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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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KIESTER, H. C., P. O. Essex, hotel and livery business; born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, October 5, 1848. He lived with his father on a farm until twenty years of age. Enlisted in company I, eighty-eighth Pennsylvania volunteers, in March, 1865, and served about three and a half months, and was mustered out in July, 1865. He was married December 3, 1868, to Miss Mary J. Hoy, of Westmoreland county, born September 7, 1847. They lived in that county on a farm about eight years; moved to Essex in the fall of 1876. His principal occupation was coal dealer and drayman until February, 1880, when he went into the livery business. He followed that until June and went into a hotel. They are the parents of five children, four of whom are living: Lucy B., (the oldest, died January 12, 1878), Anna M., Newton B., Maggie S., and Jennie M., are all living at home. Mr. Kiester was elected on the town council in March, 1879, for a term of one year; was re-elected in 1880. Mr. Kiester owns one-half interest in a livery stable on Main street including lot, etc., estimated at about $5,000; also two lots in the east part of Essex. He has been a member of the Presbyterian church since nineteen years of age, also a member of the I. O. O. F. since 1877.

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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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