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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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SPUNANGLE, W. J., farmer, section 25, P. O. Clarinda; born in Pendleton county, West Virginia, January 10, 1839. Grew to manhood on a farm and was educated in the common schools. Has followed farming principally ever since. He moved to McDonough county, Illinois, at the age of seventeen and remained five years. Enlisted in company C, 1st engineer regiment of the west, August 12, 1861 for a term of three years, or during the war. Was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, August 18, 1864. He was in the following principal battles: siege of New Madrid, Missouri, helped to cut the canal around Island No. 10, Fort Pillow, Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing, and the evacuation of Corinth. Was captured at Iuka, kept ten days a prisoner, and paroled at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He returned to his regiment shortly after and served to the expiration of the three years. He was married January 12, 1865, to Miss Mary A. Gilson, of McDonough county, Illinois. They are the parents of five children: their names in order are Alice J., Emma B., Charles H., Ada and Eva, all living. Mr. Spunangle owns a farm of 120 acres, all enclosed and under cultivation.

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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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