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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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SMITH, W. A., farmer, section 16, P. O. Shenandoah; was born in Essex county, New York, September 13, 1825. At the age of thirteen his parents moved to Vermont, where he learned blacksmithing and was married to Miss Helen A. Fillmore, of Rutland, Vermont, second cousin to President Fillmore, April 22, 1851, and moved to Marengo, McHenry county, Illinois, in 1858, resided there seven years then moved to Durant, Cedar county, Iowa, and lived there seven years, and moved to Page county, Iowa, in the spring of 1871, where he bought 160 acres of land. Was in Shenandoah and saw the first train of cars pass through that place. Is the father of eight children: Nettie F., taught the first school in that district in the first school house built in Grant township, was married to Dr. H. Binney, of Red Oak, and died January 12, 1875, George L., now attending medical college at Keokuk, Iowa, Susan H., Millard S., Eunice H., Mamie L., William A. and Makie E., deceased. Susan H. was married to Dr. J. H. Binney of Red Oak, January 6, 1878. W. A. Smith died March 5, 1878, leaving his family with a comfortable home and pleasant surroundings. He was a man of great energy and perseverance.

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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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