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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 385-86


Jeremiah C[rittenden]. GUSTIN, farmer and stock-raiser, living on section 6, Jefferson Township, is a native of Ohio, born in Adams County, June 14, 1846, a son of Jeremiah W. and Rachel (MADDOX) GUSTON, who were natives of Kentucky and Virginia respectively. The father settled with his family in Marion County, Iowa, in 1855, and in 1857 came to Ringgold County, at which time Indians and wild animals were the principal inhabitants, and here the father entered 1,000 acres of uncultivated land, where the family endured all the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life.

The father died in this county, May 16, 1880, and the mother is still living making her home with her son, Alpheus M., in Jefferson Township. They were the parents of nine children, of whom five are yet living - Mrs. Hannah COY, Mrs. Vienna DUNLAP, Mrs. Rosetta FORD, Alpheus M. and Jeremiah C.

Jeremiah C. has always followed farming, in which he has met with success, being now the owner of 280 acres of well-improved land.

He was married November 11, 1875 [Ringgold County, Iowa], to Miss Mattie A. PAGE, a daughter of Edwin PAGE, who was killed [died of disease March 27, 1862] in the late [Civil] war, having been a member of Company G, Fourth Iowa Infantry.

Mr. and MRs. GUSTIN have five children - Cary E., Oriental J., Edwin P., Pearl and Violet.

Mr. GUSTIN has served as school director for several years. He and his wife ware members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

NOTE: Jeremiah Wilson GUSTIN was born in Adams County, Ohio, on January 6, 1813, and died at the age of 67 years on May 16, 1880, Ringgold County, Iowa. Rachel Lovina (MADDOX) was born February 27, 1820, Wood County, Virginia, and died February 12, 1903, Jefferson Township of Ringgold County, Iowa. Jeremiah W. and Rachel were interred at Union Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. Jeremiah W. and Rachel L. (MADDOX) GUSTIN were the parents of nine children:

1) Alpheus Maddox GUSTIN (1844-1910)
    Alpheus' biography is included in the 1887 Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

2) Jeremiah Crittenden GUSTIN (1846-1919)

3) Hannah S. GUSTIN, born 10 May 1848, Adams Co. OH; died 1892, Ringgold Co. IA
    married 01 Oct 1868, Ringgold Co. IA to George C. COY

4) Rachel Violet (GUSTIN) DUNLAP, born 1851, Adams Co. OH; married Mr. DUNLAP in 1874

5) Sarah Annette GUSTIN, born 1853, Adams Co. OH; died 1857, Ringgold Co. IA

6) Israel S. GUSTIN, born 1855, Adams Co. OH; died 1855, Ringgold Co. IA

7) Emeline M. GUSTIN, born 1855, Adams Co. OH; died 1855, Ringgold Co. IA

8) William M. GUSTIN, born 1858, Ringgold Co. IA; died 1858, Ringgold Co. IA

9) Rosetta A. GUSTIN, born 1860, Ringgold Co. IA; married 1880 George FORD (1860-?)
Some family records indicate a tenth child, Thomas GUSTIN.

Jeremiah Crittenden GUSTIN died February 10, 1919. Martha America "Mattie" (PAGE) GUSTIN was born in Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa, December 19, 1859, the daughter of Edwin D. PAGE (1836-1862) and Mary Jane (ANDERSON) PAGE (1831-1864). Martha died at Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa, at the age of 82 years on May 26, 1942. Jeremiah and Mattie were interred at Union Cemetery near Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa. Jeremiah and Mattie were the parents of eleven children:

1) Carey Ensign GUSTIN, born 06 Aug 1876, Ringgold Co. IA; died 06 Nov 1938

2) Oriental J. GUSTIN, born 22 Feb 1878, Ringgold Co. IA; died 09 Sep 1941
    married Cora O. (?) (1880-1944)

3) Edwin Poe GUSTIN, born 11 May 1879, Ringgold Co. IA; died 25 May 1942
    married Elizabeth (?)

4) Pearl GUSTIN, born 10 May 1881, Ringgold Co. IA; died Jun 1969, Diagonal, IA
    married Lula MATHEWS (1884-?); children Kenneth and Jerald

5) Rachel "Violet" GUSTIN, born 09 May 1884, Ringgold Co. IA
    married Geroge PIERCEY

6) Birdie America GUSTIN, born 15 Oct 1886, Ringgold Co. IA
    married Gerald HAWKER (1892-1978)

7) Jeremiah Crittenden GUSTIN Jr., born 18 Oct 1890, Ringgold Co. IA; died 21 Nov 1954, Billings MT
    married 24 Jun 1914, Diagonal IA to Mary Myrtle OSMOND (1896-1979)
    Child: Evelyn Fern GUSTIN (1915-1999), married 1938 Robert W. CRAWFORD (1914-1989)
    Child: Dale Osmond GUSTIN (1918-1993)
    Child: Marjorie Rae GUSTIN (1922-2001), married George J. BERNASH (1917-1973)
    Child: Joanne Merl GUSTIN married Pete VANDERWYCK

8) James Weaver GUSTIN, born 11 Oct 1892, Ringgold Co. IA; died 03 Sep 1980, Denver CO

9) Dolly Fern GUSTIN, born 16 Apr 1896, Ringgold Co. IA
    married Ralph HANSON (1893-1976); child, John HANSON

10) William Bryan GUSTIN, born 06 Jun 1900, Ringgold Co. IA
       married Olive Rebecca BROWN (1901-?); child, James William GUSTIN

11) Juan Page GUSTIN, born 16 Jul 1903, Ringgold Co. IA; died 18 Mar 1924, Ringgold Co. IA
       interment Union Cemetery near Diagonal, Ringgold Co. IA

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 385-6, 1887.

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Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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