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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company in 1879.  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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ANDERSON, A., HON., farmer, P. O. Primrose; owns 520 acres of land, 360 of which are worth 940 per acre, and the balance $15 per acre; he also owns 60 acres of land in Adams Co., Iowa. He was born Sept. 12, 1809, in Anne Arundel Co., Md.; his parents emigrated to Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1811, and from there to Coshocton Co., in 1819; he engaged in the mercantile business at Nashport, Muskingum Co., a short time previous to the crash of 1837, which broke him up; he then came to the West to retrieve his lost fortunes; in the fall of 1841, he came to Lee Co., Iowa, and located in Harrison Tp., where he still resides. Mr. Anderson was elected one of the first Justices of the Peace of his township, which position he has filled eighteen years; he was also elected Representative of his county in 1864, to fill a vacancy, and, in 1868, elected as a member of the Board of Supervisors, and, in 1874, was again elected as Representative. He married Flora Cisna, Nov. 13, 1834, in Ohio; she died of cholera, in this county, July 18, 1849; he was again married, to Emeline Coleman, June 23, 1850; she died of a cancer, Sept. 17, 1869; he again married, Mary A. Manhard, Nov. 16, 1871; his children by first wife were Thomas J., Orin J., Mary J., William, George N., Robert C. and Hugh T.; the last four are deceased; William died while in the service of his country, at Helena, Ark.; George N. was killed at the battle of Pea Ridge, Ark., and Robert C. was killed, with sixteen others, by the Indians, in Wyoming Territory, in November, 1876; Hugh T. died in infancy; by his second wife he had two children — Ira and Dorr. Republican; his wife is a member of the M. E. Church.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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