History of Black Hawk County, Iowa - 1878 - J

Black Hawk County >> 1878 Index

History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878.


Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

JACOB, FREDERIC, farmer, Sec. 11, P. O. Waterloo; born in Kent, England, in 1826. Married Mary A. Swift in 1851; she was born in Isle of Sheppy, England, in 1823; came to this country in Feb., 1862, settling in Buffalo, Ill., residing three years and came to Buchanan Co., Iowa; cam to this county in the Fall of 1860. Enlisted in Co. B, 31st I. V. I., Aug. 14, 1862; was honorably discharged Jan. 31, 1865; was in battles at Vicksburg, and Dallas, Ga., where he was wounded May 27, 1864. Went to England in Dec., 1866, returning in March, 1867, settling on his present farm of 160 acres, valued at $40 per acre, in Nov., 1867; returned to England with his wife in Dec., 1874; came back in 1875. His wife is a member of the M. E. Church. Having held prominent offices in his township, he is regarded as a prominent man. Thomas, Fredoni W., John F., Susannah J., and Morphew are his children.

JAMES, ISAAC, people's drug store; was born in Marshall Co., Ill., Sept. 18, 1850. Married Esther Goodrich, of Linn Co., Iowa, May 27, 1874; born in Vergennes, Vt., Jan. 22, 1854; was engaged as drug clerk at the age of 15 years; emigrated to this city June 1, 1872; commenced his present business in October, 1873. Eva A., born March 13, 1875, is their only child.

JAQUITH, JEFFERSON, far., Sec. 29; P. O. Cedar Falls; born in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., in 1826, which State he left in 1851, and settled in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he lived until April, 1854, when he moved to this county, where he has since made it his home. Married Mary J. Knapp in November, 1858; she was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, in 1837. In 1860, he moved on his present farm of 160 acres, valued at $30 per acre. Has filled the office of Supervisor most of the time since 1861; was also Magistrate one year at Cedar Falls, and is well and prominently known throughout the town and county. Their children are Ida L. and Lucy May.

JOHNSON, JOHN W., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Lester; owns eighty acres of land, probable value $2,000; was born Sept. 6, 1814, in Leicester, England; came to the United States, arriving in Philadelphia in 1828, and went to learn the trade of jeweler, but resigned on account of poor health, having his indentures cancelled; went to Schuylkill Co., Penn., and worked at the coal trade, and also boating on the Schuylkill canal; in 1832, went to Lycoming Co., and engaged in various occupations and helped his father, who was conducting a saw-mill; in 1833, went to Kentucky, and was overseer on a plantation; in the Spring of 1834, came to Iowa, which was not then a State in the Union, but known as the Black Hawk Purchase; having traveled two years through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, prospecting, went back to Pennsylvania, Clinton Co., which formerly was part of Lycoming Co. Was married Sept. 24, 1840, to Mary, daughter of Henry and Nancy Brown, of Clinton Co., Penn.; she was born Aug. 23, 1821; they have ten children - Sarah A., born May 16, 1841; Fanny E., Sept. 6, 1845; Mary M., Dec. 16, 1846; John M., March 27, 1848; Nancy M., Sept. 5, 1849; Catharine A., March 7, 1851; George W., May 17, 1852; Tacy R., Sept. 5, 1853; Nathan P., May 25, 1860; Olive L., Aug. 24, 1861; they lost four children - Maria J., Joseph N., Ida A. and one not named. Joseph N. enlisted early in Oct., 1861, in Co. E, 12th Iowa V. I.; was severely wounded in the arm at Shiloh, taken prisoner by the rebels and died in prison at Macon, Ga., Sept. 11, 1862, aged 18;years 4 months and 7 days. Mr. J. was principally engaged in farming from 1840 until he came to Black Hawk Co. and settled in Lester Tp. in 1855, and except three years spent in Bremer Co., has lived in Lester ever since. He spent the most of the first year here hunting, and supported his family in that way; they were very poor, and were obliged to live in their wagon until the snow fell. He attended the Fourth of July celebration in Waterloo in 1855, and heard the first sermon preached in Lester by Rev. Mr. Ritchey, who was a member of the U. B. Church. Mr. J. is a Republican, and was Township Trustee two or three terms, Road Supervisor once or twice, School Director two or three terms, and is a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church, of which denomination Mrs. Johnson and three of their children - Sarah A., Nancy M. and Tacy R. - are likewise members.

