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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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E. W. COOTER, farmer and County Surveyor, Section 35, P. O. Columbus, was born in Tennessee November 21, 1831. He received a business education and began teaching school in Missouri in 1845, remaining in that State until 1861, when he came to Kansas. He was on a farm in Kansas and then returned to Missouri and taught school for one year, being then appointed County Surveyor of Lewis County. He held that office for eight years, then farmed until 1880, at which time he came again to Kansas and bought his present farm of 240 acres, on which he made some improvements and is now running as a grain and stock farm. It is well supplied with all kinds of fruit trees and berries and has a fine stream of running water; 110 acres are under cultivation. Mr. Cooter was elected County Surveyor in 1881 for two years. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Freemason. He was married to Miss Julia Hamilton, of Missouri, September 15, 1857. They have ten children—James T., Ida May, William H. and John H. (twins), Dewitt, Guy, Andrew M. and Mary Nancy (twins), Hugh P. and Julia B. Are all members of the church. James T., William H. and John are now at Wabash College, Indiana.

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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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