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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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WHITING, E. W., farmer, section 21, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Medina, Sharon county, Ohio, July 31, 1830. In the following year his parents moved to Missouri, and in 1836 to Adams county, Illinois. Came to Iowa in 1844. Young Whiting was of a roving disposition, and left home when fourteen years of age. In his sixteenth year he enlisted in the Mexican war, and was in the battles of Santa Fe, Bentonsford, Ft. Pueblo, and Ft. Laramie. Shortly after he was mustered out with several companions and started for the states, but was captured on the way by a band of Pawnees. Through the influence of a young chief they were liberated, but told to ride for their lives. Acting on this suggestion they covered seventy-five miles the first day out. They were thirty days in reaching the Missouri. In 1847 he moved to Mills county, Iowa, and five years after went overland to California. He engaged in mining four years and then returned to Mills county, Iowa. On July 19, 1857, he was married to Miss Augusta McConoughey, and in the fall of the following year came to Page county. The ten years following were filled with varied experiences. He was again captured by the Indians in southern Kansas, whither he had gone to prospect. Has made his home in several states, and finally came to Page county in 1867 where he has since resided. He has a family of five children: Florence G., William, Nettie L. and Linnie; one 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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