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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Knox County, Indiana published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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.

WILLIAM H. BLANN was the seventh of a family of eleven children of Allen S. and Hettie (Harden) Blann, (elsewhere written) and was born in Knox County, Ind., on Shaker Prairie, September 3, 1842. He received a limited education, owing to the poor facilities of the day, and was reared on a farm. On attaining his majority he began working for himself as a farm hand, and soon after began farming for himself on his present farm. He has followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and has been quite successful, now owning 125 acres of very fine land. His farm is well improved and has a fine two-story frame residence. He was married, October 17, 1872, to Miss Jennie Sullenger, born in Knox County February 14, 1850. Her parents were among the pioneer settlers of Busseron Township. Four children have blessed their union: Curtis, born July 16, 1873; Samuel, born August 17, 1875; Johnnie, born June 26,1878, and died April 8, 1879, and Della P., born September 17, 1882. Both Mr. and Mrs. Blann are members of the Christian Church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and in politics is a Democrat, and one of the prosperous and respected farmers of the township.

This family biography is one of 363 biographies included in the History of Knox County, Indiana published in 1886.  For the complete description, click here: Knox County, Indiana History, Genealogy and Maps


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