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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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MOSES ROBESON, of the firm of Williams & Robeson, lumber dealers, was born in Pennsylvania October 26, 1834. He received a practical education, and began clerking in 1855, for the firm of William M. Line & Co., of Pittsburgh. He was then with Tyrone Forges, ten years, at the end of which time he went into the mercantile business at Ironsville, remaining two years. He then engaged in the tobacco and cigar business at Tyrone, Penn., one year, and in 1872, went to Missouri and carried on the grocery business. In 1874, he went into the general mercantile business which he continued for three years, and in 1877 came to Galena, and opened a lumber yard in connection with Mr. Williams. Mr. Robeson also has a lumber yard at Baxter Springs, Run’s Creek, lime kilns, and has mining lands leased and being worked. In Galena he owns four residences, and a third interest in property in town that cost $9,000. Also owns three lots valued at $900, and two lots that cost $2,000. Mr. Robeson has about $5,000 in cash loaned out, besides other real and personal property. He has been twice elected School Director. Belongs to the order of A., F. & A. M. and A. O. U. W., and is insured in the latter for $2,000. He was married to Miss Charlotte A. Tolle of Covington, Ky., January 30, 1877, and has one child- Miletus. He has kept a diary since March 5, 1856, and a cash account since he went into business in 1855, of cash paid out, and he never bought anything without paying spot cash. He also kept a record of his grandfather’s children, his own brother’s and sisters’ children, and of their children’s children. Mr. Robeson started in the world even, and has succeeded in getting a long way ahead of the human family generally.

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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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