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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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CHESNEY, W. C., wagon-maker, P. O. Coin; born in Knox county, Illinois, May 2, 1845. Came to Fremont county, Iowa, in 1873, and to Coin in 1880, engaging in his present business. Enlisted in company K, 55th Illinois infantry, October 22, 1861, and was mustered out July 31, 1865. Was in many severely fought battles, among them Shiloh, Vicksburg and Mission Ridge. Was married to Miss Sarah E. Roberts, a native of Ohio, September 6, 1866. They are the parents of six children: Alonzo, George M., Robert M., Wallace C., Florena I. and “Baby.”

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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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