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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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OGDEN, R. B., book and job printer; born in Leesburg, Loudoun Co., Va., Feb. 5, 1825; came with his parents to Urbana, Ohio, in 1832; in 1838, he went to Cincinnati, there he entered the office of the Cincinnati Gazette and learned the printer’s trade; remained there about five years, then went to Springfield, Ohio, where he remained until he came to Keokuk in 1846; published the Keokuk Gazette from 1847 to 1849, when he was appointed Assistant Postmaster; in 1850, he established the first book and stationery store in Keokuk; carried on that business until 1865; since then he has been in the book and job printing business. Mr. Ogden’s wife was Miss Elizabeth M. Miller, daughter of Rev. Reuben Miller, of Springfield, Ohio; they have four children — Charles W., Robert M., Helen G. and Mary M.

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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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