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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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BLACKFORD, THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Indianola; owns 175 acres of land; born May 25, 1819, in Clark county, Ohio; here he lived till he was seventeen years of age, when his parents moved to Delaware county, Indiana; in 1840 he came to Warren county, Indiana; he came to Iowa Territory, and settled in Davis county, in 1843; helped to organize that county, and came to this county in September, 1847, and settled where he now lives; was at the organization of the county, and also helped to organize Otter township; his first vote in the county was cast at the Ginder school-house, east of Ackworth; he was married twice; first, October 12, 1843, to Anna Scott, a native of Indiana, who died March 19, 1865; no children; again, September 28, 1866, to Nancy J. Brown, a native of Indiana; they have two children: John T. and Martha E., both living; he got his start by splitting rails, at fifty cents per hundred; walked three miles and boarded himself.

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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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