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"Biographical History of
Pottawattamie County, Iowa"
by The Lewis Publishing Company, 1891


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WELLS, William S. (page 410) - b. Brown County, Ohio, 1837, son of John WELLS, who was born in New Jersey in 1810, John being the son of Isaiah WELLS, who was born in Wales. John WELLS reared 7 children: Thomas who lives in Illinois; Samuel who resides in Marion Co Iowa; William S. our subject; Erasmus D. of Madison Co Nebraska; John F. of Madison Co Nebraska; Francis Lewis of Madison Co Nebraska, and David of Sacramento Valley, California. John was married to Rachel LONG WELLS. William S. WELLS, our subject, married in 1864 in Iowa to Mary L. THOMPSON, who was born in Ohio, daughter of Alexander and Nancy (WOOD) THOMPSON. William and Mary WELLS have two children: Harry T. and Nannie A.

OLDS, James (page 413) - b. Kane Co, Illinois, 1841. Son of Ransom OLDS. "The great-grandfather of our subject was a seaman, and during the reign of King George of England, captured a celebrated Scottish pirate and in an encounter with broad-swords killed and beheaded him and gained a large reward." Father of Ransom OLDS was George OLDS. James OLDS, our subject, had brothers and sisters: Ransom, Florilla, George, John, Mary, Arthur, Duncan, Lucy, Gideon, Daniel, Margaret, Laverna. James OLDS, our subject, served in the Civil War and was mustered out in 1864. After the war, he farmed in Kankakee Co, IL, and in 1871 went to Fillmore Co, Nebraska, where he remained 3 years. Married Emily BURNS, daughter of James H. and Charlotte (FORCE) BURNS. Emily and James had six children, four now living: Amasa, Nettie W.; Willie; Frank; Emma; and Lovina.


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JOHN FREDERICK KIMBALL, of the banking firm of Kimball & Champ, was born at Muscatine, Iowa, Dec 13, 1856, son of Alvin and Susan A. (Patrick) Kimball and the youngest of their four children, the others being George A., Emma J. and J. Frank. His father was born in 1813, near Windsor, Vermont. In 1840 he emigrated to Ohio with his family and engaged in the wholesale grocery trade at Cleveland. In 1853 he moved to Muscatine, Iowa and engaged in the grain business, erecting an elevator and having a large trade; but the financial crisis of 1857 caused him great loss. He persevered in his business, however, and did well to the time of his death, April 17, 1865. Politically he was a prominent Abolitionist, devoting both time and money to the relief of oppressed and fugitive slaves. He took an active interest in all that pertained to the moral welfare and material development of the community, and was respected by all parties. The mother of the subject of this sketch was born at Brownsville, Jefferson Co, NY, in 1822. She was a devoted wife and mother, is a useful member of the Baptist Church and of good society generally, now living in Minneapolis.

Mr Kimball, our subject, was but 8 years of age when his father died, and he was trained by his mother, who gave him all the advantages at her command, which however, were limited. He completed his school education at Brown's Academy. In 1879 while on a tour through the West looking for a business location, he became acquainted with his present partner, George H. Champ, and in company with him bought out the abstract business of J.P. and J.N. Casady. To this they afterward added the business of money lending, which under their equitable, conservative and skillful management, at length grew to large proportions, and in 1888 they added banking; and in this line too their operations have become extensive. Their bank has taken rank among the leading financial institutions of the city and even of western Iowa, eastern Nebraska, etc. Mr Kimball is also a member of the firm of Kimball, Champ & Ryan, bond brokers in Omaha, and he owns a half interest in the Bank of Minden at Minden, Iowa. He also owns considerable land in Council Bluffs and elsewhere in the State.

Politically he is a Republican, but has no aspirations for official position, preferring the seclusion of private life to public honor. He is a gentleman of modest and retiring manner, a shrewd businessman and financier, being deservedly a favorite among all classes. He is public spirited and genial in disposition. The people of the city point with pride to the elegant structures erected by Messrs. Kimball & Champ. One of these, the Grand Central Hotel, is acknowledged to be the finest building of the kind in the state. November 30, 1884, he married Miss Louise Greene, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a daughter of William and Louisa (Higley) Greene. She was educated at Faribault, Minnesota, in a ladies' seminary under the auspices of the Protestant Episcopal Church and also at St Mary's Seminary, another Episcopal institution.


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BARTON, Reuben (page 417) - a native of Plainfield, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts, son of Nathan and Sarah (BURROUGHS) BARTON, was born January 9, 1812. In 1838, he married Marcia E. WILSON, b. 1811; they had three children: Nathan Henry now residing at San Bernardino, California; Reuben Almon now residing at Meadville, Keya Paha Co, Nebraska; and Marcia E. (deceased). His wife and baby daughter died in 1846 within days of each other in Hancock Co, Illinois. He moved to Pottawattamie County in 1852, with his second wife Almera W. JOHNSON, a devout Mormon. Mrs Almera BARTON left her husband in the summer of 1861 to travel to Utah with the Mormons. "Hence an influence was brought to bear upon Mrs BARTON which culminated in her going with the rest in the summer of 1861. Thus in the 49th year of his age and 23d of his married life, he was the second time bereft of wife; and this time, what was dearer than wife, three girls died, the eldest 11 years and youngest 5 years." He married the third time in October 1867, to Maria J. CAROTHERS, daughter of John and Betsey (SICKLER) CAROTHERS. (NOTE: There is a touching obituary written by Reuben for his wife Maria Jane BARTON upon her death and published September 24, 1890, in the Council Bluffs Nonpareil.)

