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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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MATHUSS, Z. D., grain buyer, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Ashton, N. C., November 12, 1842. While he was still an infant his parents moved to Union county, Illinois, in which county he resided until fourteen years of age. He then went to Lee county, Illinois, engaging in the railroad business for the following six years. Thence he went to Virginia City, Montana, to engage in mining, an occupation which busied him for five years. At the end of this time he went to Chicago, Illinois, thence to Cairo, Illinois, and finally to Chicago again, engaging in both places in the commission business. Came to Shenandoah in July, 1878. His coming has been an acquisition to the business interests of the city, into which he has entered with all the zest of an enterprising business man. Was married November 10, 1870, to Miss Josie E. Uhl, a native of Pennsylvania.

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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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