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Grove Township
1883

Please note:  Wheeler's Grove was located about 3 miles northeast of Macedonia.

BLANEY, William H.

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in New York City February 17, 1835, son of John and Roshanna (Crook) Blaney, he born in Ireland and she in England, died on Long Island in 1865. They had two children, both still living. Subject received a common school education ; commenced life as a carriage and wagon maker, and married about 1853, in New Jersey, Catharine Noggle, born in New York September 3, 1816, daughter of William and Leah (Bogart) Noggle, both born in New York, and both died there. Subject has held several township offices; worked for the United States Government from 1861 to August, 1863, repairing wagons at Ft. Monroe; also in South Carolina in 1864. and Nashville through the fall of 1864 and 1865. In 1865, he went to Pennsylvania; worked in the oil regions until the winter of 1868, when he went to Illinois, staying one month; thence to this county, in company with John Noggle; thence to Wyoming Territory, where he worked on the U. P. R. R. in the repair shops for one year. Returning to this county, in 1869, he bought forty acres of land at $5.50 per acre, and now owns eighty acres, valued at $35 per acre. There is a fine young orchard, all kinds of small fruits and a fine grove on the place. Mr. and Mrs. Blaney have two children - George W. and Rosa - both born in New York City. Subject is a Republican.


BOLTON, David

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Virginia December 9, 1823, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Insley) Bolton, both born in Virginia. He died in Georgia about 1859, she in Iowa about 1873. They had nine children, five of whom are living. Subject received a common school education; commenced life at the age of twenty as a miller; followed this avocation about eight years; millwright for several years; carpenter for about sixteen years, and married Miss Martha A. Fisher, in Virginia, on December 11, 1845, who was born in that State July 29, and is a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Catlet) Fisher, both born in Virginia. She died in Iowa about 1868. Subject scouted for Gen. Cox for a short time in 1862, and drove his staff team awhile. Mr. and Mrs. Bolton have had ten children, nine of whom are living. Mrs. Bolton was formerly a member of the Baptist Church. He is a Republican. In 1862, he moved from Virginia to Cedar County, Iowa, renting a farm for his boys, while he worked at his trade as a millwright and carpenter, moving in 1875 to this township, renting a farm for two years. He then bought 160 acres at $8.125, which is now valued at $30 per acre. It has fine improvements, with about two acres of young orchard, over one acre of mixed grove, about twenty acres of natural timber and one mile of osage hedge fence. There are also forty bearing grapevines and a large quantity of raspberry bushes. Mr. Bolton is now erecting a beautiful two-story frame residence. The main building is to be 32x16 feet, the L 26x14 feet, the cellar the same size as the L; five rooms above and five below, the upper rooms corresponding in size with those below; a hall 6x16 feet on both floors. The front rooms are to be 15x16 feet, the bed rooms 11x8 feet, the kitchen 14x15 feet, dining-room 14x11 feet.


BOLTON, George

Farmer. P.O. Macedonia, born in Cedar Co., Iowa, December 9, 1840, son of Wm. H. and Sarah (Southern) Bolton, he, a farmer, born in Virginia, died in Cedar County, Iowa, in 1863; she, born in North Carolina in April, 1808, is still living in Michigan, They had nine children, all of whom are living. Subject received a common school education; commenced life as a farmer, and married in Iowa, November 8, 1860, Miss Anna M. Pearce, born in Ohio March 20, 1838, daughter of Dennis and Mary (Pollock) Pearce, both natives of Ohio. He died in Iowa, and she is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Bolton have had nine children, viz., Charles E., A. W., Ida M., Minnie A. (dead), L. D. (dead), P. K. (dead), Albert, Nellie G. and James Garfield, all born in Iowa. Subject has been Township Clerk, as well as filling other offices; is a member of the M. P. Church, a Republican, an Odd Fellow, and moved from Cedar County, Iowa, to this county in 1877; bought 240 acres of land at $18 per acre, which is now valued at about $40 per acre. There are about two acres of very fine orchard, and other small fruits on the place.


CONNOR, J. W.

