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William Sweet
Born 1807
WILLIAM SWEET, deceased; born in New York in 1807; went to Michigan at the age of 19; then to Indiana and Illinois; settled in Whiteside Co.; came to Iowa in 1837, to Cedar Co., and in 1837, to Jones Co. and settled at Rome; engaged in the manufacture of brick, making the first in the county; in 1850, moved to Hale and entered and now owns 160 acres of land; he made all the improvements; died December 17, 1862. His wife, Jane Blackmer, was born in New York in 1818, and came to Michigan at the age of 9 years; was married in Michigan and have had twelve children—Sophia, Martha, Mirah, Leonard, William, Adeline, Nathaniel, Irena, Lorena (died September 18, 1855), Lenora (died March 18, 1860), Milton L. (died August 16, 1864), Mary L. (died December 23, 1852). Mrs. S. helped to make the first flag raised in the town of Rome in 1841, and is one of the pioneers of Jones Co.; resides on Sec. 10; P.O. Hale Village.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 642.
Note: The Jones Co. WPA Gravestone Reading Book refers to a Sweet Cemetery in Hale Twp. (Joanne Wilken)

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