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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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BERRY, REV. T. S., President of Simpson Centenary College; was born in Cass county, Ill.., in 1841; his early life was spent on a farm; he enlisted in the 114th Illinois Infantry during the late war, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Company D; he was wounded at Guntown, Miss., and taken prisoner and held in the hands of the enemy eleven months; after his discharge from the army he attended Garrett Biblical Institute, at Evanston, Ill.., and graduated in 1870; he also graduated at the Northwestern University, in the same place, in 1872; his first charge was at Carlisle in this county; he was for a time pastor of a church in Des Moines, and later in Indianola; in July, 1878, he was elected President of Simpson Centenary College, and under his leadership it has been eminently successful; President Berry has pursued his ministerial calling with untiring zeal, energy, and with a success which has earned for him no inferior rank among the clergy of the State; he is a man of strong sharp intellect, untiring ambition and an attractive speaker; the success that has crowned his efforts, and the prominence he has attained, while yet so young, is a monument which might satisfy an ordinary ambition; he married Miss Lou A. Van Eaton, a native of Cass county, Ill., in 1865; their family consists of two children: Hattie and Mary.

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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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