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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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DAVIS, M. L., farmer, section 25, P. O. Hawleyville; born in Clark county, Kentucky, March 21, 1814, where he resided until twenty years of age. He then moved with his parents to Missouri, where he remained until 1839, when he went to Buchanan county, Missouri, residing there until 1850. During his residence in the last named county he was elected sheriff, and served in the years 1848-49. He then came to Page county, Iowa, of which he has since been a continuous resident. Was in the Mexican war from August, 1846 to February, 1847. He was also in the late war, enlisting in company K, 25th Missouri infantry, in December, 1861, and was discharged in 1863, because of disability, Mr. Davis was unfortunate in the battle of Shiloh, losing an eye, and having a hip broken. Was married to Miss Mary Wiffley, July 8, 1835, by whom he has had ten children, six living: William F., Elizabeth J., Mary E., James H., John S. and Amanda.

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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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