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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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OWEN, J. R., farmer, section 12, P. O. Clarinda; born in Brown county, Ohio, December 10, 1845; in 1855 moved with his parents to Madison county, Indiana, living in that county until 1860, when his parents moved to Bureau county, Illinois, and two years later came to Page county, Iowa. In the spring of 1865 he enlisted “for one year or during the war” in company A, One Hundred and Forty-eighth Illinois infantry; was mustered out in the fall of the same year. Mr. Owen was married to Miss Mary Welch, on the 14th of March, 1866, and the second time to Miss Febia M. Hosier, of Madison county, Indiana, on March 14, 1872. Mr. Owen is the father of four children: Olive, Perry W., James M. and Eugene. On his farm is one of the most approved sorghum manufactories in the county. As a man and neighbor, as well as in his business relations, Mr. Owen stands among the first in his township.

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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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