BARKER - Matthew Barker came to this county in 1842,
located near Winchester, engaged in farming. He died in 1887, aged 87
BICKFORD - Moses A. Bickford came to this county in 1840, located near
Birmingham, a farmer, a pleasant old gentleman. Died Dec. 4, 1887, aged
BONNEY - J.H. Bonney was born on the 14, day of Feb. 1817 in New York,
came to Van Buren county in 1839, was married to Miss Orpha Stanard, on
the 20, day of May 1841. He held many offices in this county and state.
He was captain during out conflict with Mo., on the boundary question,
he was sheriff, was secretary of state, and commissioner of Des Moines
River Improvement, he was possessed of a cultured mind. It was natural
for him to be a polite gentleman, but he is gone, he died at his home on
the 12, day of Sept. 1887, aged 70 years.
BRADFORD - Anthony Bradford came to this county in an early day. I have
not been able to get the precise date. He was a successful farmer of
Vernon township for many years, but subsequently made his home in
Bonaparte, where he died on the 12, day of July, 1888, aged 72 years.
CHRISTIAN - John Christian came to this county in 1839, a farmer. He
died January 15, 1888, aged 80 years.
DAVIS - Extine Davis was a farmer of Vernon township, came to this
county in 1842, died June 1st, 1888 aged 67 years.
DAWSON - N.R. Dawson, came to this county in 1842. He was a tailor by
trade, a peaceable, industrious, honest man, but he too is gone. He died
April 28, 1888, aged 73 years.
DAY - Cyrus V.B. Day came to this county in 1840. I believe he was a son
of that sterling farmer Timothy Day. He was afflicted many years. He
died Sept. 12, 1887, aged 55 years.
ELLIS - Lorenzo Ellis was born in Vermont Nov. 19, 1807. He came to this
county in 1836, located on Chequest creek, built one of the first mills
in the county on Chequest, married in this county, crossed the plains in
1851, died in Washington territory, Nov. 19, 1887, aged 80 years.
GRAY - Robert Gray came to this county in 1835. He could say he did not
come to this county or territory, the came to him. He settled near
Farmington, a farmer, and was once vice president of this society. He
died June 21, 1888, aged 64 years.
GREEN - Samuel Green came to this county in 1843, died March8, 1888,
aged 81 years.
HALE - Onias A. Hale came to the county while a young man, in company
with his brothers John and Lower Hale. They all engaged in farming in
the vicinity of Milton, Van Buren county, I believe before the city of
Milton was laid off. The subject of this sketch became quite prominent
in his county, was a member of the board of supervisors, first
represented Jackson township under the old ________ and once under the
new law. He had many friends in the county as well as in Jackson
township, but he is gone. He died on the 12, day of July, 1888, aged
about 70 years, much beloved by all who knew him.
HINKLE - Sarah Francis Hinkle was born in this county in 1844. She was
the daughter of James Jordan and the wife of Capt. Hinkle. She died Feb.
10, 1888, aged 44 years.
HOGUE - James Hogue came to this county in 1844, located on a farm, was
a carpenter by trade and occasionally worked at that, he was a man of
good social qualities. He died Oct. 1, 1887, aged 67 years.
HOSKINS - William S. Hoskins came to this County with his father, Neri
Hoskins, in 1839, he married in this county, located in Des Moines
township, and engaged in farming, was quite successful at it. He died
Feb. 21, 1888, having the entire confidence of all his neighbors. Age 63
JACKSON - Mrs. Agnes Jackson nee St. John, came to
this county in 1840. She was first the wife of Seth St. John. After his
death she married Jeremiah Jackson. She died Feb. 18, 1888, aged 77
JACKSON - James H. Jackson came to this county in 1838. He was a tailor
by trade, married in this county, located in Keosauqua, carried on his
trade many years and subsequently moved to Ottumwa, where he died Feb.
26, 1888, aged 67 years, beloved by all who knew him.
JORDAN - Mrs. F.M. Jordan came to this county in 1849, was the wife of
James Jordan and mother of Mrs. Hinkle. She died Oct. 14, 1888, aged 74
LEWIS - Isaac _. Lewis was born in Butler county, Kentucky, March 9,
1812, came to Van Buren county in 1838, he was a lawyer by profession
and one of the early practitioners of Keosauqua; he represented this
county once in the legislature, he took a very active part in our
bloodless war with Missouri on the boundary question; he was a man of
good social qualities, a man of true worth, possessed of good judgment
unquestionable integrity, was married Nov. 11, 1841 to a lady of Clark
county, Mo., located there and engaged in farming, his attachment to the
people of Van Buren county was lasting, he died at his home on the 28,
day of July, 1887; he is gone, a christian gentleman aged 75 years.
McINTOSH - Susanna McIntosh was the wife of James McIntosh, came to this
county with her father from Ohio in 1839, died March 8, 1888, aged 67
MARLOW - B.P. Marlow was born Aug. 2, 1819, came to this county in 1845,
engaged in the mercantile business, was a young man of fine personal
appearance, popular with all classes, in 1844 was married to a lady in
Burlington, Miss Hannah W. Hinkle and made their home in Keosauqua until
his death. He was a fine business man, had the capacity of adapting
himself to all classes of society, but he to is gone. He died Dec. 25,
1887, aged 68 years.
MARRIOTT - Andrew Marriott came to this county in 1846, was a very quiet
good citizen, was post master many years in Mt. Zion. He died June 19th,
1888, aged 78 years.
NELSON - Mrs. Isaac Nelson came to this county in 1837. She was the wife
of our venerable friend Isaac Nelson. She died Feb. 18, 1888. I failed
to get her age.
NELSON - Jonathan W. Nelson came to this county in 1836, located near
the old Indian village - (now Iowaville) engaged in farming, succeeded
very nicely at it, and an agreeable and social disposition made him a
welcome guest any place in this county. He died Feb. 9, 1888, aged 80
PETERSON - Ralph Peterson came to this county in 1839. He engaged in
farming, he made a nice farm in Vernon township, was very successful, a
man of untiring energy, his word was his bond, but he, too, is gone. He
died March 26, 1888, in the 80th year of his age.
RIGSBY - Benjamin Rigsby came to this county with his father, while a
boy, in 1839; grew to manhood here. He was a farmer, he was not widely
known but was a quiet, honest citizen, he died in October 1886. This is
one that was overlooked last year.
RUSSELL - John C. Russell came to this county in 1842, with his father
when a boy. He grew to manhood here, residing near Milton. At the time
of his death he was in business in Milton. He died July 6, 1888, aged 58
years, much respected wherever known.
STEVENS - A.N. Stevens came to this county in 1845, settled near
Bentonsport, was a farmer and the father of A.W. Stevens, the President
of our Agriculture Society. He was born in Nova Scotia, Dec. 8, 1808,
and died in 5th day of Sept. 1887, aged 78 years, leaving a record
worthy of imitation.
STOTT - Charles Stott was born in England in 1810, came to this county
in 1836, engaged in farming, and was a nice farmer and good citizen. He
died Jan. 11, 1888, very much respected by all who knew him. Age 78