., in 1833 and a part of the town is platted from the grant of land he received from the government.  The Cresap family line is recorded through seven generations to Michael Cresap who is buried in Trinity church Yard, New York.  Dr. Cresap is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, his ancestors having fought in the Maryland troops.  The family has been a prominent one in Southern Iowa for more than eighty years.  At the time of the arrival of Dr. Cresap I, the state contained only a few scattering settlements of white people.  Two children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Cresap, Katherine Cresap-Hughes and Mary Elizabeth Cresap.  Mrs. Cresap is an active member of the Presbyterian church.  She is president of the P. E. O. chapter which has done an unusual amount of civic work.  They have aided in the building of churches, in installing beautiful stained glass windows and have made needed improvements in the cemetery.  She is a public spirited woman and while she has done much work along that line, she has not failed in her duties as the wife of a busy physician and in her home which claims her chief interest.



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