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Shelby County


1889 Bio Index


Jacob Bosley

Jacob BOSLEY, a retired farmer, is one of the best known of Lincoln Township's pioneers, having settled there in 1865.

He was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, March 23, 1827, and is the son of Greenbury and Huldah (Morris) Bosley, natives of Pennsylvania. He grew to manhood in his native county, being reared to the life of a farmer, and receiving his education in the common schools. In 1848 he went to Putnam County, Illinois, being one of the pioneers there; thence he removed to LaSalle County, Illinois, and remained there until 1865, when he came to Iowa and settled on section 16, Lincoln Township, Shelby County. Here he improved 320 acres of wild land, placing it under cultivation and erecting a residence and barn. He also planted a fine grove of trees. He was one of the very first settlers in this part of the country, and endured all the privations with which the pioneer alone is familiar. He owns, in addition to his farm in section 16, eighty acres in section 10, and eighty acres in Cass Township, making a total of 480 acres.

Politically Mr. Bosley stands by the Republican party. He has done his share in the improvement of Shelby county, and is counted among the financially solid men of the county.

Source: 1889 Biographical History of Shelby County, Iowa, pp. 575. Transcribed and submitted by Craig and Nancy Poole - cpoole@unmc.edu