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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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BODWELL, W. S., farmer, section 8, P. O. College Springs; born in New Hampshire in 1836, where he lived until he was 18 years of age The years from 1854 to 1858 he spent in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa in building bridges. Enlisted in Company K, 4th Iowa Infantry, in September, 1861, and served for three years. Was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Arkansas Post, and present at Sherman’s defeat before Vicksburg. He was mustered out in 1864. In 1866 was married to Miss N. M. Pierce, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he has six children: Dean M., I. Lama, Ross C., Horace G., Mel. P. and Jessie. His standing is most excellent, as is attested by the fact that he is a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W.

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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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