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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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THOMAS, GEORGE W., clerk, P. O. Essex; born in Washington county, Ind., January 30, 1850. Moved with his grandfather to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1855. Lived with his grandfather on a farm until 1869. Moved to Clarinda at the age of nineteen and began teaching the same year. Attended the graded schools of Clarinda. Moved to Essex in the spring of 1872. Taught the first school in Essex. Followed teaching until 1880. Had charge of the graded school in Essex in 1879. Was married May 28, 1874, to Miss Chattie Johnson, of Hepburn, Page county, Iowa, born in Clarinda, November 10, 1854. Owns lot number 628, and dwelling house on Main street in the town of Essex.

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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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