Farmer, P. O.
Elliott Montgomery, Co., Iowa, was born in Montpelier, Vt., August 16,
1836. His father, Henry Y. Barnes, was born in Vermont in 1796. He was
a harness-maker, and died in Vermont in 1872. Subject's mother,
Caroline (Yale) Barnes, was born in Chittenden County, Vt., about 1803,
and died in Vermont in 1881. The parents had nine children, four of
whom are living. Mr. Barnes began business as a harness-maker in 1857,
in Vermont, and followed that trade twelve years. Then he moved to Iowa
and became a farmer in Pottawattamie County in 1869, and has continued
farming since. He has held divers offices in the township, such as
Justice of the Peace, Trustee, etc., etc. He was married, first to Miss
Mary E. Gentle, October 7, 1858; she was born in Canada in 1835, and
died in Vermont in October, 1864; her parents are Hiram and Mary
(Bateman) Gentle, natives of New York State. Mr. Barnes was married to
Miss Emma S. Stratton, May 23, 1866. She was born in Greenwich, Mass.,
July 26, 1840; her father, Nathaniel H. Stratton, a silver-plater, was
born in Rutland, Mass., February 12, 1818; her mother, Susan H. (Legg)
Stratton, was born in Orange, Mass., November 25, 1816. Mr. Barnes has
three children by his first wife - Henry, born July 21, 1859; Charles,
born November 1, 1861; and Fred, born December 3, 1863. By his second
wife Mr. Barnes has two children - Frank, born June 30, 1867; and
Nellie, born October 21, 1877. Mr. Barnes bought eighty acres in
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in May, 1869. at about $7.50 per acre; he
now has 185 acres, valued at $35 per acre. The family of Mr. Barnes are
members of the Congregational Church. He is a Republican.
Farmer. P. O. Griswold, Cass County, was born in Northern Scotland in
1845, son of Simon and Isabella (McKenzie) Campbell; he was born in
Scotland in 1822, and now lives in that country; she was born in
Scotland in 1825, and died in Iowa in 1877. Mr. Campbell was an only
child, and began life as a fisherman. He emigrated to this country and
began work as a farm hand in Illinois in 1868. In 1871, he bought 160
acres of land in Waveland Township, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa. This farm
he moved onto in 1877. Mr. Campbell paid $6.50 per acre for his farm.
He now has 547 acres, valued at about $35 an acre. He has two very fine
orchards, and some artificial groves. He has fifty-five head of cattle,
ten horses and 100 head of fine hogs - a cross between Berkshire and
Poland. The cyclone of 1873 passed near Mr. Campbell's place, but he
fortunately escaped damage. In 1876, Mr. Campbell returned to Scotland,
and, after a thirteen years' separation, married Miss Mary Ann
McKenzie, born in Elgin, Scotland, October 24, 1852, daughter of
William and Betsey McKenzie; he died in Scotland in 1863; she was born
in Scotland in 1822. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have four children - Bella,
William J., Betsey and Janet - all born in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
When Mr. Campbell came to Iowa to buy land in 1S71, there was not a
house to be seen on Walnut Ridge, and he had to use his compass to find
his way back to a settlement. He is a member of the Presbyterian
Church, and is Independent in politics.
CHRISTIAN, Thomas N.
Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass County, was born in Indiana February 2,
1836, son of Lewis and Levina (Frazier) Christian; he, born in
Tennessee in 1811, is a farmer by occupation; she, born in Tennessee in
1812, is the mother of ten children, two of whom are dead. Mr.
Christian came to Missouri with his parents in 1849, received a
common-school education, and afterward taught. In August, 1862, he
enlisted in Company F, Thirty-fifth Missouri Infantry, and was mustered
out at St. Louis in 1863. After returning from the army, Mr. Christian
came to Cass County, Iowa, in 1866, and engaged in teaming till 1867,
when he moved to Pottawattamie County and rented land. In 1869, he
bought 124 acres at $5 an acre. He now has 244 acres, valued at $30 an
acre. He has a fine young orchard of 100 trees, and small fruits,
besides twenty acres of grove. He raises considerable stock, now having
forty head of cattle and fifty hogs. Mr. Christian was married, in
Missouri, May 23, 1861, to Rebecca Cranor, born in Indiana November 24,
1841, daughter of Joshua and Deborah (Potter) Cranor, natives of New
Jersey; her mother died in July, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Christian have had
ten children - Weltha, Ida, Newton, Alner, Lewis, Manlove B., Melcina,
Belle, Alice and Flora; the last two died in Missouri; the rest of the
ehildren were born in Iowa. Mr. Christian has held some township
offices; he belongs to the Masonic fraternity; is a Baptist in
religion, and a Republican in politics.
