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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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GRAY, WILLIAM M., farmer; born in Campbell county, Tennessee, in 1838. Removed with his parents to Missouri, in 1841, where he resided until 1866. In 1861 he joined the state militia, and, in December, 1862, enlisted in Eleventh Missouri cavalry, and was discharged in July 1865. Came to Page county during the winter of 1866, but returned to Missouri in the spring, where he remained until 1872, when he purchased the farm where he now resides. He was married November 29, 1866, to Miss Celestia L. Lorettia, and four children have been born to them, three of whom are now living: Clarence A., Rebecca J. and Myrtle M. Mr. Gray was first elected clerk of the township in 1874, and afterward in 1875 and 1878. In 1873 he was chosen director and secretary of the school board, which position he has held ever since.

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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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