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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 E. BROOKS, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 1, P. O. Keelville, was born in De Kalb County, Ill., in 1843, and was reared in Black Hawk County, Iowa, to his present industry. In 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Sixteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and remained in active service until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged and pensioned. During his military service, he passed two months in Andersonville Rebel Prison. In 1869, he located here, and has been very successfully connected with his present industry here since. In 1866, he married Miss Sarah J. Tallmon, who was born in Pennsylvania, and reared in Iowa. They have a family of two sons and one daughter—Joseph H., John C, and Alice J. Mr. Brooks has worked actively in the growth and development of the industrial life of this locality. He is an active member of the I. O. O. F. society here, and Grand Army of the Republic. His farm contains 160 acres of improved land, well fenced, watered and stocked; a nice orchard of 2,000 apple trees, of a nicely assorted variety, and 200 peach trees, of a nice assortment, and other fruits; and good dwelling, barn, stable, etc.

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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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