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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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HOAG, HON. E. B., farmer, section 29, P. O. and residence College Springs; born in New York, March 23, 1830. At the age of 15 his parents moved to Knox county, Illinois, in 1845. Here young Hoag grew to manhood a farmer, receiving his education in the common schools of that state and at Knox college, in which latter school he remained 18 months. In June, 1867, he came to Iowa, and to Page county, locating in Colfax township. He improved a farm in that township, residing there until 1874 when he purchased his present farm in Amity. Mr. Hoag has twice been representative of his county, having been first elected in 1876, and reelected in 1878. This attests not only the esteem in which he is held, but his personal worth and ability as well. He was married September 24, 1854, to Miss Rachel A. Newman, a native of Ohio, by whom he has one child: Casius O., a member of the class of 1881, Amity college.

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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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