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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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SWITZER, R. E., harness and shoemaker, Coin, Iowa; was born in Summerset county, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1842. Was raised, in what was then Alleghany, now, Garrett county. Began at 14 years of age the Harness business. In 1874 removed to Fayette county, Pennsylvania. From there he came to northern Iowa, and from there to Page county. Settled first at College Springs, then removed to Coin and built the second house of the town. Now in charge of a harness and shoe shop, doing an average amount of business. Was married in 1864 to Cornelia A. McCrum, a native of Virginia. They now have three children: Clarence R., Mollie C., Ella A., all at home. Was in service during the late war. Enlisted at Oakland, Maryland, and remained until close of war. Was in the engagements at Frederick City, Monocacy Junction and Berryville, etc. Was promoted to Sergeant. Owns two and a half (2 ½) acres of land in Coin.

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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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