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Deal :

The pioneer Deal family came to Marshall county, Iowa, from Ohio in October of 1865. Leonard Deal married Maria Newland in Mercer county, Ohio, on December 3, 1848. Leonard and Maria were the parents of thirteen children. Three died in infancy. The others were:

Sarah Deal SpenceJohn Deal
Maria Deal SmithJ. Wesley Deal
Rachel Deal Abbott SpringerMack Deal
Cora Deal IrvineMonroe Deal
Minerva Deal StoughMilton Deal

Our community can claim three of the above list of children as permanent residents prior to 1910.

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John Deal was born on December 15, 1853, in Mercer county, Ohio. Mary Alice Spence was born in Kentucky in 1855. John and Mary Alice were married in January of 1874. They moved to our community in 1888.

John and Mary Alice were the parents of four children. They were Wesley Allen, Arthur F., Milton Edgar, and Eula Deal McBride.

John died on May 14, 1933. Mary Alice died on April 18, 1925.

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J. Wesley Deal was born on July 29, 1857, in Mercer county, Ohio. Wesley married Elizabeth Fenton of Colo, Iowa, on November 25, 1880. They moved to our community in the 1880's.

Wesley and Elizabeth were the parents of two children. They were Jennie May and C. Russell. Wesley served as a Zearing town official. The family was active in the Christian Church of Zearing.

Wesley died on November 18, 1937. Elizabeth died on October 1, 1945.

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Milton Deal was born on August 28, 1855, in Mercer county, Ohio. He came to our community in 1881. Milton married Effie Trego on August 31, 1884, at Keswick, Iowa.

Milton and Effie were the parents of six children. They were Otto, Dora, Ethel, Lila, Orel, and Leon. Milton was one of the prominent farmers of this community during his residence here.

Milton died on January 22, 1906. Effie died on February 3, 1915.


George W. Deaver, local Civil War veteran, was living in Tennessee when the war started. George favored the northern cause. As a result the Deaver family became very unpopular in their neighborhood. George W. left home and joined the northern army.

We understand that southern sympathizers tried to scare the

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