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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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McELHOSE, ROBERT, farmer and blacksmith, section 9, P. O. Clarinda; born in Ireland, June 1, 1844. At the age of three years he came with his parents to America. His father having died, he came with his mother to Marion county, Illinois, in 1866, where they remained one year. They moved afterward to Cain county, Illinois, remaining five years; thence to Henry county, remaining two years, and came to Page county in 1877. He enlisted in company D, One Hundredth Illinois volunteer infantry, August 1, 1862, and served until July, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. He was in the battles of Perryville, Kentucky, Stone river, and all the others in which his regiment took part. At the last named battle he was transferred to the Eleventh veteran reserve corps. He has been twice married. First to Miss Lotta Wicks, November 1, 1867. She was a native of Michigan. By this union they had two children, Ira, who is living, and one dead, Roy. This wife died May 24, 1870. Mr. McElhose was again married September 7, 1876, to Miss Alice Monfort, a native of Illinois. They have one child: Bertha. Mr. M. owns 120 acres of land.

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