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Smelser in Benton Co, Iowa


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Biographies of Cedar Twp., 
Benton County, Iowa - 1878
From "History of Benton County, 1878"

Smelser, John, Sec. 5; P.O. La Porte City; owns 120 acres, valued at $35 per acre; born in Green Co., Tenn. in 1826; came to Iowa in 1852, and located on his present farm in 1853; Married Mary A. Hogshire in 1846; she was born in Ohio in 1830; have three children-John F., Earnest and Henry. Are members of the M.E. Church.

Cotton, John, Sec. 8; P.O. La Porte City; owns 310 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Marion Co., Ind., in 1828; came to Iowa in 1853, and located on his present farm. Married Margaret Smelser in 1866; she was born in Ohio in 1837; have one child-Gertrude E.; Mr. Cotton has three children by a former marriage-Mary E., Eber and Ettie F.; lost one son-Francis, who enlisted in the 31st Iowa Infantry and died in Vicksburg.