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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. FLYNN, farmer, Section 6, P. O. Columbus, was born in England, June 15, 1815, He went to Ireland and remained ten years and then returned to England, where he attended Sunday school and night school twelve years. He then went to Scotland and worked two years in a mill; then returned again to England and was employed on a railroad two years. He was then employed seven years on a railroad in France, and was in Africa during the time of Louis Phillippe three years and six months, and on his return remained in France two years, coming to the United States in 1855. He was two years in New Orleans in a sugar refinery, was next in St. Louis eighteen months, then in Alton two years, then worked for the Chicago, St. Louis & Alton Railroad nineteen years and came to Kansas in 1871. He located on his present farm of 320 acres, which is now run as a stock and grain farm, and has also a good assortment of fruits and berries. He was married to Miss Bridget Cane, of England, and has four children— James, Cornelius A., Mary A. and Thomas.

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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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