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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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BIRCHARD, JAMES, farmer, section 5, P. O. College Springs; born April 10, 1837, in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood. He was educated in the common schools of the county and in Meadville Academy. Mr. Birchard enlisted, September 2, 1861, in company E, Eighty-third regiment Pennsylvania volunteer infantry. He was in the battle of Gaines’ Mill. On June 27, 1862, he was wounded, taken prisoner and sent to Libby Prison; on July 25 was exchanged and on October 25, same year, was discharged from Chester hospital, on account of his wound. In April, 1865, he moved to Hancock, Illinois, where he remained until 1876, when he came to Page county and located on the farm where he now resides. Was married April 25, 1865, to Miss Louisa Grubb, who died December 25, 1867. On April 18, 1869, he married Miss Alice Ingersol, of Lee county, Iowa, by whom he has two children: James D. and Louisa.

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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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