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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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GAFF, D. R., proprietor of the Shenandoah Republican, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, January 11, 1848. He lived in the county of his birth until twenty years of age, when he moved to Carroll county, Illinois, and subsequently to Stevenson county, same state. In July, 1871, he came to Shenandoah, of which place he has since been a continuous resident. He established the paper with which he is now connected in September, 1877, having previously established and owned since 1871 the Shenandoah Reporter, which paper he sold to G. W. Gunnison in 1874. Was married to Miss Belle M. Miller, a native of Henry county, Illinois, in January, 1879. They are the parents of one child: Morrill.

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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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