biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN LISTER was born in County Down, Ireland, and came to this country in 1849, locating at once in Pleasant Grove Township, this county. Here he purchased 365 acres of excellent land, has brought it to a high state of cultivation, and has good improvements on the same. Feb. 23, 1859, he was united in marriage with Miss Asenath Northrup. They have become the parents of twelve children, ten of whom are living: Joseph C. is at home; Margaret J. is the wife of J. Wymore, of Pleasant Grove Township; John, William F., Robert L., David, Thomas, Fred, Charles E., add an infant unnamed, are at home. Those deceased were James G and Asenath. In his political relations Mr. Lister is a Republican, and himself and wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church. He brought with him from Ireland a love of liberty and a laudable ambition to succeed in his new home. Coupled with these was energy, industry, and the ability to manage his affairs prudently and economically, and he has succeeded in securing a fair share of the wealth of the world. He is a man of splendid intelligence, well posted on current topics, and able to discuss them in an able manner, and to give a reason for the opinions he has upon any and all subjects.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy