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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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DRAKE, FRANK, farmer, section 26, P. O. Bingham; born in Harverfield, Delaware county, New York, June 10, 1833. Resided with his parents until 22 years of age. His time was spent in farming and going to school. Went to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1855. Was keeper of the insane asylum for two years. Went to Boston three years later, and was keeper in the insane asylum for two months. Was then engaged in farming for three years, nine miles from Boston. In 1862 he enlisted for three years in the 32d Massachusetts infantry. Participated in the battles of Chancelorsville, Antietam, battle of the Wilderness, Laurel Hill, North Annie, Coal Harbor and Petersburg, and was in Grant’s campaign until the surrender at Appomattox. Was mustered out near Washington, and returned to Delaware county, New York. Went to Aurora, Illinois, in 1865, and remained there five years. Came to Page county in the spring of 1871. Was married to Miss Eliza Kent, of Clarinda, October 9, 1872. Is the father of five children, four living: Myrtie E., Mattie F., Frank K. and Guy W., and one deceased, Rennie W. Owns 165 acres of land, one-fourth of a mile from Bingham: good house and barn, orchard, small fruits and a fine grove.

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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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