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Below is a family biography included in The History of Posey County, Indiana by John C. Leffel and published by Standard Publishing Company in 1913.  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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Dr. Lawrence B. Bitz, for many years a prominent physician of Blairsville, Ind., was born December 6, 1839, Bavaria, Germany. He is the third of a family of four children born to Simon and Catherine (Schaffener) Bitz. They came to the United States in 1847, locating in Warrick county, Indiana, where they lived until the father’s death in 1875, and the mother died there in 1881. Dr. Bitz was raised on a farm and served one year during the Civil war in Company G, Forty-fourth Indiana volunteers. Returning from the war he farmed until 1867 and then entered Miami Medical College, graduating two years later. He then located in Blairsville, Ind., where he built a large and lucrative practice. He married Mary Marvick in 1871. He and his family are members of the Catholic church. Fifteen or twenty years ago he removed to Evansville, Ind., where he still lives and practices medicine in partnership with his son.

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This family biography is one of 232 biographies included in The History of Posey County, Indiana by John C. Leffel and published in 1913 by Standard Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Posey County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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