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in a capable manner and his death, which
occurred in 1892, was the occasion of deep
and widespread regret. His wife, a most
estimable lady, passed away in 1890.

William H. Beery is indebted to the
district schools of Baltimore township for
the early education he acquired but later
he attended Howe's Academy in Mount



Pleasant, then one of the leading aca-
demic schools of the country. When he
put aside his text-books he gave his atten-
tion to farm work on the old homestead
until twenty-one years of age, when he
made a trip through the west, visiting
.California, Nevada, the Black Hills and
other districts. He was one of the first
in the Black Hills country, where he en-
gaged in prospecting and mining. He
opened up a mine there and was very suc-
cessful in its operation. He was also in
Colorado and subsequently in New Mex-
ico and on selling his interests there he
returned to Henry county and purchased
a farm in Center township comprising
two hundred and fifty acres of land and
constituting one of the best farm proper-
ties here. He has prospered in his man-
agement of his agricultural interests and
in addition to the home place he owns
eighty acres of land in Bath township.
All of the improvements upon his prop-
erty have been made by him and in 1904
he erected a beautiful residence with all
modern equipments. It is lighted by gas
and he has his own gas and water plant
upon the place. The home is conveniently
situated two miles from the city and is a
most desirable and attractive residence.
Mr. Beery is an extensive stock-feeder as
well as general agriculturist and both
branches of his business are proving

In 1882 Mr. Beery was married to Lil-
lie A. Brittain, a native of Baltimore
township and a daughter of Robert Brit-
tain. They now have two children :
Agnes, a student in Iowa Wesleyan Uni-
versity; and Wilbur H., at home. Mr.
Beery has been an active republican and

has served on both the township and
county central committees, acting on the
latter when President McKinley was
elected. He has frequently been a dele-
gate to party conventions and has been
called to public office, serving now as
township trustee, in which office he has
been the incumbent for fifteen consecutive
years. During that time many permanent
improvements have been made in the
roads and in installing cement culverts.
Pie has likewise been the champion of
advancement along educational lines and
the schools find in him a stalwart friend.
He belongs to Mount Pleasant Lodge, No.
8. Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
of which he was senior warden for a num-
ber of years and he affiliates with Mystic
Lodge, Independent Order Odd Fellows.
For twenty years he has been an officer
and director of the Henry County Farm-
ers' Mutual Insurance Company, of which
his father was one of the charter mem-
bers and Mr. Beery is now serving as vice
president. His work in behalf of public
progress has been of a practical and ben-
eficial character, while in his business
life he has achieved prosperity and at the
same time has made an honorable name.


No biographical review of Henry
county would be complete without men-
tion of Jason Cornick, who represents one
of the old families of this part of the
state, the name having figured long in



connection with agricultural interests and
with the work of puhlic development here
for almost a half century. Jason Cornick,
now extensively engaged in farming, was
born November i. 1853, in Butler county,
Ohio, and is a son of Charles and Eme-
line (Yomans) Cornick. whose life his-
tory is given in connection with the sketch
of Albert Cornick on another page of this
work. Having been brought to Henry
count}- in early boyhood days he w^as
reared under the parental roof in the usual
manner of farmer lads and in the district
schools he acquired his education. He re-
mained upon the home place until about
eighteen years of age, when he started
out upon an independent business career
and he has since devoted his attention to
the work of farming and stock-raising.
He buys and sells Aberdeen Angus cattle
and in his business interests is associated
with his brother Albert. Together they
have large land holdings in this county,
having various farms in different town-
ships and they also have about two thou-
sand acres of land in Kansas besides town
property in Omaha. They have been asso-
ciated in business since starting out to-
gether in early manhood, working for a
common interest and gradually advancing
until they have reached a creditable posi-
tion on the plane of affluence. Mr. Cor-
nick not only possesses keen business dis-
crimination and the ability to utilize his
opportunities as a farmer and stock-raiser
but also has natural artistic skill and tal-
ent. He does considerable drawing and
painting and has placed many sketches of
stock on the canvas. He has done consid-
erable work in illustrating, especially the
scriptural writings and he frequently dis-

plays his work before Sunday schools, his
pictorial explanation of scriptural scenes
being of much benefit in the instruction of
the youth.

