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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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PREST, T. A., farmer and stock-raiser, section 9, P. O. College Springs; born in England, in 1823. He reached maturity in that country, and followed the occupation of a mechanic until 1849. His education was received at night-schools, after the labor of the day had ended. He came to America with his parents in 1849, settling first in Massachusetts; after a year’s residence in that state he went to Connecticut. He again moved to the Bay State in 1852, entering the employ of the Boston & Albany K. R. Company, with whom he remained two years. He then went to Worcester county, Massachusetts, engaging in the cotton manufacturing business for six years. At the expiration of that time he came to Iowa, locating at College Springs in 1863. Mr. Prest is an active worker in the interests of education. He has been identified with the interests of Amity College for nine years as a member of the board of trustees, and is at present secretary of the board. His commendable zeal in the interests of mental training is finding a rich return in the prosperity of the college in which he takes so great an interest. He was married in 1851, to Miss Harriet A. Ransom, a native of Connecticut, by whom he has two children, one living: John R. Mr. Prest is a member of the Baptist church.

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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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