JOHNSTON, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Raymond; born in Ireland in 1802; came to this country and Ohio in 1818; moved to Iowa and this county in 1856. He was married in 1830 to Miss S. Little, from Ireland; they had five children; she died in the Spring of 1841. He was married again in the Fall of 1841 to Mrs. Margrette Simpson, from Pennsylvania; they have had five children - John, Richard, George A., Edward S. and Caroline R. He owns 250 acres of land in Barclay Tp., valued at $6,000. He has held the offices of School Director five years, and School Treasurer four years. In politics, Republican; religion, Methodist. His sons Richard, George A. and James E. were in the army. Mrs. Johnston was thrown from a carriage in Feb., 1877, and dislocated her hip, by which she is made a cripple for life.

JOHNSTON, J. S. & Co., manufacturers of plows, cultivators, harrows, and farming implements in general. The senior partner of the firm was born in England in 1832, and came to this country, settling in New York; moved to this county from Rockford, Ill., in Feb. 1878, commencing their business at that time. They have a small but well-regulated factory near the Illinois Central Railroad Depot. C. A. Johnson is the junior partner.

JOLLS, D. W., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Waterloo; born in New York in 1831; emigrated to Michigan in 1853, and to Iowa and Davenport in 1854; moved to his present farm in 1859. He was married in 1853 to Miss Electa White, from New York; they have four children - Elva J., Albert W., Edgar and Ida May. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $5,000. He has held the offices of Road Supervisor four years, and School Director three years. In politics, Republican. Mr. J. erected a fine, large barn (40x60), in 1877. He entered his land from the Government in 1854; he now has one of the finest farms in the Tp. He was the earliest settler in the county.

JONES, C. A., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Cedar Falls; born Dec. 14, 1848. Married Emma F. Clark April 15, 1874; she was born April 3, 1855; have three children - Edith, Emma E. and infant. His father, Benj. Jones, was born Aug. 3, 1807, in New Haven; in 1814, came to Windsor Co., Vt.; in 1858, came to Cook Co., Ill.; in 1865, came to their present farm; they own 320 acres, valued at $25 per acre. Married Minerva Smith in 1829; she was born Aug. 27, 1811, in Barnard, Vt.; had twelve children, three living - Willard S., Mary, Clarence A. Elias S. enlisted in 1861, Co. K, 113th Illinois Infantry; served about one year and died of a disease contracted in the army at Vicksburg, Miss.

JONES, R. A., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Waterloo; born in Edwards Co., Ill., March 24, 1823; moved to Wisconsin in 1849; to Iowa and this county in 1850; he settled on Sec. 7, Orange Tp., the same year; on his present farm in 1862; he has 176 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. He was married Dec. 23, 1843, to Miss Margaret Hunt, from Edwards Co., Ill.; she was born April 7, 1825; they have five children - Mrs. Mary E. Auner (they live in Lincoln Tp.), Mrs. Emeline J. Jackson, of Nebraska, Rose, Isabel and Charles M. He lives at the Black Hills. Mr. Jones was among the earliest settlers in the county. He has held the offices of School Director two years, Road Supervisor one year. Mrs. Jones is a member of the United Brethren Church.

JORDAN, D. W., far., S. 23; P. O. Cedar Falls; born Sept. 6, 1815, in Steuben Co., N. Y.; May 14, 1845, left for Ohio; in 1853, came to his present farm; owns 335 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Harriet Swarthout in 1838; she was born June 19, 1820, in Steuben Co., N. Y.; had seven children, four living - Henry, Michael, Harrison and Mary. Henry enlisted in 1861, in the 10th Kan. V. I., Co. K; served about three years and was honorably discharged; Michael enlisted in 1861, in Co. G, 9th I. V. I.; served to the close of the war. Mr. J. was the first Assessor of this township; the election was held at his house; was for four years Township Superintendent.

JORDAN, H. A., photographer, Main st., residence, same place; born Oct. 8, 1837, in Norwich, Conn.; in 1847, came to New Haven, Conn.; in 1863, came to New London, Conn.; in 1866, came to Syracuse, N. Y.; in 1874, removed to Benton Co.; in 1876, came to Cedar Falls. He commenced his business when a boy, and has followed it since continually; when in Syracuse he was running seven galleries in different cities at the same time; this is the leading gallery in the county. Married Mary L. Johnson Oct. 31 1858; she was born May 2, 1840, in Hartford, Conn; have three children - Eugene H., Cora H. and Annie M. Are members of the Congregational Church.