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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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MORRIS, J. L., insurance and real estate, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Rockbridge, Virginia, December 23, 1820. When nine years of age went with his parents to Hamilton county, Ohio, where he lived until 1833. Thence he went to Clarke county, where his father died. In 1838 he went to Galena, Illinois, remaining but a year, when he went to Fulton county, same state, and thence back to Ohio, where he lived until 1858. From Ohio he went to Mercer county, Missouri, remaining eleven years, when he came to Fremont county Iowa. He resided at Sidney, and then at Hamburg, conducting a hotel in each place. He came to Shenandoah in 1872, and opened the Shenandoah House. At the expiration of a year he began his present occupation. He was mustered into company H, Third Missouri cavalry, April 4, 1862. Was twice promoted, serving as second lieutenant, in the same company, and then as major. Was in the battles of Nutona, Pleasant Ridge, Springfield, and several minor engagements. On account of ill health, he resigned his commission in 1863. Was married to Miss Hattie Arbuckle, a native of Knox county, Ohio, March 2, 1844. They are the parents of eight children, four of whom are now living: Marcus L., Francis M., Hattie V. (now Mrs. T. C. Beard) and J. Z., at home.

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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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