In politics Jason Cornick is independ-
ent. He has never married but makes
his home Avith his brother, Albert, and'
the firm is known as A. & J. Cornick.
Both are gentlemen of business ability and
of high character in all life's relations.
Although not a member of any denomina-
tion Jason Cornick is interested in church
and Sunday-school work and has con-
tributed generously to the support of vari-
ous churches.


William Allen Jessup, deceased, was
for many years a well known farmer of
Jefferson township, Henry county, living
on section 12. He represented one of the
oldest families in this part of the state,
the name of Jessup having been closely
interwoven W'ith the history of the county
since the spring of 1850. William A.
Jessup was born in Guilford county.
North Carolina, January 26, 182 1. and
was a son of Levi and Jemima (Un-
thank) Jessup, both of whom were na-
tives of North Carolina and were of Eng-
lish parentage. Their marriage was cele-
brated according to the wedding rites of
the Society of Friends, of which denomi-
nation they were active and devoted mem-
bers. They began their domestic life in
New York, where their two oldest chil-



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clren, Emily and \\'illiam, were born. Tlie
daughter became the wife of Dr. David
AVade, by whom she had three children,
and her second husband was George
Snoddy. She is now deceased, and of
her children William became a physician
and was for a time' located at Los An-
geles, California, but is now deceased.
Robert D., who also lived in Los Angeles,
has passed away, and Anna is deceased.
In 1 82 1 Levi Jessup removed with his
family to Lidiana. locating on govern-
ment land which he purchased at the first
land sale. They lived in that state before
Hendricks county was organized and
when it was formed Le\'i Jessup became
the first county clerk and served in th?t
capacity for seven years. He was a very
popular and influential citizen of that lo-
cality in pioneer days, and left the impress
of his individuality for good upon mat-
ters of public progress and improvement.
He aided in molding public thought and
action and in 1831 was elected a member
of the state senate. \\^hile living in In-
diana he cleared and improved a farm in
Hendricks county and was also engaged
in merchandising for a number of years
in Stilesville, where the family were liv-
ing wdien they made preparations to come
to Henry county, Iowa, the year of their
removal being 1850. Six children were
born unto them in Indiana, namely : Cal-
vin, who died in Henry county, Iowa ;
Ruth A., who became the wife of Dr.
William Mathews, of Putnam county, In-
diana, but both are now deceased ; Jona-
than, who married Elizabeth Walker, of
Henry county, Iowa ; S. M. Jessup, who
married Minerva Dannk, of Albany, Mis-
souri, and was a member of the Thirty-

third Missouri Infantry, during which
time he was wounded at Tupelo, Missis-
sippi, and died soon afterward from the
effects of his injuries; Oliver, deceased;
and Solon, who became a physician and
lived in Salem, Oregon.

William A. Jessup, the subject of this
review, came to Iowa in the fall of 1849,
accompanied by his brother Jonathan and
located first in Jefferson township, Henry
county. Here they were joined by the
others of the family in 1850. William
A. Jessup purchased eighty acres of land
and upon that farm made his home for
many years, extending its boundaries
from time to time as his financial re-
sources permitted until it became a large
tract of land and also became quite valu-
able, owing to the improvements he
placed thereon. He built thereon a log
cabin, which is still standing and is one
of the landmarks of pioneer days, a mute
witness of many events which have oc-
curred in the interim.

Levi Jessup became as popular in
Henry county, Iowa, as he had been in
Hendricks county, Indiana, and in 1852
was nominated by the Whig party to rep-
resent the district in the general assembly.
By reason of his official positions he
was no longer regarded as a member of
the Societv of Friends and joined the
Christian church. During the Civil Avar
two of his sons, Jonathan and Merrill,
enlisted as defenders of the L^nion cause
and the aged father, imbued with a spirit
of patriotism, also responded to the coun-
try's call and upon the organization of the
celebrated Greybeard Regiment of Iowa
joined that command, with which he
served for several months but at length



was discharged on account of ill health.
He died in 1866, while his wife passed
away in 1861, at the age of sixty-six

William A. Jessup after coming to
Iowa and making arrangements for hav-
ing a home of his own further completed
these arrangements by his marriage on
the 13th of October, 1851, to Miss Julia
A. Roads, a daughter of George and
Elizabeth (Boyd) Roads, who was also
of a prominent family of Henry county.
One of the sons of the family, Adam
Roads, served as county treasurer. Unto
Mr. and Mrs. Jessup were born two
daughters, Ada, and Viola, the former be-
ing the widow of J. S. Mathews, who is
mentioned elsewhere in this volume.
These two sisters, being the only surviv-
ors of the family, have been living to-
gether since the death of the parents, but
expect in the season of 1906 to make an
extended trip through the west and along
the Pacific coast, having disposed of their
home in AA'ayland, Iowa, that they may
be free from business alliances during
their sojourn in California.

