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Below is a family biography included in History of Warren County, Iowa published by Union 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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COZAD, JOHN J., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Liberty Center; born July 23, 1812; is a native of Ohio; parents moved to Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1813; moved to Brook county, Virginia, in 1824, and to Harrison county, Ohio, in 1833; he was educated in the common schools; came to this county and settled in Linn township in 1851; settled on his present farm, where he has fifty acres of land, in 1876; he enlisted, Jan. 20, 1862, in Co. G, 15th Iowa Infantry, as a private, and served till the 22d of February, 1863, when he was discharged for general disability; he has been elected justice of the peace for three terms, sheriff of the county for two terms, mayor of Indianola for two terms, and is now justice of the peace of this township; he has been a member of the M. E. Church since 1837; was licensed to preach in 1839, and local preacher since Sept. 1847; he was married Nov. 12, 1835, to Lucinda Kyle, of Morgan county, Ohio; they have had three children: Rebecca J., Civilla and John W.; Civilla died in 1851.

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This family biography is one of 548 biographies included in The History of Warren County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Warren County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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