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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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DAVIS, B. J., farmer, section 31, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Pelham, Massachusetts, May 23, 1835. When two years of age moved with his parents to Lake county, Indiana. At the end of a year moved to Illinois, where he remained until the fall of 1870. He then came to Page county, Iowa, locating on his present fine farm. When fifteen years of age Mr. Davis learned the trade of a blacksmith, a business which he followed for a number of years. Was married January 22, 1856, to Miss E. Kenfield, a native of New York. They have five children, three now living: Emma J., Charles W., and Cora Belle.

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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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