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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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EASTON, N. B., farmer, now in insurance business, P. O. Shenandoah; born May 8, 1843, in Pulaski, New York. Lived there until he was eight years old, when his parents moved to Laporte county, Indiana. He resided there until the war began, when he enlisted in company E of the Twentieth regiment Indiana volunteer infantry, and served on the coast of North Carolina, where he was captured by the enemy, after killing the horse from under the colonel of the Third Georgia. He was taken to Libby, then to Tuscaloosa, and to Salisbury, for seven months, when he was paroled, in May, 1862, and exchanged in December of the same year. He returned to his regiment, near Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Manassas Junction, when his regiment was taken to New York to quell the riots of 1863. During the winter of 1863-4, when most of the men re-enlisted, and just before their enlistment, he was taken to Mine Run, and engaged in that fight. In the spring of 1864 was in the Grant campaign, and engaged in the battle of the Wilderness for four days. On the 10th of March, 1864, was captured the second time, and taken to Andersonville prison, reaching that place the 20th of May. Remained there until the 5th of September, 1864. While on the road to Florence he escaped, and was for a week in the swamps and woods of South Carolina; was recaptured by a citizen and returned to prison at Columbia, S. C., after a few weeks was sent to Florence, and after a few weeks’ longer confinement and suffering from cold and starvation, was exchanged, December 11, 1864. Returning to his home in Indiana, it was some months before he recovered from the effects of his prison life. In the summer of 1866 he was married to Miss May I. Wolford. One year afterward, moved to McDonough county, Illinois, where he lived four years. In 1872 he moved to Page county, Iowa, and broke 240 acres of prairie. Have seven children: Walter E., Eva S., Charles W., Nettie and the baby. Lost one, in Laporte, Indiana: Loran A.

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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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