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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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WIDNEY, W. H., farmer, section 17, P. O. Clarinda; born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, in 1837. When he was eighteen years of age his parents moved to Carroll county, Illinois, then to Henry county, same state, remaining for three years. In the fall of 1871 he settled in Page county. Mr. Widney has been twice married. In August, 1860, he married Miss Harriet Payton, by whom he had five children: Mary A., William A., Martha E., Maggie O. and Martin L. This wife died March 8, 1875. Was again married September 20, 1876, to Miss R. M. Barrett, a native of Maine, by whom he has one child: Lena A. He is a member of Clarinda Lodge A. F. & A. M. No. 140. Owns 160 acres of land.

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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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