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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, BENJAMIN F., carpenter and builder; was born in Montgomery Co., Ky., April 10, 1815; his parents removed to Quincy, Ill., when he was 14 years of age; lived there until he came to Iowa and settled in Dubuque, in April, 1833; he was brought up there, and learned the trade of carpenter and joiner; while living there, he cast his first vote, for George W. Jones, of Dubuque, for delegate to Congress; in the fall of 1836, he came to Lee Co.; he lived in Van Buren Co. some years, and also several years in Mahaska Co., then returned to Fort Madison, and since then has been engaged in building here; Mr. Anderson has been a resident of Iowa forty-six years, and is one of the oldest residents of the State now living; he helped build the first Methodist Church built in this State; he has held the offices of Postmaster and Justice of the Peace. He married Louisa Davis, a native of Ohio, in April, 1849; they have five children — Attica (married), William Roy (conductor on railroad), Francos (engaged in teaching), Letitia and William.

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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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