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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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JESSE FORKNER, general merchant and druggist, Section 16, P. O. Hallowell, was born in Kentucky in 1839. He was raised on a farm and entered the army at the age of twenty-one, being discharged in December, 1862. He next engaged in the Government employ, taking care of the stock twelve months. He returned to Illinois in 1865 and came to Kansas in 1866, where he bought 20 acres of land, which he improved and cultivated. In 1872, he bought eighty acres additional and now raises grain, grass and fruit. He owns six residence and business houses in Hallowell. He is stock-holder, director and treasurer of the Hallowell Mills and owns forty acres of land in Columbus. He has been Postmaster ten years and was Treasurer of the Township four or five years. He bought and shipped stock seven years and now loans money on real estate, and also has a dry goods, grocery and drug store. He was married to Miss Mattie C. Talbert, of Indiana, December 14, 1865. They have three children— Willie T., Henry Allen and Jessie Clayton.

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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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