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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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MITCHELL, MRS. LYDIA L., farmer, section 2, owns 100 acres of fine land, P. O. Villisca; born March 23, 1822, in Pennsylvania. Her early life was passed among the scenes and incidents common to the farmer’s life. In 1838 she came with her father’s family to Crawford county, Ohio. She was married on the 20th of August, 1841, to William Leasure, a native of Ohio. He died July 15, 1845, leaving her with a family of three children, one of whom is now living, Nancy A., wife of Benjamin Draper, Page county. She married Mr. J. B. Mitchell, a native of Vermont, on May 2, 1847. Mr. Mitchell died June 26, 1876, leaving her a family of six children: of these the following are living: Mary E. (wife of S. W. Baker), Rosetta J. (wife of Joseph Frist), John A., Susan R. and William.

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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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