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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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HAWLEY, J. D., merchant, P. O. Clarinda; born in Detroit, Michigan, November 29, 1836. In 1848 his parents removed to Missouri, locating in Buchanan county, and in 1853 came to Page, locating at Hawleyville, in Nebraska township. Eleven years later Mr. Hawley came to Clarinda, entering the general store of Curtis, Hawley & Co. In 1866 Mr. Hawley purchased the interest of his partners in the business, which he has carried on in his own name since. He has been a most successful business man, active in every enterprise looking toward the growth of Clarinda, his latest business venture being the magnificent opera house block mentioned in the preceding pages. He was married on December 25, 1859, to Miss Sarah E. McAlpin, a native of Indiana. They are the parents of one child, Arthur J. Mr. Hawley is a strict business man and as successful in making friends, as a man of integrity and generous motives could be.

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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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