1878 Village Twp., Van Buren County, IA
Biographical Directory of Citizens




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Adams, David, far., S. 24; P.O. Doud's Station.

Adams, F. G., Postmaster at Independent; P.O. Hickory; born in Bowling Green, Wood Co., Ohio; in 1835, moved to Holmes Co., Ohio, with his parents; in October, 1846, moved to Union Tp., Van Buren Co., Iowa, in March following, they moved to Business Corner; he was engaged in farming until 1865, when he moved to Independent and engaged in mercantile pursuits with his brother, S. A. Adams, until 1876. In September, 1874, was appointed Postmaster, which position he now holds. He married Elizabeth Reniker Aug. 28, 1859; she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, Aug. 25, 1841; they have three children -- Leanah, Rosetta and Allen B. Adams.

Adamson, S., far., S. 32; P.O. Hickory.

Armentrout, Michael, far., S. 16; P.O. Hickory; born Sept. 30, 1807, in Rockingham Co., Va.; in 1836, moved to Butler Co., Ohio; in 1840, moved to Van Buren Co.; farming has been his business, but has given some of his time to the public, having held several township offices. He married Diana Potram Sept. 25, 1828; she was a native of Rockingham Co., Va.; and died in April, 1832; they had one child which died in infancy; on Nov. 30, 1832, he married Mary A. Detamore; she was born June 20, 1814, in Rockingham Co., Va.; they have had eleven children; two are dead; one died in infancy and the other, named George, was killed at the battle of Iuka; the living are Henry, Diana, David, Amanda D., Lydia A., Thomas J., Christy A., Peter and Lucinda. Mr. and Mrs. Armentrout are members of the Christian Church. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $5,000.

Avery, Joel T., far., Sec. 16; P.O. Hickory; born Sept. 9, 1808, in Blount Co., Tenn.; moved to Spencer's Hill, Tenn., in 1812; in 1814, to Jackson Co., Tenn.; two years after, to White Co., Tenn.; September, 1830, moved to Sangamon Co., Ill.; in 1832, to Jackson Co., Ill., and worked at bricklaying about two years, being also interested in trade; followed mercantile pursuits exclusively two years; Mr. Avery came to Van Buren Co. prospecting in fall of 1838, and remained one month; returned to Illinois; in April, 1839,moved to Village Tp. in this county, where he has followed farming since; went to Texas in winter of 1860; returned in July, 1865; spent the winter of 1875-76, in Oregon. Was Justice of the Peace in Village Tp., from 1843 to 1847. Married Sarah Campbell Feb. 22, 1838, in Jackson Co., Ill.; she was born in Mercer Co., Tenn.; died March 4, 1843; had three daughters, all of whom are dead. He has 440 acres of land, valued at $12,500.

Bacon, T., far., S. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Baker, G. A., physician, Hickory.

Baldwin, E. T., far., S. 2; P.O. Doud's Station.

Bean, Wm. W., Iowaville; P.O. Hickory.

Beitle, Joseph E., far., Sec. 21; P.O. Hickory.

Berger, A., far., S. 29; P.O. Hickory.

Bickford, G. W., merchant, Independent; P.O. Hickory; born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, March 10, 1828; went to Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1830; eight years later, to Lee Co., Iowa; remained one year, then to Van Buren Co.; when 18 years old, went to Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., Ind.; remained five years and returned to Van Buren Co.; a year after, went to Appanoose Co. and remained one year; moved to Prairie City, Decatur Co., and engaged in agricultural and mercantile pursuits for eight years; then moved to Columbia, Marion Co., and engaged in mercantile pursuits for five years; came to Independent, his present home, in January, 1870. In 1849, he married Mary Ann Way; she was a native of Indiana; they had two children, a boy and a girl, both dead; his wife died March 25, 1853; July 4, 1854, he married Tacey A. Sherrow; she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio; died April 20, 1863; had six children, two living - Dennis R. and James M.; Jan. 3, 1864, he married Sarah M. Gardner; she was born Oct. 6, 1836, in Charlotte Co., Maine; had five children, two living - Amzy, aged 12, and Harvey A., aged 6. Members of the Methodist Church. Owns eighty acres of land, valued at $1,800.

Birch, Wm., far., Sec. 2; P.O. Doud's Station.

Bishop, B. J., far., Sec. 4; P.O. Hickory.

Bishop, Paton, far., S. 4; P.O. Hickory.

Black, M. E., far., S. 18; P.O. Hickory.

Black, S., far., Iowaville; P.O. Hickory.

