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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, JOSEPH, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Ft. Madison; born in Dearborn Co., Ind., May 20, 1820, and at the age of 25, he married Rebecca Burk, who was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, in 1822, and in 1848 they came to Lee Co., settling near where they now reside, where in April, 1851, his wife died, leaving one child, Sarah J., now the wife of John Renck, of Dearborn Co., Ind.; In August, 1853, he married May Scott, who was born in Ohio July 6, 1833, and died in 1856, leaving one child, Susan, born 1854, the wife of Nathan Smith, of Wever, this county. Oct. 21, 1858, he married Rebecca A. Hake, who was born in Virginia in 1836; she was the daughter of Davison and Margaret Hoke, nee White, born in Virginia, afterward settled in Ohio, where her father died; her mother then married Archibald Deads, and with him she came to Lee Co.; her mother is now a resident of Kansas. They have six children — the eldest, John M., was born July 14, 1860; Joseph, Jr., July 28, 1864; Florence, Dec. 18, 1867; Harriet, June 27, 1869; James L., Dec. 31, 1872; Wm. W., May 24, 1875. In 1852, he removed to his present place of residence, where he owns 160 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre. Democratic. She is a member of the Baptist Church. He has held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Trustee and various school offices.

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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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