Lee County Biographies


Mowrer, John D., farmer, S. 33; P. O. Moulton; born in Columbia Co., Penn., Nov. 12, 1838; removed to Dixon, Lee Co., Ill., May, 1844; then returned to his native county in 1860, where he remained until February, 1864, when he returned to Dixon, and in March, 1869, came to this county (Appanoose County Iowa); has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.

Married Miss Mary A. Palmer, at Dixon, Ill., March, 22, 1869; she was the daughter of Elder H. W. Palmer, former Pastor of the M. E. Church of that city, and was born in Franklin Co., N. Y., June 25, 1838. They have four children - Palmer D., born Feb. 26, 1871; F. Derby, Sept. 30, 1872; Philip H., Sept. 19, 1873; Mary Josinda, Aug. 3, 1876. Republican; he is a member of the Lutheran and she of the M. E. Church. Philip Mowrer, the father of John D., was born in Luzerne Co., Penn., Feb. 13, 1810; was a gunsmith by trade; during the year 1844, he removed to Lee Co., Ill., there turned his attention to farming; has kept in office a great portion of the time, having been chosen County Commissioner, and held other prominent offices until 1860, when he returned to Pennsylvania, and in 1869, came to this county with his son, where he was appointed Justice of the Peace; during his life in this county, he devoted much of his time to the culture of grapes, planting out at one time 700 vines of Concord, which he discovered to be best adapted to this climate; kept a great many bees; died Aug. 5, 1878. His mother died Dec. 26, 1859. His brother Henry died Jan. 6, 1853; John D., now being the only one of his mother’s family living.

Contributed by Elsie Harmon
Additional Information - The mother of John D. Mowrer and Henry Mowrer was Mary Dana, who was Philip Mowrer's first wife. Philip Mowrer married 2nd Mary Bowman and they had one son William Mowrer. Philip Mowrer was the son of John Maurer/Mowrer and Gertrude Charity Hetler. Philip died 5 Aug. 1878 in Appanoose Co., Iowa. Mary (Bowman) Maurer b. 12 July 1820, died 2 Nov. 1896 and is buried in Brown's cemetery, Mifflinville, Columbia Co., PA.

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