The Crawford County, Iowa, IAGenWeb Project

Biographical Data for Crawford County Residents in 1893

Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Counties, Iowa. 1893. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago

Surnames Starting With K, L, M, N

Name: KELLER, David
Residence: Crawford Co.
Occupation: Stockman, cattle & swine
Birth: 24 Nov, 1843, Westmoreland Co., PA
Father: Samuel Keller, (b. Lancaster Co, PA)
Mother: Margaret Bair, (b. Westmoreland Co, PA)
Siblings: John, (PA); Samuel, (PA); and 2 unnamed brothers
Spouse: BEER, Mary Ellen, (b. Lancaster Co., PA)
Marriage: Fall, 1868, Clinton Co, IA
Children: Margaret, (m. Rich Kenney); John; David; Tracy; Richard; Albert; Maggie; Emma; Gracie
Spouse Parents: Henry G. Beer and Margaret
Note: Served in Union army 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry Company B for 3 years; participated in battles at Nashville, Murfreesboro, Stone River, Atlanta campaign, General Stoneman's raid through Virginia. Brothers John and Samuel also served in Union Army; came to Crawford Co. in 1872
Name KELLY, Henry
Residence Denison
Occupation County Superintendent;
Birth 21 Sep 1859, Chariton county, MO
Father Patrick Kelly, b. Ireland; m. OH; d. 1888, IA
Mother Rose Barrett, b. Ireland
Siblings William (d.1882, age 25); Patrick J., Rose, Joseph, Mary (m. Eugene Schaeffer; Soldier Twp), Margaret
Notes Catholic
Name KELLY, John
Residence Denison Twp; reared in Clinton Co, IA; to Crawford County, IA, 1869
Occupation Blacksmith; Farmer
Birth 1837, County Clare, Ireland; emigrated to US at age 5 with family
Father Thomas Kelly, d. MO
Mother Caroline King, d. Canada
Spouse RASP, Bridget, b. Canada
Marriage 13 April, 1862
Children Thomas J., Mary A., Martin F., Marcus, Katie, Maggie, and Hannah
Notes Democrat; Road Supervisor; Member of the Board of Education; Roman Catholic
Name KELLY, T. J.
Residence Denison, IA
Occupation Merchant
Birth Wheaton, Clinton CO, IA
Father John Kelly
Mother Bridget
Spouse GREEN, Ida
Marriage 22 October 1889
Spouse's Parents C. Green, of Denision
Notes Democrat; Catholic
Name: KING, Matthew
Residence: Milford Township since 1881
Occupation: Farmer (280 acres)
Birth: 17 July 1835, Morgan Co., IL
Father: William King, b. Yorkshire, England; m. 1825; d. July 1846; emigrated to US 1823
Mother: Mary Ann Cadwell (d. January 1842)
Maternal Grandfather: Dr. George Cadwell (d.1 August 1826) and Pamelia Lyon. He a physician and county judge Jacksonville, IL, and IL State Senator 1818.
Maternal Great Grandfather: Colonel Matthew Lyon, b. Dublin, Ireland. Elected to Congres from Vermont, Kentucky and Arkansas; the only man at this time to be elected to Congress from 3 different States.
Siblings: George Cadwell (b. 30 September 1829 Morgan Co., IL, m. Emma Gardner, d. 1859, Milford Twp. Children: Julia, Frank G., Clara ); Richard (d. Poweshiek Co., IA); James B. (resides Montana); Mary E. (Jacksonville, IL)
Spouse: KING, Margaret (b. Greene Co., IL; d.)
Marriage: at age 23
Children: Arthur (Farmer Crawford Co.)
Second Spouse: Orpha Joy
Marriage: 1865
Children: Margaret (teacher, Crawford Co.); Agnes.
Notes: One child, Grace, whose mother was unnamed, m. Jesse Baptist, and she died at age 30.
Affiliation: Republican
Name: KNIGHT, G. R.
Residence: Charter Oak
Occupation: Romans Bros and Co. (Hardware, Agricultural Implements)
Birth: 12 December 1854, Harrison Co., OH. To Crawford Co. 1876.
Father: O. P. Knight (b. Harrison Co., OH). To Crawford Co. 1876. Reside Charter Oak
Mother: Mary Baker (b. Harrison Co., OH)
Paternal Grandfather: John Knight. Resided Maryland and Ohio.
Paternal Grandmother: Catharine Brown
Spouse: Le VALLEY, Millie M. (b. Clinton Co., IA)
Spouse Parents: Erskine and Mary Le Valley of Charter Oak
Marriage: December 1881
Children: Daisy May, Earnest Reed, Glenn Roudan
Notes: Cornell College. Previously in Real Estate, Grocery and General Store. Republican. Charter member K. of P. No. 221. Trustee Methodist Episcopal Church.
Name: KRAL, Michael
Residence: Vail, Milford Twp. section 22
Occupation: Stockman: horse, cattle, hogs
Birth: 7 Jan, 1853, Cizkov, Bohemia
Father: Joseph Kral, b. Bohemia
Mother: Theresa, b. Bohemia
Siblings: 8 siblings, 4 living: Joseph; Albert; Stephen; John, all of Crawford Co.
Spouse: MEZENA, Anna, (b. Bohemia)
Marriage: Feb, 1877, Fort Dodge, IA
Children: Jeffrey; Ed; Jenny; Theodore; George
Spouse Parents: John Mezena (b. Bohemia) and Kate (b. Bohemia)
Spouse Siblings: Joe; Kate; May Anthony; John; Frank; Charlie; Barbara
Religion: Catholic
Note: Came to US. with parents at 9 yrs and to Crawford Co. in 1875; John & Anna Mezena reside in Webster Co.
