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John W. Skelly
Born 1828
JOHN W. SKELLY, farmer, stock-raiser and dairyman, Sec. 22; P.O. Monticello; is a native of Indianapolis, Ind., and was born in 1828; his parents came to Iowa in 1842, and settled in Jones Co., on the place where he now lives; they were early settlers here; there were only two log houses in Monticello at that time; he grew up to manhood here, and when only 19 years of age, began for himself and began making a farm, and since then has been engaged in farming and stock-raising; he is now largely engaged in the dairy business, and milks from seventy-five to one hundred cows; when he began life, he had but very little, but, by industry and good management, he has been very successful, and now owns 500 acres of good land, well improved, and also owns several houses and lots in Monticello; he lost several thousand dollars by the tornado, which occurred in October, 1878; he has held the office of Township Trustee. In 1859, he married Miss Cornelia Webster, from St. Joseph Co., Ind.; they have six children—Elizabeth, John, Lilly, Evalina, Nevada and Ernest.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 680.

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