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|JOSEPH BLEASDELL, farmer, Hale Twp., Sec. 23; P.O. Clarence; born in Lancashire, England, in 1823; came to America in 1847, and remained five years in New York; then, in 1852, to Iowa; he helped to build the house for Benjamin Freeman; bought 100 acres of land of Mr. Francis, and now owns 260 acres and has a fine house; horse-barn, 32x42 feet, with basement, 8-foot rock, 16-foot posts; cow barn, 26x40 feet, 16-foot posts, and wing 20x22; corn-crib, double, 32 feet in length; this is one of the finest places in Hale Township. In politics, Republican; in religion, Free-Will Baptist. His wife was born in North Carolina; Adeline Thomas; came to Iowa in 1851. Married in 1854, and have seven children—Mary B., Columbus (at school at Milton), David, Oscar, Ida, Albert and Cassie.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 638.
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