Name: KRUTHOFF, Carl
Residence: Crawford Co., first settler of Westside
Occupation: farmer
Birth: 16 Sept 1840, Mecklenburg, Germany
Father: John Kruthoff, b. Germany; d. Crawford Co. age 64
Mother: Sophia Kruse, b. Germany; d. Crawford Co. age 72
Siblings: 3 brothers, 2 sisters; brother John (Germany), sister Sophia Vockman
Spouse: SUDROW, Fredricka, b. Germany
Marriage: Germany at age 29
Children: William F., Louise, Winnie, Carl, Anna
Notes: Lutheran
Name: KUEHNLE, Carl F.Blue Folder Photo
Residence: Denison
Occupation: Lawyer (Shaw & Kuehnle); businessman
Birth: 7 April 1861 Dubuque, IA
Father: Charles F. Kuehnle, resides Waterloo, IA
Mother: Mary Von Eschen, resides Waterloo, IA
Spouse: LAUB, Lillie M.
Marriage: 10 October 1889
Children: Lydia Belle, b. 13 August 1892
Spouse Father: H. C. Laub of Denison, IA. See his biography.
Notes: Graduated State University of Iowa 1882 Ph.B, A.M. and LL.B. Vice-President Bank of Denison; vice-president of Bank of Manilla; leading stockholder and director Denison Normal School Association. Republican. Knights of Pythias; A. F. & A. M. Sylvan Lodge No. 507; Ark Chapter, No. 89 Mt. Zion Commandry, No. 49; Shriner of Tangier, Temple of Omaha. Politically active.
Name: KUHL, Louis
Residence: Manilla
Occupation: Proprietor Manilla Livery, Sale & Feed Barn
Birth: Aft. 1858, Scott Co., IA
Parents: James Kuhl and Paulina
Spouse: OERMAN, Lena, b. Scott Co., IA
Marriage: age 22
Children: Frank, age 6
Notes: Democrat; member of K. of P.
Name: KUHL, Theodore
Residence: Manilla
Occupation: Proprietor Manilla Livery, Sale & Feed Barn
Birth: 1858, Scott Co., IA
Parents: James Kuhl and Paulina
Spouse: Wilhelmina
Marriage: Scott Co., IA
Children: Cora, Effie, Walter, Verne
Notes: Democrat. I. O. O. F. Drug and hardware business for 8 years Shelby Co. City Recorder and Secretary of the Independent District of Manilla.
Name: LAMBACH, Gus
Residence: Willow Twp.
Occupation: Farmer and stock-raiser
Birth: 4 November 1860, Scott County, IA, came to county 1883
Father: Fred Lambach, b. Germany; m. Davenport, IA
Mother: Sophia Pulce, b. Germany
Siblings: Three
Spouse: McLAUGHLIN, Stella (b. Nov. 1 1867, Wash. Co., IA); School teacher
Marriage: 4 November 1888, Crawford Co.
Children: Sophia May ( b. January 31, 1890); Mabel (b. Feb. 23, 1892)
Spouse Parents: Robert McLaughlin and Elizabeth Moats. (See his biography)
Name: LAUB, H. C.Blue Folder Photo
Residence: Denison
Occupation: Mercantile; farmer; businessman; builder
Birth: 18 April 1824, Little York, Pennsylvania. To Mason's Grove, Crawford Co., 1855.
Father: William Laub, b. Pennsylvania; German extraction
Mother: Catharine Snyder, b. Pennsylvania; German and Irish extraction
BAER, Lydia, (b. 7 February 1824, Montgomery Co., MD)
Marriage: 7 February 1848, Frederick Co., MD
Children: Alice M., editor (m. James D. Ainsworth of Onawa); Mettie M. (m. John B. Romans of Denison); William (livery business, Denison); Catharine (physician; m. W. T. Perkins, Bismarck, ND); Anna L. (physician; m. George F. Bartholomew, Valparaiso, IN); Ely C. (merchant, Correctionville, IA); Lydia B. (d. age 20); Lillie (m. C. F. Kuehnle, Denison).
Spouse Parents: Jacob Baer and Matilda
Notes: Branches of mercantile business in Deloit, Smithland, Carrollton, Gallan's Grove, Westside, Harlan, Butler's Mill, Dunlap, Correctionville. Owns more than 1000 acres of land. Served as County Sheriff; County Surveyor; County Superintendent; County Commissioner. Methodist Episcopal; A. F. & A. M.; I. O. O. F. and I. O. G. T.
Name: LEHFELDT, RudolphBlue Folder Photo
Residence: Denison Twp
Occupation: Sheep Farmer; Montana land owner
Birth: 28 December 1840, Holstein, Germany. Emigrated to US 1870.
Father: John Lehfeldt, d. Germany
Mother: Anna Stean, d. Germany
Siblings: Henry (Denison); Fritz (Crawford Co.); Emma (m. Charles Hensen, Crawford Co.); five siblings still reside in Germany.
Spouse 1: WITT, Witt, (b. abt 1843, Schleswig, Germany; died 1874, age 31)
Marriage: November 1864, Germany
Children: Ludwig (near Billings,Montana); Alvena (at home); Hamlin (Montana)
Spouse 2: SCHRADER, Mary
Marriage: 1882
Children: Willie (at home)
Notes: Raises hay and corn for wintering sheep in Iowa (329 acres Denison Twp). German Lutheran Church.
Name: LEITNER, D. E.
Residence: Hayes Twp., Post office Vail
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 1862, Kane Co., Illinois. To Crawford Co. age 7
Death: Feb 1872
Father: Paul Leitner, b. PA; d. 1872 Hayes Twp.; Evangelical Minister
Mother: Margaret Schumacher, b. Germany; resides Hayes Twp.
Siblings: Elizabeth (m. Daniel Whitcomb, Worth Co. IA); William H. (Baker Co., Oregon); Salome (m. W. W. Rhodenbaugh, Crawford Co.); Susan (d. Jan. 1888; m. E. Chamberlin, Vail,); John (Manilla); Mary ( m. N. B, Shouguist, Box, Butte Co., NE); Reuben (d. Jan. 1872); 3 others ( died while young and buried in IL.)
