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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN H. ANDERSON, a firmly-established hay and fruit shipper and merchant, is a native of western Sweden, where he was born to Andrew and Charlotte (Jacobson) Anderson, February 15th, 1855. The family have been natives and residents of Sweden from time immemorial. Andrew Anderson was born at Ulrecksham, Sweden, about 1828, and served in the army for nearly thirty-eight years, and then took up the business of farming, at which he is still engaged. About 1849 he married Charlotte Jacobson, and to them have been born three sons: Claus, John H., and Oscar. The latter still lives in his native country, and the two former came to America in 1863.

John H. Anderson came to Jamestown, New York, on June 20, 1871, and for twenty years has been a resident of Chautauqua county at Poland Centre and Kennedy, residing now at the latter place. He first engaged at farm work, and then, seeing an excellent opportunity for handling hay and fruit, he embarked in an independent business, and about 1886 added general merchandizing. In February, 1886, he was elected commissioner of highways for the town of Poland, and was re-elected in 1887, serving as such two years. He was educated in the Swedish common schools, and since coming to the United States has acquired a good knowledge of English. Politically he is a republican, and is now holding the office of postmaster of Kennedy, N. Y.

In 1884 he married Olivia Davenport, and now has three children: Maude, Merrill, and Hobart.

John H. Anderson is a careful, active and honorable business man, who by his own efforts has achieved what the world calls success.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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