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Biographies - 1891 History of Harrison County Iowa

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ARTHUR - William T. ARTHUR, a farmer living on section 26, Jackson Township, is a na�ve of Harrison County, born in St. John's Township, April 24, 1862. For a detailed history of his father's family see sketch of William ARTHUR elsewhere in this work.

When about two years of age our subject came with his parents to Jackson Township, having lived for a time in Jasper County, Iowa. He attended school at Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa, graduating with the Class of '85. He was married March 16, 1887, to Ida M. CLARK, the daughter of John and Christena CLARK.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 891
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WELDON - John J. C. WELDON, of Morgan Towship, a resident of Harrison County since 1868, was born in Meigs County, Ohio, in September 1841. He is a son of John and Mary (ELLIOTT) WELDON, of Pennsylvannia and Ohio, both of whom are now deceased. The father's parents were Edward and Elizabeth WELDON, and the mother's parents wer Fuller and Lydia (JONES) ELLIOTT. They reared a family of thirtenn children. All are deceased, except the following � Margaret (TILLINGHAST), Mar A. (CLARK), Hanna (MCCOMBE), Richard W. James M., Amanda (WATKINS), and John J.C., of whom we write.

Our subject spent his early life in the Buckeye State, where he obtained a common and High School education. He remained at home until July 17, 1861, which was the first year of the Civil War. Upon that day he enlisted in Company E, Fourth West Virginia Infantry, and was first assigned to the Army of West Virginia, operating in the Kanawha Valley, participating in all of its campaigns, until after the Battle of Charleston, W., Va., in September 1862. January 1, 1863, he was along with the Thirtieth, Thirty-seventh, and Forty-seventh Ohio, which were styled the "Kanawha Brigade." They were sent South and assigned to the Fifteenth Army Corps, as a part of the "Army of the West." He took part in the battles of Charleston, W. Va.; Vicksburg, the siege and battle of Jackson; Mission Ridge, and Knoxville, Tenn. After the Knoxville campaign the brigade was veteranized and was assigned to Gen. Sigel's command, in the Shenandoah Valley, participating in Gen. Hunter's campaign. Their first engagement was at Piedmont, Va., where the rebel Gen. Jones was killed. The rebels lost fifteen hundred men killed and wounded. Our subject also operated in the rear of Richmond, his last battle being at Snicker's Ford, July 18, 1864. At Vicksburg, Mr. Weldon was wounded by a gun-shot, which disabled him from active service in the field, and he served as orderly for the Colonel of his regiment until July 29, 1864, when he was discharged at Wheeling, W. Va. After the ware he returned home and went to farming, and remained that country until he came to Harrison County in 1868. He came from Ohio, with teams, being forty days on the journey. He first located in Morgan Township, and purchased lot 3 of section 27. He now owns three hundred acres of land in Harrison County, all enclosed by a good fence, and two hundred and sixty acres under cultivation. He carried on stock-raising and general farming.

Our subject was united in marriage in July, 1866, to Mary A. EGAN, the daughter of Thomas and Jane EGAN, of Ohio. By this marriage union eight children have been born � James, born in 1867; Lettie E. (BURCHAM), 1869; Edward, 1873; John and Polly (twins), 1874, and died in infancy; Maud, born in 1878; Ruth, 1876, and Dot, 1889.

Mr. And Mrs. WELDON are members of the Christian Church. He belongs to Post No. 103, G.A.R., at Mondamin.

Politically, he is a Republican, and has held nearly all of the local offices in the township.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 897-898
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MCCULLOUGH - Alexander M. MCCULLOUGH, a resident of Little Sioux Township, came to Harrison County, twenty-seven years ago, in 1864. He is a native of the Buckeye State, and was born in Tuscarawas County, August 4, 1841, and is the son of John and Sara J. (LEEPER) MCCULLOUGH. His grandfather, Andrew MCCULLOUGH, was born in Ireland, while his mother's people were of English origin. The early years of our subject were spent in Ohio, where his education was mostly obtained, with the exception of what common schooling he had in Harrison County. The family removed to Decatur County, Iowa, in 1854, and the father there engaged in agricultural pursuits, and Alexander began to work for himself in 1859, following farm life in Decatur county until 1864, and then came to this county, and worked for Seth PALMER and Amos CHASE for nine months. He then went to Jasper County, where he located and remained until 1876, and then went to California, where he farmed and mined and remained two years. From there he went to Nevada, remained one year, and in 1883 returned to Iowa. Shortly after this he went to railroading in Colorado, which he continued to follow for three years, and again returned to the Hawkeye State. He was married June 8, 1890, at River Sioux, to Mar J. NEELEY, a daughter of Nathaniel and Melinda (BUTLER) NEELEY).

Politically our subject is identified with the Democratic party, believing that party best represents the interest of the masses. Mrs. MCCULLOUGH is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and an exemplary lady.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 898-899
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WALL - Albert M. WALL, a farmer residing on section 13, of Jackson Township, first located at Magnolia in the autumn of 1870, and there rented a farm one year. He then moved to Clay Township, where he rented land five years, then returned to Magnolia, rented land a year and then bought forty acres of wild land in Allen Township. He broke this ground up and fenced the place and lived in a shanty, that was on the land when he bought it, for three years, and then he bought the farm he now occupies, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres which had been partly improved. This place he fenced, set out an orchard of one hundred and twenty-five apple trees, build sheds, cribbings, etc., and now has ninety acres under the plow, while the balance is in pasture and meadow land. He also has eight acres of timber land.

Our subject was born September 1, 1850, in Wabash County, Ind. He is the son of William and Maria WALL, natives of Virginia and Ohio respectively. They reared a family of eight children � Artie, Mary E., Elizabeth, James, John R., Albert, Frank and one deceased. Our subject remained in the Hoosier State with his parents until he grew to manhood, and then moved to this county. He came here a poor man and was in the country through the grasshopper seasons, when they made life a burden to many a farmer in Harrison County. He was here through the deep snow winter of 1880-81, when he lost $400 worth of cattle.

Our subject was united marriage June 11, 1873, to Lillie ACKERMAN, the daughter of John and Sarah ACKERMAN, natives of Virginia, who reared the following children � Lillie, Ida, Charles, Loiwesa, Edward, George and William.

Mr. and Mrs. WALL have been blessed with the following children � May, Arthur W., deceased; Minnie and Winnie, twins; Sadie, Homer, Charles, Lorenzo and Eugene.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 899
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THOMAS - John J. Thomas, a prosperous farmer living on section 26, of Morgan Township, has been a resident of Harrison County since 1878. He may well be termed a practical as well as a scientific farmer. Through long years of experience, and the medium of the best class of farm journals published, he has come to know how to obtain the best results as an agriculturist.

Mr. THOMAS was born in Ohio, July 24, 1829, and is the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (HOLMES) THOMAS, both deceased. They were natives of Virginia and Ohio respectively, and had a family of eight children, of whom our subject was the fourth. Our subject's brother, Abraham, lives in Ohio; William C., in Colorado; Sarah in Ohio, and Susannah, in Iowa. John J's. early life was spent in the Buckeye State, and he accompanied his parents to Washington County, Iowa, in 1847. His father's family was the third to locate in that county, they settled where the town of Crawfordville now stands. Mr. THOMAS attended the common schools of Washington County and learned the carpenter's trade and worked at the same in the locality. He remained in Washington County until 1860 and then removed to Monroe county, Iowa, where he operated a sawmill and doing contract carpenter work, continuing this until 1873 whe he removed to Hamilton County, Iowa, and rented land near Webster City, and in 1874 removed to Kansas, remained three years and came to this county. He was first on a farm here known as the WALKER farm, upon which he lived for six years and then bought the farm he now lives upon, consisting of eighty acres in section 26. He also owns forty-six acres in Mills County. His farm is all under cultivation except eight acres. Everything about Mr. THOMAS's place shows him to be a man of thrift and order, and it may be said that unlike many famers, he allows no land to go to weeds, even the fence corners being clean and the main part of his fields.

Our subject was united in marriage December 27, 1851, in Washington County, Iowa, to Elizabeth BOYD, a native of Ohio, who was born in 1836, in Sandusky County, Ohio. She is the daughter of James and Forille BOYD. Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS are the parent of nine children, eight of whom are now living � Joseph, now living in the State of Washington, born in 1854; Sarah E., now Mrs. STEWART, born in 1856; Abraham R., born in 1858, now married and living in Minnesota; Alice, now Mrs. Galen B. CLARK, born in 1860, living in North Dakota; Clara, Mrs. BOWEN, born in 1862; William, born in 1864, now married; Rosa, born in 1866, now married to R.H. THOMAS; Hattie born in 1868, died in 1880, and Charles E., born in 1875, now at home.

Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS are consistent members of the Baptist Church and in his political views he has ever been identified with the Republican party.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 899-900
Family Researcher: NA
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GERMAN - Moses GERMAN, a native of Ohio, has been a resident of Harrison County since 1855, and is now a resident of Little Sioux Township. He was born in Putnam County, Ohio, January 13, 1820, and is the son of John and Casander (SMITH) GERMAN. His paternal grandparents' names were Moses and Susan GERMAN, natives of Maryland. Our subject was the second in a family of seven children, five of whom are still living. His boyhood days were spent in the Buckeye State, his parents removing to Putnam County, Ill., in 1833, where the father engaged in farming. In Illinois he assisted his father on the farm and attended the common schools, and commenced farming for himself in Jones County, Iowa, and there remained until in 1855, when he came to this county. He located at the village of Little Sioux, and the first winter lived in a "dug-out" on the bank of the Little Sioux River. The next season he erected the first house built in that village, the same being a log house, still standing and is occupied by Mr. FARBER.

Mr. GERMAN was united in marriage, May 1846, in Jones County, Iowa, to Eliza BRAZZELTON, the daughter of Benjamin and Elsie (MOORE) BRAZZELTON. The father was killed in the Indian War, and the mother died in Little Sioux in 1859.

Mr. and Mrs. GERMAN have one child living: Mary Frances, wife of W. H. WILSEY. Politically our subject is a Democrat and in religious matters he is a Methodist. He served as Deputy Sheriff of Harrison County for a number of years, and stands high in the community in which he lives.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 900-901
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