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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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HARSHMAN, FRANKLIN, far., Sec. 10; P. O. Montrose; owns 400 acres of land; was born in Butler Co., Ohio, in 1823; married in April, 1851, Elizabeth Tweedy, also a native of Butler Co., Ohio. Mr. Harshman came to Lee Co. in 1855, and located in Sec. 16, Montrose Tp.; he removed to his present location in March, 1867; has five children — John D., Robert T., Huldah, Frank and Wm. D.; a niece of Mr. Harshman, Susan Wren, lives with him. Robert T. has been in South America since October, 1875; is now employed on a railroad in Brazil.

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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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