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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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BAGNALL, C., Proprietor of Bagnall House, P. O. College Springs; born in England, 1821. At the age of 7, came with his parents, George and Sidonia Bagnall, to America, and located in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1828. Young Bagnall matured to manhood, following the occupation of a farmer, receiving his first education in the common school. In 1867 he came to College Springs, where he has since resided. Two years later he commenced keeping hotel in the north portion of the city. In December, of 1873, his hotel was burned to the ground; there being no insurance, the heavy loss of four thousand dollars would have been completely discouraging to a man less energetic and persevering. Married Miss Annie Ibbs, a native of England, in 1845, by whom he had eleven children, five of whom are living: Sadie E, now Mrs. Dr. Lymer, John I., C. Barker, George W. and Davie. Mr. Bagnall and his estimable lady keep an excellent hotel, and are most amiable as host and hostess. They enjoy the esteem and respect of the people with whom they are associated.

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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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