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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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STEEVES, JOHN C., farmer and dealer in fine stock, section 18, P. O. Page City; born March 3, 1840, in the state of Ohio. When he was about seven years old his parents moved to Van Buren county, Iowa. He was educated in the public schools of that county, and was married in 1859, to Miss Mary Knox, a native of Ohio. They have five living children: William, Ella, Elizabeth, Ina, and Charles; have lost two, a son and daughter. In 1862 Mr. Steeves enlisted in company H, nineteenth Iowa volunteer infantry, and served three years. During the whole time he was off duty but twenty-four hours. He participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Vicksburg, Mobile, and others. Mr. Steeves is the owner of 265 ½ acres of good land, all under cultivation. He has a good dwelling and the largest and best arranged barn in the township. He has stabling for twenty-four head of horses and facilities for several thousand bushels of grain and a vast amount of hay. The barn is 38x50, with stone basement and a good well of water in the hallway of the basement. Mr. Steeves is a model farmer. He and his family 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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