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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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HENDERSON, PARIS P.; was born in Union county, Indiana, January 3, 1825; removed with his parents to Hancock county, Indiana, in 1838, to Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1840; he came to Warren county on the 20th of October, 1847, and was among its earliest settlers; he was appointed organizing sheriff of the county by Judge Olney at the term of the Marion county district court in October, 1848, and did the preliminary work of its organization; at the first regular election, Jan. 1, 1849, he was elected sheriff, and continued to hold the office until after the adoption of the Code of 1851; he was also elected commissioner’s clerk in 1850, to fill a vacancy, and held it until it was abolished by the legislature; in 1851 he was elected to the office of county judge, which he held until 1859, when he was chosen to the senate, serving through the regular and a portion of the called session of 1861, when he resigned to enter the army as Captain of Co. G, 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry; early in 1863 he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, and in July of that year to Colonel; his term of service expired, and he was discharged at Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 23, 1864; after his return home he was nominated and elected at the general election of 1865 to the office of county treasurer, which he held until January, 1874, since which time he has been engaged in private business; Col. Henderson has performed the duties which pertain to every office in the gift of the people of Warren county, and performed them well; he is a gentleman of high order, a kind father, a gentle husband and a close friend; he has seen almost the entire growth of the county, and whether in pioneer or later days has always had the regard of its people; Col. Henderson has been twice married, the first time to Miss Martha Haworth, of this county, Dec. 16, 1847; the issue of that marriage now living are: John H., now one of the leading attorneys of Indianola, and Alfred M., now of Marengo, Iowa; they also lost four infant children; his first wife died May 1, 1866; his second marriage occurred on the 19th of September, 1868, to Mrs. Mary C. Proudfoot, by whom he has one daughter, Mary A., born May 22, 1870.

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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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