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The Annals of Iowa
On the 9th day of March, 1837, James and Margaretta Duffield, with their eight children, arrived at AppanooBe, on the left bank of the Mississippi river. On the right bank was Fort Madison. Samuel Swearingen and wife, with their seven children, were the only persons there who were acquainted with the DuffieldB before they reached this point, but an hour's meeting between men in those days was enough tO' make of them fast friends. A number of families were there that morning, all having waitedfatcat:klha3k2mrrghzmaeby5c5ucix4