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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1893.  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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ZEBEDEE BEVERLY, Register of Deeds for Cass County, Mich., and a prominent instructor of the State, having for thirteen years successfully taught in the schools of Cass County, has resided in his present locality almost his entire lifetime, and was but a little lad of four years when with his parents he removed from his birthplace to his future home in the far West. The parents of our subject spent the first years succeeding their marriage in Ohio, and in Gallipolis, Zebedee Beverly was born July 25, 1856, of Afro-American parentage. Four years later, with their family the father and mother settled in Michigan, locating permanently in La Grange Township. Our subject in childhood attended the common schools of his home neighborhood, and within the limits of the district firmly laid the broad foundation of a more extended education. Mr. Beverly was a lover of books and study, and the time spent in school was fruitful in seeds of knowledge, which later bore an abundant harvest. For three years our subject enjoyed the benefit of a thorough course of instruction in the State Agricultural College at Lansing, Mich. Having by this time attained to early manhood, he began life for himself by teaching school in Cass County. He was from the first successful in his chosen avocation, being specially apt as an instructor, and without difficulty securing the esteem and confidence of his pupils. After thirteen years of unwearied devotion to his profession, he devoted about eight years to the tonsorial business in Cassopolis, and was elected to his present responsible position in November, 1892. Entering upon a two-years term of office as Recorder of Deeds, he with efficient fidelity discharges the duties now devolving upon him. Politically, Mr. Beverly is a stanch Republican and a firm believer in the principles and platform of the party. An intelligent and conscientious citizen, he is actively interested in both local and National issues, well realizing the necessity of placing important positions of trust only in the hands of those fitted by education and natural ability to perform worthily their public work.

Upon June 5, 1881, Zebedee Beverly and Miss Sarah E. Calloway were united in marriage. Mrs. Beverly, an accomplished lady, was prior to her marriage a resident of the town of Porter, Cass County, Mich., and there enjoyed the high regard of a large circle of acquaintances. The pleasant home of our subject and his wife has been blessed by the birth of two children, a son and daughter. The son, Asa L. Beverly, and the daughter, Verna M., will be accorded every opportunity for a thorough education. Mr. Beverly has been associated with the upward progress of Cass County, and although comparatively young in years has witnessed remarkable changes and rapid development in enterprise since his early days of childhood. His interests have ever centered in Cass County, and here he has given patient and valuable labor, whose results only the coming years may evidence.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published in 1893. 

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