Breckenridge, Newt., far., Sec. 31; P.O. Hickory.

Brewster, Norman, far., Sec. 14; P.O. Doud's Station.

Brewster & Ritz, merchants, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Brown, G., far., Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Brown, Lloyd, far., S. 28; P.O. Doud's Station.

Bryan, A., far., S. 22; P.O. Doud's Station.

Bryant, M., Business Corner; P.O. Doud's Station.

Campbell, J. P., far., S. 29; P.O. Hickory.

Campbell, Archibald, farmer, S. 26; P.O. Doud's Station; born May 11, 1806; in Brooke Co., Va.; in 1842, he moved to Summit, Van Buren Co.; in 1867, he moved to his present home in Village Tp.; farming has been his occupation. Married Catherine Houk June 17, 1830; she was born in Tuscarawas (now Carroll) Co., Ohio, April 15, 1813; have had twelve children, two are dead, one in infancy and the other (John C.) from disease contracted in the army March 13, 1875; ten living - Alexander, Bethyel, Henry, James, Margaret J., Martha E., Mary A., Nancy C., A. Pierce and Alice J.; two were in the army. He owns 100 acres of land, valued at $3,000.

Campbell, W., far., S. 19; P.O. Hickory.

Camblin, A. S., Notary Public, Independent, Hickory.

Camblin, Cephas D., farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Hickory; born March 3, 1809, in Washington Co., Penn.; in 1811, moved to Warren Co., Ohio; in 1828, moved to Montgomery Co., Ohio; in 1854, moved to Village Tp., Van Buren Co., where he now resides; farming has been his occupation. He married Delilah Ball Oct. 25, 1832; she was born Sept. 12, 1811, and died Feb. 23, 1837; they had two children; both are dead. On Dec. 5, 1840, he married Hannah Briney; she was born Dec. 7, 1821, in Warren Co., Ohio; they have had eleven children; two are dead; the living are Sarah C., Asbury, Mary, Jane, Martha, Delilah, George, John and Alice M. Members of the M. E. Church. He has 320 acres of land, valued at $10,000.

Carr, S., laborer, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Casner, B., far., S. 15; P.O. Hickory.

Clifford, J., far., S. 34; P.O. Doud's Station.

Colton, G., laborer, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Crandall, C., far., S. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Crawford, James, physician, Doud's Station; born Dec. 28, 1828, in Perry Co., Ohio; in 1844, he moved to Washington Co., Iowa; he attended Washington Seminary two years; then began the study of medicine under Dr. William McClellan; went to California in the sprig of 1849; two years after, returned to his home and began the practice of medicine with Dr. Robert McCall in Crawfordsville; in the fall of 1851, he moved to Business Corners and entered practice alone; in 1868, he moved to Doud's Station. He married Candace Whitten Nov. 18, 1852; she was born Feb. 5, 1831, in Lawrence Co., Ohio; they have three children - Walter D., Ella R. and James G.

Crandall, Robert, far., Sec. 32; P.O. Doud's Station.

Crawford, William B., hotel; Doud's Station.

Creek, Samuel, far., S. 13; P.O. Doud's Station.

Countryman, J., far., S. 11; P.O. Doud's Station.

Culbertson, William, far., S. 1; P.O. Doud's Station.

Doud, S. M., farmer, S. 35; P.O. Doud's Station.

Doud, David, far., Sec. 26; P.O. Doud's Station; born Oct. 15, 1807, in Luzerne (now Bradford) Co., Penn.; moved to Hamilton Co., Ohio, in 1818; moved to Clark Co. in 1820; in 1823, he moved to Licking Co.; he was there engaged in farming and collecting; he bought his claim in Van Buren Co. in 1841, and moved his family in 1844; his principal business has been farming; he acted as Justice of the Peace seven years; he was elected to the State Legislature in 1856, for two years, but on account of the charging of the State Constitution at that time, he only served one year. He married Nancy B. Blood, April 10, 1832, in Licking Co., Ohio; she was born August 9, 1810, in Massachusetts; she died March 23, 1834; they had one child -- Nancy B. On Oct. 14, 1840, he married Ann M. Schuyler; she was born Oct. 8, 1821, in Montgomery Co., N. Y.; they have had four children, one dead -- Upton A. J., and three living -- Thomas P., Lewis K. and Seymour McC. He has 410 acres of land, valued at $12,500.

