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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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REV. WILLIAM H. H. GLEASON, farmer and Baptist minister, Jefferson Township, a native of Ripley County, Ind., was born January 4, 1823. He enjoyed the benefit of common schools; was raised a farmer, and taught school for twenty-five years during winter months. He married, February 29, 1844, Mrs. Ann Atkinson, born in New Jersey, January 22, 1808. Their children are William A. (born May 12, 1845, died September 7, 1861), Isadora (born November 23, 1852, died October 13, 1876), Lydia A. (born December 11, 1848). By her first husband Mrs. Gleason was the mother of two children: Mrs. Mary McCormick (born May 24, 1832), and Mrs. Jane McCormick (February 22, 1835). Mr. Gleason has preached since 1850, was ordained in 1861. His first charge was Olive Branch. He resigned the charge at Grant’s Creek and organized a church in Mount Sterling, where he preached for sixteen years. He was elected township trustee three terms. Rev. Gleason belongs to Vevay Lodge F. & A. M., and is a member of the G. T. and S. of T. He is an earnest worker in the cause of religion, and is doing cheerfully what he can to weed out the tares from the vineyard in which he has been called to labor, and to obtain the necessaries of life.

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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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