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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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LAWS, WILLIAM, coal, wood and brick, P. O. Shenandoah; born in county Suffolk, England, August 7, 1821. In the spring of 1835 he moved with his parents to Canada East, this continent. At the end of three years they moved to Rochester, New York, remaining until 1841, when they moved to Beloit, Wisconsin. Seven years thereafter, in 1848, they went to Will county, Illinois, remaining until March, 1871, when they came to Shenandoah. Mr. Laws entered the federal service in August, 1861, joining company A, 36th Illinois cavalry. Was mustered out in September, 1864. Was engaged in the battles of Pea Ridge, Corinth and many skirmishes. Was married February 12, 1852, to Miss Mary West, a native of Manchester, England. They are the parents of six children, five of whom are living: Virginia A., (now Mrs. Jesse Cartlich,) Hannah E., (now Mrs. James McCabe,) Kittie, Emma J., and George 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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