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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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COONS, MADISON, farmer., Sec. 3; P. O. Primrose; owns 110 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; was born Feb. 22, 1825, in Franklin Co., Ohio; in early life, he learned the carpenter and joiners’ trade, which he followed until the last fifteen years, he has engaged in farming. He married Rachel Lunn April 28, 1848; she was born in Bucks Co., Penn., April 26, 1824. He emigrated to Lee, Co., Iowa, in September, 1856, locating in Marion Tp.; the following year, came into Harrison Tp., and on his present farm in the spring of 1865. His children are William T., born July 8, 1852; Jacob W., July 15, 1857; Oliver F., Aug. 11, 1862; have lost three — Oliver, Margaret A. and an infant. Democrat.

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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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