Spouse: WATSON, Alice, b. Denison
Marriage: Crawford County
Spouse Parents: William Watson (d. 1889, Vail) and Mary Scott (Vail)
Name: LOCHMILLER, Philip
Residence: East Boyer Twp
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: Feb. 1833, Enger, Prussia; emigrated to US at age 24
Father: Hamlin Lochmiller, d. Germany
Mother: Anna, d. Germany
Spouse: NEEHOFF, Coralina, b. Prussia
Marriage: 1861
Children: Antonia (m. William Johnson; Denison), Clementina (m. Alderman Ronsan; Denison), Gustave, Philip, George, Frank (d.), Rudolph
Spouse Parents: Dedrick Neehof and Mary
Note: Non-Partisan, Baptist Church
Name LUCAS, Edwin R.
Residence Westside, Crawford Co (since 1884). Had moved to DeWitt IA 1856. To Cedar Rapids IA 1882.
Occupation Postmaster of Westside since 01 July 1889; tailor; clerk
Birth 27 January 1829, Indiana, PA
Father William Lucas (b. PA ; d. when Edwin was small; merchant)
Mother Mary Jones (b. and d. in PA)
Maternal Grandfather Peter Jones (b. PA; of Swedish descent)
Spouse ROBINSON, Mary E. (b. Peru IN)
Marriage 1857, Clinton Co IA
Children H.W., E.R., V.H., W.S., F.C., and Mary L. (Oldest 4 sons are businessmen; youngest son & dau are at home)
Spouse parents Henry Robinson and Mary Timberlake
NOTES: Joined Twenty-sixth Iowa Infantry, Co II, under Col. Milo Smith & Capt. C. M. Nye. Fought at Arkansas Point, Chickasaw Bayou, Vicksburg; at Vicksburg, he contracted a disease making him unfit for active duty. Honorable discharge April 1863. Republican. G.A.R. Methodist.
Name: MAINS, I. A.
Residence: Charter Oak
Occupation: Insurance (Mutual Life Ins. Co. of NY); formerly farmed
Birth: 18 June 1853, Perry Co., OH
Father: Thomas S. Mains (German descent; resides New Lexington, Perry Co., OH)
Mother: Sarah Hazelton (German descent; d. abt. March 1860 or 1861)
Siblings: Hannah J. (m. J. B. Wilson, Ohio); John H. (Ute, IA); Mary A. (m. C. C. Hardy, Crawford Co.)
Spouse: ADAMS, Catharine of New Lexington, OH
Marriage: 3 March 1875
Children: William F., Harry H., Charles A., Grace
Spouse Parents: William Adams and Amelia Taylor
Notes: Also represented Singer Manufacturing Co. Assessor of Charter Oak township for 10 years. Democrat. A. F. & A. M., No. 249, New Lexington, OH, and chapter No. 149; K. of P., Odin Lodge, No. 221. Republican
Name: Clark T. MarshallBlue Folder Photo
Residence: Charter Oak Township, Section 14
Occupation: Vice-President of Farmers' State Bank
Birth: January 3, 1847, Kane county, Illinois
Father: John Marshall, still living
Mother: Margaret Davis, d. 1891
Siblings: Wiliam B., Paradise township; Harriet, wife of George Woolson, of Minnesota; Alice, wife of Horace Nash, Fletcher, Sac county, Iowa; Julia, wife of Henry Jobe, East Boyer township; Mary, wife of Hubert Sheldon, Boulder, Colorado; Celia, wife of Daniel Sheldon, McHenry county, Illinois.
Spouse: Dora Comstock, b. New York state
Marriage: Apr 2, 1872
Children: Celia M., Eligia C., Harriett B., Nellie M., Lena M., Jesse B., Mable M., Mattie E., Ione E., Clarke T., Charlie J., and Celia M., the wife of John Hart of Mapleton, Iowa.
Spouse Parents Smith and Elizabeth Comstock
Note: Came to Sioux City at age of majority and to Crawford county in 1870. Owner of 1200 acres. Primarily raises stock, shipping 600 to 800 head per year.
Name: MARSHALL, William H.
Residence: Milford Township
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 25 April 1824, Yorkshire, England. Emigrated to US 1853. To Crawford Co. 1871
Father: George Marshall, b. Yorkshire, England (d. age 76)
Mother: Elizabeth Stevenson, b. Yorkshire, England (d. age 65)
Spouse: CADWELL, Jane C. (b. b. Morgan Co., IL; d. 5 Aug. 1886). Widow of Jackson Todd (b. 29 Nov 1826, Tenn; d. 18 June 1861, ILL)
Marriage: 24 Dec. 1862
Children: George William E. (d. age 16 Months) Hellen Eulalie Estella (Teacher, d. age 22); Lessie May
Stepchildren; Luella Blackburn (Morgan Co., IL), Sylvanus H. ( Los Angeles CA), one other (d.)
Spouse Parents: Dr. Cadwell and Unknown Lyon
Affiliations: Methodist Episcopal Church
Note: Farm known as "Rose Terrace" had 32 variations of roses
Name: MARTENS, William
Residence: Hayes Township, Post office Aspinwall
Occupation: Farmer, teacher, Justice of Peace
Birth: 1848, Holstein, Germany (came to county 1879)
Father: Charles Martens, b. Holstein, Germany
Mother: Margaret Haferbier, b. Holstein, Germany (d.)
Spouse: RENFELT, Margaret, b. Holstein, Germany
Marriage: 1874, Clinton Co., IA
Children: Richard, Henry, Gus, Amelia, Willie, Emil, Kate, Henry
Spouse Parents: Claus Renfelt (b. Germany) and Catherine Cruse (b. Germany). Reside Carroll Co., IA
Affiliations: Assessor, Secretary School Board
Name: MAYNARD, Henry W.
Residence: Crawford County
Occupation: Farmer, stock-raiser, enlisted 8th IL Cav.
Birth: 29 May 1850, Hampshire, Kane Co., IL.
Father: Abraham Maynard, b. Boone Co., NY. Golden wedding anniversary 12 Jan 1892.
Mother: Ann Terwilliger, b. Boone Co., NY
Siblings: 5 brothers, 2 sisters
Spouse: LANE, Julia C., b. New York
Marriage: Hampshire, Illinois, age 23 years
Children: Rudy A., Lilly M., George, William, James, Harrison
Spouse Parents: William Lane (d.) and Julia (living Omaha NE)
Name: MAYNARD, James W.
