Thanks for all your hard work Judy!
This guy is next to impossible! He abandonded his wife and child in VA. He does not appear in any census after 1880. There he's working on a farm. He's with the family that "bought" his bond after his parents both died in 1863. He was 5 when he was orphaned...he later regained his father's farm in MO. and 3 years later sold it when he married and moved to VA. From here he'skechy because he came back to his wife-in VA- and had 2 daughters;1901 and 1904.
He WAS born in Aug.1857 but not Iowa his sister was born there.He was born in MO. I don't think he knew where he was born..it's different all the time...His wife was born in VA. His grandfather was born in Ireland...remember he was 5 when left alone and no one about to tell him facts of his family.