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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


William M. Frenyress

Township official

Honey Creek Township








        WILLIAM M. FRENTRESS was born in Jo Davies county, Ill., December 12, 1837, but reached Iowa April 8, 1866, and has lived in this state ever since. In 1864 he had made a trip to Montana, where he passed six months and met with some prosperity in mining, and then return to Illinois, and, October 30,1865, married Miss Mary V. Hull, daughter of William and Catherine Hull, natives of Virginia and of English descent on the paternal side and of German descent on the maternal side, Catherine Hull having borne the maiden name of Meyers. Mrs. Mary V. Frentress was born July 3, 1847, Virginia, and died April 21,1883, in Iowa.  She had lost her father when she was only six years of age. Her mother, having married again, she came with her husband, Mr. Crossley, and her daughter Mary V., when the latter was about eight years of age, to Iowa. For about four years the family resided in Dubuque, and then moved to Jo Daviess county, where they came to Iowa, in Grundy county, which state the mother of Mrs. Frentress died about the year 1877, aged, perhaps, sixty years.


      To William M. and Mary V. Frentress were born seven children, namely: Henry N., April 16, 1867; Lucy A., July 26, 1869; Frank L., March 3 , 1872; Carrie A., January 6, 1874;  Katie, who was born February 6, 1878, and who died in March of the same year; Frederick T., born April 17,
1881; Mary V., born April 14, 1883.

       Mr. Frentress is highly esteemed wherever known, and has been called upon to fill various township offices by his republican fellow citizens. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and his purse is always open to aid his fellows in need.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 530-531; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson