History of Warren County, Iowa
Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
MAINE, A. B., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Bevington; born in Geauga county, Ohio, May 19th, 1827; his parents moved to Cass county, Ill., in 1838, where he was brought up; he was married in Scott Co., that State, in October 1850, to Miss Mary Ann Bryan, of that county; by this union there were nine children, of whom eight are living: John F., Ann E. (now Mrs. Oscar Springer, of this township), Meranda E. (now Mrs. Jno. Lympees, of Linn Grove), Sarah, (now Mrs. A. C. Headrick), Mary E., Emesriter, Lodrick L., and Charles W.; having lost one son: Albert C. Mr. Maine was one of the earliest settlers in this part of the county, having removed here in 1853, when this township was organized, and has been identified with its growth and development, bearing his full proportion of the trials and privations of the early settlers. He owns 200 acres of land, well cultivated and improved.
MALOY, JAMES H., Sec. 22; P. O. Indianola; born in Washington county, Pennsylvania. Sept. 20, 1839, and was raised there till the year 1869, in the month of May, when he came to this county; he was raised on a farm, but received a good education, having had all the advantages afforded by the schools of his native county, which was good compared with those of newer countries; he became a teacher at nineteen years of age, which he followed as a profession, and before he came to the West he taught about eight months out of each year, but since he located in this county he has followed farming to some extent during the summer, and also grape raising; he owns an undivided interest in the homestead, which consists of 185 acres of improved land; Mr. Maloy is a man who is practical in general husbandry as well as successful in his profession as teacher; he emigrated to this county with his father, his mother being dead for a number of years, and in 1873 his father died, leaving a family of three sisters and one brother; Mr. Maloy has lost two brothers, one killed in the battle of the Wilderness and the other died in this county in 1869; he was married in Washington county, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14, 1866, to Miss Mattie Ralston, a native of that county; they have a family of three sons and one daughter: Flora B., Thomas J., William J. and George R.
MARIETTA, J. C., physician and surgeon, P. O. Palmyra; born in Summerset county, Pennsylvania, in the year 1845, and moved, with his parents, to Fayette county in the year 1848, and from there to this State in 1857, and to Warren county in 1864; he enlisted as a private in Co. A, 48th regiment, Iowa Volunteers, June 11, 1864, and was discharged October, 1864; his early education was received at Indianola; in 1867 he went to Illinois, where he studied medicine, and in 1871 he went to Minnesota, and returned to Iowa the same year, and engaged in the drug business at Grinnell, Powashiek county; he attended the college of physicians and surgeons, at Keokuk, in 1873, and graduated an M. d. in 1876; he located in Palmyra in 1874, and was married to Miss Hattie M. Lutz, of Palmyra, in 1875; she was born in Indiana, and came to Iowa at an early age.
MARTIN, WM., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. St. Charles; born in the northern part of Ireland, Nov. 15, 1815; while yet an infant, parents emigrated to America, landing in Canada, remaining there, however, but a few months; determined to take shelter beneath the protecting wings of the Eagle, they removed to New York city, and two years after came to Washington county, Pennsylvania, where their son was raised; his father having exhausted his wealth and the hard earnings of years in reaching this country, William, while yet a youth, was thrown upon his own resources, deprived even of the limited educational advantages commonly afforded to children in those parts; in the year 1841, Mr. Martin removed to Des Moines county, this State, and three years after was married to Miss Mary Ann Sharp, a native of Pennsylvania, Oct. 30, 1844; by this union they have two sons living: John S. and George; James M. died Dec. 2, 1876; Mrs. Martin died October 2, 1854; Feb. 20, 1856, Mr. Martin was married again to Miss Mary McClellan, of Pennsylvania; by this marriage they have four children: Thomas, Robert, Jesse, Henry L.; on Jan. 3, 1866, Mr. Martin was again left a widower, and after a lapse of time was married to Miss Elizabeth Jourdan, of Marion county, Iowa, formerly of Holmes county, Ohio; Mr. Martin located where he now resides in the spring of 1857, having entered 160 acres about two years previous; having but little means at this time and quite a family to support, the battle of life became an earnest struggle; although meeting with many discouragements, he has won for himself and family a substantial home, and has the confidence and respect of all that know him.
MASON, J. L., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Carlisle; born in this township March 4, 1853, and has been a permanent resident of the county ever since; he married Miss Eliza Greenway, June 3, 1877, a native of Marion county, this State; they have one daughter, Sallie.
MASON, WILLIAM H., Jr., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Carlisle; born in Palmyra, township, this county, January 22d, 1858, and has lived here ever since; his father came in 1846; April 3, 1877, he was married to Miss Flora Hunt, who was born in the State of Illinois; they have one daughter, Beulah.
MAXFIELD, J. J., dentist; was born in Columbus, Franklin county, Ohio, in February, 1835, and was raised there until nineteen years of age; he came to this State in 1857, and to this county in 1867; he married Miss Mary S. Noble, in 1870; she was born in Indiana; they have two children; Harry and Katie.
