biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JAMES B. DARLAND, of Union Township, was born in Kentucky, Aug. 12, 1820. He removed with his parents to Indiana in the year 1821, residing there until 1844, and thence went with them to Illinois, living in Warren County until 1855, when the subject of this sketch migrated to Iowa, and settled in Union Township, this county. Our subject was married, June 23, 1842, to Miss Mary Charles, a native of Ohio. They are the parents of thirteen children: Lavina is the wife of Joseph Stout, of this township; Catherine is the wife of L. M. Smith, also of this township; Anna A. is the wife of Henry Bolton, of Jewell County, Kan.; Almira is the wife of Charles Russel, of New Sharon; Zelda is the wife of Louis Hedge, also of New Sharon; Louisa is the wife of N. J. Ferguson, of this county; Newton resides in Pleasant Grove Township; Lydia, Cora, William and Wilson are deceased; Mary is the wife of Joseph Evans and lives in Norton County, Kan.; Loretta is deceased. The mother of these children died Feb. 18, 1884, and December 24 of the same year Mr. D. married as his second wife Mrs. Sarah Paradise. Mr. Darland is a Greenbacker, a man of large information, and properly ranks as one of the leaders of that party in this county. His religious affiliation is with the Primitive Baptist Church. When Mr. Darland first came to this county he was the possessor of moderate means, and his first purchase was of forty sores of land, to which he has added as he has been prospered until now he is the owner of 155 acres of excellent land, which, by reason of intelligent farming, has been brought to a most excellent state of cultivation, and all of the improvements thereon are of the best class. He has prospered in life by reason of his industry, energy and excellent management. He is a man of more than ordinary ability, of large general knowledge, and keeps himself advised, not only as to matters relating to his business enterprises, but as well all matters of general interest, and is able to express himself in a forcefull manner upon all debatable questions, and is esteemed a most excellent citizen.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy