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William McLeod

Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Death Dec 1885 (aged 55–56)
Conroy, Iowa County, Iowa, USA
Burial Conroy, Iowa County, Iowa, USA
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William McLeod is native of Dumfriesshire Scotland, and Married Mary Smith who was born in England. William McLeod came from Scotland to the new world in 1844, when eighteen years of age, landing at Montreal. He drifted west, however, to Davenport, Iowa, and then came to Iowa County in pioneer times, when the work of development and improvement had scarcely been begun within its borders. He entered eighty acres of land from the government and this became the nucleus of his homestead. Not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made upon the place when he took possession, but with characteristic energy he began its development, brought his fields to a high state of cultivation and eventually added to his property by extending its boundaries. Before coming to the United States he had formed the acquantence of Mary Smith, also a from Scotland, and after becoming established in the new world he returned to the land of hills and heather, was married and then brought his bride to the United States. He died in the year 1885, while his widow survived for almost a quarter of a century, passing away in 1908, at the age of seventy-seven. They had a family of seven children: Elizabeth, who became the wife of Jacob Kudson; Ella, who married McClelland M Parr, now deceased; William, who died at the age of thirty-six years, leaving a widow and two children; George, of this review; Arthur, a resident of Iowa Falls, who is married and has six children, five daughters and a son; Hannah, the wife of J H Hughes, of Williamsburg, by whom she has a daughter; and Mary, who is acting as dean at Cornell College on Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Iowa County Cemetery Stones and History 1844-1975
According to the 1881 Co. History, it refers to the Scotch cemetery in Section 12, as being next to the oldest in Hilton and contains about 60 graves; On the 1874 Atlas p. 19, shows the cemetery on both the Jno. Shipton, and J. Cownie Sr. farms. On the 1900 Atlas on the Henry Burgin and then on the John Cownie Jr. land this road was open
then; The 1915 Atlas mentions it on the south line of Section 12 a little past center of section apparently on the John Cownie land. The road is still open. The 1915 Iowa County History Vol. I, p. 63 "The first of the men to be called by the angel of death from the Scotch settlement who died at his home on the farm") is my opinion that William McLeod is buried here.

This cemetery was the result of a group of people "Scotch" who moved into the township. Little is given of them in the 1881 History, but on page 215-and p. 63 Vol. I. Hist, of Ia. County 1915 contains many of these families, and their life style; The settlement disappeared and extinct for many years, with land being absorbed into other farms.

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  • Created by: Jennifer Young
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111811623
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William McLeod (1829–Dec 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111811623, citing Old Scotch Pioneer Cemetery, Conroy, Iowa County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jennifer Young (contributor 47960507) .