Biography of John Valentine
Winona County, MN Biographies

JOHN VALENTINE (deceased) was born in Ireland, in 1799. He was early apprenticed to the shoemaker's trade and worked for many years at it previous to his emigrating to America. He landed at New Orleans in 1849, where he remained several years, then going to Galena., fllinois. In 1853 he pre-empted land in Rolling Stone. He came first, leaving his family in Galena, who followed him two years after. He was one of the very first in the township to take up land. He was married in 1834 to Miss Charlotte Jones, by whom he has had six children, five of whom are living. Though somewhat advanced in years when he took up his claim in the township, nevertheless he was considered one of the most energetic and enterprising of the pioneers. He belonged to the Episcopal body, and was a democrat in political opinion. He died after a prolonged illness, and is buried in the Protestant burying ground at Minnesota City.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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