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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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SWANE, J., farmer and stock dealer, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Nantucket county, Massachusetts, October 22, 1840. When fourteen years of age moved to Detroit, Michigan. In 1858 his business life began as a clerk in a wholesale boot and shoe establishment, in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1862 to 1866 was paymaster to the company engaged in constructing the Atlantic & Great Western R. R. In 1868 came to Livingston, county, Illinois, engaging in farming for three years. In the fall of 1871 came to Shenandoah and engaged in the mercantile business until 1874. From 1874 to 1877 he engaged in banking, and since that time in his present occupation. Has been twice married; to Miss Susan Fletcher, October 9, 1871, who died in March, 1873, and again to Mrs. Belle Cole of Shenandoah, who has three children by her former marriage: Lora, Lena and Henry.

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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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