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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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GATES, WILLIAM M., farmer, section 14, P. O. Blanchard; born April 26, 1817, in Windham county, Connecticut. Here he attained manhood’s estate, receiving a common school education. Moved to Knox county, Illinois, in 1856, and in 1866 came to Page county, locating on the farm where he now resides. Was married July 13, 1840, to Miss Jane C. Fanning, of New London county, Connecticut. They have three children living: Henry A., William F. and Charles C. They have been members of the Baptist church since 1842. He owns 120 acres of excellent land.

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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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