CLARK, Chester M.
Farmer, P. O. Elliott, Montgomery Co., Iowa, was bom in Peacham, Vt.,
September 24, 1845. His father, Gideon H. Clark, was born in Vermont
February 9, 1805; he is a farmer. Subject's mother, Harriett (Watts)
Clark, was born in Peacham, Vt., September 3. 1825. His parents had
eight children, seven of whom are living. At the age of seventeen, Mr.
Clark began business for himself as a farmer, and has thus continued
since. He married Miss Dora Kinkade March 12, 1870. Her father, William
D. Kinkade, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, February 10, 1819. Her
mother, Emily (Ross) Kinkade, was born in Ohio August 18, 1820. Mrs.
Clark was born in Rose Hill, Ohio, April 28, 1847. Mr. and Mrs. Clark
have one child, Jennie, born August 31, 1872. In 1870, Mr. Clark moved
to Boone County, Iowa, from which place he moved to Audubon County,
Iowa, thence to Montgomery County, Iowa. In 1873, he moved to
Pottawattamie County, where he bought eighty acres at $10 per acre. He
now has 230 acres, worth about $35 per acre. In 1873, Mr. Clark's
residence was completely destroyed by a cyclone of that year, which
damaged him more than $500.
Farmer, P. O. Elliott, Montgomery Co., Iowa, was born in Ireland in
1832. His father, George Cluskey, was born in Ireland, and died in his
native country about 1857. Subject's mother, Nancy (Conlan) Cluskey,
was born in Ireland, and resided there until her death, which occurred
about 1840. The parents had five children, three of whom are still
living. In 1851, Mr. Cluskey was married, in Ireland, to Miss Rose
Brennen, a native of Ireland, as were her parents. Four ofifspring are
the result of this happy union - Thomas, born in Ireland in 1851;
George, also born in Ireland; Ann, born in Massachusetts in 1863; and
Rose, born in Illinois in 1867. Mr. Cluskey is a member of the Catholic
Church. He emigrated to this country in 1854, settling in
Massachusetts, where he pursued farming as a laborer for others. He
next removed to Illinois, pursuing the same course of employment,
until, by economy, he accumulated enough to purchase a pleasant home.
In 1876, he removed to Iowa, Pottawattamie County, Waveland Township,
where he purchased a farm of 160 acres, situated in Sections 31 and 32.
This land cost Mr. Cluskey about $10 per acre, and it is now worth at
least $30 per acre.
Farmer, P. O. Griswold, was born in North Carolina November 21, 1851,
son of James and Polly (Spurling) Dillard; he was born in North
Carolina about 1810. The parents had ten children, four of whom are
dead. Mr. Dillard attended common school, and began the business of
life as a farmer. In 1869, he moved from North Carolina to Hardin
County, Iowa, and rented land till 1875, when he and his father bought
160 acres at $4 an acre. He now has eighty acres, valued at about $37
an acre. He has an acre of orchard, and the same amount of grove. His
farm is well stocked. Mr. Dillard was married, in Iowa, December 21,
1876, to Miss Ella Stidham, born in Iowa, daughter of D. G. and Susan
L. (Winegar) Stidham. Mr. Dillard and wife are members of the Christian
Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass County, was born in Tippecanoe County,
Ind., July 17, 1835. His father, Elijah Godfrey, was born in Maryland
in 1796, and, when about ten years old, emigrated to Ohio, settled in
Ross County (1806), where he married; thence to Indiana, where he
remained till emigrating to Illinois in 1855, when he settled in Warren
County, and there remained till his death, which occurred in October,
1877: he was a farmer by occupation. Subject's mother, Eleanor Davis,
was born in Ohio about 1805; was the mother of nine children, of whom
three are in Illinois, one in Missouri, two in Kansas, and the subject
in Waveland Township, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa. His mother died May 22,
1849. He began life in Illinois by renting land of his father;
continued this about five years, then he bought forty acres in Warren
County, Ill., farmed it for about three years, then went to the army,
enlisting in the Forty-seventh Illinois Infantry, Company H, in which
he served one year, or till the close of the war. After returning from
the army, he bought eighty acres and went to farming in Illinois,
continued this till 1873, when he sold out and came to where he now
lives, in Waveland Township, Pottawattamie County, thirty-five miles
east of Council Bluffs. Here he bought 160 acres, to which he has added
285, making 445; this was wild land, but is all improved now. Mr.
Godfrey married Miss Ellen Dehart, in Illinois, March 14, 1868. She was
born in Indiana March 23, 1844; her father, Larkin Dehart, born in
North Carolina March 19, 1804, died August 6, 1875; her mother. Sarah
(Collett) Dehart, was born in Kentucky June 20, 1812, and lives in
Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey have had seven
children, five of whom are living - Mary Maud, Irene L., Charlotte I.,
Elijah F. and Albert H. Mr. Godfrey is a man who votes for principle
and not for party. He is not a professor of religion, but does his
utmost to help every good cause.
GRAHAM, E. T.
Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Coles County, Ill.,
in 1830; his father was born in Kentucky in 1816, and died in Illinois
in 1863: his mother, Laurana L. (Sawyer) Graham, was born in Kentucky,
and is still living; the parents followed farming, and had twelve
children, eight of whom are still living. Mr. Graham received a
common-school education. At the age of eighteen, began life for himself
as a farmer on rented land in Illinois. He afterward pre-empted 160
acres of land in Coles County, Ill. In 1852, he went to California,
prospecting, and returned to Illinois two years later. In 1853, he
built a saw-mill in Coles County, Ill. Four years later, he sold his
mill, and built another, which he ran two years, then traded it for
eighty acres of land in Illinois. He afterward sold this land, and, in
1862, engaged in a woolen manufactory in Mattoon, Ill., the firm name
being Linder & Graham, which firm did a flourishing business. In
1872, he moved to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and rented a farm, on
which he remained nine years. In 1881, he bought a beautiful farm of
240 acres at $25 per acre, which is to-day worth at least $40 per acre.
He was married to Miss Maranda Dickey in 1849. She was born in Ohio,
and died in Illinois in 1859. Hor parents were born in Ohio, where her
father died. Her mother died in Kansas about 1878. Mr. Graham married
his second wife, Miss Emily J. Rogers, in 1861. She was born in
Kentucky in 1842. Her parents were born in Kentucky, and are still
living. Mr. Graham has had eleven children - four by his first wife and
seven by his second wife. Eight of the children are living. Mr. and
Mrs. Graham were formerly members of the Methodist Episcopal Churcli.
Mr. Graham has eighty head of very fine cattle, fifty head of hogs and
eleven head of first-class horses.
HEMSTED, Dr. J. W.
Physician, Griswold, Cass County, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, in
May, 1849; his father, F.W. Hemsted, was born in York Co., Penn., in
1818, emigrated to Ohio in 1840, stopped at Columbus till 1846, when he
came to Iowa, landing at Iowa City, where he worked at his trade; has
retired to private life. Subject's mother, Elizabeth (Akers) Hemsted,
was born in Wayne County, Penn., in 1816; she is the mother of seven
children. Dr. Hemsted first attended the district schools of Iowa; then
he spent three years in the State University of Iowa, after which he
took a course in medicine in the same institution, graduating in 1873;
he first practiced one year at Tiifin, Johnson Co., Iowa, then moved to
Pottawattamie County and located where he now lives, on a farm of 320
acres, situated thirty-eight miles east of Council Bluffs, in the
Walnut Creek Valley. After Dr. Hemsted came to Pottawattamie County, he
engaged in practice for several years, during which time he established
a wide reputation by the many skillful operations he performed in this
section; he is doubtless as well equipped for surgical operations as
any physician in the West. Dr. Hemsted married Miss Eva L. Thorn, of
Johnson County, Iowa, in 1876, who was born November 24, 1854; her
father, Graham Thorn, born in New York in 1824, emigrated to Illinois
in 1853, settling in Du Page County; in 1864, he came to Johnson
County, Iowa, where he still lives. Mrs. Hemsted's mother, Laura
(Bailey) Thorn, was born in New Yofk in November, 1831, and died in
1878. Dr. Hemsted and wife have three children - Ellen M., Bessie May
and Samuel B. The Doctor is a Democrat, and was a candidate, in the
fall of 1881, for Representative on the Democratic ticket, but was
Farmer, P. O. Elliott, Montgomery Co., Iowa, was born in England August
9, 1825; his father was born in England in 1774, and was a farmer; he
died in 1865. Subject's mother, Elizabeth (Bramble) Hornby, was born in
England in 1769, and died in 1844; the parents had twenty children, two
of whom are living. Mr. Hornby received a common-school education, and
began life as a farmer, which ha has
since continued. He has never become naturalized, but is of the
Republican persuasion. He has been twice married - first, in 1845, to
Miss Minerva Galtress, whose parents were natives of England. Mr.
Hornby was married to his second wife, Miss Jane Spence, in 1854; her
parents were English. Mr. Hornby is the father of the following
children: Robert, born January 25, 1846; Faithful, August 19, 1849;
Faith, January 31, 1850; Minerva, June 4, 1852; Thomas, February 13,
1857; Hope, February 5, 1859; Jane, July 14, 1862; Greorge, December
25, 1863; Elizabeth, January 14, 1865; William, March 7, 1867: Harry,
May 24, 1868; Eddie, July 24, 1870; Mary, September, 1872; Elsie, July
7, 1873, and James, July 1, 1876. Mr. Hornby is a Presbyterian. He
emigrated to Canada in 1848, and ten years later, he moved to
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where he now resides.
JOHNSON, J. W.
Frmer, P. O. Griswold, was born January 31, 1845, in Warren County,
Ill., son of Evander and Edith (Reed) Johnson, natives of Kentucky. The
parents had seven children, two of whom are dead. Mr. Johnson began
working by the month on a farm in Illinois; he moved from that State to
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in 1869, and bought sixty acres at $10 per
acre; he now has 160 acres, valued at $40 per acre and a fine
residence. He has an orchard of 100 trees, besides other fruits; also
one acre of artificial grove. Mr. Johnson was married, in Illinois, in
1869, to Delpha Dehart, born in Illinois in 1852, daughter of Larkin
and Sarah Dehart. Mr. Johnson lost his first wife in 1871, and March
31, 1872, in Iowa, he married Caroline Stidham, born in Iowa May 21,
1853, daughter of David G. and Susan Ann (Winegar) Stidham. Mr. and
Mrs. Johnson have had four children - Rosetta, Edith L., John D. , who
died November 22, 1881, and Franklin E., the latter born in
.Pottawattamie County, Iowa, the others born in Montgomeiy County. Mrs.
Johnson belongs to the Christian Church.
JACKSON, J. S.
Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass County, was born in Sweden in October,
1843; he came to America in 1868; landed at Galesburg, Ill., where he
remained, employed as a day laborer, for about six years; then he
rented a farm in Illinois one year; then sold out and came to
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, with his brother, N. Jackson. They bought
160 acres in 1874; since then they have added 160 acres, all of which
they have placed in a good state of cultivation. Mr. Jackson's sister
Celia came to America in 1873, and keeps house for the brothers. Mr,
Jackson turns his attention largely to raising and feeding stock. Mr.
Jackson's father, Swan Jackson, born in Sweden about 1813, died in
1858. His mother, Ellen Peterson, born in Sweden about 1822, died in
1860. The parents' children are J. S., Peter, Nelson, Andrew and Celia.
In politics. Mr. Jackson is a Democrat; religiously, he is a Lutheran.
These two brothers and their sister are deserving of great credit for
their industry, enterprise and improvements. Their parents died when
the children were small, and left them to care for themselves, which
they have nobly done.
Farmer, P O. Griswold, was born in England March 18, 1830. son of
Robert and Ann (Smith) Larington, natives of England; he died in
England about 1838; she died in Minnesota in 1879, and was the mother
of nine children, two of whom are dead. Mr. Larington began life as a
sailor, at the age of thirteen; he came from England to Chicago, Ill.,
in 1849, worked in a car foundry one year, and then went to Minnesota,
thence to Clayton County, Iowa, and engaged in farm work. About 1870,
he moved to Pottawattamie County and bought 120 acres of land. This he
has improved and added to till he now has 226 acres, worth about $32 an
acre. He has a beautiful grove of maples of about three and a half
acres, and some fruit. He has sixty-three head of cattle, ten horses
and 135 hogs. Mr. Larington was teamster for the Government during the
greater part of the rebellion. He was married, in Chicago, Ill., in
1855, to Mary Ann Archer, born in Canada in 1833. They have four
children living - Wilbert, Anna, Mary Jane and Eugene - one of whom is
an adopted child. They lost two children in infancy. Mr. Larington is a
LLOYD, W. Z.
Farmer, P. O. Elliott, Montgomery Co., Iowa. Was born in Ohio June 26,
1840. His father, David Lloyd, was born in England, and was a farmer;
he died in Iowa in 1863. Subject's mother, Anna (Williams) Lloyd, was
born in England, and died in Kansas in 1872. His parents had ten
children, all of whom are living. Mr. Lloyd has a common-school
education. He began life for himself as a renter in 1865. He has served
his township in the capacity of Postmaster, Justice of the Peace,
Treasurer, Collector, etc. He enlisted in Company K, Fifteenth Iowa
Infantry, Third Brigade, Fourth Division and Seventeenth Army Corps. He
served three years, and was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., in July,
1865. On September 2, 1868, he was married to Miss Hannah Hughes, born
in Burlington, Iowa, November 6, 1847; her father, John Hughes, was
born in England, and died in Iowa in 1848; her mother, Winifred (Owens)
Hughes, was born in England, and is living in Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
have five children - Gracie, born January 20, 1871; Winifred, February
11, 1873; Ernest, March 7, 1875; Mary Ida, March 17, 1877; and David
Garfield, September 27, 1880. Mr. Lloyd located in Pottawattamie
County, Iowa, in 1871, buying eighty acres at $12 per acre, and he now
has 320 acres, worth about $40 per acre. His residence is beautifully
ornamented on the west by a grove of about two and a half acres. He has
on his farm seventy head of fine cattle and about one hundred and fifty
head of hogs. He is a Republican.
PERSONS, Levi A.
Farmer, P. O. Elliott, Montgomery Co., Iowa, was born in Vermont
October 10, 1822. His father was born in Vermont in 1790; was a farmer,
and served a short time in the war of 1812. Subject's mother was born
in Vermont in 1793, and died in 1860. His parents had five children,
four of whom are living. Mr. Persons has a common-school education. He
was in Company H, Forty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry, during the rebellion.
He was married to Miss Betsey Moore in 1850. She was born in Vermont,
of which State her parents were also natives. Mr. and Mrs. Persons have
had five children - Zedora L., born January 23, 1851; Susan E., August
27, 1852; Hattie A., June 3, 1855; Herbert H., February 27, 1857; and
George A., born April 13, 1859. died June 3, 1864. Mr. Persons
emigrated from Vermont to Wisconsin, thence to Pottawattamie County,
Iowa, in 1870, where he bought ten acres of land at $10 per acre. He
now has fifty acres, worth at least $40 per acre.
POTTER, H. C.
Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass County, was born in Genesee County, N. Y.,
July 17, 1816; his father, William Potter, born in Boston, Mass., in
1780, settled in Western New York on a farm, where he died in 1864; he
served a short time in the war of 1812. Subject's mother. Charity
(Skinner) Potter, born in Kings County, N. Y., in 1790, was the mother
of thirteen children, of whom but five are living; she died in 1846.
Mr. Potter began life on his ownresponsibility in Erie County,
N. Y., farming the old homestead, which he had purchased of the heirs.
This he sold, and came to Iowa in 1852, settling in Jackson County,
near Andrew. He remained on this farm for four years, then moved to
Minnesota; remained eleven years; returned to Lucas County, Iowa;
farmed a rented farm three years, then came to where he now lives;
bought the land, but lived on a rented farm for three years, while
improving the present homestead, which consists of 255 acres, valued at
about $30 per acre. Mr. Potter married Miss Caroline Parmely, of Erie
County, N. Y., in October, 1841. She was born in Erie County, N. Y., in
January, 1823; her father, Lemuel Parmely, born in 1779, in Maine, died
in 1868; her mother, Sally (Brown) Parmely, born in Vermont about 1789,
died in 1827. Mr. and Mrs. Potter have had seven children, of whom five
are living - Ray S., Clark, Sally M., Ellen B. and William. Mr. Potter
has served his township as Justice of the Peace; has been Township
assessor for six years, and Township Trustee for several years, thus
being a very active and useful citizen. He is an active member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and always votes the straight Republican