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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 299


M. S. TRULLINGER, justice of the peace and notary public, resides on section 8, Middle Fork Township, and one of the pioneers of Ringgold County. He was born in Fountain County, Indiana, May 18, 1830, son of Gabriel and Charlotte (FRENCH) TRULLINGER, who were natives of Ohio, and the parents of two children, a son and daughter. He lived in his native county until he was eight years of age, when his father moved to the Black Hawk Purchase, the Territory of Iowa.

Here our subject was reared amid the wild surroundings of frontier life, more frequently meeting with the red man than the white man, and often associating with the young Indians. He acquired a good, practical education by study at home and attending school in the log cabins.

He was married in 1850 to Margaret CARR, and they had five children, only two of whom are living - A. C. [Aaron Chatterton] and H. H.

Mrs. TRULLINGER died in 1865, and in 1866 Mr. TRULLINGER was united in marriage with Maria HAMPTON, a relative of the Hon. Wade HAMPTON, of South Carolina. They have seven children - R. W., L. B., John B., Ellen, Beatrice, Irving and Arcadia. Henry C., a young man of great intelligence and promise, died May 28, 1886, leaving a wife and five children to mourn his untimely loss.

Mr. TRULLINGER is a Republican of pronounced type, dyed in the wool and warranted fast colors. He has served nearly twenty years as justice of the peace, and dispenses justice to all who are called before his court in an impartial manner, worth of a judge of the higher courts.

He has been a member of the Odd Fellows order since he was twenty-one years of age. Mr. TRULLINGER is quite extensively engaged in bee culture, making a specialty of Italian Queen and a cross of the same. He has a thrifty young orchard of 100 trees and several varieties of small fruits. Postoffice, Delphos.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 299, 1887.

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

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

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