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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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WILLIAM D. SUMNER is a native of Dubois County, where he was born September 11, 1840, being the only child born to William and Susan (Comstock) Sumner, natives of Indiana. They were married in Dubois County, where the father died when our subject was but three years old. The mother was married again to William Mackey. She is now a widow, and resides in Troy Township, Perry County. The parents belonged to the early families who settled Dubois County. Our subject was reared from the age of six by his uncle, Thomas Taylor, of Clark Township, and continued with him until his enlistment in the army. Having received a good common school education, he enlisted July 3, 1861, in Company E, Twenty-fifth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged at Evansville, November 21, 1862, by reason of the loss of his left forearm in the battle of Shiloh. Returning home he entered school, going some six months, and receiving a high grade of license. He followed teaching in winter for thirteen years, since which he has given his entire attention to farming and stock-raising. He owns ninety-three and one-half acres of fertile land well improved. He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth J., daughter of William and Susan (Hills) Goble, February 9, 1865, and to these parents four children were born, all dying in infancy. The mother died October 30, 1870, and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Sumner was married again to Miss Elizabeth J., daughter of Richard C. and Susan (McFall) Minor, of Perry County, March 19, 1872, and to this union three children have been born: Ruel R., Henderson H. and Louis L. Mrs. Elizabeth J. Sumner was born September 18, 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Sumner are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a Republican in politics.

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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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