MAXWELL, ISAAC, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Indianola: born in Illinois in 1832, and was raised there, and made it his home till he came to this county in June, 1854. He was raised on a farm, and when he became of age, he learned the carpenter's trade, and followed it for about twelve years. He was married in this county, December 13, 1860, to Miss Elizabeth Hinshaw, a native of Indiana. They have a family of seven children: Jno. E., Oscar W., Harvey J., Lois H., Sallie J. Benjamin B., and Orrin H. He owns a nicely improved farm of 130 acres.
McCARTNEY, Rev. ANDREW, Pastor U. P. Church; P. O. Lacona; he was born Aug. 15, 1823, in county Antrim, Ireland; his parents emigrated to the United States in 1836, and located at Newbery, N.Y.; they moved to Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1841; he was educated at Antrim College and New Athens College, where he graduated in 1852; he graduated at the Xenia Theological Seminary in 1857, and began the ministry in Ohio as a probationer, one year; in 1859 he began the regular ministry at Dalton, Ohio; he has been doing missionary work most of the time since, through Ohio, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska; preached in Indianola five years; and five years at Lacona, and located at Lacona again as Pastor of the U. P. Church January, 1879; in 1875 he went to Europe and visited most of the places of interest, as also Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
McCLEARY, Dr. J. D., physician and surgeon; was born in Wabash county, Illinois, in 1829, and was raised there on a farm; he came to this county in 1855; he studied medicine at the Rush Medical College, Chicago, and for the past eighteen years has been engaged in the practice of his profession; he is a member of the Warren County Medical Society, of the National and State Society, and the North American Medical Association; he served as Assistant Surgeon in both the 34th and 46th regiments of Iowa Infantry; he married Miss Sarah A. Crosthwait, in 1852; she was born in Fulton county, Ill.; they have four children: Irene, Horace, Lester and Josephine.
McCLINTIC, J. E., Mayor City of Carlisle; is a native of Monroe county, West Virginia; born Sept. 9, 1809; when twenty-one years of age he left home and went to Henry county, Indiana, where he was married to Delilah Skoggs, July 26, 1832; he came to Iowa, near Fort Madison, in 1838, where he remained for ten years, and came here in October, 1848, and located east of Summerset; he owns a farm of 135 acres; his wife died in 1842, and left a family of three sons and one daughter: James, Michael, Jane (now Mrs. Wm. H. Burgett) and Lorenzo; he was married again, to Nancy Patterson, in 1843, a native of West Virginia; they have three daughters: Minerva A., Martha P. and Alberta. Mrs. McClentic has one by her former marriage, John Patterson.
McCLINTIC, J. W., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Summerset; born in Virginia in the year 1823; his parents came to Indiana when he was about ten years old, where he lived till he came to this State and settled in Lee county, and came from there to this county in the fall of 1850; he was married in Clarke county, this State, in 1855, to Sarah Bennum, a native of Illinois; they have a family of two sons and three daughters: Mary A., Sarah J., Ella M., Milo Curtis and James E.; he owns an improved farm of 134 acres; he was raised on a farm, but had the advantages of a good education, and his life has been somewhat varied as to occupations, but for a number of years past he has followed his present one.
McCLURE, F. A., grocer, firm of McClure Bros.; was born in Clinton county, Indiana, in the year 1839; where he was raised till about twelve years of age, when his parents came to this county; he was raised on a farm, and followed farming as an occupation till about five years ago, when he engaged in his present business.
McCLURE, T. M., retired farmer; P. O. Indianola; born in Clinton, Ind., Dec. 30, 1834, and lived in that State until seventeen years of age, when his parents removed to Marion county, Iowa, and in March of 1852 came up to this county; owns 207 acres of land on which there is a fine orchard; he has given considerable attention to the raising of bees; he had held all the township offices excepting constable; he is a man of independent thought, but kind and obliging, and impresses all with whom he has business transactions, of his honor and integrity; he married Miss Mary J. Latimer, March 22, 1855, she was born in Indiana; they have four children: John T., Dora F., Frank H. and Dell; they have lost two: Amos P. and Mary C.; the latter died June 27, 1879, aged twenty-one years.
McCOLLAM, JOSEPH, attorney at law and justice of the peace, P. O. Lacona; born October 3, 1829, in Harrison county, Ohio; moved to Van Buren county, Iowa, in 1851, and to this county and settled in this township in 1866; he was educated in the common schools, studied law on the shoe-bench (being a shoemaker by trade), in Van Buren county, Iowa; he was admitted to the bar in this county, in 1868, by Judge Maxwell; he practiced nearly ten years before he was admitted to the bar; has held every office in the town, and been county supervisor, and is now justice of the peace; he was married December 27, 1857, to Louisa M., daughter of John Gilbert, of Van Buren county, Iowa; they have had four children: Jas. W., Octavia J., Ida M., Lenora; Ida is dead.
McCORMICK, J., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Sandyville: born in the State of Virginia, August 11, 1819; he became a permanent resident of this county in the year 1870, and owns a farm of 120 acres, of choice land, well-improved, and in a good state of cultivation; in 1842, Aug. 11, he was married in Owen county, Ind., to Miss Sarah McHenry, a native of that county; they have a family of nine children: Montgomery, Mary (wife of J. G. Sandy), Thomas, Anna (now Mrs. Reynolds, of Marion county), Amanda (wife of J. Ream, of Kansas), Lizzie (now Mrs. Fare, of Winterset), Laura, Minnie and Charles O.; their third son, George A., died while in the army.