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Middlebury, Summit Co., Ohio, July 11, 1847, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Thompson) Connor; he, born in County Kildare, Ireland in 1810; came to America in 1842, settling in the Western Reserve, Ohio, where he followed his avocation of woolen manufacturing, moving to Iowa in 1854, and settling on the farm where he now lives in this township, having retired from active business; she, born in Yorkshire, England, in 1809, came to America in 1843, just one year later than her husband; is still living, and is the mother of three children, subject being the oldest son. Subject received a limited common school education; he is a fine conversationalist, being well read, very public spirited, encouraging any enterprise which is for the public good, and commenced life as a farmer, working on his father's farm for several years after his marriage, generally controlling its affairs, but now he owns a farm of 110 acres adjoining the old homestead, keeping him happily near his aged parents. Subject is a Republican, though not a noisy politician; and married Miss Laura Peckenpaugh in this county on October 1, 1871, born in Warren County, Ill., on July 8, 1850, daughter of Louis B. and Aurilla (Sellers) Peckenpaugh, he, born in Crawford County, Ind., on August 6, 1826, emigrated to this State about 1854, settled at or near Logan, Harrison County, this State, where he lived till his death, which occurred December 6, 1856, leaving a wife and four small children, which were cast upon the charity of the world; she, born in Crawford County, Ind., May 19, 1826, is still living in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Connor have two bright girls, viz., Minnie, born August 22, 1872; and Kate, born August 21, 1874. Subject's farm is pleasantly located, being five and a half miles southeast of Macedonia, and two miles southwest of Wheeler's Grove Post Office, just east of Farm Creek, the principal stream running through the township; has forty-five acres of very beautiful, healthy grove of natural young timber, consisting of hickory, oak, walnut, elm and ash. The farm cost about $1,500, and is now valued at about $4,000.


DENTON, Isaac

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in New York April 7, 1821, son of James and Anna (Tillison) Denton, both born in New York; he died in the same State in 1825, and she in Iowa in 1862; they had ten children. Subject received a common school education; commenced life as an orphan boy, working on the farm, and was married in Michigan August 30, 1844, to Mary Etta Moore born in Ohio November 26, 1829, daughter of John and Phebe (Eddy) Moore, he, born in the Eastern States, died in 1851; she, born in Massachusetts, died in Iowa in 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Denton have had nine children, four of whom are living, viz., Nancy James, Frank and Charley. Subject moved from Michigan to Illinois in 1851; six years later to Missouri; in 1859, to Decatur County, Iowa, and the same year to this county, living on his brother's place until 1860, when he bought forty acres of land at $10 per acre, and now owns eighty acres, valued at $40 per acre. There is a fine grove, a young orchard, and two good wells on the place. Subject is a Republican and a Methodist. Williard, William and Wallace Denton were triplets, born September 30, 1863, one of whom lived nine days, another three weeks, and the other five weeks. Two infants also were born and died the same day, January 27, 1864, by which it will be seen that the five children were born within four months of each other, one of the most remarkable circumstances ever recorded in obstetrical history.


HARDING, John

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Wiltshire, England, December 28, 1820, son of John and Elizabeth (Hewer) Harding, he born in Gloucestershire, England; died in England about 1828; she born in Wiltshire, England, died in England April 3, 1848. They had eight children, and as far is known four are living. Subject received a common school education; began life as a tenant farmer in England; married Miss Louisa Trotman in England about 1850, who was born there June 20, 1825, and is the daughter of Cornelius and Ann (Reeves) Trotman, both born in England; he died about 1869; she died in 1849. Subject has been ever ready to serve his fellow-citizens, and has held the offices of Trustee, School Director and Supervisor; is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and came to this county from England in 1866, buying 109 acres of land, valued at about $6.80 per acre, and now owns 270 acres, valued at about $28 per acre; of this there are eighty or ninety acres of timber. Mr. and Mrs. Harding have had the following children - Ellen, Elizabeth, born May 29, 1853; Mary, born December 1, 1854; Hester D., on January 19, 1856; Bertha C, March 8, 1857; August M., May 6, 1858; Finnetta, June 28, 1859; Fannie S. J., November 22, 1860; Robert J., July 18, 1865; twin girls, October 15, 1866, and Thomas W., October 12, 1867. All were born in England except the twin girls and Thomas, who were born in this county. Hester and Bertha were drowned in England October 21, 1858. The twins died in this county October 26, 1866. Mary C. died May 4, 1869. Fannie S. J. died April 6, 1880.


HOPKINS, Samuel H.

