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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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WHITEHILL, THOMAS R., farmer section 33, P. O. College Springs; owns eighty acres of land; he was born in 1834, in the state of Vermont, where he lived until about ten years of age, when his parents moved to the State of Pennsylvania. The family remained in that state for some four years, then moved to Lee county, Iowa, in 1852, where the subject of this sketch remained until he came here in 1854. In 1861 he answered his country’s call, and on September 7, he enlisted in company C, Fifth Iowa cavalry volunteers, and was honorably discharged at the expiration of his enlistment, October 11, 1864. He participated in the battles of Ft. Donaldson, Shiloh, Jonesboro and some forty skirmishes; often having his clothes pierced by the enemy’s bullets. At the close of his three years’ service for “Uncle Sam” he returned home and chose his former occupation, that of farming. He has been twice married; first, on May 8, 1868, to Miss Phebe Newton, a native of Ohio. By this union he has one child: William N. This wife died in 1871; and in September, 1872, he was again married to Miss Sarah McCrory, a native of Ireland. By this union they have three children: Thomas, John and Jesse. They are members of the U. P. 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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