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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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OWENS, WM. W., farmer, section 11, P. O. Clarinda, real estate broker; born in Brown county, Ohio, in 1846. In 1858 went to Madison county, Ind., in which state he attained his majority, being educated in the common schools. Enlisted in company A, 148th Illinois infantry, in 1864, under the command of Colonel Wilson. Enlisting as a private, he was soon promoted to a first lieutenancy, though incapacitated for duty through chronic diseases contracted as a soldier, and from which he is still a sufferer. Was in the numerous battles in which his regiment was engaged. Was honorably discharged in September, 1865. From that period to this he has successfully engaged in various business occupations, and is at present contemplating other enterprises of kindred nature. He was married January 24, 1864, to Miss Melissa Hosier, a native of Bureau county, Illinois. They are the parents of five children: W. Grant, Charlotte A., William F., Joseph H., Mary E., and two deceased.

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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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