Biography of Addison N. Boggs of Union Township Iowa

Addison N. Boggs, residing on section 35, Union Township, was born in Nicholas County, West Virginia, July 6, 1849, the youngest son of Elliott & Eleanor Boggs. His father was born in Gallia County, Ohio, and his mother in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. They were the parents of six children-Mrs. Lovina Carter and Mrs. Sarah Fuller, living in Illinois; Mrs. Elizabeth Murnahan, in Mitchell County, Kansas; William living in Red Willow County, Nebraska; James was killed by bushwhackers in West Virginia, and Addison N, our subject, who was the fifth child. Our subject lived in his native State till thirteen years old. Then at the breaking out of the late war, his father, who was a staunch Union man, was persecuted beyond endurance and finally imprisoned by bushwhackers. After being confined at Staunton for two months he was released, but before reaching his home he was again arrested, the only charge brought against him being that of loyalty to the Union. After his second arrest he made his escape by night.

A violent storm favored his flight and saved him from a pursuit which meant death, and on reaching the Union lines he received the protection of Colonel now General Cook. The spring of 1862 found the family united in Gallia County, Ohio, where they resided three years, removing thence to Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois. Late in the fall of 1875, the parents came to Ringgold County, Iowa and made their home on section 35, Union township, where the father died in September 1882, aged seventy-one years. The mother now lives with her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Fuller in Stark County, Illinois. Addison N. Boggs, whose name heads this sketch was united in marriage in Marion County, Iowa in October 1871, to Miss Mary Johnston, who was born in Knox County, Illinois, July 1, 1851, a daughter of J.R. Johnston, and to this union have been born three children-James, Ella, and Roscoe C. After residing in Knox County, Illinois ten years, Mr. Boggs in 1873, came to Iowa, and first located in Marion County where he resided one year, and in April 1874 came to Ringgold County, where he lived in Monroe Township over a year, owning a farm in that township on sections 1 and 12. From there he went to Clarke County, Iowa, living there one season, and in December, 1875 returned to Ringgold County and settled on his farm in Union Township where he has since followed agricultural pursuits. His farm contains 160 acres of well-improved land under a high state of cultivation, with good residence and fine farm buildings. Mr. Boggs and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is identified with the Republican party. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Topaz Lodge, No 438 at Kellerton.

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