biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
WILLIAM VERMILYEA, the owner of 692 acres of fertile land in Adams Township, son of Peter and Mary (Ostihout) Vermilyea, was born in Prince Edwards County, Canada, Aug. 14, 1831. He came to Iowa in 1866, and located in Mahaska County. June 24, 1864, he was united in marriage with Miss Jennie Cunningham, a native of Canada, born Dec. 10, 1846. They are the parents of three children: Austinette, born April 21, 1865; Lottie M., April 25, 1876, and Walter C., Aug. 25, 1879. The children all reside at home. Mr. Vermilyea takes no special interest in politics, and in exercising the right of suffrage selects the best man, regardless of party affiliations. His first purchase of land was 160 acres, and the next 125 acres, to which he has added at various times since until he now owns a wide extent, as above stated, all in a high state of cultivation and excellently improved. Mr. Vermilyea has made an admirable success of his business and is a wealthy man. His good fortune is owing to his intelligence, ability and admirable management of his affairs. He is a very honorable man, and greatly esteemed by his friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy