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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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MEHL, JOHN, retired; residence Washington street; born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1813; at the age of 16 was apprenticed to learn the shoemaker’s trade; served two years, then worked at journey work until 22 years of age, then left his mother, brothers and sisters, and emigrated to this country, stopping in New York for one year, thence to Marietta, Ohio, where he married Miss Mary Beshtold Nov. 21, 1838; she was born in Germany in 1819, emigrated to this country in 1837; they remained in Marietta until the summer of 1839, when he came to Lee Co., and to West Point, where he continued his business, the manufacture of hand-made boots and shoes, employing a force of seven and eight men, until 1868, when he retired. Owns his residence here, valued at $2,000, also a farm in Pleasant Ridge Tp. of 200 acres, valued at $40 per acre. They have two children — John, musician and dealer in pianos and organs in Mt. Pleasant; Catharine, wife of Philip Entler, dealer in hardware at West Point. Mr. and Mrs. Mehl are members of the Lutheran Church, and their children of the Presbyterian Church.

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