THE IRISH IN IOWA
Biographies of Those Who Came From Belfast, Ireland
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS
W. J. YOUNG, of the firm of W. J. Young & Co., manufacturers of lumber; is one of the most enterprising business men of Clinton; he is a native of Belfast, Ireland, and was born Feb. 27, 1827; he came to Clinton June 7,1858 ; before coming here, was engaged in railroading, and held the position of General Freight Agent of the Cincinnati, Logansport & Chicago Railroad; after coming here, he opened a lumber yard, and continued that for two or three years; in May, 1860, he commenced to remove their saw-mill from La Crosse to Clinton, and the 15th of August, he was cutting lumber; in August, 1866, he began building what is known as his large lower mill, which, with one exception, is the largest mill of the kind in this country; the mills of this company have a capacity of manufacturing yearly 50,000,000 feet of lumber, 30,000,000 shingles, and 10,000,000 laths, employing 350 hands in the mills and yards at Clinton, beside the men employed in their own logging camps and their interest in the Mississippi logging camps; he gives his personal attention; has the entire management of his business, which is of great magnitude, his sales of lumber extending over the West, Northwest and South. When Mr. Young began life, he says he had all the capital he required, which was good health; and, by constant attention to his business and good management, he has built up the extensive business of W. J. Young & Co. to its present magnitude. Mr. Young is actively identified with the interests of the city of Clinton; he is one of the Directors of the Clinton National Bank, and is President of the Clinton Savings Bank. He has held the office of Mayor of Clinton, being elected without any opposition.
Biographical History and Portrait Gallery of Scott County...1895; American Biographical Publishing Co.
of the old and highly respected citizens of Princeton is the venerable gentleman
who heads this sketch. He was born near Belfast, Ireland, June 10, 1810,
received a common school education and learned the wagon makers' trade. He
immigrated to America in 1832 and settled in Galena, Illinois, where he was
employed at the glass smelting works.
The History of Des Moines County, Iowa; Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1879.
(Burlington City Directory) Gorman, J.H., meat market & provisions, N. boundary St. between Washington & Columbia streets; he was born June 23, 1852 in Belfast, Ireland; came to America in 1862 and to Burlington in 1872.
History of Crawford County,
Iowa...by F. W. Meyers. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J.
be difficult to designate a name more honored in Crawford county than that of
Dr. John J. McWilliams. For twenty-eight years he has been identified with a
medical profession in this county and during the last twenty-four years has been
a resident of Charter Oak. He was born at Denison , June 5, 1860, a son of Dr.
David McWilliams, who practiced in Crawford county for more than forty years,
passing away at Denison in 1898 at the age of eight-one years. He was a native
of Belfast, Ireland, and after coming to this country spent several years at
Pontiac, Illinois, but removed to Crawford county, Iowa, in 1857, eight years
after the first permanent settlement was made in this county. He became one of
the most noted physicians in this part of the state. He was twice married, and
by his first marriage two children were born: Hugh C., who engaged in farming
and is now living retired at Denison; and David H., a large landowner and
druggist who is living retired at Charter Oak. The second wife of Dr. McWilliams
was Mary Cleghorn before her marriage. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and
became the mother of seven children, namely: Charles, who died at the age of two
years; John J., the subject of this review; Elizabeth J, now the wife of J.S.
Nesbit, a farmer of Missouri; Charley M., who is in the government service at
Denison; Maria A, now the wife of Henry Slater ,a farmer of Denison; Emma, the
wife of Albert Healey, who is in the furniture business at Oto, Iowa; and
Lillian, the wife of Rev. L.C. McCuen, of Kearney, Nebraska.
Brewer, Luther A. and Barthinius Wick. History of Linn County, Iowa From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time Vol II. Chicago: Pioneer Publishing Company, 1911.
improved farm of one hundred and sixty-seven acres, located partly in Jackson
township, Linn county, and the remainder in Delaware county, has been in
possession of William F. Webb since 1900 and has been his home since 1902. He
was born in Defiance county, Ohio, November 9, 1855, a son of Joseph and Susan
(Claw) Webb, the former a native of Belfast, Ireland,
and the latter of Holmes county, Ohio. The father was brought to this country
when but two years of age, the family home being established in St. Lawrence
county, New York. As a young man he went to Ohio and was married in that state
to Miss Claw, their union being blessed with eight children. In 1864 he came
west with his wife and eight children and located in Buchanan county, Iowa,
where he was engaged in the cattle industry, buying and selling stock on an
extensive scale. During the Civil war he also purchased horses for the cavalry.
He made his home in Buchanan county until the date of his death, September 26,
1876. His wife had passed to the home beyond a few years previously, her demise
occurring August 22, 1871.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Webster and Hamilton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1888.
Malcolm McKeig, farmer, section 17, Fremont Township, was born in Belfast, County Down, Ireland, November 18, 1836, a son of William and Nancy (Johnson) McKeig. When he was twelve years old his parents came to America and located in Connecticut where they passed the rest of their lives. They had a family of ten children, six sons and four daughters. One son enlisted in the British army and participated in the Crimean war, but never returned home. Another son died in Ireland; two sons died in Connecticut; a daughter died in Fort Wayne. When our subject was eighteen years old he went to Chautauqua County, New York, and engaged in butchering several years. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the service of the United States, and was detailed butcher of his regiment, and served in that position three years. He was discharged in New York and remained in that State until 1868, when he came to Hamilton County and bought his present farm, which was partly improved, and on it was a small log house. He has replaced the log house with a fine frame and has made his other improvements in proportion until he now has one of the best farms in the township. He is a practical farmer and by good management has secured a competency and is now counted among the substantial men of Fremont township. Mr. McKeig was married in 1857 to Ann Fleming, and to them have been born three children- Anna, wife of Charles Clifton; William and Agnes, wife of Sheldon Tatam, of Wright County. In politics Mr. McKeig is a supporter of the principles of the Republican party.
Harlan, Edgar Rubey. A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol III. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931
MEEK. Prominent among the well established and substantial business houses of
Des Moines devoted to the craft of printing is the Success Composition and
Printing Company, of which the president and treasurer is Wiliam D. Meek. Mr.
Meek during a long and active career has traveled the difficult self-made road
to success, having started upon his independent life when he was a child of only
thirteen years. With but a limited public school education and determination to
make the most of his opportunities, he faced the world courageously, and since
then has met and overcome obstacles with persistence until he has reached a
prominent place in the business world, and has obtained the confidence and
respect of those with whom he has been associated.
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Union Counties...Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1887.
David Carlton, a successful farmer and stock-raiser of Lincoln Township, residing on section 21, is a native of Ireland, born September 15, 1841. At the age of seven years he, in company with his parents, Daniel and Nancy (McArvy) Carlton, sailed from Belfast for America, landing at New Orleans, January 1, 1848, and after remaining there a short time went to Connecticut, and from that State removed to Indiana, where he grew to manhood. He was reared to the life of a farmer which he has always followed. He left Indiana for Illinois in 1863, remaining in the latter State until coming to Ringgold County, Iowa, in 1871, when he settled on the farm where he has since made his home. By his persevering energy and good management, he has been successful in his agricultural pursuits, and has now a fine farm containing 160 acres of cultivated land with good residence and farm buildings. He is one of the public-spirited citizens of Lincoln Township, taking an active interest in all enterprises for the advancement of the same, and during his residence here has gained all the confidence and respect of all who know him, by his honorable and upright dealings. For his wife Mr. Carlton married Miss Florence Jackson, a daughter of William and Phoebe (Myers) Jackson, who were natives of Indiana. Mrs. Carlton was born May 4, 1858. Mr. and Mrs. Carlton have two children- G.A. born August 2, 1872, and J.R. born August 7, 1884. In politics Mr. Carlton is identified with the Democratic party. Mrs. Carlton is a member of the Christian church. Their postoffice is at Clearfield.
Harlan, Edgar Rubey. ; A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol IV. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931
PICKETT, who is serving as county attorney of Union County, with executive
offices in the courthouse at Creston, has been a resident of Iowa for more than
forty years, has the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and was long and prominently
identified with educational work in the state, and finally, in 1919, he
initiated the practice of law at Creston, where he continued to give his
attention to his private law business until he was elected county attorney, in
which office he is now serving his second term.
The History of Wapello County, Iowa.Chicago: Western Historical. Co., 1878
LILBURN, SAMUEL, capitalist; born near Belfast, Ireland in 1830; he came to America in 1864 and settled in St. Louis; was engaged in the commission of business, and wholesale dealer in butter and eggs, which business he continued after coming here in 1871. He married Isabella Lilburn in 1852; she was born in 1834; have two children, Sarah Jane, born April 1, 1860, and Annie Isabella, born March 6, 1869. Mr. Lilburn has property valued at nearly $50,000; is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
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