Farmer, P. O. Macedonia, born in Michigan May 17, 1841, son of Samuel and Philancy (Holt) Hopkins, he, a carpenter, born in Vermont, died in Michigan in 1854; she, born in New York, died in Missouri in 1863. They had five children, two of whom are living. Subject received a common school education, commenced life as a farmer, and married Miss Emma Fayborn in Iowa, who was born in Ohio in 1848, and is the daughter of Wooster and Charlotte (McMillan) Fayborn; he born in Vermont, she in Ohio; both are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins have had four children, viz., Flora G., Herbert L. (died in 1872), Edith J. and lone, all born in this county. Subject has filled almost all the township offices at different times, and enlisted in Company B, Fifth Iowa Cavalry in 1861; mustered out at Cairo, Ill., in 1863; was in several engagements in Kentucky and Tennessee; was wounded four times, and carries three balls in his body now. He is a Republican, an Odd Fellow, and a member of the M. P. Church; he moved from Michigan to Illinois about 1857, worked on the farm as a laborer until 1859, when he moved to this county, working by the month until he enlisted; bought forty acres of land in 1863 at $7.50 per acre, and now owns eighty acres in this township, valued at about $35 per acre; there are ten acres of natural timber and is well stocked.


JAMISON, Peter

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, was born in Ireland in 1844, son of Alexander and Mary (Kain) Jamison, both born in Ireland; he died April, 1882, and she is still living. They were the parents of eleven children, six of whom are living. Subject received a common school education, began life as a farmer, and was married to Miss Ellen Keegan, December 6, 1876, a native of Ireland, born about 1852, and daughter of Patrick and Mary (Daly) Keegan, both natives of Ireland; he is still living; she died in Ireland about 1874; they had eleven children, four of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Jamison have two children - Mary, born October 5, 1877, and Alexander, born June 18, 1880. Subject came from Ireland to Knox County, Ill., in 1866; from thence to the Rocky Mountains, hunting for gold, which proved so successful that he went back to Ireland on a visit to his parents for three or four months; when he returned to this country, he came to this county, and, in 1874, bought 120 acres of land at $13.50 per acre, which are now worth $35.00 per acre. There is a fine young orchard, and also some fine natural timber on the place. Mr. Jamison is a Democrat and a Freemason.


JOHNSON, W. T.

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, was born in Kentucky July 15, 1829, son of Evander and Editha (Reedy) Johnson, both born iu Kentucky, died in Illinois, he about 1869, she about 1871. They had six children, five of whom are living. Subject received a common school education; commenced life as a farmer, and married, iu March, 1855, Elizabeth Dehort, born in Indiana in 1835, daughter of Larkin and Sarah (Collet) Dehort. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have two children - Leander, born in Illinois; William R., born in April, 1873. Subject is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a Democrat, a member of the Vigilant Committee; and moved from Warren County, Ill., to this county in 1870, and bought 160 acres of land for $15 per acre; he now has about 400 acres, valued at about $30 per acre.


McBRIDE, E. J.

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Indiana April 9, 1850, .son of William and Mary (Whitted) McBride; he, a farmer, born iu North Carolina, is still living; she, born iu North Caroline, died in Iowa in 1874. They were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are living. Subject received a common school education; commenced life as a farmer, and married, on February 11, 1875, in Iowa, Sarah L. Woody, born in Indiana September 27, 1852, daughter of James and Asenath (Maglemery) Woody; he, born in North Carolina, died about 1877; she, born in North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. McBride have had three children, viz., Minnie May, born March 5, 1876, died August 8, 1876; Annie M., born August 8, 1879; William D., born February 2, 1882, all born in this county. Subject is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a Democrat, and moved from Jasper County, this State, to this county in 1873, and broke prairie for other parties for two years, then rented land for three years. In 1878, he bought forty acres of land at $20 per acre, now valued at $30 per acre. There is a small orchard, and about two acres of fine grove on the farm.


MILLER, A. M.