Residence: Crawford County
Occupation: Farmer, 1861 enlisted 8th IL Cav. ,
Birth: 15 Sep. 1844, Boone Co., New York. To Crawford Co. 1870
Father: A. Maynard, b. New York, age 75
Mother: Ann Terwilliger, b. New York, age 69
Siblings: 4 brothers, two sisters
Spouse: TRINKLE, Elizabeth
Marriage: 1871
Children: Maggie, (teacher), Charles, Maud, Etta, Grace, Alex (d. age 4), Ed ( d. age 2), James (d. infancy)
Spouse Parents: Alec Trinkle and Margaret
Affiliations: Masonic order of Vail, No. 422
Notes: 1866 lived in the West, freighting miner's supplies to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico
Name: McALPIN, M. M.Blue Folder Photo
Note: See biography of his father Patrick McAlpin
Residence: Denison
Occupation: Furniture dealer, Undertaker, Teacher, Justice of Peace
Birth: 2 Feb. 1856, Davenport, IA
Father: Patrick McAlpin (To Crawford Co. 1874)
Mother: Mary Kehoe
Spouse: QUIGLEY, Bridget M., b. 16 Aug. 1856 in Philadelphia, PA
Marriage: 10 April 1882
Children: Mary, Edward, James, Matthew, Anna, Frances, Marcella
Spouse Parents: Edward Quigley and Ann (To Crawford Co. 1879)
Affiliations: Catholic Church, County Superintendent, School Board
Notes: 1890-1891, edited and published "Crawford County Teacher" a school Journal
Name: McALPIN, Patrick
Note: See biography of his son M. M. McAlpin
Residence: Crawford Co.
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 1818, County Mayo, Ireland
Father: John McAlpin, b. County Mayo, Ireland; d. Maryland
Mother: Cecelia Gibbons, (b. County Mayo, Ireland; d. Vail, IA; age 95 years)
Siblings: Maria Jenkins (Vail); plus 2 brothers and 1 sister in Crawford Co.
Spouse: KEHOE, Mary Ann (b. near Dublin, Ireland)
Marriage: 31 January 1843, Jennings Co., IN
Children: Catherine Quigley (Stockholm Twp.); Mary Frances McGuire (Vail); Michael (Nebraska); Thomas (Chicago); Matthew (Denison); William, Charles, Frank; John (d. infant); John (d. 6-1/2 mo.); Celia, (d. three weeks); daughter (d. infancy).
Spouse Parents: Matthew Kehoe ( b. Ireland; d. Crawford Co., age 87 years) and Mary McCashen ( b. Ireland; d. Troy, NY )
Spouse Siblings: John (d. Scott Co., IA) plus 3 others
Notes: Democrat. Township Treasurer 17 years, also served as Trustee. Catholic.
Name: McANDREWS, James
Residence: Vail, IA
Occupation: Real Estate Dealer; Proprietor of City Livery and Sale Barns of Vail; farms 320 acres N. of Vail.
Birth: December 1842, Jennings Co., IN
Father: Michael McAndrews, d. age 70
Mother: Catherine Deavitt, resides Crawford Co., IA
Spouse: MOLSEED, Lizzie, b. Clinton Co., IA
Marriage: 1875 at Vail, IA
Children: Bertha Ann, Mary Emily, Lilly Frances, Clara Mabel, Jennie, Adelie, Pearl Elizabeth
Spouse Parents: Anthony Molseed and Bridget Langden; Centerville, SD
Notes: Democrat. Served as County Supervisor for three years.
Name: McCOLLOUGH, Howard
Residence: Crawford Co.
Occupation: Farmer; 160 acres
Birth: 7 September 1886, Martin Co., IN
Father: Robert McCollough (b. Tuscarawas Co., OH; d. abt 1876)
Mother: Lettuce Bigley (b. Ohio; d. October 1889)
Spouse: NORTH, Frances E., b. Yorkshire, England; raised Clinton Co., IA
Marriage: 11 December 1890
Spouse Parents: Thomas North (b.Yorkshire, England) and Anna Elizabeth Clark (b. Yorkshire, England; d. 5 August 1872, Clinton Co., IA)
Notes: Republican.
Name: McCORD, David (deceased)
Residence: Paradise Township
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 28 April 1839, Lawrence Co., PA (came to county 1872)
Death: 7 Jan 1892
Father: Allen McCord, b. PA (d.) Sep. 1875 age 64, La Crosse, Wis.)
Mother: Nancy Hezlep, b. PA (d.) 19 Jan. 1892, age 83 )
Spouse: SCHOUTEN, Jenny (teacher) b. Saratoga Co., New York
Marriage: 8 April 1863
Children: Mary (m. Robert Grayson, Piatt Co., IL); Elbert N. (m. Ida Bixler, daughter of Isaac Bixler); Addie C., Nannie J. , Alma A.
Spouse Parents: James Schouten, b. Saratoga Co., N. Y. (d. May 1892, Crawford Co., age 73 years) and Mary A. Nessle, b. Saratoga Co., New York (d. Nov. 1889, age 69 years)
Spouses Siblings: Hannah M. Duncan; William N. (Dow City)
Name: McELWAIN, M. L.
Residence: Willow Township
Occupation: Farmer, 1861 enlisted in 7th Wis. Inf. Vol.
