Clara E. Whipple & Melville W. Rew from Macoupin County IL to Iowa

Clara E. Whipple & Melville W. Rew

From Linda R. F. Arnold: "While I was searching for other Macoupin County people who went to Iowa, I  came across the following family who went to Wayne County, Iowa.  I don't  know who these people are, nor am I related to them in any manner.  Just  thought I would send the following information to the List should  anyone be looking for this Rew-Whipple family:"

Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa, Interstate Publishing Company. 113 Adams Street, Chicago.  1886.
Page  345:  [Wayne County, Iowa] Biographical Sketches.
Melville W.  Rew, deceased, was born in  Friendship, New  York, February 26, 1836, son of Orris and Eunice (Corbin) Rew.  He was reared and educated in his native town, completing his education  at the academy.  In 1854 he settled  in Minnesota,  where he engaged in farming, teaching and lumbering.  In 1862-’ 63 he served in a Minnesota regiment during  the Sioux war.  In 1863 he moved to  Macoupin County, Illinois, and thence in 1869 to Wayne County,  Iowa.  He bought Page  346: History of Wayne County. 320  acres of land and built a part of what is now the family residence, which was  completed in 1878.  The large and  convenient basement barn was built in 1879.  His farm increased to 640 acres, but  eighty-acres have been sold since his death.  He was a thriving, progressive farmer  and became one of Union Township’s most prosperous citizens.  He died November 20, 1882, leaving a large  circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn with his family the loss of a public-spirited and enterprising citizen.  He was an earnest member of the Congregational church and a strong  advocate of temperance.  In politics  he was a Republican with Greenback tendencies.  He was married in 1867 to Clara E.  Whipple, a native of Macoupin County, Illinois, daughter of Josiah and Almira Whipple.  To them were born three  childrenMyra,  Jennie and Albert.

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