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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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GRAFF, V., clothier, P. O. Clarinda; born October 3, 1843, in Germany. At the age of nine years he came with his parents to the United States. They located in Andrew county, Missouri. There he grew to manhood, and was educated in the common schools of Savannah, Missouri. He enlisted October 20, 1862, in company B, Third regiment state militia, and served about nine months, when he was discharged. He enlisted again in November, 1863, in company G, Twelfth Missouri cavalry, and served until January, 1865, when he was again honorably discharged. He was promoted from the ranks to first sergeant of his company. During his service he was in the battles of Franklin, Nashville and Greeneville, and all the skirmishes and battles in which his regiment was engaged. After his discharge he returned to Savannah, Missouri, and clerked in a clothing store until 1869. In September of that year he came to Clarinda, and opened a clothing store on his own account. He carries a large and well-selected stock of clothing and gents’ furnishing goods. He owns the splendid store-room, where he does business, and a fine residence and other property, which he has made by his own effort. Married October 25, 1870, to Miss Fairley, a native of Highland county, Ohio. They have two children: Walter A. and Gerald G.; have buried one child: Rosa.

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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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