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Edmund De Graw

Edmund De Graw, was born in Ontario, Canada, August 16, 1847, but came to Clayton county, Iowa, at the very early age of four years, with his parents, Asa and Mary (Ferguson) De Graw, both natives of the Old Dominion. They made the long and toilsome journey overland, driving a team of horses from Canada to McGregor, Iowa, thence to Monona, Clayton county, arriving here in 1851, where they settled upon the farm that was their home until the close of their lives. They were the parents of two children, Edmund, the subject of this review, and Alvina, the wife of William Smith, residing in Hardin, Iowa.

Mr. De Graw dutifully cared for his parents during their lives, but after their deaths he sold the old homestead and came to Monona, Iowa, where he bought the place he now owns, and upon which he is profitably engaged in general farming and stock raising. He married Miss Ella Butts, a native of Pennsylvania, and the daughter of Andrew J. and Eliza (De Force) Butts. Mr. Butts was a native of New York state, but his father, Samuel Butts, removed to Iowa, where he resided until his death in Fayette county. He responded to the call of his country in the Civil War, and served in Company F of the Sixth Iowa Cavalry. Mrs. De Graw was the eldest of six children born to her parents, of whom she and her sister Anna, the wife of William Skepreth, of Omaha, Nebraska, are the only two living. Forand, Carrie, Lola, and Minnie have all been taken by death.
Mr. and Mrs. De Graw have been blessed with ten children, all of whom are living: Edith, the wife of Mr. Clark Bothel, of Malcolm, Iowa; Ernest, of Cedar Falls; Earl, of Waukon; Ross, of Monona; Grace, now Mrs. Charles Bothel, of Madison, South Dakota; Ethel, the wife of W. N. Carr, of Malcolm, Iowa; Glenn, residing with his parents; Hazel, the wife of Mathew Wiley, of Montezuma, Iowa; Cleo, wife of Asa Briar, of Waukon; and Lyal, living at home. Mr. De Graw is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Methodist church.
pg 87

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 87
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