McCOY, C. M., of C. M. & J. D. McCoy; farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Indianola; born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, July 29, 1840, and came from there to this State and lived in Louisa county for about one year, then came to this county, in October, 1870; he was married in this county, Aug. 3, 1872, to Miss Jennie Henry, of Crawford county, Pennsylvania; they have a family of five sons: John H., Joe M., Richard H., Charles R. and Free; Mr. McCoy was raised in town till about eight years old, and since that time has been a farmer; he enlisted in the late war in Co. H, One Hundred and Fortieth Pennsylvania Volunteers, July, 1862, and served till the close of the war; was wounded twice, at the battle of Gettysburg and in front of Petersburg; he owns, with his brother, J. D. McCoy, 352 acres of land.
McCOY, J. D., of the firm of C. M. & J. D. McCoy; farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Indianola; born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, March 22, 1845, and came to this county in October, 1870; was married here to Miss Mary S. Mitchell, May 25, 1875; they have two sons: John C. and Keith M.; Mr. McCoy received his early training in his native State, having had the advantages of a good education; he followed teaching as a profession for about five years before he came West, but since he has settled in this county he has given his attention to farming during the summer season and teaches in the winter; he is interested in an improved farm of 352 acres, with his brother, C. M. McCoy, which calls for most of his attention.
McCOY, WM., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Indianola; born in County Antrem, Ireland, in 1844, where he was raised; he emigrated to this country in 1862, locating in Illinois, and the following year he started for the gold mines of Idaho and Montana, where he followed mining with considerable success for seven years; in 1871 returned to Illinois, and a few months afterward came to this county, where he has improved a farm of 125 acres; he was married February 2, 1877, to Miss Emily Florence, a native of this county.
McDOLE, WM., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Indianola; born in the State of Ohio, April 16, 1826, and when about twelve years of age his parents emigrated to Indiana, where he remained till the fall of 1850, when he came to Polk county, and remained there till he came to this county, in the spring of 1854; he was married in Indiana, in 1846, to Miss Caroline Fisher, of that State; they have a family of five children: Eliza J., Andrew, John H., Julia and Albert L.; he owns an improved farm of 185 acres; Mr. McDole was raised on a farm, and has followed farming as an occupation all his life.
McELIVEE, NEAL, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Lothrop; was born in Ireland, in the year 1820, May 20, and came to America June, 1850, and to this county, in 1856; he was married to Miss Sophia McElivee, a native of Ireland, in 1850; they have a family of four sons and three daughters: John, Daniel P., E. F., E. L., Mary, Grace and Cecelia C.; he owns 178 acres of land; his son Daniel P., is a graduate of the Mercantile College at Des Moines, and he is now in the employ of the firm of Watt & Cochran, of that city.
McELROY, J. I., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Indianola: born in Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1839, and was raised there till about twelve years of age, when his parents emigrated to Marion county this State, where he remained till he came to this county in June, 1869. He was married in Marion county in 1866, to Miss Katie Diehl, a native of Germany, whose parents came to Ohio when she was but a child, where she was raised. They have no children living, but four deceased. He enlisted in the late war in Marion county, in Co. A, 33d Iowa, August 15, 1862, and served till the close of the war. He was mustered out at New Orleans, and discharged at Rock Island. He was raised on a farm till 1857, when he learned the plasterer's trade, which he followed for about twenty years, till he settled down to his present occupation. He owns an improved farm of 80 acres.
McELROY, M. B., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Indianola; is a native of the State of Ohio; born in the year 1834, and was raised there till he came to Marion county, this State, where he lived for three years, and came to this county in October, 1857, and has lived here since, except one summer that he spent in California and Oregon, in 1873; he was married in Marion county, this State, in 1855, to Miss Mary J. Smith, a native of the State of Indiana; they have a family of two children living: Luetta and Frank R., and three deceased; Anson J., Charles L. and John W.; he owns an improved farm of 100 acres; he was raised on a farm, but when seventeen years of age he served an apprenticeship at carpentering, and followed it up to 1876, at the same time managing his farm.
McELROY, S. A., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Indianola; born in Ohio, near the line of Pennsylvania, June 9, 1836; when three years old his parents emigrated to Ohio, where he lived till 1850, then moved to Marion county, this State, and lived till the fall of 1871, when he came to his present home; he was married in this county to Miss R. J. Lindsay, a native of Ohio, June 23, 1864; they have a family of one daughter, Elsie May, born Oct. 6, 1868; owns an improved farm of 122 acres.
McELROY, W. T., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Ackworth; was born in Ohio, in the hear 1828, and was raised there till he came to this State in 1855, and located in Warren county, but has only lived on his present homestead for about eleven years. He has been twice married; first, in the State of Ohio, in 1851, to Miss Eliza J. McKee, of that state who died in 1863, leaving a family of four children, John S., W. I., L. T. and G. L. His second marriage was in the year 1866, to Amanda J. gill, of Ohio, They have six children, Samuel E., Minta E., Arthur, Cora A., Etta and Anna J. Mr. McElroy was raised on a farm, and now owns one of 135 acres. At nineteen years of age he learned the carpenter's trade, which he has followed more or less since. When he first came to the county, he was connected with a saw-mill.
