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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  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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DRAY, A. H., blacksmith and machinist, P. O. Essex; born in England March 12, 1843. Lived there with his father until fifteen years of age, on a farm. He then began blacksmithing, which he has followed ever since. Was married October 11, 1861, to Miss Susanna Smith, of Hadlow Down, Mayfield, county Sussex, England. Born April 30, 1842. They are the parents of thirteen children, nine of whom are living: Alfred H., Susanna, James P., Harry J., Wm. S., Sarah Jane, Eleanor M., and Minnie A. Richard B., George E., Ernest A. and Frank Freddie are deceased. Moved from England to Nebraska City, Nebraska, in March 1874, and to Essex in August, 1876. Mr. Dray and wife are members of the Episcopal church. He owns the lot and dwelling-house where he lives; also lot and blacksmith shop.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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