Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Samuel G. Musselman

SAMUEL G. MUSSELMAN, a son of John and Keziah (Odell) Musselman, was born in Missouri, February 8, 1845. When he was an infant his mother died, and his father soon after took the family to Darke County, Ohio, subsequently, however, moving to Clarke County, Iowa, where he remained until seventeen years of age.  In 1862 he enlisted in defense of his country, and was assigned to Company B, Sixth Iowa Infantry and served three years. He participated in many severe battles, including Jackson, Vicksburg and Chattanooga. He started with Sherman to the sea, but at the battle of Resaca, May 14, 1864, was wounded, and was in the hospital ten months, rejoining his regiment at Raleigh. He was in line at the grand review of the army at Washington, and was soon after discharged and returned home, to Clarke County, Iowa, and went to work by the month.  He had saved his salary while in the service, and with this money bought 100 acres of land, to which he afterward added 206 acres, and this is now his fine farm, which he has improved and brought under a good state of cultivation. He is one of the substantial citizens of Fremont Township, and his property, which is one of the finest in the county, has been acquired by industry and good management.  He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Osceola Lodge, and also of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Musselman was married December 16, 1866, to Miss Barbara E. Glenn, and to them have been born five children, two sons and three daughters – Charles F., Thomas O., Myrtie O., Fanny A. and Susan A.  Charles F. and Myrtie O. are deceased.

SOURCE: Biographical and Historical Record of Clarke County, Iowa, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1886 p. 396-7

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