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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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CAPT. A. ARNOLD, superintendent of the Maggie Taylor Mining and Smelting Company, is a native of Warrick County, Ind. In 1852, he moved with his people to Cape Girardeau, Mo. At the age of ten years he received his rudimentary education in the public schools there, and after taking a preparatory course of instruction at college at Cape Girardeau, he entered the St. Louis University at St. Louis, Mo., and graduated in a thorough commercial course in 1860. He then returned home and entered into business with his father in the wholesale grocery, forwarding and commission business, and was actively identified with it until the breaking-out of the war, when he enlisted in Battery F, Second Illinois Light Artillery Volunteers, and after three months’ service as a non-commissioned officer, he was appointed First Lieutenant of Company C, Twelfth Missouri Cavalry, and subsequently received his appointment to the Captaincy of that company, which he reputably held until 1863, when he was appointed Deputy Provost Marshal of the Third Congressional District of Missouri, under the Conscription Act, and was actively connected in that capacity until the end of the war. After the war he was elected Circuit Clerk and ex-Officio Recorder, and also Clerk of the Probate Court for one year. He then engaged in teaching, and was connected with it at his home locality until 1869, when he located in Kansas and followed teaching here and in the Indian Territory. In 1871, he took up mining operations, and has been successfully connected with it since. He was married in Seneca, Mo., to Miss Mary J. Trotter, a native of Scott County, Mo. They have two sons and two daughters—Annie, David, George and Pearl. He has been an active worker in the social development of his locality since locating here.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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