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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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DINSMORE, SAMUEL, deceased; he was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1820; emigrated to the United States in 1847; stopped in New York City a short time, after which he went to Pennsylvania, thence to Fort Madison, Iowa, in 1848, and engaged in the marble business there, also contracting for stone-work, and in building the first cells in the Penitentiary at Fort Madison; in 1866, he, purchased the farm now left to his bereaved family, which contains nearly four hundred acres, valued at $40 per acre, part of which was previously laid out in town lots, and named Georgetown; he also, in company with Messrs. Walsh and Rourke, purchased a steam grist-mill there, which they converted into a distillery and operated it for two or three years; since that time he devoted his time to framing and stock-raising. He married Miss Mary Holtzclaw, of Fort Madison, June 14, 1857; she was born June 14, 1836, in Xenia, Ohio; her parents emigrated to Burlington, Iowa, in 1843, where her father died in 1846, and her mother at Fort Madison in 1851; the children of Mr. and Mrs. Dinsmore, are William, Kate, Grace, Samuel, Nina, Charlie, Robt. E. and Jennie, the last, deceased. Mr. Dinsmore departed this life Jan. 1, 1879, leaving his family and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.

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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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