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Below is a family biography included in History of Warren County, Iowa published by Union 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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DAVEY, J., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Sandyville; is a native of Devonshire England; born Nov. 6, 1825; came to this country in 1850, and located in Genesee county, New York, where he made his home for two years, then came to Chicago, and worked at Mason work for some few months, and then moved to Batavia, Illinois, where he followed the same occupation for about five years; and in 1856 he came to this county and improved his present homestead, which now consists of 390 acres, well-improved, and especially adapted to the raising of stock; since he came to this county he has made farming, stock-raising and shipping his entire business; he came without capital, having borrowed money to defray his expenses; by his good judgment, economy and perseverance, he has accumulated a reasonable competence; has a handsome property, and his family surrounded with all they need to make home desirable; he married August 15, 1855, Miss Mary Dennis, of Batavia, Ill., born in England, who died Oct. 10, 1868, leaving a family of five children: Mary A., Elizabeth E., Thomas F. and John L.; he was married again June 17, 1869, to Sarah (Brown) Mayes, a native of Logan county, Ill., who had two children by her former marriage: Willis B. and Anna C.; by this union they have three sons and one daughter: Avis, Dennis, James F. and Roy B.; have two deceased: Eliza A. and James W.

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This family biography is one of 548 biographies included in The History of Warren County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Warren County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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