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, was born in Tennessee in 1838, son of John H. and Mary (Ewiug) Miller; he, born in Tennessee, died in 1848; she, born in Tennessee, died in 1844. They had four children, subject being the only oue living. Subject received a good education, having passed through the high school, commencing life as a carpenter, and was married, in this State, on November 23, 1865, to Naucy E. Garrett, born in Ohio April 20, 1839, daughter of Robert and Sarah I. (Patterson) Garrett; he, born in Pennsylvania, died in 1855; she, born iu Tennessee, died in 1872. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have three children - Carrie, born November 18, 1867; Orion G., born October 10, 1869; Arthur E., born July 13, 1872; all of them being born in Davis County, this State. Subject is a member of the C. P. Church; a Republican; mustered in Company I, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry, November 2, 1861; mustered out at Louisville, Ky., July 22, 1865; was in the first battle of Shiloh, the two battles of Corinth, Vicksburg, siege of Atlanta; Sherman's march to the sea, and the grand review. He has held several township offices; moved from Tennessee to Davis County. Iowa, in 1847; from thence to this township in 1874; bought the undivided half of 120 acres for $10 per acre, and now has 120 acres valued at about $30 per acre. There is a grove of natural timber, a small orchard, and he is now erecting a fine one-and-a half story building on his place.


OTTO, G. B.

Blacksmith and farmer, P. O. Wheeler's     Grove, born in Pennsylvania, May, 1831, son of James and Mehetabel (Field) Otto; he, a farmer, born in Pennsylvania in 1796, died in Iowa in 1869; she, born in Delaware in 1803, died in Iowa in 1880. They had eleven children, eight of whom are living. Subject received a common-school education; commenced life as a blacksmith, and married, in this county, in 1859, Sarah J. Pritchett, born in Tennessee in 1841, daughter of John W. and Lucinda (Traynor) Pritchett; he died in 1845 and she in 1853. Mr. and Mrs. Otto have had nine children, viz.: John W., Harriet E. (dead), Rebecca J., Iva E. and Eva I. (twins), James B. (dead), Orpha A., Effle (dead) and Olive L. Subject is a Democrat ; moved with his parents from Pennsylvania to Ohio in 1837, then to this county in 1851; about 1855, he bought forty acres of land at $8 per acre, and now has  eighty acres valued at about $25 per acre; there is a small orchard and other small fruits on the place.


PEARCE, A. W.

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Richland County, Ohio, September 22, 1840, son of Dennis C. and Mary (Pollock) Pearce; he, a farmer, born in Ohio, died in Scott County, Iowa, about August, 1854; she, bom in Ohio in 1811, is still living. They had nine children, seven of whom are living. Subject received a common-school education; commenced life as a farmer, renting a farm in Cedar County, Iowa, in 1866, and married Miss Agnes Bolton, September 11, 1866, who was born in Cedar County, Iowa, February 28, 1847, daughter of William H. and Sarah (Southern) Bolton; he, born in Virginia, died in Cedar County, this State, in 1863; she, born in North Carolina in 1810, is still living in Michigan, Mr, and Mrs, Pearce have six children, viz.: Merrill E., born July 13, 1867; Mertie C, January 11, 1869; Estella K., October 29, 1872; Dessie I., February 23, 1877; Ethel G., August 24, 1879, and Laura J., July 15, 1881. Subject enlisted in Company E, Eleventh Iowa Infantry, on the 23d of September, 1861; discharged honorably, in Kentucky, July 15, 1865; participated in several severe engagements, such as the battles of Shiloh and Vicksburg; taken prisoner at Atlanta, Ga.. July 22, 1864; was in prison seven months and four days; in Andersonville one month; Charleston two or three days and in Sumter Prison, South Carolina, the balance of the time. He has served his township as Clerk, School Director, etc.; is a member of the M. E. Church and moved with his parents from Ohio to McLean County, Ill.; lived there one year; moved to Cedar County, this State, and in 1869 he bought forty acres of land there, but sold out and went to Polk County, Neb., in 1873, where he took a homestead of 160 acres; in 1875, he sold out and came to this county, buying 120 acres of land at $10 per acre, but afterward sold forty acres at about $17.75 per acre, and now owns eighty acres valued at about $30 per acre, with a fine young orchard and about four acres of natural timber on the place.


PUTNAM, G. M.

