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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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SHAW, JOSEPH, farmer, P. O. Tarkio; born in 1821 in county Donegal, Ireland, where he matured and received his education. Came to America in 1847, being then twenty-six years of age. He first located at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, then went to Ohio, from which state he went to Canada, and thence came to Page county in 1858. Married Mrs. Sarah C. Akin, June 15, 1861. By this union he had two children: Salina and David. This wife dying, he was married to Mrs. Celia S. Drenry, by whom he has two children: George F. and Alma C. Mrs. Shaw, the present wife, was born in Kentucky, February 14, 1830. Mr. Shaw is another of those men who have achieved fortunes by earnest and brave endeavor. He owns a farm of 600 acres, well stocked and well fruited. He and his wife are members of the M. E. church.

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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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