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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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WARNER, MRS. MATILDA, farmer, section 13, P. O. Hepburn; born in 1842, in Sweden. In 1846 she came with her parents to America, locating in Henry county, Illinois. Mrs. Warner —whose maiden name was Johnson —was married to Andrew S. Warner, a native of Sweden, in 1865. They are the parents of three children, two of whom are living: Charles A. and Mary C. On the death of her husband she returned to Henry county, Illinois, but came again to Iowa in 1880. Her husband, Capt. A. G. Warner, died after one week’s illness, at his home in Douglas township, on Sunday, December 5, 1875. He was born on the 13th day of July, 1837, in Novra Helsingland, Sweden. His parents emigrated to this country in the year 1850. The family consisted of the parents and two sisters, besides himself. They located at Andover, Henry county, Illinois, and engaged in farming. When the war broke out he responded to the call of his country and enlisted on the 14th day of September, 1861, in the company that was formed at and around Bishop Hill, Illinois, which afterwards became company D, of the 57th regiment Illinois volunteers. Upon the organization of that company he was appointed first corporal. At the battle of Shiloh he received an ugly bullet wound in his right arm, but refused a furlough and stayed with his company, performing his duty with his arm in a sling. He was soon afterward promoted to the position of first sergeant, which position he filled to the entire satisfaction of his superior officers and the privates of his company. On the 7th day of March, 1864, he received a commission from the president as captain of company A, 63d United States colored infantry, and served as such until the 9th day of January, 1866, when he was mustered out of the service at Duval’s Bluff, Arkansas, after an honorable and continuous service of four years, three months and fifteen days. At the close of his service to his country he settled down again as a farmer at his former home in Andover, where he remained until he was called away from the pursuits of agriculture, by the votes of his fellow citizens, to fill the office of sheriff of Henry county, to which position he was elected the fall of 1868, as an independent candidate, against the regular republican nominee, by a majority of 116 votes, while Grant carried the county by two thousand seven hundred majority. He filled the office to the entire satisfaction of the people, reflecting honor on himself and credit on his countrymen who had presented him as their representative, and urged his election upon his merits alone. At the end of his term of office he took a trip west to locate a new home, and finally selected the present home, where he died, and to which he moved his family in the spring of 1871. On the 4th of December, 1865, he married Miss Matilda Johnson, an only sister of Captain Eric Johnson, formerly of Galva, Illinois. They lived a happy married life, and he leaves his widow and two children, one son eight years old, and one daughter three years old, to mourn their great and irreparable loss.

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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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