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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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SMITH, AMMI, farmer and minister, P. O. College Springs; born in Maine on the 6th of March, 1803. He there grew to manhood as a farmer, his education being received at the common school. In 1839 moved to Boone county, Illinois, remaining there until 1856, when he came to Iowa, locating in Amity township. In 1865 moved to Andrew county, Missouri, thence, in 1872, to Colorado, and finally returned to Amity in 1878. Has been twice married. Was first married to Miss Cyrene Bisbee, a native of Maine, by whom he had eleven children, two of whom are now living: Clark and Wesley. This wife died in May, 1878, at Fort Collins, Colorado. On May 5, 1879, he married Miss Lucy A. Smith, a native of New York. Mr. Smith has been a minister of the gospel since 1831. For fifteen years he was a minister in the M. E. church, from which he with drew in 1846 to enter the Wesleyan church. His years have been those of usefulness, and his record as a pastor is one of which he may justly be proud.

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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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