States: Iowa: Johnson
Vincent Gross, a farmer in Liberty township, post-office Bon Accord; was born January 8, 1822 twelve miles from Belford, France. His father fought twelve years under Napoleon. He came to America in 1840 and settled in Ohio and learned his trade with Henry Cook of Harrisburg, Stark Co. and moved to Iowa City, IA in 1842, and helped make the first plows made in that city. He laid out the village of South Liberty, called Bon Accord Post-office. He was married March 4, 1846 to Miss Phoebe Marks of Liberty township. They have eight children, five boys and three girls: Mary C., wife of Jacob Hirt of Sharon township; Sarah E., wife of August Weide of Butler County, NE; John W., is married and lives in Davis City, Butler Co. NE; Frank S., lives in Susanville, Honey Valley, CA; Charles A., Frances C., Eva E., and Ida L. are at their home in South Liberty, on a fine farm of 240 acres, with one of the finest springs in the county. His family are members of the Catholic Church. He is a Democrat in politics, and has held several township offices, trustee, member of the school board, president of the same, etc. He is one of Liberty township’s well to do and influential farmers; he has a fine orchard of 140 trees and all kinks of small fruits in abundance; he has good substantial farm buildings. Source: History of Johnson County, IA 1836-1882 p.833.
Gregory Gross, a farmer, residing in Liberty township, post-office Bon Accord; was born February 7, 1819 within twelve miles of Belford, France; came to America in 1837, settled in Stark Co. OH, and in October 1844, came to Johnson Co. IA, purchased from Mr. Fowler the claim of 160 acres of land, upon which he has resided ever since. Mr. Gross was married March 1841 to Miss Elizabeth Shcunblin*; of Stark Co. OH; they had two children: Gregory and Vincent. His wife died in IA March 1846, and in February 1859 he married Miss Katharine Rummelhart, of Liberty township; they have by this marriage two girls, Matilda, wife of Dr. Isaac W. Wright, who practices his profession in Liberty township, a graduate of the medical college of Iowa City, of the class of March 1882; and Levina, wife of N. Gross, of Chippeway Falls, WI. He is a member of the Catholic Church of Liberty township. He was the first justice of the peace of Liberty township and has held that office continuously ever since. The people of Liberty township are peaceable and law abiding and Mr. Gross has always advised compromises and settlements among his neighbors when difficulties have arisen among them. His advice is most always respected and acted upon.
Source: History of Johnson County, IA 1836-1882 p.833.
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