Birth: 25 May 1843, Morrison Co., IL (came to county 1883)
Father: A. L. McElwain (b. near Cleveland, Ohio; d. Oakland, Pottawattamie Co., IA, age 72)
Mother: Laura Wheeler (b. near Cleveland, Ohio, (d. Council Bluffs, IA, age 72)
Siblings: Mary, Martha, Maria, Marshal (d. age 19), Marcum , Mina
Spouse: MUNS, Lydia, b. Michigan
Marriage: Age 21, Grant Co., Wisconsin
Children: Jay, Edwin, Burt, Aretus, Elmer, Arthur, Ora, Emma, Laura
Spouse Parents: Robert Muns (d. Grant Co., WI, age 71) and Roxy (resides Grant Co., WI)
Spouse Siblings: Harate, July, Mary, Ellen, Emma, Eva, George, Perry, Henry, Joe, Lyman
Affiliations: Methodist Episcopal Church, G. A. R. Post, No. 49
Name: McGRATH, Daniel
Residence: Soldier Township
Occupation: County Supervisor, Farmer
Birth: June 1850, Huron Co., Canada (came to county, 23 May, 1872)
Father: Patrick McGrath, b. Ireland; m. Prince Edward Island, Canada
Mother: Harriet Hays, b. Prince Edward Island, Canada
Siblings: Elizabeth (m. L. D. Herrington, Danbury, IA); John; Ellen (m. Jerry Galvin, Danbury, IA); James; Mary (m. J. P. Murphy, Charter Oak); Catherine (at home)
Spouse: RATCHFORD, Mary, b. Lee Co., IA
Marriage: 1878, Denison
Children: Hattie, Thomas F., Ellen, Daniel, Mary
Spouse Parents: Michael Ratchford (b. Ireland; reside Vail) and Bridget McNulta (b. Ireland)
Affiliations: Roman Catholic Church
Name: McGRIN, Thomas
Residence: Denison
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 1847, County Clare, Ireland. Emigrated to US with family at age 10
Father: Michael McGrin (resident of Manilla, IA, since 1879, resident of Iowa since 1856)
Mother: Ellen Flahiar,d. 1887
Spouse: HASTER, Nellie
Marriage: 1878, California
Children: Thomas, Nellie, Delia, Edward
Note: Age 17 went to California, engaged in farming until 1880 when he returned to Crawford County.
Name: McHENRY, W. A.Blue Folder Photo
Residence: Denison
Occupation: Banker and stock-breeder. Partnered with his brother Morris in banking & real-estate business. President & principal stockholder in First National Bank. Owner of McHenry Park Farm, 320 acres near Denison. Owns farms totaling 4,000 acres, mostly in Crawford Co.
Birth: 06 March 1841, Almond, Allegany Co NY. At age 14, came from NY to Wisconsin. About age 18, to Ogle Co IL.
Father: James McHenry (Scotch-Irish; Lieutenant in Capt Van Campen's Co of NY Rifles in War of 1812)
Mother: Sarah Allen (Scotch-Irish)
Paternal Grandfather: Henry McHenry (Captain in Second US Infantry in Revolutionary War)
Paternal Great-Grandfather: John McHenry (to US 1739; Major in First NY Battalion in French War of 1756)
Spouse: SEARS, Mary L. (Massachusetts; later of Rockford IL. During Civil War, she acted as Deputy County Treasurer in Denison)
Marriage: January 1864
Children: Sears (cashier in father's bank); Jennie (m. Louis Seemann, an assistant in bank); Abbie; George.
Spouse parents: David G. Sears & Olive Deming
NOTES: In Civil War: Enlisted 05 October 1861 First Sergeant in Company L, Eighth IL Cavalry. Re-enlisted January 1864, served until war closed. Mustered out at Chicago 23 July 1865 as Orderly Sergeant. President & one of the directors of the American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders' Association. Baptist. G.A.R. Department Commander of Iowa. Mary worked with Woman's Relief Corps, was Department President, Treasurer & Counsellor, & National President.
Name: McLAUGHLIN, Robert
Residence: Willow Twp.
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 13 Jan 1830, Licking Co., OH
Father: Robert McLaughlin
Mother: Margaret Lyons
Spouse: MEATS, Elizabeth
Marriage: Licking Co., OH
Children: Margaret E., May H., Elizabeth, Stella M., Famback, F. E., Robert, James E. (d. age 27), Lillie (d. age 2)
Spouse Parents: Henry Meats and Hanna of Ohio
Note: Presbyterian. Lived in Stark Co., Bureau Co., and Whiteside Co. ILL; Washington Co., IA; came to Crawford Co. in 1876
Name: McMAHON, P. D.
Residence: Charter Oak. From Ireland to Ida Grove IA, July 1885. October 1885 thru October 1888, worked with Shaw & Kuehnle firm, Denison. To Charter Oak in 1888, where he was Mayor.
Occupation: Manager of Shaw & Kuehnle in Charter Oak. Lawyer. Teacher in County Roscommon, Ireland, Jan 1878 thru July 1885.
Birth: 1861, Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland
Father: Denis McMahon (d. Ireland)
Mother: Kate Odea (d. Ireland)
Notes: Republican. Justice of the Peace.
Name: McNALLY, John E
Residence: Crawford Co
Occupation: Farmer in section 10. Teacher from 1879-1888, Harrison, Shelby, Crawford, & Monona Counties.
Birth: 20 April 1857, Sharon Twp, Clinton Co IA
Father: Philip McNally (Ireland); to New York City at age 25. Then to Canada; met Mary; was married 1852. To Clinton Co 1868; also lived in Jones Co. To Harrison Co 1876.
Mother: Mary Nichols (Scotland); to Canada at age 6.
Siblings: Mary L. (teacher in Harrison & Shelby Counties; d. 1891, Harrison Co); James (studied law under Charles McKenzie; connected with Harrison & Shelby County schools; editor of Edgar Post at Edgar, NE); P. T. (teacher in Harrison, Crawford & Monona Counties; principal of schools in Graceville, Big Stone Co, MN); Lucie E. (teacher in Edgar, NE); Francis Louis (d. 1880, at age 12, Harrison Co IA); Peter C. (at home) Rose A. L. (at home).
Spouse: WRIGHT, Anna L. (Magnolia, Harrison Co IA); was teacher in Crawford & Harrison Counties before marriage.
Marriage: 10 February 1889, Harrison Co IA
Children: Ruth Ann & Mary Frances
Spouse parents: W. H. H. Wright (Wisconsin; to Harrison Co IA 1860) & Lucy M. Goodrich (Ohio; teacher in Crawford & Harrison Co IA); both of Scotch-Irish & Scotch descent.) Married in Harrison Co.
