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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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JOHNSON, WM., pastor of the United Presbyterian church in College Springs, Iowa, was born in Belmont county, Ohio, March 18, 1831. Entered Madison college, Antrim, Ohio, at twelve years of age, and after working his way through, mainly by his own exertions, graduated in 1850. Spent two years in teaching, one year of the time as a professor in the college where he graduated. Entered the theological seminary of the Associate Reformed church in Alleghany City, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 1852, and completed the prescribed course in the spring of 1856. Immediately on leaving the seminary he settled as pastor of the Associate Reformed churches of Washington and North Salem, in Guernsey county, Ohio. With his congregations entered the union, which in 1848 formed the United Presbyterian church, and remained pastor of these congregations until the 1st of April, 1866. In July, 1866, by appointment of the general assembly he was sent to Des Moines, Iowa, as a supply to that mission, but during the following winter received a call to Monroe, Jasper county, Iowa, where he settled in April, 1867. In the spring of 1871 he received a call to Spring Hill, Indiana, where he settled, remaining until January 1, 1877. His wife having died, and his own health being somewhat impaired, he removed to his present field, beginning his labors in the month of May, 1877, and being installed as pastor in the month of August.

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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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