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Below is a family biography included in The History of Warrick 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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JOHN HARGER was born April 10, 1821, in Allegheny County, Penn., and is the only living son in a family of twelve children born to John and Peggy (McCain) Harger, who were also natives of the Keystone State. The father came to Warrick County when John, Jr., was a lad thirteen or fourteen years old, and entered land in the south part of Boon Township, where he followed farming with fair success until his death, which occurred November 7,1854. The mother died a short time after the family came to Warrick County. John, Jr., was raised on the farm, receiving a limited education in the country schools of his native State. After he came here he worked on the farm, attending school one winter, which comprised his early education. At the age of twenty-one he bought land of his father near the homestead, and commenced farming for himself. He has followed this occupation since, meeting with more than ordinary success. He now owns 170 acres of well-improved land, 120 acres of which is under cultivation. April 1, 1846, he married Margaret Lance, of Pike County, Ind., by whom he became the father of fifteen children, thirteen of whom are now living. The oldest son died in the late war. The mother died in December, 1879, after living an exemplary life. In September, 1882, Mr. Harger married Mrs. Mary Dancey, who is his present wife. In politics he is a stanch Republican, and during the late war was a firm adherent and supporter of the Union. Mr. Harger is a member of the Christian Church, and his wife is of the Baptist faith.

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This family biography is one of 274 biographies included in The History of Warrick 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: Warrick County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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