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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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GORDAN, W. H., justice of the peace and grain dealer, P. O. Hepburn; was born in Adams county, Ohio, November 27, 1843, where he was raised, receiving a common school education and followed the occupation of farming. He emigrated to this county in the spring of 1866, where he has resided ever since. He was married in April, 1869, to Miss Lucinda Ward, of Brownsville, Nebraska, by which union they have four children, all living: Anna C., Henry W., William S. and Elma E. He has resided in Hepburn two years. Mr. Gordon has filled several township offices in his township. His grandfather participated in the war of 1812, and he, himself, entered the United States service at the beginning of the late war, by enlisting in the Thirty-ninth Ohio infantry volunteers, July 4, 1861, where he served to the close of the war, serving both in the sixteenth and seventeenth corps of the army of the Tennessee. Participated in Sherman’s march to the sea, thence to Virginia and on to Washington where the grand review was held.

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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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