SMITH, Peter (page 421) - head of the Smith & Co. Union Bakery, established 1883; born Germany, 1840, son of Peter and Anna (PETERSON) SMITH; they died in Germany and Peter came to America with an Uncle. Married 1868 to Mary MUELLER, b. Germany 1843; they have seven children: Frances the oldest child is the wife of Professor Charles BACTOUS, a resident of Omaha, Nebraska.

SAPP, Colonel William Fletcher (page 423) - b. Danville, Ohio, 1824, son of John SAPP and Elizabeth MYERS. William Fletcher SAPP was admitted to the Bar 1847 in Ohio; in 1856 he married Mary C. BROWN of Mt Vernon, Ohio, daughter of Capt Richard Montgomery BROWN and Mary HONN BROWN. In 1859 Colonel SAPP located in Omaha, Nebraska, and entered into practice. Omaha was then a village of 1800 to 2000 inhabitants and the Territory of Nebraska had not recovered from the crisis of 1857. Colonel SAPP gained his title in 1862 when he was appointed as Lientenant Colonel of a regiment formed to fight against the Indians on the frontier. Colonel and Mrs SAPP were the parents of 3 children, of whom one son still survives: William F., Jr. Colonel SAPP died November 22, 1890, and was laid to rest in Ohio. (This biography covers nearly four pages! Full text & photo available by clicking on name.)


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FRANCIS T. McPHERRON, who resides on section 8, Hardin Township, came to this county in 1877, where he has since made his home. He was born in Henry County, Iowa, January 20, 1850, near Mt. Pleasant, the son of J. W. and May E. (Cook) McPherron. The father was a native of Knox County, Tennessee, and the son of William McPherron, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch-Irish ancestry; the mother was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the daughter of Luther Cook, a native of Pennsylvania. The father settled in Henry County, Iowa, in 1837, before it was admitted to the Union, and when it was inhabited by the Fox and Winnebago Indians. They reared a family of six children, three sons and three daughters, of whom our subject was the second child. Mr. McPherron still resides in Henry County on the farm which he has owned for over fifty years.

Francis T. was reared on the old farm, and at the age of twenty years he began work at the carpenter's trade in Henry County, which he continued until 1878, when he came to Council Bluffs and worked at his trade one year. In 1877 he bought eighty acres of wild prairie land, of which he broke forty acres, and the next year he rented the land for one year. In 1879 he built a small farm house, and in 1890 a good frame house, and made many other improvements. The farm contains a grove of eight or ten acres and an orchard. He now owns 200 acres of land, and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising.

Mr. McPherron was first married in 1874, in Henry County, Iowa, to Miss Helen Eveland, who was born in Henry County, the daughter of James W. Eveland. By this union there was one child, Helen. Mrs. McPherron died the same year they were married, in 1874. In 1779 he married Anna B. Henderson, of Henry County, Iowa, the daughter of J. W. Henderson. They have four children: Vernon F., Perry E., Ira C. and Stacy W. Politically Mr. McPherron is a Republican. He is a member of the 1. 0. 0. F., Trenton Lodge, No. 57, at Trenton, Iowa, and of the I. 0. G. T., of Downsville, Norwalk Township. He was raised a Presbyterian, and his wife is a member of the Christian Church.


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BROWN, William R. (page 437) - b. Indiana 1836, son of John and Rachel (PETERSON) BROWN, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter a descendant of old Virginia families. At age 19 William R. came west and arrived at Omaha on May 15, 1862, when it was but a small village of about 1,000 inhabitants. He worked at teaming, working in a stone quarry, then engaged in freighting to Denver. In 1867 he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad until 1877, when he rented land east of Fort Omaha and farmed. He eventually settled in Pottawattamie Co. Iowa. He married in Warren Co Iowa near Fort Hartford in 1861 to Margaret L. LEWIN, daughter of Washington LEWIN who came to Omaha in 1856. They have 9 children: Charles residing in Omaha; James of Galesburg IL; Mary wife of J.K. HAZZARD of Omaha; Albert of Omaha; Dolly at home; Nellie, Bennie, Delphia, Salome and Oscar. They also lost 5 children by death in childhood.

JONES, Thomas J. (page 440) - b. Mason County, Old Dominion, near the Ohio River, Nov 16, 1833, son of Charles JONES and Rhoda N. (WRIGHT) JONES; Rhoda the daughter of Gad and Rhoda (NORTH) WRIGHT. To Charles JONES and wife, 13 children were born, six of whom are living. Three daughters are in Indiana and two are in Nebraska. The mother lives with her son in this county, and at this writing has reached the advanced age of 82 years. Thomas married Sept 1858 to Ann Elizabeth CLARK, of Decatur Co, Indiana, daughter of William CLARK, grandaughter of Joseph CLARK, a Kentuckian. Ann's mother was Ritty Jane MENEFEE, daughter of Larkin MENEFEE, a native of Kentucky. Thomas JONES and wife have 3 children: Martha Jane wife of Orlando HAMILTON; Elnora wife of William SHELTON; and Thoda wife of Angus McKENZIE. One son, William Clark, is deceased.

BARNETT, E.S. (page 442) - b. New Haven Connecticut January 14, 1833, son of Willis and Rosetta (SMITH) BARNETT. E.S. BARNETT married in New Haven Connecticut on May 30, 1854 to Sarah A. JACOBS, a native of that State, daughter of Enoch and Sarah (BROWN) JACOBS, who were of French descent. Mr and Mrs BARNETT are parents of two children: Lena wife of Jonathan CHASE of Weeping Water, Nebraska; and Catherine wife of F.H. YOUNG of Durango, Colorado.

