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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western 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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MALCOLM, ELIZA E. S., MRS.,(formerly Miss Eliza E. Sample), is a native of Washington, Washington Co., Penn.; her father was a printer; learned his trade in Pittsburgh; he established the Washington Reporter in Washington, Washington Co., Penn., in August, 1808, and published that paper for twenty-five years. He was a soldier and also an officer in the war of 1812. On account of ill-health, he disposed of his interests in Pennsylvania, and emigrated to Iowa in 1840; after living in Van Buren Co. two years, he came to Lee Co. in 1842, where he lived until his death, Jan. 15, 1862; his wife is still living in this city, and in February, of the present year, she passed her 79th birthday. Her son. James B. Sample, upon the breaking out of the rebellion, enlisted in the 1st I. V. I., Co. D, and was commissioned First Lieutenant; he was successively promoted, and served as Captain and Major, and was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel by brevet for meritorious services in the field; at the battle of Belmont, he climbed the flag-staff and pulled down the flag in front of the enemy’s guns, and the flag is now in possession of the family. Mrs. Malcolm married, in 1856, Frank Malcolm, a native of Indiana; his parents were natives of Virginia; his father was in the war of 1812, and his mother is now receiving a pension. Mrs. Malcolm is an own cousin of the Hon. James G. Blaine; she is a lady of more than ordinary ability, and is foremost in every good word and work in the church and throughout the city.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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