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Waveland Township
1883

BARNES, Henry

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.


CAMPBELL, Alexander

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.


CLUSKEY, Barnard

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.


DILLARD, Solomon

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 Church.


GODFREY,  Clarkson

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 defeated.


HORNBY, James

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.


LARINGTON, Robert

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 Republican.


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 ticket.


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