John F. Fee, a farmer and stock raiser of Knoxville township, has resided in this county since 1849 and is a
brother of George W. Fee, whose record is given elsewhere in this work. He was born in
Crawford county, Indiana, August 11, 1841, a son of Christopher and Susan (Means) Fee, who in 1846 removed to Van
Buren county, Iowa, and three years later to Marion county. The father was a native of Virginia.
John F. Fee was eight years of age when he accompanied his parents to this county and has resided here continuously
since. As a boy he attended subscription schools, in which his entire education was acquired, as he never went
to a free school. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Fortieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned
to the Western Army and participated in the siege of Vicksburg. He was then sent west to the Yazoo river, to Arkansas
and to the Indian country and was mustered out at Gibson, in the territory belonging to the Cherokee Nation. He
was in the army something over three years and when discharged held the rank of color bearer of his company. He
was never injured but suffered from disease, though he never drew a pension until his age entitled him to one.
After returning from the front he remained upon his father's farm for two years but after his marriage, which occurred
in 1867, he located upon the James Gamble farm near Knoxville, where he remained until the fall of 1879, when he
removed to his present farm, which is situated in Knoxville township, near White Breast creek, and comprises one
hundred and eighty acres. It is rich and productive, lying mostly in the bottoms. He has made most of the improvements
thereon and has one of the valuable farming properties of his locality. He carries on general farming and stock
raising and as he is energetic and progressive his labors yield him a gratifying annual income.
On the 22d of March, 1867, Mr. Fee was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Octavia Clark, who was born in Dade county,
Georgia, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1844. Her parents were James and Minerva (McKaig) Clark, the former a
native of Tennessee. They were married on the 18th of April, 1841, and in the spring of 1849 came to Marion county,
locating in the northwestern part of Knoxville township, where the father entered land which he owned and operated
until his death on the t9th of April, 1901, when he was eighty three years, six months and sixteen days of age.
The mother died on the 4th of September, 1853, leaving seven small children, four sons and three daughters. On
the 24th of December of the following year Mr. Clark married Mrs. Marinda Miller, by whom he had seven children,
three sons and four daughters. She had also been previously married and had two children by her first union. She
passed away on the 18th of June, 1896. Five of the children of the first marriage are still living. Of the second
family of children two died young, another daughter died after her marriage and four are still living. The paternal
grandfather of Mrs. Fee was an Old School Baptist preacher. She has resided in this county since 1849 and is widely
known and highly respected. Mr. and Mrs. Fee have four children, as follows: James, born in c867, is a farmer of
Knoxville township. He married Miss Cora Workman and they have three daughters, Grace B., Letha Verna and Ione
Octavia. Walter F., born April 8, 1880, is at home. He married Emma Alberta Fisher, who passed away June 20, 1914,
leaving one son, Wilbur J. Annabel, who was born January 6, 1870, passed away on the 11th of August, 1873. Alonzo
Everett, whose birth occurred on the 18th of February, 1875, died November 2d of the year following.
Mr. Fee is a democrat and has served in some school and district offices. He enjoys his association with his old
army comrades through his membership in Knoxville Post, No. 49, G. A. R., and his wife is a member of the Presbyterian
church of Knoxville. They have both resided in the county since 1849 and their reminiscences serve to make real
for many of the younger generation the earlier days in the history of this section, when pioneer conditions still
prevailed. Throughout their long lives they have devoted their energies to useful activities, have conformed their
conduct to high moral standards, and in the evening of their lives they are rich in friends and honor as well as
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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