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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 359 - 360.


"Irenus MILLSAP, farmer, section 18, Clinton Township, is one of the early settlers who has been identified with the interests of the county for thirty years. He was born in Lawrence County, Indiana, December 29, 1837. His parents were Bela and Jane (Bunch) Millsap, natives of North Carolina. They reared a family of seven children - G. A., Nancy Ann, Jane, William, Sophronia, F. A. and Irenus.

Mr. Millsap was reared a farmer and was educated in the common schools. In 1856 the family came by team to Madison County, Iowa, where they spent the winter, and the following spring came to Ringgold County, locating on section 12, Benton Township, on wild land the father had entered from the Government.

Mr. Millsap was married May 21, 1861, to Miss Mary C. Dennis, a native of New Jersey. When twelve years of age she came with her parents, William S. and Nancy (McLean) Dennis, to Taylor County, Iowa.

Mr. Millsap settled upon his present farm in 1875, which was then in a wild state. His farm contains ninety-eight acres of well-cultivated and well-improved land. He has a comfortable house, out-buildings for stock, and orchard and small fruits.

Mr. and Mrs. Millsap are the parents of eight children - Nancy J., Elma Alice, Ulysses A., Emma E., Silas W., Angie May, Sidney C. and Nora Belle.

Mr. Millsap is politically a Republican. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since seven years of age. Postoffice, Mormontown."

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