States: Iowa: Johnson
John W. Jayne, farmer and fine stock raiser, post-office, Lone Tree; was born in Broom County NY, October 28, 1819 and spent the first thirty-five years of his life in the North-east corner township of PA, and followed farming and lumbering. In 1854 he moved to Iowa and settled in Muscatine County, near the Scott County line, and resided in that county until the spring of 1870. In 1861 he and his son Whittaker enlisted in Company B 8th Iowa Regiment and, at the battle of Shiloh, he was taken prisoner and was in the Tuscaloosa prison two months, where he lost his health; he was discharged July 1, 1862. The following fall he was elected clerk of the District Court for Johnson county, and held that office three terms, (six years), and was the first county officer ever elected the third term in that county. In the spring 1870 he moved to Fremont township, this county, where he owned a large tract of land, over 1200 acres, and in 1872, he laid out the town of Lone Tree. He is now a member of the board of supervisors of this county; he is a self and thoroughly educated man, and taught school two and a half years in Lone Tree, and owns a fine library of over 800 volumes, principally scientific works. He now owns 220 acres of land and is engaged with his sons David and Henry, in breeding and raising thoroughbred Short-horns, and owns some of the finest blooded stock west of the Mississippi river. He was married September 25, 1841 to Miss Deborah Early; she dying August 25, 1842, leaving one boy, Whittaker. He was again married September 1842, to Miss Catherine Gilliland, a native of New York. They have had five children, viz; David,
Henry, William and Deborah, both deceased, and Sarah married to Rev. A.C. Kelley. Mr. Jayne and family are members of the Baptist Church, and he is an active temperance worker. Source: History of Johnson Co, IA 1836-1882, Page 852.
Henry Jayne died age 70 on 3/06/1917. David died age 72 on 11/04/1916. Mrs. John W. Jayne died in 1897 or 1898.
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