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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Adams County, Illinois published in 1879 by Murray, Williamson & Phelps.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

George G. Reynolds, farmer; Sec. 4; P. O. Keokuk Junction; was born March 6, 1834, in Litchfield, Conn.; is the youngest son of ten children of Horace and Anna (Culver) Reynolds, of that State, and now residing in Houston township, Adams county, at very advanced ages; father was born Jan. 27, 1790, and mother Sept. 30, 1792.  They removed to Adams county when George was one year old. His father being a blacksmith, he learned the trade, and worked at it from eighteenth to twenty-eighth year of his age; since, he has been engaged in farming. He married Margret Simpson, daughter of John and Margret (McComb) Simpson, Jan. 16, 1862.  She was born in Rushville, Schuyler county, Ill., Oct. 31, 1835.  Had six children, five living: Anna M., George S., Henry B., Horace B., John O., and Elodie M.  Mr. Reynolds owns 287 acres of improved land in Camp Point township, and 150 acres in Houston township, worth $40 per acre.  Mr. Reynolds' grandfather, Charles Reynolds, went into the army of the revolution at thirteen years of age and served eight years.

This family biography is one of 1,444 biographies included in the History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Adams County, Illinois History, Genealogy, and Maps


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