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Below is a family biography included in History of Warren County, Iowa published by Union Historical Company in 1879.  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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BODKIN, M. V., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Sandyville; was born in Clinton county, Ohio, November 15, 1812, and raised in Clark county, of that State; his father was a native of Virginia, of Irish decent; his mother was of German origin; he came to this county in 1850, and entered his present homestead of 120 acres; he was married February 16, 1837, to Miss Mary Pendry, of Ohio; they have six children living: Lucretia (wife of Thos. Cross), Margaret A., Louisa C. (wife of S. Runyan), Martha J. (now Mrs. Chase), Mary I. (now Mrs. Johns, all of this county) and Francis M., who was born in Clark county, Ohio, in 1839, and came to this county with his parents, and has been identified with the growth and development of this part of the county; he married Eliza J. Lyon, a native of this county, April 2, 1878; they have one daughter, Gertie; he owns forty acres of land, and an interest in 120 acres more.

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This family biography is one of 548 biographies included in The History of Warren County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Warren County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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