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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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TEBBS, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Fort Madison; son of Willoughby Tebbs; of Irish and English descent; was born in Virginia in 1787; his parents, after a short residence in North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio, settled in Indiana, where he married Elizabeth, daughter of Valentine and Mary M. Lawrence; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1785; they settled in Indiana, where were born two sons — the subject of this, the youngest, and born Jan. 21, 1821; he remained with his parents until April 1, 1849. He married Sarah, daughter of James Craig, a native of Ireland, but was brought to America when a child, and married Jane Irwin, also of Irish descent; had two sons and five daughters, she being the youngest, and born near Montgomery, Ohio, July 11, 1829; the fall after their marriage, they, with his parents, removed to Iowa, this county, and settled where they now reside, and own 427 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre. His parents died; the mother, Aug. 31, 1868; the father, Jan. 1, 1870. Democratic in politics. Mrs. Tebbs is a member of the Baptist Church; has held all the township offices, and various school offices; also County Supervisor, in which he served two years.

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