NOTES: Congregational Church. Democrat.
Name: McVEY, W. S.
Residence: Charter Oak (since August 1888)
Occupation: Attorney in Charter Oak. School teacher in Ida Co for 5 yrs. Worked with Interior Department in Washington. Worked in collection agencies.
Birth: 22 March 1859, Linn Co IA
Father: John McVey (Ohio); to Linn Co IA about 1852; d. 1891.
Mother: Elizabeth McKinney (Ohio); to Linn Co IA about 1852; d. 1868.
Spouse: DAVIS, Jennie M. (Iowa Co IA)
Marriage: 20 December 1888
Children: Vera
NOTES: Methodist Episcopal. Republican. Deputy Clerk of Ida Co. Admitted to the bar in September 1888. Secretary of the Charter Oak School Board. I.O.O.F.
Name: McWILLIAMS, Dr. DavidBlue Folder Photo
Note: See biography of his sons John J.and D. H. McWilliams
Residence: Crawford Co
Occupation: Pioneer physician
Birth: Near Belfast, Ireland. To US at age 20; located at St. Charles, Kane Co, IL. To Iowa 1856.
Father: John McWilliams (County Down, Ireland; Presbyterian)
Mother: Martha Smith (County Down, Ireland; Presbyterian)
Spouse: CLEGHORN, Mary (b. Glasgow, Scotland)
Marriage: At St. Charles, Kane Co IL
Children: H.C., D.H., John J., Elizabeth, Charles M., Mary, Emma A., Lillian M.
Spouse parents: Charles Cleghorn and Elizaberth Carmichael (both of Scotland)
Note: See biography of his father David McWilliams and his brother John J.. McWilliams
Residence: Charter Oak
Occupation: Druggist
Birth: 7 Feb, 1855, St. Charles, IL
Father: Dr. David McWilliams
Spouse: LUNEY, Mary, b. 20 Mar, 1859; resident of Denison
Marriage: 8 Mar 1881
Children: Jessie M. Annie L. and an infant daughter
Religion: Presbyterian
Name: McWILLIAMS, John J.
Note: See biography of his father David McWilliams and his brother D. H. McWilliams
Residence: Charter Oak IA
Occupation: Physician & surgeon; specialized in diseases of women.
Birth: 05 June 1860, Denison IA. After medical school, lived in Denison 1882 (est) to September 1887. In September 1887 moved to Charter Oak.
Father: Dr. David McWilliams (b. near Belfast, Ireland)
Mother: Mary Cleghorn (b. Glasgow, Scotland)
Spouse: LYON, A. C. (Illinois)
Marriage: 17 April 1883
Children: Nellie & Omar D.
Spouse parents: N. J. and Susan Lyon, of Morrison IL
NOTES: 1882 graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago. With his brother, opened the first drug store in Charter Oak; he built the drug store building. Republican. On 25 May 1889 was appointed Postmaster at Charter Oak. In 1890, built one of the finest residences in Charter Oak, costing $3,000. I.O.O.F. & K. of P.
Residence: Section 9, Hanover Twp.
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 1839, Hanover, Germany
Father: John H. Mesenbrink; b. Hanover, Germany; d. 1842, Hanover, Germany; shepherd
Mother: Dora Dannanburg, b. Hanover, Germany; d. Jackson Co, IA, age 84 yrs
Siblings: Mary, (m. August Pock, Hanover, Germany); Dora, ( d. 1891, m. William Green); Sophia, (m. August Henne, Strasburg, IL); Henry (Hanover Twp); Fred (Hanover Twp.)
Spouse 1: HARMS, Sophia, b. IL; d. 1880
Marriage: 1868, Jackson Co, IA
Children: Rosina (m. Fred Quiad, Stockholm Twp); Henry L.; Fred C.; Pete H.; Mary; Emma
Spouse 1 Father: Henry Harms, Jackson Co., IA, pioneer
Spouse 2: KEYSER, Minnie, b. Saxony, Germany; d. 1885, Crawford Co.
Marriage: 1884
Spouse 2 Father: William Keyser, b. Saxony, Germny; d. Dakota, 1890
Spouse 3: KROHN, Sophia, b. Holstein, Germany; d. 19 May 1891
Children: Sophia
Spouse 3 Father: Dethlef Krohn
Note: Mother came to U. S. in 1858, Louis 19 yrs when he emigrated to U. S. Enlisted in Company I, 105th Illinois Infantry in 1862 and assigned to army of the West under General Sherman (battles of Resaca & Lookout Mtn., Sherman's march to the sea); honorably discharged 1865 in Atlanta GA. Came to Crawford Co in 1872. Hanover Twp. named in honor of Louis' home in Germany.
Name: MEYERS, J. FredBlue Folder Photo
Residence: Denison and Washington D. C.
Occupation: Senior Editor, Denison Review, Division Chief, 6th Auditor's Office, U. S. Treasury, Washington D. C.
Birth: 1833, Oettingen, BavAria, Germany
Spouse: KIMBALL, Emily B.
Marriage: Sept, 1858, Adrian, MI
Children: Charles K.; Grace; F. W.; Lillie (d. infancy)
Note: Came to U.S. at age 14 years with his family & settled in Adrian MI. Edited & published his first newspaper, (Columbus, IN), the only antislavery paper in southern IN, 1853. Received appointment of printing division chief, U. S. Treasury Dept under Sec Salmon P. Chase in 1861. During Civil War, wrote in support of the Union. Edited & published the Civil Service Journal, Washington D. C, 1869-1871. During1872 presidential campaign, wrote pro-Republican pamphlets. Investigated treatment of German immigrants in transit to U. S. 1871 & 1873 at the request of Sec. of Treasury; Through special message, President U. S. Grant called 1871 report to the attention of Congress. Graduate, Columbia Law School. Purchased Denison Review, 1874. Selected by Bureau of Labor, Washington, to visit & report on Industrial School system in Germany, 1891; Denison postmaster 1877-1886.
Name: MILLER, Chancy, D.
Residence: Crawford Co.
