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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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BENDLAGE, JOHN B., cooper; was born in Hanover, Germany, Dec. 22, 1826, where he learned the carpenter’s trade; he emigrated to America, and landed at New Orleans, March 4, 1845, thence went to Cincinnati, and learned the cooper’s trade; in 1849, he moved to St. Louis; came to Iowa, and located in Fort Madison June 16, 1855; he worked at his trade two years, then engaged in business for himself; has continued in business for over twenty years and has built up a large business; he manufactures 6,000 lard tierces, 1,000 pork barrels and 10,000 apple and egg barrels yearly; when he came to this country, he only had two 5-franc pieces; he has held the office of City Alderman for eight years; also, has represented the county in the Board of Supervisors; has been Town Trustee. He married Miss Elizabeth Menke, from Germany, Oct. 7, 1849; they have six children — Kate, Hermon, John, Theodore, Henry, Elizabeth — have lost six children.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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