Mr. Jessup was not only an active and
energetic agriculturist but also a factor
in community interests and was fre-
quently called upon to serve his fellow
townsmen in positions of public trust. He
filled nearly all of the township offices
and was chosen township clerk in 1851
and in 1852 was elected township trus-
tee. He was also justice of the peace and
he later served for four years as county
supervisor. He was afterward again
elected justice of the peace but at the time
refused to qualify. No public trust re-
posed in him was ever betraved in the

slighest degree, for at all times he was
true and loyal to the interests in his care.
There is an old Japanese maxim that
"Opportunity is hard to find and easy to
lose," and Mr. Jessup seemed to recog-
nize this, for in his business career he im-
proved every chance that came to him and
by the judicious use of his advantages
accumulated a comfortable competence
and steadily worked his way upward.
Genuine worth made him well worthy
the uniform regard which was extended
to him by all with whom business or social
relations brought him in contact.


The world is better for the life of every
good man and the influence of his labors
cannot be overestimated, for as the poet
has truly said,

"Our echoes roll from soul to soul
And grow forever and forever."

Rev. ^^^ \\'. Roberts, largelv devoting his
life to the ministry, left behind him a
memory which remains as a blessed bene-
diction to all who knew him and no his-
tory of Henry county wo.Jd be complete
without mention of his work and what he
accomplished in this world. He was born
near \\'est Point, Iowa, on the 22nd of
May, 1843, his parents being Walter and
Sarah E. (Wickersham) Roberts. The
father was born in North Carolina and
came of English lineage, the family, how-



ever, being established in America at an
early period in the colonization of the new
world, the first representatives of the
name in this country having located in
North Carolina. Walter Roberts was a
member of the Society of Friends and
was a blacksmith by trade. He came to
Iowa about 1840 and was closely asso-
ciated with the pioneer development of
this part of the state. He took up his
abode upon a farm near West Point and
in connection with the work of clearing
and cultivating the land he also worked at
his trade for a time. His labors were
effective in laying broad and deep the
foundation for the present development
and progress of the country, for he was
ever helpfully interested in any movement
for the general good. Strongly opposed
to the system of slavery in the south, he
made his home a station on the under-
ground railroad and assisted many a poor
fugitive on his way to the north, where
he might obtain freedom. He also aided
in drilling the Wide Awakes, the political
companies who supported the candidacy
of Lincoln. He had formerly been a
stanch advocate of the Free Soil party
and upon the organization of the new
Republican party he joined its ranks. For
man}^ years he was justice of the peace
and his public service was creditable to
himself and highly satisfactory to his con-
stituents. His wife, who was also a mem-
ber of the Society of Friends, died in
February, 1875, upon the old homestead,
after which Mr. Roberts removed to
Salem, Iowa, and for four or five years
prior to his death lived retired. He passed
away in July, 1892. In the family of this
worthy couple were ten children, of whom

seven are now living. W. W. is the sub-
ject of this review. Joel J., who married
Laura Dunham, was a soldier of the
Twenty-fifth Iowa Cavalry, in the Civil
war, serving throughout the period of
hostilities. He was in Andersonville
prison, where Rev. Roberts found him
very ill, but he succeeded in obtaining his
release and thus saved his life. He lived
to enjoy many years of usefulness and
died about 1880. Dillon married Ivlrs.
Bradish and they reside in Nevada. Caro-
lina is the wife of Levi Culver, a resi-
dent of California. Helen is the wife of
John Thornburg, of western Nebraska.
Letitia is the wdfe of Charles Kaup, a
merchant of western Nebraska. Eliza-
beth is the wife of Austin Riffle, who is
living in Idaho. Charles H. married
Florence Hinkson, a resident of Center
township. J. E. married and is living in
Boise City, Idaho, and the youngest died
in infancy. The parents of these children
were interred in the Salem cemetery.