NUSUM, Dr. J.W. (page 444) - b. Greene Co, Pennsylvania, Dec 19, 1848, son of George G. NUSUM, grandson of Silas and Charlotte (FROST) NUSUM, natives of Virginia. In 1872 Dr J.W. NUSUM married Emma ARMSTRONG of St Charles Iowa. He arrived at Crescent City, Iowa, Dec 1878, and opened practice. "Taking great pride in his profession, he has an extensive and good paying patronage, even in Florence, Omaha, Council Bluffs, Missouri Valley and the surrounding country. He makes a specialty of eye and throat diseases." Children of J.W. and Emma NUSUM are: George G.; Maggie E.; and Vernie.

RITTER, Adam (page 451) - b. Wythe Co, West Virginia, 1812, son of Michael and Phoebe (KETRON) RITTER; Phoebe was the daughter of Lawrence KETRON, a Pennsylvania German. Adam married Nancy T. WARD in Virginia in 1837, daughter of Milton WARD and Martha (THOMPSON) WARD. In 1846, Adam and Nancy came by team and wagon to Council Bluffs, then a small village called Kanesville. Their children are: Martha Ann wife of John DINGMAN of Garner Township; George who lives near Ogden Utah; John T. also near Ogden; Milton of Garner Township; Archibald a resident of Webster County, Nebraska; Eliza Jane wife of Emanuel RICHARD of Neola Iowa; Lizzie now Mrs John SMITH of Neola; and Jessie who lives in Idaho.

DINGMAN, John B. (page 453) - b. Upper Canada, October 1827, son of Philip and Barbara (BOYD) DINGMAN. At age 14, in the company of Joseph PARKER an uncle, John DINGMAN came West and settled at Nauvoo, IL; in 1847 he came to Iowa. He was first married October 1848 to Elizabeth FOY, and they had 3 children: Orson, William and Susan E. Mr DINGMAN for his present wife, married Martha A. RITTER, daughter of Adam RITTER, and by this marriage there are four children: John a resident of Nebraska; Theodore of Garner Township Iowa; Charlotte wife of William McDONALD of Nebraska; and Archibald Travers DINGMAN of Council Bluffs.

PETERSON, Eugene W. (page 457) - b. 1857 in Illinois, son of Lewis M. and Caroline PETERSON, natives of Sweden. Lewis came to America when about 10 years old, in 1843 or 1844. Eugene PETERSON went to St Louis where at the age of 14 he entered the employ of R.G. Dun & Co., and in May 1885 he took charge of the Lincoln, Nebraska office, remaining there until 1887. Then he assumed charge of the Omaha corresponding department. Eugene married 1879 to Carrie S. KERR, daughter of Mr and Mrs John KERR of St Louis, Carrie b. in Canada 1857. Eugene and Carrie had two children: Eugene Willie Jr b. 1880 and Winniford M. b. 1883. R.G. Dun & Co is the oldest and largest mercantile agency in the world, publishes references books of traders in the U.S. and Canada.

SHELDON, Luzern (page 470) - b. Trumbull Co, Ohio, 1841; son of Benjamin SHELDON and Ada (AMES) SHELDON, grandson of Jonathan SHELDON, all old line New Englanders. Luzern SHELDON married in 1862 to Anna ANDREWS who was born at Hartford, Trumbull Co, Ohio, daughter of Drayton ANDREWS and Anna (BATES) ANDREWS, grandaughter of Chester ANDREWS. Luzern and Anna SHELDON had 8 children: Homer L. married and living in Nebraska; Rev. Chester E. SHELDON residing in Floyd Co, Iowa; Benjamin also of Floyd Co; Guy A. of Woodbury Co Iowa; Frank in Ohio; Clayton in Minnesota; and Ettie K. and Anna Pearl at home.

TERRY, Henry A. (page 472) - nurseryman near Crescent City, b. Cortland Co, NY, 1826, a son of Otis and Cynthia (RUGGLES) TERRY, natives of Worcester, Massachusetts and of Irish and Scotch origin. The family were members of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Henry A. married in September 1848 to Rachel T. SIRRINE [b. New Haven, Connecticut, 1824, daughter of Eliphaz and Amarilla (SANFORD) GILLETT. Of this marriage there were six children: Henry S., now the oldest resident native of this township being born here 1849; Mary C. (deceased) wife of John P. WILLIAMS of South Omaha; Rachel A. wife of William NUSUM of Woodbine Iowa; Charles T. (deceased); Fannie M. who is Mrs Christian MARKESAN of Council Bluffs; and Adelaide (deceased). Rachel TERRY died July 12, 1873, and Mr TERRY married October 1873 to Esther J. HOUGH, daughter of S.M. and Eliza J. (ALLEN) HOUGH, and by this union there have also been six children: Florence; Grace I.; Clara M.; Myrtle C.; Howard A.; Otis M.   (Note: I was raised in the Crescent area, and the TERRY family has members still residing in Crescent, Iowa, north of Council Bluffs. - Mona)

COLLINS, Nathan Smith (page 476) - b. Vermont, October 1858, son of Alfred and Cordelia (SMITH) COLLINS, natives of Vermont. Alfred had six children by his first wife, five living, viz.: Mary A. WALL of Montgomery Co, Iowa; Stukely Alden COLLINS of Omaha, Nebraska; Edith Cordelia DeVOSS of Arkansas; Gertrude E. SIMPSON of Denver; and Nathan Smith COLLINS. His second wife was Harriet A. WICKWARE. Nathan Smith COLLINS, our subject, was married February 1883 in Iowa to Emma HULBERT, daughter or Orlando and Charlotte (BLISS) HULBERT, natives of Vermont and now residents of Wayne Co, Nebraska. Mr and Mrs COLLINS have 3 children: Mary Emma, Valma Belle and Frank Huber.

