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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & 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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THOMAS LAND, wharf-boat master and produce dealer, Florence, was born in this county in 1850. He is a son of George and Mary J. (McCreary) Land, mentioned in the above sketch, and grew to maturity as a miller with his father on Log Lick Creek, and at Florence. Had a year’s school at Moore’s Hill College, and began flat-boating in 1868, continuing to 1874, in March of which year he began wharfing, owning the boat and landing, doing quite a successful business. Mr. Land was married April 26, 1874, to Hettie L. Wright, a native of this county, and daughter of Daniel and Harriet (Hedges) Wright, natives of Vermont and New Hampshire. Her parents are both deceased. Her father was a farmer and flat-boatman all his life, and also ran a cooper shop at Florence at one time. He died March 16, 1878; her mother in October, 1884. By this union has born one child — Hattie. Mr. Land is a member of F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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