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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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ODELL, FREDERICK, far., Sec. 21; P. O. Montrose; born in Westchester Co., N. Y., Dec. 12, 1812; went to East Chester, N. Y., where he served an apprenticeship as carriage-maker in 1832; went to New York City, where he engaged in house-painting, and then removed to Rye, N. Y., and worked at his former occupation until February, 1833, then returned to New York City, and engaged in house-painting again, and remained till 1837, then went to New Rochelle, where he engaged in farming; came to Lee Co. in 1842, first settling on the old Bishop farm, now the Griswold farm; removed to where he now lives, where he owns 160 acres of land. Married Miss Hannah Kerr May 18, 1833; she was born in Albany, N. Y., Nov. 2, 1807; they had one child — Frederick, born in New York City, and died in his 9th year. Mrs. O. is a member of the Presbyterian Church; Mr. Odell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and neutral in politics.

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