biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOSEPH SOULTS, one of the extensive land owners of Pleasant Grove Township, was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1828. He came to the United States when a young man, in 1849, and first settled in the State of Michigan, where he resided for six years, and thence came to this county, in 1855, and located in Pleasant Grove Township. In the meantime, Sept. 7, 1850, he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Bell, a native of his own country, and they became the parents of seven children, of whom the record is as follows; Joseph A., William J., and Elizabeth, the wife of John Wardrip, are residents of Pleasant Grove Township; Robert J. is deceased; Anna B. married Palmer Rumford, of Pleasant Grove; Louisa J. is deceased; Robert J. lives in Pleasant Grove Township. When Mr. Soults first came to this county he entered 160 acres of land. He was prosperous in his farming and business operations, and afterward bought a section more. Since that time he has given a portion of his land to his children, but is yet the owner of 530 acres, very fine and fertile, and in an excellent state of cultivation, with improvements of the best character. His intelligence and excellent management have rendered him more than ordinarily successful in life. He is a man of the strictest integrity, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of many friends and neighbors. Politically he is a live, wide-awake Republican, and stakes an active interest in the success of his party. Himself and wife are consistent and prominent members of the United Presbyterian Church.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy