Friday, November 28, 2008

Peter Sidles, 1823-1905, & Susan Crosson

Peter Sidles was born in Clinton County, Ohio, 4 June 1823; died in Appanoose County, Iowa, 1 December 1905; and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. He married in Clinton County, Ohio, in 1846, Susan Crosson who was born in Clinton County, Ohio, 24 January 1824; died in Appanoose County, Iowa, 26 April, 1886; and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. Children (first four born in Ohio; last two born in Iowa): Maria A., Mary M., Hannah E., John A., George I. and Susan A. After Susan's death, Peter Sidles married Janette Sharp in February, 1893.

Peter Sidles and Susan Crosson

Grandpa Sidles at Home

Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa

Biography from The History of Appanoose County, Iowa [Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878], page 617. Digitized 23 January 2008 by Google Book Project:

SIDLES, PETER, Jr., far., Sec. 3 ; P. 0. Jerome; born in Clinton Co., Ohio, in 1823; his grandfather, Peter Sidles, a native of Germany, came to this country during the Revolution; enlisted at 16 and served in that campaign; settled in Pennsylvania on the Alleghany River. Peter's father married Miss Nancy Morrison in Clinton Co.; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1801; daughter of Galvin and Catharine, of that county. His father died in January, 1865; mother still resides on the old farm where Peter, Jr., was born, and which she has owned for fifty-seven years. In 1846, Peter married Miss Susan Grossman (sic), who was born in Clinton Co., Ohio, in 1824; her father, a farmer and stock dealer, one of the first settlers of that county, is a native of New Jersey; her mother died in 1826; father in 1853; were highly respected members of the Baptist Church. Soon after marriage, Mr. Sidles bought 100 acres of wild land, farmed it for seven years; but the labor of clearing a timber farm proving too great for his health, he sold and came to Appanoose during 1859, to his present home; owns 470 acres of land, valued at 825 per acre, well improved with good buildings, his residence cost $3,000, and an extensive orchard. They have six children — Maria A., Mary M., Hannah E., John A., George I. and Susan A.; those married are in business; Mary — a successful teacher for eleven years. Republican; members of twenty-two years' standing in the M. E. Church; he is a Class-Leader. Member of A. F. & A. M., of thirty years' standing, now belonging to Lodge No. 133 of Numa; held the office of Justice of the Peace for eleven years, and of Township Trustee and Assessor. August, 1861, enlisted in 5th Kansas Cavalry; transferred to 6th Kansas Cavalry; taken prisoner at Mazzard Prairie; held at Tyler, Texas; escaped and reached Capt. Gedney's Co., 36th I. V. I.; had seven months' prison fare, five weeks sick with fever, but was so fortunate as to have one of his own company's men, James Asher, to care for him, and whom he greatly esteems for his kindness; accompanied Capt. Gedney's Company to Cairo, Illinois; at Leavenworth, Kansas, mustered out April 18, 1865.

Biography from Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa [Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Company, 1886], page 582.

PETER SIDLES, one of the pioneers and a representative farmer of Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, was born near Blanchester, Clinton County, Ohio, June 4, 1823, the eldest son of Israel Sidles, who was a native of Pennsylvania. The father went to Ohio when a boy, and was married in that State to Nancy Morrison, who was also a native of Pennsylvania, born November 30, 1801. They had a family of eleven children, eight of whom are yet living, our subject being the third child of this marriage. The father died during the late war, in January, 1865, and his widow still resides on the old homestead in Ohio. Our subject's grandfather, Peter Sidles, was a native of Germany, coming to America when about fifteen years of age. He served as a soldier in the war of the Revolution. Peter Sidles, the subject of this sketch, passed his youth on the old homestead, receiving his education at the district schools. At the age of twenty-three years he was married to Susan Crossan, a native of Clinton County, Ohio, she and her husband being playmates in that county. They have had seven children born to them: Maria, wife of James Pendergast; Mary M., wife of Rev. Andrew Kershaw, now of Nebraska; Hannah E., wife of George B. Sagerty, of Concordia, Kansas; John A. is married, has four children, and a home near the homestead; Nancy J. died when about eighteen years of age; George I. and Susan A., at home. After his marriage Mr. Sidles settled on 112 acres of land where he continued to reside till the fall of 1854. He then came to Appanoose County, Iowa, locating on his present farm on section 3, where he purchased a tract of land containing 430 acres of which but forty acres had been broken. A small log cabin had been erected on this land in which he lived several years, when it was moved back and an addition built to it. Mr. Sidles's chief occupation has been general farming and stock-raising, being very successful, especially in hog and cattle raising, and has also devoted some attention to sheep-raising. He has at present some very fine cattle and horses on his farm. In August, 1861, Mr. Sidles enlisted in Company B, Sixth Kansas Cavalry and served in the western army. He spent two years on the borders between Kansas and Missouri, taking part in several skirmishes. He was wounded near Fort Smith, Arkansas, and was taken prisoner. He was confined in a stockade at Tyler, Texas, with some 4,000 men for about seven months. He received an honorable discharge at Leavenworth, Kansas, in April, 1865, when he returned to his home in Lincoln Township, where he has since followed agricultural pursuits. Mr. Sidles served his township as trustee and treasurer, and assessor for one term, beside holding the office of justice of the peace for eleven years. He and his wife and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he holds several official positions. In early life he was a Democrat, but since the organization of the Republicans he has affiliated with that party.

The editor appreciates the contributions of the pictures of Peter and Susan Sidles by Janice Sidles Stille and of Grandpa Sidles at home by Geraldine Rinker of Augusta, Georgia.

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