History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
NAUMAN, JOHN, dealer in groceries, Commercial st., opposite Central House; was born in Germany in 1831; came to this country, first settling in Detroit, Mich., and the same year (1856), came to Waterloo, Iowa, working at the joiner and cabinet maker's trade; commenced his present business three years ago. Married Catherine Betts, from Pennsylvania; they have seven children.
NEELY, FRANK, of the firm of Neely & Co., dealers in lumber, shingles and lath, sash, doors, blinds, moldings, etc., Fourth street, West Side: was born in Belvidere, Boone Co., Ill., in 1843; moved to Chicago in 1858, and in 1861, enlisted in Battery I, 1st Ill. Artillery, and was honorably discharged in 1865; the same year he came to Cedar Falls, and to this city in 1868; commenced his present business with T. A. Cobb, in 1865. A. T. Lust bought out the latters interest in 1877. Mr. N. married Mary Sessions in February, 1871; she was born in Warren, Mass., in 1845. Frank B. is their only child.
NEMMERS, JOHN, Rev., Pastor of the "Immaculate Conception" Church, Gilbertville; born in Tete Des Morts, Jackson Co., Iowa, in 1847; he commenced his studies for the ministry at Milwaukee in 1866; completed his course in Dubuque in 1874; he became Pastor of this Church in 1875, which now has a membership of 120 families; they have a fine church building 36x66; he also has charge of the church in Barclay Tp., with a membership of twenty-seven families, with a new church 32x48; they have two private schools connected with the church in Gilbertville, with a membership of 100 pupils.
Newell, George, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Finchford; born Jan. 18, 1833, in Wayne Co., Ohio; in 1836, came to Louisa Co., Iowa; in 1846, came to Black Hawk Co.; in 1856, removed to his present farm; owns 185 acres, valued at $25 per acre. Married Adelia Hackett Feb. 12, 1856; she was born April 19, 1834, in Ohio; have seven children - Alonzo, Mary E., Jennie, Clara, Ernest, Louetta and Louella are twins.
Newell, H. J., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Cedar Falls; born Oct. 12, 1831, in Wayne Co., Ohio; in 1832, came to Louisa Co., Iowa; in 1846, came to Black Hawk Co., Iowa; in 1856, removed to his present farm; owns 266 acres, valued at $25 per acre. Married Sarah J. Benham Nov. 20, 1855; she was born Sept. 3, 1840, in Ohio; had seven children, five living - Mary M., Marion F., Florence A., Emmitt M. and Harrison G.
Newell, Marion, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Janesville; born Jan. 21, 1841, in Louisa Co., Iowa; in 1847, came to Black Hawk Co., Iowa; first located a farm in Sec. 3, Washington Tp.; in 1873, removed to Janesville, and kept the Janesville House; in 1876, removed to his present farm; owns 174-1/2 acres, valued at $25 per acre. Married Emily F. Webster in 1867; she was born in March, 1850, in Illinois; had four children, three living - Olive L., May and George H. Enlisted in 1862 in Co. B, 38th Iowa V. I.; served to the close of the war.
NEWELL, NANCY A., Mrs., daughter of Daniel Howard, and widow of James Newell, Sec. 10; P. O. Janesville. He was born Aug. 11, 1809, in Jeromeville, Ohio; in 1832, came to Louisa Co., Iowa; in 1845, came to Black Hawk Co., Iowa, and located his present farm; afterward bought from the Government, consisting of 514 acres. He built the first house in this township; he died May 30, 1875. Mrs. N. was born June 11, 1824, in Decatur Co., Ind. They were married Nov. 7, 1848; had seven children, five living - William, Daniel, Millie, Douglas and Joshua A. He had five children by his first marriage - Thomas J., Harrison, George, Jackson and James. He had three children by his second marriage - Marion, C. P. and Elizabeth. Her father, Daniel Howard, was born July 13, 1798, in Vermont, and at present is living with his daughter here.
