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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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BENJAMIN F. DIXON, farmer and stock-raiser and horticulturist, Section 21, P. O. Quakervale, was born in Chatham County, N. C, in 1844, and was reared there to the farming industry. In 1866, he located in Lyon County, Kan., and carried on farming till 1878, when he came here, and has been very successfully identified with his present industry since. In 1877, he married Miss Hannah W. Stanley, who was born in Salem, Iowa, and removed with her people to Lyon County, Kan., in 1857, where she was reared and educated. They have a family of two sons and three daughters—Albert S., Georgiana, Mary A., Charles T. and Sadie P. Mr. Dixon has worked actively in the development of the social and industrial life of this locality. In 1878, he was active in the work of establishing a high school here for the benefit of the families of Friends, and after two years, it was completed, and is known as the “Spring River Academy.” He and his family are active members of the Church of Friends here. In connection with his present business, he is also actively engaged in mining interests. His farm contains 200 acres of improved land, well fenced and watered and stocked, a handsome orchard of twenty acres of a nicely assorted variety of apple, pear and peach trees, as also a well assorted variety of small fruits, etc. Nice dwelling and barns and stables, complete his interests here, which he has accumulated by dint of steady and persistent industry, having begun upon a merely nominal capital.

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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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