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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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BELL, JOHN J., farmer, Sec 28; P. O. Lothrop, son of Samuel Bell, deceased; was born in Ohio, in the year 1833, and came to this county with his parents in 1853; he was first married to Mary Welsh, a native of Ohio, in 1858, who died in 1869; by this marriage there are three children living: Margaret, Thomas, Mary and J. P.; was married a second time, to Margaret Garvey, a native of Ohio; have four children living: Hugh, Joseph, William and Ellen; has held the offices of township assessor and trustee; owns 170 acres in this county, and 160 acres in Boone county, this State.

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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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