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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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HON. CYRUS W. HARVEY, horticulturalist, P. O. Quakervale, was born in Grant County, Ind., in 1843, and received his rudimentary and literary education in the public schools of his native place; also a regular two years’ course in Earlham College, Richmond, Ind. At the age of eighteen, he engaged his services in defense of the Union, and enlisted in Company C, Eighty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and did active service until the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged. In 1867, he located here and established the Quaker Valley Nursery, which industry he has been connected with since with the exception of a year or so, lately retiring frm active nursery work and paying his attention chiefly to his immense fruit farm of eighty acres of various kinds of fruits. He has always worked zealously in the interest of the church of the Friends, and has been very active as a minister of that society since 1876. In 1879, he established the Western Friend, and has very ably edited and managed it since. In 1872, he represented his district in the Legislative Assembly of the State. He has always worked devotedly for the advancement of the best interests of his locality. He married, in 1869, Miss Lavina J. Carter, a native of Plainfield, Ind. They have three sons and three daughters—Anson, Adolphus, Gertrude, Arzalia, Luella and C. Walton, Jr. Mrs. Harvey is the incumbent of the Post-mastership of the Quakervale post office.

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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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