biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
URIAH HAMBLEN, of Prairie Township, dates his residence in this county back to 1854. He was born in Brown County, Ind., on the 5th day of November, 1832, and is a son of Pleasant and Millie (Weddle) Hamblen. the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Tennessee. They were the parents of seven children: One son, William, enlisted in the service during the late war, from Warren County, Iowa, and died of typhoid pneumonia at Camp McClellan. The six living children are: Uriah; Luvinia, now the wife of Abel Markwell, of Kansas; James T. resides in Brown County, Ind.; John lives in Christian County, Ill.; Nancy is the widow of James Taggart; Pleasant resides in Christian County, Ill. The parents of these children died in Brown County, Ind. The subject of this sketch, Uriah Hamblen, was reared on the farm, and resided at the old home until the fall of 1854, and was married on the 1st day of October of that year, to Miss Mary A. Chappell, a native of Brown County, Ind., and to them have been born eight children, three of whom died in childhood; the five living are Thomas J., John, Mary E., Sarah J. and Lucy. Oct. 8, 1854, Mr. Hamblen and his wife, accompanied by a cousin, Lilman Gye, started for the West, and after a journey of over three weeks arrived in this county. Mr. Hamblen first settled in Black Oak Township, purchased fifty acres of land, and commenced to make for himself a home. In the fall of that year he went to Boone County, Iowa, and entered 120 acres of Government land, but, not being well pleased with that section of country, sold it about seven years later, and in 1865 sold the land in Black Oak Township, purchased 120 acres of his present farm, which was then all raw prairie, and settled on the same; he now owns 200 acres of land, all in good cultivation and well improved. Mr. Hamblen is a Republican in politics, but has no office-seeking bee in his bonnet. He gives his entire attention to stock-farming, and is one of the most successful men engaged in that business in the county. He is a man of excellent ability in every way, a clear-headed business man and good manager. In his relations with the outside world he will always be found a man of the strictest integrity, honorable and upright in every respect, and is much esteemed by all who know him.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy