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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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HESTER, M. J., grocer, restauranter and baker, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Henry county, Indiana, October 19, 1835. His father dying when the lad was but eleven months old, his mother moved back to Clinton county, Ohio. He lived in this county until 26 years old. The greater part of his life was spent in school, either as student or teacher. His health failing him, he began to learn the carpenter trade, which business he followed until 1868, when he moved to Missouri. Moved to Shenandoah in August, 1879, and engaged in his present business with good success. Was married May 19, 1857, to Miss Mary J. Hoover, a native of Ohio. They are the parents of four children: F. E. L., Martha, Mary and Charles M.

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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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