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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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BLOOM, JOHN, farmer, P. O. Shenandoah; born March 16, 1840, in Germany, and for twelve years remained in that country, when his parents emigrated to the United States. They located at Davenport, Iowa, in 1852, and remained there three years; then moved to Mercer county, Illinois. He enlisted in company E, First Illinois light artillery. Participated in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, Jackson, siege of Vicksburg, siege of Jackson, and seven days at Pontotoc. In 1864 went to Jefferson City, Missouri, and aided in driving General Price from western Missouri; was then ordered back to St. Louis, November 15, 1864, and February, 1865, was discharged at Nashville, Tennessee. In 1867 he was married to Miss Catharine Klotz. She was born in May, 1848. In the year 1874 they came to their present location in Morton township. Have seven children: Charles, Franklin, George, Delia S., Edward, Louis and Minnie.

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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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