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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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CAPT. HENRY A. BURGESS, proprietor of the Springs hotel, was born in Springfield, Windsor Co., Vt., February 20, 1831, and was educated to the trade of blacksmithing there. Upon the completion of his trade he came West and finally engaged in connection with the railway industry in Michigan upon the M. S. & N. I. R. R. as conductor with which he was identified for a few years. In 1856, he joined a party of colonists of Free-State principles whose object was to settle in Kansas, and located near Lawrence where he remained until 1864, active as an official and citizen. During this time he served as Sergeant-at-arms of the House of Representatives for two terms, and was also assistant Provost Marshal for the eastern district of the State. In 1864, he located in St. Louis and filled a position in the Provost Marshal’s office; then subsequently he accepted a position in the city constabulary with which he was connected for twelve years, ten years of which he did service as Captain, re- tiring from it with the honorable distinction of Senior Captain in 1879, when he came here and engaged principally in mining operations until the present year, when he took charge of the hotel business which he ably represents. During his first residence in Kansas he filled the commissionship of the United States Court for five years. He is a Knight Tem-Templar of the A., F. & A. M. society, and has been an active and worthy member for twenty years; he is also an active member of the A. O. U. W. society here.

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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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