Doud, Eliab, far.; P.O. Doud's Station; born Oct. 16, 1812, in Luzerne (now Bradford) Co., Penn.; moved to Hamilton Co., Ohio, in 1818; moved to Clark Co., Ohio, in 1820; in about three years, moved to Licking Co., Ohio. He was educated at Granville College; in 1837, he went to Bourbon Co., Ky., and engaged in teaching; in 1843, came to Van Buren Co. He has devoted much of his time to the public service; he has acted as Justice of the Peace ten years; re-elected in 1878 for two years more; has held other township offices; in 1865, he was elected State Senator for four years, and prides himself as being able to assist by his vote the passage of the bill indorsing the national bill forbiddening slavery in the United States. He was, also, the author of the "Doud Amendment" to the bill empowering the State to regulate railroad tariffs. He married Mary J. Whitten Jan. 2, 1847; she was born in Lawrence Co., Ohio, Jan. 19, 1829; they have had eleven children, ten living -- Mary A., Winfield S., Fletcher W., Harriet I., Eliab E., A. Lincoln, Candace R., Elizabeth O., Melissa M. and Walter D. Mrs. Doud is a member of the Baptist Church. He owns 400 acres of land, valued at $12,000.

Doud, Stanford, far., S. 21; P.O. Doud's Station.

Doud, Thomas P., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Doud's Station.

Dooley, Wm., far., S. 19; P.O. Hickory.

Drake, Francisco, far., Sec. 13; P.O. Doud's Station.

Drake, Henry, far., Sec. 13; P.O. Doud's Station.

Dyer, W. G., far., S. 32; P.O. Doud's Station.

Elerick, G. W., physician, Portland, P.O. Doud's Station.

Elerick, James, Capt., shipper of grain and stock; Doud's Station; born April 6, 1838, in Belmont Co., Ohio; came to Van Buren Co. first in 1849; returned to Ohio that year; in 1854, returned to Iowa and settled permanently. In 1856, in company with Benjamin Casner, he purchased a sawmill, which they operated until 1861. On the 15th of June, he enlisted in Co. A, 59th Ill. V. I., as a private; served in that regiment nearly five years; he was engaged in the battles at Pea Ridge, Prairieville, Ky., Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Dalton, Resaca, Burnt Hickory, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Nashville; he was appointed 1st Sergeant in the fall of 1861; 1st Lieutenant in November, 1862, and Captain in December, 1863. He married Margaret Short Jan. 1, 1873; she was born March 23, 1849, in Van Buren Co., Iowa; they have had three children -- two are dead, Weltha M. remains. Mrs. Elerick is a member of the M. E. Church. He owns 305 acres of land, valued at $6,000.

Felmlee, Dorcas W.,, farmer, Sec, 14, P.O. Doud's Station.

Felmlee, Peter, far, Sec, 14, P.O. Doud's Station.

Ferris, Jonathan N., ferryman, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station; born in Richland Co., Ohio, April 18, 1843; in 1848, moved to Chequest Tp., Van Buren Co., and engaged in farming with his father; spring of 1862, went to U. T.; a year after, went to M. T., where he remained nine years; while there he was mining and farming; in the fall of 1872, he returned to his home in Iowa; farmed two years; in 1875, bought a half-interest in the ferry crossing the river between Portland and Doud's Station, and began operating it; in 1877, he bought the other half-interest, and now has full control. Married Mary A. Doud, April 23, 1876; she was born Oct. 14, 1847, in Village Tp.; they have one child -- Mary F. His wife is a member of the M. E. Church. He owns eighty acres of land, valued at $1,200.

Findlay, Alexander, farmer and coal operator, Sec. 24. Business Corners; P.O. Doud's Station; born December 28, 1828, in Ayrshire, Scotland; when quite young, his parents left the farm and moved into the town of Catherine; in about two years, he moved to Kilmarnock, where he went into a confectionery manufactory, and remained two and a half years; he then commenced mining, which he has followed principally through life. In the spring of 1837, he was engaged by a coal company, and went to Pictou, Nova Scotia; remained there six months, and then went to Bathurst, Bay de Chaleur, N. B.; remained there about six months, and went to Pottsville, Penn., where he remained four weeks, and went to Alleghany Co., Md.; in 1855, he moved to Jefferson Co., Iowa; in 1856, moved to Van Buren Co. Married Margaret Whitfield April 22, 1841, at Mount Savage, Md.; she was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, April 23, 1824; have had twelve children, nine living -- Margaret, Hugh, Mary, Janet, Agnes, Helen, Alexander, Sarah N. and George W. Mr. and Mrs. Findlay are members of the M. E. Church. He has 80 acres of land, valued at $2,500.

