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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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KIER, REV. SAMUEL M., farmer, section 24, P. O. College Springs; born in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1825. Was educated in the common schools and Jefferson College in his native state. His theological course was taken at Cannonsburg Theological Seminary, and when that institution was moved to Xenia, Ohio, he followed it there to complete his studies. Having been licensed to preach by the Miami Presbytery of the Associated Presbyterian Church, in January, 1857, he traveled as a missionary under its direction for three years. In 1871 he came to Page county, to minister to the Presbyterian church at College Springs, from which he had received a pressing call. He remained here for a period of six years, increasing the membership of the church from 16 to 120. Since severing his connection with the church at College Springs, Mr. Kier has been engaged in missionary labors, and in superintending his farm. Was married to Miss Isabella Cherry, July 2, 1857. They have eight living children: Anna, Joseph O., William D., Samuel K., John K., Martha J., Sheldon L. and Susie.

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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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