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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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CAREY, B. W., farmer and stock-dealer, owns 400 acres of land, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Canada West, June 25, 1830. Brought up and educated in that country, following the occupation of a farmer. In the spring of 1869 he came to Page county, settling in Washington township. Three years afterward he moved with his family to Galesburg, Illinois, his object being to educate his children. The advantages presented by Galesburg were eagerly improved by them for the three following years, when he moved back to Page and settled in the then youthful town of Shenandoah, of which he has since been a continuous and honored resident. He was married to Miss Jane C. Whiting, a native of Ireland, February 20, 1855. They are the parents of seven children: Lydia J. (now Mrs. B. C. Welty), Catherine C., John, Richard W., George, Alice and Mabel. Mr. Cary is one of the heaviest stock-dealers in the county, and a man who has been closely identified with all the business interests of his adopted city. He has contributed to its prosperity, coming to it when it was in its extreme youth, and while looking sharply after his own interests, has not been unfaithful to those of a public nature. He is a man esteemed highly among his fellow-townsmen, a strenuous advocate of, and firm friend to, higher education, and of sterling worth.

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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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