Fulton, J., far., Sec. 5; P.O. Hickory.

Gardner, J., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Doud's Station.

Gardner, Charles T., farmer, Sec. 13, Business Corners; P.O. Doud's Station; born May 4, 1815, in Rutland, Meigs Co., Ohio; there he learned the tanner's trade, finishing in 1836; traveled as a journeyman working about two years, when he went to Albany, Athens Co., Ohio, and entered into business for himself; in 1846; he moved to Business Corners, and engaged in the mercantile business; in 1852, sold his stock and went to Ohio, where he remained a year; returned and entered business again; in 1868, he sold his stock and began farming, which he has followed since. Married Margaret M. Schuyler Nov. 10, 1853, she was born in Licking Co., Ohio, Jan. 19, 1834; have had nine children, seven living -- Amanda E., Charles S., Ada M., May, Oscar S., Perry S. and Otis A. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner are members of the Universalist Church. He has 245 acres of land, valued at $6,500.

Gardner, R., far., Sec. 9; P.O. Hickory.

Gilbert, C. P., painter, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Gilbert, D., far., Sec. 20; P.O. Hickory.

Gilbert, P., far., Sec. 10; P.O. Hickory.

Gilbert, Riley, farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Doud's Station.

Gilbert, Wm. A., farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Doud's Station.

Green, Henry, farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Doud's Station.

Green, Robert, farmer, Sec. 36; Doud's Station.

Green, William, farmer, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Grimsley, W. F., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Doud's Station.

Haney, G. W., far., Sec. 31; P.O. Hickory.

Haney, James H., far., Sec. 12; P.O. Doud's Station.

Haney, James, Jr., far., Sec. 12; P.O. Doud's Station.

Haney, Robert, farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Doud's Station.

Haney, T., far., Sec. 31; P.O. Hickory.

Hamm, H., far., Sec. 30; P.O. Hickory.

Harlan, G. W., station agent, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Harlan, J. B., station agent, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Harrington, D., far., S. 31; P.O. Hickory.

Hein, F., Jr., far., Sec. 30; P.O. Hickory.

Hein, J., far., Sec. 30; P.O. Hickory.

Hewitt, P. C., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Doud's Station.

Hinkle, Abram, Capt., farmer and stock-breeder, Sec. 17; P.O. Hickory; born in Pendleton Co., Va., July 1, 1835; raised on a farm; at the age of 19, left Virginia and took a tour of two years through the Western States; returned to Virginia, and, in the fall of 1859, went to Pike's Peak; in the spring of 1861, again returned to Virginia; found all his friends and relatives in the Southern army; offered his services to Gen. Rosecrans immediately after the battle of Rich Mountain, August, 1861, was assigned duty under Gen. Milroy; he continued in the service until the close of the war; then engaged in mercantile pursuits in Mt. Freedom, W. Va., until 1871. During that time, was a member of the Board of Supervisors; served one term in the State Legislature; in 1871, moved to Van Buren Co., on his present farm, and engaged in farming and breeding fine stock. Married Sarah F. Jordon Dec. 25, 1866; she was born Feb. 8, 1844, in Van Buren Co.; have had six children, five living -- Lora, Arthur E., Harry, Nellie and May. Has 700 acres of land, valued at $2,500, and 80 acres in Kansas, valued at $1,000.

Hix, Alva, far., Sec. 29; P.O. Hickory.

Hix, J. L., Sr., far., S. 30; P.O. Hickory.

Hix, R. M., far., Sec. 32; P.O. Hickory.

Huckleberry, S. H., miller, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Hollen, G. W., far., S. 20; P.O. Hickory.

Hull, A. N., far., Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Hunt, J. H., harness-maker, Iowaville; P.O. Hickory.

Jackson, John T., far., Sec. 16; P.O. Hickory.

Judo, H. W., far., Sec. 34; P.O. Doud's Station.

Kimball, F. W., laborer, Iowaville; P.O. Hickory.

Kimball, J. P., laborer, Iowaville; P.O. Hickory.

Kindle, W., Iowaville; P.O. Hickory.

Kungman, G., far., Sec. 29; P.O. Hickory.

Lefever, Jacob, far., Sec. 17; P.O. Hickory.

Lefever, Ellis, far., Sec. 20; P.O. Hickory.

Lefever, Eli, far., Sec. 20; P.O. Hickory.

Lewis, S., far., Sec. 22; P.O. Doud's Station.

