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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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ALDEN, F. H., farmer, section 29, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Southberg, Worcester county, Massachusetts, May 18, 1847. At the age of eight years his parents moved to Henry county, Illinois. His early youth was spent in attending school and working on the farm. His father was killed by the cars in 1864, leaving him at the age of seventeen in charge of the family. Was married December 25, 1869, to Miss Mary E. Blackburn of Henry country, Illinois, and moved to Page county, Iowa, in the spring of 1871. They are the parents of six children: Fred. H., Lillie Grace, Harry B., Howard D., Nellie G., and Bessie B., deceased. They were the first to organize the first Baptist church of Shenandoah in June, 1871; has been a deacon of the church since its organization, and his wife church clerk, and he holds the offices of justice of the peace and township trustee. Owns 160 acres of fine land, well improved and under hedge fence.

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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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