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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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RUSSELL, W. W., abstracts, loans and real estate, P. O. Clarinda; born February 22, 1835, in Fayette county, Illinois. His early life was filled with the uninspiring vicissitudes of the farmer’s boy. Besides the common school, he enjoyed the educational advantages of Granville academy, Putnam county, in his native state. Three years of his life spent in teaching. In 1856 he came to Iowa, locating at College Springs. The following seven years were given to farming, until July, 1863, when he enlisted in company A, Eighth Iowa cavalry, serving until the close of the war. Mr. R. was taken prisoner on the 29th day of July, 1864, near Atlanta, Georgia, and remained in the hands of the confederates for nine long months. The experiences through which he passed were essentially those of so many other brave men, the story of which is now familiar to every intelligent citizen. After his liberation, at the close of the war, he went to Hilton Head, New York, and thence to his home in College Springs, arriving there in August, 1865. His summers were now occupied in the care of his farm, and his winters as a teacher. In 1868 he was elected clerk of the courts, holding this office for three terms. At the expiration of his clerkship he went on a farm in Fremont township, remaining about two and one-half years. In December, 1878, he came to Clarinda, and purchased the abstract business of H. A. Morseman, in which he is now engaged. He was married August 18, 1857, to Miss Laura A. Phelps, of Illinois. They are the parents of seven children: Herman, Nettie, Elmer, Norman, Clem, Dill, and Baby.

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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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