Dallas Township Biographies

Excerpt from The History of Dallas County, Iowa, published in 1879 by the Union Historical Company of Des Moines, Iowa

Adams, W., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Rippey; born in Ohio, in 1809; came to this county in 1856; owns 274 acres of land; has held the office of justice of the peace; he married Nancy Adkins, in 1830; she was born in Ohio; has seven children: William H., Charles, Evaline C., Nancy E., John W., Mary E. and George W.

Alexander, J. N., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Perry.

Anderson, John, farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Perry.

Atkinson, J. F., miller, Sec. 3; P.O. Perry; born in Ohio, in 1842; came to this county first in 1857; holds the office of town clerk; his father, Isaac Atkinson, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1797, and after living in Ohio many years came to this county in 1857, and built the mills known as Atkinson´┐Żs Mills; he died in 1875, leaving a wife, who still survives, and eight children: Matthew, Hettie, Jane, Louisa, Thaddeus, Isaac, George and Mary.

Averson, H., farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Perry.

Barnes, George, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Perry.

Bennett, Thomas K., farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Perry; born in Indiana, in 1845; came to this county in 1856; owns 80 acres of land; he married Miss Emma E. Beach, in 1876; she was born in Ohio; has two children: Ira M. and baby.

Black, Richard, farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Perry.

Brown, O. P., farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Perry.

Brown, John G., farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Perry.

Brown, W. B., farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 17; P.O. Perry; born in New York, in 1838; came to this county in 1869; owns 525 acres of land; has held the offices of town clerk and justice of the peace; married Miss Mattie Setzer, in 1860; she was born in Pennsylvania; has two children: Harley B. and Lewis; he enlisted in Battery M, First Illinois Light Artillery, during the late war.

Brobst, Daniel Esq., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Perry.

Brock, J. W., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Perry.

Brown, William, farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Perry; born in Virginia, in 1845; came to this county in 1875; owns 240 acres of land; has held the offices of town clerk and school director; he married Miss M. Stickel, in 1872; has two children: Jessie M. and Lina M.; he enlisted in the First Virginia Cavalry, and served until the close of the war.

Burington, S. M., farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Perry.

Chapman, James, farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Perry.

Coffee, A.D., farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Perry; born in Scotland, in 1831; came to this county in 1870; owns 160 acres of land; has held the office of school director; he married Miss J. French, in 1857; she was born in Vermont; has three children: Agnes L., Ella V., Hattie B.

Collins, A., farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Perry.

Cole, William, farmer, Sec 20; P.O. Perry.

Coleman, Wm., farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Perry.

Correy, J.D., farmer, Sec. --; P.O. Perry; was born in 1833; came to this county June 18, 1856; owns 372 acres of land; was one of the first town trustees of this township and member of the board of county supervisors; he married Miss Mary A. Brownfield, April 18, 1855; she was born in Illinois; have lost four children by diphtheria.

Correy, Wm., farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Perry.

Correy, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Perry.

Council, T. C., farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Perry.

Cummings, P.S., farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Perry.

Dalby, John, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Perry.

Dodge, W. E., farmer, Sec. 3; P.O. Perry; born in England in 1828; came to America in 1854, and to this county in 1870; owns 160 acres of land; has held office of school director; he married Miss B. Medland in 1854; she was born in England in 1832; have seven children: Wm. H., Rosetta M., Charles E., Albert M., Renford, Sidney B. and Lillie J.

Dunn, Patrick, farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Perry.

Edwards, James, farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Perry.

Elifrits, W., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Perry.

Fagen, M. E., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Perry.

Finley, J. E., farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Perry; born in Stark County, Illinois, in 1842; came to this county in 1871; owns 200 acres of land; has held office of town trustee; he enlisted in the 112th Illinois Infantry in the late war, and served three years; ;he married Miss Julia M. Scott, in 1867; she was born in New Jersey; have four children: Estella M., Jennie L., Anna C. and Josie F.

Flood, Peter, farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Perry.

Fourgisson, G. R. W., farmer and carpenter, Sec. 17; P.O. Perry.

Francis, Hosea, farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Perry.

Ganoe, John, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Perry.

Garfield, H. W., farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Perry.

Gilliland, M. W., Farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Rippey.

Gilliland, A. P., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Rippey; born in Ohio in 1837; came to this county in 1857; owns 200 acres of land; has held offices of town trustee and school director; he enlisted in the 10th Iowa Infantry and served three years; he married Miss Julia Hutchinson in 1859; she was born in Illinois; have six children: Owen, Ella, Eddie, Harry, Florence and Lester.

Gilliland, S.W., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Rippey; born in 1809, and came to this county in 1858; owns 288 acres of land; has held offices of town clerk, town trustee, member of the board of county supervisors; he married Miss Rachel Pettijohn June 7, 1832; she was born in Ohio and died February 14, 1842; he afterward married Ruhama Harmon November 13, 1845; she was born in North Carolina; have two children living by his first marriage: Samantha and Amos P.; lost three: Lyman B., Wendell P. and Jane; have four living by his second marriage: Alvan S., Myron W., Elizabeth and Mary E.; lost one: Willis L.

Gorman, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Perry.

Haines, M. F., farmer and insurance agent, Sec. 10; P.O. Perry.

Halton, J. S., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Perry.

Harty, P., farmer, Sec 21; P.O. Perry.

