A. Vanderpool was born in Carter County, Tennessee, February 3, 1816. When three years of age his parents moved to Chariton County, Missouri and afterwards to Ray County where he grew to manhood.
He married Esther Stanley, January 1, 1837, and moved to Mercer County, Missouri, and in 1844 located in Decatur County. His wife died in Richland Township, June 6,1882. September 25, 1884, he married Eliza Comstock.
Mr. Vanderpool was a member of the first grand jury impanneled in our county and was also the first man ordained to preach the Gospel. He was one of the organizers of the East Grand River Association at Bedford and preached all over southern Iowa and northern Missouri. For more than thirty years he was engaged in ministerial work. He was a soldier in the Blackhawk and Seminole wars.
Last Saturday was his 84th birthday and his old acquaintances planned a surprise birthday party for him and so competely was it carried out that none of the family suspected until 10 o'clock when friends began to arrive by the wagon loads with welled baskets of everything good in the line of eatables. At one o'clock, the guests to the number of fifty-four sat down to an excellent dinner to which all did ample justice. All expressed themselves as having an enjoyable time with the old pioneer and none more so than himself. They all bid the old father in Israel goodbye and wished him many more such happy occasions.
Grand River, February 5, 1900
Posted in Decatur County Journal-IowaFebruary 8, 1900