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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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OVERBAY, J. A., merchant; P. O. Milo; born Jan. 3, 1841, in Jefferson county, East Tennessee; his parents moved to Keokuk county, this state, in the fall of 1850, and to this county in 1854; was married Oct. 7, 1866, to Margaret, daughter of Wm. McAndrew, of this county; they have five children living: John, Frank, Harry, Walter, Leretta; three deceased: Louie and Ella, twins, and an infant; he enlisted in Co. C, Thirty-fourth Iowa Infantry, in the fall of 1863, as a private; served till Sept. 5, 1865; was in the battles of Graham Plantation, Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan and Blakely; engaged in the mercantile business March 1, 1868, at Helensburg; built a new store and moved to Milo in 1869, where he keeps a full line of dry goods, groceries, boots, shoes, hats and caps.

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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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