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John and Sarah Kenyon: Iowa frontier Life


The link below will take you to a series of 27 letters from John and Sarah Kenyon to family members in Iowa.  Their letters are an excellent first-hand account of life in frontier Iowa.  The Kenyons lived in Delaware County in eastern Iowa. The letters have a handy topic list on the right-hand side, so you can easily find material in the letters on 'migration', 'land sales,' 'snakes,' 'prairie fires,' 'weather,' 'health,' etc.  These letters provide a great introduction to daily life in mid-19th Century Iowa.  (UNI Iowa History project online.)