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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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JOHNSON, M. C., sheriff of Page county, P. O. Clarinda; born April 13, 1845, in Erie county, Pennsylvania. At the age of five years he came with his parents to Rockford, Illinois. The family lived there about one year, then moved to Boone county, Iowa, where they remained until the fall of 1858, when they located in Page county. Here the subject of this sketch has grown to manhood on a farm. He enlisted June 15, 1861, in company F, first Nebraska infantry, and served to May 2, 1866. He was then honorably discharged. He was in all the skirmishes and battles in which his regiment was engaged. On returning home he resumed farming and stock raising; after four years he turned his attention mostly to the stock business which he followed for two years, at the close of which time he went into the hardware business at College Springs. This he followed about six years, the last two of which he kept the post office at that place. He then sold out and for two years turned his attention again to farming and trading. In 1879 he was elected sheriff of Page county, assuming the duties of that office January 1, 1880. He is well qualified to fill the office to which the people have elected him, and will, no doubt, give entire satisfaction to the people of the county. He was married March 7, 1867, to Miss R. Jennie Skinner, a native of Ohio. They have three children: Charles J., D. Willmot, and Minnie May.

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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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