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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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PORTER, JOHN T., grain merchant, P. O. Clarinda; born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, May 30, 1836. His education was received in the common schools, and the university in that county. In 1859 he moved to La Salle county, Illinois, following stock-raising until 1868, when he moved to Livingston county, Illinois, remaining until the fall of 1869. He then returned to La Salle county, engaging in the grain business until 1877, when he came to Clarinda. He was married September 1, 1858, to Miss Jennie Finley, a native of Fayette county, Pennsylvania. They have five living children: E. F., Jr., partner of the firm of E. F. Porter & Co., Maggie W., Albert L., Lulu B. and John W.

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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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