biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ROBERT DOAK is a farmer and stock-raiser, residing on section 2, White Oak Township. He was born in Champaign County, Ohio, April 1, 1838, and is a son of John and Rachel (Swisher) Doak, who were farmers by occupation. The first named died in Ohio in 1844; his widow still survives, and lives at the old home in Ohio. The subject of this sketch, Robert Doak, was married, April 5, 1860, to Miss Eliza J. Shields, a daughter of Charles and Julia A. (Myers) Shields. By this union there were three childrenÄMaggie, Mattie and Charley. The mother died May 23, 1873, and Feb. 5. 1874, he was married to Sarah Arnold, born Oct. 3O, 1835, and a daughter of Thomas D. and Lavisa (Scott) Arnold. Oct. 8, 1861, Mr. Doak enlisted in Co. I, 66th Ohio Vol. Inf., and served in that command until Dec. 27, 1864. He participated in all the battles, skirmishes and campaigns in which his regiment took a part, and did his whole duty as a soldier. In these various engagements he was three times wounded. In the year 1869 Mr. Doak removed to Mahaska County, where he has since resided. He is a member of the G. A. R., and in his political affiliations is an enthusiastic Republican. His home farm consists of 231 acres of good land, all in fine cultivation, well improved, with good house, barn and necessary out-buildings. Mr. Doak is prosperous as a farmer, a man of more than average ability and intelligence, who reads, thinks and acts for himself upon all questions, is honorable and upright, and enjoys the confidence and esteem everyone in the circle of his acquaintance.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy