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Below is a family biography included in History of Warren County, Iowa published by Union 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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JENNER, ALEXANDER, farmer, Sec. 17, P. O. Indianola; is a native of Germany, born January 11, 1842, and emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1852, and first lived in Adams county, Ohio; his mother died in 1852, and his father two years later, and he was left in a strange land without home or friends; at fifteen years of age, he managed to get a place to work on a farm at sixteen dollars per year, and two months schooling, and failed to get but twenty days out of the two months; the following year his wages was increased to thirty dollars, and this continued till 1863, when he enlisted at the age of twenty-one, in the 129th Ohio Infantry, and served six months, and was mustered out at Cleveland, Ohio, March 8, 1864, and returned to Adams county, Ohio, and attended school for three winters; he removed to Warren county, Illinois, in 1865, and remained there for three years; came to this county, with twelve hundred and fifty dollars in 1868, and now owns a farm of eighty acres, under fine improvements; was married March 13, 1869, to Margaret Schimelfeny, a native of Germany; have four children: Edwin A., Franklin N., Lilly and Annie M.

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This family biography is one of 548 biographies included in The History of Warren County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Warren County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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