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    Spracklin Family        

     Solomon G. Spracklin, a representative farmer of Taylor township, residing on section19, came to Harrison County in the spring of 1866, just at the close of the war.  He bought eighty acres of wild land and built a frame house 14x24 feet, and in December of the same year bought eighty acres of more land adjoining the first tract he had bought.  In the summer of 1881 he built his present frame residence, which is a two story building, 14x24 feet, with an ell 14x20 feet.  In 1887 he built a an, 42x70 feet, with fourteen foot posts, which holds one hundred and twenty six tons of hay.  This barn ranks among the best in Harrison county.  When he first came to the county, Magnolia was his nearest trading town, and there were few settlers on the Missouri bottoms.
     Mr. Spracklin was born in Knox County, Ohio 4 March 1828.   He is the son of John and Lydia Goss Spracklin.  The father was a native of England, while the mother was the first child born at Dayton, Ohio.  Our subject remained at home until 1852, when he came to Tama County, Iowa, remained a short time and went to Benton County.  He purchased a part of the land which the town of Belle Plaine now stands upon.  We next fine him in Johnson County, Iowa where he bought a farm, remained eight years, and then came to Harrison County.
     He was united in marriage 2 April 1857, in Johnson County, Iowa to Louis J. Avetts, the daughter of William and Louisa Avetts.  Solomon and his wife are the parents of eight children, Ella J., Mary, Dartha, Sarah, Minnie, Nancy, Jesse J., and Alice Grace.
     Louisa was born in Tennessee 26 May 1839, and when but a small girl her parents came to Hardin County, Illinois.  Her mother died when she was young, her father remarried, after which she lived with her grandmother and came to Johnson County, Iowa, with a family by the name of Morton, and remained until the date of her marriage.  She is a member of the Christian Church.
     Mr. Spracklin is identified with the Democratic party and has held the office of Township Trustee and has assessed his township three times.
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Solomon Goss Spracklin and Louisa Jane Avitts
Married 2 April 1857
All born in Harrison County
Ella Jane b. 6 Jan 1859  m. John Thomas Arbaugh**
Mary b.1 Feb 1860 m. Michael T. Layton**
Dortha b. 7 Jul 1861 m. E. A. Ludwig
Sarah b. 8 Jun 1867 m. L. G. Riley
Minnie b. m. John A. Akers
Nancy b. 11 Sep 1887 m. C. L. Hiddleston
Jessie J. b. 4 Apr 1874 m. Nettie Vaulder**
Alice Grace b. 1875 m. John W. Johnson**
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