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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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CORNFORTH, L. C., farmer, lot No. 16, P. O. College Springs; born in Maine, April 26, 1829; passed his youth on a farm, received a liberal education at Waterville Classical Institute and in Colby University. Came to Iowa and to Page county in the fall of 1855, being among the first settlers in this township. Mr. Cornforth is a man of singular industry and noble character. He came here without means, but frugality and care have brought out of his labor a pleasant home and a beautiful farm of 107 acres. He married Miss Elizabeth M. Phelts, a native of Ohio, September 3, 1863. He is the father of two children: Carroll C. and Martelle L. A communicant of the Congregational 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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