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Edwin and Margaret Corey, Shelby Co., IA
Posted by: M. Knight (ID *****8996) Date: September 23, 2002 at 22:01:15
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I hope this is helpful to someone. I am not related to this family.
1915 Past and Present of Shelby County, Iowa, page 1459.
MRS. MARGARET M. COREY. Wholly devoted to home and domestic duties, doing through all the best years of her life the lowly bur sacred work that comes within her sphere, there is not much to record concerning the life of the average woman, yet what station so dignified, what relation so loving and endearing, what offices so wholly tender and ennobling as those of home making, wifehood and motherhood. As man's equal in every qualification save the physical, and his superior in the gentle, tender, and loving amenities of life, she fully merits a much larger notice than she ordinarily receives. No doubt the time soon is coming when women will receive due credit for the important part they play in life's great drama and be accorded their proper places in history and biography. One of the women of Shelby County, Iowa, who merits a place among the representative women of her county is Mrs. Margaret M. Corey, who has been a resident of this county for nearly thirty-five years.

Mrs. Margaret M. Corey, daughter of William J. and Lucy (Bush) Brown, was born at Momence, Illinois, on March 11, 1863. Her father was born in 1824 in Hertfordshire, England, while her mother was a native of Norfolk, England, born in 1827. William J. Brown and his family came from England to Illinois in 1850, and he lived the remainder of his life in that state. He was a civil engineer by trade and was killed in 1901 while putting up a smoke stack. His wife died in 1878. William J. Brown and wife were the parents of eleven children, six of whom are still living.

Mrs. Margaret M. Corey received her education in the elementary schools of Momence, Illinois, and graduated from the high school of that place in 1882. She was a girl of unusual ability, and immediately after graduating went to Cass County, Iowa, and engaged in teaching school for two years. She then went to Shelby County, Iowa, taught in the district schools of that county for four terms. It was while teaching in Shelby County that she became acquainted with Edwin O. Corey, to whom she afterward was married.

The marriage of Margaret M. Brown and Edwin O. Corey was solemnized January 1, 1883. Her husband was born June 25, 1856, in Livingston County, Illinois, son of Jeremiah and Anna (Johnson) Corey. Jeremiah Corey was born in 1814 in Pennsylvania, served through the Mexican War, and then removed to the State of Illinois, where the government gave him one hundred and sixty acres of land as a bounty for his service in the Mexican War. Jeremiah Corey farmed in Illinois until 1887, and then came to Shelby County, Iowa, where he bought land in Clay township. He retired in 1880 and died in 1896. Jeremiah Corey was married in 1854 to Anna Johnson,, who was born in Ohio in 1834, and died in Shelby County, Iowa, in 1912. Seven children were born to Jeremiah Corey and wife, all of whom are still living except Edwin O., the late husband of Mrs. Corey.

Edwin O. Corey came to Shelby County, Iowa, in 1877, having driven a team and wagon and five head of horses from Illinois to this county. He rented land, farmed for himself for several years, and then, four years after his marriage, bought eighty acres of land in Clay township. He was living at home in Clay township when he became acquainted with the attractive young school teacher who later became his wife. Mr. Corey was a man of intelligence and learning, and with the assistance of his wife, he became possessed of a well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres on which his widow is now residing. Seven children were born to Edwin O. Corey and wife: James O., deceased; Elizabeth F., who is homesteading and teaching in South Dakota; H. Fuller, who is the owner of a homestead in South Dakota, is at home; Robert L., who is farming the home place; Ethel G.; Challenge R.; and Paul F., who are still with their mother. The father of these children and the husband of Mrs. Corey died February 27, 1905.

Mrs. Corey is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is deeply interested in the welfare of this denomination. Mr. Corey was a member of the Episcopalian Church, the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and was a man who ever was found faithful to the teachings of these fraternities. He was a man who took a keen joy in serving his fellow citizens and in every way gave his support to public spirited measures. At one time, he served as county supervisor of Shelby County, and in this capacity gave his fellow citizens faithful and efficient service. Mrs. Corey is a woman of refinement and culture, and one of the best informed women in the county. She has a well stocked library and has been a constant reader. The light of her life is her children, and to these she is giving the best education she can afford, with a view of making them better and more useful members of society. (end)

You can find more information about Shelby County at the USGenWeb site for that county.


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