|Hiram Steward, farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Olin; born in born in Delaware Co., Ohio, in 1818; went to Michigan in 1827, and to Iowa in 1839, and settled in Jones Co. When he crossed the Mississippi River, he had only $12 in money, and it was late in the fall and he had no winter clothes; he entered 240 acres, and now owns 257; has made all the improvements on the place; has a fine house and barn; he is now on the same land he entered first. In politics, Republican; in religion, Disciple. Has been Justice of the Peace twelve years; he was elected the first Justice when organized as a country, and was appointed Constable when a Territory, in 1839; was in the Assembly of 1858-59 as Representative; has been County Supervisor for ten or twelve years. In an early day, he took six barrels of clear side-pork to Galena, Ill.; paid $1.50 apiece for the barrels; sold for $6 per barrel, and received no money in pay. His first wife, Nancy Soesbe, was born in Michigan in 1827; married in 1846, and had nine children-four dead and five living—Francis M., Edith E., Mary A., George E., James; she died 1861; his second wife was Delilah Pringle, born in Stark Co., Ohio, in 1829; her husband, Mr. Pringle, was born in Delaware Co., Ohio; married in 1852; died Jan 7, 1858; had one child—Marion, now in Kansas; her maiden name was Brothers; married Mr. Steward in 1862, and had four children—Jacob L., Otis B., Dora M., Hiram Grant (died at the age of 19 months).
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Co., Chicago, 1879, p 652.
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