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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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PALMER, CAPT. J. H., farmer, section 8, P. O. Coin; Mr. Palmer was born October 10, 1838, in Ulster county, New York, where he grew to manhood and was educated in the common schools and in Ashland Seminary. Mr. Palmer enlisted August 22, 1862, in company A, One Hundred and Fifty-sixth New York volunteers. This regiment was in the department of the gulf, under Banks, in the seige of Port Hudson and the Red River campaigns; in 1864 joined Sheridan in Shenandoah Valley, and participated in his two noted battles of Winchester and Cedar Creek; from here he went to Savannah on garrison duty. Mr. Palmer was soon promoted to orderly sergeant of his company, and then to a first lieutenant, and shortly afterward to captain, which he held to the close of the war. After being in Savannah a short time Captain Palmer was placed in charge of a transport with twenty picked men to do duty on the Savannah river. At the close of the war Captain Palmer with his family moved to Carthage, Missouri, where he remained until 1872, when he came to Page county, Iowa. He was married February 22, 1860, to Miss Martha Schoomaker, of Ulster county, New York. They have six children living: Mary J., Georgia A., Ella, Carrie R., Hayes, an infant, and one deceased.

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