The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1908
John M[arshall]. POOR, farmer, living on section 22, Rice Township, was born in Washington County, Indiana, August 4, 1836,
the eldest child of Alvin and Julia A. POOR, who were among the pioneer settlers of Ringgold County, and died May 29, 1908.
They came to this county in the year 1856, and settled in Clinton Township on a farm where they spent their last years.
They were the parents of eight children, all of whom are yet living. Their names are - John M., Isabella, Alvin M., Ann
Maria, Daniel W., Clinton E., Susan E. and Wesley A.
John M. was reared in Washington and Pike counties, Indiana, his
parents locating in the latter county a few years previous to their coming to Ringgold County.
In 1857 he returned to
Indiana where he attended school, preparing himself for a teacher, which profession he followed in Indiana and Illinois,
until his father's death which occurred in 1862, when he returned to Ringgold County to settle up his father's estate.
August 9, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry, and although his regiment did not participate in many
historic battles, their duty was arduous, as well as honorable, ridding the country from bushwackers in Arkansas and
Mississippi. Mr. POOR took part in the siege and capture of Mobile, and in the last campaign in Texas. He received an
honorable discharge at Davenport, Iowa, August 10, 1865.
He returned to Ringgold County, April 11,1867, when he was
married to Miss Mary J. BAIRD, a daughter of Samuel BAIRD, one of the early settlers of Clinton
Township where he still resides. Mrs. POOR was born in Putnam County, Indiana, October 12, 1849, and came with her parents
to Ringgold County in 1855, where she has since lived. [Mary J. (BAIRD) POOR died March 1, 1926.] Six children are still
living - Eugene W., Millie Belle, Mary Emma, Willie W., Elmer R. and Lura M. Orville, their fifth child, died aged one year.
Mr. POOR followed farming in Clinton Township until 1875, when he commenced improving his present farm in Rice Township,
having improved his 160 acres himself without any assistance.He served in several township offices efficiently and
acceptably, and [was] township assessor. Both he and his wife [were] members of the Methodist church.
NOTE: John Marshall POOR was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Mary Jane (BAIRD), wife of
John Marshall POOR, was born on October 12, 1849, and died March 1, 1926 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
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