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Adair, W.T., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. La Porte City.

Adair, J.M., farmer, Sec. 8: P.O. La Porte City; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1842; came to Benton Co. in 1865; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss M.H. English in 1865; she was born in Clarion Co., Penn., in 1841; they have four children-Frank Milton, Margaret E., Anna M., and James A. Members of the Presbyterian Church. Enlisted in 1862 in the 15th Penn. V.C.; participated in the battles of Stone River, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Cumberland Mountain, Lookout Mountain and others; was mustered out in 1865, at Nashville.

Alt, George W., farmer and breeder of Clydesdale horses, Sec. 28; P.O. Mooreville; born in Johnson Co., Iowa, in 1843; came to Benton Co. in 1869; has 160 acres of land, valued at $40 per acres. Married Miss Elizabeth Ross in 1867; she was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, in 1841; they have four children-Olive J., Mary Maria, George W., Jr., and an infant. Republican in politics. Is road Supervisor. Mrs. A. is a member of the United Brethren Church. Enlisted for the 18th Iowa V.I., Aug. 1, 1862; was discharged on account of ill health Sept. 10, 1862; re-enlisted in the 22d Iowa V.I. Feb. 27, 1864; participated in the battles of Winchester, Shenandoah Valley, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Va.; was mustered out July 25, 1865.

Beal, John, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. La Porte City.

Beach, J.B., farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Mooreville; born in the State of New York in 1842; came to Benton Co. in 1865; has 88 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Mary J. Wilson in 1867; she was born in Michigan in 1845. Republican in politics. School Director. Mrs. B. is a member of the M.E. Church.

Bell, J.H., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. La Porte City; born in Ohio in 1836; came to Benton Co. in 1870; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Eliza Curtis in 1861; she was born in Michigan in 1839; they have four children-John W., Robert C., William E. and Carl. Democrat. Is School Director, Secretary of the Township. Members of the U.B. Church.

Betts, J., far., S. 3; P.O. La Porte City.

Betts, L., far., S. 3; P.O. La Porte City.

Bowman, P., far., S. 11; P.O. La Porte City.

Boyd, William, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Dysart; born in Ireland in Jan., 1812; emigrated to America in Dec., 1848; came to Benton Co. in 1855; has 440 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Sarah Stringer in 1853; she was born in Ireland in 1817; they have six children-George L., William A., Mary E., John M., Abram F. and Margaret. Republican; members of the Presbyterian Church. Is Township Trustee. mMr. Boyd is the oldest settler of his neighborhood, and has made the fine improvements on his farm by his own industry.

Brenneiser, H.E., far., S. 22; P.O. La Porte City.

Brenneiser, J.J., far., S. 22; P.O. La Porte City.

Brown, F.G., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 32; P.O. Dysart; born in Jackson Co., Ohio, in 1820; removed near Columbus, Ohio, in 1825; thence to Sandusky Co., Ohio, in 1832; thence to Benton Co. in 1857; has 244 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Keziah Becker in 1841; she was born in Knox Co., Penn., in 1822, and died Sept. 18, 1873; has ten children-William H., Mary C., Isabel, John R., Emily, Erven L., Miland, Clara J., Melyette, Freeborn G., Jr. Republican. Supervisor, Trustee and School Director. Member of the United Brethren Church.

Brown, J., far., S. 2; P.O. La Porte City.

Brown, J.R., far., S. 31; P.O. Dysart.

Buchan, Geo., far., S. 10; P.O. La Porte City; born in Scotland in 1805; emigrated to America in 1837, and to Benton Co. in April, 1854; has 200 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Agnes Bruce in 1831; she was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1812, died Sept. 9, 1849, leaving seven children-George, Jr., Ann Margaret, who died April 18, 1874; John, William, James and Joseph. Was an old-line Whig; is now a Republican; is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Buchan, Geo., Jr., far., Sec. 15; P.O. La Porte City; born in Scotland in 1831; emigrated to America in 1837; came to Benton Co. in 1855; has 160 acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Married Mary J. Betts in 1862; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1840; they have three children-Agnes, Ellry J. and Willie. Republican in politics.

Burrell, Alexander, farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. La Porte City; born in Livingston Co., N.Y., in 1822; came to Benton Co. in 1866; has 240 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Rhoda E. Ackerman 1858; she was born in Ohio in 1833; they have six children-Ellen E., Cynthia E., Olliver E., David R., Mercia E. and Clara E. Republican in politics.

Carlisle, J., far., S. 12; P.O. La Porte City.

Carlisle, L.M., far., S. 31; P.O. Dysart.

Cooper, Darwin, far., S. 6; P.O. La Porte City; born in Will Co., Ill, in 1849; removed to Benton Co. in 1876; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Maria Walkerly in 1876; she was born in Will Co., Ill., in 1858. Republican in politics; members of the M.E. Church.
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Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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