Richard Platt came to Dallas County in about 1846 or 1847. He purchased land in Sec. 14 and 26 in 1850, on the Des Moines River. Richard was born in VA in 1794, son of Henry Platt. The family moved to Washington County, PA, then Tuscarawas County, OH where Henry died, then Richland Co. OH, then Fayette Co., IN and finally Dallas County, IA where Richard died in 1866. He is buried in the Robbins Chapel cemetery. His wife was Margaret Dickson born Washington County, PA in 1796. She died in 1875 and is buried in Robbins Chapel.
Richard and Margaret had 10 children, 8 lived in Iowa:
HENRY, b. 1818; m. Melinda Fisher, lived near Xenia
ELIZABETH, b. 1823; m. J. C. Bailey
JOSEPH, b. ca. 1825; buried in Robbins Chapel
JOHN, b. 1829; m. Martha Smalley, daughter of Oscar. D. Smalley, a neighbor. John d. 1874 and all of his children died young (30-40s), but Martha remained on the farm until her death in 1921. The farm (in Sec. 23) was left to two grandchildren. This family all buried in Robbins Chapel.
MARTHA, b. 1832; m. Michael B. Miller and lived in Madrid, d. 1907, buried in Madrid.
ISAAC, b. 1834; m. Almira Gould from Polk County
NANCY, b. 1836; m. William R. Snyder, d. 1869 and was buried in the Snyder cemetery (private)
MARY ANN, b. 1838; m. Samuel S. Purdy, lived in Dallas County, d. 1891, buried Robbins Chapel
Henry, Elizabeth and Isaac moved on to Boulder County, CO after Richard died.
Richard had a brother, Robert, who came to Dallas County a few years after Richard. He and his wife, Martha (she d. 1880), were buried in Robbins Chapel. No children.


Submitted by Richard Platts’s great-great granddaughter, Stella Platt Hughes

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