Jackson, D. R., farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Perry.

Kelsey, L., farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Perry.

Kempf, John, farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Perry; born in Germany in 1839; came to the United States in 1855, and to Iowa in 1874; owns 160 acres of land; he enlisted in Battery M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery, in the late war; he married Susan M. Barr in 1868; has three children: Charles, Burt and Stella.

Lacy, Pat, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Perry.

Lanahan, M., farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Perry.

Lee, E. F., farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Perry.

Leonard, G. W., farmer and stock-raiser, Sec.32 ; P.O. Perry; born in Delaware County, Ohio, in March, 1836; came to this State in 1855, and to this county in June, 1868; has held office of school director; owns 440 acres of land; he married Miss Martha Husted in 1857; she was born in Illinois; has eight children: Lewis, Albert, Carrie, Allie, Lucy, Orie and Scottie.

Lewis, N. G., farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Perry; born in Otsego County, New York, in 1818; came to this county in 1872; owns 200 acres of land; he married Miss Clarissa A. Whitney in 1840; she was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania; has five children: Sarah, Mary A., Wm. H., John N. and Charles W.; lost three sons: Augustus M., died in February, 1873; Benjamin L., died December 25, 1874; James, died November 20, 1875. Augustus M. enlisted in the 1st Board of Trade Regiment of Chicago.

Liste, John, farmer Sec. 19; P.O. Perry.

Liste, Wm., farmer Sec. 31; P.O. Perry.

Lisle, J.D., farmer, Sec. 19; P.O. Perry.

McElrath, John, farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Perry; born in Ireland in 1836; came to the United States in 1838, and to this State in 1873; owns 240 acres of land; has held the office of school director; he married Miss Sarah C. Hubbs, in 1866; she was born in N.Y.; has lost two children.

McElrath, T., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Perry.

McElree, B. B., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Perry.

McElree, Wm., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Perry.

Maxwell, James, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Perry.

Mogle, B. B., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Perry.

Morton, J., farmer, Sec.29; P.O. Perry.

Moraine, R. B., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Perry.

Moraine, J. M., farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Perry.

Peddicord, D., farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 32; P.O. Perry; born in Virginia in 1826; removed to Ohio when young, and remained there 23 years, and then emigrated to Illinois, where he remained 22 years, coming to this county in 1876; he owns 480 acres of land; he has brought with him the spirit of enterprise, and his improvements are the best in the township; he also takes great interest in the improvement of the stock of horses of this section, and his Clydesdales are unsurpassed. He married Miss Susan Kyle in 1848; she was born in Ohio, and was the first white child born in the township; has seven children: James P., David E., Margaret E., Douglas, Gaylord, Elias and Arthur.

Porter, A. F., farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Perry.

Quinn, John, farmer, Sec. 17; P.O. Perry.

Ross, J.C., farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Perry.

Sebring, W., farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Perry.

Strickland, Eli, farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Perry.

Summerson, J. R., farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Perry.

Sutton, A.M., farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. Perry.

Taylor, W. B., farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. Perry; born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1821; came to this State in June, 1857; owns 80 acres of land; previous to his removal to his farm he was engaged in the hotel business in Adel; has held offices of school director and township trustee; he married Miss Cornelia Ashmore in 1851; she was born in Clark County, Illinois; have five children: Charles E., Cassandra, Robert C., William H. and Harry S.

Tolle, W. E., farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Perry; born in Indiana in 1833; came to Iowa in 1854, and to this county in March, 1855; owns 274 acres of land; has held offices of justice of the peace, township trustee, school director, etc; he married Miss Catharine Ganoe in 1858; she was born in Champaign County, Illinois; has five children: Eliza J., Jones L., Ulysses G., Isaac W. and John L.

Towne, A. L., farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Rippey, Greene County; born in Ohio in 1827; came to this county in 1857; owns 235 acres of land; has held offices of township trustee and school director; he married Miss Maria Wells in 1855; she was born in Ohio; has nine children living: Harlow, Charles, Ralph, Cora, Grace, Ernest, Maud, Guy and George. Lost six.

Warren, M., farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Perry.

Warren, F. L., farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Perry.

Wells, J., farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. Perry; born in Ohio in 1838; came to this State in 1865, and to this county in 1875; owns 160 acres of land; he married Miss Cynthia A. Wallace in 1862; she was born in the same place; has three children: Fred. J., Hattie I. and William M. He enlisted in the 128th Ohio Infantry in the late war, and served three years.

White, S. H., farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Perry.

Witter, B. O., farmer, Sec 30; P.O. Perry; born in Ohio in 1848; came to this county in 1872; owns 80 acres of land; has held office of assessor; he married Miss Amanda Dwire in 1868; she died September 5, 1875; he afterward married Miss Flora M. Dwire in February, 1877; has two children: Rollin S. and Minnie A. He enlisted in the 139th Illinois Infantry and 7th Illinois, and served until the close of the war.

York, N.D., farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Perry.

Young, S., farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Perry; born in Indiana November 27, 1842; came to this county March 15, 1865; owns 180 acres of land; has held offices of assessor, township trustee and school director; he married Miss Mary McElroy in 1867; she was born in Illinois, and died December 26, 1875; he afterward married Caroline Lee, who was born in Ohio; has two children by first marriage: Rosa M. and George M.; and one son, Albert A., by second marriage.

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