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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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HENDERSON, JAMES E., guard at the prison; was born in Wayne Co., Ind., Aug. 27, 1828; when 10 years of age, he came with his parents to Iowa; they came by wagon; were four weeks on the road, and arrived in this county Aug. 20, 1839, and were among the early settlers; when the war broke out he enlisted in 1862 in the 19th Regiment I. V. I., Co. E, and was Sergeant of the company; he was in the battle of Prairie Grove, siege of Vicksburg, Mobile, and many other fights and skirmishes, he was wounded at the battle of Prairie Grove; at the close of the war he returned, and has occupied the position of guard at the prison for many years. He married Miss Margaret Hamilton, from Indiana, Dec. 25, 1854; they have three children — Thomas W., Charles and John I.

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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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