Erastus Taylor (1832-1909)

US Army, 1864-1865

Erastus Taylor was born in Elba, Genesee County, New York on December 24, 1832. On November 27, 1856 he married Elizabeth Malvina Howe, also of Elba. In 1858 they moved to western Wisconsin where Erastus farmed and taught school. Their first son, Manly Howe, was born February 25, 1859. January 16, 1862 … > More >

Mike Petska

Mike Petska came to the United States, from old Bohemia in about 1875 and found work in a Marble Factory in Chicago, Illinois.

In Chicago, he met Miss Kathryn Zindell, who had also come to Chicago, to be with an older sister. Though they both came from the same town they were not … > More >

C. G. Bigger

In 1844 Harrison Bigger and wife Lucinda Crews Bigger arrived in Linn County from Marion County, Kentucky. There were five children born to this union, one of which was Clellan Guy.

He was county surveyor for several terms as well as holding other county offices. While in office as county surveyor he assisted in … > More >

Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Swan

Among the early settlers of Marceline and vicinity were Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Swan. He came from Michigan and Mrs. Swan from the state of New York. They were married in Michigan in 1865 and resided there until 1869, and their first Estella was born there.

After having aided his father in clearing … > More >

Warners

Eratus Warner and Mrs. Warner (Lettie Jane Akerson of Scranton, PA) were the parents of five children, Leander A., Elisha, Jennie, Everett, and John Davis Warner.

Mr. Warner was a farmer and resided on farms near Bucklin and Marceline and in the latter years of his life he lived in Marceline. He died in … > More >