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married Andrew Mickey; he died in 1842. February 21, 1844, she married John Marshall, who was born in Wayne county, Ohio, June 8, 1818. He was raised a farmer and followed it during his life. In 1854 he came to Iowa and located in Washington county; and after a residence of nme years came to Marion county and located on the farm now occupied by Mrs. Marshall. He was a man of sterling integrity and industry, whose influence was always on the side of right. He was a consistent meinber of the Presbyterian Church, and one of its most liberal contributors. He assisted in organizing a Presbyterian Church at Talleyrand, Keokuk county, and was a ruling elder in the same. After coming to this county he identified him. self with the Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, and subsequently was elected elder. Mr. Marshall's great aim in life was to educate his children and he availed himself of the best opportunities within his means. Mr. Marshall spent some time in California, where he was taken with severe attack of that dread scourge, the cholera, and from which he never entirely recovered, and it was the primary cause of his death, which occurred Angust 13, 1871, leaving six children; Fillmore, Clifton, Melvin, Joseph, William L. and Carlos B. Fillmore was edncated at the Iowa Agricultural College, and graduated with honors in 1873. He made choice of civil engineering as a profession, and was elected county surveyor and served two terins. He was then employed by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad as civil engineer, and was the first, after several attempts on the part of others, to successfully conduct the road over what is now called Marshall's Pass (Dr. Christy's range of mountains), and is held in high esteem by the company. Clifton is also associated with his brother in the employ of the saine company. Joseph is in Leadville and has interest in several mines. Melvin is a farmer in ‘Pottawattamie county. William L. and Carlos B. are at home on the farm with their mother.

MARSH, OSBORNE-(Deceased). Was born June 20, 1817, in Washington county, Indiana, there resided until he attained the age of twenty years, when, in company with his parents, he moved to Morgan county, same State, where he remained for fourteen years. In 1848 he emigrated to Iowa and settled in Marion county on the farm five miles west of town, which he occupied at his decease, which occurred May 20, 1878. Few men stood higher in the estimation of the community than did Osborne Marsh. He was married March 3, 1839, to Jane Kirby, born in Monroe county, Kentucky, March 7, 1820. By this union they have three children living: Williain, Malissa and Artie E. They lost two sons in the late war: Cyrus (a member of Captain McCormack's company, died March 18, 1862), and James (a member of Captain Cherrie's company, died August 13, 1863).

MARSH, WILLIAM -Fariner and stock-raiser, Sec. 10, P. 0. Knoxville. This substantial agriculturist was born in Morgan county, Indiana, January 6, 1840. He is the son of Osborne and Jane, natives of that State and among the early settlers of Morgan county. William's early life was that of a farmer boy, receiving the benefits of the common schools as his opportunities would permit. In 1849 he came to Marion county with his parents, his father locating on the farm where the subject now resides. Mr. Osborne Marsh died May 21, 1878. At the time of his death he was among the stalwart farmers of the county. The first Sunday-school held in the district was at his house, and he was closely identified with the educational interests and all matters for the advancement of the public morals. The subject of the sketch was married in 1862 to Miss R. J. Allison. They have had, by this union, a family of nine children: Cyrus J. (deceased), Frank, Dowel, Maggie, E. L., Candis, Alta, Dora and William. consists of 220 acres of as choice land as there is in the neighborhood Stock-raising is his specialty and in this branch of industry he does a thrising business.

MARSH, DANIEL--Farmer, Sec. 8, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Washington county, Indiana, August 9, 1824. When seven years old be moved with his parents to Morgan county, where he lived until 1850, and then emigrated to Iowa, locating in Marion county, on the farm he now decupies. For many years Mr. Marsh has been identitied with the interests of this county, and is a part of its history. Mr. M. has always been among the foremost advocating measures touching the interest of the county, both morally and politically. He accumulated a fine property and secured the esteem and respect of all who know him. He enlisted in the Mexican Wa? June 5, 1847, in company B, Fourth Indiana volunteer infantry, commanded by Captain J. Alexander, of Col. Garmand's regiment, and partie ipated in several battles. Was mustered out July 16, 1848. Was married October 14, 1852, to Charlotte Butcher, who was born in Indiana. Hare four children: •S. James, Alice, William A., Lanra A. Have lost one child, Mary E., who died July 29, 1876.

MATHÈWS, JAMES – Attorney. Prominent among the many substantial and worthy citizens of Knoxville who have given reputation to the city and reflected honor on its residente is the name that heads this sketeh. He was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, on the 5th day of June, 1805. He was raised in this, Columbiana, Jefferson and Coshocton counties, and until twenty-five years of age his life was that of a farmer. He then inade choice of the practice of law as a profession and read with Gen. Stokely, of Steubenville, Ohio. He was adınitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Coshocton county, Ohio. In 1833 he was elected to represent his district in the State Legislature, and served in the lower and upper houses, with the exception of one year, until 1840. He was then selecteủ as the Democratic standard bearer for Congress in that district, and notwithstanding the large majorities for General Harrison for president, Mr. Mathews was elected, and the manner in which be filled the office may be inferred from the fact that he was re-elected in 1842 and, including the extra session called by President Harrison, he served five sessions. In 1855 be came to Iowa and settled in Knoxville, and pursued his chosen calling, 2 part of the time in company with ex-Governor Stone, a former student. In 1863 he was appointed by President Lincoln provost-marshal of this district, and served until the close of the war. In 1867 he was appointed postinaster at Knoxville and held the office until 1870, when he resigned to accept the chair of Pomology in the State Agricultural College, a position he was eminently qualified to fill from the interest and attention he had given the subject for years previous. Ile remained in this position for four years. In connection with his son, Benton A. Mathews, they have been conducting a nursery business for several years, and their reputation is not excelled by any one in the State. Their fruit orchard of thirty-five acres, with perhaps one exception, is the largest in the State and what adds largely to its value is its choice varieties. He is a inan of acknowledged ability, and whose convictions of duty are strong, and when his mind is once made np it requires strong and convincing arguments to change. He is a man of cultivation and much interested in educational matters, and in the various

positions of honor and trust which he has been cailed to fill he bas disbarged his official duties with scrupulous care and fidelity. As as citizen ne is public spirited and ever identified with the best interests and substancial progress of the city, and in private life a warm friend and an outspoken opponent. At over three-score and fifteen his step is still firm, his form erect and his countenance cheerful, and he bids fair to see a ripe, mellow old age.

He married Miss Mary A. Conley in 1833. She is a native of New York. Their family consists of six children: Caroline (now Mrs. W. M. Stone), Benton A., Augusta (now Mrs. Foote of Philadelphia), Matilda (now Mrs. F. C. Barker), Helen (now Mrs. Robinson) and Addie (now Mrs. Edwards of Texas).

MATHEWS, BENTON A.--Was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, January 4, 1840, and came with his parents to Marion county. After finishing his education be engaged in horticultural pursuits, and in which he has attained a good degree of success. During the late war he enlisted in the Third Iowa infantry, and was wounded at the battle of Shiloh. He inarried Miss Cynthia Lindley, of Newton, Jasper county, in 1878; she was born in Ohio. They have one daughter, Alice.

MILLER, A. B.--Attorney at law. One of the pioneer settlers of this county, was born in Petersburg, Adams county, Pennsylvania, on the eighth day of January, 1818, and was raised principally in Franklin county. In 1835 he removed with his parents to Columbiana county, Ohio. His early life was spent on a farm. He availed himself of the educational advantages offered by the public schools, supplemented by two years' attendance at Oberlin College. Having made choice of law 28 a profession, he entered the office of Wm. D. Ewing, of New Lisbon, Obio, and after a thorough preparation, was admitted to the bar in 1846. In April of that year he

be came to this county and settled in Lake Prairie township, and in 1848 reinoved to Red Rock. In 1852 he was elected clerk of the courts, and in 1854 re-elected to the same position. During the late war he enlisted in the Fortieth Iowa intantry and served two years as quartermaster of his regiment. After his return from the army he resumed the practice of law. He was married to Miss Eliza Chapman on the twenty-fifth day of December, 1845; she was born in Colombiana county, Ohio. They have three children: Helen (wife of J. A. Donley), Rinaldo S. and Nora (wife of

: Hon. J. B. Elliott.

MILLER, MINOS-County clerk. Was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, on the second day of Augnet, 1841, and lived there until fifteen years of age, and then came with his parents to Iowa and settled in Monroe county, where he was raised on a farın. Daring the war he enlisted in company D, Thirty-sixth lowa infantry, and was appointed a sergeant, and after serving over a year was transferred to the Fifty-fourth regiment of United States colored troops, and served until October 1, 1866. After he was inistered ont he went to Indiana and took a course in a commercial college, and accepted a situation as book-keeper, and after serving in this capacity for some time, he once more retraced his steps to Iowa and settled in Warren county and improved a farm, which he disposed of and came to Marion county and improved a farm in Knoxville township. In 1872 he engaged in the coal trade, and the year following engaged in the planinginill business, which he has followed successtully until the present time. In the fall of 1880 he received the nomination for clerk of the courts of the county, at the hands of the Greenback party, and after the most excit

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ing campaign ever held in the county, was elected over a coinpetitor who was a formidable rival. He married Miss Mahala Sparks in 1869; si is a native of Iowa. Their fainily consists of one son and one daughter Lora B. (aged eight years) and Lillie V. (aged six years).

MILNER, J. M.-Clothier and merchant tailor. Was born in Colum biana, Ohio, on the thirteenth day of May, 1824, and resided there nnti thirteen years of age, and then removed to Jefferson county. He learned the tailors' trade in youth and followed it until 1849, when he went to Cali fornia. After spending three years in different portions of this State be went to Oregon and remained there one year, and then in 1853 returned to Ohio. In 1855 he emigrated to Iowa and settled in Knoxville, and egaged in the dry goods trade. After he had been here between seven ard eight months be was burned out, leavirg him penniless. With nothing but his good name, willing hands and hopeful heart he set ont to retriere his loss, and turned his hand to anything he could find to do, digging coal chopping wood and teaming. In 1860 he went to Colorado and remained there one year. In 1864 he commenced his present business. He started with the belief that God helps those who help themselves, and having faith in his own powers and diligent in his business, and with his heart in his work he has been very successful. He is generous and charitable, a faithful friend and an outspoken opponent. He has been twice married; first, to Miss Mary McGrew, in 1855; she was a native of Ohio. She died in 1864, leaving two children: Katie and Harry. Lost one son, Willie. His second marriage was to Miss Melissa McGrew, a half-sister of his first wife

MILLARD, WILLIAM J.-Fariner and stock-raiser, Sec. 15, Tp 75, Range 19, P. O. Knoxville. Was born on the twenty-fifth day of Au

( gust, 1826, in Tioga cousty, Pennsylvania. His parents were William J. and Betsey J. Millard. His father was a millwright and contractor of considerable note, and called to various parts of the United States to superiotend work in his special line. When W.J. was quite young the family removed to Monroe county, New York, where they resided until he attained the age of twelve years, when they einigrated to the Western Reserve in Ohio, where they resided until he emerged into his seventeenth year. A: that time the Hoosier State attracted the attention of Mr. Millard, and he located his family a short distance from Indianapolis, where W.J. made his home for more than twenty years. During his sojourn he followed for a time the profession of his father, which he learned in his younger dars For several years was Grand Lecturer of the State for the Masonic fraternity-receiving his appointment from the Grand Lodge. He was also duly elected to, and held the office of Junior Grand Warden for one year, Senior Grand Warden for two years, and was holding the position of Deputy Grand Master for the second year, when he removed to his present home in this county in 1866. On the eighteenth of November, 1850, Mix

Miss Paulina Ellis became his wife. She is daughter of James and Leah, who were among the earliest settlers of the immediate vicinity of Indianapolis Their union has been blessed by six children, three of whom are living James W., John R. and Flora A. They lost three:, Alfred H., Frank and Charles E. Mr. Millard's landed estate consists of 306 acres. His home. which is one of the finest in the township, indicates comfort and prosperity. His orchard will compare favorably with any in the neighborhood. Mi Millard is a Master Mason, Knight Templar and a Granger. He traces his ancestry to English and Welch lineage. Mrs. Millard is of Scotch-Irisba

and German nationality. W: J. Millard, Sr., died in 1877, in the eightysecond year of his age, having served this country in the War of 1812. His widow, mother of the subject of this sketch is still living at the old home, in the eighty-first year of her age. Mrs. Millard's father died in 1845. His mother is still living

on the old homestead in Indiana. MITCHELL, J. W.-Physician and surgeon. Was born in Washington county, Indiana, on the nineteenth day of June, 1847, and when five years of age his parents removed to Marion county, Iowa, settling on a farin. The early life of the subject of our sketch was divided between attending school and in assisting in the management of the farm. During the war, when only seventeen years of age," he enlisted in the Third lowa cavalry and served until the close of the war. After his return from the army he attended school and in 1867, having a taste for the practice of medicine, he decided to make it his profession, and commenced reading with Dr. Scoles as preceptor. He attended lectures at Keokuk and was graduated from the Detroit Medical College in 1870, and since that tiine has been actively engaged in the practice of his chosen calling and with eminent success. He is a member of the Marion County Medical Society, also of the State Medical Society. In 1876–7 he went to Philadelphia and attended lectures at the Jefferson Medical College, from which he received a diploma. He possesses considerable professional pride and courtesy and is highly esteemed by his brother practitioners for his ability and interest in his professior. He married Celestia Kelly, October 27, 1870. She was born in Michigan. They bave one son, W. Frank.

MOMYER, PERRY A. — Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26, P. O. Knoxville. Is a native of Ashland county, Ohio, and was born August, 1847. When an infant he was brought to Marion county with his parents and here he has been raised to manhood and educated. He enlisted, February 28, 1864, in company K, Fifteenth Iowa infantry, passing through the usual routine of warfare. He married, in September, 1866, Miss_Mary E. Hannan. By this union they have three children; Charles F., Ralph B. and John R. He is closely identified among the thorough-gping farmers.

MOORE, JACKSON-Farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1833. His parents, Abraham and Hester Moore, were among the early settlers of that State. He traces his lineage to Dutch and French ancestry. His mother's maiden name was Campbell. At the time of her union with Moore, her name was Girard, her first husband being dead. Mr. Moore died when Jackson was in his tenth year; his mother died in Marion county, in 1878, in her seventyeighth year. The subject's vocation in early life was that of a fariner boy, which he has closely adhered to. In 1868 he took up his abode in Marion county. On the second of August, 1861, he enlisted in company N, Sixth Virginia, was commissioned second lieutenant, and was mustered in as first before he entered active service. He participated in the Fairmount engagement, and many minor skirmishes. Lieutenant Moore was principally engaged in dealing with the bush whackers in Virginia. He was honorably discharged, June 10, 1865.

MORRIS, WILLIAM I.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 31, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, February 10, 1849. His parents were J. S. and Sarah Morris. The subject was here raised to manhood and edncated, following agricultural pursnits in early life. His father

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