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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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TAVERNER, JOSEPH; born in Devonshire, England. Was educated in the common and high schools of that country. His father was a butcher and Mr. T. learned that trade. In 1867 his father made an assignment of his property to his son. Mr. T. now commenced business on a larger scale, running a fine farm of one hundred and eighty acres in connection with his shop. Emigrated to the United States in 1873. Became a Mason the same year, and is still a member of that order. He located in Nebraska City, but after a residence of four years in that city, came to Essex, where he is now doing business. Was married to Josephine Bray. They have had five children, of whom one is now living. He served in the cavalry in England seven years.

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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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