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 4 Jan, 1846, Tompkins Co, NY
Father: Andrew J. Miller, b. NY; d. Lenawee Co, MI, 84 yrs.; farmer
Mother: Marilla Searles, b. MA; d. Crawford Co, IA, 81 yrs.
Siblings: 8 siblings, 2 brothers, 6 sisters
Spouse: BUTLER, Marcia T., teacher before marriage
Marriage: Lenawee Co., MI, at age 21
Children: Ethel T; Arthur William; Albert E.; Ed F
Spouse Parents: Flavel Butler and Jane Baldwin
Spouse Maternal Grandfather: Elias Baldwin, prominent MI pioneer
Religion: Baptist
Note: Came to Crawford Co in 1871. Paternal grandfather was a Revolutionary War soldier; maternal grandfather was early settler in MA & died at age 94 yrs.
Name: MILLER, J. P.
Residence: Denison
Occupation: Partner, Miller & Co. (general mercantile business), president, Crawford State Bank
Birth: 22 Feb, 1846, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Father: Peter Miller, d. Schleswig-Holstein, abt 1860
Mother: Anna Meevis
Siblings: 5 siblings, 1 brother and 4 sisters
Spouse: SONKSEN, Anna, b. 1 Mar, 1846, Schleswig-Holsein, Germany
Marriage: 1870
Children: Hertha, Bernhard
Note: Came to U. S. at age 16 and Crawford Co in 1873. Mother and siblings of J. P. came to U. S.
Name: MORRIS, Lyman
Residence: Deloit, IA
Occupation: Farmer, 160 acres
Birth: 1839 Wyoming Co., NY
Father: Lyman Morris, Sr. (d. 1849)
Mother: Loretta Brockett (resides Deloit, IA; age 80)
Spouse: HEMBEY, Anna T., b. Little Rock, AR
Marriage: Henry Co., IL; at age 21
Children: Lillie (m. Steven Newton, Mildford Twp.); Jennie (school teacher); Nellie (school and music teacher); Levisa.
Notes: Democrat. Current Township Trustee and Soldiers' Commissioner.
Name: NEAL, MartinBlue Folder Photo
Residence: Charter Oak
Occupation: Farmer, land owner
Birth: 20 May 1834, Erie Co., OH
Father: Henry Neal
Sibling: Henry W.
Spouse 1: MELOTT, Tamzon (b. 25 October 1836; d. 16 May 1880)
Marriage: 13 March 1861, Tipton, IA
Spouse 1 Parents: Benjamin Melott and Jane
Spouse 2: Jeanette Goddard (b. 7 January 1844 Clinton Co., IA)
Marriage: 1 January 1883, Cedar Co., IA
Spouse 2 Parents: George Goddard (resides Clinton Co., IA, age 79 years) and Betsy (resides Clinton Co., IA, age 80 years)
Notes: Has owned land in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, as well as Cedar, Cass, Crawford, and Ida counties. Personal industry took him to California (1852); Chippewa Falls, WI (abt 1856); Chicago, Davenport. Also resided Lake Co., IL; Waukegan, IL; Cass Co, Cedar Co., Crawford Co., Monona Co. in Iowa. Stockholder and a director First National Bank of Charter Oak. Presently owns 1440 acres Soldier Twp.
Name: NEELY, S. M.
Residence: Crawford Co.
Occupation: Farmer and stock-raiser; 240 acres.
Birth: 1843 Adams Co., PA
Father: John Neely, (b. Adams Co., PA, d. 1849 Adams Co., PA)
Mother: Hannah Cassat (b. Adams Co., PA; d.1874, Cedar Co., IA )
Siblings: Jacob (Pennsylvania); Sarah (Cedar Co., IA); Jonathan W. (d. 1890, Clarence, IA ); Mary (d., m. C. E. Goldsborough, Adams Co., PA); Martha J. (d., m. M. L. Shuck); Hannah (d. age 2 years).
Spouse: WALLACE, Mary, b. Whiteside Co., IL
Marriage: 1865 Whiteside Co., IL
Children: Elizabeth (m. A. S. Avery, Manilla); Charles, Sadie, Gertie
Spouse Parents: Elijah Wallace (b. PA; d. Whiteside Co., IL) and Elizabeth Casset (b. PA; d. 1886 Crawford Co., IA)
Notes: Elder Presbyterian Church; Superintendent of the Sabbath-school Manilla for 5 years. Republican. Served as Township Trustee and member of School Board.
Name: NELSON, K. N.
Residence: Boyer Twp.
Occupation: Farmer (210 acres)
Birth: 1838 Fayette Co., IN
Father: W. H. Nelson (b. Bangor, ME abt 1809; d. 2 June 1854, age 45, Tipton Co., IN) Surveyor and real estate agent.
Mother: Phoebe Carver (b. Duchess Co., NY; d. 20 Dec 1883, Boyer Twp Crawford Co., IA).
Siblings: J. D. (Boyer Twp.); S. W. (Shenandoah, IA)
Paternal Grandparents: Jacob Nelson (d. Fayette Co., IN, age 66) and unnamed spouse (d. 23 Dec 1858, age 74). Children: William, Andrew, Jacob, Melinda (m. Johanthan Carver; Fayette Co., IN), Mary (m. M. K. Perrine; Oskaloosa, IA), Margaret (widow, m. Oliver Willett; University, Des Moines)
Spouse: PHAVES, Sarah E., b. Pendleton Co., W VA
Marriage: 1862 Tipton Co., IN
Children: Sam K., Jo D., Mary A., Charley M., Sol V., Albert L., Asher W.
Spouse Parents: Soloman Phaves and Mary Ann Bonse, both b. Pendleton Co., W VA; reside Tipton Co., IN
Notes: Learned harness-making trade Tipton, IN. Democrat. Has served as Trustee of the township and Justice of the Peace.
Residence West Side, Crawford Co, since 1874. From Copenhagen to NY 1867. Lived 1 year in Princeton, Bureau Co IL. Lived 4 years at Council Bluffs, IA (worked for Council Bluffs Gas Works). Lived & farmed in Crescent City 3 years.
