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R. J. Cleveland
Born 1805
R. J. CLEVELAND, deceased; born in Boston, Mass., in 1805; graduated at Harvard University, in Class of '27, and came to Iowa September 9, 1840, and entered 220 acres, and sold in 1868; the estate now includes town property. He was instrumental in securing the first post office in Jones Co. in 1841; was County Surveyor and Postmaster for two years; Justice of the Peace; was also in the Surveyor General's office at Dubuque. Enlisted in the 9th I.V.I. in 1861, and was discharged in 1862; died. September 7, 1877. His wife, Mary E. Seeley, was born in New York in 1814; went to Illinois in 1836; came to Iowa in 1840; married in 1839; in the winter of 1840, taught school in the village of Rome, in their house, her services being paid for by subscription. Mrs. Cleveland was married, in 1878, to Rev. Joseph Lowry, who was born in Ireland in 1813; came to Canada in 1849, and to Iowa in 1854; he established the first Sunday school in the village of Rome.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 643.

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