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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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DOWELL, JAMES W., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Summerset; born in Pulaski county, Ky., April 16, 1822; his parents emigrated to Indiana when he was about ten years old, where he was principally raised; he first came to this county in Oct., 1845, in company with seven others, who made claims and returned to Indiana, and he was the only one who returned, and was allowed choice of the eight claims, which now constitutes a part of his present homestead; he was married after he came to this county to Miss Martha Rees, Feb. 3, 1848, a native of Illinois, whose parents emigrated to this county, in the spring of 1846; they have a family of five sons and two daughters living: Thomas C., Wm. A., Evan B., Tacy F., Sidney J., Cassius C. and James A.; and four deceased; has held the office of justice of the peace; he now owns 419 acres of land.

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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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