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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western 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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DEWEY, GEORGE H., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Fort Madison; was born in Lenox, Berkshire Co., Mass., in 1816; in 1838, he came to Iowa; attended the first land-sales at Burlington, and purchased the land on which he has since resided, consisting of 320 acres, which he now values at $25 per acre; he remained one year, erecting his cabin and making improvements, then returned to Massachusetts; walked to Peoria, from which he started to walk to Chicago, but the stage overtaking him, took passage in it. In Massachusetts, he married Miss Chloe B. Butler, who was born in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1817. Soon after returned to Lee Co., via Chicago, Galena and Mississippi River, being four weeks making the return trip; since which time, he has been steadily engaged in cultivating and improving his farm, which he has made one of the first in the county, with substantial and commodious buildings and fences. They had ten children — George H., Jr., born Feb. 7, 1841, who enlisted in 1863, as private in 19th I. V. I., for one year, then detailed as Hospital Steward and served for two years; died in 1871; Eunice S., born Dec. 8, 1842, the wife of N. F. Butler, of Missouri; Asaph C., April 8, 1844, a resident of Cahoka, Mo., who was in the 19th I. V. I.; married Miss. Mary Riggs, of Missouri, July, 1874; Sarah E., born April 10, 1845. the wife of Wm. A. Tade, of Van Buren Co., who served during the war as Captain of a colored regiment; James B., born Nov. 29, 1846, died at the age of 8 months; Nancy W., born Feb. 4,1848 (at home); Kate M., born Aug. 11, 1850, wife of John Tade, of Mills Co.; Howard M., born Jan. 23, 1852, on the home farm; Siar B., born July 27, 1853, also at home, and Frank M., born April 22, 1855. Republican; Mr. and Mrs. D. and their daughter Nancy are members of the Congregational Church; the other members of the family are Baptists. Held the office of Justice of the Peace and Assessor for ten years.

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