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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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DeCLARK, J. B., farmer, section 29, P.O. Shenandoah; born in Richland county, New York, November 29, 1835. At the age of nine years, moved to Lexington county, where he remained until twenty-five years of age. In 1860 he was taken with the “western idea” and started for that great country. He located in Fulton county, Illinois, employing his summers with farm work, and his winters in teaching school. From Fulton county he went to Missouri, thence back to Illinois, locating in McDonough county, and engaging in the mercantile business. In the spring of 1870 he came to Iowa, locating at Shenandoah. Was married September 1, 1857, to Miss Amelia Stoddard, a native of New York. They have three children: Clara May, Frank A. and James H.

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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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