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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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SELBY, ALONZO, farmer and stock raiser, section 3, P. O. Essex; born in Indiana, in 1844, where he received his education. He moved in the fall of 1870 to Cass county, Iowa, and from thence to Page county, where he has since resided. He is the owner of 133 acres of excellent land. Was married in 1867 to R. J. Brewer. Has five brothers and two sisters. Mr. Selby entered the service of his country August 12, 1863. He was wounded at Chicamauga, and taken prisoner, suffering privation and hunger in five confederate prisons: Richmond, Danville, Andersonville, Charleston and Florence. After being held a prisoner seventeen months, he was exchanged. Was mustered out in June, 1865, returning to his home in Indiana.

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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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