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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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HAYS, WILLIAM A., farmer, section 15, P.O. Essex, Iowa; born in Park county, Indiana, February 5, 1821. He was raised on a farm. In 1853 his parents came to Des Moines county, Iowa. In 1863 he returned to his native home in Park county, Indiana, and enlisted in company C, 78th Indiana infantry. Was taken prisoner at the battle of Uniontown, in July, 1863, and was soon sent home and mustered out. He re-enlisted in company F, 11th Indiana cavalry, in 1864, and was soon discharged to accept the captaincy of company K, 13th Indiana cavalry. He was in the battles of Uniontown, Decatur, Alabama, second Nashville and Franklin. Was married May 12, 1869, to Miss Sarah I. Wolf, a native of Park county, Indiana. By this union they have had three children: Kittie, Effie and Young A. He owns a fine farm of 120 acres. Is a member of the A. F. & A. M. and also of the I. O. O. F. and Encampment, 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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