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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & Co. in 1885.  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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JAMES ANDERSON, trader, Vevay, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, September 17, 1824. His father, John, was born in Ireland in 1784; mother, Jane Pierce, in Virginia in 1790. They married quite young, and located in Kentucky and were blessed with nine children: Martha, Sarah, Margaret, Alexander, John, James, Elizabeth, Eli and Jane, all of whom have departed this life except James. The parents moved to Craig Township in 1833, the father being a farmer and local preacher in the Methodist Church. He died July 20, 1846, and Mrs. Anderson died in 1851. James was married May 1, 1845, to Miss Henrietta Adams, who was born in Craig Township, December 8, 1824. To this union were born six children: Margaret, Clarissa, George, and James A., Wesley H and John W. Mr. Anderson has been a farmer, saw-mill man, flat-boatman, merchant and trader, and was successful in accumulating considerable property, but unfortunate in the too free use of his name as security for others and lost heavily. Mr. Anderson remarried May 25, 1871, to Catharine E. Long, who was born in Craig Township March 22, 1836. Their only child is Eddie B. Mr. Anderson served four years as county commissioner from the Third District. In 1871 he moved to Vevay where he has resided ever since. He is a member of Vevay Lodge No, 122, F. & A. M. His wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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