I had three ggg-grandfathers living in Iowa in 1880. They were John S. Young, Samuel J. Meader, and Lester B. Archer. The picture shows you where they were living at. Along with the regular 1880 census they also filled out an agricultural census. I have picked out four items from that census to give you a comparison of their farms. They are (1) the number of acres they owned (2) how many horses they owned (3) the value of their farm machinery and impliments and (4) the estimated value of all farm production for the year 1879.
Johns S. Young: Item 1 - 140 acres - Item 2 - four horses - Item 3 - $100 - Item 4 - $850
Samuel J. Meader: Item 1 - 80 acres - Item 2 - four horses - Item 3 - $100 - Item 4 - $600
Lester B. Archer: Item 1 - 165 acres - Item 2 - two horses - Item 3 - $75 - Item 4 - $830
My gggg-grandfather is Abner H. Fish (his father is Asa Fish and grandfather is John). I have come across several references by researchers that indicate that Abner, Asa and John belong to the lineage of Fish Ancestors that origniated with Thomas Fish (Great Bowden Parish, Leicester, England) whose sons help settle the town of Sandwich in Barnstable County, Massacusetts. I have looked at names, dates, locations. Everything makes sense. What I am hesitant about involves DNA. There is a site called 'Fish Family Surname DNA Project'. It has broken all the submitted samples into groups. One is the Great Bowden Eng. group which I assume is referring to Thomas Fish and all his male decendents. There is one sample that has been submitted from a descendent of Abner and Asa Fish. They have been placed in the group called Unassigned Members not the Great Bowden Eng. group. If Abner and Asa are decendents of Thomas Fish they then should have the same male DNA as Thomas.