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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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COLLINS, S. A., hotel and livery business, P. O. Essex, Iowa; born in Orleans county, Vermont, February 13, 1853. Lived there on a farm until 16 years of age, attending the district school in winter and farming in summer. Moved to Pottawattamie county, Iowa, and lived there eight years. Followed farming and attending school. Moved to Red Oak in 1877; remained there nine months, working at the livery business. Moved to Essex November 12, 1877. Has lived there ever since in the hotel and livery business. Was married August 9, 1873, to Miss Carrie Town, of Pottawattamie county, Iowa. Born in Washington county, Vermont, July 12, 1851, Mr. Collins owns one-half interest in livery stable, on Main street, including lot, etc., estimated at about $5,000, also two lots and a dwelling house in Essex, where he now lives. He has been a member of the I. O. O. F. since 1878.

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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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