McFARLAND, R. A., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 25; P. O. Lacons; owns 40 acres of land; born June 6th, 1849, in La Fayette county, Wis.; moved with his parents to this county in 1865; settled where he now lives in 1874, and raised this year corn, the stalks of which we measured, were 15 feet high; married, Dec. 8, 1847, Miss Leana, daughter of Jonathan P. Sinnett, of Elmira, Ohio; they have two children: Millard R., and Clifford A.; was educated at select school at La Fayette, Wis.
McGRANAHAN, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Indianola; born April 16, 1827, in the State of Pennsylvania, and was raised in Crawford county; came to this county in December, 1868, but previous to his settling in this county he went to California, in 1849, and remained for two years; he went by team, and was about six months crossing the plains; he returned by way of Central America; he made his trip a success; he was married in Pennsylvania, to Miss R. P. Gray, a native of that State, Jan. 31, 1855; they have four sons and three daughters: George E., James, Ralph, Frank, Carrie, Maggie and Eva; he has held various township offices; owns an improved farm of 109 acres.
McINTOSH, D. G., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Summerset; born in Columbiana county, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1815, and was raised there: has been engaged on public works since twenty years old; he came to Lee and Van Buren counties, this State, and with Capt. Black took a contract on the Des Moines Valley Railroad from Keokuk to Farmington, a distance of twenty-eight miles; he was one of the first railroad contractors in the State; has been in this county since 1862, and been mostly engaged in farming; owns a farm of 300 acres: he married Miss Nancy D., daughter of David Doud, of Doud's Station, on the Des Moines Valley Railroad, in June, 1861, a native of Licking county, Ohio; their family consists of two sons and three daughters: Nannie, Isabel, David, Drusilla and William.
McKAY, CHARLES, merchant; was born in Taylorville, Kentucky, in 1827; he came to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1849, and settled in Hartford, Richland, township, in 1853, and was engaged in selling goods; in 1859 he was elected county clerk, and held the office twelve years; he married Miss Hannah Noble in 1854; she was born in Indiana; has six children, Walter N., J. O'Niel, Martha C., William F., Charles A., Frank P.
McKEE, EDD. R., capitalist; was born in Indiana in 1842, and is the son of Tabor W. and Sarah McKee; he came with his parents to this county in 1853, and were among the early settlers of the county; his father was the first to engage in the nursery business in this vicinity, and the grounds and orchards of the subject of this sketch are evidence of the success that attended his efforts in this direction; he was a man closely identified with the interest of the county, and was honored by its citizens with the office of sheriff and county treasurer; in the latter office his son acted as deputy; Mr. McKee has a banking experience of eleven years, and was one of the organizers of the First National Bank, and its cashier until 1874; he married Miss Emma Bundy, December 24, 1863; she was born in Iowa; they have two children: W. O. and Pearl K; and have lost two: Vane V. and an infant; Mr. McKee's father was born on the land where Cincinnati is situated, then known as Fort Washington; and his grandfather was in the Revolutionary War, and fought under General Wayne, in the war of 1812, and was shot by Indians.
THE "CODE" IN WARREN COUNTY
The number of counties in Iowa which can boast of a duel is their borders is, no doubt, small, but among them, Warren county is one. In the fall of 1854 Edd. R. McKee, then a boy of only twelve years, now one of the best and most prominent citizens of the county, fought a duel with Addison Hunt, son of Eleazer Hunt, one among the first settlers of the county. They were returning home in the afternoon from gathering hickory nuts from the trees at the grove, on the Van Pelt farm, northwest of Indianola, when, from some boyish cause, they got to quarreling. It finally became fierce and noisy, and Mal. Bryan, who was the oldest of the crowd, perhaps eighteen or twenty years of age, and who was the leader besides, suggested that there was no other way to settle it except according to the "code." They had all been reading what corresponded to the yellow-backed literature of the present day, where the hero was always engaged in such adventures, and they, therefore, readily accepted the suggestion of this method of settlement as the only one. Bryan was Hunt's second, and a boy by the name of Almeda Kennedy performed the same duty for McKee. Bryan therefore stepped off twenty paces. Bows and arrows were the weapons chosen for the contest, and they were to shoot at a drop of a hat from the hands of Harvey Kight. Everything ready the contestants took their places, with their bows and arrows in position for the command of "fire." At the drop of the hat both fired, and McKee, who was one of the best shots in the county, with a bow and arrow, drove his arrow a center shot to Hunt's forehead, while Hunt, less fortunate as a shot, but more fortunate for the comfort of his opponent, only grazed McKee's left ear. Hunt was seriously injured, and the boys in fear for what they had done, carried him home, where he lay unconscious for several days, but finally recovered entirely. Many of the old settlers seriously blamed Bryan for his course, and talked of having him arrested, but with the recovery of Hunt, it passed off, and nothing more was done about it. About a year later young Hunt sickened and died, after he had been a party to the only duel ever fought in the county, and from the injuries of which he had completely recovered. McKee's "honor" was satisfied, and he has since been one of the most peaceable citizens of the county, and no provocation has been sufficient to draw him into a challenge to mutual combat, or to attempt him to flee to an outside State or Canada to engage in such an affair.
