Foland Family Genealogy Forum
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa, (Lewis Publishing Company (1887)), pp. 596-97:
"MICHAEL FOLAND, a prominent farmer of Richland Township, resides on section 23 where he owns 403 acres of excellent land, in a good state of cultivation. He was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, January 14, 1820, son of Michael and Catherine (Zimmers) Foland, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Pennsylvania. He was reared in Indiana to the occupation of a farmer, and he has continued to follow farming through life. He came to Decatur County in September, 1859, and settled upon the farm where he now resides. He was married in Delaware County, Indiana, October 16, 1842, to Elizabeth Sauerwine, born November 23, 1823. Following are their children and their families -- Mary married James Bradshaw of Table Rock, New Brunswick, and they have six children -- Minnie, Elizabeth, Henry S., Hugh D., Lena and Grover C.; William married Rachel Ramsey and they have six children -- Annie L., Elsie, Emmet, Michael, Armina and Luster; John married Minerva Hopkins and they have six children -- Rebecca, Alva, Elizabeth, Jane, Ida and Lula; Christian married Lucinda Edwards, and they have two children -- Frank and Laura; Catherine married La Fayette Brammer; Samuel married Sarah B. Emly, and they have two children -- Arthur and Harry; Henrietta married Andrew J. Weldon and they have two children -- Mina T. and Nora C.; Isaac married Elizabeth Bowles, and they have two children -- Charles W. and George W.; Sanford and George are unmarried. Besides his farming interests Mr. Foland carries on a hardware store and harness shop in Westerville where he is doing a good business. He came to Decatur County a poor man, but by his own effort and the assistance of his excellent wife he has become one of the wealthiest men of the county. He is a self-made man. His paternal grandfather served all through the Revolutionary war."
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