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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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GOODWIN, MATT, Secretary Iowa Home insurance company; P. O; Shenandoah; born in Dublin, Ireland, October 25, 1848. He emigrated to Canada, settling at Toronto. For two years he filled the position of teller in the Forest Branch of the City Bank of Montreal. From Montreal he went to New York City, and found employment as bookkeeper in the general ticket office of the New York Central & Hudson River railroad. He held this position for three years, when he became possessed of a desire to “go west,” and did so, locating at St. Louis, Missouri. He became bookkeeper and auditor to the St. Louis Life Insurance Company, remaining in that position for three years. He then went as supervisory agent and adjuster for the same company, working in the South. Shortly after this he came to Iowa, connecting himself with the Hawkeye insurance company, as special agent, until his election as secretary of the company he now represents. His education was obtained at Trinity College, Dublin. Married August 5, 1875, to Mrs. A. M. Manning, a native of Texas. They have one son: Robert N; and Mrs. Goodwin, by a former marriage, has a son: Hugh L. Manning.

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