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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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JACOB NEU came with his parents while quite young to Spencer County, where he was reared on a farm, receiving a limited education, which he has since improved by his own efforts. After attaining his majority he followed farming for about ten years. He then was engaged in running a portable saw-mill until 1875, when he bought the mill which he has since operated. He does a thriving business, and in addition to his mill owns considerable farming land. In 1863 he was united in marriage with Barbara Zarn, a native of Switzerland. To this union twelve children have been born, six of whom are living. Both himself and wife are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Neu was born in Allegheny County, Penn., March 20, 1841, being one of seven children born to Jacob and Angela (Festor) Neu, both natives of Germany. They came to Spencer County in 1842. The former died in 1877, and his wife a year later.

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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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