biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN ZARING is a retired farmer living on section 9, Cedar Township. He was born in Oldham County, Ky., Oct. 8, 1806, and is the son of Phillip and Massa Zaring. They were natives of Pennsylvania, and emigrated to Indiana at a very early date in the settlement of that place, and both died there. John Zaring came to this county in the fall of 1849. He was married to Martha Little in 1826. She was the daughter of Alexander and Rachel (Robinson) Little, both of whom died in Washington County, Ind., where she was born in 1804. Mr. and Mrs. Zaring are the parents of ten children─William W., Eli, Eliza J., Alexander, Lydia, Alvin, Rachel, Sarah, Philip and J. W. The mother of these children died April 4, 1874. Mr. Zaring is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a Republican politically. He is the owner of a quarter section of fine land, all in good cultivation, with the best class of improvements He has retired from the active pursuit of his life- long occupation, and has a sufficiency to enable him to enjoy his declining years in a comfortable, pleasant way. He has been a long-time resident here and in all these years no blot or stain has appeared to mar his excellent reputation as a Christian gentleman and citizen.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy