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KIRLEY - Peter KIRLEY, a resident of St. John's Township, residing on section 36, came to the county in 1871, having lived in Pottawattamie County, from one year previous to that date. He purchased from James SEATON eighty acres of his present farm, which he at once commenced to improve. The farm house he moved from its old location to where it now stands. A few years ago he planted out a fine orchard. To inform the reader of more of the details of this man's life, we will ask him to let his thoughts wander across the Atlantic Ocean to the County of Monaghan, in the north of Ireland, where our subject was born March 4, 1840. His grandfather, Bernard KIRLEY, was a farmer of that county, who had four children, the father of our subject, Peter KIRLEY, being the eldest. His mother was Ann CARR of the County of Monaghan, Ireland. In our subject's father's family there were six children -- Owen, now deceased; Mary, Mrs. MCBRIDE, of Missouri Valley; Bernard, a resident of Duke Centre, Pa.; Patrick, now of Louisville, Ky.; Peter, our subject; Michael, now of Taylorstown, Pa. Our subject's early life spent in Ireland, and in 1855, with his father and younger brother he sailed for America. From New York harbor they went to Rochester, N. Y. The father and older sons were mechanics and worked in a factory while the younger sons went to school. In 1858 the father rented a farm near Rochester, where our subject remained until 1863, which was the middle of the Civil War period in this country. March 13, of that year, he enlisted in Company D, Eighty-ninth Volunteer Infantry, as a private, and was assigned to the Army of the Potomac under Gens. PERRY and ORD. He participated in the following battles: Siege of Petersburg, and battle of Petersburg, and battle of the Wilderness, where the transport containing the regiment sunk in the James River; they were at Fair Oaks, where our subject was wounded in the right shoulder by the explosion of a shell, which laid him up for some time, but he again joined his regiment and was in the engagement at Hatchie's Run; and at Appomattox at the time of Lee's surrender. He marched back to Richmond, was taken sick and laid in the hospital for three weeks, and was discharged in August, 1865, and mustered out at Elmira, N. Y. He was sick for over a year after his return, and as the father had rented a large farm he assisted him until 1871, when the father and himself came to Harrison County. Our subject was married April 29, 1874, in Council Bluffs, to Miss Nora MANLY, who was the daughter of Patrick and Bridget (NOONAN) MANLY, natives of Ireland, who came to the United States in 1855. Her father died in Ireland and her mother in Nebraska in 1870. Our subject and his wife have been blessed by one child -- Annie, born August 25, 1877. They belong to the Roman Catholic Church at Missouri Valley. Mr. KIRLEY is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and in his political choice affiliates with the Democratic party.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 359-360
Kirley Family Researcher.
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MOORE - William MOORE, was born in Lawrence County, PA, October 1, 1848. His father was David B. and his mother Elizabeth (MARQUIS) Moore, both of whom were born and reared in Pennsylvania. They now (1891) live at New Wilmington, PA, and are of Scotch-Irish extraction, on the paternal side and on the maternal side they have been residents of this country for many generations. The father of our subject, while a young man worked at the cabinet trade and subsequently engaged in farming and stock-shipping. He carried on the latter on an extensive scale but on account of declining health was compelled to retire. In the parental family there were eight children who grew to maturity: Anna M; Sarah, wife of H.L. MEANS, residing in Lawrence County, PA; our subject, William; A. Patterson, of this county; Ella and Elizabeth, at home; Maggie, wife of Wilbur CUMMINGS, of Pennsylvania; and Howard, a resident of Clifton Springs, NY.
Our subject was educated in the public schools, and attended Westminster College, for four years, and in 1876, came to Iowa. From 1879 to 1884 he lived on a farm in Monona County, at the end of which time he came to Dunlap, having been there two years prior to going to Monona County. He removed to his present (1891) farm in 1884, and operates the same in company with his brother A.P.
He was united in marriage at Cincinnati, Ohio, May 20, 1880, to Miss Mary I. DUNLAP, who was born at New Castle, PA, December 16, 1850. She is the daughter of William R. and Emily B. (PALMITER) DUNLAP, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, both of whom are deceased. The father died in Cincinnati in 1889, at the age of 68 years, and the mother died in 1876, aged 50 years.
Politically, our subject is a Republican, and is one of Harrison County's most worthy citizens. He has been Treasurer of the School Board, of Independent District, No. 3, and is Secretary of Mill Creek Farmer's Club.
A. Patterson MOORE, brother of our subject, is a native of Lawrence Co., PA, born July 18, 1858, and was reared to farm life and educated in common schools of the Keystone State, attending school one year at Edinboro. He has always devoted himself to farm life and came to Harrison County, Iowa, July, 1883, and located on a farm with his brother William, on section 28, where they own a quarter-section of most excellent land, and are engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He belongs to Harrison Lodge, No. 284, of the Knights of Pythias, at Dunlap.
Source: 1891 History of Harrison County.

Notes from Barbara Cady
William Hymelius Moore (my great-grandfather). His papers from the National Archives say he was enrolled on the 14th day of October, 1862, in Co. E, 6th Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry Volunteers, mustered in as a Private on the 31st of January 1863 to serve 3 years or during the war. He mustered out with company on Oct. 17, 1865 at Sioux City, Iowa. He died in Dufur, Wasco Co., Oregon on September 3, 1899.
Moore Family Researcher: Barbara Cady.
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CONDIT - Silas Whitehead CONDIT, deceased, a native of New Jersey, came to Harrison County among the earliest pioneers, arriving as he did in 1848. He was the son of Jeptha and Charlotte CONDIT, who were natives of New Jersey. Mr CONDIT was a shoemaker by trade and emigrated to Ohio, about 1838, where he worked at shoemaking.
He and his brother Amos joined the Mormon Church, and came west to Nauvoo, Ill, where they were to establish that city, and when the Mormons started West they went with them, and stopped to winter at Trader's Point, near Council Bluffs. While the Mormons were platting and surveying for town sites, at old Trader's Point, his brother Amos, while a party were surveying, was murdered in cold blood, by one of the Mormons, who thought the streets they were surveying encroached on his land. They pursued the murderer to Oskaloosa, where he was captured and brought back to Trader's Point and placed in a log jail, but being aided by outsiders, he managed to make his escape and was never re-captured. Mr. CONDIT thought the Elders of the church had something to do with the escape of the man, and he at once left the church and removed with his family to what is now known as Harrison County, and settled on the Little Siuox River, and subsequently laid out the town of Little Sioux, on his own land.
For years, his nearest neighbor was Daniel BROWN, of Calhoun, who was seventeen miles away. He built his first cabin of logs, and its roof was made of bark.
Mr. CONDIT was the first Postmaster of Little Sioux village, and established the first ferry-boat on the Little Sioux River. He was thrice married. Parker L., a son by his first wife, lives in Omaha; Sarah, Adaline, John, Henry, Leonard and Dana S., by his second wife, live at Malta, Idaho. Mrs. Cordeila CONDIT, his widow, with three children, Lottie, Bertha and Frank, live near Albion, Idaho.
Source: 1891 History of Harrison County.
Condit Family Researcher: David Condit.
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FARNSWORTH - James H. FARNSWORTH was one of the few pioneers who ventured to the then wild wilderness of Harrison County (to which the tribes of Indians had just bid a last farewell), to become a settler, in the spring of 1852, locating in what is now known as Boyer Township, on section 25. He accompanied his father, Samuel FARNSWORTH. Both he and his father bought claims which had been "squatted" upon a year or two prior by the Mormons. They entered the land as soon as it came into the market.
The claims just referred to were in Twelve-Mile Grove. Here they erected log houses, provided with hewn floors. They cleared and broke about eight acres during the summer of 1852, and our subject thinks Mr. Matthew HALL was the first man that did any improvement in the way of breaking.
Our subject built his first house on section 18, in Douglas Township. It was about 15x15 feet, and in this he lived from 1857 to 1861, when he built another house on the same land. This was a frame structure 16x24 feet, which was not really all completed until 1867.
Mr. FARNSWORTH left his family on the farm in the spring of 1863, and with a train of ox-teams went across the plains, visiting Denver, Central City, and Empire, the highest mining point, which is about one hundred miles from Denver. Here they left their ox-teams, having sold their goods at the then small town of Denver, and with a pack train went over the range to Green, and from there to Southern California. They then went back through South Park to Colorado Springs, where the city of Leadville is now situated. They prospected for gold for about three months, and returned to Denver, where they found good prospects, but on account of the Indian excitement did not remain. With two others our subject bought four ponies and a light spring wagon, provided with a cover, and started for home. They made the trip from Denver to Omaha in thirteen and one-half days. This was a dangerous country to travel through, on account of the Indians, but they reached home in the autumn of 1863 in safety.
To go back to our subject's origin and early career, it may be stated that he was born April 19, 1834, in Marion County, Ohio. About 1850 his father emigrated to Piatt County, Ill., where they remained until the time of coming to Harison County, in 1852.
Our subject was married to Olive HAWORTH, of Harrison County, by which union there have been born nine children; James E., Mary E., Samuel A. (deceased), Sarah M. (deceased), Owen G., Erminie M., Viola B., Charles V., Herbert A.
The father of our subject, Samuel FARNSWORTH, was born in Virginia in about 1805,and was married in the same State to Miss Elenor SMITH. They removed to Ohio, remained until 1850, and then came to this county, where the husband died June 21, 1857, his wife following him to the better world in December, 1860.
Our subject's wife was born in Athens County, Ohio, November 5, 1837, and she was bereft of her mother when but a small child. Her father came to Harrison County in the spring of 1852, locating in what is now Douglas Township. He improved a farm on section 30, and Olive lived with him until she was married. Her father was born in Belfast, England, May 28, 1803, and came to America when a young man, spending some years in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. He finally settled in Athens County, Ohio, where he remained until he came to Harrison County, Iowa. He died in Douglas Township December 4, 1883.
Politically Mr. FARNSWORTH believes in the Democratic party. He is a man of pleasing address, and thoroughly conversant with the great and ever-changing West, whose trackless prairies and mountain steeps his eyes gazed upon nearly two decades before the shrill whistle of the locomotive had been heard west of the Missouri River.
Source: 1891 History of Harrison County.
Farnwsworth Family Researcher: Jim Kimbell.
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DEUEL - Lewis L DEUEL, who came to Harrison County in March, 1872, settled on his present farm, on section 8, of Douglas Township, when it was wild land, consisting of sixty acres, which he has well improved. At the time of his coming there were but about forty votes polled in the township and all looked new and wild. Great has been the transformation since first he gazed out upon the fair domain of Harrison County.
Mr. DEUEL was born in Saratoga, NY, August 23, 1849, and remained with his parents until he was twenty years of age when he went to Washington County, ' of that same State and stayed one year, after which he spent one year at home and then came to Harrison County.
Believing in that portion of the Sripture which says that "It is not good for man to be alone," he made the acquaintance of Miss Adelia DeLong, of Saratoga, NY, and took her hand in marriage, March 5, 1870, and as a result of this union the following children were born unto them -- Arthur B., Herbert S., Eugene L., Alice E., Freddy L. and Berta L. The angel of death appeared in the home circle, November 27, 1879 and claimed the spirit of Eugene L.
Mrs. DEUEL was born September 22, 1845, in Saratoga County, NY, and remained at home until she accepted the hand of our subject. She is the daughter of Abram and Laura DeLong, who were the parents of five children, Adelia being the second of her father's family.
He not unlike the majority of American citizens prizes the right of franchise amd exercises that right by working for, and voting with the Republican party.
Having been reared in, and trained under the influence of God-fearing people, both he and his wife adhere to the generally accepted faith of the orthodox church.
Source: 1891 History of Harrison County.
Deuel Family Researcher: Christopher Deuel.
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