Lewis, W. A. E., far., Sec. 11; P.O. Doud's Station.

Liming, L. C., miller, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Loar, L., physician, Portland: P.O. Doud's Station.

Looms, G., blacksmith, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

McCollom, John, far., Sec. 34; P.O. Doud's Station.

McClure, T. G., physician; P.O. Doud's Station.

McCormack, G. J., far., Sec. 29; P.O. Hickory.

McCullough, A., far., Sec. 23; P.O. Doud's Station.

McGrew, Finley L., Rev., far., S. 24; P.O. Doud's Station; born in Allegheny Co., Penn., April 7, 1843; in 1851, moved to Wapello Co., Iowa; in 1863, he went to Oskaloosa, to attend college; graduated in 1867; then taught in the high school there and followed teaching several years; in 1868, moved to Van Buren Co. and engaged in farming; during the years 1872-73, acted as an itinerant minister; is now a local minister. Married Sarah E. Brewer Dec. 25, 1867; she was born in Van Buren Co. Feb. 24, 1845; have five children -- Harry L., George E., James E., William R. and Helen B. Members of M. E. Church. He has 192 acres of land, valued at $5,800. He is now Township Clerk and was elected Assessor Oct. 8, 1878.

McGill, J., far., Sec. 12; P.O. Doud's Station.

McGill, S., far., Sec. 12: P.O. Doud's Station.

McKeowan, A. J., far., S. 2; P.O. Doud's Station.

Malcomson, John, far., S. 36; P.O. Doud's Station; born in County Down, Ireland, in April, 1810; farming was his occupation; in 1840, he moved to Petersboro, Upper Canada; thence to Cincinnati, Ohio; in 1849, he moved to his present home, in Van Buren Co., and has been engaged in farming since. Married Mrs. Helen Waterfall (nee Thomson) in October, 1847; she was born in February, 1806, in Glasgow, Scotland, and died Sept. 25, 1878; they had no children; Mrs. Malcomson had five children by former marriage, one living -- Margaret. He has 109 acres of land valued at $3,500.

Manning, E., merchant, Portland.

Manning, E., merchant, Independent.

Manning, E., merchant, Doud's Station.

Martindale, W., far., S. 32; P.O. Doud's Station.

Marshall, J., far., Sec. 18; P.O. Hickory.

Martin, J., far., Sec. 18; P.O. Hickory.

Meek, Jacob, grocer, Doud's Station.

Meeks, William, far., S. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Meek, William, far., S. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Michael, J. H., far., S. 7; P.O. Hickory.

Miller, George, far., Sec. 36; P.O. Doud's Station.

Miller, John, far., Sec. 25; P.O. Doud's Station; born March 14, 1840, in Van Buren Tp., Van Buren Co.; lived on a farm until 1862, when he enlisted in Co. G, 3d Iowa V. C., for three years; at the end of eighteen months his regiment was furloughed and re-enlisted for the war; discharged Sept. 19, 1865; was in the battle of White River, Little Rock, Harrison Station and various smaller battles; was wounded at Harrison Station. The spring after his discharge, moved on his present farm in Village Tp., and engaged in farming. Married C. Rodgers May 11, 1869; she was born in Washington Co., Ohio, Dec. 25, 1850, and died March 7, 1871; Oct. 1, 1874, he married Rettie G. McCullough; she was born in Village Tp., Dec. 16, 1855; by his first marriage he had one child -- Theodore E.; by second marriage two children -- Nellie F. and Ethel L. He has 230 acres of land, valued at $7,000.

Miller, William, laborer, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Moore, James R., far., S. 33; P.O. Doud's Station.

Morrison, William H., far., Sec. 4; P.O. Hickory.

Morrison, W. H. H., harness-maker, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Morrow, Richard, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Hickory; born Dec. 3, 1826, in Belmont Co., Ohio; lived on a farm; learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed several years before coming to Iowa in 1851, when he settled in Village Tp., Van Buren Co.; was a carpenter twelve years in this county; then began farming. Married Elizabeth A. Schuyler Nov. 23, 1853; she was born in Kentucky Sept. 30, 1827, and died Feb. 11, 1873; they had one child, which died in infancy; he married Sarah J. Parson Nov. 22, 1873; she was born in Athens Co., Ohio, Nov. 27, 1837, died June 11, 1877; have two children, one living -- Edward, born March 29, 1876. Mr. Morrow and his first wife were members of the M. E. Church; his second wife was a member of the Lutheran Church. He has 123 acres of land, valued at $3,700.

