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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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A. F. DAVIDSON, superintendent of the Cornwall Mining and Smelting Company, is a native of Macoupin County, Ill., and was identified extensively in the mercantile business, carrying on two general drug stores, one in DeWitt and the other in McLean County. In 1880, and at the age of thirty-seven, he located at Columbus, and engaged in the mercantile business, which he subsequently retired from and accepted his present position, which he has very reputably held since. He married in 1869 Miss Adel Ryan in De Witt County, Ill. She was a native of Ohio, and departed this life in August, 1873, and is buried in the Farmer City Cemetery, Ill., aged twenty-seven. In 1876, he married Miss Flora Brown, a native of McLean County, Ill. Mr. Davidson did active service in defense of his country in the late rebellion, in Company A, Thirty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, from August, 1861, until October, 1865, when he was honorably discharged as a veteran, of Company A, Thirty-second Illinois Veteran Infantry, and pensioned. Was in active service in the siege of Fort Donelson, battles of Shiloh and Hatchie, the sieges of Vicksburg, Atlanta and Savannah, and the battles of Pocataligo and Bentonville, and numerous smaller engagements and skirmishes. He is a member of the G. A. R., A. W. Fellows Post, Illinois. Mr. Davidson and family have been in active connection with the Presbyterian Church for many years.

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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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