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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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McKINNLEY, J. W., farmer, section 8, P. O. College Springs; born in Pennsylvania, October 6, 1825. He there grew to manhood a farmer. At the age of twenty-one went to learn the plaster’s trade, following that and teaching for about seventeen years. In 1853 he moved to Columbus, Ohio, remaining five years. In 1858 came to Amity township, and the following year was elected justice of the peace, which office he has held ever since, with the exception of four years. He has been a trustee and the treasurer of the colony since 1864. Married in 1856 to Miss M. A. Maughlin, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he has four children: M. Eva, Joseph A., Maggie L., and James M. They are members of the United Presbyterian church.

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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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