Nedrow, Alex, blacksmith, Sec. 5; P.O. Hickory.

Nellis, Rev., Business Corners; P.O. Doud's Station.

Nelson, A., far., Sec. 33; P.O. Doud's Station.

Nelson, I., far., Sec. 6; P.O. Hickory.

Nelson, J., far., Sec. 6; P.O. Hickory.

Newell, D. C., carpenter, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Nicklin, W. V., far., S. 19; P.O. Hickory.

Nutt, O., farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. Doud's Station.

Overturff, Alen, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Hickory.

Overturff, J. T., ferryman, Independent; P.O. Hickory; born in Brownsville, Fayette Co., Penn., Sept. 13, 1835; moved to Van Buren Co., in 1850, and settled in Village Tp.; engaged in farming two years; went to Kansas; a year, after returned to this county; in 1857, went to California overland; in 1860, went to New Orleans; in April, 1861, came up the Mississippi to his home in Van Buren Co.; the last boat allowed to pass without seizure. June, 1861, enlisted in Co. H, 5th Iowa V. I.; was engaged in the battles at Island No. 10, New Madrid, Iuka and various smaller battles; at Iuka received wound in right thigh, from which he is crippled; discharged in 1863. In 1865, engaged in the grocery business with D. C. Beaman, and remained in business about two years, when he engaged in buying and shipping stock; left that business in February, 1876, when he bought the ferry at Independent, which he now controls. Fall of 1866, he married Miss S. J. Walker; she was born in Village Tp. Sept. 16, 1844; they have five children -- George E., Amaretta L., Ola R., Clyde D. and Ditta N. Mrs. Overturff is a member of the Methodist Church.

Parsons, Andrew.

Park, Stephen, far., Sec. 26; P.O. Doud's Station; born in Licking Co., Ohio, Aug. 12, 1823; in 1844, he moved to Van Buren Co.; he went to California in 1849, and remained there twelve years; went to Nevada and remained seven years, then returned to his home in Van Buren Co. While on the coast, was engaged in farming, mining and teaming. He married Mrs. Matilda Garrison, nee Jackson, March 25, 1869; she was born Sept. 17, 1843, in Jefferson Co., Iowa; they have four children -- Martha M., Lucien F., Samuel W. and Homer O. Parks. Mrs. Parks had one child by former marriage -- Ida L. Garrison. Mr. and Mrs. Parks are members of the M. E. Church; he has 220 acres of land, valued at $6,000.

Parsons, Miller, far., S. 33; P.O. Doud's Station.

Patum, William, chairmaker, Portland, P.O. Doud's Station.

Pearson, Sampson, farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Doud's Station.

Pearson, Young S., far., Sec. 3; P.O. Hickory.

Perry, Daniel, far., S. 30; P.O. Hickory.

Perry, William, far., S. 31; P.O. Hickory.

Penn, Joseph, Sr., farmer, S. 12; P.O. Doud's Station.

Pettet, Samuel, wagon-maker, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Plowman, Jasper, farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Doud's Station.

Puryear, Thomas W., far., Sec. 2; P.O. Hickory.

Rosser, George, far., Sec. 30; P.O. Hickory.

Ratcliff, Aaron, far., S. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Ratcliff, Jesse, far., Sec. 23; P.O. Doud's Station.

Ratcliff, S. Z. T., far., Sec. 29; P.O. Hickory.

Reiter, W. L., station agent; Doud's Station.

Ritz, J. U., shoemaker, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Ritz, Reinhart, of the firm of Ritz & Earhart, merchants, Independent; P.O. Hickory; born Sept. 14, 1844, in Switzerland; moved to Greene Co., Ohio, in 1851; to Bloomfield, Davis Co., Iowa, in 1854; then to Chequest Tp., Van Buren Co., in 1856; to Portland in 1872; up to that time he was farming; then engaged in mercantile pursuits; in December, 1876, he sold his stock; was farming until the fall of 1877; then moved to Independent and engaged in mercantile pursuits. Oct. 24, 1867, he married Margaret McIntosh; is a native of Van Buren Co.; had four children, three living -- Clarence, Ira and Henry. He owns 160 acres of land, valued at $4,000.

Robinson, Joseph, far., S. 1; P.O. Doud's Station.

Ryan, Jacob, far., Sec. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Saltens, Asa, blacksmith and farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Schiveley, T. C., carpenter, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Schuyler, Phillip, hotel, Doud's Station.

