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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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LEANDER W. HARRIS, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 26, P. O. Baxter Springs, was born in Lewis County, N. Y., August 14, 1828, and was reared in Switzerland County, Ind., to farming. He spent from 1854 to 1859 in farming in Van Buren County, Iowa, returning again to Indiana. At the breaking-out of the war, he enlisted in Company C, Third Indiana Cavalry, and after an active service of two years he was honorably discharged on account of wounds received at the battle of Antietam. He was with the regiment in its fearful charge through the bridge in that battle. After the war, he followed teaching till 1867, when he settled in Andrew County, Mo., and carried on farming actively till 1873, when he located here and has actively carried on his present industry since. In 1862, he married Miss Hattie E. Henderson, of Vevay, Switzerland Co., Ind. They have one son and daughter—Clarence W. and Carrie A., and he has one son by a former marriage—Robert S., stock-dealer in Burlington, Kan.

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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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