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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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JACOBY, JOEL, one of the most enterprising citizens who ever made his home in Indianola, was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, in 1828; he learned the trade of shoemaker; he left Pennsylvania and went to Ohio, and from the latter place to Indiana, and came to this county in 1855, and has made it his home since that time; he organized and drilled the first company enlisted in the county during the late war; he was one of the most active and influential men in getting the city incorporated, and he is entitled to great credit in regard to building the court-house; as an energetic, industrious man he has few equals; always planning some public or private improvement, and never resting or halting until he sees it completed; he has infused a spirit of laudable enterprise in more than one direction, and his labors and efforts in regard to securing rail road communication is well known to every resident of the county; he married Miss L. Waddle in 1853; she was born in Indiana; their family consists of three children, Alcesta M., Lillie, and Charles Lewis.

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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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