Rev. W. W. Roberts largely accjuired
his education in the district schools of Lee
county and at the time he entered the ser-
vice of the Civil war he was a student in
^^^est Point high school. Because of his
youth his father opposed his joining the
army, but he entered the Seventeenth
Iowa Infantry. He participated in many
important engagements, including the
battles of Manassas, Lookout Mountain
and Vicksburg. He did active service
under generals Sherman and Grant and
for three months was in Andersonville
prison and for three months in other rebel
prisons. At the close of the war in 1865.
he was honorably discharged at Keokuk,
havino- done his full dutv as a soldier.



obeying every command with promptness
and fidelity and never faltering in his
loyalty to the stars and stripes.

Following • the close of the war Mr.
Roberts returned to Lee county and i)nr-
chased a farm. In the same year he won
a companion and helpmate for life's jour-
ney, being married on the 5th of Septem-
ber, 1868. to Miss Alargaret J- \\'hisler,
who was born in White Hill, Pennsyl-
vania. October 28, 1850. a daughter of
John and Barbara (Lambert) Whisler.
Both of her parents were born in Penn-
sylvania and the father died in 1880. at
the as'e of fiftv-six vears, while the
mother survived until 1903. passing away
at the advanced age of eighty-four years.
He was a blacksmith by trade and in 1849
came to Iowa, settling near Pilot Grove,
Lee county. At the time of the Civil war
he enlisted for one hundred days' service
but, being unable to go to the front, his
son took his place. In politics he was a
republican and both he and his wife were
members of the Church of God. In their
family were six children, of whom four
are now living. William, who married
Rebecca Turner, and after her death wed-
ded Elizabeth Graham, is now living near
Huston, Missouri. John B. married
Elizabeth Denny, now deceased, and
makes his home at Mount Pleasant. Mar-
garet J. is the third of the family. Isaac
married Laura Roberts, who though of
the same name was not a relative of Rev.
Roberts, and his home is in Danville. Des
Moines county. Mr. and ;Mrs. Whisler
were laid to rest in a cemeterv near Dan-
ville, having made their home in that
place for thirty-five years.

About three years after his marriage

Rev. W. AV. Roberts entered the ministry,
being ordained into the Church of God.
His first charge was at Pilot Grove, after
which he spent four years in Missouri and
was also pastor of the churches at Tren-
ton and Merrimac. He came to Henry
county in 1875, establi.shing his home on
a farm about six or seven miles from
Mount Pleasant. He also had a large
church and devoted his attention to the
building up of his congregation as well as
to the development of his agricultural
interests. He afterward purchased a farm
at Webster and carried on general agri-
cultural pursuits, in addition to his w'ork
as a minister. About thirteen years ago
he came to ]\Iount Pleasant, preaching on
Sundays and w'orking at his trade in the
city during the week. Thus his life
passed until February 5. 1903, when he
was called to his final rest,

Mr. and ]\Irs. Roberts had become the
parents of ten children. Lewis Vance is
an architect residing at Ottawa, Illinois.
He attended \\'hittier College in Salem,
Iowa, and afterward Howe's Academy in
^Mount Pleasant. He married ]\Iiss Anna
Spurrier and has two children, Ronald
and Grace May. Edwan J. married Alma
Collins and died in Goldfield. Nevada,
June 7, 1906. He has two children, Jes-
sie and Winona. Jessie Bertram, the third
child of the Roberts family, died at the
age of two years. Frank A., the next
younger, born at Pilot Grove. Lee county,
first attended the district schools of
Henr}' count}- and was graduated from
the high school of Mount Pleasant in
1895. He is now a junior in ^^^esleyan
University, preparing for the ministry of
the Methodist church. He Hves his



