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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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SAMUEL FINKELSTEIN, mine owner and miner, was born in Poland, Russia. He came to the United States in 1863 and located in Nashville, Tenn., where he was engaged in mercantile business three years. He was then in California two years and in Nebraska one year, engaged in mercantile business, being afterward in St. Jo, Mo., one year and in Kansas on a farm five years. He came to Empire City in 1877, where he has since been engaged in mercantile business and mining, owning now fourteen residences and business properties in that city, also a farm in Missouri. He was elected City Councilman in 1878. He was married to Miss Lena Sheller, of Poland, in 1860. They have eight children—Harry, Jacob, Samuel, Abraham, Isaac, Morris, Anna and Rachel. Mr. Finkelstein is a member of the I. O. O. F.

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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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