Farmer: Point Pleasant Township, (postofflce Swan Creek): is a representative of two old West Virginia and Ohio families, the Booths and Van Vleets. His grandfather and grandmother in the paternal line were Ferguson and Lucy (Perdue) Booth and his father was Burwell Booth, all natives of West Virginia. His grandparents in the maternal line were Peter and Hannah Van Vleet, and Cornelia Van Vleet, his mother, was born near Cincinnati, Ohio. Burwell Booth was brought early in life to Knox County, Il., by his parents, and. after his marriage he bought a farm in Swan Township, which he sold in order to purchase another in Point Pleasant Township. Eventually he sold the farm last mentioned and bought a farm in Guthrie Coun­ ty, Iowa, on which he lived for some years.

He then removed to Buena Vista County, Iowa. Ferguson Booth began farming for himself on 80 acres of Section 27, Point Pleasant Township, and has given attention to general crops and to breeding hogs and horses. He is a Republican and has filled the office of Road Commissioner, and for twelve years has been School Director. He married in Roseville in 1881. Myrtle Kirby, who was born there in 1865, daughter of Washington and Martha (Talley) Kirby, who now lives in Point Pleasant Town

ship. By his marriage he has three children, named: Bertha, Gertrude and Lao. He was previously married to Zoe Worden, who was born in Swain Township, a daughter of George Worden, a native of New York, who bore him one child that died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Booth are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


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