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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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MARTIN, ROBERT, farmer and stock dealer, section 9; born Sept. 14, 1825, in Butler county, Pennsylvania, living with his parents until 18 years of age. Then he went into the business of lumbering and building. Was married to Miss Margaret Munn, June 4, 1849. Mrs. Martin was born in November, 1832. In the year 1857 came to Lincoln township, Page county, Iowa, and there went into the stock business, and has continued in that ever since. In 1871 he moved to his present location in Washington township. Mrs. Martin died August 25, 1877. Mr. Martin was married to Mrs. Marian Bentley April 13, 1880. Have ten children: Adelia M. (now the wife of Thomas Turnbull), Robert E., Simmonetta M., Plina A., William A., Winfield S., Ella, Myra J., Norma A. and Maggie. Mr. Martin owns 405 acres of land, 400 under cultivation, giving his attention to stock-buying and shipping. He owns a good grist mill. He is a stockholder in the First national bank of Shenandoah and a director of the same.

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