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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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HAYDEN, JOHN, capitalist, P. O. Essex; born in the state of Kentucky, Washington county, in 1807. When twenty-one he became a school teacher, following that occupation for the next sixteen years. In 1849 he removed to Taylor county, Iowa. Mr. H. remarks “that the people of that day were rough but honest.” He is the owner of a number of business houses in Essex and Shenandoah. Has never married; keeping house with his sister. A man of good business ability and foresight; of strict honesty and straight-forward manner.

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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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