Biographical History of Pottawattmie Co., IA - J. Q. ROLLINS
Biographical History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

J. Q. ROLLINS, section 21, Center Township, Pottawattamie County, is one of the early settlers and well-known citizens of the township. He came here in 1865, and has since made this place his home.

He was born twenty miles from Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County, February 10, 1838, a son of Levi Rollins, a native of Maine. His grandfather, Mark Rollins, was born in New Hampshire, July 4, 1776. He was a carpenter by trade, at which he was still able to do work when he was eighty years old. He lived to be ninety-nine. The Rollins family trace their ancestry to three brothers who came from England to America and settled in the New England States. The mother of our subject was nee Julia Ann Smart. The Smarts were descendants of an old New England family. Levi Rollins and his wife reared a family of eight children, as follows: Sarah, deceased; James, at Grinnell, a soldier of the Twenty-fourth Iowa Infantry in the late war; J. Q., our subject; Mary Hussey, a resident of Main; Calvin, who resides in New Hampshire. He was in the Seventh Main Infantry, but was transferred to the Thirteenth Main Infantry. He was in the battle of Cedar Creek, where General Sheridan made his famous ride. Calvin was wounded in that battle. Oscar was also in the Seventh Maine Infantry, and died of disease in the army; Harriet, deceased; Edward resides in Maine. Mr. And Mrs. Rollins lived in Maine until their death. The mother was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her death occurred when J. Q. Was twelve years old. The father died at the age of seventy-three years. He was a farmer all his life. Politically he was formerly a Democrat, but later a Republican.

Mr. Rollins was reared on a farm and received a common-school education in Main. In 1860, he came to Iowa and settled in Cedar County, where he lived until he came to Pottawattamie County. He was married in Cedar County, December 2, 1863, to Miss Mary Viena Fuller, daughter of Ezra and Arloa (Turner) Fuller. A sketch of her father appears on another page of this work. She was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and lived there until she was thirteen years of age, when she came with her parents to Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Rollins have eight children living, viz.: Mary Ellen, wife of J. B. Wills, of Butler County, Nebraska, has four children; Edward Elsworth and James Levi, both of Belknap Township, this county; Julia Eva, Herbert Henry, Arthur Garfield, Olive Pearl, Benjamin Harrison --- all at home. Jessie Mary died in her seventh year.

In 1865 Mr. Rollins came to Pottawattamie County and purchased forty acres of land in Center Township. This he afterward sold to A. L. Brown. He then rented land of Mrs. Fuller for one year, after which he bought eighty acres in Valley Township. That farm he exchanged for eight acres in section 15, Center Township. After improving it to some extent he sold it and again rented land. In 1886 he purchased his present farm of eighty acres. The soil had been broken, but there were no buildings on the place. He has since made many improvements, has erected a good house and barn, and everything about the premises shows thrift and prosperity. Mr. Rollins is engaged in general farming and some carpentering, and during a portion of the year he operates a thresher and corn-sheller. He is a Republican; has served as Constable, Justice of the Peace, and as a member of the School Board.

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