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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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JOHNSTON, JOHN, lives on Sec. 15; born March 10, 1825, in Rosshire, Scotland; he emigrated to the United States and settled in Ohio in 1852; he came to Iowa and this county in 1854; he began the improvement of his present farm in 1855; is one of the oldest settlers in the township; laid the foundation for his present home, where he has 365 acres of fine land, at work on the railroad in Ohio, for 87 1/2 cents per day and boarded himself; cattle were his principal teams while making his improvements; has had many a chase after the deer as they ran across the vast prairie by which he was surrounded; was married February 14, 1861, to H. Elizabeth, daughter of Henry O. Way, of Boone county, Indiana; have eight children: Mary A., Roderick H., Elmer J., Maggie H., Malinda J., William D., Lillie M., and Clara E., all living, except Maggie, who died in infancy.

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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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