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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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HAMM, J. T., of the firm of J. T. Hamm & Co., Shambaugh, Page county, Iowa; born in Lagrange county, Indiana, in 1853. When he was seven years of age his parents, Frederick and Lindel Hamm, moved to Van Buren county, Iowa. His mother died in February, 1860. The family remained there some three years, and then came to this county in 1863. Here the subject of this sketch reached his majority as a farmer, and has since lived. He has a good common school education, and is well qualified for his present business, and a close calculator. Has a well selected stock of goods. He commenced in his present business in February, 1880. He was married March 7, 1878, to Miss Mary E. Brown, a native of Indiana, but an old settler of this county. They have one child: Olive, born February 14, 1879.

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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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