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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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BURNS, JOHN, residence on Eleventh and Blondeau sts., Keokuk; this gentleman, a pioneer settler of the Northwest, was born in Bucks Co., Penn., in 1813; in 1835, he came to Quincy, Ill., where he remained until 1837, when he came to Van Buren Co., Iowa, and engaged in mercantile business in that county until 1840, in which year he came to this city (Keokuk) and has been engaged in mercantile business the greater part of the time until 1877, when he retired from it. Mr. Burns was married in Quincy, Ill., in 1839, to Miss Maria C. Rentgen, now deceased, a native of Pittsburgh, Penn. Mr. Burns in early life acted with the Whig party; on the organization of the Republican party, he became a Republican, and has remained a consistent supporter of the same.

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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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