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Richart, J., far., Sec. 31; P.O. Vinton.

Rice, James, farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Vinton; born in Rockingham Co., North Carolina, Dec. 10, 1810; when 16 years of age, he went to Virginia, and served an apprenticeship in the tailoring business at Danville; in 1835, went to Tennessee, and lived there fourteen years; came to Benton Co., and located where he now lives April 18, 1849; bought the claims of Jesse Brody, and was one of the early settlers, only several living here now that were here when he came; carted his first crop of wheat to Muscatine, and sold it for 57 cents per bushel; at one time, he and F. Brison and A. Johnson, went together, and were gone two weeks. He was elected County Commissioner of this county in 1851; held the office of Supervisor of Roads, represented his town in the Board of Supervisors for eight years, and has held the office Justice of the Peace for fifteen or twenty years in all, and still fills that office; owns farm of 140 acres. He has been married three times; his first wife was Margaret Hunt, of Virginia; she died in Tennessee, leaving three children-Mary Spencer, Sallie Gaylord and Nathan, who was in the army, having gone as First lieutenant, and acted as Captain of Company C, 9th Iowa V.I. ; was shot and killed at the battle of Pea Ridge. His second wife was Lucinda Brison, daughter of Fielding Brison; she died Jan. 22, 1854, leaving five children-Le Roy, Henry C., Elizabeth and Lucinda; lost one son-Fielding-in 28th Iowa V.I., Company A.; he was killed in the battle of Cedar Creek, Va. He married his present wife, Mrs. Mary Floyd, from Ohio, in April, 1856; they have one son-Wm.O.

Rife, S.M., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Rodecap, J., far., S. 18; P.O. Vinton.

Roll, F., Sr., far., S. 33; P.O. Shellsburg.

Roll, F., Jr., far., S. 33; P.O. Shellsburg.

Roll, P., S. 33; P.O. Shellsburg.

Sanders, C.C., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Sanders, W.I., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Scott, J., far, S. 26; P.O. Shellsburg.

Smith, A.K., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Snyder, D., far., S. 26; P.O. Shellsburg.

Soden, J.H., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Spangler, J., far., S. 12; P.O. Vinton.

Spencer, J.D., far., S. 8; P.O. Vinton.

Starff, John, farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Vinton; born in Germany Jan. 27, 1814; emigrated to America, and landed in New Orleans Dec. 1, 1839, without a cent; after being without work for three months, he hired to a gardener; received $8 for the first month, $12 for the second, and $30 for the third month; then went to Little Miamai, Ohio, and worked in harvest for five bits per day-and the whisky; but it was very good whisky; worked in Ohio a year and a half, working on farm and in distillery and chopping wood; went to St. Louis and drove omnibus there; worked in Iowa City and in Cedar Co., this State; after living in this county seven years alone, taking it rough and tumble, up and down, sweet and sour, he got married to Mrs. Lizzie Young, from the old country, Aug. 28, 1847; they came to Benton County in April 1849, and were early settlers. He traded a pair of pants, jacket, vest, and bridle, for the first horse he ever owned, and it was blind; his first wagon was a cart, made by himself, E. Berry and Berry Way, without iron; he used to cut and cart to Vinton three loads of wood a day, three-fourths of a cord in a load, and has cut a cord of wood in forty-five minutes. He owns 453 acres of land. They have three children-Daniel, Matilda and Thomas, and lost two in infancy.

Starf, T., far., S. 12; P.O. Vinton.

Stephens, J.H., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 31; P.O. Vinton; born in Clarion Co., Penn., Jan. 26, 1850; came to this county in April, 1852; had an undivided interest in 160 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Held the offices of Township Trustee and Assessor. Married Annie Kimball, who was born in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., Aug. 21, 1851; mother of two living children-Nellie, born Jan. 7, 1875; Jessie, born Aug. 5, 1877. Henry Stephens, father of the above sketch, was born in Blair Co., Penn., Dec. 2, 1810. He married Margaret McDowell, who was born in Philadelphia, Penn., Feb. 3, 1810; she was mother of five children, three of whom are now living-James, J.H. and Mollie. Was among the earliest settlers in Benton Township. He had one brother in the 28th I.V.I., Co. D; was in the battles of Champion Hills, siege of Vicksburg, Red River expedition, in the two last fights of the Wilderness; was shot through the hip, which caused his death.

Sterns, P., far., S. 36; P.O. Shellsburg.

Tracy, M., far., S. 14; P.O. Shellsburg.

Wence, A., far., S. 18; P.O. Vinton.

Wence, J.H., far., S. 18; P.O. Vinton.

Whitney, H.E., far.: P.O. Shellsburg..

Wilcox, W., farmer, S. 24; P.O. Shellsburg.

Williams, C., Sec. 36; P.O. Shellsburg.

Williams, E., Sec. 36; P.O. Shellsburg.

Williams, I.Z., far., S. 36; P.O. Shellsburg.

Williams, T., S. 36; P.O. Shellsburg.

Wilt, J.W., far., S. 35; P.O. Shellsburg.
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Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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