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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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JOHNSON, JAMES; born in Sweden in 1842. He learned the trade of a shoemaker, and that is the business which has engaged his attention through life. Left the old country in 1870. After considerable traveling in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, he settled in Red Oak in 1872. Moved to Essex in 1875, and on his farm in section 3, Fremont township in 1879. Mr. J., who eight years ago had scarcely a penny, has now a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Nebraska, and a good house in Essex. Was married in 1873 to Caroline Peterson. Have had five children, of whom two are living.

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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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