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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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WOODS, PROF. J. A., principal city schools, P. O. Clarinda; born in Pennsylvania, February 7, 1835. Until twenty-one years of age his education was very limited; he then began a systematic course of training, and entered Marietta College, Ohio, where he remained until 1862; in February of that year he came to Page county. Shortly after he became the principal of the schools, and has retained that position until the present day—a service of eighteen years. Mr. Woods was married to Miss Esther I. Hill, a native of Ohio, June 18, 18—. They are the parents of two children: Charles E. and Ettie. Mr. Woods has accumulated all he is worth since his residence in this county. His farm of 310 acres is one of the finest in the county. He is a man of sterling worth and stable character, whom to know is to respect.

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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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