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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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MAXWELL, ADAM, merchant, dry goods, boots and shoes, P. O. Clarinda; born March 23, 1829, in Butler county, Pennsylvania. Education limited to that of the common schools of his native state. On attaining his majority he entered upon the occupation of a farmer, which he followed for twelve or fourteen years. In 1805 he went to Apollo, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, and entered into the general merchandise business until 1872, when he closed out his business interests and came to Clarinda. He entered into partnership with Mr. Yetter, and four years afterwards became the sole proprietor of the business. He was married to Miss Maria Yetter April 18, 1855, from which marriage they are the parents of four children: Mary E., Flora, Isaac and Charles. Mr. M. has been alive to the interests of his adopted town, and among its most costly and attractive business houses, stands his nearly new brick building — “a thing of beauty,” and an ornament to the city.

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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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