NEWTON, MARTIN L., dealer in drugs and medicines, toilet and fancy goods, etc., Main st.; born in Freeport, Stephenson Co., Ill., May 27, 1851. Married Sophia Barry Oct. 25, 1876; she was born in Freeport, Stephenson Co., Ill., May 26, 1852. Mr. N. is the oldest son of Seth Newton, who was born in Canada East Aug. 29, 1822, and married Anna M. Berry Feb. 19, 1848; she was born near Freeport, Stephenson Co., Ill., Feb. 19, 1832, and now resides in Marshall Co., Iowa. The subject of this sketch graduated at Ann Arbor, Mich., as civil engineer, June 30, 1875; came to La Porte City, this county, and was Principal of the High School April 10, 1876; commenced his present business March 20, 1877.
NEWTON, REUBEN, farmer, S. 4; born in England in 1854; and came to this country in June, 1870, and first settled in Darlington, Wis., where he resided until 1874, when he came to this county and settled in Waterloo, where he married Marilla Goodwin in 1876; she was born in Indiana in 1859; settled on his present farm in the Spring of 1877, consisting of sixty-five acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.
NICHOLS, CLARK, P., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Waterloo; born in Windsor Co., Vt., Dec. 10, 1809. He married Sallie Stoughton Dec. 23, 1834; she was born in Johnson Co., Vt., Feb. 17, 1817; they have six children - Sarah E, Amos P., Matilda E., Naomi A., Mariam S. and Edwin S.; they have lost three children - Clark P., Patwin S. and an infant son. In 1856, he emigrated and settled in Orange Township; came to his present farm in 1868; he has 260 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Member of the Presbyterian Church.
NICHOLS, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 27; born in England in 1803, and married Mary Perfect in 1827; she was born in England in 1806; have five children living - Eliza, John, William, Joseph and Mary A.; lost three children - Mariah, Thomas and George, who died while crossing the sea. Emigrated to this country in 1832, and first settled at Rouse's Point, N. Y., and after a short residence moved to Perrysville, where he resided until 1856, when he came West and settled on his present farm of sixty acres, valued at $2,500.
NIETH, GREGORY, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Barclay; owns 121-1/2 acres, probably value $3,050; born March 10, 1818, in Baden, Germany, where he attended school between the ages of 6 and 14 years; in July, 1833, he came with his parents (Joseph and Mary Nieth) to the United States, arriving in New York City, and went directly to Northampton Co., Penn., where he assisted his father, who engaged in lime burning and farming; when 18 years old, he began to learn the trade of blacksmithing, and has followed that business in connection with farming, to the present time. In December, 141, he married Susan, daughter of John and Catherine Heller, of Bucks Co., Penn.; she was born May 1, 1820; they have seven children - Mary, born Jan. 5, 1843; James E., April 9, 1851; Sarah, Nov. 23, 1853; Joseph M., Nov. 19, 1855; Alice, Nov. 28, 1857; Emma, April 2, 1859, and Arthur G., June 20, 1866; they lost four children - Henry E., Maria, Matilda and Margaret. In 1845, Mr. Nieth moved to Lehigh Co. Penn., and lived there eleven years; in 1856, he came to Black Hawk Co., Iowa, and settled in Barclay Tp., where he now resides; there were but very few settlers here then. He is a Republican; Mr. Nieth and wife are members of the Methodist Church.
NORTHWAY, CHARLES H., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Waterloo; born in Onondaga Co., N. Y., Feb. 5, 1840; he emigrated to Whiteside Co., Ill., in 1862; to Iowa and on his present farm in 1868. He was married in 1867 to Miss Jennie Mosher, from New York; she died June 3, 1867; he was married again in March, 1871, to Miss Liddia M. D'Lamather, from New York; they have had three children, two living - Homer C., born May 18, 1874; Edith W., born April 3, 1876. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. He has held the offices of Township Clerk for five years, Township Trustee one year. In politics he is Republican; they are members of the M. E. Church; Mr. N. takes an active part in the Sabbath school work. Mr. Northway was engaged in the mercantile trade for four years in Syracuse, N. Y., before he emigrated to the West.