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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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FINNEY, JOSEPH, farmer, section 15, 160 acres of land, P. O. College Springs; born in Hamilton county, Ohio, December 4, 1822. Forty-four years later moved from the home of his boyhood to Clarke county Ohio, and in March of 1880, came to Page county, Iowa. Mr. Finney and wife have been members of the United Presbyterian church for forty years. He married his wife, Miss Susan O. McMahan, of Hancock county, Illinois, on the 15th day of October, 1859. They are the parents of six children: Edith S., Willie A., Venora O., Ida May, Mary E., and Edna Gracie.

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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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