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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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J. B. OPPERMAN, manufacturer and dealer in saddles, harness, bridles, etc., was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1846, and came to America with his people in 1852, who settled in Ohio where he was reared to his present profession. In 1868 he located in Leavenworth and carried on his trade till 1870 when he located here and has very successfully conducted his present business since. In 1873, he married Miss Jenny Hunter, a native of Urbana, Ohio, who departed this life 1879, and is buried in the Baxter Springs Cemetery, leaving one son Charles L. Mr. Opperman did active service during the late Civil War in the Seventeenth Ohio Independent Battery. Since locating here, he has, by dint of steady, persistent industry, increased his business over 300 per cent, and has accumulated a handsome competence.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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