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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company.  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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ANDREW HOLLENBECK, a farmer of Lake township, Phelps county, Nebr., was born in New York in 1843, where he remained until about 1878. Jacob B. Hollenbeck, his father, also a native of New York, was born in 1820 and was a prosperous farmer and an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was of Holland descent and of the second generation born in this country. In 1840 he married Maria Van Ness, who was born in New York in 1822, and who bore him six children, namely — Mary (Mrs. John M. Deroe), Andrew, Archibald, Catherine M. (Mrs. Mortimer), Maggie and Sidney (deceased). The paternal grandfather of our subject was Battus Hollenbeck, a native of Fulton county, N. Y. His paternal grandmother was Mary (Argersinger) Hollenbeck, of New York. His maternal grandfather was Andrew Van Ness, and his maternal grandmother was Catherine (Vosberg) Van Ness.

Andrew Hollenbeck passed his early summers on the home farm and his early winters in getting out timbers. For a number of years after reaching manhood he lived on a rented farm in his native state, and on coming to Nebraska, in 1878, and settling in Phelps county, had a capital of only $75 in cash and a team. He was, moreover, incumbered with quite a large family. He went manfully to work, however, and is now the owner of a half section of land, of which two hundred acres are under cultivation and improved with all necessary buildings, etc. He is a democrat, has served several years as justice of the peace, and is a popular man generally. In 1867 he married Miss Sarah E. Cowles, who was born in Fulton county, N. Y., in 1849, and this union has resulted in the birth of ten children, namely — Laura (Mrs. Whitney), Elijah, Jacob, William (deceased), George, Elmer, Herbert and Herman (twins), Sidney and Earl.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company. 

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