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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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CROSS, JOHN, merchant, P. O. College Springs; born in Massachusetts, June 1, 1797. When he was eight years of age his parents moved to New York, in which state he resided until 1839. He then removed to Illinois, remaining until the year 1857, when he became a resident of Amity. His interest in and connection with the college of learning at, and colonization of College Springs is quite fully given in the history of Amity College, to which Mr. Cross has sustained official relations for a number of years. When thirty-six years of age Mr. Cross entered the ministry of the Congregational church, and has had charge of a congregation the greater portion of the time since until within five years ago. During the war Mr. Cross united with the Wesleyan church. He was a strenuous anti-slavery advocate, spending many years in propagating his views; he enforced them in an active manner, since he was connected with the famous “underground railway,” and aided many fugitives to reach the north. He was married on January 1, 1818, to Miss Luanda Hulbert, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who was born in the year 1800. They are the parents of seven children, of whom two are now living: Mary A., wife of J. H. Beach, and John A. Mr. Cross lost his wife by death, October 8, 1875, after a long and happy married life of fifty-eight years. Mr. Cross is a man of influence and worth, a genial gentleman and a firm friend.

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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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