Born September 23, 1841
||JOHN, RICHARD & THOMAS H. McQUILLEN, farmers, Richland Twp., Sec. 23; P.O. Cascade; sons of John McQuillen, who was born in Ireland, and came to the United States in 1830; lived in Albany, N.Y., till he came to Jones Co. in the spring of 1846; he settled where his sons now live. He died in the fall of the year he came to the county. Besides the three brothers mentioned above, is George, who resides in Washington Township; another, Bernard, died in 1865; the homestead, now owned by John, Richard and Thomas, contains 500 acres, 300 of which is improved; they are engaged principally in stock-raising. Thomas, born in 1846, is the only one of the brothers born in Jones Co.; he has held several township offices; has been Township Clerk and Collector for four years; was a Justice of the Peace from 1871 to 1875; he was one of the first Directors of the Cascade, Bellevue & Western Railroad. The brothers are Democrats in politics. Their mother, Margarette McQuillen, lives with them. They are Catholics in religion.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 690.
John McQuillen, one of the wealthy farmers of Richland township, was born in Albany, New York, September 23, 1841, and is a son of John and Margaret (Lang) McQuillen, of whom extended mention is made in the sketch of Richard McQuillen on another page of this volume. He was but five years of age when his parents came to Jones county, and can well remember the early years of their life here, where their first shelter from the elements was a rude log cabin. The school in which he was a pupil was also housed in a building of logs, but he maintains that even more valuable lessons were learned there than in the more commodious and handsomely fitted schoolhouses of the present. For two terms he was also a student at Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Naturally he early assumed some of the responsibilities of the operation of the farm, and united with his brothers in lifting the heavy burden from the shoulders of their mother, whose lot would have been severe enough under the best of circumstances, but was especially difficult at that early date.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 273.
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