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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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JOHNSTON, JAMES, farmer, section 16; born February 14, 1822, in Ayreshire, Scotland. He was educated in the public schools of that country, and apprenticed to Robert Granger to learn carpentering, which trade he followed until 36 years of age. He came to America in 1854, locating at Cleveland, Ohio. He came to Page county in 1871. Was married in 1850, to Miss Agnes Hair, a native of Scotland, by whom he has seven children living: Robert, Jennette, Alexander, Marion, Margaret, Jane, Thomas, and one, John, deceased. Mr. Johnston has been closely identified with the educational interests of his township, having, at one time, been president of the school board. He owns 320 acres of land.

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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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