Occupation Farmer. Stock-raising (cattle, hogs, horses)
Birth 09 March 1836, Horby, Malmo Lane, Sweden
Father Nels Pierson (b. Sweden, d. Sweden)
Mother Esa Anderson (b. Sweden, d. Sweden)
Siblings 7 sisters
Spouse SWANSON, Inga (b. Sweden)
Marriage 1864
Children Anna Anderson (lives in Sweden, husband a merchant), Mary, John, Alfred, Tena (IA), Charley (d. age 5), Nels (d. age 14 mos)
Spouse Parents S. Swanson (lives in Sweden) & Hannah Nelson (d.)
Notes: Republican. Lutherans, but attend Presbyterian Church.
Name NEWCOM, James T.
Residence Crawford Co. After Civil War, was in Des Moines IA for 3 weeks, then Storey Co NV for 18 mos., then to Crawford Co.
Occupation Farmer
Birth 22 January 1839, Scotland Co MO
Father Wilmon T. Newcom; early settler of Scotland Co MO; fought in Black Hawk War; to Crawford Co 1866; Stockholm Twp.
Mother Margaret Dale (b. IL)
Maternal Grandfather John Dale (pioneer of IL; of Scotch-Irish descent)
Siblings 7 brothers & 5 sisters
Spouse HENDERSON, Emma (b. Osceola, Clarke Co IA)
Marriage 03 February 1861
Children Jennie, Ferman, Heman, Thomas D. (d.), Orma H. (d.), May (d.), Mattie (d.), Effie (d.)., C.J. (b. Storey Co IA, m. May Watson [b. Omaha NE] 15 August 1885 at Tyndall SD; daughter of William Watson and Manisha Kykendall. Children: Beulah May, Russel C., Wave [d.])
Spouse parents Rev. John Henderson (Baptist minister; d. age 47); M. A. Hash (b. Kentucky; d. age 52)
Spouse siblings 6 brothers (2 fought in Union army; 1 fought in Southern army), & 5 sisters.
Notes: In Civil War, fought for South. Was imprisoned at the old McDowell College in St. Louis MO, & Alton (IL) Penitentiary. Ran underground railroad; swam the Illinois River, liberating 60 men. Later was held at Keokuk, escaping after 10 days. There was a $1,000 reward for his capture, dead or alive. Democrat. Reorganized church of Latter Day Saints.
Name NICHOLSON, George W.
Residence Denison. To Mahaska Co IA at age 15. To Monroe IA 1874. To Perry IA 1875-1880. To Crawford Co 1880.
Occupation Produce merchant in butter, eggs, poultry (Nicholson Bros.). Railroading.
Birth 1853, Belmont Co OH
Father John L. Nicholson
Mother Elanor Young
Siblings B. Y. Nicholson (b. 1864; m. Lydia Weston; Children: Clare & and infant daughter). Grew up in New Sharon, Mahaska Co IA. 1882, employed as junior member of Nicholson Bros. Became partner in business 1888.
Spouse LONG, Frances
Marriage 24 August 1884
Children Grace
Notes: Republican. Member of Board of Education. Knight of Pythias.
Residence Crawford Co. Moved to Mahaska Co IA, at age 3.
Occupation Proprietor of the Crawford County Observer
Birth 24 June 1861, Barnesville, Belmont Co OH
Father John L. Nicholson, b. OH
Mother Eleanor Young, b. OH
Spouse CHAMPION, Lelia A. of Mahaska Co., IA
Marriage at age 23, Oskaloosa, IA
Children Una Fern (age 5)
Spouse parents J. J. Champion and Nancy
Notes: Mason, K. of P.
Residence: Manilla, IA
Occupation: Proprietor, Manilla Brick & Tile Works, est. 1887
Birth: 1860 Denmark
Spouse: HANSEN, Mary
Marriage: 1882
Children: Emma, Herman, Elmer, Etna
Spouse Father: T. Hansen, Harlan, IA
Notes: Learned brick business in Harlan, IA; Democrat.
Name: NORTH, J. M. C.
Residence: Crawford Co.
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: 29 April 1859, Yorkshire, England. Emigrated to US abt 1869 with family
Father: Thomas North, m. England; age 69 years; to Crawford Co. 1876
Mother: Anna Elizabeth Clark; b. Yorkshire, England; d. Clinton Co., IA
Siblings: Thomas H. (Denison Twp.), Frances E. McCullough (Crawford Co.), G. F. (Milford Twp.), William (Antelope Co., NE), Anna E. (m. Oscar Johnson, Pierce Co. NE), Herbert H. (Crawford Co.)
Spouse: CHAPMAN, Celinda E. of Crawford Co.
Marriage: 4 Feb. 1883
Children: Frank Leslie, Celinda Frances
Spouse Parents: Tracy Chapman
Name: NUTTER, Franklin
Residence: Willow Township since 1879
Occupation: Cattle, horses, hog raiser, 160 acres
Birth: 9 February, 1837, Licking Co., OH
Father: Erastus Nutter, b. VA, d. age 70, Licking Co., OH; farmer
Mother: Sarah Hall, b. VA, d. age 60, Licking Co., OH
Siblings: 10 children in the family, Franklin is ninth in birth order
Maternal Grandfather Richard Hall, b. VA
Spouse: MATHEMY, Elizabeth, b. Licking Co., OH
Marriage: abt 1859, Licking Co., OH
Children: Alletha (m. James Wickwire; Willow Twp.); Jackson (CO); James (at home); Wallace (a sailor on the lakes); Edward (farms Paradise Twp., lives at home); Mary G. (teacher); Ida B and William (at home). Other children deceased.
Spouse Parents: John Mathemy (farmer, Christian Church) ; Mary Farmer (b. VA); both d. OH
Spouse Siblings: David; 8 others
Migration: Left Ohio 1869; Carroll Co., IL (1869-1871); Clinton, IA (1871-1878); Sac Co.near Lakeview for one year.
Notes: I.O.O.F and Encampment; Modern Woodmen of Charter Oak; Methodist Episcopal.

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