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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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REED, HAMILTON, farmer, section 26, P. O. Villisca; born in Vigo county, Indiana, August 27, 1842, where he received a common school education. Was married to Miss Isabel Johnson, of same county, October 18, 1866. They have three children, all living: William A., Lucinda and Eva L. He emigrated to this county, and located on his present farm in April, 1866. Has a farm of 120 acres, well improved, and a thriving young orchard of 100 trees bearing. He enlisted in company F, Eighty-fifth Indiana infantry during the late war, and served three years in the department of the Cumberland. Participated in Sherman’s march to the sea, and afterward returned to Tennessee, and participated in the important battles there. Was taken prisoner at Thompson’s Station, near Spring Hill, and made to suffer the hospitalities of Libby Prison for 26 days. He is of English descent. His father is one of the early settlers of his county in Indiana, and is now one of its oldest living citizens. His grandfather was in the war of 1812, as well as frontier wars with the Indians. His great-grandfather Reed was a member of the continental congress, while his grandfather on his mother’s side participated in the great war of the Revolution.

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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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