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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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HUMPHREY, J. W., homeopathic physician, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Franklin county, Ohio, June 27, 1836. Moved to Cedar county, Iowa, at the age of nine years. When eighteen years of age he entered Mt. Carroll seminary, remaining for three years when he began to teach school. He graduated from a medical college in the city of New York in the spring of 1864. He began the practice of medicine at Marshalltown, Iowa, and thence in Bloomington, Illinois, remaining for three years. From Bloomington he came to Iowa, practicing for two years at Ft. Dodge, Webster county. He came to Shenandoah in January, 1877, where he has built up a fine practice. He was married to Miss Fannie Gibson, July 10, 1860, from whom he was divorced in 1878. Married July 1, 1879, to Miss Ella Brytle, of Illinois. By his former wife he had three children: Sylda, Ella, and Arthur C.

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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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