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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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ROSS, ROBERT, farmer, section 24, P. O. Clarinda; born in Belmont county, Ohio, February 22, 1845, and reached his majority in the place of his birth. His early years were divided between farming and attending school. The opportunity to attend the latter was given him only in the winter, and his education confined to that given by the common schools. Came to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1874, and settled upon the farm he now owns. There is an abundance of small fruit on his farm — a business to which Mr. Ross has given the closest attention. He was married to Miss Mary A. Duff, a native of Belmont county, Ohio, on the 2d of October, 1868. They are the parents of seven children, of whom six are now living: Lula D., Mary B., Maggie J., Anna B., Eliza M. and an infant. Mr. Ross is held in the highest esteem in his community, is a liberal-minded, open-hearted man.

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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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