CHAMP, George H. (page 477) - of the firm Kimball & Champ, bankers, and Vice president of the Kimball & Champ Investment Co was b. Nov 1856 at Rockford, IL, son of Frederick and Frances (LUCAS) CHAMP, natives of England. George is now the only member of that family living. In the spring of 1879 he came to Omaha in quest of a business position, and in July he came over to Council Bluffs. His present partner is John F. KIMBALL (SEE KIMBALL bio). They have built the Grand Hotel Block, a cut of which appears on page 476, the finest private building in the State of Iowa.

McMILLEN, William A. (page 483) - contractor and builder, b. St Johns Province of Quebec, Canada, 1848, son of John and Jane (BROWNIGG) McMILLEN, natives of Scotland and Ireland. At age 14 he began a five-year apprenticeship to the carpenter's trade. At 21 he came to the U.S. and in 1879 he came to Council Bluffs. He opened an office in Omaha in 1890, and has erected a number of fine buildings, including the Robert Purvis residence of Omaha. He married in 1874 to Mary BROWNRICK a native of Canada. By her he had 3 children: Mary, Lucy and Carrie; he again married in 1886 to Amelia STEPHENS and had one child, Frances.

KNOTTS, Rev. Joseph (page 493) - (deceased) b. Knottsville, Monongalia Co, Virginia, 1832. (This village is now in West Virginia near Grafton.) In October 1855 he married Rebecca HALL at Carthage, Illinois. They returned to Virginia where he was licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church. In about 1874 he opened a Christian book store in Council Bluffs, which was destroyed by the great fire, carrying off all his stock of books and publishng material in a few hours, leaving him nothing. In 1875 he was appointed by President Grant as Consul to Chihuahua, Mexico, and in failing health he went to Mexico. In 1887 he left home in Council Bluffs on a trip to Durango, Mexico, and riding in a stage he suffered pneumonia and died in El Paso Texas in January 1888. Joseph KNOTTS was the son of Absalom and Matilda (SAYRE) KNOTTS. Joseph KNOTTS had children: Edith V. wife of Samuel ROBERTSON of Boulder, Montana; Absalom B. of Plattsmouth Nebraska; Thomas H. of Des Moines Iowa; Matilda deceased; Lemuel G. of Council Bluffs; E. Franklin also of Council Bluffs; James E. of Des Moines; Gordon B. of Council Bluffs; Alice deceased; and Joseph Jr of Council Bluffs.

WINTERSTIEN, William (page 497) - b. Johnson Co, Iowa, Dec 28, 1843, son of William WINTERSTIEN Sr, a native of Ohio, and grandson of Nicholas WINTERSTIEN, a soldier of the War of 1812. William WINTERSTIEN Sr married Susan LARAMORE and had ten children, four now living: William Jr. our subject; Jerome W. resident of Waveland Township Pottawattamie Co; Philip a resident of Hastings Nebraska; and Franklin who lives near Goldendale, Washington. William WINTERSTIEN Jr fought in the Civil War and was discharged July 25, 1865, returning to Iowa. On June 10, 1869, he married Catherine Louise BURNETT, daughter of John BURNETT and Ann Eliza VENESS BURNETT. William and Catherine WINTERSTIEN had nine children: Grant, Eugene, William Arthur, Ethel, Kate, Thomas B., Ray, Ben Harrison, and Susan.

MILLER, Robert (page 499) - brother to J.W. MILLER. Robert married in 1854 to Eleanor McKEE, she b. Washington Co, PA, daughter of John and Mary Ann (CRAWFORD) McKEE, of Belfast, Ireland. Robert MILLER resided in Pennsylvania until 1854, removing to Illinois until 1868 (with the exception of one year spent at Pike's Peak), then to Page Co, Iowa until 1871, when he moved to Thayer Co, Nebraska (then called Jefferson Co). He then returned to Iowa, then Missouri, and back to Iowa. Robert MILLER and Eleanor had children: Mary Jane wife of George FULTON of Thayer Co, Nebraska; Eliza Belle wife of Samuel BARTLE of Iowa; Joseph B. farming with his father; William John; James at home, and Robert at school.

GREEN, Charles (page 511) - a native of the Province of Schleswig-Holstein, b. Sept 1834, son of Jurgen and Dora (GOLDSTADT) GREEN. Charles was reared in his native country until age 21, and learned the cabinet-marker's trade. Charles married in Mills Co, Iowa, to Julia Anna Elizabeth BAUER, daughter of Christian and Caroline (PLUMER) BAUER. Mr and Mrs GREEN have seven children: Maria Cornelia wife of B. BRANDT of Mills County; John A. resident of Lancaster Co, Nebraska; Henry F.; Christopher F.; Martha; Julius; and Ella. They are members of the German Lutheran Church.

