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Addy, George, far., S. 27; P.O. Shellsburg.

Arble, W.B., far., S. 32; P.O. Shellsburg.

Barnard, J.W., far., S. 25; P.O. Shellsburg.

Barr, T., far., S. 14; P.O. Shellsburg.

Benfer, F., far., S., 28; P.O. Shellsburg.

Berry, Ebenezer, farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Vinton; born in Orange Co., Vermont, July 2, 1810; lived in that state thirty-nine years; engaged in farming and coopering; came to Iowa in Oct., 1849, and located where he now lives, and entered land from the Government. He was one of the early settlers here; the Indians were here at that time; has sold dressed pork for 2 cents per pound, and wheat at 50 cents per bushel; used to take two days to go to mill with ox team. The first wagon he had, he made himself; it was an ox cart without iron. He owns 193 acres of land. He married Miss Permelia Floyd, from Clinton, Ohio, May 8, 1861; she came to Linn Co., Iowa, in Oct. 1854; they have two children-Ella, born Nov. 23, 1863, and Lulu, born July 13, 1874.

Berry, J., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Bort, S.B., far.; P,O, Shellsburg.

Broddy, E., S. 7; P.O. Vinton.

Broddy, far., S. 7; P.O. Vinton.

Broddy, J., far., S. 19; P.O. Vinton.

Brooks, C.B., far., S. 32; P.O. Shellsburg.

Brooks, L., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 32; P.O. Shellsburg; born in Genesee Co., N.Y., Feb. 11, 1818; came to this county in 1855; has 320 acres of land, valued at $9,000. Held nearly all the Township offices; belongs to the M.E. Church. Married Jane S. Pease in 1839; she was born in Cortland Co., N.Y., Feb. 4, 1820; mother of five children-Marianne (now Mrs. Dr. Dickerson), was born Dec. 12, 1842; Charles H., April 13, 1846; Chester B., May 8, 1851; Alfred Le Roy, June 6, 1859; Emory L., July 20, 1861. In 1852, emigrated to Williamson Co., Ill. and lived there three years; then came to Benton Co.; came with teams, camped out, and did their own cooking; when they came here, there were only three shanties on the prarie south and west; now, from his farm, he can count nine churches, showing what the development of the country has been in the last twenty two years. Came here poor, and, by industry, has made him a good home.

Brumwell, F.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Brumwell, J., far., S. 30; P.O. Shellsburg.

Brumwell, J.H.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Brumwell, Wm., far., S. 30; P.O. Shellsburg.

Buttolph, A.M., far., S. 25; P.O. Shellsburg.
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Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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