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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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THARP, L. R., farmer, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Perry county, Ohio, October 1, 1833. In 1839 his parents moved to Fairview, Illinois, and in 1847 to La Salle county, same state. He enlisted in company I, Ninety-second Illinois Infantry Volunteer, August 14, 1862. He was in the battles of Champion Hills, Franklin and Vicksburg. In the battle at Franklin he was wounded severely in the right arm. Discharged April 13, 1865. Married Miss U. Johnson, December 29, 1859. Came to Iowa, Grant township, Page county, in 1874. He is the father of six children: Frank R., Eva L., Harry L., Mary A., Ellen and Le Roy. He owns 240 acres of land, all under cultivation.

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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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