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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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DONALDSON, J. P., farmer, section 9, P. O. College Springs; born January 1, 1861, in Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood, following both the occupation of a farmer and teacher. He came to Iowa, locating at College Springs April 11, 1856. Mr. Donaldson is one of the very oldest residents of Amity township. When he came to his present home College Springs existed only on paper, and with an entirely different name. He was the first settler in the colony, and built the first house ever built in Amity. Ida, his second child, was the first child born in Amity, which event occurred October 15, 1856. Mr. Donaldson was married to Miss Sarah J. Eckles, a native of Pennsylvania, September 11, 1853, by whom he is the father of six children living: Irving M., Ida T., Arthur F., Luella N., Annetta E., and James H. He owns a fine farm of 173 acres, 13 of which are timber. The rise and growth of his township have been carefully and gladly observed by Mr. Donaldson, who, having tested all that the word “pioneer” implied, welcomed civilization and progress when it came to his very door. An energetic, faithful man, he is eminently deserving of all the confidence his friends and neighbors unhesitatingly place in him.

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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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