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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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BLACK, JAMES, farmer, Sec: 6; P. O. Summerset; born in Scotland Oct. 8, 1824, and came to the United States and settled in Columbiana county, Ohio, in 1854, where he lived until he came to this county, in April, 1870. He was married in Scotland, to Miss Margaret Pilmer, of that country, April 22d, 1870; they have a family of five children living: Margaret, Jeanett, John, James L., and Selena, and one deceased: Ida May. His present homestead consists of 126 acres which he bought in 1859, but has only lived on it for the past eight years; he was raised on a farm but followed railroading for 12 years previous to his coming to this country, and since he came to America he was in the employ of the Cleveland & Pittsburg R. R. Co. for 16 years, and since he came West has followed his present occupation.

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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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