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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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NICHOLS, CORNELIUS, druggist, P. O. Essex; born in Andover, Henry county, Illinois, April 2, 1842. Came to Page county, in 1875. Enlisted in company H, 1st Illinois light artillery, April 21, 1864. He participated in the battles of Dalton, Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain and at Atlanta. Was taken prisoner July 22, 1864, and released April 1, 1865, having been in Andersonville and other of the southern prisons. Was mustered out June 14, 1865. Married Miss Deborah J. Bryant, a native of Illinois, February 6, 1877. They have three children: Elbert S., William L. and Elsa May, the last named deceased.

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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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