political allegiance to the Republican party
and lives at home. Clair W. is a graduate
of the Mount Pleasant high school, after-
ward spent two years as a student in Iowa
City and was graduated from the North-
western Dental College of Chicago, was
engaged in practice in West Point, Iowa.
jMinnie M. is a graduate of the high
school of Mount Pleasant and also of the
State Normal School at Reno, Nevada.
She is now a teacher in the public schools
of Wells, Nevada. Daisy D. is a grad-
uate of the Mount Pleasant high school,
was also a student in Antrim's College
and is now a teacher in Glasgow, Iowa.
Alilo completed a course in the Mount
Pleasant high school and afterward spent
a year as a student in Keokuk Dental Col-
lege and later was graduated from the
dental department of the Northwestern
University at Chicago. He is now in the
practice of dentistry in West Point. May
completed the high school course in
]\Iount Pleasant and is also a graduate of
Elliott's Business College of Burlington,
being now a trusted stenographer in
Anderson, Indiana. Laura Grace is now
a student in the public schools. Rev. and
Mrs. Roberts were deeply interested in
the education of their children and pro-
vided them with every opportunity possi-
ble for the acquirement of a good educa-
tion. In his political affiliation Rev. Rob-
erts was at one time a republican, but dur-
ing the last fifteen years of his life gave
his allegiance to the Prohibition party,
which embodied his views upon the tem-
perance c[uestion. He remodeled the home
now occupied by his widow and children
and he did everything in his power f(M- the
comfort and welfare of his familv. He was

a loving husband, a kind father and faith-
ful friend and his life was filled with
kindly deeds and acts of charity. He was a
gentleman of fine personal appearance and
had a broad and a genial disposition. All
who knew him respected him and many
with whom he came in contact loved him.
\\'hen he was called to his final rest his
remains were interred in Forest Home
cemeterv in Mount Pleasant and his loss
was felt throughout the community. Mrs.
Roberts still makes her home in Blount
Pleasant, being a member of the !Mount
Pleasant Methodist church, and has a
family of which she has e\"er}' reason to
be proud.



Albert Cornick is an extensive land-
owner and prosperous farmer of Center
township and possesses the business abil-
ity that has enabled him to overcome
obstacles and wrest success from the hand
of fate. He was born in Butler county,
Ohio, March 3, 1852, his parents being
Charles and Emeline (Yomans) Cornick.
The father's birth occurred in Chester
county, Pennsylvania, on the ist of Feb-
ruary, 1809, and when five years of age
he was taken by his parents to Ohio,
where he was reared and educated. In
1856 he arrived in Iowa, settling in
Henry county, where he turned his atten-
tion to farming, ^^'hen he started out
upon his business career he had little capi-
tal but by good management and determ-
ination he won a gratifying measure of



success. He was married in 1837 to Miss
Emeline Yomans, -and they had seven
children: Thomas J. died at the age
of sixteen and J. Wesley died at twenty-
two; Emily, the deceased wife of J. W .
Hinkson; Nelson, who married Miss
Mary Morehead and is living in this
county: Alhert and Jason, who are part-
ners in l)nsiness: and Amanda, now Mrs.
Whipple, living in New London town-
ship. The father of this family was a
life-long Mason, who %vas in hearty sym-
pathy w'ith the principles and plans of the
craft and was always true to its tenets
and teachings. He voted with the
Democracy and both he and his wife were
faithful members of the Methodist church.
in which he served in an official capacity.
He died January 23. 1887, while his wife
passed away March i, 1891, their remains
being interred in Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Albert Cornick was educated in low^a
W^esleyan University and after leaving
school he remained with his father until
about tw^enty-one years of age, when he
and his brother Jason began farming to-
gether, keeping bachelor's hall for three
or four years. Albert Cornick was then
married on the 3d of November, 1886, to
]\Iiss India B. Holland, whose birth
occurred in Des Moines county, low'a,
September 28, 1863, her parents being
Alva and Elizabeth (Moats) Holland, the
father a native of Virginia and the mother
of West Virginia. Mr. Holland gave his
attention to agricultural pursuits and
about 1859 removed to low^a, settling
upon a farm in Des Moines county,
whence he came to Henry county about
1866. His wife died October 7, 1892,
and he still survives, now making his

home with his daughter, in Danville,
Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Holland Were the
parents of twelve children : Mary F., the
deceased wife of John Hankins; Arling-
ton, who married Miss Emma E. Hol-
land and resides in New London ; Helena,
the wife of Benjamin Holland, who is liv-
ing in Worthington, Minnesota; Daniel
M., w^ho married Cora A. Martin and re-
sides in Minnesota; Jacob L.. who mar-
ried Ella King and resides at Villisca,
low^a; Laura V., who died at the age of

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