Lee County Biography

Moses Deardorf
Franklin Grove


Moses Deardorff, a prominent and enterprising citizen of Cass township, was born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, December 15, 1844, being the son of Andrew M. and Catharine (Coffman) Deardorff. He removed from Pennsylvania in March, 1858, to Lee county, Illinois, where he lived until going into the music business at Lanark, in 1867. He was in that business one year. He came to Guthrie county in September, 1881, locating on section 1, in Cass township. He was married in Lee county, Illinois, in October, 1867, to Miss Catharine Fiscel, a native of Pennsylvania. Has two children; Ellis Ray and Winfred. His father died October 6, 1876 , aged seventy-six years and eleven months, and his mother died January 17, 1864. Mr. D."s father was a member of the German Baptist church, and preached the first sermon in his faith in Panora, in 1851, having been ordained in Lee county, Illinois. He was a native of New Jersey. In 1856 he entered eight hundred acres of land in Richland township. Moses Deardorff owns one hundred and seventy-seven and one-half acres of land, all improved, and he has two windmills on his farm. He raises shorthorn and Durham cattle, four of his animals being pedigreed; also has Norman horses and Poland-Chiana and Berkshire mixed hogs.

Source: Website of Robert F. Zidlicky Jr. (Rootsweb)

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