Farmer, P. O. Carson, born in New Hampshire in 1837, son of George and Elizabeth (Perkins) Putnam; he died in this State, November 12, 1872; she is still living in this State. They had nine children, eight of whom are still living. Subject received a common-school education, commenced life as a farmer and was married in Illinois, in 1868, to Emily A. Jackson, born December 16, 1842, and daughter of William and Maria (Moulton) Jackson, Mr, and Mrs, Putnam have six children, viz.: Fred, Edith, William, Myrtle, Blanche and Francis. Subject has held some township offices; is a member of the M. E. Church, a Republican; enlisted in Company A, Seventy-fifth Illinois Infantry; mustered out June, 1865; was in the battles of Stone River, Perryville, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Kenesaw, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, Tenn., and others. He moved from New Hampshire to Illinois in 1853, thence to Iowa in 1873, when he bought 160 acres of land for $9 per acre, which is worth at least $30 per acre. There is a small young orchard of about one acre and some natural and artificial timber on the place.


REYNOLDS, Isom

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in North Carolina January 16, 1847, son of Wilson and Nancy (Spurling) Reynolds, both born in North Carolina; he, a farmer, is probably still living; she is still living. They had eight children, four of whom are living. Subject received a common-school education; commenced life as a laborer on the farm, and was married in this county, November 11, 1875, to Miss Cornelia J. Foot, born in Ohio October 25, 1851, daughter of Adonijah and Elizabeth (Bedell) Foot; he, born in New York; she, in New Jersey; both are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds have two children, viz.: Eva Elnora, born in this county, January 20, 1877, and Hermie Blanche, also born in this county, March 26, 1878. Subject is a member of the Christian Church, a Republican, a Vigilante and was drafted into Company D, North Carolina Infantry, remaining three or four months when he was sent home on a sick furlough, and the war closing before his return, this ended his military career. He moved from North Carolina to Hardin County, Iowa, about 1870, working as a hired man, moving in 1872 to this county, where he leased land until about 1874, when he bought eighty acres at $10 per acre, which is now worth $30 per acre. There is a fine young orchard of one and one-half acres, a mixed grove of the same amount and a large quantity of the smaller fruits on the place.


REYNOLDS, Columbus

Farmer, P. O. Carson, born in North Carolina November 12, 1848, son of Wilson and Nancy (Spurling) Reynolds; he. a farmer, born in North Carolina, is still living; she, born in the same place, is also still living. They had eight children, four of whom are living. Subject received a common school education; commenced life as a farmer, working for others, and married, in Iowa, September 16, 1872, Sarah Wilson, born in Indiana July 10, 1851, daughter of William T. and Anna (Pemberton) Wilson; he, born in North Carolina August 22, 1821; she, born in Indiana August 17, 1827, died October, 1872. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds have three children, viz., Nancy R., Laura J. and Anna E., all born in this county. He is a Christian, a Republican, an Odd Fellow; and moved from North Carolina to Whitesides County, Ill., in 1867, working for the farmers; in the fall, he moved to Hardin County, Iowa; worked by the month until 1868, when he moved to this couuty and leased land for a few years. In 1872, he bought eighty acres of land at $10 per acre; now owns 240 acres valued at $45 per acre. There is a very fine orchard of about three acres, a large quantity of small fruits, and a very beautiful, large two-story residence on the farm. In 1880, he was damaged to the extent of $800 by the cyclone, which passed through this region on June 9, 1880; some of his horses were blown eighty rods; his cattle, hogs and chickens were blown all over the prairie for a distance of at least a mile.


RODENBOUGH, John Jackson

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove; born in New Jersey, June 10, 1832, son of George S. and Elizabeth (Jackson) Rodenbough, both natives of New Jersey; he, a shoemaker, was born about 1802, is still living; she died in August, 1878. They had twelve children, ten of whom are living. Subject received a common school education, commenced life as a farmer, and was married the first time in Illinois, in 1839, to Mary A. Axtel, who died in 1872, and was a daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Robb) Axtel, of Pennsylvania, who are both dead. In Illinois, in 1873, he took for his second wife Eunice Dilley, born in Pennsylvania in 1839, and daughter of William Dilley, born in Pennsylvania, and who still lives. There are four children by the first marriage, viz., Wilbert E., George T., Flora B. and Hattie, and three by the second wife, viz., Mary A. E.. William H. and Janetta, all living. Subject is a member of the Methodist Protestant Church; a Republican; and moved from New Jersey to Illinois about 1863; from thence to this county in 1867; broke prairie; worked on the railroad, and, about 1870, bought forty acres at $10 per acre; he now owns 120 acres, valued at about $35 per acre. There is a small orchard, and forty acres of brush and timber on the place. He has six first-class horses, eighteen youug cattle and fifty hogs.


