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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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MERKLE, W. G., farmer, section 8, P. O. Shenandoah; born March H, 1850, near Shendorf, Wurtemburg, Germany. At the age of seventeen he left home for the United States, going to Defiance, Ohio, and then to Toledo, working at different avocations; thence to Peoria, Illinois, where he worked on a farm for two years. Was married to Miss Caroline S. Knoos, August 14, 1874. He came to his present location in Washington township in 1877. Mrs. Merkle was born in December, 1849. They are the parents of six children: Charles, Johnny, Anna, Mary, Bertha and Freddy. He owns 160 acres of land, 145 acres under plow, the rest pasture.

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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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