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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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NICHOLAS, J. J., farmer, section 25, P. O. Braddyville; born in Piketon, Pike county, Ohio, May 28, 1823. In 1826 moved with his father’s family to Vermillion county, Indiana, encountering extreme hardships on the journey, there being no wagon roads at that early day, and many swamps to be crossed. His father, John Nicholas, helped build the first cabin in Perryville, Indiana. In 1855, moved to Vermillion county, Illinois, with his mother, his father having died; here he reached manhood. In 1844 went to Greene county, Wisconsin, and ten years later, in 1854, came to Page county, in which he has since continuously resided. As will be seen by the date last above mentioned Mr. Nicholas is one of the earliest settlers in the county, and has endured privations such as but few of us know anything of. He was married March 2, 1848, to Lucinda Lewis, by whom he has eight children: Catherine, John A., Alice, Marian, Mary, Nannie, Oscar, and Charles M. His wife died in March, 1868. In March, 1870, he was married to Eliza Jett; by this marriage he has one child, Joseph A.

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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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