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L. A. Simpson
Born 1808
L. A. SIMPSON, farmer, Hale Twp., Sec. 14; P.O. Hale Village; born in Tioga Go., N.Y., in 1808; when about 8 years of age, went to South Bend, Ohio, then to the Wabash Settlement, Warren Co., Ind., and to Iowa in 1839, and entered 300 acres; now owns 225 acres; made all the improvements on the place; has built a good house, and has things in good order and repair; the winter of 1839, returned to the Wabash settlement in Indiana, as there was nothing to winter on in Iowa; made the trip with oxen; his market was Dubuque, and it took three days for a trip and he sold hogs for $1.50. Has been Assessor and Trustee for a great many years, also Surveyor of the county; in politics, Republican; in religion, liberal. His first wife, Elizabeth Bumgarner, was born in Virginia in 1814; married at the age of 23, and died within one year; married his second wife, Mary Bumgarner, in Iowa in 1840; she died May 21, 1857; had three children, only one living—Hannah L.; William B. enlisted in Co. G, 31st 1.V.I.; died at Davenport, and buried the day he was 21 years of age; and infant child.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 641.


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