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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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VANDEVENDER, PHILIP, farmer, section 34, P. O. Hepburn; born in Licking county, Ohio, in 1835. His father’s family emigrated to the state of Indiana in 1837, and was one of the frontier settlers of that state for about fourteen years. He moved to this county in 1854, where his family was grown up; and after a sojourn of twenty years, he returned to old Hoosier, leaving his son Philip to manage the Iowa farm, who had established his capabilities by his many adventures across the Nodaway before it was bridged, in search of a life partner, whom he found, who today enters into the joys, as well as the adversities of his life, a genial companion. He was married to Miss Nancy C. Harris, of Page county, October 23, 1860, by which union they have two children living: Elizabeth and Louis. Have lost three. His farm consists of 160 acres of land finely improved and well stocked, and 40 acres of timber. He suffered many of the hardships endured by the early settlers, when the wolf and the wild deer roamed at will over the prairie. His grandfathers participated in the revolutionary war.

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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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