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John I. Van Ness
Born March 12, 1828
JOHN I. VAN NESS, blacksmith, Anamosa; is a native of Essex Co., N.J., and was born March 12, 1828; he grew up there and learned his trade of ironing carriages, in Newark. After reaching manhood, he married Miss Mary E. Tharp, of Newark, N.J., March 22, 1849; they came to Iowa in the spring of 1864, and located in Anamosa and engaged in his present business, and has continued it since then; he is foreman of the hose company in the Fire Department. Mr. and Mrs. Van Ness have had ten children, six of whom survive—Charles A,, Lizzie E., Ernest M., John W., William 0. and Edgar C.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 582.

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