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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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AUSTIN, NELSON, proprietor of grist mill, section 29, P. O. Coin; born in Sciota county, Ohio, April 1828. Remained at home until twenty-eight years of age; then came to Iowa City, Iowa, and engaged in millwrighting and building for thirteen years. In 1869 he moved to Page county, Lincoln township, where he purchased the mill property of Phifer & Davison, and has since been engaged in the mill business. Has recently been extending and improving his mill property. Before leaving the state of his nativity he was married in 1850 to Mary Yonker, of Stockton county, Ohio. By this union they have two children: William and Sarah (wife of Jacob Basaker).

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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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