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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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POWERS, J. H., retired farmer, P. O. Clarinda; born in West Virginia September 24, 1807. At the age of sixteen years he moved with his parents to Wayne county, Indiana, in which state he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the common schools. In 1854 he came to Clarinda, making this city his home since that date. In that year he purchased a log cabin, which stood on the spot now occupied by the Central hotel. In 1856 he engaged in the mercantile business, carrying on a trade in general merchandise until 1864. Mr. Power’s land operations have not been confined to the vicinity of Clarinda, but he has purchased, and now owns land in Texas, Kansas and Florida. He was married January 15, 1835, to Miss G. S. Tomlinson, a native of North Carolina, by whom he had seven children, four living: Amanda (wife of Harvey White), Sarah E. (wife of C. Linderman, banker), N. Olive and Thomas E.

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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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