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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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WEST, ALBERT J., postmaster, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Portage county, Ohio, August 26, 1841. When four years of age he moved to Wisconsin with his father’s family, remaining until the fall of 1867. In June, 1861, he enlisted in company F, Fifth Wisconsin Infantry. Mustered out in November, 1862, on account of disability. In the spring of 1868 he went to Tabor, Fremont county, Iowa, living there three years. In the spring of 1871 he came to Shenandoah, engaging in various kinds of business until February, 1876, when he became postmaster at Shenandoah. Was married to Miss A. Miner, March 29, 1869. They are the parents of four children: Hugh M., Grey M., Louise A. and Mabel C.

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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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