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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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WISE, JONATHAN, farmer, section 12, P. O. Villisca; born February 12, 1839, in Monroe county, Ohio. In 1856, his parents moved to Jackson county, West Virginia, in the common schools of which state he received the larger part of his education. In 1861, he moved back to Monroe county, and in July of that year enlisted in company D, Twenty-seventh Illinois infantry, serving until March, 1865. He was severely wounded in the charge of Ruff’s mill, and left for dead on the battle-field, but survived the wound. He participated in many of the famous battles in which his regiment was engaged. In 1868 he came to Iowa, locating in this township, where he has since continuously resided. He was married December 15, 1857, to Miss Sarah E. Rake, a native of Monroe county, Ohio. They have had five children, four of whom are living: Minnie E., William D., Ida Bell and Orlie V.

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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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