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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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ROSS, G. J., physician and surgeon, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Putnam county, Illinois, April 23, 1842, where he lived on a farm until seventeen years of age. He received his preparatory education in the common school and at Mendota seminary. He then entered the freshman class of Wheaton college, remaining until the commencement of the war. In July, 1861, he enlisted in company A, 13th Illinois infantry, for three years or during the war. He served with that regiment until the first attack on Vicksburg. He was then transferred to the signal corps, in the spring of 1863. Was mustered out by the discharging of that corps. At the expiration of two months thereafter he again enlisted, in company B, 104th Illinois infantry. Was in the battle of Lookout mountain, and with Sherman on his march to the sea. He was present at Washington with Sherman at the grand review, and received a commission as first lieutenant in company K, 34th Illinois. Was ordered to Louisville, Ky., remaining there until July, 1865, when he was ordered to Chicago and mustered out. Shortly afterward he entered the University of Michigan, in the medical department, from which he graduated in the spring of 1867. In 1868 he began to practice in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, remaining until 1874. He then went to Texas, remaining but a short time, meeting with reverses. He came to Shenandoah in October, 1874, where he has enjoyed a lucrative practice ever since. Was married May 13, 1869, to Miss Louisa Abgate, of Jacksonville, Illinois. They are the parents of three children: Gertrude C., James G. and Josephine.

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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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