AMANDA GRACE

Cameron, Warren County ; a native of Iowa , is one of the few women in her vicinity who have made a note worthy success in the handling of business affairs. She was born in Wapello County , Iowa , May 1, 1861 , a daughter of Abner and Mary (Meyers) Overman, her father a native of Indiana , her mother of Pennsylvania . Her grandparents in the maternal line, Lewis and Sarah Ann ( Taylor ) Myers, were also born in the Keystone State . Abner Overman was a young man when he went to Iowa and he married there and settled down to farming, and he and his wife both died there.

Miss Overman was educated in common schools in Iowa and was married at Chillicothe , that State, December 25, 1872.. to James W. Grace. Mr. Grace was born in Indiana and was a pioneer in Illinois , who made the journey on foot from his native State, arriving on the scene of his future successes with a cash capital of twenty-five cents. By industry, perseverance and ex­ cellent management he acquired sixteen hundred acres of land and twelve thousand dollars worth of personal property, and was widely known as an extensive farmer and stock raiser.

He was three times married; first to Elizabeth Lyon, then to her sister, and lastly to the subject of this sketch. By his first marriage he had two children named John and Parsilla. By his second wife, three children, named Elizabeth, Margaret and Jessie; and, by his last marriage, two, named Olive Branch and Erma. He died in 1892 at the age of seventy-five years, and after his death his widow removed to Cameron and there built a fine residence which has since been her home. Her elder daughter, Olive Branch is. married to John Riggles, and her daughter Erma to Elmer Ryner.

 

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