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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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HANDORF, H., farmer, section 16, and the owner of 80 acres of as well improved land as there is in Page county, a magnificent dwelling, barn and other out buildings, P. O. Clarinda; born in Germany August 12, 1826; lived there until 26 years of age; raised as a farmer’s son. He emigrated to the United States in 1853, and first settled at Cincinnati, Ohio. He made that state his home for about six years, when he turned his course westward, coming to this county first in 1858. Lived here a short time, when he returned to Ohio, and lived there until 1865, when he made a final settlement where he now resides. On settling down he concluded “it was not well for man to be alone,” and on February 25, 1865, Mary E. Annon became his wife. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Annon, a well to do farmer of this township. She is of German parent age. They have one child: Mary C., born December 18, 1865. They are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. H. is a model farmer, and to the passer-by everything proves his perseverance and industry.

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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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