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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 GATES, of the firm of Gates & Lewis, mining operators, was born in Huntingdon County, Penn., in 1844, and came to Kansas in 1857, with his people, who settled in Linn County, where he was reared to the farming industry. In 1876, he engaged at his present industry, and has been successfully connected with it since. In 1872, he married Miss Nannie Irwin, a native of Brown County, Ill. They have two sons and one daughter—Lena, John S. and Samuel Earl. Mr. Gates did active service in Company G, Seventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry from 1863 until the end of the war, and was honorably discharged. He is an active member of the I. O. O. F. society, and Frank Blair Post, G. A. R.

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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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