LORENZO DOW BATTEN.
One of the highly respected residents of Knoxville is Lorenzo Dow Batten, who for many years was actively engaged
in business as a blacksmith in this city. He was born in Brown county, Ohio, on the 9th of July, 1815, a son of
Thomas and Sarah (Bradford) Batten. His father was born in Highland county, that state, in 1812 and his mother
in Brown county on the 12th of June, 1813. On the maternal side he is descended from William and Margaret (Parkinson)
Bradford, who removed from Virginia to Brown county, Ohio, in 1822. William Bradford was a son of Samuel and Sarah
Bradford, who emigrated to America from England in 1765. Margaret Parkinson was a daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth
(Dickey) Parkinson, who came from England to the United States. The former was a soldier in the Revolutionary war,
as was his father, William Parkinson. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Batten were married in Brown county, Ohio, in August,
1841, and resided there until 1851 or 1852, when they came to Iowa, settling near Pleasantville. The father purchased
land and farmed until he retired from active life. He was a Methodist in his religious faith and was highly esteemed
by his neighbors and acquaintances. He passed away in 1881, having for many years survived his wife, who died in
1853 shortly after the family removed to this state. To them were born four children. Exira married James Ruby
and died leaving one daughter, Eliza Jane. Lorenzo Dow is the next in order of birth. The two youngest children
died in infancy.
Lorenzo Dow Batten was but a child when he accompanied his parents to this county and his education was gained
in the public schools here. As a young man he learned the trade of blacksmithing and for about forty years has
conducted a shop in Knoxville. He has built up a reputation for careful and thorough work and has gained a competence
through his labors. His efficiency and integrity are alike above question and many of those who patronize his shop
have done so for many years, as they are satisfied that they could not do better elsewhere.
Mr. Batten was married November 7, 1870, at Pleasantville, to Miss Martha E. Duncan, a daughter of Samuel Robb
and Sarah Elizabeth (Miller) Duncan. The father was born in Highland county, Ohio, in 1822 and her mother's birth
occurred in the same year in Loudoun county, Virginia. They were married on the 30th of March, 1843, in Highland
county, Ohio, and there Mr. Duncan passed away. About 1861 his wife came to Iowa with her children, only two of
whom grew to maturity, namely: Mrs. Batten, who was born in Alexander, Missouri, November 28, 1849; and William
Samuel. The mother passed away in Knoxville in 1904. Mrs. Batten is descended from Jacob Miller, a soldier in the
Revolutionary war, and his wife, Elizabeth Hampton. Mr. and Mrs. Batten have two children, Flora Duncan and Sarah
Ellen, both of whom are successful teachers. They were educated in the Knoxville public and high schools and also
attended the Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls.
Mr. Batten has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for years and both of his daughters are Rebekahs.
They are also members of the Methodist Episcopal church and of the Daughters of the American Revolution. His political
adherence is given to the democratic party and he has served as a delegate to a number of local conventions. He
takes great interest in all that affects the general good and is known as a public spirited citizen.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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