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J. C. Lawrence
Born 1821
J. C. LAWRENCE, farmer, Wayne Twp., Sec. 4; P.O. Monticello; born in Pennsylvania in 1821; came to Jones Co. in 1855, from Ohio; lived in Monticello Township about ten years, and lived in the village of Monticello nine months; also lived on Bowen's Prairie for a time. While in Monticello, he was in mercantile business, and was Postmaster; since he came to his present home, he has been engaged in farming. Is at present Justice of the Peace in his town, and has been such for a number of years; was also in the same office while in Monticello. Wife's maiden name was Hannah L. Coggins, a native of Pennsylvania also; she was from Philadelphia; they were married in 1841; have had ten children, six of whom are living, named Agnes, Alice, Orange, Rachel, Nellie and Hattie; those dead were named Isaac, Bruce, Justin and Almira. Mr. L. had two sons in the army, viz., Isaac and Bruce. Isaac was in the 31st I.V.I., Co. H. Enlisted in September, 1861; died in 1862, from disease contracted while in the service; was at the battles of Arkansas Post, Jacksonville, Tenn., and in the siege of Vicksburg. He had several bullet-holes made in his clothes during these engagements. Oliver Bruce, the other son, was in an Ohio regiment, 10th Vol. Cavalry, Co. F. Enlisted November 15, 1864, and was discharged July 24, 1865, at the close of the war. Mr. L. is a Republican. In 1878, was Township Assessor, and, at time of writing, had been nominated for a second term. Owns eighty acres in Sec. 4; also has eighteen acres in Monticello Township.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 630.


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