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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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NELSON, FREDERICK, farmer and stock-raiser, section 7, P. O. College Springs; born in Sweden in 1835, lived through the usual vicissitudes of a farmer boy’s life until 1853, when he emigrated to America, employing his time for a sustenance in day labor. In 1856 he came to Amity, went to school at that place and learned to read English. During the seven years, from 1863 to 1870, he was the agent of the American Emigrant Company, the relations of which to the county are fully set forth in the chapter on “The Swamp Land Troubles,” —the historical portion of the work. While acting in this capacity he crossed the ocean ten times. His farm, of 560 acres, attests his economy and faithfulness, since when he came to America he came penniless. He was married in 1861 to Miss Julia M. Johnson, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he is the father of two children; one living: Emma W.

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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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