STARR, C. G.

Farmer, P. O. Carson, born in Ohio in 1823, son of Josiah and Mary (Cannon) Starr; he, a farmer and shoemaker, born in Connecticut in 1786, died in Ohio in 1862; she, born in Massachusetts in 1788, died in Ohio in 1874. They were the parents of eight children. Subject received a common school education; began life as a farmer, also as a cooper, and was married in Ohio, in 1850, to Susan Williamson, born in Ohio in 1833, daughter of Palmer and Amy (Horton) Williamson, both born in New York; he in 1802, she in 1804. Mr. and Mrs. Starr have five children, viz., Ella, Warner, Palmer, Mabel and Lylburn. Subject's business has been farming, though he has been a cooper, a tanner, and also been in the saltpeter business as well as a Justice of the Peace. He moved from Lake County, Ill., to this county in the spring of 1868, the trip having been made in a covered wagon, and occupying three weeks. He moved onto his own land, having bought it two years previous for $3 per acre; the same land is now worth $35 per acre. Mr. Starr is a Republican.


ST. CLAIR, Augustus J.

Farmer, P. O. Macedonia, born in Logan, Ill., October 21, 1856, a great-grandson of Gen. St. Clair, of Revolutionary fame, and son of Joseph N. and Melissa Ann (Briggs) St. Clair, he, a carpenter by trade, born in New York, died in Kansas July 4, 1872; she, born in Vermont in 1828, is still living; they had eight children, all of whom are living. Subject received a common-school education; began life as a farmer and married in Kansas, on January 1, 1880, Lenora C. Penn, born in California, February 21, 1856, daughter of Josiah W. and Martha A. (Clark) Penn; he, born in Tennessee June 21, 1827, died in Missouri, October 15, 1870; she, born in Ohio August 9, 1829, is still living. Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair have one child. Bertha, born July 25, 1881. Subject is a Christian and a Democrat; and moved from Illinois to Crawford County, Kan., in 1872, farming on his own land and trading in cattle until 1881, when he moved to this county and shortly afterward rented the farm on which he now lives and which he contemplates buying soon. There are about fourteen acres of natural timber, 100 head of sheep and other stock on the place.


SHEETS, Thomas

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Seneca County, Ohio, December 6, 1835, son of Greenberry and Marcella (Petticord) Sheets; he, born in Maryland in 1788,
emigrated to Ohio when about twenty-seven years old, settled on a farm, improved it and remained there till his death, about 1847; she, born in Maryland in 1795, died in Ohio in 1877, and was mother of nine children, three of whom are living. Subject received a common-school education; began life at sixteen years of age as a stock trader, buying for W. H. Gibson, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, for about four years; emigrating to Belmont, Wright County, this State, working for various companies as a fur trader for about ten years.when he moved to Wheeler's Grove, this township, where he bought eighty acres of land, but now owns 200; has devoted his attention
largely to dealing in real estate. Subject is a Republican, a Freemason, has been a member of the Board of Supervisors and held various other township and county offices. Mr. Sheets married Miss Emma Dumond. of Wright County, Iowa, January 1, 1860, born in Lake County, Ind., July 22, 1841, daughter of Archey and Elizabeth (Martin) Dumond; he, a farmer and saw-miller, born in Seneca County, Ohio, in 1803, emigrated to Michigan, thence to Indiana, thence to Iowa in 1855, where he owned a sawmill and followed fiirming, died in 1857; she, born in Ohio about 1808, is still living in Harper County, Kan. Mr. and Mrs. Sheets have had six children, three of whom are living, viz., Llewellyn, Earl and Almira.


