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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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BARNHART, J. PHIL., farmer and telegraph operator: born in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania. His father was a minister of the M. E. church. Attended the common schools of the state. Commenced work as an operator in a railroad office when only 12 years of age, which business he followed for several years. Obeying Mr. Greeley’s injunction, Mr. Barnhart, in 1876, set his face toward the west; located on section 4, Fremont township. He married Miss Davis in 1879. They have one child: Iona.

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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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