HALL, A.J. (page 521) - b. Crawford Co, Indiana, May 20, 1817, son of William and Anna (COPELAND) HALL, natives of Virginia and of Irish and English extraction. Andrew J., our subject, came to Pottawattamie Co in 1862, moved to Utah, then returned in 1866. Andrew married in Vermilion Co, IL, May 1839 to Ellen TRIMMELL, daughter of Sampson TRIMMELL. She died about 2 years after their marriage, along with an infant, in Missouri. Mr HALL again married in 1843 in Bates Co, Missouri, to Nancy W. HUDSON, b. Franklin Co, Tennessee, daughter of William and Sarah (BIGHAM) HALL. Andrew and Nancy HALL are the parents of: Elethe J. wife of Dalorma PARISH of Hazel Dell Twp Iowa; Mary Ann, deceased; Sarah E. wife of Morris HOUGH of Hazel Dell; Miles, at home; Eliza, deceased; Ewing of Bayard Nebraska; and Isabella, deceased.

TAYLOR, William H. (page 524) - b. Clark Co Illinois March 5, 1842, son of Pleasant TAYLOR and Jane (ALISON) TAYLOR formerly of Indiana. William came to Pottawattamie Co Iowa in 1850 when Iowa was still a frontier, his family being one of the earliest settlers. William received his education in a log schoolhouse, with a board against the wall for a writing desk and wooden benches for seats. In 1864 William went to Montana, Virginia City and Helena and was engaged in mining. In the fall of 1865, he returned to Pottawattamie Co, coming down the Missouri River from Fort Benton to Omaha on a steamboat. September 28 of that year he married Mary E. BRATTON, daughter of John and Rebecca (HARRIS) BRATTON. Mr and Mrs Taylor have 3 children: George P. at home; M.R.J. wife of F.M. Smith; and Emma L. at home.

DeHART, Francis Asbury (page 527) - son of the late Larkin and Sarah DeHART, grandson of John and Letta DeHART, natives of Tennessee. To Larkin and Sarah DeHART were born 16 children, 9 living, viz.: Verleny wife of G. RAWLINS of Guthrie Co Iowa; Elisha F. in Allen Co Kansas; Elizabeth wife of W.T. JOHNSON of Saunders Co Nebraska; Mary wife of Ben CONKLIN of Ringgold Co Iowa; James in Saunders Co Nebraska; Asa, an old soldier residing in Los Angeles; Miranda wife of John CHAPMAN of Kansas; Ellen wife of Clarkson GODFREY of Iowa; and Francis Asbury. F.A. DeHART, our subject, married in April 1875 to Rosa M. BLANEY, daughter of William and Catherine (NOGLE) BLANEY. Mr and Mrs DeHART have five children: Charles Frederick, Clarence L., Lillian May, Maud Ethel, and Larkin Ewall. Julia Irene died at the age of 8 months. The DeHART farm consists of 120 acres, section 7. On Dec 16, 1890, his house burned to the ground with all its contents. With the help of neighbors, a new house was raised and the family moved in on January 23, 1891.

BRADEN, Peter, (page 528) - b. Richland Co, Ohio, March 11, 1837, son of Samuel BRADEN who was a son of John BRADEN. The mother of our subject was Margaret (GATES) BRADEN, daughter of Peter GATES. Peter BRADEN was age 12 when he went to Marcon Co, Illinois, with his father, his mother having died. Peter married August 1864 to Sarah A. POOLE, daughter of Simeon and Elizabeth (PARMETER) POOLE, and she was left an orphan at the early age of four years. Mr & Mrs BRADEN lived in Illinois until 1866, when they removed to Otoe Co, Nebraska, where they lived 9 years, then coming to Iowa. They have 7 children: Belle, wife of John HARBURT of Carson Township; Elmer E. of Macedonia; Ida, wife of A.E. SEABURG of Silver Creek Township; Willie, Gracie, Claude and Archie. Three children died in childhood.

SPETMAN, Henry H. (page 529) - b. Holstein, Germany, April 21, 1825, son of G.H. and Ann H. (ELLIS) SPETMAN. G.H. and Ann had 9 children, 6 of whom came to America, 4 still surviving: H.H. our subject; William H. a resident of Mills Co, Iowa; J.H. a resident of Omaha, Nebraska; and Margaret C. wife of Charles WYMILLERR of Omaha, Nebraska. Henry H. SPETMAN married Oct 15, 1854 to Catherine H. BECK, daughter of A.H. and E.H. (KICKBUSH) BECK, natives of Germany. Catherine was born June 27, 1830 in Holstein Germany, and in 1854 emigrated to America with her parents and that same year married Mr. Spetman. "Mr. and Mrs. SPETMAN 's life is brightened and made happy by eight children:" Fred W. of Council Bluffs; William C. also of this city; Mary wife of D. HOLZ; Henry and Lizzie of Council Bluffs; Wilhelmina wife of Frank FOX; Carl L at home, and John, deceased.

HARDENBERGH, Otis (page 533) - b. October 3, 1828, son of Nicholas HARDENBERGH and Margaret (CRONK) HARDENBERGH of New York. Otis came to Iowa at age 28 where he settled for six years, doing carpentry and farming. He married in January 1860 to Margaret HOPLEY, daughter of Thomas and Francis (ARROWSMITH) HOPLEY, formerly of England. In 1866 he went to Arapahoe Co, Colorado, where he worked on a ranch at also at his trade for 15 years. Mr and Mrs HARDENBERGH had three children: George H., Sophia (deceased) and Jessie. Jessie is married to Henry CONN of Beatrice, Nebraska and has two children. Mrs. HARDENBERGH died in 1882, and in 1889 Otis married Eliza WILSON, daughter of Knight and Margaret (RATHBORN) WILSON, of England. By this marriage, Mr HARDENBERGH has one daughter, May W.

WILLIAMS, N. W. (page 538) - b. May 2, 1842, son of James and Sarah (WOODRUFF) WILLIAMS, natives of New York and descendants of old Puritan families. When our subject was 4 years old, his father died, and at age 12 he went with his mother to Michigan, then to Illinois, and then in the fall of 1857 they located in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, where the mother died the following autumn. In December 1858, Mr WILLIAMS and his 2 sisters came to Council Bluffs. He learned the trade of brick-laying and plastering, and after service in the Civil War, took up that trade. On July 21, 1863, he married Charlotte E. ARMSTRONG, a native of Nauvoo, Illinois, and they are the parents of 7 children: Fannie (deceased), Ralph, Mark, Stella (deceased), Olive (deceased), Emma and Ruth.

PLANK, M.V. (page 575) - b. Lewis Co, NY, November 1823, son of Henry PLANK and Margaret C. (VANINGEN) PLANK; Margaret the daughter of Joseph VANINGEN, a native of Holland. M.V. PLANK married October 1846 in Lewis Co, NY to Miss H.A. WITHERBEE, daughter of David and Eliza (St. CLAIR) WITHERBEE; they have six children: Zelia Eliza with of David VANALSTINE of Belknap Twp; W.J. of Cora Valley, Oregon; Hattie wife of George L. BOALS of Dakota Co, Nebraska; Ida Belle and Ada N., twins, the former wife of J.A. FLETCHER of Colorado and the latter the wife of Marion BARTON, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; Iona L. wife of B.S. LEADER of Balknap. Mrs M.V. PLANK is an ordained minister of the Adventist Church and has prached in Sioux City, Yankton and Omaha.

PRICE, Charles S. (page 577) - proprietor of Pleasant Ridge stock farm, b. Pennsylvania in 1850, son of Martin and Melinda (WILLIAMS) PRICE, Virginians. Charles PRICE is a pioneer in the introduction of Percheron horses in the county and has spent much time and money to obtain the best specimens to be found. One of the best horses in Western Iowa is his "Metayer," foaled in 1884 and imported in 1886; weight 1,800 pounds. He took the first premium as a 3-year-old at the Nebraska State Fair in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1888. Mr PRICE married in 1875 to Miss Marion, daughter of James PERKS of Macedonia Township.

BARSTOW, J. M. (page 583) - leading physician and surgeon of this city, b. Fulton Co, Illinois, Sept 10, 1854, son of Samuel and Eleanor (COULSON) BARSTOW. Dr BARSTOW came with his parents to Iowa at age one year; he attended a subscription school "in a slab house in Mills County;" he also attended the Bellevue High School, of Bellevue, Nebraska two terms; attended the Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is one of the staff of the Pottawattamie Co Asylum for the Insane and St Bernard's Hospital. He was united in marriage to Carrie M. SHEPARD, 1884, daughter of Nathaniel and Ruth (FOUTZ) SHEPARD. Dr and Mrs BARSTOW have one child, Ruth.

MAXWELL, W. E. (page 595) - b. Jefferson Co, Iowa, 1854, son of John MAXWELL and Catherine (CLOVER) MAXWELL. His Grandfather Benjamin MAXWELL was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. John and Catherine MAXWELL had six sons: Albert who resides in Washington; W.E. our subject; I.M. of Sumner Co, Nebraska; T.H. and E.J. (twins) of Iowa; and C.G. of Creston, Iowa in the mercantile business with his brother T.H. W.E. MAXWELL married at Council Bluffs, Iowa, September 1878 to Miss S.J. TIMBERMAN, a native of Iowa. Mr and Mrs MAXWELL have 3 children: Amy Pearl, Gaylen Cloyd and Ivy Emma.

BROWN, Alexander L. (page 604) - b. Muskingum Co, Ohio, 1827, son of Benjamin BROWN, grandson of Alexander BROWN (born in Scotland). Alexander's mother was Nancy (McKEE) BROWN, daughter of Protestant Irishmen. Alexander married April 20, 1848 to Miss Elizabeth Catherine MENNEFEE, a native of Virginia, daughter of Charles MENNEFEE (b. 1782) and Mary MADOX MENNEFEE, daughter of Notley MADOX a native of Virginia. Mr and Mrs BROWN are the parents of 7 chldren: Samantha wife of Horace BULL of Rock Island, IL and has five children; Joanna wife of Riley DUNCAN of Wayne Nebraska, the mother of 2 children; Charles a resident of Custer Co Nebraska, father of 3 children; Theodore married and living in Omaha; L.W. at home; Hugh in Pottawattamie County; George A. a teacher in Center Township. Benjamin, twin brother of Charles, died at age four.

UNDERWOOD, S. G. (page 619) - b. Dumfrieshire, Scotland, January 13, 1829, son of William and Mary (GRIERSON) UNDERWOOD. William was the son of James UNDERWOOD a native of Scotland, and Mary was the daughter of William and Margaret (RICHARDSON) GRIERSON. S.G. spent several years at sea on a sailing vessel, as cabin boy, going first to Gibralter, then Capt of Good Hope, St Helena, and other points on the African Coast. He visited almost all parts of the globe. In 1846 he came from Motreal to Chicago, then Indiana, then Illinois, then Missouri, then by ox team to Sacramento California. In 1854 he came to Pottawattamie County. He now sells machine for the McCormick Co. Mr UNDERWOOD married in March 1856 to Helen McPHERSON, a native of Scotland, and daughter of Captain John McPHERSON and Belle (NICHOL) McPHERSON. Mr and Mrs UNDERWOOD have eight children: William, in the stock business in Omaha, Nebraska; Nelly wife of Ed H. BENTON of Council Bluffs; Anna at home; John M., Samuel G., Ninie, Herbert, and Fay L.

ELLIS, M. P. (page 637) - druggist at Council Bluffs, b. Elkhart, Indiana, March 1856, son of Joel and Emeline (BAILEY) ELLIS. M.P. ELLIS, at age 17, entered the employ of Hill & Kelly, druggists at Elkhart, and became proficient. In 1882, he went to Fairbury, Nebraska, and worked for Hinkle, Carr & Co., where he managed to save means enough to buy a piece of land in Jefferson Co, Nebraska, which he later sold. He later came to Council Bluffs, and on September 10 1889 married Mrs. Alice WILSON of Council Bluffs, she the daughter of W.H. and Matilda (THOMPSON) MURLIN.

GOULD, John H. (page 641) - b. Vermont, January 1811, son of Joseph and Susan (HASKIN) GOULD, natives of the Mohawk Valley, NY. Both the HASKINs and GOULDs were Dutch. During his youth, John spent time in New York State working on the building of the Erie Canal and was there during the great cholera epidemic in 1833. In 1835 he removed to Illinois, where he married January 29, 1846, to Martha PRUNK (b. Virginia, daughter of Daniel and Catherine PRUNK ). In 1866, they came to Pottawattamie County Iowa. Mr and Mrs GOULD have five children: Mary Magdeline JOHNSON, a widow, residing with her father; George W. of Willow Lake, South Dakota; Daniel W. a resident of Oregon; Addison who lives in Omaha, Nebraska; and Emma Catherine wife of S. SOLOMON of this County. The great loss of Mr GOULD 's life was in the death of his beloved wife, January 14, 1889.

PLUMER, Henry F. (page 654) - native of Hanover, Germany, b. October 1828, son of John H. and Mary PLUMER, who came to America in 1830. John H. PLUMER spent six years in the English Army and was in the battle of Waterloo and served in the French Revolution under the Duke of Wellington. Henry F. PLUMER was married August 20, 1849 to Sophia KINNING, b. Mercer Co, Ohio, 1835, daughter of John H. and Mary (MEYER) KINNING, natives of Hanover, Germany who came to America in 1829. Mr and Mrs PLUMER have 12 children living, namely: Mary J. wife of Fred SPETMAN of Omaha, Nebraska; John residing in Council Bluffs; William of Iowa; Emeline wife of Fred LUDICK of Woodbury Co; Josephine at home; Ferdinand of Woodbury Co; Edward at home; Cornelius; Oscar; Augusta (deceased); Thomas at home; Laura; Henry, and an infant daughter (deceased).

BEEZLEY, William (page 666) - b. Clarke Co, Ohio, January 1818, son of John BEEZLEY, grandson of William BEEZLEY. William BEEZLEY came to Brown County, Ohio, with Daniel Boone and built the first grist mill on the Little Miami River there. William BEEZLEY, our subject, son of John and Elizabeth (ELLSWORTH) BEEZLEY, was reared in Ohio, then in Illinois, and served in the Civil War, along with his sons John T. (38th Illinois Infantry); Cassius C. (106th Illinois Regiment and killed at Island 62); and William James (145th Illinois Regiment). Mr BEEZLEY also took two boys to raise, namely James Ferguson (7th Regiment) and Charles Russum (38th Regiment, deceased). William BEEZLEY, our subject, first married in Miami Co, Ohio, to Polly Ann CASTLE, and having six children, five now living: John at Gerard Kansas; Emeline wife of Newton BOYLES of Graham Co Kansas; Cassius C. killed on Island 62; William James, residing in southwestern Nebraska; and Jenny wife of Cornelius STOCKTON of Hanson Co, Dakota. Mrs BEEZLEY died 1880 and Mr BEEZLEY was again married December 1884 to Anna FAWCETT and had three children: Benjamin Roscoe; George Fawcett; and Elmer Smith.

LATHAN, Edmond (page 675) - b. Elk River, Clay Co, Indiana, 1824, son of John and Nancy (BOLLARHIDE) LATHAN, natives of North Carolina. Edmond married Nancy REEL, daughter of William A. and Sarah (REEL) REEL, of Irish ancestry. Mr and Mrs LATHAN had 9 children, six living, namely: John William in Colorado; Mrs Martha ALDRIDGE in Nebraska; Joseph Riley in Monroe Co Iowa; Mary Etta wife of George COX of Missouri Valley; Anna wife of Silas JONES of Monona County; Edmond who resides in Nebraska. Mrs LATHAN died in 1859 at age 35, and Mr LATHAN married again in 1861 to Mrs Jessie MARTIN, nee UUDERWOOD, who was born in Scotland; they have four children: Nancy Ann wife of G.L. BROWN in Washington Twp; Samuel engaged in the timber business in Butte, Montana; Harrison at home; and Jessie, also at home.

QUICK, W. S. (page 677) - b. Rickingham Co, Virginia, August 1818, son of William QUICK and Elizabeth (TROUT) QUICK. He was 7 years old when his parents removed to Licking Co, Ohio; William and five brothers drew by hand a light wagon loaded with household goods. W.S. married in 1856 and came to Iowa, then went to Pike's Peak with an ox team in search of gold; then freighted from Des Moines to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, to Denver; engaged in the livery business in Omaha, Nebraska. He finally settled to farm life in 1881, with his wife Angeline (EFFINGER) QUICK; they have two children: Elias Jefferson in partnership with his father; and Cornelius S., a banker at Indianola, Red Willow County, Nebraska. Mrs QUICK died 1885, and W.S. remarried 1889 to Amelia HAMPTON, and by this marriage there are 2 children: Gertrude and Howard. Elias J. QUICK of Nebraska was born in Licking Co, Ohio, and came to Iowa at age 11 with his parents, and was 14 years old when he went to Denver. He married in February 1873 to Miss Elizabeth THOMAS, b. Wales, daughter of John and Elizabeth THOMAS, and they have 8 children: Anna Caravena; George; Cornelius; Tilly; William T.; Jay; Elizabeth; and Mabel.