McKEE, TABOR W. was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, January 2, 1801. His father, John McKee, was a native of Pennsylvania, of Scotch origin; his mother was a Leavell, a descendant of the Huguenots of France. His father was a soldier in the Revolution, fought the Indians under "Mad Anthony Wayne" in 1793-4, and was a soldier in the war of 1812. Tabor W. moved with his father to Wayne county, Indiana, in 1812, where he married Sarah Elliott (a sister of Judge Elliott of Indiana), on the 20th day of October, 1820, by whom he had four children: Malinda, Wm. H., Eliza J. and Edd R.; the first three died prior to his removal to Iowa, the last named is still a resident of Indianola. In 1830 he removed to Henry county, Indiana, where he resided until the 21st of June, 1853, when he moved to Iowa, locating in Indianola, August 8th, 1853.
During his residence in Henry county, Indiana, he resided on his farm, and engaged in farming, and buying and driving hogs to Cincinnati. He was one of the commissioners for Henry county, Indiana, from 1834 to 1843. In 1853 he engaged in the mercantile business in Indianola, in the building on the northwest corner of the Square, now occupied as a carpenter shop; he continued in that business until 1855, when he, in company with James Greene, H. H. Patterson and Dan. G. Peck, under the firm name of Greene, McKee & Co., built a saw-mill two miles west of town, on what is now the Frost farm. In 1856 he sold his interest in the mill and built the building now occupied by W. W. Slone as a grocery, and formed a partnership with E. M. LaBoyteaux, and engaged in selling clothing, boots and shoes, etc., under the firm name of McKee & LaBoyteaux. He continued in that business until 1857, when he was elected sheriff of Warren county, and served until January 1st, 1860. In 1861 he was elected treasurer of the county, and in 1863 re-elected to the same office, and served until the first of January, 1866. Politically, he was a staunch Whig until 1856, when he joined the Republican party, to which he belonged at the time of his death. He was a strong friend to the colored race, and during the days of slavery assisted many of them on their "pilgrimage to the north star."
He was not a member of any church, but held to the doctrine of the Friends, or Quakers. He was a strong advocate of the temperance cause, and believed in total prohibition. He was a great Bible reader, and on matters pertaining to the Scriptures, was probably the best posted man in the county. He died July 14th, 1871, of erysipelas. His wife is still living; she is seventy-seven years old, and resides with her son, Edd. R. McKee.
McKIMMY, J. S., attorney-at-law, Sec. 22; P. O. Lothrop; is a native of Washington county, Ind; born May, 1831; in 1841 he came to Burlington, this State, and remained till 1849, when he emigrated to Warren county, and has been identified with its interests ever since: in Oct., 1853, he went to Des Moines county and married Miss Jeanette Woodside, a native of Henry county, Ind., and resided in Indianola till 1858, and followed the carpenter trade; then moved to section 31, in Jefferson township, and lived there till 1866, and for the purpose of schooling his children he moved to his present home; having been elected justice of the peace in 1860, he received such a knowledge of the law that he naturally drifted into the practice of his profession, and is now a licensed attorney in the Supreme Court of the State, and his entire attention is given to the practice of law; he also owns a saw-mill, and for several years has been connected with the lumber business; he has a family of seven children living whose names are, respectively, Roswell A., Mary E., Lorah E., Eugene C., Robert W., Cora A. and Lydia J.; he owns 430 acres of land.
McLAIN, NATHANIEL, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Lothrop; was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1822, and lived there till fourteen years old, then emigrated with his parents to Ohio, where he lived till October, 1849, when he came to this county; he married while in Ohio, Elizabeth Ritchebaugh, in 1844, a native of that State; they have a family of two sons and three daughters living: Harrison, Samuel, Phoebe, Mary A. and Sarah J.; has a farm of 157 acres; had one son, John W., he enlisted in the late rebellion under Captain Curran, in the Seventh Iowa regiment, and was discharged on the account of disability, and has since died.
McNAUGHT, A. M., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Sharon; born in Stark county, Illinois, Sept. 12, 1847; at the age of seventeen his parents removed to Wisconsin, and lived there one year, then to Wheaton, Iowa, removing to this county in 1865; he removed to Missouri in 1868, and remained there four years, returning to this county in 1872; owns eighty acres of land; he married Emily F. Mercer April 19, 1866; have five children: Roxie J., Theron E., Lily W., Mira E. and Cora F.
McNEIL, H., attorney; was born in Ohio, and when young his parents removed to Indiana, where he was raised; he was educated at the University of Indiana, and graduated from that institution in 1860, taking the honors of his class; he read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1862, and the same year came to Warren county, without funds of favor with which to pave his pathway to success, but by devoting himself assiduously to his profession has built up a large practice, and has faithfully studied his clients' interests; he married Miss Imogene G. Hallam, September 20, 1870; she was born in Ohio, and came to this State at an early date, and was educated at Simpson Centenary College, and graduated in the class of 1870; they have three children: Carl, Ina and Harry H.; lost one son: Paul.
