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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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NELSON, N. W., P. O. Essex, confectioner and sewing machine agent; born in Henry county, Illinois, August 29, 1851, his father being the first Swede in Henry county. He lived there with his father on a farm until sixteen years of age, when he began work for himself at general labor on a farm. He clerked in a store one year, and moved to Essex in the fall of 1875, and clerked in a store about two and a half years. He went into the sewing machine business in the spring of 1878. He was also in the grocery business, for several years. During that time he was in partnership with the following parties, viz.: Brown, Pearson, and Anderson. He finally set up for himself in the confectionery and sewing machine business, which he has followed ever since. Mr. Nelson and Malony opened the first restaurant in Essex in 1875. He was married September 7, 1880, to Miss Laura Iliff, of Essex, born in New Jersey, August 13, 1858. Mr. Nelson owns a lot and dwelling house, store room and barber shop on Main street in Essex.

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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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