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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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WILLIAM CALVERLEY, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Columbus, was born in England, July 4, 1821. He came to United States in 1848, landing at New Orleans, from whence he went to Illinois and remained until the spring of 1866, at which time he came to Kansas, in the mean time having traded in cattle ten years. On arrival in Kansas he bought 160 acres of land, which he improved, and is now raising stock and grain and farming generally; also trading in cattle. He owns other farming land in the county. He was married to Miss Jane Proctor, of England, in 1844, and has had two children—John R., William H. (deceased).

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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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