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Pilot Township, Cherokee County, IA

Early settlers were Robert Perry, who was the first white man to visit Cherokee country, in May of 1856. In June, the Milford Colony arrived. Men included with the Milford Colony were George W. Banister, John Moore, Charles Moore, Alfred Moore, J.T. Lane, Martin Burns, N.W. Mahffay, Jacob Miller, Marvin Allison and John Banister. Other early settlers included George Coonley, O.S. Wight, Thomas Scurlock.

First Events
Settler: Robert Perry, 1856
Birth: a daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Moore in the fall of 1856.
Death: wife of John Moore in 1859.
Marriages: Jasper Spurlock to Angeline Huntley; Newton Spurlock and Anice Huntley
School: taught by Mrs. Carlton Corbett, in a log school house in 1860
Log House: Jacob Miller in 1856
Post Office: Pilot Rock, kept at Postmaster O.S. Wight's residence.
Saw mill: 1868 Ruben Rogers
Grist-mill: 1870 Fred Stiles

Methodist Episcopal
Wesleyan Methodist in December 1869 with a church built in 1882


Good Hope Cemetery
West Pilot Cemetery

SOURCE:  Biographical History of Cherokee County. W. S. Dunbar & Co., 1889.

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