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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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KIMER, LEWIS, farmer, and engineer, Sec. 8; P. O. St. Charles; was born in Wayne county, Iowa, May 11, 1836; when seventeen years of age, he, with his parents removed to Jefferson county, remaining there one year, they moved to Madison county, and five years after settled in this county; having a natural mechanical skill, at the age of eighteen concluded to become a machinest, and followed the occupation of an engineer until August 13, 1862, when he enlisted as a drummer, in the Twenty-third Iowa Infantry, serving in that capacity until the capture of Vicksburg, when, for bravery and meritorious conduct, he was promoted to commissary of the regiment, and was mustered out at Davenport, August 12, 1865; returning home he resumed his former occupation as farmer and engineer, which he still follows; Mr. Kimer was married December, 1855, to Miss Eliza Hood, of Madison county, a native of England; by this union he has one son, Granville Fremont; Mrs. Kimer died January 29, 1859; Mr. Kimer married Miss Isabella Young, of Madison county; by this union they have three children: Elizabeth S., Grant and William Louis; Mr. Kimer was brought up in the old Democratic school, and was a faithful follower of that doctrine until 1862, when he, like Paul, had his eyes opened, and concluded to go south to dispose of the most obnoxious of that faith; owns a good farm of 100 acres, well improved.

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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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