MEEK, J. T.; was born in Decatur county, Indiana, in 1833, and was raised there on a farm; he came to Iowa in 1851, and to this county in 1853; he enlisted as a private in Company C, 34th Iowa Infantry, and served two years, and mustered out as 2d Lieutenant; he has held various township offices, and in 1873 was elected sheriff of Warren county; which office he held four years; he married Miss L. J. Pressley in 1857; she was born in Indianapolis, Indiana; they have five children: Eva, Wm. L., Clara, Charles and Louisa; lost two: Joseph, and an infant.
MERCER, MORRIS, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Cool; born June 27, 1819, in Breckinridge county, Kentucky; father moved to Shelby county, Indiana, in 1823; married December 19, 1843, to Elizabeth, daughter of John Taylor, of Owens county, Ind.; came to this county in the fall of 1854, and settled on present farm of 160 acres, having entered it of the Government; has eleven children: John T., William E., Nancy O., Joseph, Mary E., Eliza J., Isabella, James I., (Amanda and Elizabeth) twins, Sarah and Anna M., all of them alive; voted at the first election held in the township.
MERRITT, W. H., Physician and Surgeon, P. O. Hartford; is a native of England, born in the year of 1853, whose parents came to this country in 1860, and located in St. Louis, Missouri, and both died shortly after; he was principally raised in this State, and received his early education in this county; and read medicine with Dr. Lindsley of Hartford, with whom he afterwards practiced; he graduated, M. D., at the Keokuk Medical College, February 13, 1877: and since that time has practiced his profession at his present location; he came to this county in 1862, and in 1869 enlisted in the Regular Army, and served five years; he was married in 1877, to Miss Mary Maxwell; they have one son, Judson.
METCALF, H. T., grocer; was born in Ohio in the year 1842; when about two years old his parents emigrated to the State of Illinois, where he remained till he came to this county in the fall of 1858; he was married April 16, 1868, to Miss Mabel Woodruff, a native of Tennessee; his occupation during life has been in the mercantile line.
MICHAEL, MORRISON, farmer, Sec. 2; born on the 16th of February, 1812, in York county, Pa.; moved with his parents in 1831 to Noble Co., Ohio; married, March 18, 1834, to Jane B., daughter of Jas. Kyle, of Noble county, and moved from there to this county on to his present farm of 350 acres, September, 1856, having entered the land of the government; was educated in the old log school-houses of Pennsylvania; have no children; wife died Oct. 17, 1878; was one of the first settlers of the township; has been justice of the peace and town trustee several times, and now is postmaster, with the office in his house.
MICHAEL, WILLIAM, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Milo; born May 6, 1837, in Athens county, Ohio; his parents came to Iowa, and located in this county in 1854; he settled on his present farm in 1871; he enlisted in July, 1861, in Co. G, 3d Iowa Infantry, and served till March, 1862, when he was discharged by reason of wounds received at Blue Mills Landing; he enlisted again in July, 1862, in Co. G, 18th Iowa Infantry, as private, and was promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and First Lieutenant; he resigned, on account of his health, in May, 1865; he was in the battles of Springfield, Missouri, and the general guerrilla warfare through Missouri and Arkansas; he was married March 25, 1868, to Miss Lydia C. Long, a native of Illinois; they have a family of three children: Margaret E., Jennie E. and Emma E., all living.
MIDDLESWART, Mrs. LUCY, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Indianola; was born in Brown county, Ohio, October 1, 1827 (her maiden name was Reed); she married James Middleswart, April 21, 1852; they came to this county in 1854, and to where Mrs. M. now resides, in 1861; they own 353 acres of land; Mr. Middleswart died October 22, 1877; leaving, besides the subject of this sketch, eight children: Nancy J. (now Mrs. John Barr), Mary E. (now Mrs. J. Pierce), William, Sarah A., John, Cornelia, Julietta, and Roswell.
MILLER, D. M., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Indianola; was born in Chester district, South Carolina, in 1828; when about two years old, his parents emigrated to Indiana, where he lived till about twenty-two years of age, then came to Monroe county, this State, in the spring of 1855, and from there to this county, in the spring of 1857; he was twice married, first, in the State of Indiana, March 27, 1855, to Miss Lucinda Harbinson, of that State, who died October 9, 1866, and left a family of two children: Wm. H. and Julia P. who died July 22, 1870; he was married a second time to Miss Mary A. Hemphill, in 1868, a native of Indiana; Mr. Miller was raised on a farm, and has followed the occupation all his life; he now owns a nicely improved farm of 165 acres.
MILLER, FRANCIS J., farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. Lothrop; born in Germany August 3d, 1833, and came with his parents to this country when four years old; he first lived in Indiana, and came from there to Marion county, this State, in 1845, and lived there till he come to this county, in the spring of 1875. He was married to Catharine Kessler, a native of Germany, in 1860; he has a family of six children living: Frank J., born April 1st, 1861, Valentine, born Feb. 20, 1863, Mary, born June ____, 1867, Barbara, born July ____, 1869, Martha, born ____ ____ 1871, Lawrence, born ____, 1874. He owns a farm of 260 acres.
