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Robert A. Rynerson
Born 1823
Robert A. Rynerson, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Bowen’s Prairie; was born in Mercer Co., KY, in 1823; his father Jacob Rynerson, removed from KY to IN in 1832; Mr. Rynerson went to Grant Co., WI, April 1845; in August of that year, he came to Richland Twp., Jones Co., and entered a tract of Sec. 4, where he established a nursery; this was one of the finest nurseries in the State, and the first one north of Davenport. In 1849, he removed his nursery to his present location, which he had purchased in the fall of 1847; he has always been deeply interested in fruit culture, and has contributed his full share, both in theory and practice, toward making fruit-growing in this part of the State a success. He was married in 1853 to Rachel J. McVay, a native of OH and of Quaker parentage; they have 7 children—Thomas J., Frances A., Laura C., Cassius Clay, Mary I., Edith A. and Luella; lost 4 children in infancy. Mr. Rynerson has 360 acres of land; is engaged in farming and stock-raising.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, 1879, page 679.
Submitted by: Lori J. Mentzel

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