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Below is a family biography included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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REV. JOHN W. BOOK, rector of St. Bernard’s Church of Rockport, is a native of Clark County, Ind., born October 21, 1850, a son of William and Mary (Engel) Book, who were natives of Hanover and Prussia, respectively. The father came to America in 1846 and followed agricultural pursuits in Clark County, until his death in 1869. The mother still resides on the old homestead. Father Book, subject of this brief notice, remained with his parents, on the home farm until fifteen years old, when he entered St. Meinrad’a Seminary, where he remained four years. For two years thereafter, he was a student at St. Joseph’s College of Birdstown, Ky., then returning to St. Meinrad, completed his education, and November 2, 1873, was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop de St. Palais. January 15, 1874, he took charge of St. Bernard’s Church of Rockport, and is also pastor of St. Martin’s Church of Centreville, and St. Rupert’s Church of Yankeetown. Father Book has been an indefatigable worker in the cause of Christianity, and is regarded by Protestants and Catholics alike with veneration and love.

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This family biography is one of 344 biographies included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Spencer County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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