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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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HALL, JOSEPH, farmer, section 33; born April 5, 1836, in Germany, near the Rhine. At the age of fourteen years he came with his parents to the United States, and located near Rochester, New York. At the age of twenty-one he left the parental roof to combat with the world, and went to Warren county, Illinois, and there made his abode for a time. In 1859 he married Miss Sarah J. Birdsall, on the 15th day of May. They have four children: Flora E. (now wife of Mr. Wilbur Harris), Ada, Edd and Clarence J. Mr. Hall was in the war three months in 1862, doing guard duty at Columbus, Kentucky. Mrs. Hall was born on the 19th of April, 1829, in Cayuga county, New York. Mr. Hall owns 160 acres of land.

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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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