OSBORN, George H. (page 684) - b. Frederick Co, Virginia, son of George OSBORN and Amelia GORDON OSBORN. In March 1846, he married Eliza GRANT, daughter of John and Rebecca (FULTON) GRANT, from Pennsylvania before the War of 1812. Mr and Mrs OSBORN moved to St Joseph Missouri for five years, and in 1865 moved to Iowa. His children are: Ella, wife of William KING of Hazel Dell Twp; John L. who also resides in Hazel Dell Twp; Alcinda, now Mrs William TRIPLET of Buffalo Co, Nebraska; and George C. resident of Hazel Dell.

HUFF, Alexander M. (page 690) - b. Henderson Co, Illinois, May 1845, son of Lewis HUFF and Susan (PALMER) HUFF, grandson of John HUFF, a native of North Carolina and father of 22 children. Alexander HUFF came to Council Bluffs with his father and was married in Omaha, Nebraska in 1866 to Ella DORAN, daughter of John DORAN, a native of Nova Scotia. Mr and Mrs HUFF had six children: Mary, Lewis, Ford, Eva, Katie and Daisy.

CARTER, Isaac G. (page 692) - b. February 1830, son of Alvin CARTER and Nancy (CLARK) CARTER. To Alvin and Nancy of Muskingum Co, Ohio, were born Isaac G.; Henry B.; Washington; William; Hugh; and Mary A. Mr CARTER died very suddenly at the early age of 30 years from exposure; and his wife died within two weeks from exposure in taking care of the stock on the farm. At age 12, Isaac was then left an orphan, and the little family of six orphan children were scattered. Isaac was brought up by William EVANS, a wealthy Irishman, who treated him kindly. Isaac married Lucinda DOWELL, daughter of George and Grace (HELMS) DOWELL, of German descent. Mr CARTER learned the carpenters trade early in life and followed this profession as a contarctor and builder. (He served in the Civil War, a the text from his discharge paper is included in the bio.) After the War, he lived on a farm in Iowa for 4 years, then went to Platte County, Nebraska, where he lived until 1872, and went to Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He is Chaplain of the Anti-Horse Thief Society at Hancock, Iowa. Mr & Mrs CARTER are the parents of 10 children, 7 living: Harry A., Charles, George, Henrietta, Eva, Ida, Jennie, Howard, Flora and Hugh.

KEAST, Thomas, (page 704) - b. Cornwall, England, August 9, 1844, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (TALLING) KEAST. The father died one year after being injured while ditching in England, and the mother still lives in Cornwall, England. Thomas married Eliza Grace OLIVER, March 3, 1865, in England, daughter of William and Elizabeth (MATHEWS) OLIVER. In 1877 they came to Iowa; they have 7 children: Emma wife of D.D. CLARK of Clay, Nebraska; Samuel of the same place; William; John; Elizabeth; Frank; and Charley.

WALDO, Mrs. Mary A. (page 709) - b. Windham County, Vermont, Dec 24, 1829, daughter of George W. and Mary (RANDALL) ALLEN, of Scotch and English ancestry. Mr. ALLEN was a nephew of the noted Ethan ALLEN of Revolutionary fame, and his wife was a first cousin of Hon. Samuel RANDALL, one of the most eminent statesmen of this nation. Mrs. WALDO was but 15 years old when she received a certificate and taught school for one year, although her father was well-to-do and able to support her without her labor. Being ambitious, she also learned the art of cutting and fitting dresses, and at the age of 20 years, she married Asa Berry WALDO, Nov 8, 1849. He was a blacksmith for 2 years, then came west and joined the Mormons at Nauvoo as they were about to emigrate to Council Bluffs. After several moves, they settled near Crescent City, Iowa, in 1871. Mrs. WALDO now has a neat residence in Crescent City; her children have been - Flora A. and Orpha E. both deceased; Aden M. residing in Omaha, Nebraska; Orpha E.(2) residing in Mills County; Edwin P. and Carrie C. both deceased.

CARTER, Amos Scott (page 710) - proprietor of Sunny-Side Farm, b. Guernsey Co, Ohio, 1837, son of Samuel CARTER and Susan (BENSON) CARTER, daughter of Amos BENSON. The CARTERs were Friends or Quakers and their children were reared in that faith. Our subject was reared in Guernsey Co Ohio to farm life. He came to Pottawattamie Co in 1870, and now owns a fine farm of 240 acres. He married in Guernsey Co, Ohio, Sept 1860 to Melinda HARTLEY, daughter of Noah HARTLEY and Millicent (HALL) HARTLEY, daughter of Isaac HALL. Mr and Mrs CARTER are the parents of ten children: Millie Jane, wife of James BOILEAU an architect in Omaha, Nebraska; Noah Elmer, foreman of planing mill in South Omaha; James Thomas Albert a wagonmaker and blacksmith; John William living on the old homestead; Phebe Adaletta wife of Henry H. CRAWMER a railroad man of Kansas; Amos Edwin, a mechanic at home; Arthur Elwood also at home; Charles Tilmon; Ruth Minnie; George Alfred.


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Mona Sarratt Knight
29 Jan 1999

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