Schuyler, William, (deceased); born in New Jersey July 5, 1795, and died Sept. 18, 1875; when about 8 years old, he moved to Essex Co., N. Y., and settled near Elizabethtown; when about 25 years old he went to Kentucky, and engaged in land speculation and contracting; eleven years after, he moved to Licking Co., Ohio, and followed farming and contracting; in 1841, moved to Van Buren Co., where he died. Married Elizabeth Sharpensteen in New York, June 11, 1818; she was born in New Jersey Nov. 21, 1794, and died June 15, 1859. They had seven children, two living -- William V. and Margaret M. April 28, 1861, he married Mrs. Mary Featherson (nee Siddorn); she had four children by former marriage, two living -- Sarah and Elizabeth; she was born in Cheshire, England, Sept. 11, 1819. Mr. Schuyler and both wives were members of the M. E. Church. William V. Schuyler was born Dec. 16, 1839, in Licking Co., Ohio, and came to Iowa with his father in 1841. May 28, 1864, enlisted in Co. K, 45th I. V. I., for 100 days; discharged at the end of his term; farming has been his occupation. He married Sarah Featherson Sept. 24, 1870; she was born Feb. 24, 1848, in Cheshire, England.

Shearer, J. V., farmer, Portland; P.O. Doud's Station.

Shearer, M., far., S. 35; P.O. Doud's Station.

Shelby, D., far., S. 3; P.O. Hickory.

Spurbeck, W., far., S. 28; P.O. Doud's Station.

Snelling, G., far., S. 32; P.O. Doud's Station.

Stamm, J. W., far., S. 12; P.O. Doud's Station.

Stokes, Jose N., far, S. 1; P.O. Doud's Station; born July 23, 1822, in Logan Co., Ohio; in the fall of 1843, he moved to Village Tp., Van Buren Co., where he now resides; farming has been his occupation through life. On July 25, 1844, he married Mary D. Walker; she was born May 6, 1822, in Fairfield Co., Ohio; they have had six children, four living -- Oliver O., born Aug. 27, 1845; John W., born June 5, 1847; Mary A., born June 14, 1849, and George N., born April 7, 1856. Mrs. Stokes is a member of the M. E. Church. He has 200 acres of land, valued at $6,000.

Stokes, J. W., far., S. 1; P.O. Doud's Station.

Stokes, O. O., far., S. 1; P.O. Doud's Station.

Stoops, Jesse T., farmer; P.O. Hickory; born March 6, 1820, in Hamilton Co., Ohio; in 1823, moved to Switzerland Co., Ind.; at the age of 17, he went to the village of Harrison; remained about five years; move to Van Buren Co. in the fall of 1849; the following spring, he went to California; returned in the spring of 1853, and located in Village Tp., where he now resides. Married Elmira McCullough in Switzerland Co., Ind., Feb. 10, 1846; she was born in that county May 17, 1821; had seven children, six living -- Eugene T., Obid F., Ida A, Mary M., Albia I. and George M. Mrs. Stoops is a member of the M. E. Church. He has 197 acres of land, valued at $8,000.

Strang, John, Sec. 26; P.O. Doud's Station.

Tannahill, W., far., S. 21; P.O. Doud's Station.

Tool, George W., Capt., manager of stores for Mr. E. Manning, at Doud's Station, Portland and Independent; born in Posey Co., Ind., Sept. 6, 1838; moved to Keosauqua in 1851; in 1858-61, clerked in a grocery store. Nov. 27, 1861, enlisted as private, Co. C, 17th I. V. I., for three years; was gradually promoted to Orderly Sergeant; July 18, 1863, was discharged for promotion and transferred to the 50th U. S. C. I., with the rank of Captain of Co. C, which he organized; while in the Iowa regiment, he was in the first and second battles of Corinth, and at Jacinto, Iuka, Jackson, Champion Hills and the siege of Vicksburg; afterward, in the battles at Port Gibson, Grand Gulf, Mobile and various smaller engagements; mustered out of service March 12, 1865. Came home and was in the grocery business about two years, and then sold his stock; June 20, 1868, he entered the store of Manning & Parker at Doud's Station, as clerk; in 1870, Mr. Manning became sole proprietor and appointed Capt. Tool manager; in 1875, another store was started at Portland, and in 1877, one at Independent, both of which Capt. Tool has the management. Married Fanny J. Scott Dec. 12, 1865; she was born in Indiana; they have four children -- Flora S., George S., Mary M. and Hattie S. Members of the M. E. Church. He has forty acres land, valued at $500.

Tatum, W. A., far. and chairmaker, S. 21; P.O. Doud's Station.

Taylor, I., lab., Doud's Station.

Trout, John, Sr., far., S. 1; P.O. Doud's Station.

Utter, A., far., S. 4; P.O. Hickory.

Van Seggen, T. W., blacksmith, Doud's Station.

Van Antwerp, H., Sec. 27; P.O. Doud's Station.

Wainscott, M., far., S. 34; P.O. Doud's Station.

Walker, G. B., far., S. 14; P.O. Doud's Station.

Walker, John M., far., S. 4; P.O. Hickory; born Dec. 4, 1837, in Champaign Co., Ohio; in 1841, moved to Van Buren Co.; he was raised on a farm, and farming has been his principal business; from 1861 to 1868, he was engaged in operating a saw-mill in partnership with his father, Zachariah Walker; the mill was first a mile below Doud's Station; afterward, moved to Independent. Married Elizabeth W. Camblin Dec. 17, 1863; she was born Feb. 10, 1842, in Montgomery Co., Ohio; have had seven children; five living -- Anna L., John A., Mary V., Charles R. and George. Members of the M. E. Church. He owns 209 acres of land, valued at $5,300.

Walker, Peter, Rev., M. D., (deceased); born April 21, 1814, in Ross Co., Ohio, moved to Champaign Co., Ohio, in 1823; about the year 1834, began the study of medicine in West Middlebury; in 1843, moved to Village Tp., Van Buren Co., and engaged in farming and practicing medicine; also acted as local preacher; in the fall of 1854, moved to Libertyville, Jefferson Co., where he continued practicing. In October, 1861, he was elected Representative for Jefferson Co. for two years; at an extra session in September, 1862, he was commissioned by Governor Kirkwood as First Assistant Surgeon in the 30th Iowa V. I.; resigned his seat in the Legislature, rejoined his regiment at Keokuk, and was mustered in Sept. 12; on account of sickness, he was obliged to resign his commission, which he did Dec. 26, 1862, and returned to his home in Libertyville, where he died Jan. 13, 1863. He married Sarah G. Stokes March 29, 1838; she was born Nov. 15, 1818, in Logan Co., Ohio, and died Jan. 3, 1850; they had six children, two living -- Moses B. and John R. On May 23, 1850, he married Christiann Schuyler; she was born Nov. 25, 1830, in Licking Co., Ohio, and died April 6, 1859; they had four children, three living -- William M., Peter E. and Francis E. On Jan. 6, 1860, he married Mrs. Mary Drake (nee Brewer); she was born Jan. 18, 1818, in New York. Mr. Walker was a prominent member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities; he was Master Mason, Royal Arch Master, and Knight Templar.

Walker, Zachariah, deceased; born July 15, 1811, in Pickaway Co., Ohio, and died March 4, 1875; moved to Champaign Co., Ohio, in 1823. There married Lydia A. Thomas June 12, 1834. He came to Van Buren Co. in 1839; made three claims for himself and brothers; returned to Ohio and moved his family to Iowa in 1840; in 1850, he went to California; returned in 1851; he was chosen Captain of the company taking the trip; they suffered considerably from cholera during the trip, from which many of the party died; were, also, attacked by Indians, on Humboldt River, but no lives lost; a bullet tore a lock of hair from Mr. Walker's head, but he was not otherwise injured; farming was his occupation through life. He served as Justice of the Peace about twelve successive years. Mrs. Walker was born Jan. 6, 1815, in Champaign Co., Ohio; they had ten children, eight living -- Harriet E., John M., Mary E., Sarah J., Moses P., George A., Joseph E. and Francis R. G. Mr. Walker was and his wife is a member of the M. E. Church. The farm contains 200 acres of land, valued at $5,500.

Wear, John T., far., Sec. 26; P.O. Doud's Station.

Whetsel, Emory, grain dealer, Independent; P.O. Hickory.

Wiley, Clark, far., Sec. 33; P.O. Doud's Station.

Williams, Henry, farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Hickory.

Williams, Joshua, far., Sec. 1; P.O. Doud's Station.

Willis, John S., merchant; Doud's Station.

Willis, John A., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Doud's Station.

Wirt, David B., farmer and molder, Sec. 21; P.O. Doud's Station.

Weissenburger, David, laborer; P.O. Doud's Station.

Young, J. T., far., Sec. 3; P.O. Hickory.

Young, William, farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Hickory.



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