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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. HORACE AUSTIN, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Meadville, Crawford Co., Penn., September 1, 1815. At the age of nineteen, he enlisted in Company I, First United States Regular Artillery, in connection with the Florida war, and did five years of active service, when, on account of disabilities, having been shot in seven different places, he was honorably discharged, after the battle of Tustigua, at Jupiter Inlet, Fla. He then returned home, and after a short time located in Gallia County, Ohio, in connection with the farming industry, leaving there in 1854, and settling in De Kalb County, Ill., where he carried on farming actively till 1873, when he came here, and has actively carried it on here since. He married, in 1840, Miss Mary Ann La Due, who was born and reared in New York City, and who departed this life in 1853, and is buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery, Gallia County, Ohio, leaving two daughters—Martha, now Mrs. Andrew Johnson, of Spring Valley Township, and Harriet. In 1855, he married Miss Lovina Reed, a native of Ohio. At the breaking-out of the late civil war, Capt. Austin raised Company K, One Hundred and Fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and assisted materially in raising the regiment, and commanded his company in active service till his health failed him, and he was compelled to retire. Since coming here he has taken an active part in the development of the social and industrial life of the city; of which he is an honored official.

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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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