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Below is a family biography included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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GABRIEL MEDCALF, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Daviess County, Kentucky, December 18, 1820, the eldest of eleven children born to George and Elizabeth (Winkler) Medcalf, who were natives of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 1837, the family removed to Spencer County, Ind., locating in Carter Township, near Dale, where the mother died May 27, 1859, and the father in 1875. Gabriel Medcalf, subject of this sketch, was raised to manhood on a farm, marrying Miss B. Medcalf, October 12, 1843. This lady was born April 14, 1820, a daughter of Allan and Frances Medcalf, who moved from Daviess County, Ky., to this county in 1828. Six children were born to their union, only two, Amanda Jane and Henry, yet living. The winter of 1843, Mr. Medcalf purchased eighty acres of heavy timber land, which with the help of his wife, he cleared and improved, and where they lived five years. They resided on a farm a short distance east of this the succeeding four years, and then moved to Dale, where they remained eight years longer. He then purchased property where he now lives, and owns 125 acres of good land. He served in the late war as a member of Company B, Forty-second Indiana Volunteers, and later Company D, Forty-fourth Indiana Infantry. Mr. Medcalf is a good citizen. Politically he is a Republican. He is a member of the G. A. R., and he and wife belong to the United Brethren Church.

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This family biography is one of 344 biographies included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Spencer County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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