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Silcott, George E.


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 6/13/2021 at 17:44:56

born Dec 8, 1869, Iowa

History of Warren County, Iowa; Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns & Etc., by Union Historical Company, 1879, p.656
SILCOTT, GEORGE W., farmer, White Oak Township, Sec. 12; P. O. Indianola; was born in Adams county, Ohio, November 3, 1840; when eleven years old his parents removed to Park county, Indiana, remaining there two years, then came to this county, and has since made it his home; on the 8th day of May, 1861; he enlisted in Co. G, Third Iowa Cavalry, and was with the regiment at the battle of Shiloh, where he was severely wounded, and was honorably discharged October 29, 1862; in July, 1864, he enlisted in the one hundred day service, and served his time out; on his return he engaged in his former occupation as a farmer; he owns 40 acres improved land; he was married December 5, 1865, to Miss Anna A. Shaver, born in Ohio, and raised in this State; they have four children living: Lucinda E., Lillie M., James W., and Amy E., three deceased, Rose, Hattie and Willie.

George E. Silcott, Clerk of Lincoln township, was born in Washington (now Lincoln) township, Warren county, Iowa, December 8, 1869, a son of Robert and Mary (Stover) Silcott. They had seven children - George, Edward, Robert, Homer, Clarence, Emmett, and Mary. Homer resides with our subject and the others live in Kansas. The father was born near Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1844, and resided there until twelve years of age, when, in 1855, the family located in Warren county, Iowa. On account of ill health of both himself and wife, Mr. Silcott removed to Labette county, Kansas, in 1885. The climate realizing their brightest anticipations, they have located permanently in that State. He has been a life-long farmer and stock raiser, and is universally successful as a business man. Although not in any sense a politician, he is uncommonly well informed on all matters of public interest. He was an ardent Whig in the early days and has been an ardent Republican since the organization of that party. Grandfather Lewis Silcott was born in Indiana in 1812. In middle life he located in Warren county, Iowa, where he entered Government land, and took his full share in the rough life of a new and undeveloped country. Here he spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1889, at the age of seventy-seven years. The remote ancestry of the Silcott family were of German descent, coming to this country at a very early day. The mother of our subject, nee Mary Stover, was a native of this State and a daughter of Joseph Stover, an early pioneer of Iowa. The ancestors of the Stover family were Virginians by birth. George E. Silcott, the subject of this sketch, has spent his entire life, with the exception of four years in Kansas, in this State. In his boyhood days he attended the common schools, and later the Gem City Business College at Quincy, Illinois, graduating at that institution in 1889. At the age of nineteen years he started out in life for himself. He now owns a good farm of 175 acres in the garden spot of Iowa, where he is extensively engaged in farming and stock- raising, and has built up an enviable reputation among the young farmers of Warren county. He averages handling about a car-load of cattle per week. Although young in years, Mr. Silcott has always been interested in the best interests of this region. In 1893 he was appointed Township Clerk, to fill an unexpired term of the Township Trustee, and in the fall of the same year he was elected to that office for a term of two years. Always interested in politics, he has acted as delegate to conventions, and is ever ready to do his full part in carrying on the best interests of the party. December 12, 1890, at the age of twenty-one years, Mr. Silcott was united in marriage with Miss Rosa Martin, a native of Marion county, Iowa, and a daughter of Isaac Martin. The Martin ancestry were from Pennsylvania, near Pittsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Silcott have three children, - Mary J., Robert F., and Loran E. Source: A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1896, vol.1, p.267


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