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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company in 1879.  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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ORM, AARON, bricklayer; born in Hardin Co., Va., Feb. 11, 1806; when 8 years of age, his parents removed to Athens Co., Ohio, where he learned the trade of bricklayer. On the 26th of February, 1828, he married Miss Eleanor Simmons, a native of Athens Co., Ohio, born Sept. 27, 1809; they came to Iowa, arriving in Fort Madison, April 14, 1849, and he began working at his trade; he and his sons have helped to build most of the brick buildings in this city; Mr. Orm has laid brick every year for the past fifty-four years. They have had twelve children, nine survive — George, Franklin, Sarah, Robert, Ruth, Oliver, Martha E., Mary A. and Clara. Mr. Orm had five sons and two sons-in-law in the army; Christopher was killed in the battle of Atlanta, and Robert and Jonathan were both wounded at the same battle; Franklin was Captain of his company in the 17th I. V. I. Mr. and Mrs. Orm have been married and passed together fifty-one years; on the 26th of February, 1878, they celebrated their golden wedding; Mrs. Orm’s father was 100 years old when he married his third wife, and 101 years of age when he died; two of Mr. Orm’s uncles and one aunt are over 100 years of age.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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