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Source: The History of Appanoose County, Iowa, Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, etc., A Biographical Directory of Citizens, War Records of its Volunteers in the late Rebellion, General and Local Statistics, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest, History of Iowa, Map of Appanoose County, Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, etc.; illustrated; Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878.
J. W. MAIN, farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Iconium; of German descent; his grandfather, Daniel Main, born in Germany, was a very early settler of Virginia; when he went there, it was necessary for the colonists to dwell in forts for mutual protection against the Indians, near Wheeling, W.Va.; J.W.'s father, Dennis Main, was born in the year 1800; when 2 1/2 years of age, his father removed to Monroe Co., Ohio, Jackson Tp., where they were again early settlers. In 1820, he married Miss Elizabeth Funkhauser, born in Beaver Co., Penn., 1802, daughter of Jacob and Nancy F., afterward residents of Ripley Co., Ind., where they died in 1845; their first child - J.W., was born in 1821; in 1825, they removed to Highland Co., Ohio; remained two and a half years, thence to Ripley Co., Ind., and cleared a hevily timbered farm. In 1844, J.W. married Miss Sarah Thackery, daughter of John and Tabitha T.,; she was born in Union Co., Ind., 1828, where her parents settled from New York. Soon after which he engaged in farming, still retaining a residence in Ripley Co., until 1855, when they removed to Appanoose, where they still reside. He owns 240 acres of well improved and well cultivated land, valued at $25 per acre. They have twelve children - Frances M., Rosa R., Melissa, Annabel and Arrable, Mary E., Milo F., Lyman C., Lewis C., Charles M., Fanny A., Noble J. Republican. Held the office of Township Trustee, school offices, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Main, their eldest son and all their daughters are members of the U.B. Church. He enlisted in Co. G, 46th Iowa Infantry, May 1864, 100 days service, was detailed for guard duty in which capacity he served until mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, September 1864.
LEWIS MAIN JR., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Moravia; born in Monroe Co., Ohio, August 1830. When four years of age, his father, Lewis Sr., removed to Ripley Co., Ind., cleared a farm and wore it out; came to Appanoose in 1855, and settled where he now resides in Taylor Tp.; his mother, Elizabeth (nee Funkhouser), was born in Pennsylvania in 1802, and died in this county in 1867. In 1851, in Ripley Co., Ind., Lewis Main married Miss Mary E. Brosher; born in Indiana in 1833; in the fall of 1855, came to this county, where he first purchased 110 acres, now owns 323 acres, valued at $20 per acre; have eight children - Alice J., John E., Zacharias L., Levi M., Mary E., Reuben F., Flora E., and Ludocia E. Republican. Holds the office of School Director. Enlisted in the 36th Iowa V.I., Co. F., Aug. 9, 1862; was at Shell Mound, Helena, Mark's Mill, Prairie de Ann, Little Rock, Elkins' Ford, Jenkins' Ford, Spring Mound, and others; mustered out at Duvall's Bluff, August 1865.