SMITH, Abraham

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Macedonia Township, this county, on June 29, 1849, son of John and Sarah (Winegar) Smith; he, born in Union County, S. C, in February, 1800, died in Iowa, February 25, 1870; she, born in Pennsylvania in 1801, died in this State November 15, 1880. They had four children, three of whom are living. Subject received a common-school education; commenced life as a painter, following the trade for fourteen years, and was married in Montgomery County, Januarj' 1, 1874, to Olive Malissa Knapp, born at Wheeler's Grove, this county, August 5, 1855, daughter of Edward W. and Charlotte Malissa (Otto) Knapp; he, born in Michigan, in 1810, is still living; she, in Ohio, in 1816, is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have had four children, viz. : Janie Belle, born February 26, 1876; Mabel Grace, born December 29, 1877; Abraham Clifford, born March 16, 1879, died January 6, 1880; Paul George, born November 19, 1881. Subject is a Republican, a Vigilante, a member of the L. D. S.; commenced about 1868 to farm on his father's place; a year later, he returned to his trade; in 1881, he bought forty acres of land at $30 per acre, and now owns about sixty-five acres valued at $35 per acre; there are twelve acres of natural timber, a fine young orchard and other fruits on the place. He is also engaged in the apiary business, having thirty-two stands of bees.


TEDRO, John D.

Farmer, P. O. Wheeler's Grove, born in Westmoreland County, Penn, October 17, 1845, son of Leonard and Nancy (Carpenter) Tedro; he, born in Somerset County, Penn., December 22, 1810, is still living; she, born in Westmoreland County, Penn., September 26, 1809, died June 23, 1847. They had eight children, six of whom are living. Subject received a common-school education; commenced life as a farmer, and married Miss Sarah Stevick in Lee County, this State, November 1, 1866; born in Harrisburg, Penn., December, 7, 1846, daughter of David and Mary (Zarker) Stevick; he, born in Harrisburg, Penn., still living; she, born in Harrisburg, Penn., about 1828, died in this State in April, 1861. Mr. and Mrs. Tedro have had four children, viz.; Frank B., born August 16, 1867; Cora Bell, born June 7, 1869. died January 11, 1870; Alice N., born July 4, 1871; Judd, born October 17, 1880. Subject enlisted in Company L, First Iowa Cavalry, at West Point, this State, March 26, 1864: was in several engagements, and was discharged February 16, 1866, at Austin, Texas. He moved with his parents from Pennsylvania to Lee County, this State, in 1855; in 1867, he moved to Montgomery County, this State, and rented land for two years; moving in 1870 to this township, bought eighty acres of land at $12.50 per acre, and now owns 160 acres valued at $30 per acre; there is about one acre of fine young orchard, five acres of grove, consisting of maple, ash, cottonwood, sycamore, box-elder and elm; there are also grape vines, a considerable amount of small fruits and one and one-quarter miles of osage and locust fence.


WOODMANSEE [or WOODMANCY], L. D.

Merchant, Wheeler's Grove, born in New Jersey March 21, 1833; he emigrated with his father's family to Ohio in 1843, and remained there till 1858, then emigrated to Illinois, and settled in Logan County, where he followed farming till coming to Iowa in 1864, when he settled in Pottawattamie County, three miles north of Macedonia. He owned a portion of the land now occupied by the town of Carson in Pattawattamie County; from there he went into the mercantile business in old Macedonia in 1866, but continued in charge of a farm of 160 acres south of Macedonia; this business was continued for three years, when he sold out, and bought a gristmill on East Nishuabotna River, in Montgomery County, Iowa. He continued in the milling business one year, then traded for a farm in Pottawattamie County, near Wheeler's Grove, on Farm Creek. He remained on that farm till 1875, and then opened the mercantile business at Wheeler's Grove, where he conducts mercantile, stock and agricultural business; he owns 567 acres adjoining the town of Wheeler's Grove. His father, John Woodmansee, was born in New Jersey in 1804; he emigrated to Shelby County, Ohio, in 1843; has always been a farmer, and still lives on the farm on which he first settled; his mother, Harriet (Platt) Woodmansee, was born in New Jersey about 1813. She is the mother of seven children, of whom six are living, three being in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Mr. Woodmansee has been Township Clerk, and is now Justice of the Peace. Mr. Woodmansee married Mary Niswanger, of Shelby County, Ohio, February 7, 1858; she was born April 18, 1836; her father, Samuel Niswanger, was born in Greene County, Ohio, in 1806; her mother, Nancy Scarf, was born in Greene County, Ohio, and died in 1842. Mr. and Mrs. Woodmansee have three children - Hattie Alice, Laura E. and Edith S., whose ages are respectively twenty-three, twenty-two and fourteen. Mr. Woodmansee is a staunch Republican.


From History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, published by O. L. Baskin & Co.
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