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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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BEST, PETER, Franklin Centre, prop, of wagon and blacksmith shop; born Dec. 26, 1837, in Bavaria, Germany; came with parents, Christopher and Josephine Best, to the United States in the summer of 1847, and located in West Point Tp., of this county; at the age of 15 years, he commenced learning the blacksmith’s trade, and worked at different places, at journey work, up to September, 1861, when he enlisted in the service of his adopted country, in Company D, of the 14th I. V. I., participating in the battle of Fort Donelson, Pittsburg Landing, Corinth and Pleasant Hill, Ark., with many others of less note; the last year worked mostly at his trade; was mustered out, in January, 1865; returned home and commenced his present business in Franklin, in the spring of 1865; married Miss Christine Seyb Feb. 9, 1866; she was born Aug. 20, 1844, in Bavaria, Germany; have four children — Hannah, born Feb. 22, 1869; Edward W., born Aug 20, 1871; Rudolph C., born Jan. 5, 1876; Mary E., born Dec. 15, 1876; lost three — Philip, Clara and Mary. Mr. B. has served his township in several official positions; is present Mayor of the town; Democrat.

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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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