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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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B. F. CROWELL, agricultural machinery and smith shop, and dealer in all kinds of machine repairs, was born in Blair County, Penn., in 1833; his ancestry were among the early settlers of Maryland and Virginia. In 1851, he left his native State and located in St. Louis, where he remained until the breaking out of the war in connection with his profession. When, after doing one year’s service in the army as a soldier, he engaged in the Department of the Gulf in the transport service as engineer, in which he remained until the end of the war. He married in St. Louis, Miss Sarah A. McBain, who was born in Liverpool, Eng., in 1848, and was reared in St. Louis. They have three sons and one daughter- Norman, Daniel D., Mathieson and Catherine. In 1868, Mr. Crowell settled here and has been reputably connected with his present business since.

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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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