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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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ELLIOTT, J. S., dealer in agricultural implements, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Fleming county, Kentucky, September 3, 1825. When eight years of age he moved to Owen county, Indiana, residing on a farm until the fall of 1855. He then came to Iowa, locating in Jasper county, remaining one year, when he removed to Afton, Union county, entering the general mercantile business with the second stock of goods ever brought to that town. He came to Shenandoah in March, 1878, entering his present business. In August, 1862, enlisted in company H, 29th Iowa infantry; went in as second sergeant; was promoted in 1862 to a second lieutenancy; resigned his commission in 1864.

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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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