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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Cherokee County, Kansas History published in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

JAMES W. TAYLOR, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 16, P. O. Baxter Springs, was born in Caroline County, Va., in 1844, and was reared in Guernsey County, Ohio. In 1860, he settled in Bureau County, Ill., and July 26, 1861, enlisted in Company B, Forty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and remained in active service until the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged, as a veteran of Company B, Forty-second Illinois Infantry. In 1876, he left Bureau County, and carried on farming in Texas until 1879, when he located here, and has carried on farming actively since. In 1866, he married in Geneseo, Henry County, Ill., Miss Martha Wilkins, who was born in Henry County, Ill., in 1848, she dying April 26, 1866. In October 10, 1869, he married Froella Haiselder, of Buda, Bureau County, Ill. She was born near Fort Rowan, Canada West, March 10, 1844. They have had three children—Henry E., Adaline E. and Bertha M. Mr. Taylor is an active member of I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. societies. His farm contains eighty acres, well fenced and stocked and has 600 fruit trees.

This family biography is one of 619 biographies included in the History of Cherokee County, Kansas published in 1883 and 1904.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps


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