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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 FOSTER, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 14, P. O. Baxter Springs, was born in County of Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1847, and came to America in 1862, and located here in 1865, and has been active in connection with his present industry since. In December, 1874, he married Miss Edna J. Owens, a native of Tennessee. They have three sons-John Wesley, James and Elmer. Mrs. Foster was born in Tennessee, and reared in Madison County, Ill. Their farm contains sixty-nine acres of improved land, well fenced and watered and containing a nice orchard of different kinds of fruit trees.

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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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