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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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JOSEPH LAURENT, born in the kingdom of Belgium, November 11, 1829, is the eldest of a family of seven children born to the marriage of Lewis Laurent and Mary Swaker. He was reared to man’s estate in the land of his birth, securing a good practical education. On March 23, 1852, he embarked for the United States, where he expected to better his condition in many respects. These expectations have been realized, but Mr. Laurent has made life a success only by the industry, sobriety and frugality characteristic of people of his native country. On landing at New York he went to Buffalo, where he remained four months, then went to the vicinity of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he resided three years. In 1855 he came to Perry County, Ind., and engaged in farming and is now the fortunate possessor of 160 acres of valuable land. Perry County has ever since been his home. January 24, 1860, he united in matrimony with Susan L. Elder, and to their union a family of five children have been born, of which these three are now living: August, Mary A. and James. By trade Mr. Laurent is a stone-mason and cutter, but farming has been his principal occupation through life. He is a Democrat, and himself and family belong to the Roman Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 257 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Perry County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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