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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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ANDREWS, JOSEPH, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Wever; born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., July 31, 1811; when 22 years of age, he married Mary Miller, daughter of Andrew Miller, of Oneida, N. Y., proprietor of the Burston Cotton Factory; she was born April, 1812, and married at her native place, Jan. 22, 1833; soon after they moved to Chautauqua Co., N.Y.; remained twenty-five years, and, in the spring of 1857, came to Lee Co.; the first two years, rented a farm in Pleasant Ridge Tp.; moved thence to where they now reside and own 155 acres, valued at $50 per acre. They have four children — Cornelia S., born 1834, wife of Samuel Van Scyoc, a farmer and dairyman of Platt Valley, Neb.; Helen D., born March 14, 1837, the wife of O. A. Wolcott, of Elkhorn City, Neb., farmer and dairyman; Gilbert M., whose biography will be found elsewhere; Edwin M., born May 15, 1846, enlisted in the 30th I. V. I., in 1862, served fifteen months and was discharged on account of ill health; married Sarah Kern, daughter of Thaddeus and Mary Kern, of Ft. Madison, born in Green Bay Tp., in 1856. Republican. Mr. A. is an advocate of temperance, and interested in all questions affecting the progress of the 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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