MILLER, Mrs. MARY C., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Norwalk; widow of Abram T. Miller, deceased, a native of Fountain county, Indiana; born February 14, 1827, and died May 6, 1875; he came to this county and settled in the fall of 1855; Mrs. Miller, whose maiden name was Mary C. Cook, is also a native of Indiana; born May 1, 1837, and was married to her husband August 31, 1854; she has a family of five children living: Clara, William S., Emma J., Mary F. and Grace De; one deceased, Sarah E., who died May 6, 1875; she owns a finely improved farm of 520 acres.
MILLER, Dr. W. L., physician and surgeon, P. O. Norwalk; is a native of Marion county, west Virginia; born in the year 1846, February 24th, and emigrated with his parents to Adams county Illinois, when eight years old, and lived there till May, 1874, when he came to this county; he was married September 26, 1871, to Miss Nancy Prutzman, a native of Illinois, born December 25, 1849; they have one daughter, Hattie E., born May 23d, 1873; he received his early education in Illinois, and his collegiate course was taken at Keokuk, Iowa, and St. Louis, Missouri; during the late war, he was steward in the hospital from 1862 till 1864 when he enlisted in Co. A, of One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Illinois Infantry, and served till the close of the war.
MITCHELL, A. J., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Spring Hill; is a native of Maryland; born February 4, 1829; when he was quite young his parents emigrated to Ohio, where he lived till 1849, when he came back to Maryland, for a short time, then returned to Ohio, for one year; he then went to California, and remained for about two and a-half years, and returnd to his old home in Ohio, and from there, he came to this county, in March, 1855, and has lived here all the time since, except about two years that he lived in Keokuk county; he was married in this county, by P. P. Henderson, to Miss Amanda Reeves, a native of Kentucky, in 1856; they have five children living: Albert, Laura M., Dora, Jessie and Kitty, and one deceased: Mary; owns a farm of 215 acres.
MONTGOMERY, IRWIN, farmer, lives on Sec. 8; P. O. Liberty Center; owns 80 acres of land; he was born May 1, 1823, in Warren county, Pa.; moved to Minnesota Territory, in 1855; came to this county in 1865, and settled on present farm; was elected member of the board of supervisors two terms in Minnesota; he was married May 23, 1843, to Elizabeth Canfield, daughter of Benjamin Canfield, of N. Y.; no children.
MOON, J. F., of Moon and Chapman, wagon-makers and blacksmiths, P. O. Sandyville; born in Fayette county, Ohio, December 11, 1841, and when eight years old, his parents came to this county, where the subject of this sketch was raised, and has experienced the ups and downs connected with pioneer life, and the improving of a new country; when twenty-eight years of age he learned his present trade which he has successfully followed since; he was married in October, 1868, to Miss Amy Baccus, who was born in the State of Missouri; they have four children: Ulyssus S., Edward H., Arch and George; he enlisted in the 1st Iowa Cavalry in 1861, but was rejected on the account of his age, which was only fourteen years; on January 17, 1865, he again enlisted in Co. B, Fortieth Iowa Infantry, and served till the close of the war.
MOORE, HENRY M., carpenter, and joiner and contractor, Carlisle; is a native of this State, born in Louisa county, March 1, 1839; when six years of age his parents came to this county, and located on the present site of Carlisle; was two years with his father in the mill-wright business, and learned the carpenter's trade which he has followed for seventeen years; he married Miss Mahala J. Ellison, July 10, 1861, a native of Monroe county, Virginia; she died Jan 5, 1866; he married again to Phoebe Ellison, sister of his former wife, January 16, 1868.
MOORE, RICHARD, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Indianola; was born near Bloomington, Indiana, in the year 1825, June 11th, and was raised there and made it his home till he came to this county, in October, 1856; he was married in Lawrence county, Indiana, to Miss Elizabeth Ramsey, a native of that State, in September, 1856; they have no family; Mr. Moore was elected county supervisor, in 1873, and served one term; owns an improved farm of 400 acres; he came all the way fram Indiana to this county with teams, was about one month on the way, and now occupies the homestead on which he first settled.
MOORE, S. H., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Indianola; was born in the State of Ohio, in the year 1828, and was raised there, and made it his home till he came to this State, he first settled in Madison county, in 1858, and came from there to this county in the spring of 1862; he was married in Ohio, to Miss Sarah A. Lantz, of that State, in 1852; he owns an improved farm of sixty-five acres.
MOORMAN, C. F., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Sandyville; born in Highland county, Ohio, March 8, 1846; his parents, Jno. T. and Nancy (Van Pelt) Moorman, came to this county in 1849, and located near Hartford, where the subject of this sketch was raised, and from his childhood has been identified with its growth and development; he is a man of more than ordinary ability - honest and upright in his dealings, courteous and frank in manners; has held various township offices, which he has filled satisfactorily; he married Sept. 10, 1868, to Miss Olivia C. Gillespie, a native of Park county, Ind.; they have two children: M. Busha and Birdie.
