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Ellyson, H.H., farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 13; P.O. Vinton; born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, March 8, 1826; came to this county in July, 1854; has 200 acres of land, valued at $6,000. Politics, Republican. Held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Township Assessor and Township Trustee. Belongs to the Friend's Church. Married Sarah Hutton; she was born in Portage Co., Ohio, Nov. 30, 1825; is the mother of four children-Eliza, born Jan. 12, 1846; Willis H., May 7, 1850; Grace H., Feb. 3, 1858; Mary A., Sept. 7, 1868. Emigrated direct from Ohio to this county; was here at the organization of the town; was also at the first election; came when there were not more than a dozen inhabitants in the township, it being in its wild state, and he has seen it develped into as fine a farming county as can be found in any State; Mr. E. has some full blooded Short-Horns; is one of the leading farmers in the township. Had one son in the 28th Regt. Iowa Vol., Inf. Co. A; enlisted in July, 1862; was in the service only about eight months when he contracted the disease of typhoid fever, and died at Helena, Ark., Mr. E. is President of the Eden Fire Insurance Company.

Ellyson, Willis H., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Vinton; born in Stark Co., Ohio, May 7, 1850; came to this county when he was 4 years old, in 1854; has eighty acres of land, valued at $3,000. Politics, Republican. Held the offices of President of the School Board, and School Director. Married Florence Schutts; she was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Oct. 27, 1854; mother of one child-Minnie, born Sept. 9, 1875. Raises on an average of 1,200 bushels of corn; 150 bushels of wheat; 150 bushels oats; turns off about 25 head of cattle yearly. Mr. E. came here with his parents, and was amongst the earliest settlers in the township.

Flickinger, Michael, farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Garrison.

Flickinger, W., far., Sec. 9; P.O. Garrison.

Forney, P., far., Sec. 8; P.O. Garrison.

Fry, E., far., Sec. 23; P.O. Vinton.

Fry, James, Sec. 23; P.O. Vinton.

Gleason, Charles, farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Garrison.

Gordon, W., far., S.7; P.O. Garrison.

Gross, John, far., S. 7; P.O. Garrison.
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Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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