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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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SWISHER, PETER, farmer, section 13, P. O. Villisca; born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1836, where he was raised and educated. He enlisted in the Twenty-first Pennsylvania cavalry and served six months. The regiment was then reorganized, and he re-enlisted for three years, and was discharged at the close of the war, after a service of two years, the regiment being attached to General Sherman’s cavalry command. He went into the service a private, and was promoted to regimental commissary sergeant. Participated in many of the important battles in Virginia, and was mustered out at Harrisburg, July, 1865. He was married to Miss Ann R. Kriner, of Maryland, in 1868, by which union they have four children living: Charles B., Emma Kate, Julia and Blanch. Have lost one: Florence May. He, with his family, emigrated to this county, where he now lives, in 1869. He has a well-improved farm of 120 acres; also 36 acres of timber in Taylor county. Has held the office of justice of the peace and other offices of trust in his township.

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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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