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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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GILLIHAN, J. H., farmer, section 5, P. O. Coin; born in Kentucky, February 27, 1820, where he resided until fourteen years of age. He then went to McDonough county, Illinois, remaining six years, when he returned to Kentucky. Came to Iowa in 1852, locating where he now resides, making him one of the oldest settlers in the township. Has given most of his attention to farming and stock-raising since coming to this county, though he had learned the carpenter’s trade while a resident of Kentucky. Was married September 23, 1849, to Miss Catharine Montgomery, a native of Kentucky. They have eleven children, all living: Sarah A., John M., Mary J., Juliet E., Mark A., Ellen F., Stephen A., James, Louisa, Nettie W., and Thomas W.

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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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