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Below is a family biography included in History of Warren County, Iowa published by Union 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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HOWARD, J. W., was born in Preston county, West Virginia, in 1832, and was raised a farmer until sixteen years of age; he then learned the carpenter’s trade, and worked for some years as a journeyman carpenter; he came to this county in 1854, and worked at his trade as contractor and builder, and has followed, it in all, thirty years; he owns 260 acres of land; he has held offices of assessor, justice of the peace, and is the present mayor of the city; he married Miss F. E. Fortney in 1855; she was born in West Virginia, and died in 1868; he married for his second wife Mrs. M. E. Lyon in 1870; she was a native of Bloomington Indiana; has four children by his first marriage: Ida, Silas E., Ella O. and Minta J.; one son John, by second marriage; Mrs. Howard had two children by a former marriage: Frank H. and Laura E. Lyon.

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This family biography is one of 548 biographies included in The History of Warren County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Warren County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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