MOORMAN, WM. J., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Ackworth; was born in Highland county, Ohio, in 1817, and was raised there, and came to this county, in March, 1851, and bought out a party by the name of Thomas Fagan, who owned 160 acres; he now owns 311 acres; was raised on a farm, and followed the occupation till about twenty-one years old, when he learned the carpenter's trade; in 1851 he took the contract to build the county jail, from P. P. Henderson, who was county judge at the time; he hewed all the logs himself, and completed the edifice in 1852, and the same building is still used for jail purposes; he was married to his present wife in 1865, a native of Indiana; they have three children living: Elmira J., Joseph E. and Iona.
MORRIS, BENJAMIN, farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Lothrop; is a native of Clark county, Kentucky; born October 7th, 1821, and came from there to Shelby county, Ind., with his parents when about four years old, and remained there till he came to this county, in October, 1853. He was married in Shelby county, Indiana, to Miss Artie Keck, a native of West Va., Dec. 17, 1846; she was born Nov. 11, 1827; they have a family of seven children living: Daniel T., Annie, Willis G., Marion F., Allen M., Riley, and Dora, and three deceased: Clark, Greenlee, and Elda. Annie is now the wife of D. S. Myers; they have one son: Willis A. Mr. Morris owns a farm of 281 acres.
MORTON, J. C., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Indianola; was born in the State of Pennsylvania, August 15, 1851, and was raised there till about eighteen years of age, when he emigrated with his mother to this county, December, 1869, his father having died in Pennsylvania; he was raised on a farm, and has always followed it as an occupation; he has an improve farm of 160 acres.
MOSHER, ASA, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Liberty Center, born March 22, 1802, in Washington county, New Jersey; parents moved to Deleware county, Ohio, in 1818; he came to Iowa, and settled where he now lives in 1853; owns a beautiful farm of one hundred and sixty acres, well improved; was one of the first settlers of the township; helped to organize the township Government, and voted at the first election held, at which time he was elected one of three township trustees, and has held the same office several times since; was always a strong partizan of the Old Free Soil party; he was married July 6, 1825, to Sarah P., daughter of Jonathan Bunker, a native of Nantucket Island; they had nine children: Stephen, Jonathan B., Hannah, Thomas T., Susan B., Elijah P., Sarah A., Mary A., Obediah A.; Thos. and Hannah are dead.
MOSHER, J. P., farmer, lives on Sec. 22; P. O. Liberty Center; he was born October 5, 1836, in Morrow county, Ohio; parents moved to this county, in the spring of 1853; he was educated in common schools; in 1858 he settled on his present farm, where he has 120 acres of fine land, and a pleasant home; he was married November 8, 1858, to Angeline, daughter of Samuel James, of Warren county; has had no children; he has held every office in the township except assessor, and has been continually in office since 1858.
MOSHER, STEPHEN, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Felix; born August 6, 1826, in Marion county, Ohio; came to this county in 1856, and lived in Liberty township until the spring of 1879, when he came to this township and settled on his present farm, where he owns 210 acre of land; was school treasurer for eight years in succession when the whole town was one district for eight years in succession; has been town clerk; is a leading member of the Society of Friends, holding all the leading offices of the Society; came to Iowa a poor man and has made all his property since by honesty and hard work; married September 1, 1852, to Mary, daughter of Moses Farington, of Crawford county, Ohio; they have had seven children: Lemuel, Asa, William, Sarah A., Mary B., Joseph S. and Ella (twins), Stephen G., all living.
MULLANE, CORNELIUS, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Des Moines; is a native of Ireland, born in 1835, and came to America in 1852; he first lived in Ohio, and up to the time he came to this county, he had traveled over several different States; came to Des Moines in 1861, and lived there till he came to this county, in the fall of 1868; he was married in Des Moines to Miss Bridget King, a native of Ireland; they have a family of four children: Mary, Ellen, Julia, and William; his wife died May 26, 1876; he owns an improved farm of 200 acres; Mr. Mullane's father, Patrick Mullane, was born in Ireland in the year 1802, and came to this country in 1844.
MURRAY, EDWARD, retired farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Hartford; born in Baltimore, Md., in 1807, and raised there till 22 years of age, when he came to Richland county, Ohio, where he lived till 1850, when he came to this county, and bought 400 acres of land in Marion county, and went there and lived three years, and returned to this county. He built a saw mill at an expense of $4,000, which he run for about ten years. He has been twice married: first, in Baltimore county, Md., in 1830, to Miss Elzabeth Walter, who died in 1833, and left two sons: Jacob and Joshua; he was married a second time in 1833, to Elizabeth Dennis, in O.; her father is now living, 92 years of age; by this union they have three children living: Ezra D., Angeline, and Barbara E., and seven deceased.
MURRAY, EZRA D., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 13; P. O. Hartford; born in Ohio in 1843, and came to this county with his parents when a boy. He was married in 1864 to Miss Almira Fenton, of Indiana; they have a family of six children living: Edward, Mary E., Samuel, John, Jesse B., and Elizabeth. He was raised on a farm, and now owns one of 110 acres.